Assy plateau is inextricably linked with Turgen gorge. Even ancient caravan trail, preserved to this day, was held on this gorge in ancient times. It was one of short-cuts to Sogetinskaya and Zhalanash Valley and then to China or Issyk-Kul.
Assy plateau is located at an altitude of 2,100 meters to 2,800 meters above sea level. It is oriented from west to east with a slope to the east. The width of the plateau reaches 9 km in the west and 1.5 km in the east. The same name river flows from Assy plateau. This river skirts the Bokandytau mountains, while turning to the north, and inflows further into Ile river.
Plateau limits Karash ridge and Bokandytau Mountains from the north. In the west it’s limited by the group of hills that originated from Karakiz Mount (H-3454) in the ridge of Sarytau and stretching to the mountains (H-3339) in Karash ridge.
Assy plateau has always been used as a perfect zhailau. Thousands of herds of sheep and horses used to graze on it every summer. It was possible to pick up mushrooms in almost industrial scale in June and July. Currently, intensive livestock is not carried out. The steady year-round meteopost and a small shop are situated in 18 kilometers from the western border.
In recent years, Assy plateau became very popular among motorists, jeepers, bikers and mount bikers. Routes to Bartogay water reservoir on Chilik river are laid on the plateau through Kyzylauyz and Karaarsha (Karasha) passes, on which dirt roads, leading to Zhenishke valley and village of the same name, are held.
You can meet unusual rocky outcrops, with a shape similar to Sharyn canyon, on the way to Bartogay above Assy plateau. Rocks are pink-colored.
Travelling to these places provide an excellent opportunity to familiarize with very unusual landscapes, not specific to Ile Alatau.