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Peak Kyzyl-Asker.

Trip along the river Aksu under peak Kyzyl-Asker.

“It is untrue that equality is a law of nature. Nature has no equality; its sovereign law is subordination and dependence” 

Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues.

Ascension on peak Kyzyl-Asker.

The name “Kyzyl-Asker” means “A Red Army man” in translation from Kirghiz (literally "A Red rider". The Kirghiz is nomadic population and the concepts "army" and "horse" have no appreciable difference). Tien Shan, Kokshaal-Too range, a part of the ridge to the west of Sary-Dzhaz the summit is located in the main ridge on Kirghiz-China border, the face - sidewise at China.
This name was given to the summit in 1930th years during an expedition led by Letavet that for the first time approached to the area from internal Tien Shan . That time they refused the idea of ascents and limited only making deion of the area.
The mountain was called in tribute of the Red Army men escorted the expedition in case of clashes with counterproductive locals. Mt. Kyzyl-Asker 5842 meters above sea level is the second highest summit after Dankova peak 5982 meters above sea level in the western part of Kokshaal-Too range, that is to the west of the inrush of the Sary-Jazz through the range.
The areas of Kyzyl -Asker and Dankova peak, spaced some tens kilometers apart, are the main centers of glaciation of Western Kokshaal-Too. East Kokshaal-Too is frequently visited (the areas of Inylchek glacier and Pobeda peak), however a part of the ridge from Sary-Dzhaz up to the Western Pobeda is rather seldom attended, especially the area with approaches via the gorge of Koi-Kap - only superb high-altitude tourists can get there occasionally.
Western Kokshaal-Too (to the west of Sary-Dzhaz is extremely seldom visited. There were several climbing expeditions to the area during Soviet period (the corner is very distant, approaches are extremely long and difficult - in those days such questions were centrally planned, solved and sponsored more often by the State).
During post-soviet period it seems there were no expeditions to the area except of climbing trainings of a team from Moscow region (a significant part of the participants were from Chernogolovka - a city of physicists situated near Moscow) in 1996, 1998 and 2000.
They explored the area of Dankova peak and made some interesting ascents.