Buguzun Pass

Buguzun Pass: experienced drivers only

Buguzun Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.610 m (8,562ft) above the sea level, located on the border of Tuva and Altai republics of Russia. The track is totally unpaved with a few shallow fords.

Set high in the Altai Mountains, the road to the summit ("big river") is totally unpaved and very rocky. It’s 55km (34 miles) long from the village of Kosh-Agach, the regional center of the Kosh-Agach region. It's only suitable for 4x4 vehicles with very high ground clearance: along the way several rivers need to be crossed. Crossing big rivers requires a bit of experience. Do not attempt to cross with one car, or during heavy rain. It can be treacherous if the water level rises due to lots of rain and warm weather. Please do not attempt to cross this river on a small jeep.

Facilities like electricity, medical aid, hot running water, western toilets etc. are rare to find. Experienced drivers only. The last kilometer is very challenging, running along the bed of the Buguzun river. The drive is very demanding due the stones and boulders, and steep, hitting a 12,4% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. This road is usually impassable from late October through late June or early July (depending on snow). Be aware of sharp stones and avoid rainy days.
Road suggested by: jorge manuel gómez sánchez
Pic: Дмитрий Куликов

 

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