GPS coordinates for the mouth of the gorge 43.248913, 77.218464
Left Talgar gorge is the longest in the basin of Talgar river. It extends from south to north for 32 km. The origins of Left Talgar river takes from Glavnyi ridge of Ile Alatau. The southern boundary of the gorge extends from the peak of Berezovskiy in the west to the peak of Soviet Kazakhstan in the east. Gorge is limited by Small Almaty spur, then the boundary runs along Glavnyi ridge from the peak of Soviet Kazakhstan to Stalskoi paek, followed by Novyi spur to Fizik peak.
Sprawling with circuses of Dmitriev, Constitution, Toguzak and Severcev glaciers, gorge gradually narrows and after the «Solnechnaya polyana» deeply falls between steep and high slopes. The depth of the gorge, in some places, is up to a kilometer.
Left Talgar River is formed after the merger of Togyzak Constitution and Dmitriev tributaries, arising out of the glaciers of same name.
Only four small rivers flow from the eastern slopes of Small Almaty spur. This is Tourists stream, flowing from Tourists glacier; extremely mudflow creek flowing from Aristov and Nursultan peaks; Komsomolka river, which originates from Komsomolets glacier and Sauryksay river.
Ulken Mynzhylky river, flowing from Kalesnik and Severcev glaciers, brings waters into the Left Talgar from Glavnyi ridge. Nauryksay river, originating from South TEU and Bezbozhnik glaciers, flows from Novyi spur. Rusakovskiy stream follows next
A small inflow, called Rusakovskiy stream, flows from the foothills of Akademik Kurchatov peak, which is located in western branch of Novyi spur
Bolshoi klyuch influx starts from Novyi spur and Koptau and Dinamovec glaciers. Bolshoi klyuch falls into the Left Talgar in the area of the first Jaeger cordon.
There, a small creek Malyi klyuch empties into the river below the first cordon.
River, arising from Zolotaya shel gorge, flows at the second Jaeger cordon, and river from Goncharov’s shel gorge flows into the Left Talgar at the third cordon.
In the place of the descent into the gorge with Butakov of the pass is glade Kazakh pedagogical Institute
A little-known thirty-meters-long beautiful waterfall (GPS координаты 43.120353, 77.151259) is located 150 meters up the Komsomolka river, at the confluence of the Left Talgar and Komsomol river.
Another popular park, located in the spruce forest on the banks of a large stream is upstream of Left Talgar. It was called «Krasnaya Polyana» for its beauty.
700 metres above the gorge is the site of a former mountaineering camp "Alpine rose"
Moving from the «Alpine Rose» up the gorge, you get on a powerful mudflow rise, which was formed from the annual gathering of mud-stone flows (mudflows) from Aristov peak. In 2003, another mudslide was so powerful that it was able to block the gorge by mud-stone dam with the width of about 500 meters. Over time, a small lake was formed because of this dam, which is almost completely silted up in 10 years, and the river flowed over the dam.
This is the most dangerous place in the gorge, which should be passed in the first half of the day and in good weather.
A small cave on a hillside in the rocks, which can be seen only from «Alpine Rose» field, is on the right bank, opposite the mudflow rise.
Powerful nameless stone glacier, the same as «Rukovichka» glacier in Ozernoe gorge, is located directly opposite Ulken Mynzhylky gorge.
Another very popular among tourists glade is below the glacier. It is called «Solnechnaya». It was called so for spaciousness, beautiful scenery, abounding streams, convenient parking and rest before crossing over the Left Talgar. River at this place is widely spread and becomes passable in the morning.
There are also clearing above the rock glaciers, convenient for parking. Closest to the glacier is called the «Polyana dorakov» (Glade of Fools).
Gorge remains wide above this glade and has a convenient place for the camp and rest up to the moraine of Constitution glacier. This stretch of the gorge is called Mynzhylky tract and represents the Alpine meadows with good grass cover and abundant streams. Here is a large stone monument up to Tourists influx, called "Rabbit Ears" due to the characteristic shape. This place is also a good parking place for small tourist groups.
Left Talgar gorge is very interesting in terms of climbing and mountaineering. Only peaks that exceed a height of 4000 meters are 60, and 55mountain passes. All vertices were passed in the 30-40 years of the last century; most of them haven’t obeyed by the climbers since then. Many passes are still popular among athlete tourists due to the increased complexity, as they allow diversifying their routes by category of complexity.
Tops of Small Almaty spur and circus of Bogdanovich glacier are given in the description of Small Almaty gorge. Need to focus on four vertices, which are sometimes conquered from Left Talgar gorge. This is Nursultan peak – it has a paved route on the north-east ridge from Snezhnoe plateau peak through Lastochkino gnezdo (Swallow's Nest), Uzhbinka and Verblyud peaks.
Partizan, Ordzhonikidze, Mayakovskiy and Aristov peaks are also climbed from Left Talgar valley. Only challenging routes that require a high climbing skills are laid to the tops of this gorge.
All other vertices of Left Talgar are located on Glavnyi ridge of Ile Alatau, in the circuses of Tourists, Dmitriev, Constitution, Toguzak, Severcev and Kalesnik glaciers.
There are three peaks in the circus of Tourists glacier in east ridge, extending from Small Almaty spur – Soviet climbers peak, Glavnaya), SGU (Sverdlovsk State University) and an unnamed peak 4101.
The following peaks are located in the circus of Dmitriev glacier in Glavnyi ridge: double trapezoid vertex of Abalakov Evgeniy, anonymous 4250, Ovtcharov, the peak of CDKA (Central House of the Red Army), Dmitriev peak.
There are Leningradets, Zhanatau(Novaya vertex), Karakaursyn (Black Feather), the peak of the Constitution vertices in the circus of Constitution glacier, in a short Constitution spur.
Earlier this peak was called as Stalinskaya Konstituciya, and then Sovetskaya Konstituciya, for now it is called just Constitution.
Two peaks are located on the main ridge of Ile Alatau: Ivan Miroshkin peak and 10 years of the Kazakh SSR. Inetau peak is on the ridge, which goes off to the north from 10 years the Kazakh SSR peak.
All vertices on its southern side in the circus of Togyzak glacier are located in Glavnyi ridge. This is the peak of Muztau peak, the peak of the Soviet Kazakhstan, Toguzak peak, Muryntau peak.
Togyzak glacier is limited by Pechat spur on the north side. The peaks, located in the spur, are: the peak of SASHIА (Middle Asian Instructors School Аlpinism, it is also called as Konyrtau peak (Brown mountain), two anonymous 4340 and 4390, Kiragantau, the peak of Pushkin and Pechat peak.
Several peaks in the circus of Kalesnik and Severcev glaciers are located in Glavnyi spur. These are two unnamed peaks 4455 and 4536), Kalesnik peak, the three-headed Bogatyr peak, Severcev peak, Svyazist peak, MYUD peak (International Youth Day, the peak of Suleiman Stalsky.
Small Frunze spur stretches west from the node top of S. Stalsky, where the top of the same name and KazTAG (Kazakhstani Telegraph Agency peak are located.
Frunze spur, in its turn, also branches; there are two peaks in the north-western branch: Christ the Savior (formerly Bezbozhnik) and the peak of 4150.
New spur is the watershed between Left and Middle Talgar gorges and strongly dissected. The peak of Academician I. Kurchatov is in western branch from Koptau peak.
Vertices, located in the spur, are given in the description of Middle Talgar gorge, as climbing on them are carried out of this gorge.
Small Fizik peak is located at the northern tip of Novyi spur. The top is so-called by scientists of the Institute of Nuclear Physics, who committed climbing the unnamed peak in the 70s of the last century, which towers above the Goncharov gorge and clearly visible from Alatau village. The institute is located there. The top was named as Fizik and climbing became traditional for the scientists of the Institute.
You can get into Small Almaty gorge, Butakovka, Big Almaty (Ozernoe) and Middle Talgar through the passes that are in the Left Talgar valley, as well as into the inter-mountain valleys Chilik, Chon-Kemin and to high-mountain Zhasylkol lake. It’s possible to get to largest glaciers of Ile and Kungey Alatau – such as Bogatyr, Zhangyryk and Chilik-Kemin jumper.
Gorge has limited availability due to the protected mode of visits at the bottom of the gorge and the need to overcome the high passes on foot in the middle and upper parts of the gorge. Bad dirt road with five dilapidated bridges is laid only on the bottom of the gorge till the first Jaeger cordon. Only hiking trails are laid further in the gorge. Middle and high mountain parts of the gorge can only be reached through the Butakovskiy and Talgar passes or through the passes from Small Almaty gorge or Middle Talgar gorge.
- Show on mapHow to get?Waterfall
- Show on mapHow to get?Rock glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?The Cave
- Popular glades.
- Tributaries of the Left Talgar River
- Show on mapHow to get?The Cirque of the Bogdanovich Glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?The Cirque of the Dmitriev Glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?The cirque of Konstitucia glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?Cirque of the Stalskyi and Zhambul glaciers
- Show on mapHow to get?Cirque of the Togyzak glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?Cirque of the Tourists glacier
- Show on mapHow to get?Cirque of the Severtsov and Kalesnik glaciers