Moldo-Ashuu

Moldo-Ashuu, one of the most extreme roads in Kyrgyzstan

Moldo-Ashuu is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.346m (10,977ft) above the sea level, located in the Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan. It's one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.

Located in the Tian Shan mountains, it’s said to be one of the most beautiful passes of the country. The road to the summit is unpaved. 4wd cars only. The road runs along the Kurtka river canyon. This area is known for the fact that fog often falls on the pass. It is so dense that visibility is practically zero.

It’s usually impassable from November to March. The road to the pass is constantly turning into serpentines and the slope is steep enough. It is one of four passes leading up to Son-Kul lake. Even in July there can be snow up there so dress warm and be ready for anything.

Remember this is a mountainous area, climbing up a high mountain, with a notorius absence of oxygen. Altitude and extreme weather are always a factor. From the top of Moldo Ashu Pass, travelers can see almost the entire road winding up to the pass. There are a couple of nice panoramic points for taking snaps. It also affords spectacular views of the Naryn Valley and some stunning mountain ranges to the south.

 

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