Aksu mountain kingdom and Uzbekistan's Silk Road

Trekking in the rocky region of the Pamirs and excursions in the cities of Uzbekistan

 

Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan (Pamir-Alay area), Uzbekistan
Itinerary 15 days: Bishkek - Osh - Uzgarysh village - Laily-Mazar - Uryam - Aksu peak - Uzgarysh village - Osh - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara
Itinerary 17 days: Bishkek - Osh - Uzgarysh village - Laily-Mazar - Uryam - Aksu peak - Uzgarysh village - Osh - Rishtan - Kokand - Tashkent - Samarkand - Bukhara - Khiva

GUARANTEE DATES OF GROUP TOURS 2022:

Itinerary 15 days

 

Itinerary 17 days

Group №01 02.07 – 16.07.2022   Group №01 02.07 – 18.07.2022
Group №02 06.08 – 20.08.2022   Group №02 06.08 – 22.08.2022

Adventure travel to mountains of Kyrgyzstan, Pamir-Alay area

This group tour combines two diverse directions - a mountain trekking in the rocky kingdom of the Pamirs in Kyrgyzstan and a rich excursion itinerary through the ancient cities of Uzbekistan.

The trip begins with a very beautiful trekking to the rocky peak Aksu (5355 m), located in the picturesque gorge Laylak. The grand northern wall of Aksu goes up to 1,500 m. When you are standing at its bottom, it seems that either you have been reduced in size, or the rock is nothing but a stone skyscraper. The local landscapes resemble Patagonia in South America, but the climate is warmer and more comfortable for mountain hikes. You will find here high sharp-pointed peaks, colourful valleys, turbulent  mountain rivers and the alternation of coniferous forests, green alpine meadows, monochrome rocks and glaciers - the nature of the Pamir-Alay is amazingly beautiful! During the trekking, the group is accompanied by a mountain guide, service staff and pack transport.

Having gone down from the mountains, we will leave Kyrgyzstan and set off to Uzbekistan to see the architectural masterpieces of the cities of the Great Silk Road. The classic itinerary across Uzbekistan includes a visit to all the most striking, famous and beautiful sights of Bukhara, Samarkand, Tashkent and Kokand as well as the country's main pottery workshop in Rishtan.

  • 15 days program
  • 17 days program

 

  • Itinerary,
    Services & Cost
  • VISA
  • USEFUL INFORMATION
    route map, meals, staff
  • FAQ

 

Itinerary 15 days
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer to Uzgarysh village (350 km; 8 h).
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to Uzgarysh village (1200 m), the starting point of the trekking. Uzgarysh is a typical Kyrgyz mountain village with established centuries-old lifestyle. The local villagers are very hospitable and engaged in animal husbandry, tobacco cultivation and apricot gardening.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at a traditional guest house.

Uzgarysh is a typical Kyrgyz mountain village with established centuries-old lifestyle. The country folk are amicable and hospitable. The majority of the local villagers are engaged in animal husbandry, tobacco cultivation and flour milling at small watermills. Gardening, too, is a great help for the locals. Apricot is the most common fruit-tree. The fruit is extremely sweet but not big enough to satisfy you appetite after first bite. It’s amazing, but due to unique climatic conditions, you can taste the ripe apricot right from the fruit-tree even in mid-August. In addition to being eaten fresh it is often dried up for wintertime. Dried apricot, called kuraga, is really finger-licking good.

Now we drive into the village and stay over in the guesthouse or tent camp. From the village we’ll continue our journey accompanied by horse drivers and their graceful quiet horses which can help us carry the loads throughout the whole journey.

Day 2. Laily-Mazar River Valley, confluence with the Uryam River (10 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 600 m.
In the first half of the day we walk through apple and apricot groves. Towards noon, the valley we travel along narrows into a gorge, and the path crosses the narrow valley of the Layli-Mazar river towards its confluence with the Uram river (1800 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

The morning sun hasn’t yet beamed down on the valley gardens but in the camp the life is already in full swing. The substantial breakfast leaves no chance for loosing weight.

After short preparations we set up for our first day of trekking. Soon enough the vain thoughts start to flash across your mind that you should have been training for the trek instead of wasting time. But the farther you go this is interrupted by more cheerful thoughts, like “ My goodness! Can it be real? Isn’t it a dream? How beautiful it is here!”.

Now, approaching Laily-Mazar canyon and becoming more and more enchanted by the surrounding landscapes we reach the right tributary of the river. They say, in the upper reaches of the river every spring there blooms up a virtually extinct flowerAigul” which according to a popular legend can be found only here and in one or two canyons in Batkent region. The symbolic image of this flower can be traced in many Kyrgyz ornaments. So if you happen to encounter this peculiar “distinctive feature” of Kyrgyztan, you will easily recognize it.

Step by step, marching along the mountain path, we reach the locality intended for the camp. The camp site is chosen in a really picturesque setting, next to a mountain stream whose murmur will serve you a sweet lullaby.

Day 3. Uryam River Valley (8 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 1100 m.
As we turn into the Uram valley, we pass through alpine rangelands and across wooded slopes. After we climb a steep and leave behind a narrow section of the gorge, we find ourselves in an upper valley, very picturesque and spacious.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.
Day 4. Radial hiking to the upper reaches of the Uryam River (7 km).
Travel time: 5–6 hours; altitude difference: +400, - 400 m.
From our camp we make a one-day trip to the upper reaches of the Uram valley, one of the most beautiful in the region. On our way we enjoy breathtaking views of some of the most expressive landscapes, which include rocky faces, waterfalls and fragrant flowering meadows.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

This scenic place dispose to relaxation and there is nothing shameful in your wish to just lounge on the grass or to loaf around. The most active, though, are invited to make a short hiking along the river meandering amongst the ancient moraines, and en route to marvel at the views of snow-topped peaks, a succession of lush meadows and juniper groves which remind Japanese gardens carefully groomed by a gardener. This is the land of pastures and now and then we encounter the herdsmen’s camps. A good opportunity for us to meet the local people, spend some time in their company and enjoying a cup of tea and a friendly chat to appreciate their well-known hospitality.

Day 5. Uryam Pass (3760 м) – Ak-Mechet River Valley (8 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 800 m, - 950 m.
Passage across Uryam Pass (3760m) is one of the most spectacular moments of the route.
An easy path and splendid scenes accompany us throughout the day.
From the mountain pass we obtain a view of Parus Peak (5037 m) and the top of Sabakh Peak (5283 m). As we descend from the pass, we make a camp, from which we can enjoy the sight of the grandiose north face of Aksu Peak (5355 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

Today’s goal is to ascend Uryam pass. Though in height it’s inferior to the previous pass it is no less spectacular. Approaching the pass once again we can see Parus peak, this time towering behind us, with a bladelike Sabakh peak emerging from behind it on the left. As we proceed further we can delight in observing the majestic views of the valley where the Ak Suu and Kara Suu rivers interflow into the wide, rapid Ak-Mechet river. And then, just in front of us, there comes into sight one more range crowned with glaciers. It separates Aksu peak region from Karavshin region. The cone-shaped snow-capped Aksu peak (5355m), which to the north drops off in almost vertical two-kilometre-deep rock precipice, attracts the mountaineers from all over the world. The majestic view of this natural amphitheatre is accentuated by imposing crecent-shaped Iskander peak (51220m), Admiralteyets peak(5090m) Petrogradets peak (5163m) and Blok Peak (5239m).

The descent is rather comfortable and soon we reach our campsite. It is arranged at the height of 2800 m, where you can feel the warmth of the summer air and smell the rich coniferous fragrance of the juniper wood. Sunset is the best time for picture-perfect views of Aksu peak.

Day 6. Radial hiking to the foot of Aksu peak (8 km).
Travel time: 5 hours; altitude difference: + 500, - 500 m.
Hiking to the foot of the Aksu (5355 m) north face is the culmination of the entire tour.
This pyramidal peak with a snow cap has the north face that drops vertically for almost 2 km. The grandiose cirque is decorated with the following peaks – two-headed Iskander (5120 m), Admiralteyets (5090 m), Petrogradets (5163 m) and Blok (5239 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

Today we’ll trek to the glacier that lies under the tops of several peaks - Blok, Aksu, Admiralteyets, Petrogradets and Iskander. Today hardly anyone would prefer idling in the camp to trekking to a spectacular destination. Though the glacier itself is hidden under the moraine and there will be only few occasions to feel its ice-cold breath through the sole of your trekking boots, the view that awaits us at the end is worth the effort. After several hours trekking you will find yourself standing in front of a 2-km-high Black wall of Aksu peak that seems to rise up from out of nowhere and to tower above you with all its might.

We’ll have the lunch at the Aksu river which springs from the glacier sliding from under Blok peak. Being among these eternal towering rocks fills you with a sense of belonging to macrocosm.

We’ll come back to the campsite by sunset and the fantastic images of the day will stay in your memory for long.

Day 7. Descent along Ak-Mechet River Valley to Uzgarysh village (14 km).
Travel time: 7 hours; altitude difference: - 1500 m.
Alternating green meadows and juniper forests, crystal streams and sky-high summits are the main components of the tour’s last day, when we descend to the Layli-Mazar river valley. At the Uzgarysh village we have a farewell dinner seasoned with oriental hospitality.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at a guest house.

Today you will experience a relaxing stroll down the river. The juniper woods all around fill the air with coniferous fragrance and lift your spirits. The trail runs through alpine grassland dotted with flowers of every colour. And suddenly realizing that this is your last trekking day, you try to imprint in your memory, as well as to capture on your cameras, the stunningly beautiful surroundings. Who knows when there will be another chance to delight in the world of wilderness. Meanwhile we approach the river’s outfall and enter the Laily-Mazar valley. Our circuit closes up in Uzgarysh village where our trekking programme is completed with a celebration dinner. Today you can give vent to your appetite and eat your fill, since so many delicious dishes were prepared by our cook, and then to relax and share wine and laughter with new-found friends while recollecting every day of the adventurous journe.

Day 8. Transfer Uzgarysh village – Osh (350 km; 7–8 hours).
After breakfast, you will travel back to Osh. Arrival in Osh in the late afternoon.
You will have time for walking around the city.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Today we return to the warmth of Osh where the benefits of civilization await you: numerous cafes and restaurants, comfortable hotels, supermarkets and bazaars, and free Internet access. Osh offers many interesting souvenirs that can become a good keepsake to remind you about your trip to mountainous Kyrgyzstan: felt yurt, Kyrgyz national hats, musical instruments and many other bric-a-brac that can catch your fancy.

Day 9. Osh (sightseeing). Osh – Rishtan – Kokand (180 km, 5-6 h).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Osh: sacred Sulayman-Too mountain and museum in a cave.
Transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities.
Transfer to Rishtan. Visiting the Center of Ceramics, acquaintance with the masters and their crafts. Demonstration of ceramic pottery making process.
Transfer to Kokand, the former capital of the Khanate of Kokand (18-19 cc.)
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Kokand (sightseeing). Kokand – Tashkent (240 km, 4 h).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque, Necropolis Sarymodor.
Transfer to Tashkent via the Kamchik pass (2285 m) after lunch.
Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Tashkent (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
After lunch – continuation of the sightseeing: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, walking in the center of Tashkent.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 h). Samarkand (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand. Check-in at the hotel.
After lunch – sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (Madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah); Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids; the famous Siab bazaar.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Samarkand (sightseeing). Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4–5 h).
Breakfast. Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym Mosque; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory.
Transfer to Bukhara after lunch. Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Bukhara (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch – continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15. Bukhara (departure).
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. The end of the tour program. Departure from Bukhara.

Cost of the tour 2022:

The cost of the tour for 1 person 1 510 USD
SGL accommodation + 275 USD

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

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport:
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport for transfers according to the program;
  • Accommodation at the hotel 3* with breakfast in Osh;
  • All needed documents arrangement:
    • Permit for visiting the national park;
    • Ecological fee;
  • Services during the trekking part of the trip:
    • Full board (three hot meals a day);
    • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Horse packing services for personal and team baggage transportation;
    • First-aid kit (group);
  • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental:
    • Tents;
    • Tables, chairs,
    • Kitchenware;
    • WC;

 

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • The cost of meals not specified in the program;
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in Osh:
    • Single room – 45 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room – 55 USD/per room /per night.

This tour comes with the following accommodation:

Hotels. We recommend accommodation in small cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. This type of accommodation is completely unique. It combines modern comfort in every detail and a culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness.

Guest houses. Accommodation in guest houses will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.

Tent Camp. Accommodation in tents for 2 persons. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable stay tourist mats and sleeping bags will be provided.

City Hotel
Uzgarysh settlement The Guest House
Camps 1-4 Tents
Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
Kokand Silk Road Kokand Hotel 3* or similar
Tashkent Samir 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar

Transport.
During the tour the following types of transport will be used (depending on the number of people in a group):

In Kyrgyzstan:

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-4 persons "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group of 5-10 persons "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

In Uzbekistan:

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-2 persons "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 3-6 persons "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group of 7-9 persons "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group of 10-15 persons "Eurise"
Group of 16-25 persons "Golden Dragon"

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Visa to Kyrgyzstan

Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

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Itinerary brief description

This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children younger 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.

Trekking on foot covers from 6km to 12km a day with altitude difference up to 1000m. The route runs at the maximum altitude of 4140m above sea level. Each participant carries his own rucksack with personal belongings, supply of drinking water and first-aid kit. The rest of the gear (the weight of the gear should not exceed 15kg per person), as well as group camping equipment and supply of provisions is transported by pack-horses. Typically the region enjoys rather stable weather: it’s warm and sunny, though some rain is possible, which relieves the monotony of the trip. The daytime temperatures range between +15° to +30°С, whereas at night the temperature can drop as low as +8 or +10°С.

Starting point

Tourists should arrive to Osh - the starting point of the tour on the date the tour begins. All expenses connected with early arrival or late departure on completion of the tour should be covered by tourists themselves. In this case our company can arrange transfers to and from the airport as well as book the hotel.

Route Map

Route Map

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Equipment on route provided by Central Asia Travel company

- Tents are used for accommodation of two persons. The tents are wind-resisting and water-proof and are suitable for any weather conditions.
- Tent camp also has a big hangar-like mess tent with tables and camp chairs.
- Throughout the trek we provide quality tableware.
- To cook dishes during the trek we provide gas burner with gas cylinders or a supply of firewood.
- The tent camp is equipped with portable WC.

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List of personal gear provided by Central Asia Travel company

Sleeping bag.
Sleeping pad.
Raincoat.
Telescopic ski sticks for trekking.
Metallic vacuum flask 0.5 - 1.0 litres.
Forehead flashlight.

List of personal gear which tourist should bring himself

Trekking boots or hiking shoes and/or sandals (Teva, Keen or similar).
Assault jacket GORE-TEX (RedFox Vector GTX III or similar).
Suit POLARTEC (for instance, jacket  BASK Kondor V3 + trousers BASK Vinson Pro V2)
Skin tight linen thermals POLARTEC thin thermals to wick moisture away from the skin (for instanceRedFox Dry Zone)
Thin Gloves, Fleece, Polartec, WindBloc and thick insulated gloves (for instance,RedFox Ice)
Peaked cap or panama hat + insulated winter hat.
Knitted T-shirts.
Thermal socks, like Boreal TREK Thermolite or similar + ordinary socks.
Backpack 40-60 l.
Lip balm.
Sun cream (SPF 25-40).
Sunglasses.
First-aid kit (personal).

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Service staff

Throughout the trekking travel you will be escorted by high altitude guide, who is the tour manager and our authorized representative. He is responsible for the safety and security of the group as well as decision making, including any changes in the route due to unforeseen circumstances that could threaten the health and well-being of the participants.

The tour is serviced by a team whose responsibility is to pitch and take down tents, lay the table for meals, wash up, pack the loads on horses, make fire and the like.

The team also includes a dedicated professional cook and a horse handler who is responsible for proper packing of the loads on horses and porterage.

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Meals

Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day.
Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:

Завтрак  

Breakfast:

First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.

Обед  

Lunch:

Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
*In case of camp lunch first course is added.

Ужин  

Dinner:

First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
  5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  9. How good is Internet access?
  10. Visa, permits.
  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
    This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.
    The offered trekking tour can be graded as simple-average, which means no special skills in mountaineering are required. The escort team consists of an experienced high altitude guide able to choose the right path and advise you on the precautions to be taken in each section of the route. During the tour you will have to trek on foot long distances. Therefore the only condition for those willing to participate in this trekking programme is absence of medical contraindications to such activities.
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
    Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 4140 m above sea level). The participants can experience some symptoms of altitude sickness which disappear when the descent from the mountains starts. Therefore the tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from heart or respiratory problems (hypertension, asthma). We recommend you to consult your doctor before planning this tour.
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
    Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
    In the summer the weather is fair and sunny with daytime temperature reaching +28°С. At night, however, and on rainy days the temperature drops to +8 or + 10ºС which makes the availability of warm jacket rather useful.
  5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
    Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
  6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
    It is advisable not to touch the plants you are not familiar with as some of them can be rather toxic (for example giant fennel can sting you when you touch its leaves). It is forbidden to pick up Red Book plants. The mountain slopes are home to many medicinal herbs including mint, origan, thyme, which you can pick up and brew a delicious ‘mountain tea’. The banks of the rivers are covered with bushes of dog rose and sea-buckthorn.
  7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
    You will be escorted by a cook and other service staff responsible for arranging regular and tasty meals. You don’t need to bother about tableware, kitchen utensils and equipment as we provide all these as well as tables, chairs, and tents throughout the whole trek programme.
    Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:
    Breakfast:
    First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
    Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
    Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.
    Lunch:
    Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
    *In case of camp lunch first course is added.
    Dinner:
    First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
    Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
    Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
    Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.
    Drinking water is provided from crystal-clear mountain springs. However, it is recommended to drink only boiled water. In cities and during long transfers it is advisable to use bottled water.
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Uzgarysh settlement. In the mountainous areas, especially in mountain valleys, there are difficulties with signal receipt. Tour manager is equipped with portable satellite terminal to provide uninterrupted external link. Moreover, the group is provided with walkie-talkie to ensure trouble-free connection between trekkers.
  9. How good is Internet access?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there. In Uzgarysh settlement and in the mountains there is no Internet access.
  10. Visa, permits.
    Kyrgyzstan has considerably simplified its visa policy and today citizens of 70 countries of the world enjoy visa-free access to this Central Asian state.
    Visa-free entry to the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the Russia, the CIS countries and a number of citizens of European and other foreign countries.
    The details on Kyrgyz visa, rules of entry and stay on the territory of Kyrgyzstan you can find here.
    To enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan the foreign national must have a foreign passport valid for not less than 6 months following the termination date of the tour.
    It is also important that before their trip to Kyrgyzstan foreign nationals arrange travel medical insurance with coverage of up to $10,000-15,000.

In case you can’t find the answer to your question on our site, please call our tour operators team for assistance.

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Itinerary 17 days
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer to Uzgarysh village (350 km; 8 h).
Meeting at the airport. Transfer to Uzgarysh village (1200 m), the starting point of the trekking. Uzgarysh is a typical Kyrgyz mountain village with established centuries-old lifestyle. The local villagers are very hospitable and engaged in animal husbandry, tobacco cultivation and apricot gardening.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at a traditional guest house.

Uzgarysh is a typical Kyrgyz mountain village with established centuries-old lifestyle. The country folk are amicable and hospitable. The majority of the local villagers are engaged in animal husbandry, tobacco cultivation and flour milling at small watermills. Gardening, too, is a great help for the locals. Apricot is the most common fruit-tree. The fruit is extremely sweet but not big enough to satisfy you appetite after first bite. It’s amazing, but due to unique climatic conditions, you can taste the ripe apricot right from the fruit-tree even in mid-August. In addition to being eaten fresh it is often dried up for wintertime. Dried apricot, called kuraga, is really finger-licking good.

Now we drive into the village and stay over in the guesthouse or tent camp. From the village we’ll continue our journey accompanied by horse drivers and their graceful quiet horses which can help us carry the loads throughout the whole journey.

Day 2. Laily-Mazar River Valley, confluence with the Uryam River (10 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 600 m.
In the first half of the day we walk through apple and apricot groves. Towards noon, the valley we travel along narrows into a gorge, and the path crosses the narrow valley of the Layli-Mazar river towards its confluence with the Uram river (1800 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

The morning sun hasn’t yet beamed down on the valley gardens but in the camp the life is already in full swing. The substantial breakfast leaves no chance for loosing weight.

After short preparations we set up for our first day of trekking. Soon enough the vain thoughts start to flash across your mind that you should have been training for the trek instead of wasting time. But the farther you go this is interrupted by more cheerful thoughts, like “ My goodness! Can it be real? Isn’t it a dream? How beautiful it is here!”.

Now, approaching Laily-Mazar canyon and becoming more and more enchanted by the surrounding landscapes we reach the right tributary of the river. They say, in the upper reaches of the river every spring there blooms up a virtually extinct flowerAigul” which according to a popular legend can be found only here and in one or two canyons in Batkent region. The symbolic image of this flower can be traced in many Kyrgyz ornaments. So if you happen to encounter this peculiar “distinctive feature” of Kyrgyztan, you will easily recognize it.

Step by step, marching along the mountain path, we reach the locality intended for the camp. The camp site is chosen in a really picturesque setting, next to a mountain stream whose murmur will serve you a sweet lullaby.

Day 3. Uryam River Valley (8 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 1100 m.
As we turn into the Uram valley, we pass through alpine rangelands and across wooded slopes. After we climb a steep and leave behind a narrow section of the gorge, we find ourselves in an upper valley, very picturesque and spacious.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.
Day 4. Radial hiking to the upper reaches of the Uryam River (7 km).
Travel time: 5–6 hours; altitude difference: +400, - 400 m.
From our camp we make a one-day trip to the upper reaches of the Uram valley, one of the most beautiful in the region. On our way we enjoy breathtaking views of some of the most expressive landscapes, which include rocky faces, waterfalls and fragrant flowering meadows.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

This scenic place dispose to relaxation and there is nothing shameful in your wish to just lounge on the grass or to loaf around. The most active, though, are invited to make a short hiking along the river meandering amongst the ancient moraines, and en route to marvel at the views of snow-topped peaks, a succession of lush meadows and juniper groves which remind Japanese gardens carefully groomed by a gardener. This is the land of pastures and now and then we encounter the herdsmen’s camps. A good opportunity for us to meet the local people, spend some time in their company and enjoying a cup of tea and a friendly chat to appreciate their well-known hospitality.

Day 5. Uryam Pass (3760 м) – Ak-Mechet River Valley (8 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hours; altitude difference: + 800 m, - 950 m.
Passage across Uryam Pass (3760m) is one of the most spectacular moments of the route.
An easy path and splendid scenes accompany us throughout the day.
From the mountain pass we obtain a view of Parus Peak (5037 m) and the top of Sabakh Peak (5283 m). As we descend from the pass, we make a camp, from which we can enjoy the sight of the grandiose north face of Aksu Peak (5355 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

Today’s goal is to ascend Uryam pass. Though in height it’s inferior to the previous pass it is no less spectacular. Approaching the pass once again we can see Parus peak, this time towering behind us, with a bladelike Sabakh peak emerging from behind it on the left. As we proceed further we can delight in observing the majestic views of the valley where the Ak Suu and Kara Suu rivers interflow into the wide, rapid Ak-Mechet river. And then, just in front of us, there comes into sight one more range crowned with glaciers. It separates Aksu peak region from Karavshin region. The cone-shaped snow-capped Aksu peak (5355m), which to the north drops off in almost vertical two-kilometre-deep rock precipice, attracts the mountaineers from all over the world. The majestic view of this natural amphitheatre is accentuated by imposing crecent-shaped Iskander peak (51220m), Admiralteyets peak(5090m) Petrogradets peak (5163m) and Blok Peak (5239m).

The descent is rather comfortable and soon we reach our campsite. It is arranged at the height of 2800 m, where you can feel the warmth of the summer air and smell the rich coniferous fragrance of the juniper wood. Sunset is the best time for picture-perfect views of Aksu peak.

Day 6. Radial hiking to the foot of Aksu peak (8 km).
Travel time: 5 hours; altitude difference: + 500, - 500 m.
Hiking to the foot of the Aksu (5355 m) north face is the culmination of the entire tour.
This pyramidal peak with a snow cap has the north face that drops vertically for almost 2 km. The grandiose cirque is decorated with the following peaks – two-headed Iskander (5120 m), Admiralteyets (5090 m), Petrogradets (5163 m) and Blok (5239 m).

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent.

Today we’ll trek to the glacier that lies under the tops of several peaks - Blok, Aksu, Admiralteyets, Petrogradets and Iskander. Today hardly anyone would prefer idling in the camp to trekking to a spectacular destination. Though the glacier itself is hidden under the moraine and there will be only few occasions to feel its ice-cold breath through the sole of your trekking boots, the view that awaits us at the end is worth the effort. After several hours trekking you will find yourself standing in front of a 2-km-high Black wall of Aksu peak that seems to rise up from out of nowhere and to tower above you with all its might.

We’ll have the lunch at the Aksu river which springs from the glacier sliding from under Blok peak. Being among these eternal towering rocks fills you with a sense of belonging to macrocosm.

We’ll come back to the campsite by sunset and the fantastic images of the day will stay in your memory for long.

Day 7. Descent along Ak-Mechet River Valley to Uzgarysh village (14 km).
Travel time: 7 hours; altitude difference: - 1500 m.
Alternating green meadows and juniper forests, crystal streams and sky-high summits are the main components of the tour’s last day, when we descend to the Layli-Mazar river valley. At the Uzgarysh village we have a farewell dinner seasoned with oriental hospitality.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at a guest house.

Today you will experience a relaxing stroll down the river. The juniper woods all around fill the air with coniferous fragrance and lift your spirits. The trail runs through alpine grassland dotted with flowers of every colour. And suddenly realizing that this is your last trekking day, you try to imprint in your memory, as well as to capture on your cameras, the stunningly beautiful surroundings. Who knows when there will be another chance to delight in the world of wilderness. Meanwhile we approach the river’s outfall and enter the Laily-Mazar valley. Our circuit closes up in Uzgarysh village where our trekking programme is completed with a celebration dinner. Today you can give vent to your appetite and eat your fill, since so many delicious dishes were prepared by our cook, and then to relax and share wine and laughter with new-found friends while recollecting every day of the adventurous journe.

Day 8. Transfer Uzgarysh village – Osh (350 km; 7–8 hours).
After breakfast, you will travel back to Osh. Arrival in Osh in the late afternoon.
You will have time for walking around the city.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Today we return to the warmth of Osh where the benefits of civilization await you: numerous cafes and restaurants, comfortable hotels, supermarkets and bazaars, and free Internet access. Osh offers many interesting souvenirs that can become a good keepsake to remind you about your trip to mountainous Kyrgyzstan: felt yurt, Kyrgyz national hats, musical instruments and many other bric-a-brac that can catch your fancy.

Day 9. Osh (sightseeing). Osh – Rishtan – Kokand (180 km, 5-6 h).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Osh: sacred Sulayman-Too mountain and museum in a cave.
Transfer to the land border with Uzbekistan. Border formalities.
Transfer to Rishtan. Visiting the Center of Ceramics, acquaintance with the masters and their crafts. Demonstration of ceramic pottery making process.
Transfer to Kokand, the former capital of the Khanate of Kokand (18-19 cc.)
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Kokand (sightseeing). Kokand – Tashkent (240 km, 4 h).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Kokand: Khudoyar-Khan Palace, Modari-Khan Mausoleum, Djami Mosque, Necropolis Sarymodor.
Transfer to Tashkent via the Kamchik pass (2285 m) after lunch.
Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11. Tashkent (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Tashkent: Khast-Imam Square, Barak-Khan Madrasah, Kafal-al-Shashi Mausoleum, Kukeldash Madrasah, the oldest bazaar of Tashkent “Chorsu”.
After lunch – continuation of the sightseeing: Independence Square, Amir Temur Square, walking in the center of Tashkent.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12. Tashkent - Samarkand (330 km, 5 h). Samarkand (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Transfer to Samarkand. Check-in at the hotel.
After lunch – sightseeing in Samarkand: the most impressive square in the entire Central Asia – the Registan Square (Madrasah of Ulugbek, Sher-Dor Madrasah, Tilya-Kori Madrasah); Gur-e Amir Mausoleum – necropolis of the Timurids; the famous Siab bazaar.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Samarkand (sightseeing). Samarkand - Bukhara (280 km, 4–5 h).
Breakfast. Continuation of sightseeing in Samarkand: Bibi-Khanym Mosque; architectural ensemble Shah-i-Zinda; Ulugbek Observatory.
Transfer to Bukhara after lunch. Check-in at the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Bukhara (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Bukhara: Mausoleum of Samanids, Chashma Ayub Mausoleum, Bolo-Khauz Complex, Ark Citadel, Po-i-Kalyan Complex, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrasah, Ulugbek Madrasah.
After lunch – continuation of sightseeing in Bukhara: Lyab-i Hauz Architectural Ensemble, Kukeldash Madrasah, Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah, domed shopping arcade.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15. Bukhara – Khiva (440 km, 7 h).
Breakfast. Transfer to Khiva through the famous Kyzylkum desert along the Amu Darya River. Check-in at the hotel.
Walking around the historical district – Itchan Kala (XVIII century) which is the walled inner town of the old Khiva oasis and State Museum-Reserve protected as a World Heritage Site.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16. Khiva (sightseeing).
Breakfast. Sightseeing in Khiva (Itchan-Kala): Pakhlavan Makhmoud Complex, Kunya-Ark Fortress, Islam Hajji Madrasah & Minaret.
After lunch – continuation of the sightseeing: Tash Khauli Palace, Alakuli Khan Madrasah, Juma Mosque, Mukhammad Aminkhan Minaret & Madrasah.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17. Khiva – Urgench (departure).
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport of Urgench city. The end of the tour program. Departure from Urgench.

Cost of the tour 2022:

The cost of the tour for 1 person 1 685 USD
SGL accommodation + 325 USD

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

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport:
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport for transfers according to the program;
  • Accommodation at the hotel 3* with breakfast in Osh;
  • All needed documents arrangement:
    • Permit for visiting the national park;
    • Ecological fee;
  • Services during the trekking part of the trip:
    • Full board (three hot meals a day);
    • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Horse packing services for personal and team baggage transportation;
    • First-aid kit (group);
  • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental:
    • Tents;
    • Tables, chairs,
    • Kitchenware;
    • WC;

 

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • International flights;
  • The cost of meals not specified in the program;
  • Medical costs and insurance.

Additional Services:

  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in Osh:
    • Single room – 45 USD/per room /per night;
    • Double room – 55 USD/per room /per night.

This tour comes with the following accommodation:

Hotels. We recommend accommodation in small cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. This type of accommodation is completely unique. It combines modern comfort in every detail and a culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosiness.

Guest houses. Accommodation in guest houses will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.

Tent Camp. Accommodation in tents for 2 persons. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable stay tourist mats and sleeping bags will be provided.

City Hotel
Uzgarysh settlement The Guest House
Camps 1-4 Tents
Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
Kokand Silk Road Kokand Hotel 3* or similar
Tashkent Samir 3* / Orient Grand Hotel 3* or similar
Samarkand Arba 3* / Jahon Palace 3* or similar
Bukhara Kabir Hotel 3* / Kavsar Hotel 3* or similar
Khiva Arkanchi Hotel 3* / Shokh Jahon Hotel 3* or similar

Transport.
During the tour the following types of transport will be used (depending on the number of people in a group):

In Kyrgyzstan:

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-4 persons "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group of 5-10 persons "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

In Uzbekistan:

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-2 persons "Chevrolet Lacetti"
Group of 3-6 persons "Hyundai Grand Starex"
Group of 7-9 persons "Toyota Hiace" / "King Long"
Group of 10-15 persons "Eurise"
Group of 16-25 persons "Golden Dragon"

 

Visa and Visa invitation to Uzbekistan:

Visa-free regime for up to 60 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Ukraine

Visa-free regime for up to 30 days has been established  for citizens of countries below:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Singapore
  • the Vatican
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Visa to Kyrgyzstan

Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

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Itinerary brief description

This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children younger 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.

Trekking on foot covers from 6km to 12km a day with altitude difference up to 1000m. The route runs at the maximum altitude of 4140m above sea level. Each participant carries his own rucksack with personal belongings, supply of drinking water and first-aid kit. The rest of the gear (the weight of the gear should not exceed 15kg per person), as well as group camping equipment and supply of provisions is transported by pack-horses. Typically the region enjoys rather stable weather: it’s warm and sunny, though some rain is possible, which relieves the monotony of the trip. The daytime temperatures range between +15° to +30°С, whereas at night the temperature can drop as low as +8 or +10°С.

Starting point

Tourists should arrive to Osh - the starting point of the tour on the date the tour begins. All expenses connected with early arrival or late departure on completion of the tour should be covered by tourists themselves. In this case our company can arrange transfers to and from the airport as well as book the hotel.

Route Map

Route Map

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Equipment on route provided by Central Asia Travel company

- Tents are used for accommodation of two persons. The tents are wind-resisting and water-proof and are suitable for any weather conditions.
- Tent camp also has a big hangar-like mess tent with tables and camp chairs.
- Throughout the trek we provide quality tableware.
- To cook dishes during the trek we provide gas burner with gas cylinders or a supply of firewood.
- The tent camp is equipped with portable WC.

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List of personal gear provided by Central Asia Travel company

Sleeping bag.
Sleeping pad.
Raincoat.
Telescopic ski sticks for trekking.
Metallic vacuum flask 0.5 - 1.0 litres.
Forehead flashlight.

List of personal gear which tourist should bring himself

Trekking boots or hiking shoes and/or sandals (Teva, Keen or similar).
Assault jacket GORE-TEX (RedFox Vector GTX III or similar).
Suit POLARTEC (for instance, jacket BASK Kondor V3 + trousers BASK Vinson Pro V2)
Skin tight linen thermals POLARTEC thin thermals to wick moisture away from the skin (for instanceRedFox Dry Zone)
Thin Gloves, Fleece, Polartec, WindBloc and thick insulated gloves (for instance,RedFox Ice)
Peaked cap or panama hat + insulated winter hat.
Knitted T-shirts.
Thermal socks, like Boreal TREK Thermolite or similar + ordinary socks.
Backpack 40-60 l.
Lip balm.
Sun cream (SPF 25-40).
Sunglasses.
First-aid kit (personal).

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Service staff

Throughout the trekking travel you will be escorted by high altitude guide, who is the tour manager and our authorized representative. He is responsible for the safety and security of the group as well as decision making, including any changes in the route due to unforeseen circumstances that could threaten the health and well-being of the participants.

The tour is serviced by a team whose responsibility is to pitch and take down tents, lay the table for meals, wash up, pack the loads on horses, make fire and the like.

The team also includes a dedicated professional cook and a horse handler who is responsible for proper packing of the loads on horses and porterage.

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Meals

Throughout the trek programme you will be served hot meals three times a day.
Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:

Завтрак  

Breakfast:

First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.

Обед  

Lunch:

Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
*In case of camp lunch first course is added.

Ужин  

Dinner:

First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
  5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  9. How good is Internet access?
  10. Visa, permits.
  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
    This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.
    The offered trekking tour can be graded as simple-average, which means no special skills in mountaineering are required. The escort team consists of an experienced high altitude guide able to choose the right path and advise you on the precautions to be taken in each section of the route. During the tour you will have to trek on foot long distances. Therefore the only condition for those willing to participate in this trekking programme is absence of medical contraindications to such activities.
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
    Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 4140 m above sea level). The participants can experience some symptoms of altitude sickness which disappear when the descent from the mountains starts. Therefore the tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from heart or respiratory problems (hypertension, asthma). We recommend you to consult your doctor before planning this tour.
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
    Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
    In the summer the weather is fair and sunny with daytime temperature reaching +28°С. At night, however, and on rainy days the temperature drops to +8 or + 10ºС which makes the availability of warm jacket rather useful.
  5. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
    Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
  6. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
    It is advisable not to touch the plants you are not familiar with as some of them can be rather toxic (for example giant fennel can sting you when you touch its leaves). It is forbidden to pick up Red Book plants. The mountain slopes are home to many medicinal herbs including mint, origan, thyme, which you can pick up and brew a delicious ‘mountain tea’. The banks of the rivers are covered with bushes of dog rose and sea-buckthorn.
  7. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
    You will be escorted by a cook and other service staff responsible for arranging regular and tasty meals. You don’t need to bother about tableware, kitchen utensils and equipment as we provide all these as well as tables, chairs, and tents throughout the whole trek programme.
    Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:
    Breakfast:
    First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
    Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
    Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.
    Lunch:
    Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
    *In case of camp lunch first course is added.
    Dinner:
    First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
    Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
    Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
    Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.
    Drinking water is provided from crystal-clear mountain springs. However, it is recommended to drink only boiled water. In cities and during long transfers it is advisable to use bottled water.
  8. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Uzgarysh settlement. In the mountainous areas, especially in mountain valleys, there are difficulties with signal receipt. Tour manager is equipped with portable satellite terminal to provide uninterrupted external link. Moreover, the group is provided with walkie-talkie to ensure trouble-free connection between trekkers.
  9. How good is Internet access?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there. In Uzgarysh settlement and in the mountains there is no Internet access.
  10. Visa, permits.
    Kyrgyzstan has considerably simplified its visa policy and today citizens of 70 countries of the world enjoy visa-free access to this Central Asian state.
    Visa-free entry to the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the Russia, the CIS countries and a number of citizens of European and other foreign countries.
    The details on Kyrgyz visa, rules of entry and stay on the territory of Kyrgyzstan you can find here.
    To enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan the foreign national must have a foreign passport valid for not less than 6 months following the termination date of the tour.
    It is also important that before their trip to Kyrgyzstan foreign nationals arrange travel medical insurance with coverage of up to $10,000-15,000.

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