Between Severo and Yuzhnochuiskii ridge
Trek over Chuiskiiridges and Yuzhnochuiskii ridge is separated by the river Karagem (Карагем). We can get to it over the pass Karagem from the valley of river Dzhelo (Джело). It is a relatively relaxing hike as the trail leads along good-quality path and even the elevation is not significant.
Valley of river Taldury
River Dzhelo (Джело) flows into the river Taldura (Талдура), which flows from the glacier of the same name. Taldura has another name – Cagan-Uzun (Чаган – Узун). From the confluence of two rivers is quite nice view into the valley from the hillside. It's a relatively short distance away along the river to the glacier hidden behind the ridge in the foreground. But we set out for longer and more difficult way – back upstream the river Dzhelo (Джело).
Houses of herdsmen
Local residents sometimes live in the valley of the river – herdsmen. Therefore you can sometimes come across (depending on the area) yaks, sheep, camels or other animals. But the encounter with local residents is not always pleasant, because they are not very used to the tourists.
Glacier Dzhelo (Джело)
From the slopes above the confluence you can see the glacier Dzhelo (Джело) on Severochuiskii ridge, from where the river flows. The pass Karagem (Карагем) is on the left.
Meadows around the river Dzhelo
Around the river Dzhelo (Джело) are beautiful meadows and sometimes even a piece of wood. These places are therefore perfect for camping.
Under the pass Karagem
The path to the pass Karagem (перевал Карагем) leads to the west from the valley. They are two beaten trails, so the way is relatively easy for walking, although we have to ascend up the hill. Gradually re- open the views of Severocujskij ridge and not far away from the path we see the first pond.
There are several lakes below the pass from this side and they can serve as a landmark, as a source of water and for more adventurous people also as a swimming pool.
Shortly we have the pass already in sight. It is easily recognizable by two large boulders that line the path directly in the pass and can be seen on the horizon.
Behind the pass
Just behind the pass we come to the river Joldoajri (Йолдоайры). If the weather is nice, it's worth to have a rest here for a moment, have a snack and admire the view of mountain Mochro-Ojuk (Мохро – Оюк) (3 620 m asl) with a small glacier that already belongs to Yuzhnochuiskii ridge.
To the river Karagem
We continue further through the valley along the river Joldoajri. We have to overcome a tributary now and then. The river leads us gradually deeper into the valley, where the trees grow again and where we can find a nice place to spend the night. Although the path is not as obvious as during the ascent, the walk is still relatively comfortable.
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Article: Trek over Chuiskii ridges
Severo and Yuzhnochuiskii ridge (Северо / Южно – чуйский хребет) is a little away from the most often visited places in Altai. It… continue reading
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