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Glacier Western Big Ala-Archa.

Photo tours to Ala-Archa park.

“From behind the crest, howling wildly,
Snow swept into the raid.
And it seemed that all living things
This lump will carry.
Gray fogs in the morning
Again we climbed to learn
Where are we, in torn tents,
Are we alive again?"

Yuri Vizbor. September 1954.

National parks of Kyrgyzstan.

The Western Bolshoi Ala-Archa glacier is located in the upper reaches of the Ala-Archa gorge, west of the Eastern Bolshoi Ala-Archa glacier, 51.5 kilometers south and slightly west of the city of Bishkek, on the northern slope of the Kyrgyz ridge in the Alamudun district of Chui oblast.
The sources of the glacier are located on the main ridge of the ridge at an altitude of 4197.3 meters above sea level. The glacier is 5.3 kilometers long, the open part of the glacier is 2.1 kilometers, the rest is under the moraine.
The tongue of the glacier is located at an altitude of 3128 meters above sea level. The open area of ​​the glacier is 1.75 square kilometers. The headwaters of the Ala-Archa River begin from the glacier. At 600 meters below the open part of the glacier, there is an abandoned ski resort "Upper Ala-Archa" at an altitude of 3407 meters above sea level, which was operated in the 90s of the last century.
An automobile road was laid to the ski base along the glacier moraine. Just below the base there is a moraine lake at an altitude of 3409 meters above sea level with a length of 40 meters from the south-east to the north-west.
Geographic coordinates of the Western Big Ala-Archa glacier: N42 ° 25'49.16 "E74 ° 27'13.62"

Authority and photos by
Alexander Petrov