Hike across Happy pass

Hike across Happy pass

Crossing to the valley of river Karaoyuk

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Time: 6:00 h

Trekover Chuiskii ridges11: We can walk from Sofia glacier (Софийский ледник) to the north direction through the valley of river Akkol (Аккол), or walk to the valley of river Karaoyuk (Караоюк). We will get here through the pass Udachnyi („Happy“ /перевал Удачный), which is covered by the glacier of the same name. Both above mentioned rivers join together after several kilometers, so it's up to us, which way we choose.
 

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The surrounding rocks

The surrounding rocks are nicely lit by the morning sun. It is therefore advisable to set out for the journey early in the morning not only because of safe walking on the glacier, but also to enjoy the first sunrays.

 

The surrounding rocks

On the glacier

After a while, we come below the glacier itself. From there awaits us ascent on snow and ice. The pass itself is from our view to the left.

 

On the glacier

Below the pass

Just below the pass itself the terrain flattens and we walk nearly on the flat land. Behind us is then visible ridge that rises from the valley of river Akkol (Аккол).

 

Below the pass

Happy pass ("Udachnyi” /перевал Удачный)

The pass itself is relatively flat and thus the views directly from the pass are limited. Anyway, we can see the peak Ilyas (Ильяс) in front of us.

Happy pass ("Udachnyi” /перевал Удачный)

Glacial lakes

Once we reach the edge of the pass, the terrain begins to drop and we views of small lakes formed by melting glacier with beautiful mountains in the background open.

 

Glacial lakes

Melting ice

As the sun rises in the sky, it melts the glacier, on which we can then observe small streams. They feed the lakes, to which we have just descended.

 

Melting ice

At the ponds

From the lakes is beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. There is no longer need not hurry, because only descent on debris into the valley itself awaits you.

 

At the ponds

Mountain Dzhaniktu (г. Джаникту)

The descent will take some time, but we can enjoy the views of nearly four thousand high mountain Dzhaniktu (г. Джаникту). Not far from it to the right is also the peak having same name (пик Джаникту), which is of course lower.

 

Mountain Dzhaniktu (г. Джаникту)

In the valley of Karaoyuk

We will shortly descend into the valley of river Karaoyuk (р. Караоюк). On the opposite side are beautiful rocks shaped by glacier, which would certainly deserve more detailed exploration.

 

In the valley of Karaoyuk

The way by the river

Upstream the river we can set out toward civilization. The way through the valley itself is no longer so rich in views. At the beginning is the walk a bit uncomfortable, because the paths are not very frequently walked. The further we get, the way be more and more pleasant.

The way by the river


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