GPS coordinates of the confluence with the river Right Talgar 43.226956, 77.283638
Middle Talgar gorge is much inferior to Left Talgar gorge on a scale and to Right Talgar gorge on a length: about 17 km. The main advantage of Middle Talgar gorge is that the western slopes of Talgar peak addresses to it. Only this fact dramatically increases its attractiveness, wherein at least five peaks have a height greater than 4550 meters.
In the west, the valley is limited by Novyi spur and partly Glavnyi ridge. Ile Alatau ridge turns sharply to the north-east in the area of Surovyi pass and here reaches a maximum height as Talgar peak. Glavnyi ridge significantly reduces below Talgar peak. Severnyi spur (Alatas) separates Middle Talgar valley from Right Talgar. Metallurg peak is a nodal vertex, connecting three gorges – Middle Talgar, Right Talgar and Zharsay gorge.
Middle Talgar River merges with Right Talgar river six kilometers above the confluence of the latest river with the Left Talgar.
Due to significant glaciations of the gorge, Middle Talgar river is the deepest, despite the fact that virtually has no tributaries, except three minor rivers. These are two rivers, running down the Teke and Solnechnyi ravines, and a river, flowing from the foot of the Valley of the Scythians, located on the southern slopes of the Severnyi spur. The valley was named so after finding ritual stone rings made of stones in the 60s of the last century.
The lower part of the gorge has a significant drop and steep rocky slopes, reaching a height of one kilometer above the riverbed. Pre-existing trail in this part of the gorge is often raised high above the riverbed, and in one area it was held on cut into the talus terraces, where wooden flooring was put in some places. Trails were laid in relation to movements of horse caravans, serving the mountaineering camp.
Middle Talgar gorge is one of the mudflow-dangerous in Ile Alatau. A series of powerful mudslides passed through the gorge in the 70-80 years of the last century. One of these floods completely destroyed mountaineering camp, another from the log of Solnechnyi glacier broke trail in the main gorge, making it impassable. Many mudflows reached the southern border of Talgar town. After it the access to Middle Talgar gorge became difficult and dangerous. Now a safe way to it passes through Right Talgar gorge, where ruins of "Talgar" mountaineering camp can be achieved through Severnyi pass.
Now only the preserved names remind existed camp in Middle Talgar gorge. Powerful shaft of overgrown ancient moraines is met up the canyon in a 30-minute walk. Raising it is called "Annapurna", so named for a protracted, tedious climb. The wide U-shaped trough valley, closed by the harsh rocky bastions of Karaulchitau peak in the south, is seen after climbing on the moraine.
Descending from the moraine in the valley, you find yourself on the "Edelweiss glade", carpeted of these flowers.
Passing the huge meadow at the foot of Talgar peak, you get into the world of the subalpine meadows at the foot of Kroshka glacier, named in honor of one of the first climbers of Kazakhstan. "Shumikhinskie stoyanki" are on the old green moraines below this glacier, which are comfortable and smooth, named in honor of climbing instructor, who worked in the camp.
Most of the peaks are located in the main circus of Shokalskiy glacier. OPTE vertex (Society of Proletarian Tourism and Excursions stands alone, in Glavnyi ridge, to the east from the nodal vertex of S. Stalskoi until Surovyi pass. A vertex of Chokan Valihanov is in the same spur to the north of S. Stalsko peak.
Kishkenetau and Zhambyl peaks are located in Novyi spur, also going from S. Stalskoi peak. Karatas spur with a small eponymous apex goes northeast from Zhambyl peak. The top of TEU (Tourist Excursion Office is to the north of Zhambyl peak, spur streches north-east from it, in which Sypuchaya peak is located.
Novyi spur turns to the east from Koptau peak, where Dinamovec peak is situated. There are three peaks next – Zhamalaktau, Strelok and Yubileinaya. Fizik peak, closing Novyi spur, is described in the "Left Talgar" article. The glaciation of Novyi spur ends on this top.
Glavnyi ridge abruptly changes its direction to the north-east in the right branch of Shokalskiy glacier. Pronounced snowy pyramid of Aktau peak is immediately behind the Surovyi pass. Rocky peaks of Salanov, Chekist, Karaulchitau climb in the north-western tip of Aktau.
A group of vertices located close to each other is in north-east of Aktau peak and Aktyuz pass. This is a difficult rocky peak of Trud, then the second highest peak of Ile Alatau – the peak of the South-East Talgar stands along the ridge. A powerful and deep Talgar pass is below this vertex. Next trapezius triceps summit, the highest point of Ile Alatau, Talgar peak (H-4973). This vertex consists of South Talgar, Glavnyi Talgar, North Talgar.
From the South top of peak Талгар will depart a small offspur that divides glaciers South and North Талгар westward. There is an only top in an offspur - Clistau. Yintau peak is almost on the slopes of Talgar peak and behind North Talgar peak, a spur of the Abay Kunanbayev extends from it. Spur separates North Talgar and Koryp glaciers. There are three peaks in the spur: Ushbastau, Sulukuz, Abay Kunanbayev.
Kopyr peak is to the north of Intau. A small spur with Sportivnaya peak stretches on the western slopes of Glavnaya ridge between Kopyr and Ozernyi glaciers.
Monumental mountain - Metallurg peak is located behind Kopyr peak, which is a hub in Glavnyi ridge and the last vertex, exceeding 4500 m in Talgar node. Two spurs stretches from it: a relatively short (12 km) Severnyi (Alatas) and Talgar, stretching between Right Talgar and Issyk rivers. Several peaks rise in the southern part of the spur: Karatau, Kolokolnikovy and GTO (Ready for Labor and Defense Sports Complex), and Krugozor mountain is behind Severnyi pass.
To the north-west, there is Krugozor mount, located right after Severnyi pass.
Thus, 38 vertices centered in short, but, in fact, the main gorge of Talgar basin, 8 of which exceed a height of 4500m, and 23 passes, 7 of which are elevated and 3 the highest complexity.