According to Altai legends, the lake is inhabited by” Kol-Ezi ” – the owner of the lake. Altaians believe that this spirit can scream like a bull. That’s it! There is no way to check!
Maybe we’ll get lucky and have a photo hunt. According to foresters, in the deciduous cedar forests surrounding the lake, live maral, lynx, sable. On the mountain slopes there are colonies of marmots and mountain goats. In the lake and river grayling (Charan). And in 1997, rainbow trout were launched into the lake.
Between them are flat Islands. Many are covered with unusual grass-down. Its white heads resemble small lumps of cotton wool. Previously, when the locals used flint, the wick was twisted out of this fluff. In autumn crossing Kucherla on horseback will take only a few minutes.
Lunch under the waterfall Ildo-Ayri, hanging valley. Begins our a serious approach. It’s time to test yourself. Darashkol lake is 3 km away, the trail climbs serpentine over mossy rocks and a wild trail. The dense forest seems to envelop and warm. We are already walking among the age-old cedars, many of which have been uprooted by the storm. And further the path tries to get lost in dense willow thickets. And there is so much moss that you want to lie down and fall asleep on this “down” feather bed. And here begins the most amazing-these waterfalls, which are a continuous stream for 2.5 km. you will not see anywhere in Altai. This landscape resembles realistic paintings of the Wild West, painted by the wonderful Mexican artist Alfredo Rodriguez.
It is said that it was through this valley that the trail leading to the upper reaches of the Katun to the hot Rakhmanov springs passed. The word Ildo translates as “path, path”, and means “fork”.- That’s right, because this fork will lead us to the most mysterious reserved untouched Altai!
From the hanging valley of the Nemytsya stream, a deep bowl-lake Darashkol (“beautiful lake”) – is visible sandwiched between the rocks. Most of the photos were taken from this observation deck – the “captain’s bridge” of these places. In the East is visible the snow-capped Altai crown, and her Beluchinski array. Amazing! This white beauty can be seen even from the dense taiga. The surrounding mountains are like an amphitheater.
In these parts we hear a loud rolling whistle. No, it’s not the evil spirit of the lake! Just a bird with a cute name “lentil” and no less cute red color in a white dot. The distance is 12 km.