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Glacial station Tuyuk-Su-T1.

Hiking group to Small Almaty gorge.

“We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know” 

Albert Einstein.

Travel advisory in Almaty.

The glaciological research station of the Institute of Geography of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan “Tuyuksu-T-1 Glacier” is located on the moraine of the Tuyuk-Su glacier, in the upper reaches of the Maloalmatinsky gorge, on the northern slope of the Zailiysky Alatau, in the system of the Northern Tien-Shan, in the Medeu district of the Almaty region on altitude from 3445 meters above sea level.
Glacial station of Institute of geography "Glacier of Tuyuk-Su-T1" is founded in 1956. It is the oldest glacial station in the world. When after the Great Patriotic War the Soviet glaciologists built the lodges almost on a glacier, nobody could assume that five decades later ice will recede on several hundreds of meters.
The glacier of Tuyuk-Su is included into the world list of observations of fluctuations of glaciers. Now it is the only thing in Central Asia a glacier on which observations after the termination USSR continue.
The hospital of the glacial station is located in Zailiysky of Ala-Tau in collecting area Small Almaty, on a moraine of a glacier of Tuyuk-Su, at the height of 3400 m above sea level.
On a meteorological station of Tuyuk-Su average annual temperature minus 6,4 degrees, in January - minus 15,5 degrees, in July - plus 2,8 degrees. The sum of positive average monthly temperatures of the summer period - 6,5 degrees. Frosts reach 40 degrees.
Geographical coordinates of T-1 glaciological station: N43°04'01.00" E77°04'29.79"


Photos by
Alexander Petrov.