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Inylchek glacier


This mountainous region is very popular among tourists and mountaineers from many countries of Europe and Asia. Here, very close to the clouds and above them you can see numerous mountain giants sparkling with eternal snow and glaciers, headed by northern Pobeda Peak (7,439 m) and by the majestic pyramid of Khan-Tengri (6,995 m). These peaks go high above the clouds and sparkle brightly with eternal snow and marble sides against the background of the blue south sky. Huge glaciers are following down from the peaks and mountain range of the Central Tien-Shan. This is where the Inylchek Glacier is located.

Inylchek Glacier is the second largest mountain glacier in the world after Fedchenko Glacier, the biggest one in the Pamirs. The glacier river of Inylchek stretches for about 60 kilometers. Inylchek is the unique world of ice architecture, a huge museum of fantastic ice created by water, sun and wind. Its exhibits—sculptures, ice flowers, ice caves, and garlands of icicles—are constantly changing. There is one more remarkable thing here, i. e., Mertzbakher ice lake situated at the junction of South and North Inylchek at the height of more than 3,300 m. The Inylchek Valley is in the Central Tien-Shan and like the majority of valleys and ridges of Tien-Shan extends in the latitudinal direction. Its length is 200 km. Almost all climatic zones of Tien-Shan are to be found in this valley: from the sultry mountain desert in its lower part through the zone of spruce and juniper tree forests in the middle to the alpine zone in the upper part. The climate is continental with temperature difference of up to 20—30 °C.

                 


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