Töö Ashuu

Drive to the Töö Ashuu Pass with its 9 whiplash-inducing switchbacks

Töö Ashuu is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.594m (11,791ft) above the sea level, located in the Chuy Region of Kyrgyzstan. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with dangerous dropoffs. The average gradient is 6.95% with sections up to 12%.

Located in the Kyrgyz Alatau range of the Tien Shan mountains, the road over the pass is gravel and very rough. It’s usually known as Töö Ashuu old road. The road is very narrow in some sections. There is little room for error on this road. The road is very bumpy and not meant for average cars. 4wd vehicle required. Too-Ashuu is known for the legend about the Kyrgyz hero Kozhumkul, who carried a wounded horse, thru the pass on his shoulders. 

The road is very steep. Starting from the asphalted M41or Pamir Highway, part of the European route E010, at an elevation of 3.084m above the sea level, the ascent is 7.33km long via 9 whiplash-inducing switchbacks. The elevation gain is 510 meters. The average gradient is 6.95% with sections up to 12%.
The infamous road was bypassed by a tunnel, known as Töö Ashuu tunnel. At the summit is a mountain refuge. Due to the high elevations and exposure, the road is subject to strong winds and rapid weather changes. Be prepared for the cold and wind! High winds blow here all year long.
Pic: Leon