The Ak-Baital, also known as Ak-Baital Pass, is a mountain pass at 15.000 feet (4.500 meters) located in Central Asia, particularly in Tajikistan . It is the highest mountain pass in the former Soviet Union and the highest point at the Pamir highway, also known as the M41.
|Height||15.000 feet (4.500 meters)|
|Coordinates||38° 34'0 "N y 73° 34'60"|
The Ak-Baital Pass is located in the eastern part of Tajikistan, 400 km east of the capital Dushanbe. This mountain pass is located in the middle of the Pamir mountain range, a very deserted and sparsely inhabited area. The closest city to the south is Murghab, about 70 kilometers away; to the north, and after passing Karakul Lake (at 3,900 meters), the first settlement is Sary-Tash, 160 kilometers away.
It is usual to find just few people on this road: some local people and some crazy adventurer who is traveling on the Carretera del Pamir by bicycle, motorcycle or off-road. The road is in poor condition, as you can see in the photos, and it is not paved. Ak-Baital is located just over 100 kilometers from the Kyrgyzstan border and the Kyzyl-Art Pass that crosses it, at 14.225 feet (4.336 meters) above sea level.
The climate in the Ak-Baital Pass is cold and dry. The warmest month is July, with daytime highs between 11°-13° C, and the coldest January, with a minimun low that usually reach -25° C. Rainfall is low in the area and November is the rainiest month.