Ak-Suu Traverse Trek
ElevationAscent: 18,958' 5,778 m
Descent: -18,221' -5,554 m
High: 12,730' 3,880 m
Low: 6,690' 2,039 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 93% (43°)
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“Tackle a challenging high-elevation trek up and down some of Kyrgyzstan's most scenic (and steep) valleys and passes.”— Matt Gibson
After dragging yourself up the last 200 meters of loose scree, breathless in the thin 3900 meter air, you lurch over this pass and are assaulted by the spectacle of the massive emerald Lake Ala-Kol cradled beneath a raw spine of peaks, and fed by a colossal glacier that seems to be lazily oozing down the mountain into the comfort of its pristine azure bath.
The Ak-Suu Traverse Trek is like a visual symphony with a meandering but seemingly measured build up, and this is the crescendo. It's the bustle in your headrow. Even though we still had three days of trekking left after Lake Ala-Kol, I would have been perfectly satisfied to pack up and go home. It was obvious that nothing could possibly top it.
This hike features some of the most scenic passes and valleys Kyrgyzstan has to offer, but they come at the cost of constant climbing and descending steep valley walls punctuated by water breaks on valley floors, most of which are over 3000 meters.
The tread is sparsely marked (and in some places not at all). Good map and compass reading skills are absolutely necessary if hiking without local help. Hiring a guide is recommended.
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