Wonderful Glade Wonderland
There is a wonderful place on the slopes of the Kuraisky Range. It’s not far from our camp – only 7 kilometers in a straight line. But as much as 700 meters vertically. And this is a very important circumstance.
Moss-grown stones of ancient barrows in the steppe, golden karagach, wormwood and juniper on the slopes frame specific perception of this landscape. It is wild, severe and unapproachable.
Before climbing up the mountains make a stop to take a deep breath of spicy fragrant air. It tastes of wormwood. There are several species here, and each has its own viscous, pungent flavor. Above the mountains the landscape changes dramatically. Wormwood and thorns give their place to rhubarb and onions. (By the way, they both are edible and tasty). But what we are looking for is above the gorge. We will climb a little higher and break out into the open space of a mountain terrace. The Chuya steppe will be right below us, in the distance the icy tops of Yuzhno-Chui will come through cloud haze, and magnificence of alpine meadows will surround us. Edelweiss, gentian, forget-me-nots, asters and more and more … Sea of flowers. My writing abilities are primitive and wretched in order to try to convey sensations which this place evokes. Maybe photos will help? ..)))