The road to Kalmak Ashuu Pass has taxed the nerves of more than a few drivers

Pereval Kalmakashu is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.446m (11,305ft) above the sea level, located in the Naryn province of Kyrgyzstan.

Kalmak Ashuu Pass

Located in the Tian Shan mountains, the road to the summit is unpaved. 4wd cars only. 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.
Pic: Mikhail Nagaitsev