Vacation in the Pamirs
Outdoor Activities and Family Recreation in Pamir Mountains
|Country:||Kyrgyzstan||View the route map »»|
|Itinerary:||Osh - Lenin Peak Yurt Camp - Osh|
|Tour duration:||8 days / 7 nights|
We have launched the brand-new tour program Vacation in the Pamirs in visa-free entry Kyrgyzstan (44 countries; max. 60-day stays). Thanks to our Yurt Camp convenient location accessible to motor vehicles, this program can be taken as an exciting supplement to a cultural sightseeing tour or just an individual vacation.
Lenin Peak area provides a lot of recreational opportunities for those who want to stay in the Pamirs - perhaps with their children (recommended age - 8 and higher) during summer holidays - without climbing the mountain. It is where you can enjoy majestic alpine landscapes with fabulous lakes, amazingly clean mountain air, easy trail hiking, as well as meeting the local Pamiri people and getting familiar with everyday life of nomads. All these activities are possible in the vicinity of a comfortable yurt camp on Edelweiss Meadow (3,600 m) at the foot of the giant snowcapped mountain Lenin Peak (7,134 m).
You can also play volleyball, take part in fascinating master classes or relax in a sauna in the camp, as well as sample the delicious traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. You may want to hike up to the top of one of the nearest hills to enjoy the breathtaking view of Alay Valley, or to Yurt Camp 1 (4,400 m) where climbers from many countries set out on their Lenin Peak conquests.
- Tour program,
Tour program in detail
- How to come.
Visas & permits
- Useful information
|Vacation in the Pamirs Tour Program|
|Day 1.||Arrival in Osh. Meeting at airport or railway station. Transfer to Yurt Camp (Base Camp) on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (3,600 m).|
|Day 2.||Excursion to lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Master class in plov cooking.|
|Day 3.||Hike up to Leek (Lukovaya) Meadow. A walking trip to the yurts of the local people, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads, sampling of koumiss (also kumiss or kumis).|
|Day 4.||Hike up Petrovskiy Peak ridge. A supper at a local house with a Kyrgyz family, where you can taste traditional nomadic food.|
|Day 5.||Hike up to Yurt Camp 1 (4,400 m).|
|Day 6.||Descent to Yurt Camp (3,600 m).|
|Day 7.||Transfer to Osh. Hotel check-in.|
|Day 8.||Transfer to airport. Departure.|
You are to arrive in Osh early in the morning on any of the arrival dates fixed.
Osh - Yurt Camp departure time: 09:00.
If you arrive in Osh earlier, we can book a hotel room for you. The cost of hotel reservation and accommodation will be 45 USD per night per pax.
|Cost of Tour|
|Cost per pax||615 USD|
|* This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group.
*Please contact our operators for all individual requests: email@example.com
|•||Meeting / seeing off at airport|
|•||All transfers as per program|
|•||One-night accommodation in Osh’s best hotel (3*) with breakfast (the last day)|
|•||Accommodation of 2 pax tents in Yurt Camp
(Tents feature with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets.)
|•||Full board (including hot dish courses; vegetarian meals possible) by professional chefs|
|•||Heated communal yurts in Yurt Camp and Yurt Camp 1 for leisure, meals and entertainment|
|•||Preparation of all necessary documents required to visit border guard zone, ecotax|
|•||Storage yurts in Yurt Camp and Yurt Camp 1|
|•||Sauna and shower cabins in Yurt Camp|
|•||Electricity consumption (220 V; 50 Hz).|
Cost does not include:
|•||Visa invitations and visa fees; - for the citizens of countries outside the CIS|
|•||Meals in cities|
Tour Program in Detail
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer to Yurt Camp (3,600 m).
Located in South Kyrgyzstan, Osh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’. It is the country’s second largest city. Once you arrive in Osh, you will meet kind and hospitable people and see green busy streets with a lot of cozy cafes. You will visit the exotic local bazaar, and Suleiman Mountain - the main Osh’s place of attraction and the only Kyrgyzstan’s World Heritage Site. The mountain rises in the middle of the city, which enhances its impressiveness and indicates that the Pamirs are not far already.
It will take 5-6 hours to get to Yurt Camp in a comfortable motor vehicle along Pamir Highway. Almost immediately beyond the city the terrain becomes hilly, as if informing us of what we are to expect further on the way. And the further we went, the more grandiose and magnificent everything around us was becoming. After you have moved over Taldyk Mountain Pass (3,600 m), you will see the stunning scene of Alay Valley with the majestic snow-capped Zaalay Range of the Pamirs towering over it. The Alay Valley is characterised by extensive green fields, marmots occasionally running across the road, grazing horses, a bottomless sky and blue mountain chains on the horizon. Its peaks, with Lenin Peak the highest of them, will probably be in sunset glow already, looking fantastic. Lenin Peak will be the last to ‘go out’ while you are moving on across the valley.
When you arrive at the camp (3,600 m) you will have a dinner in yurt (a yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia). Accommodation of 2 pax in 4-pax-capacity tents in Yurt Camp. Tents feature wooden boards with mattresses and bedclothes.
At night, visible in the dark, here will be the soaring Pamiri snow-capped peaks under the starry sky, so close to you now.
Day 2. Excursion to lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Master class in plov cooking.
As the camp is situated at a considerable altitude of 3,600 m, some of you may have symptoms of ‘mountain sickness’ (headache, slight dizziness). It is a natural adaptation to altitude (acclimatization), and the best way to help your organism overcome this short uncomfortable condition is, strange though it may seem, to move as much as you can.
If you do not want to stay in the camp to sunbathe or do something else after breakfast, you can go on an excursion to the nearest lakes. Lakes are here and there in the valley, each is uniquely beautiful and so promising terrific photos. You can even swim in them: the water is cold but bearable. Enjoying the excursion, do not miss your lunch though.
At lunch time we shall come back to the Yurt Camp. In the afternoon you will be given a master class in cooking authentic plov (also spelled pilaf, pilaff, pilau, pilav, polow, pulaw, pulao)!
In the evening almost all the campers get together in the main yurt with a fire in it. They come from many countries so it is a perfect place to meet interesting people and listen to intriguing and useful stories and facts.
Day 3. Hike up to Leek (Lukovaya) Meadow. A walking trip to the yurts of the local people, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads, sampling of koumiss (also kumiss or kumis).
Today we are hiking to Leek Meadow 200 meters above the camp where wild leek grows. A lot of marmots live there; the meadow is pockmarked with their burrows. They are so curious that you can photograph them at a distance of about 3-4 meters. They are big and shaggy, and when finally scared, they rush back to their burrows with screeches, showing their fluffy tails - cute and funny animals.
Pamirs summer is very short but awesome. You can see amazing variegated flowers on the glades near Base Camp (3600 m).
After returning to the Camp you can play a couple of alpine volleyball matches. This light physical activity will make you excited and give you an excellent mood!
And after the lunch and a short rest we shall go to the local people’s yurts to acquaint ourselves with the life and traditions of mountain nomads, who will no doubt treat you in their traditional beverage koumiss.
Koumiss (kumiss, kumis) has peculiar taste. Sourish and sweetish, slightly intoxicating and instantly invigorating, smacking at once of kvass, kefir and even wine, authentic koumiss has a rather specific flavour, which may cause dislike in those who drink it for the first time.
Mare’s milk is the basic ingredient of classic koumiss. A special enzyme added to the milk turns it into a delicious reinvigorating and refreshing drink. Authentic koumiss is rich in proteins, fats, vitamins (B1, B2, C and biotin, as well as pantothenic and folic acids), calcium, phosphorus and many other chemical elements and agents good for health. Microelements in koumiss help satisfy thirst and restore the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract.
Apart from its refreshing and nourishing function, koumiss has gained the status of an alcoholic drink, as the natural fermentation leads to 1-3 % or higher alcohol content in koumiss.
Day 4. Hike up Petrovskiy Peak ridge. A supper at a local house with a Kyrgyz family, where you can taste traditional nomadic food.
When International Paragliding Festival is held there, you will have a chance to fly a paraglider off the ridge - with an instructor or alone.
The nature triumphs there over the man, in a confident, regal way. A vast space that cannot be tamed, one can only adapt oneself to it. And contemplate. The majesty of the local nature arouses in men a strong desire to create, to express that inconceivable feeling that arises in the depths of the human soul. Experts say that everyone can draw. Even those who think they can’t. Professional artists will bring home masterpieces, while amateurs – sketches, which, famed, will occupy their place on the wall to arouse the warmest memories in their creator’s soul. Will you try? There will be enough time for it at the Base Camp.
We shall have supper in the house of an ordinary Kyrgyz family, which in summer lives in an ordinary yurt doing its everyday business. There you can eat traditional nomadic food, which these people make with their own hands.
Day 5. Hike up to Yurt Camp 1 (4,400 m).
Then we shall hike along Lenin Glacier and ascend the moraine Yurt Camp 1 is pitched on. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to get there but it is well worth the effort. The view of Lenin Peak you will get in Camp 1 is absolutely different: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope; so close to you now, it is running up and away…
You may spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the camp and photographing. Do not be surprised if it starts snowing - it is normal at this altitude. In the yurt and tents, however, it will be warm, and you will be offered as tasty and filling food as in Yurt Camp. The atmosphere there is a bit different: the area is more elevated, the air is cooler and the colours prevailing are white, grey and blue. There you feel closer to the sky, closer to the Mountain, the snow-covered summit of Lenin Peak (7134 m), clearly visible, just in front of you.
The people you will meet in Camp 1 are mostly climbers - setting out on their ascents of the mountain or returning, and then cheered and hugged by everybody. They are very interesting people: a bit crazy about climbing and yet gregarious and fond of singing to the guitar.
Day 6. Descent to Yurt Camp (3,600 m).
It is a pity we cannot stay in Yurt Camp 1 longer. As we come back to Yurt Camp, we are cheered and invited to dinner - Bon appétit! You will be given our company’s certificates of achievement in reaching the 4,400-meter altitude in the Pamirs. Congratulations!
Day 7. Transfer to Osh. Hotel check-in.
Day 8. Transfer to airport. Departure.
How to Come to Lenin Peak Yurt Camp
A journey to our Yurt Camp on Edelweiss Meadow at the foot of Lenin Peak (3,600 m) takes 5-6 hours if you set out on it from Osh where you can easily get by air; international flights arrive in the city every day. We shall travel in a comfortable motor vehicle along the Pamir Highway over picturesque mountain passes, through cute native mountain villages and Alay Valley.
Russian nationals do not need visas to enter Kyrgyzstan; only their internal passports are required to visit the country. There are regular direct flights to Osh from Moscow and other Russian cities and CIS countries, so if you arrive in Osh in the morning, you will have dinner in a Yurt Camp traditional Kyrgyz yurt in the Pamirs in the evening the same day already.
If you have time to stroll about Osh, you will be pleased with the views and colors of this Asian city. Osh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’ of Kyrgyzstan. It is the country’s second largest city. You will meet kind and hospitable people and see green busy streets with a lot of cozy cafes. You will visit the exotic local bazaar, and Suleiman Mountain - the main Osh’s place of attraction and the only Kyrgyzstan’s World Heritage Site. The mountain rises in the middle of the city, which enhances its impressiveness and indicates that the Pamirs are not far already.
There are three ways to get to Lenin Peak Yurt Camp:
1. Via Osh, proceeding to the camp by road (Thanks to Kyrgyz visa-free regime regulations and the flights to Osh from Moscow and other CIS cities, including Turkish Airlines flights, this is the best way today, since it allows for saving money and, most importantly, time.)
2. Via Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, proceeding to Osh and thence to the camp by road (The journey from Tashkent to Osh will take 6-7 hours. On the way to Osh you will travel through the picturesque Kamchik Mountain Pass and Ferghana Valley. Nationals of non-CIS countries will need Uzbekistan visas to come via Tashkent.)
3. Via Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, proceeding to Osh by air and thence to the camp by road. (Note the flight baggage allowance is 15 kg, with additional weight to cost 0.7 EURO per kg.)
Visas and Permits
Kyrgyzstan allows visa-free entry for nationals of Russia and other SIC countries.
Since August 2012, nationals of another 44 countries have been allowed visa-free entry into and stay in Kyrgyzstan for the period of maximum 60 days, which makes a visit to the country easier and cheaper.
The 44 countries enjoying Kyrgyzstan visa-free regime are the following:
The regulations require that any visitor has a pass to the border guard zone Lenin Peak is located in. In order to get it, you will have to send us a photocopy of your passport and the due dates of your visit at least 1 month prior to it.
Note: If you are going on a cultural tour around Uzbekistan’s historic cities Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Kokand and others, you will need an Uzbekistan entry visa unless you are a citizen of a CIS country. (Nationals of CIS countries must have their international passports to visit Uzbekistan.)
Our Yurt Camp is a perfect holiday place for families with children. It is just a happy hunting ground for them to play various games, hike with their parents, swim in the lakes, ride horses, fly kites (Light winds always blow in the area, so kites take off easily there.) and engage in many more other exciting activities.
There is always saddled horse available in the camp to go on a riding excursion around the Achik-Tash River valley - it is so beautiful there! You can ride to the lakes, Leek Meadow with a lot of funny marmots, or just anywhere you like in the area just for riding pleasure.
This year we are bringing mountain bikes to the camp! The entire Alay Valley, including Achik-Tash River valley, is perfect for bike riding excursions. The terrain is almost flat there; even AN-2 aircraft uses it. There are a lot of tracks in the valley, and the views you will have while driving around will be really stunning. None of our guests has ever gone bike riding there, so you can be among the pioneers this year.
Every summer Kyrgyz herding families set up their yurts in Achik-Tash River valley - just like centuries ago. They bring sheep, cows, goats and even yaks to the local pastures. While the men on horseback handle the cattle, the women do housework and make various handicrafts. Their yurts feature traditional felt and woven rugs and decorations. As a guest you will always be welcome in the yurts; the hosts will be happy to show you their works and tell how they make them.
Anyone seeking out inspiration - photographers, writers, artists, musicians, etc. - will certainly find it in the camp. The terrific views and remoteness from civilization will be as benefitting as nowhere else.
Besides two large traditional Kyzrgyz yurts for communal use, Yurt Camp features comfortable 4-pax half-barrel tents with bed clothes in them. The camp holds 100 people at a time, and so does Yurt Camp 1.
Three times a day the camp provides each guest with delicious meals made by our committed masters of cookery. There is a store of fresh fruit in the camp (apples, pears, grapes, peaches, apricots, melons and watermelons), as well as fresh vegetable salads, Asian sweets, dry fruit, various nuts, candies, crackers, several types of tea and coffee. It is also possible to buy juices, mineral water, beer and even stronger alcoholic beverages on site.
Yurt Camp boasts a real sauna. It is another yurt, smaller in size, which is equipped for washing and steam-bath taking purposes. It is relaxing and comfortable inside, and there is always hot and cold water in abundance in it.
The camp features internet access. In addition, we can help you to browse and record your photos or videos, or play your favorite movies and music. Even a discotheque can be arranged if you like; there are always campers who enjoy dancing.
There is always a professional doctor on duty in the camp, as well as a rescue team ready to help.
The camp features a volleyball court with a net. Just build teams and play! Cheering rooters will certainly be there.
Mobile communications, such as portable radios and satellite phones, are never a problem in the camp. Cellular phone reception is also good in the area; many campers use cell phones instead of walkie-talkies.
We care for nature. The camp trash is carefully sorted and taken to the city waste sites or eliminated in the camp without harm to the environment.
- What is Vacation in the Pamirs?
- What is the best time to take Vacation in the Pamirs?
- What is the minimal age for the participation in ‘Vacation in the Pamirs’ program? Can children stay at high altitudes?
- What is the night and day temperature in the yurt camps?
- What kind of clothes should I wear in the area?
- Should I get travel insurance?
- What are the chances of running into dangerous creatures such as venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks?
- What services are included in the program?
- Can people with health problems take the tour?
- What should I do if I feel bad in Yurt Camp or Camp 1?
- What facilities do the yurt camps feature?
- What currency is used in Lenin Peak area?
If you have any other questions about the tour, do not hesitate to contact our managers. We are always ready to help.
Phone: +7 (499) 50498 99
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Videos of the tour:
2011 Lenin Peak Season
Lenin Peak Slide Show
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