Altai is over. Tien-Shan is coming.
If the road to Karagem would be driveable, then for no means for our little Maggie. It was indeed vanished and despite local's words nobody took care of it. So we had to carry, drag and pull our boats for the last 5-6 km. Unbelievably, but one russian Gaz-66 4x4 truck had made the road all the way down to the river - it would have to drive straight in the riverbed of a small creek, over huge boulders and massive log strains.
Karagem had quite low flow at this time but the weather and the water both were damn cold. So in order to drop the altitude and get warmer environment we rushed down the river in just one day, almost entirely eddy hopping run. The Argut took a liitle bit more time, namely three days to run all the rapids.
24 of August, at the famous camping spot on the Chuya river all three teams travelling Altai rivers this summer finally have met. The Liquidlogic team, our team and the group of russian kayakers - we were so glad to see each other so the beer in nearby shop ran out almost immediately.
Tomorrow we finally leave hospitable Altai Mountains and having slightly changed out team staff start driving towards Omsk, to sort out Kazakh visas.
Tien-Shan is waiting for us.