In lieu of a TR
The March 1988 ski backpack took 4 of us 16 days. We pretty much covered the length of Katun' Range, West to East, as well as the gorge of Argut cutting between Katun' and Chuyskie Ranges. We haven't seen any other skiers during the tour, but met a few people (meteorologists at Akkem Station and Native Siberian sheep herders on Argut).
The route went from Tyulyuk Airstrip up Mul'ta River, to Krutoy and Gagpi passes into Kuragan Valley, over twin Ioldo Passes to Dzhorashkol and Kucherla Lakes, across Riga-Turist Pass to Akkem Glacier, thence Druzhba Pass to Mensu Glacier, and finally down the endless frozen gorge of Argut to Katun' River Valley and Chuyskiy Trakt Highway.
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