Season: April - June
Best period: May
Complexity: intermediate, demands mountaineering skills (using ice axes and crampons). Duration of ascent from Memorial to the fallen in the mountains to glacier station T-1 will take about 3 hours on first day. On second day ascent from glacier station T-1 to Molodyozhniy peak will take about 4-5 hours, depends on level of physical fit of participants. This route suits for physically fit skiers and snowboarders with confident level of riding on wild terrain. It is necessary to have a set of avalanche equipment.
Heights difference: elevation gain – 1600 m. Memorial to the fallen in the mountains – Molodyozhniy peak. Loss is about 1000 m. If there is enough snow, it’s possible to make descent till Mynzhilki dam.
Route: Almaty region, Kazakhstan. Almaty - the Medeu meadow - Memorial to the fallen in the mountains - the dam Mynzhylki - the glaciological station T-1 - the Molodezhny pass - Molodyozhniy peak.
Day 1. Almaty – Circus of Tuyuksu glacier.
Departure from Almaty about 10 a.m. Transfer to Memorial of fallen in the mountains with altitude 2550 m.a.s.l. After that we will continue ascent by feet following the road along Small Almaty river to “Mynzhilki” dam. This name can be literally translated as “good pasture for livestock”. Here is also located stationary meteorological station at an altitude of 3000 m.a.s.l
Light snack and short break in shelter near Mynzhilki dam. After break will move uphill again. When we cross the river, if it’s enough snow it will be possible to continue on skis. Here long ascent is waiting for us on the way to Tuyuksu glacier. We will turn to the right before reaching the glacier and get to glacier station “Tuyuksu Glacier T-1”.
This station is situated at an altitude of 3450 m.a.s.l. Station was established in 1956 and it is one of the oldest glacier stations in the world. When soviet glaciologists built their houses here on the tongue of the glacier after Second World War they couldn’t have imagined that dozens of years later the glaciers would retreat by hundreds of meters. Tuyuksu glacier is included in world network of glacier changes observation. Nowadays it is the only one glacier in Central Asia where observations are still contunied after the collapse of USSR.
Approximate time of reaching glacier station T-1 – 14.30 – 15.00 p.m. Break, dinner, walking around if desired. Night in Tuyuksu Glacier T-1 area.
Day 2. Molodyozhniy peak - Memorial to the fallen in the mountains - Almaty
Early wake up, about 5.00 a.m. Breakfast, preparing for the route. We should start to move not later than 06.30 a.m., in west direction towards Molodyozhniy pass 3735 m.a.s.l. Ascent by ski-touring will take about 2 hours. Short break on Molodyozhniy pass, about 30 minutes. During our break on the pass we will enjoy view to surrounding summits and glaciers. We will continue to climb uphill by feet to Molodyozhniy peak., it will take about 1,5-2 hours. When we reach peak’s top we will have short break and preparation for making descent on skis.
Fist mountaineering on Molodyozhniy peak was made in 1940 by group of instructors from Tuyuksu alpine camp. From mountaineering view point summit is not difficult, classical route of ascent is 1B. The Almost all north slope of the summit is covered by ice in summer time and it makes it very frightening. In winter time summit is covered with snow because of heavy snowfalls, and it makes possible to arrange backcountry and make descent from the top by skis till the end of June. It’s altitude is 4150 m.a.s.l. Molodezhniy peak is also popular among alpinists for acclimatization and preparation for more serious routes, for example, on Khan Tengri peak.
Descent will be made in classical way, along the line of ascent, which is called “chicken breast”. Or we can also make descent by north slope of Molodyozhniy peak. All depends on weather conditions and skiing level of participants. We will make descent to station T-1. At the station we will have break and lunch. After that we will move to meteorological station Mynzhilki, if it’s enough snow we will make descent on skis! Break in familiar shelter and then walk down to Memorial to the fallen in the mountains. Approximate time of arrival in Almaty 20.00 p.m.
*** At the client's request, the program can be extended to 3-5 days. Continuing the radial exits to the tops of the location next to the space station.
- Alpine skis/snowboard with ski-touring bindings
- Ski/snowboard boots (for skiers with system of switching to walking mode)
- Snowshoes (for snowboarders without splitboard)
- Ice axe
- Avalanche equipment (ABS system or avalanche safety kit: shovel, probe and transceiver)
- Backpack with volume 50 litres at least with ski/snowboard fixation
- Goggles with extra untifog lens
- Thermos with tea
- Water tank or camelback
- Head torch
- Extra set of warm clothes for a night in the mountains
- Extra pair of shoes (sneakers or lightweight trekking shoes)
- Warm sleeping bag with a temperature below zero in comfort zone
- Camping mat
- Personal AID kit
- Snacks (bars, muelsi, special mount nutrition)