In Tian-Shan and Pamir mountains

Trekking Tour in the Pamir Rocky Mountains

 

 

Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan, Pamir-Alay area View the map »»
Tour duration: 15 days / 14 nights, 17 days / 16 nights
Itinerary (OshOsh): Osh – Aflatun settlement – Lake Sary-ChelekOsh“Edelweiss Meadow”
yurt сamp at the foot of Lenin Peak
– Advanced Base Camp “Solnechny”- Yukhin Peak – Osh
Itinerary (BishkekBishkek): BishkekOsh – Aflatun settlement – Lake Sary-ChelekOsh“Edelweiss Meadow”
yurt сamp at the foot of Lenin Peak
– Advanced Base Camp “Solnechny”- Yukhin Peak – Osh – Bishkek

GUARANTEED DATES OF THE GROUP TOUR IN 2024

OSH – OSH

Group #01. 29.06–13.07.2024
Group #02. 20.07–03.08.2024
Group #03. 10.08–24.08.2024

BISHKEK – BISHKEK

Group #01. 28.06–14.07.2024
Group #02. 19.07–04.08.2024
Group #03. 09.08–25.08.2024

In this tour we’ve united hiking in the most beautiful region of Tian-Shan with further active trekking in the Pamir Mountains, so that our guests could feel the dimension, beauty and considerable variances of these two famous mountain systems during their one trip in Kyrgyzstan.

The first half of the trip we will spend among turquoise lakes in Western Tian-Shan. Mountain trekking runs through easy picturesque paths among softwood forests and deep gorges and leads to large beautiful lake Sary-Chelek, located on the altitude of 1940 m in the very heart of Sary-Chelek Biosphere reserve. The group is accompanied by a mountain guide, escort team and horses.

In the second part of the tour we will drive along a high-mountain Pamir Highway and will find ourselves on the Roof of the world, in the Pamir mountains with completely different nature, landscapes and colors. Well-equipped “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (3600 m) provides comfortable accommodation in heated tents or traditional Kyrgyz yurts, hot meals from professional chefs, sauna, Internet and other services.

Hiking in the surroundings of Pamir Alay valley, enjoy the gigantic glaciers, turquoise lakes, magic panorama views from Travellers' Pass (4150 m) and traditions of local nomads. We will come to foot of the famous Lenin Peak (7134 m) to the Camp 1 (4400 m) and then make easy climb over 5000 meters - Yukhin Peak (5130 m). No special equipment and preparation are required for this program. We will provide you all necessary equipment for free.

  • OSH – OSH
  • BISHKEK – BISHKEK

 

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Tour program (Osh–Osh):
Day 1 Arrival in Osh. Osh – Aflatun (350 km, 7 h).
Early arrival in Osh. Meeting at the airport of Osh. Breakfast.
Transfer from Osh to Aflatun river valley, which is located in the eastern part of the southern slope of the largest range in the Western Tien Shan – Chatkal Range. We set up a tent camp in a picturesque place, right at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur rivers, in the shade of walnut trees.
Travel time: 7 hrs; altitude difference: +340 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1300 m).

Day 2 South Aflatun – Uyalma (18 km).
Start of the trekking route. Trekking up along the South Aflatun river valley to its confluence with the Uyalma tract. A rather good dirt road runs along the canyon of the river among the picturesque spruce forests, it perfect fits for the first day of the route.
Lunch in the birch forest by the river. Then we continue the trekking up along the gorge to the confluence of the rivers, which forms a wide valley covered with green lawns and spruce forest.
Travel time: 7 hrs; altitude difference: +600 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Day 3 Uyalma River – Kuldambes Pass (2750 m) – Lake Sary-Chelek.
Trekking over Kuldambes pass (2750 m) and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek via Ashuu pass (2551 m).
Easy trekking over Kuldambes pass is done at the background of picturesque landscapes of Uyalma Valley and the Chatkal Ridge. After crossing Kuldambes pass we continue the way to Ashuu pass – the viewpoint with stunning views of lake Sary-Chelek and the valley. 
Descent from Ashuu pass to the lake Sary-Chelek valley. Lake Sary-Chelek is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes and the third deepest lake in Central Asia. Sary-Chelek resulted from an enormous landslide blocking the eponymous river, which happened about 10000 years ago. 
Travel time: 8 hrs; altitude difference: +850 m; -850 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Day 4 Lake Sary-Chelek – Makmal Pass (2654 m) – Kara-Suu River Valley.
We leave lake Sary-Chelek shores and trek upstream the Sary-Chelek river to its confluence with the Makmal river. A path along the river will lead us first to alpine meadows, and then to the wide saddle-point of Makmal pass (2654 m). From the saddle of the pass it is possible to make a simple ascent to the nearby summit. Lunch at the pass.
Descent along the Kurumdu river to the Kara-Suu river valley.
Travel time: 7–8 hrs; altitude difference: +755 m; -755 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Ascent to Camp 1. Lenin peak
Day 5 Kara-Suu River Valley – Lake Kara-Suu (8 km).
After two intense previous days, the descent along the river valley to the lake Kara-Suu (Karakamysh) is very light and slow. The lake is incredibly beautiful and is located in a very picturesque gorge. The main highlight is the stunning view from the shores of the lake to the Min-Teke mountain range.
After lunch, horseback riding, acquaintance with the life of nomads.
Travel time: 4–5 hrs; altitude difference: -100 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1800 m).

Day 6 Kara-Suu River Valley – Kuturma pass (2446 m) – Lake Iri-Kol.
After trekking along lake Kara-Suu we start an easy ascent to Kuturma pass (2446 m). A picturesque path runs between juniper trees and rocks. From the pass there opens a stunning panorama of southern part of lake Sary-Chelek. Descent from the pass is quite steep, but not too long, and soon we pass through the flowering fields and reach the banks of the lake Iri-Kol.
Travel time: 6 hrs; altitude difference: +646 m; -446 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (2000 m).

Descent to Base Camp (3600 m). Lenin peak

Day 7 Lake Iri-Kol – Lake Sary-Chelek. Transfer to Osh.
Trekking from the lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of the lake Sary-Chelek. The route runs through apple orchards along numerous turquoise lakes. Along the way, magical landscapes of the most beautiful mountains of Kyrgyzstan continue to open at each new turn.
Transfer to Osh. Time for walking around the city.
Travel time: 9 hrs; altitude difference: -940 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 8 Transfer to the Pamirs, “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp.
Transfer along the Pamir Highway to the yurt camp located on the Edelweiss meadow at the foot of Lenin Peak. Arrival at the camp, accommodation, lunch.
Walking to the Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m).
Travel time: 3 hrs; altitude difference: +200 m, -200 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 9 Hiking to sacred Tulpar-Kel Lake.
Travel time: 5 hrs; altitude difference: -100 m, +100 m.
Hiking to the lake. Getting familiar with everyday life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. In the northern part of the lake Tulpar Kol, there is panorama viewpoint to the Lenin Peak against the turquoise lake.
Return to the Base camp, rest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 10 Hiking to a scenic viewing point on the Petrovskiy Peak ridge (4150 m).
Travel time: 45 hrs; altitude difference: +500 m, -500 m.
Hiking up to 4150 m. where you can enjoy a stunning circular panorama of the picturesque Alai Valley, colorful lakes, the majestic Trans-Alay Rangeand its main peak – Lenin Peak (7134 m).
Return to the camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 11 Trekking to “Sunny” Camp 1 (4400 m) to the foot of Lenin Peak.
Travel time: 6-7 hours; distance: 12 km; altitude difference: +800 m.
The route is led by a guide, without special equipment.
Ascent to the Puteshestvennikov (Travelers) Pass (4150 m). Following is the descent from the pass – it is pretty easy and quick. After that, the trail turns into a virtually horizontal surface and stretches in parallel to the left moraine dump over a very long distance. We then cross a wild mountain river and ascent the trail that leads to the Lenin Glacier. Afterwards, we move along the body of the glacier until we reach Camp 1, which is located on the middle moraine.
Accommodation at the “Sunny” camp. Leisure time.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at "Sunny” camp (4400 m).

Day 12 Ascent to Yukhin Peak (5130 m). Descent to “Solnechniy” Camp 1 (4400 m).
Distance: 12 km; altitude difference: +730 m; -730 m.
The route is led by a guide, without special equipment.
Stage 1: Starting from Camp 1 (4400 m) on the middle moraine of the Lenin glacier. Traversing the glacier crosswise and beginning to ascend the left (orographically) moraine of the Lenin Glacier.
Stage 2: Ascending the moraine’s ridge. The slope’s steepness reaches 20–25°. Entering a gentler area and crossing it towards the southern slope – to a wide couloir leading directly onto the summit of Yukhin Peak (5130 m).
Stage 3: Ascending the right (in the direction of the movement) side of the couloir, the slope’s steepness reaches 30° in some places. Most of the time we walk on snow, in some places on scree of small or medium-size stones. Left turn after the emergence from the couloir. After walking for some 15meters on a narrow snow-covered ridge we reach the upper plateau just beneath the peak and the summit proper.
Stage 4: The group will descend the mountain along the same route as they climbed it.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Solnechniy” Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 13 Descent to “Edelweiss Meadow” Base Camp (3600 m).
Distance: 5 km; altitude difference: -800 m.
Descent to the “Edelweiss Meadow” Base camp (3600 m) by taking the familiar trail through the Traveler’s Pass. Enjoy stunning colored rocks, stone towers and the "Land's Edge" canyon in the Achik-Tash river valley.
On arrival in the Base camp – dinner and rest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” Base camp (3600 m).

Day 14 Transfer to Osh.
Travel time: 5 h; distance: 280 km.
After lunch transfer to Osh through the famous Alay Valley, high-altitude Taldyk pass (3645 m) and Chiirchik pass (2408 m).

Arrival in Osh. Check-in at the hotel. We recommend a walk around the city and a visit to the Osh Bazaar, where you can buy national souvenirs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 15 Departure from Osh.
Transfer to the airport. The end of the program.

Meals: breakfast.

COST OF THE TOUR 2024:

The cost of the tour: Standard (tents)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
Comfort (yurts)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
The cost of the tour for 1 person 1550 USD 1850 USD
SGL accommodation +210 USD +330 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 according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time.
  • Comfortable transport for transfers according to the program.
  • Accommodation at a hotel 3* on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts in Osh (2 nights).
  • All needed documents arrangement:
    • permit for visiting the territory of Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve,
    • permit for visiting the Lenin Peak area,
    • ecological fee.
  • Services during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek:
    • full board (three hot meals a day),
    • accommodation in twin sharing tents,
    • services of an English-speaking mountain guide, cook and service staff,
    • horse packing services for personal and team baggage transportation.
  • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek:
    • tents,
    • tables, chairs,
    • kitchenware,
    • WC.
  • Personal equipment rental (comes free):
    • sleeping bag,
    • telescopic ski sticks for trekking,
    • raincoat,
    • forehead flashlight,
    • camping sleeping pad,
    • metal thermos bottle,
    • tableware,
    • high gaiters to protect boots from snow (for Sunny” camp (4400 m) and ascent Yukhin peak)
  • First-aid kit (group).
  • Accommodation in "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (3600 m):
  • Accommodation in "Sunny” camp (4400 m): in camping tents. The tents are equipped with wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses.
  • Meals during trekking program: full board, 3 times a day hot varied meals, including vegetarian.
  • Mountain guide services.
  • Services for personal luggage transportation (up to 10 kg) by horses from "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m) to "Sunny” camp (4400 m) and back.

  • Infrastructure of "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m):
    • heated Kyrgyz yurts for meals and leisure activities,
    • washstand and toilet,
    • sauna and shower cabins,
    • medical service,
    • luggage room,
    • electricity 220 V; 50 Hz.

  • Infrastructure of "Sunny” camp (4400 m):
    • heated Kyrgyz yurts for meals and leisure activities,
    • washstand and toilet,
    • medical service,
    • luggage room,
    • electricity 220 V; 50 Hz.

  • The cost of the tour does not include:

    • International flights.
    • Health insurance.
    • Meals in Osh (except breakfast at the hotels).

    Additional Services:

    • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in hotel 3*:
      • single room – 45 USD/per room /per night,
      • double room – 55 USD/per room /per night.

    Bonuses from the Сompany:

    • A certificate confirming the achievement of a certain altitude above sea level.
    • Unlimited hot tea and coffee with sweets (candies, biscuits, jams, etc.), boiling water in the dining yurts at "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m) and "Sunny” camp (4400 m) are provided for our guests.

    Additional information::

    Throughout the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek, all personal belongings and equipment are carried by horses.
    Since all your things are carried by horses, all you are to do is to enjoy the surrounding landscapes. Our guests travel light, carry only a camera, sunscreen and a bottle of water. The transportation of all equipment, both group and personal (including any personal belongings), is the duty of our staff.
    Equipment is provided free of charge for personal use:
    We provide our guests with trekking equipment for the entire duration of the tour for free:
    • sleeping bag,
    • telescopic ski sticks for trekking,
    • raincoat,
    • forehead flashlight,
    • camping sleeping pad,
    • metal thermos bottle,
    • tableware.
    Service staff.
    The escort team includes a guide, a cook, assistant chefs, waiters, dishwashers and handymen. The team sets up camping site, cooks food, sets the tables, washes dishes, controls the transportation of all equipment, both group and personal, and does all the invisible work in order to create comfort during the trekking.
    Meals during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek.
    Throughout the trekking tour, three times a day you will be provided with diverse hot meals, with attention to vegetarians. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by our chef and his assistants, while guests enjoy the views and relax. Kitchenware for cooking and tableware are also provided in full.
    Meals in "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (3600 m) and "Sunny” camp (4400 m).
    A team of professional cooks are responsible for meals at our "Edelweiss Meadow” camp and "Sunny” camp. They are great in cooking a huge variety of incredibly delicious food, which is always fresh and healthy.
    The daily menu is elaborate and comprises a large amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, the first and second courses of the traditional and European cuisines (including vegetarian food and food prepared following individual preferences) and various desserts and sweets. Also, we always serve fresh bread, as we bake it for you right at the camp every day.

    Accommodation:
    This tour comes with the following accommodation

    Location Accommodation
    Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
    Tien-Shan Mountains Tent camp
    "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp Standard Option – accommodation in camping tents

    Comfort Option – accommodation in yurts
    "Sunny” camp Accommodation in camping tents

    "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp
    - Standard Option – accommodation in heated camping tents, 1–2 persons per tent. The tents are equipped with electricity, individual heaters, beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows and changeable bed linen: flat sheets, bed sheets, and pillowcases.
    - Comfort Option – accommodation in a comfortable yurt, 1–2 persons per yurt. The yurt is equipped with private bathroom (shower cabin, toilet, hot and cold water); heating, electricity, beds with changeable bed linen, wardrobes, desk, armchairs, electric kettle, toiletries, hairdryer; towels.
    The “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt campsite offers at your disposal a sauna and shower cubicles, washstand and toilet, Wi-Fi, a laundry, rental point, luggage storage room, volleyball court, and large traditional heated yurts for meals and leisure activities.

    Tent Camp during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek
    Accommodation in tents, 2 persons in a tent. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable staying mats and sleeping bags will be provided. The tent camp is equipped with a big dining-tent with tables and camp chairs. We use camping gas burners and gas bottles or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with portable camping WC. Communication means are always available on the route.

    "Sunny” camp.
    Accommodation in spacious camping tents. The tents are equipped with wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses. On the territory of “Sunny” camp there are a washstand and toilet, camping shower, camping sauna, Wi-Fi, luggage storage room, heated dining yurt, and a first-aid post.

    Hotels.
    We offer accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort and a unique culture of hospitality.

    Transportation.
    Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:

    Group Transport
    Group 1–3 pax "Mitsubishi Delica"
    Group 4–15 pax "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

 

Route Map

Route Map

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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.

Additional Information:

Throughout the trekking, personal things and equipment are carried by horses:
The itinerary includes three river valleys and one mountain pass. Daily trips are from 5 to 15 km long, overnights are in campsites provided with everything necessary for comfortable staying.

Equipment is provided for personal use:
To make both the trek and your preparations for it as pleasant as possible, we provide our guests with trekking equipment for the entire duration of the tour for free. The list of provided pieces of equipment can be found in the list of included services.

Meals
Throughout the trekking tour, three times a day you will be provided with diverse hot meals, with attention to vegetarians. The service staff includes a cook, assistant cooks and waiters. Kitchenware for cooking and tableware are also provided in full.

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. The tent camp is equipped with a big dining-tent with tables and camp chairs. We use camping gas burners and gas bottles or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with portable camping WC. Communication means are always available on the route.

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.

Personal equipment and clothes 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

Service staff includes:

A mountain guide, the leader of the group responsible for the settling of organizational issues and ensuring of safety during the trek and in associated activities.

A professional cook responsible for the provision of most delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners (European and Asian cuisine). One of the priorities of our policy is to ensure balanced, healthy, delicious and beautifully served meals even far from civilization.

Suport 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 so on.

Personal things and equipment are carried by horses.

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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

 

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  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.

E-mail: adventure@centralasia-travel.com

 

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
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • 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

In order to enter Kyrgyzstan you are to possess an international passport.

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Tour program (Bishkek–Bishkek):
Day 1 Arrival in Bishkek. Domestic flight Bishkek – Osh.
Arrival in the international airport “Manas” (Bishkek).
Domestic flight to Osh. Meeting at the airport of Osh. Transfer and check in at the hotel after 14:00. Leisure time.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Osh – Aflatun (350 km, 7 h).
Transfer from Osh to Aflatun river valley, which is located in the eastern part of the southern slope of the largest range in the Western Tien Shan – Chatkal Range. We set up a tent camp in a picturesque place, right at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur rivers, in the shade of walnut trees.
Travel time: 7 hrs; altitude difference: +340 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1300 m).

Day 3 South Aflatun – Uyalma (18 km).
Start of the trekking route. Trekking up along the South Aflatun river valley to its confluence with the Uyalma tract. A rather good dirt road runs along the canyon of the river among the picturesque spruce forests, it perfect fits for the first day of the route.
Lunch in the birch forest by the river. Then we continue the trekking up along the gorge to the confluence of the rivers, which forms a wide valley covered with green lawns and spruce forest.
Travel time: 7 hrs; altitude difference: +600 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Day 4 Uyalma River – Kuldambes Pass (2750 m) – Lake Sary-Chelek.
Trekking over Kuldambes pass (2750 m) and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek via Ashuu pass (2551 m).
Easy trekking over Kuldambes pass is done at the background of picturesque landscapes of Uyalma Valley and the Chatkal Ridge. After crossing Kuldambes pass we continue the way to Ashuu pass – the viewpoint with stunning views of lake Sary-Chelek and the valley. 
Descent from Ashuu pass to the lake Sary-Chelek valley. Lake Sary-Chelek is one of the most beautiful alpine lakes and the third deepest lake in Central Asia. Sary-Chelek resulted from an enormous landslide blocking the eponymous river, which happened about 10000 years ago. 
Travel time: 8 hrs; altitude difference: +850 m; -850 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Day 5 Lake Sary-Chelek – Makmal Pass (2654 m) – Kara-Suu River Valley.
We leave lake Sary-Chelek shores and trek upstream the Sary-Chelek river to its confluence with the Makmal river. A path along the river will lead us first to alpine meadows, and then to the wide saddle-point of Makmal pass (2654 m). From the saddle of the pass it is possible to make a simple ascent to the nearby summit. Lunch at the pass.
Descent along the Kurumdu river to the Kara-Suu river valley.
Travel time: 7–8 hrs; altitude difference: +755 m; -755 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1900 m).

Ascent to Camp 1. Lenin peak
Day 6 Kara-Suu River Valley – Lake Kara-Suu (8 km).
After two intense previous days, the descent along the river valley to the lake Kara-Suu (Karakamysh) is very light and slow. The lake is incredibly beautiful and is located in a very picturesque gorge. The main highlight is the stunning view from the shores of the lake to the Min-Teke mountain range.
After lunch, horseback riding, acquaintance with the life of nomads.
Travel time: 4–5 hrs; altitude difference: -100 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (1800 m).

Day 7 Kara-Suu River Valley – Kuturma pass (2446 m) – Lake Iri-Kol.
After trekking along lake Kara-Suu we start an easy ascent to Kuturma pass (2446 m). A picturesque path runs between juniper trees and rocks. From the pass there opens a stunning panorama of southern part of lake Sary-Chelek. Descent from the pass is quite steep, but not too long, and soon we pass through the flowering fields and reach the banks of the lake Iri-Kol.
Travel time: 6 hrs; altitude difference: +646 m; -446 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight in a tent (2000 m).

Descent to Base Camp (3600 m). Lenin peak

Day 8 Lake Iri-Kol – Lake Sary-Chelek. Transfer to Osh.
Trekking from the lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of the lake Sary-Chelek. The route runs through apple orchards along numerous turquoise lakes. Along the way, magical landscapes of the most beautiful mountains of Kyrgyzstan continue to open at each new turn.
Transfer to Osh. Time for walking around the city.
Travel time: 9 hrs; altitude difference: -940 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 9 Transfer to the Pamirs, “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp.
Transfer along the Pamir Highway to the yurt camp located on the Edelweiss meadow at the foot of Lenin Peak. Arrival at the camp, accommodation, lunch.
Walking to the Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m).
Travel time: 3 hrs; altitude difference: +200 m, -200 m.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 10 Hiking to sacred Tulpar-Kel Lake.
Travel time: 5 hrs; altitude difference: -100 m, +100 m.
Hiking to the lake. Getting familiar with everyday life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. In the northern part of the lake Tulpar Kol, there is panorama viewpoint to the Lenin Peak against the turquoise lake.
Return to the Base camp, rest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 11 Hiking to a scenic viewing point on the Petrovskiy Peak ridge (4150 m).
Travel time: 45 hrs; altitude difference: +500 m, -500 m.
Hiking up to 4150 m. where you can enjoy a stunning circular panorama of the picturesque Alai Valley, colorful lakes, the majestic Trans-Alay Rangeand its main peak – Lenin Peak (7134 m).
Return to the camp.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m).

Day 12 Trekking to “Sunny” Camp 1 (4400 m) to the foot of Lenin Peak.
Travel time: 6-7 hours; distance: 12 km; altitude difference: +800 m.
The route is led by a guide, without special equipment.
Ascent to the Puteshestvennikov (Travelers) Pass (4150 m). Following is the descent from the pass – it is pretty easy and quick. After that, the trail turns into a virtually horizontal surface and stretches in parallel to the left moraine dump over a very long distance. We then cross a wild mountain river and ascent the trail that leads to the Lenin Glacier. Afterwards, we move along the body of the glacier until we reach Camp 1, which is located on the middle moraine.
Accommodation at the “Sunny” camp. Leisure time.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at "Sunny” camp (4400 m).

Day 13 Ascent to Yukhin Peak (5130 m). Descent to “Solnechniy” Camp 1 (4400 m).
Distance: 12 km; altitude difference: +730 m; -730 m.
The route is led by a guide, without special equipment.
Stage 1: Starting from Camp 1 (4400 m) on the middle moraine of the Lenin glacier. Traversing the glacier crosswise and beginning to ascend the left (orographically) moraine of the Lenin Glacier.
Stage 2: Ascending the moraine’s ridge. The slope’s steepness reaches 20–25°. Entering a gentler area and crossing it towards the southern slope – to a wide couloir leading directly onto the summit of Yukhin Peak (5130 m).
Stage 3: Ascending the right (in the direction of the movement) side of the couloir, the slope’s steepness reaches 30° in some places. Most of the time we walk on snow, in some places on scree of small or medium-size stones. Left turn after the emergence from the couloir. After walking for some 15meters on a narrow snow-covered ridge we reach the upper plateau just beneath the peak and the summit proper.
Stage 4: The group will descend the mountain along the same route as they climbed it.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Solnechniy” Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 14 Descent to “Edelweiss Meadow” Base Camp (3600 m).
Distance: 5 km; altitude difference: -800 m.
Descent to the “Edelweiss Meadow” Base camp (3600 m) by taking the familiar trail through the Traveler’s Pass. Enjoy stunning colored rocks, stone towers and the "Land's Edge" canyon in the Achik-Tash river valley.
On arrival in the Base camp – dinner and rest.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight at “Edelweiss Meadow” Base camp (3600 m).

Day 15 Transfer to Osh.
Travel time: 5 h; distance: 280 km.
After lunch transfer to Osh through the famous Alay Valley, high-altitude Taldyk pass (3645 m) and Chiirchik pass (2408 m).
Arrival in Osh. Check-in at the hotel. We recommend a walk around the city and a visit to the Osh Bazaar, where you can buy national souvenirs.

Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Overnight at a hotel.

Day 16 Domestic flight Osh – Bishkek.
Transfer to the airport. Domestic flight to Bishkek. Meeting at the airport of Bishkek. Transfer and check-in at the hotel after 14:00. Leisure time.

Meals: breakfast.

Day 17 Departure from Bishkek.
Transfer to the airport. The end of the program.

Meals: breakfast.

COST OF THE TOUR 2024:

The cost of the tour: Standard (tents)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
Comfort (yurts)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
The cost of the tour for 1 person 1810 USD 2110 USD
SGL accommodation +250 USD +370 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 according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time.
  • Comfortable transport for transfers according to the program.
  • Accommodation at a hotel 3* on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts in Osh (3 nights) and Bishkek (1 night).
  • Domestic flight Bishkek – Osh – Bishkek (Economy class, weight limit for luggage is 15 kg).
  • All needed documents arrangement:
    • permit for visiting the territory of Sary-Chelek Nature Reserve,
    • permit for visiting the Lenin Peak area,
    • ecological fee.
  • Services during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek:
    • full board (three hot meals a day),
    • accommodation in twin sharing tents,
    • services of an English-speaking mountain guide, cook and service staff,
    • horse packing services for personal and team baggage transportation.
  • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek:
    • tents,
    • tables, chairs,
    • kitchenware,
    • WC.
  • Personal equipment rental (comes free):
    • sleeping bag,
    • telescopic ski sticks for trekking,
    • raincoat,
    • forehead flashlight,
    • camping sleeping pad,
    • metal thermos bottle,
    • tableware,
    • high gaiters to protect boots from snow (for Sunny” camp (4400 m) and ascent Yukhin peak)
  • First-aid kit (group).
  • Accommodation in "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (3600 m):
  • Accommodation in "Sunny” camp (4400 m): in camping tents. The tents are equipped with wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses.
  • Meals during trekking program: full board, 3 times a day hot varied meals, including vegetarian.
  • Mountain guide services.
  • Services for personal luggage transportation (up to 10 kg) by horses from "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m) to "Sunny” camp (4400 m) and back.

  • Infrastructure of "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m):
    • heated Kyrgyz yurts for meals and leisure activities,
    • washstand and toilet,
    • sauna and shower cabins,
    • medical service,
    • luggage room,
    • electricity 220 V; 50 Hz.

  • Infrastructure of "Sunny” camp (4400 m):
    • heated Kyrgyz yurts for meals and leisure activities,
    • washstand and toilet,
    • medical service,
    • luggage room,
    • electricity 220 V; 50 Hz.

  • The cost of the tour does not include:

    • International flights.
    • Health insurance.
    • Meals in Osh (except breakfast at the hotels).

    Additional Services:

    • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in hotel 3*:
      • single room – 50 USD/per room /per night,
      • double room – 60 USD/per room /per night.

    Bonuses from the Сompany:

    • A certificate confirming the achievement of a certain altitude above sea level.
    • Unlimited hot tea and coffee with sweets (candies, biscuits, jams, etc.), boiling water in the dining yurts at "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m) and "Sunny” camp (4400 m) are provided for our guests.

    Additional information::

    Throughout the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek, all personal belongings and equipment are carried by horses.
    Since all your things are carried by horses, all you are to do is to enjoy the surrounding landscapes. Our guests travel light, carry only a camera, sunscreen and a bottle of water. The transportation of all equipment, both group and personal (including any personal belongings), is the duty of our staff.
    Equipment is provided free of charge for personal use:
    We provide our guests with trekking equipment for the entire duration of the tour for free:
    • sleeping bag,
    • telescopic ski sticks for trekking,
    • raincoat,
    • forehead flashlight,
    • camping sleeping pad,
    • metal thermos bottle,
    • tableware.
    Service staff.
    The escort team includes a guide, a cook, assistant chefs, waiters, dishwashers and handymen. The team sets up camping site, cooks food, sets the tables, washes dishes, controls the transportation of all equipment, both group and personal, and does all the invisible work in order to create comfort during the trekking.
    Meals during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek.
    Throughout the trekking tour, three times a day you will be provided with diverse hot meals, with attention to vegetarians. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared by our chef and his assistants, while guests enjoy the views and relax. Kitchenware for cooking and tableware are also provided in full.
    Meals in "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (3600 m) and "Sunny” camp (4400 m).
    A team of professional cooks are responsible for meals at our "Edelweiss Meadow” camp and "Sunny” camp. They are great in cooking a huge variety of incredibly delicious food, which is always fresh and healthy.
    The daily menu is elaborate and comprises a large amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, the first and second courses of the traditional and European cuisines (including vegetarian food and food prepared following individual preferences) and various desserts and sweets. Also, we always serve fresh bread, as we bake it for you right at the camp every day.

    Accommodation:
    This tour comes with the following accommodation

    Location Accommodation
    Osh Sunrise Osh Hotel 3* or similar
    Tien-Shan Mountains Tent camp
    "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp Standard Option – accommodation in camping tents

    Comfort Option – accommodation in yurts
    "Sunny” camp Accommodation in camping tents
    Bishkek Olive Bishkek Hotel 3* or similar

    "Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp
    - Standard Option – accommodation in heated camping tents, 1–2 persons per tent. The tents are equipped with electricity, individual heaters, beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows and changeable bed linen: flat sheets, bed sheets, and pillowcases.
    - Comfort Option – accommodation in a comfortable yurt, 1–2 persons per yurt. The yurt is equipped with private bathroom (shower cabin, toilet, hot and cold water); heating, electricity, beds with changeable bed linen, wardrobes, desk, armchairs, electric kettle, toiletries, hairdryer; towels.
    The “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt campsite offers at your disposal a sauna and shower cubicles, washstand and toilet, Wi-Fi, a laundry, rental point, luggage storage room, volleyball court, and large traditional heated yurts for meals and leisure activities.

    Tent Camp during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek
    Accommodation in tents, 2 persons in a tent. Tents are designed for all weather conditions, they are wind-resistant and waterproof, for comfortable staying mats and sleeping bags will be provided. The tent camp is equipped with a big dining-tent with tables and camp chairs. We use camping gas burners and gas bottles or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with portable camping WC. Communication means are always available on the route.

    "Sunny” camp.
    Accommodation in spacious camping tents. The tents are equipped with wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses. On the territory of “Sunny” camp there are a washstand and toilet, camping shower, camping sauna, Wi-Fi, luggage storage room, heated dining yurt, and a first-aid post.

    Hotels.
    We offer accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. It is completely unique: it combines modern comfort and a unique culture of hospitality.

    Transportation.
    Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:

    Group Transport
    Group 1–3 pax "Mitsubishi Delica"
    Group 4–15 pax "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

 

Route Map

Route Map

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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.

Additional Information:

Throughout the trekking, personal things and equipment are carried by horses:
The itinerary includes three river valleys and one mountain pass. Daily trips are from 5 to 15 km long, overnights are in campsites provided with everything necessary for comfortable staying.

Equipment is provided for personal use:
To make both the trek and your preparations for it as pleasant as possible, we provide our guests with trekking equipment for the entire duration of the tour for free. The list of provided pieces of equipment can be found in the list of included services.

Meals
Throughout the trekking tour, three times a day you will be provided with diverse hot meals, with attention to vegetarians. The service staff includes a cook, assistant cooks and waiters. Kitchenware for cooking and tableware are also provided in full.

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. The tent camp is equipped with a big dining-tent with tables and camp chairs. We use camping gas burners and gas bottles or firewood (collected along the way) for cooking. The tent camp is equipped with portable camping WC. Communication means are always available on the route.

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.

Personal equipment and clothes 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

Service staff includes:

A mountain guide, the leader of the group responsible for the settling of organizational issues and ensuring of safety during the trek and in associated activities.

A professional cook responsible for the provision of most delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners (European and Asian cuisine). One of the priorities of our policy is to ensure balanced, healthy, delicious and beautifully served meals even far from civilization.

Suport 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 so on.

Personal things and equipment are carried by horses.

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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

 

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  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.

E-mail: adventure@centralasia-travel.com

 

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
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • 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

In order to enter Kyrgyzstan you are to possess an international passport.

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Video: Travel in the mountains. Trekking to Lake Sary Chelek
(Western Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan), June 2015

 

Our company organised a hike (informative walking tour) to high-altitude Lake Sary Chelek for 11 representatives of different tourism agencies from Brazil, Spain, Great Britain, Chile and Russia, who, together with our united team, had a nice time of it in the country of turquoise lakes, deep gorges and picturesque mountain passes, away from the civilization, in the very heart of the Sary Chelek Nature Reserve.

The expedition participants enjoyed the beauty of primeval nature, admired the simplicity of the local people’s life, participated in various master classes and partook of oriental food prepared by our professional cooks, while our team ensured a stable functioning of the camps.

Simple but filled with fairytale landscapes and bright impressions, a mountain tour like this is the best version of a team building event! Activities in the mountains tend to reveal a person’s potential completely, while difficulties and joys that people experience together make them naturally closer!

 

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