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Camels Winter Range, Altay

 
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Camels  Winter Range, Altay
Lower Karaghem Valley in Chuyskie Belki Mountains.

We were kind of afraid to ski too close to the camels, with no herders around, so all I got was this cautious shot from a distance.

They even used to supply the tiny general store in the Telengit tribal hamlet near the confluence of Karaghem and Argut by a summer camel caravan, over a nearly 3,000 m pass connecting Karaghem with Taldura Valley, but nowadays a 4WD road reaches Argut Valley further upriver, from the high-elevation grasslands of Ukok Plateau.

February 1985 Chuya-to-Argut ski crossing of Altay Mountains

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Dmitry PrussSubmitted by Dmitry Pruss
on Nov 1, 2007 6:00 pm

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Object Title: Camels Winter Range, Altay

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