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Sandalash river.

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“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”

Charles Darwin.

Adventures in mountains of Central Asia.

Sandalash - large right inflow of Chatkal - is logical technically difficult addition of a popular water route. The river begins from glaciers meridional Talas, and also the width - Pskem and Sandalash ridges. In the summer alloy can be begun with height of 2700 meters above sea level from Chakmak and Ashutor merge.
Forming Sandalash where leave on a track through the pass Ashutor (1A, 3600 m) from hydropoint Kurutigirek located in the valley of Chatkal. Height difference about 1 km. Area of a river basin Sandalash of 1157 square kilometers.
At the beginning the river a shallow rapid  with a bias of 15 - 18 m/km. It is expedient to begin alloy from the mouth of a stream Qom Bel (height - 2300 m). Through the pass Qom Bel of 3250 meters the highway is above sea level paved.
An average consumption of water at the beginning of alloy (in September) - to 10 cubic centimeters a second, in the mouth - 30 cubic centimeters a second. Behind Kaymak mouth the wide valley of Chatkal opens.
Sandalash passes a rocky alignment and sharply falls in a narrow granite crack - the last rocky canyon with powerful thresholds. In a red granite canyon with height of walls to 10 m of 4 - 5 discharges up to 2 m high.
After the bridge through the river of an obstacle become simpler. Behind a farm on right to a beret Sandalash falls simple shivery into Chatkal, (on which further way is described in the previous route). The area of its catchment basin - about 1200 sq.km with a length of 89 km.
In certain places the river abruptly changes the direction. Sandalash accepts water of many inflows; the largest of them begin on slopes of the Pskem ridge: Kainsu, Kurgantyube, Chukursu, Talyksay, Achiktash, Karayangryk, Takmaksalda, Chongishakulda and Tayalmash.