Tossor Pass is a thrilling (scary) off road experience in Kyrgyzstan
Pereval Tossor is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.901m (12,798ft) above the sea level, located in the Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
Set high in the Terskey Ala-Too mountain range, the road to the summit, also known as Pereval Tosor, Pereval Тоссор and Pereval Tassor, is totally unpaved and extremely defiant. A good 4x4 vehicle with high clearance is required. Don’t drive this trail alone. It is not the easiest route: be prepared for it, or enjoy it, if you are searching for offroad.
Tucked away on the eastern part of the country, the pass links the southern shore of Issyk Kul lake and Naryn. Always check the weather forecast before you start your journey: adverse conditions are common. The road is usually passable between June and August due the snow and sometimes the pass can be blocked by landslides. The last few km's to the top are pretty steep and rough (going towards Naryn).
The track to reach the summit is an old road and horse's path. It’s very steep, hitting an 1% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting at Tosor, on the southern shore of Issyk Kul lake, the ascent is 34.7 km (21.56 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 2295 meters. The average gradient is 6.61%. The scenery is spectacular.
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