This wonderful valley has lots of history. Yuri Gagarin (first man ever in space) made his holidays here, the silk road passed right through this area, and lake Issyk Kul is so close that the views are second to none.
Follow along the south side of Issyk Kul. When you get to the village of Barskoon, take the road right, up towards the mountains. 20 Kilometers from the turn-off there will be a statue of Yuri Gagarin on the right hand side of the road. This is a good place to park for both "The Cup of Manas" and "Aksal's Beard". The "Tears of the Snow Leopard" is another 3ish kilometers further up the river from Aksal's Beard. There is even more ice above "Tears of the Snow Leopard" that continues all the way to the top of the mountain. This vally is just loaded with ice climbs.
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Aksal's Beard Waterfall WI5 Asia : Kyrgyzstan : Barskoon Valley
Aksal's Beard is a great piece of waterfall ice. To get to the main waterfall you will have to do a couple of small pitches beforehand. Neither of these first two little pitches are too complicated, but ropes should be used anyways just to eliminate dangers. The main waterfall is 3 pitches. The first one is about 25 meters and at about a 70 degree angle. The second and third pitches are pure beautiful vertical ice. The second pitch is 30 meters of sustained vertical ice. You will have to ...[more] Browse More Classics in International
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