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Ak-Shiyrak massif.

Automobile travel on plateau Ak-Shiyrak.

“As soon as man seeks to penetrate the secrets of nature - in which nothing is secret and it is but a question of seeing - he realizes that the simple produces the supernatural” 

Honore de Balzac.

Tours on plateau Ak-Shiyrak in mountains Central - Tien Shan.

In translation from Kyrgyz a word meaning "Shyirak" - a shin, tibia. The Ak-Shiyrak (in Kyrgyz Ak-Shyyrak) is the phrase which is used in relation to a sheep and designating " white leg". Near a watershed of basins of the rivers of Sary-Dzhaz and Naryn is located second-large a freezing of the Central Tien-Shan - the massif of Ak-Shiyrak.
It is located to the south of a middle part of Ridge Terskey Ala-Too, in borders between areas of gorges Dzhety-Oguz in the east and Dzhuuka in the West (it to the east of the pass Barskoon). The area has about 60 km in length and 28 in width.
The internal part of the massif has typical Alpine shape with the narrow rocky crests dividing extensive firnovy fields of valley glaciers, often connected with each other through flat passes. The massif Ak-Shiyrak (its average height - 4700 m the highest point - 5126 meters above sea level.
Consists of three parallel ridges (ridges) located, from the northeast on the southwest and divided by large longitudinal valleys. Between northern and average ridges the deep longitudinal valley in which western part Petrov glacier is located (its length - 14 km lies, in size it is the third glacier of the Kyrgyz Tien Shan).
Petrov Glacier flows north down the slopes of Ak-Shiyrak in the Tien-Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan. The glacier ends in Petrov Lake which continues to expand as the glacier retreats. The glacier is 12 km long has three main tributaries each beginning at 4600 - 4700 meters and descending to the lake at 3700 meters.  
In east part there are glaciers of a river basin of Dzhaman-Su. Length of a glacier of Dzhaman-Su more than 10 km. Between average and southern ridges glaciers lie: from the western part Cara-Say Northern (length more than 10 km), and with east - Kaindy (length more than 8 km).
The western slopes of Ak-Shiyrak are closed by almost continuous firnovy cover. Total number of glaciers in the massif - more than 130, the area of a freezing - about 450 kilometers square. Languages of glaciers lie at the heights of 3700 - 4100 m, the snow line - 4100 - 4400 m depending on an exposition of slopes.

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Authority:
Book "Soviet Encyclopedia". Climbing regions of Kyrgyzstan, guide, author Vladimir Komissarov. Bishkek, 2010.

Photos
Alexander Petrov.