Sarkand - Cordon "Maly Baskan"- valley of the Maly Baskan river.
Rise at 07:00 a.m. Breakfast, packing. Transfer to the Maly Baskan cordon. Lunch at the cordon, crossing to the right bank of the river and going up the Maly Baskan gorge. The first 2 km will pass along a rather difficult path with high and thorny bushes, nettles, windbreaks. Further, to the place of the first overnight stay, we move along a good dirt road. Maly Baskan gorge is located on the northern slope of the central ridge of the Dzungarian Alatau, in its highest part and is oriented from south to north. The length of the Maly Baskan River to its confluence with the Bolshoi Baskan River is about 40 km. The confluence takes place near the village of Yekiasha, the old name is Pokatilovka, our way to the beginning of the gorge will run through this village with a fancy name. The gorge begins with the circus of the Zhambyl glacier, one of the largest glaciers in this region. In the eastern part of the Zhambyl glacier, there are three highest peaks of the Dzungarian Alatau: Semenov-Tien-Shansky peak, Shumsky peak and Abay peak, in the western part of the Zhambyl glacier is Zhambyl peak. Arrival to the place of overnight stay. Setting up a camp, dinner, rest. Total car mileage on this day approximately 50 km, walking distance - approximately 7 km.