Back to category Published: 04 april 2023 Author: Zhanna Mukhatzhanova

Bogdanovich Glacier


The Bogdanovich Glacier is a highly sought-after destination for adventure enthusiasts and eco-tourists visiting Almaty, Kazakhstan. Its proximity to the city makes it easily accessible, unlike most glaciers that are situated in remote highland regions. The glacier is located behind the Big Talgar Pass and is surrounded by impressive peaks such as Abai Peak, Nursultan Peak (formerly Komsomol Peak), Fizkulturnik Peak, and Karlytau Peak.

Named after the Russian-Polish geologist Karl Bogdanovich, who conducted research in the area and created a tectonic map of the region, the glacier offers a challenging ascent starting at an altitude of 3200 meters (10500 ft). The route initially takes you along the moraine, a debris of ice and rocks, and then over the stones. The glacier has the Oktyabrskaya Cave, one of the largest in Kazakhstan, situated within its body. However, the entrances to the cave can be quite dangerous due to ice barriers and water. Additionally, a beautiful moraine lake can be found in the vicinity.

How to get there?

To reach the starting point for the ascent to the Bogdanovich Glacier, visitors can take the cable car from the Medeu Skating Rink to the upper station of Shymbulak Ski Resort. It is important to keep in mind that mountain climbing can be a dangerous activity, and it may be necessary to seek professional assistance for a safe and successful ascent.

For those interested in climbing the Bogdanovich Glacier, it is recommended to consider taking part in our trekking tour. These tours include a guided climb to the glacier and ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

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