A journey to the border of distance and time
Cherga, Shebalino, Onguday are the old trading outposts along the way. There are still visible traces of the «old» way. So many adventures seemed to be from the old Chiket or crazy openings along the river Chuja. Caravans of packed camels and horses transported tea and silk to the country Shibir there. But it’s all in the past. Nowadays the road is quite comfortable. By Russian standards it is modern and incredibly picturesque. Crossing the Katun near the Ust-Sema you leave behind the tourist bustle of the Chemal and gain new status — you become traveller! And your journey turns into travel! You meet less and less hostels and camps. Everyday convenience replaces by inconvenience that is compensated by the scenery of the extraordinary strength.
Move on highway R256 up to 871 km. There you will see that pointer. It will be on your left. Go on the knurled steppe road. It used to mark the way with pyramids of stones in these places. You have to drive through 1.5 km by preserved segment of the old «Chuyskij tract» to a small descent and you are on the spot.
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