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Korgon Range.

Mountain ranges of East Kazakhstan.

“In that distant two-day glimpse, when I first joined the mountains, the sun shone during the day, and the moon at night. The snows, to which we then approached quite close, dazzled our eyes with an intolerable whiteness during the day, and burned greenish at night, as if immersed in the bottom of the ocean, filled instead of water with a somewhat more transparent, "than water, moonlight."

V.A. Soloukhin.

Sights of Kazakh Altai.

Korgon Range or the Korgon Squirrel Mountains is located 52 kilometers east of the village of Karaguzhikha, located on the left bank of the Uba River and 60 kilometers from the city of Ridder, on the territory of the administration of the city of Ridder and the Glubokovsky district in the northwestern part of the East Kazakhstan region.
The Korogonsky Ridge, along its entire length, is a border ridge, the state border between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan passes along the main ridge of the ridge. The length of the ridge, stretching from the northwest to the southeast, is 56 kilometers.
Average heights are about 2000 - 2100 meters above sea level. The highest, nameless mountain in the northwestern part of the range has a height of 2298 meters above sea level (the geographical coordinates of the mountain with a height of 2298 meters: N50 ° 57'10.52 "E83 ° 38'52.70")
Only the western slopes of the Korgon Range are located on the territory of Kazakhstan. The western border of the ridge is the Black Uba River and its sources in the southeastern part of the ridge. The eastern slopes are located on the territory of the Altai Republic of the Russian Federation.
A large number of mountain, moraine lakes are concentrated on the eastern slopes of the ridge. In the west, at the headwaters of the Erokhin Uba River and in the northern part of the Insk Mountains, the range borders on the eastern spurs of the Tigiretsky Range.
In the south, at the headwaters of the Boma and Raskat rivers, the ridge adjoins the northern slopes of the meridional part of the Koksu ridge. From the west, spurs adjoin the ridge: Samanushensky protein, Shumishensky protein, Kalmyk protein and Insk mountains.
On the western slopes are the sources of the river belonging to the Uba basin: Erokhin Uba, Beloporozhnaya Uba, Korovikha, Troyanka, Ubinka, Raskata, Boma. The Korgon Range is composed of crystalline, metamorphic schists, gneisses and tuffaceous rocks, sandstones, clayey shales, intruded by granite intrusions.
Up to an altitude of 1700 - 1800 meters above sea level, on the northern slopes, taiga of Siberian cedar, spruce and fir prevails, while tall grass meadows are common on the southern slopes. The lower slopes of the Korgon ridge of the slope are covered with fir-spruce forests, from 2200 - 2500 meters above sea level - subalpine and alpine meadows.
Above is a cedar-larch woodland, and the uppermost zone is occupied by rubble-lichen tundra.
Geographical coordinates of Korgon Range: N50°52'25.31" E83°45'47.98"

Authority and photos by
Alexander Petrov.