A hairpinned road to Kamchik Pass
Kamchik Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.200m (7,217ft) above the sea level, located in the Namangan Region, in far eastern part of Uzbekistan.
Tucked away in the Qurama Mountains, the hairpinned road to the summit, also spelt Kamchiq or Qamchiq, is totally paved, but there are rough sections where the asphalt has disappeared. It’s called the Tashkent-Osh (A373) international highway. Heavy vehicles and minivans are not permitted to cross the pass. Approximately 10,000 to 15,000 vehicles travel daily through the pass.
The road bypassed an old road to the summit with a tunnel in 1999. On the horizon the snow-capped peaks of the Fan Mountains come into view. The pass is located in the Fergana Valley between the Tashkent and Namangan Regions. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. Avalanches, mudslides, heavy snowfalls, mudslides and landslides can occur anytime, being extremely dangerous due to frequent patches of ice.
Pic: By t_y_l (P9091085a) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons