Pereval Arabel is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 3.839m (12,595ft) above the sea level, located in the Tian Shan mountains of the Region Issyk-Kulin in Kyrgyzstan. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The road to the summit is gravel, but partly in very poor condition. Only 4wd cars. It’s usually closed from November to March. Not suitable for heavy road motorcycles. The climb is simply terrible, with a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. Most people feel altitude sickness at around 2,500-2,800 meters. To drive the pass you will need a border zone permit.
Pic: Wolfgang Tschertou