Central Asia 2004
(Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan)

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Ak-su trek (Maps)

 

Beginning of the trek soon after leaving Uzgarish village, along the Akmechet river

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Peak Aksu appears in the background

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The cirque at the end of Aksu glacier is closed by three main peaks, from left (East) to
right (West): Block (5239m), Aksu (5355m), and Iskander (5120m)

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Block (5239m)

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Aksu (5355m)

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Iskander (5120m)

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Aktubek pass (here, seen from the moraine of the Aksu glacier) separates the valleys
of the Aksu and Rtachashma rivers

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Reaching Aktubek pass (4383m)

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Views of the upper part of the Rtachashma river

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Crossing the Rtachashma river

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This Kyrgyz helicopter had been shot down by “rebels” a few years ago (2000?)

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View from Kosh-Maynok pass (3200m), looking South

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View from Karasu pass (3700 m), looking North

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Asan (4230m) on the right and Usen (4378m) in the middle (back)

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Asan and Usen on the left above the Karasu valley

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Kyrgyz family in a small settlement (kosh) along the Karasu river

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What they offered me: bread, fresh yogurt, and ball of dry yogurt

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Karavshin river

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View from the Uponim river

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Koshs and their people (Kyrgyz and some Tajiks) near Uponim and Uryam passes

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Balls of drying yogourt

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