The Land of High Mountains

Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Issyk Kul Lake, Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains,
Base Camp of Lenin Peak and Adventure Jeep-tour along Pamir Highway

 

Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pamir Mountains, Tian-Shan Mountains
Itinerary duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Tour itinerary: Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Jety-Oguz Gorge - Bishkek - Osh - Lenin Peak Base Camp (BC) - Karakul Lake - Murghab - Langar - Ishkashim - Khorog - Kalai-Khumb - Kulob - Dushanbe

Guarantee Dates Of Group Tour In 2019:

Group №1. 19.06 - 01.07.2019
Group №2. 10.07 - 22.07.2019
Group №3. 07.08 - 19.08.2019

Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The combined tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provides an excellent opportunity to visit two mountainous countries on one trip and see the two famous mountain systems - the Tien Shan and Pamirs, which are very different from each other and beautiful in their own special way.

In Kyrgystan the travellers will visit the northern and southern parts of the country, including the Kyrgyz capital, famous warmwater Lake Issyk-Kul in the Tien Shan Mountains - a regional resort area with a well-developed infrastructure and unique natural attractions, Osh - the country’s ‘southern capital,’ and the Base Camp at the foot of Lenin Peak - a popular 7,000-metre mountain in the Pamirs.

The tour’s itinerary is highly logical: on the south Kyrgyzstan borders on Tajikistan and is linked with the latter by the Pamir Highway - the highest road in the territory of the former USSR placed by National Geographic among the world’s five most beautiful roads. This is the road the tourists will use to get to neighbouring Tajikistan and travel most of the country, where they will drive across a boundless and desolate high-altitude desert, get over a series of most picturesque mountain passes, including Ak-Baital (4,655 m) - the highest road pass in CIS, and visit a number of original settlements on the ‘roof of the world,’ including Murghab (3,600 m) - the highest town in Central Asia.

This group tour of two countries will certainly appeal to active travellers and fans of grandiose mountain landscapes!


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Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek.
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at airport. Transfer and accommodation in the hotel after 14:00. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.

Bishkek

Day 2. Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake (250 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 9:00 AM a group gathering in the hotel lobby. Sightseeing program in Bishkek at 10:00 AM: the central Ala-Too Square, Historical Museum, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Philharmonic Hall, monument to Manas. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul (250 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Bishkek

Day 3. Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Jety-Oguz Gorge - Issyk-Kul Lake (350 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Round trip to the city of Karakol (Eastern shore of Lake Issyk Kul). Guided sightseeing tour around Karakol: Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people. Lunch in Karakol - tasting Ashlyamfu, the national dish of Uighurs and Dungans (noodles with pieces of starch in the sauce). After lunch transfer to the Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with its famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls. Drive back to Cholpon-Ata. Overnight at the hotel.

Jety-Oguz Gorge

Day 4. Issyk-Kul Lake - Museum of petroglyphs - Ruh Ordo - Issyk-Kul Lake - Bishkek (300 km, 6-7 hrs).
Bishkek - Osh (evening flight).

Breakfast at the hotel. Visiting a Museum of petroglyphs, an open-air site with about 2000 petroglyphs dating from 800 BC to 1200AD in Cholpon-Ata. Visiting Ruh Ordo Cultural Center. Transfer to Bishkek and further to “Manas” airport. Evening flight to Osh. Meeting at airport. Transfer and check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Museum of petroglyphs

Day 5. Osh (excursions). Transfer Osh - Base Camp of Lenin Peak (290 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 AM a group gathering in the lobby. Guided sightseeing tour around Osh: Suleyman Mountain and Museum, local bazaar. Futher transfer to Mountain Yurt Camp (Base Camp) on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (3,600 m). Lunch en route (lunch-boxes). Arrival at Base Camp and accommodation in tents. Hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m). Dinner at the Yurt Camp. Overnight in tents.

Base Camp of Lenin Peak

Day 6. Base Camp and its surroundings.
Breakfast at the Base Camp. A walking trip to lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Walking to the yurts of the locals, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. Lunch and tasting of koumiss. Master class in plov cooking in the evening. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Base Camp at Lenin Peak

Day 7. Base Camp of Lenin Peak - ‘Kyzyl-Art’ border check-point - Karakul Lake - Murghab (240 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the Base Camp. Transfer to Kyrgyz-Tajik border ‘Kyzyl-Art’ via the Kyzyl-Art pass (4,280 m). Cross the border at ‘Kyzyl-Art’ border check point and continue to the high-altitude Karakul Lake (3,914 m) - the largest lake in Tajikistan and one of the highest in Central Asia, surrounded by mountain peaks. Lunch en-route. Drive over the Akbaital Pass (4,655 m), which is the highest road pass in the CIS and highest point of the M41 highway.
Arrival in Murghab (3,600 m) - the highest alpine town in Tajikistan and the whole Central Asia.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8. Murghab - Langar (250 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Langar village. The culmination of the tour is the approach to the Vakhan Corridor - the road here goes along a tall terrace and features dizzy serpentines and precipices. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped summits of some 7,000-metre peaks in the Hindu Kush, the highest region in Afghanistan. Lunch. Acquaintance with the life and traditions of locals.
Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Day 9. Langar - Ishkashim (140 km, 4-5 hrs).
Breakfast at the guest house. Drive to Ishkashim town. En-route visit Bibi Fatima hot spring and Yamg village. Sightseeing in Yamg village: tomb and reconstructed house museum of Sufi mystic Mubarak Kadam, and the stone that was used as a solar calendar 700 years ago.Lunch en-route (lunch-boxes). Arrival in Ishkashim.
Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Day 10. Iskashim - Khorog (120 km, 2 hrs).
Breakfast at the guest house. Drive to Khorog, which is the main city of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). Arrival in Khorog and accommodation in the hotel. Sightseeing program in Khorog: botanical garden, local lore museum and bazaar.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Khorog - Kalai-Khumb (265 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kalai-Khumb town. Lunch en-route. Visiting the site of ancient settlement of Karon. Arrival in Kalai-Khumb. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12. Kalai-Khumb - Dushanbe (350 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. En-route visit Mir Said Ali Khamadoni Mausoleum and Khulbuk Fortress. Lunch in Kulob town.
Arrival in Dushanbe and sightseeing program: Independence square, grandiose monument of Ismail Somoni, Rudaki AvenueMuseum of the Antiquities of Tajikistan boasting the richest collection of artefacts excavated in the territory of Tajikistan, the central exhibit of which is the colossal statue ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ 12.85 m long and 5.5 tonnes in weight.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Dushanbe. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time. Transfer to airport. Departure.

The cost of the tour 2019:

Twin/double share 1750 USD
Single accommodation +590 USD

*This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.

The cost includes:

  • Meeting and seeing off in airport;
  • Accommodation at the hotels in twin/double rooms share with breakfast;
  • Accommodation of 2 pax tents in Yurt Camp (tents feature with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets) and Full board (including hot dish courses; vegetarian meals possible) by professional chefs;
  • Accommodation at homestays and guesthouses (3-4 persons in a room) according to the program;
  • Sightseeing tours according to the tour program;
  • Services of escort-guide during the entire tour;
  • Permits required to visit protected and border areas;
  • Permission to GBAO autonomous zone;
 
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums in Tajikistan;
  • Comfortable transport with air conditioning during the tour, including airport - hotel - airport transfers;
  • Air flight Bishkek - Osh (economy class);
  • Lunch in Karakol - tasting national dish Ashlyamfu;
  • Dinner - Master class in plov cooking;
  • Meals on full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) on Tajik part of the tour;
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.

The cost does not include:

  • International airfare;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Registration in Tajikistan;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Meals that are not listed in the program.

Hotels.
We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
- Yurt Camp under the Lenin Peak. Spacious and comfortable base tents (2 or 3 persons per tent) furnished with wooden floor pallets, bed clothes and “kurpachas” (Kyrgyz national mattresses).

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels
Bishkek Shakh Palace 3* / Garden 3* or similar
Issyk-Kul Lake Kapriz 3* / Try Korony 3* or similar
Osh Sunrise Hotel 3* or similar
Yurt Camp under the Lenin Peak Tents or similar
Langar Guest house
Murgab Pamir Hotel
Khorog Delhi Darbor Hotel 2*+ or Lal 2* or similar
Kalai-Khumb Karon Palas 4* or similar
Dushanbe Атлас 4* or similar

Transportation on Kyrgyzstan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Mitsubishi Delica"
(up to 5 seats)

Mitsubishi Delica

"Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"
(up to 11 seats)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

"Setra"
(up to 53 seats)

Setra
Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon

Transportation on Tajikistan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group Transport
Group of 1-2 "Toyota Rav 4"
Group of 3 "Hyundai Terracan" or "Toyota Prado"
Group of 4-5 "Hyundai Starex 4х4"

Video gallery:

Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Base Camp surroundings (3600 M) at the foot of Lenin PeakBase Camp surroundings at the foot of Lenin Peak Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Trekking to Lake Sary ChelekTrekking to Lake Sary Chelek

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