The Seok Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 4.024m (13,202ft) above the sea level, located in the Region Issyk-Kulin, in Kyrgyzstan. It’s one of the highest mountain roads of the country.
The road to the summit, also known as Suyak Pass, Pereval Suyek and Söök Pass, is called A364 Road and links the villages of Barskoon and Kara-say. It’s gravel but in good conditions. Depending on snow conditions short-term winter locks are possible. The gravel road A364 is to ride without any major problems and with any vehicle. There are daily some heavy transports on the road for the fleet of machines. 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.
Located in the Tian Shan mountains, this track can get very muddy and slippery after rain making it challenging to get through. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. The pass connects the Ala-Bel plateau to the upper Naryn River valley. It is subject to winter snowfalls with such a high summit altitude, and the road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The pass is nowadays significant mainly as a strategic gateway on the A364 road to the southeastern high mountain desert areas of Kyrgyzstan along the Chinese border, and to the border posts at Kara-Say and Ak-Shyrak.
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