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This wonderful valley has lots of history. Yuri Gagarin (first man ever in space) made his holidays here, the silk road passed right through this area, and lake Issyk Kul is so close that the views are second to none.
Follow along the south side of Issyk Kul. When you get to the village of Barskoon, take the road right, up towards the mountains. 20 Kilometers from the turn-off there will be a statue of Yuri Gagarin on the right hand side of the road. This is a good place to park for both "The Cup of Manas" and "Aksal's Beard". The "Tears of the Snow Leopard" is another 3ish kilometers further up the river from Aksal's Beard. There is even more ice above "Tears of the Snow Leopard" that continues all the way to the top of the mountain. This vally is just loaded with ice climbs.
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Tears of the Snow Leopard Waterfall WI5+ Asia : Kyrgyzstan : Barskoon Valley
This waterfall has lots of space to make things as hard or easy as you want. Check out the picture for more info. It is more than 100 meters high and sometimes even has sections of overhanging ice. Incredible waterfall, but also very intimidating....[more] Browse More Classics in International
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