Day Fifty: Shymbulak

Today Nazerke and her sister took us to Shymbulak. This is a ski resort in the winter, but the high mountains just outside of town are just as amazing to see in the summer.

We rode several cable cars (gondolas) to the top of the ski area – first to the lodge, then to the very highest part of the ski trails.

View from one of the cable cars
View from one of the cable cars
Looking back towards the city
Looking back towards the city

When we got to the final stop, the view was magnificent – but we wanted more. Sam, Nazerke, and I climbed what the GPS said was 120 meters higher up a steep slope and took it in for a while. Our top altitude was 3336 meters, or 10,945 feet. It was hard to catch my breath during all that exercise.

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Only a panorama can begin to do the place justice.

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This is the kind of thing I bought my GPS for. Here’s the track.


 

As an aside, I’m posting this on battery power using cellular data, because the electricity has gone out at our hostel. This is the first I’ve encountered an outage on my whole trip.

Posted from Almaty, Almaty Province, Kazakhstan.

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