Left Talgar. Is it so left?

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It is only in politics leftism is a childhood disease. In geography, it means nothing. Personally, I think that ravine of Left Talgar is the most beautiful in Ile Alatau.

Here in the immediate vicinity of the southern capital, the most pristine mountain landscapes are preserved, despite the fires of the last decade that have destroyed large areas of forest, and mudflows that changed the look of the middle part of the ravine. And please notice that it is all thanks to the natural closure of the ravine, and not for the heroic efforts of the defenders of environmental barriers.

The fact is that the river Left Talgar, in its lower course, flows through the impassable canyon and all its passes of upper reaches are covered with glaciers. Therefore, those who want to travel here by car do not have any possibility to do that. Moreover, the ravine is absolutely free from grazing.

The weakest part of the natural fortification of Left Talgar is an area adjoining to the Talgar pass – this is the area of natural garbage place, where the fires start.

Why? Because there is a cableway from the Small Almaty ravine side to Talgar Pass (3200 meters) and opened to all solvent visitors.

Meanwhile, the most damage to the nature cause those, who do not like walk anywhere on their own feet, sweating under the weight of backpacks and getting corns on their feet. Enemies and foes of the nature usually get to it comfortably.

But, anyway, Small Almaty ravine has the most developed infrastructure that easily leads all visitors to one of the most inaccessible places - Left Talgar.

So, the path to Bogdanovich glacier, the nearest alpine glacier to metropolis, is very short. Combined tour will take just a couple of hours for townspeople; half an hour to get to Medeo, then half an hour to Shimbulak, another half an hour to Talgar pass, and the last half hour (fast walking) along the moraine to the glacier. (If you cannot walk fast, or do not want to, then add another hour).

At the ice stream of the Bogdanovich glacier you can observe the same processes as at the glaciers in Antarctic, where every minute, melted ice masses descend into the water, stirring waves. You just need to find a small glacial lake that would be covered on the one side by icy cliff, twenty feet high. Flows of water roll off from there (in the late summer), stones and chunks of ice are constantly falling down. So you can see the real mini icebergs freely floating on the surface of the little arctic lake. You only need to come there at the right time.

By the way, Talgar basin has 92 glaciers, including such major ones as glaciers Shokalski (16 sq. km.) and Dmitriev (19 sq. km.). However, the dimensions are taken from the 30 year old sources and today the area is much smaller. Glaciers are melting and constantly shrinking. And, of course, it happens with our help. But, you cannot blame someone in particular, it is fault of our techno-dependent civilization. When ice melt away from the mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau, rivers run dry and all conditions for life would disappear at the foot of the mountain, then here, where people settled down for millennia before us and where we live now, would be a beautiful desert. But I tell you another time about our deserts.

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