Kumtor Gold Mine
Located in the remote Issyk Kul province in eastern Kyrgyzstan, on the border with China, Kumtor Gold Mine is the second-highest gold mining operation in the world, topping out at 4.460m (14,632ft) above the sea level. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Situated along the northwestern slope of the Ak Shirak ridge in the Tian Shan range, the road to the summit is an unpaved mine road. The road is very narrow with dangerous drop offs. Located in a majestic surrounding with surreal beauty, this open-pit gold mining site started in 1997, owned by Canadian mining company Centerra Gold Inc.
Pic: Manas Kantemirov