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Sary-Djaz ridge. Kyrgyzstan

Trekkings in Sary-Djaz mountains.

«A lake is the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature»

Henry David Thoreau.

Jeep tours in ridge of Sary-Djaz.

Sarydzhaz ridge is located as a mighty snow-covered barrier in the mountains of the Central Tien-Shan, 80 kilometers east of the city of Karako, in the Aksu district of the Issyk-Kul region in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The ridge is located between the Sary-Djaz river in the north and its left tributary of the Inylchek River in the south.
It adjoins the Meridional ridge on the western side in the area of ​​​​the Marble Wall peak, 6146 meters above sea level. The Sary-Dzhaz ridge stretches in an arc from the southwest to the northeast and east, with a length of about 95 kilometers (throughout the territory of Kyrgyzstan) and a width of up to 16 kilometers.
The average height is 4370 meters above sea level, the highest point of the ridge is Semyonov peak 5816 meters above sea level, located in the eastern part of the Katta-Ashutor ridge. The height of the ridge in the western part reaches 4799 meters above sea level, to the west of this peak the ridge degrades quite quickly - the heights of the peaks drop sharply, snow cover and glaciation sharply decrease.
In the north, the Katta-Ashutor ridge connects the Sary-Djaz ridge with the Terskey-Ala-Too ridge. The continuation of Sary-Dzhaz are the Kyolyu-Too and Kyoluu-Too. The northern slopes are dissected by the tributaries of the Sary-Jaz River into spurs 10 - 15 kilometers long, the southern slopes fall steeply into the valley of the Enylchek River.
There are more than 20 peaks over 5000 meters above sea level in the ridge. From Ignatiev peak, 5488 meters above sea level, the Adyrtor ridge extends to the northwest, 28 kilometers long, with a dominant height of an unnamed peak 4654 meters above sea level, located in the eastern part of the ridge.
bout 40 passes are known in the Sary-Dzhaz ridge and the Adyrtor spur. From the northern ridge of the Sary-Dzhaz ridge, at its junction with the upper reaches of the Turuk gorge, located on the northern slope of the Terskey Ala-Too ridge, a panorama of the Khan-Tengri peak, 6995 meters above sea level, opens up.
At the confluence of the Northern Inylchek glacier and South Inychek glaciers, there is a high-mountain lake Mertsbakher. located at an altitude of 3321 meters above sea level. The ridge is composed of metamorphic schists, marbled limestones, and granites.
Starting from an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level, perennial frozen rocks are widespread. On the slopes there are high-mountain steppes and tundra, there are small forests of Tien-Shan spruce. The Sarydzhaz ridge is characterized by strong glaciation of the slopes of the northern exposure, the southern slopes have a less powerful, but rather developed glaciation.
On the northern slope are the Semeonov and Mushketov glaciers, at the foot of the southern slope is the Northern Inylchek glacier. The total area of ​​glaciation is more than 525 square kilometers, over 300 glaciers. On the southern slopes there are over 20 short tributaries of the Northern Inylchek glacier and about 20 independent glaciers.
Geographical coordinates of Sarydzhaz ridge: N42°14'37.86" E79°37'05.78"

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Alexander Petrov.

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Alexander Petrov.