In Tian-Shan and Pamir mountains

Trekking to Sary-Chelek Lake and active rest under Lenin Peak

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tien-Shan and Pamir mountains  
Tour duration: 15 days / 14 nights, 16 days / 15 nights  
Itinerary (15 days): Osh - Aflatun settlement - Lake Sary-Chelek - Arkyt-Sai river - Osh - Lenin Peak Yurt Camp - Osh
Itinerary (16 days): Bishkek - Osh - Aflatun settlement - Lake Sary-Chelek - Arkyt-Sai river - Osh - Lenin Peak Yurt Camp - Osh - Bishkek

Guaranteed dates of the group tour in 2021:

15 days

 

16 days

Group №01 04.07 - 18.07.2021   Group №01 03.07 - 18.07.2021
Group №02 25.07 - 08.08.2021   Group №02 24.07 - 08.08.2021
Group №03 15.08 - 29.08.2021   Group №03 14.08 - 29.08.2021

Trekking en las montañas de Tian Shan y vacaciones activas en las montañas del Pamir

In this tour we have united trekking in the most beautiful region of Tian-Shan mountains with further active rest in the mountains of Pamir in order our travellers could feel the dimension, beauty and considerable variances of these two famous systems during just one tour in Kyrgyzstan.

The first half of the trip tourists will spend on precious land of turquois lakes of Western Tian-Shan. Mountain trekking gets through the simple 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 being accompanied by a mountain guide, escort team and pack transport.

In the second part of the tour participants will drive along a high-mountain Pamir Highway and will find themselves on the Roof of the world - in the mountains of Pamir. Considerable altitude and, accordingly, completely different nature, different landscapes, different colours and greenery are here. Well-equipped Yurt camp (3600 m), guaranteeing comfortable accommodation, distinguished hot meals from professional chefs and non-trivial acquaintanceship represent center of civilization in this severe high-mountain world. Hiking in the surroundings and ascent to Camp 1 (4400 m) with a mountain guide, acquaintance with traditions of local nomads, master-class on cooking of pilaf - this and even more is waiting for our travellers!

  • Programa Osh-Osh
  • Programa Bishkek-Bishkek

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival to Osh. Osh - Camp 1, (350 km, 6 hrs)
Early arrival to Osh. Meet in the airport.
Transfer from Osh to Aflatun settlement at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur rivers. Lunch on road in local café.
Camp 1 (1300 m; 350 km; approx. 6 hrs). Arrival at the campsite. Dinner.
Overnight in tents.

Osh, famous for the warmth and hospitality of its townsfolk, is the biggest city in southern Kyrgyzstan. It welcomes the visitors with streets lined by green trees, numerous open-air cozy cafes, bright boisterous bazaar and the main point of interest - Suleiman Mountain that rises in the middle of the city.

You will have the opportunity to sightsee the city on your last day of the tour, whereas today, without losing time, we head for Aftalun settlement and further to the confluence of Aflatun and Utur rivers where we set up Camp 1 (1300m).

Day 2. C1 - C2, 19 km
Breakfast at the camp.
The beginning of active part of the tour. Trekking up along the Yushniy Aflatun river and then further along Uyalma river. Lunch at rest.
Camp 2 (2100 m; 19 km; approx. 7 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Today our trekking starts and we move up along the Yushniy Aftalun river. The first day always overwhelms with new sensations, fascinating landscaped vistas. Lush multicoloured alpine vegetation contrasts the austere grandeur of mountains. A rather good earth road runs along the canyon of Yushniy Aftalun river among the picturesque spruce forests.

After lunch we continue the trekking up along the gorge to the confluence of Aflatun and Uyalma river. In the Aflatun gorge as well as Uyalma hollow the bottom and northern slopes are hosts to spruce forests, whereas the southern slopes are abundant in desert-candle. The steep slopes of the gorge are formed of limestone. The upper part of the gorge is rocky with overhanging ledges.

At the confluence of Aflatun and Uyalma rivers the wide valley is covered with grassy plots and spruce forests; further up the two gorges get narrower. The left side of Uyalma gorge is gently sloping, there are traces of landslip and mudslide, while the right slope is rather steep and is covered with spruce forests.

Trekking further upstream, we reach the place where Camp 2 (2100m) is to be set on the bank of Uyalma river.

Day 3. C2 - C3, 10 km
Breakfast at the camp.
Trekking over Kuldambes pass and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek over Ashuu pass. Lunch at rest.
Camp 3 (1900 m; 10 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Today we cross two easy passes - Kuldambes (2750m) and Ashuu (2551m). The path first runs along the turbulent Uyalma river, then,near Kuldambes pass, it serpentines through grassy area. At the approach to the pass the slopes acquire more flattened forms. The path starts to zigzag among the alpine verdure and gradually reaches the stony section.

Easy trekking over Kuldambes pass is done at the background of various mountain scenery and picturesque landscapes. After crossing Kuldambes pass we start slow descent to Ashuu pass - the viewpoint which affords stunning views of the northern part of lake Sary-Chelek. Short trekking to the banks of the lake where we set up our Camp 3 (1900m) for the overnight.

Day 4. C3 - C4, 13 km
Breakfast at the camp.
Ascent along Lake Sary-Chelek over Makmal pass. Descent to the Kyzyl-Suu river. Lunch at rest.
Camp 4 at the confluence of the Kyzyl-Suu and Kurumdu rivers (2000 m; 13 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Today we leave the lake banks and trek upstream the Sary-Chelek river. After 1 km the river narrows and turns north. The slopes become steeper, at times broken by grassy areas with cones of spruce trees. Everywhere from the cliffs there run streams. By the riverbed there stand lonely birth trees. The gorge narrows and it seems that the cliffs reach for each other. But the path is well within view and soon we ascend to easy Makmal pass. From here we can glance again at the grandiose water basin of lake Sary-Chelek surrounded by rocky cliffs and woody slopes where pointed tops of pyramid-like Tien-Shan spruces reach for the blue sky, and floating clouds reflect in the quiet waters of the lake.

Feast your eyes on the scenery and start the descent to Kyzyl-Suu river. Soon we reach the Kurumdu river - tributary of Kyzyl-Suu river, and set up Camp 4 (2000m) on a cozy forest clearing.

Day 5. C4 - C5, 12 km
Breakfast at the camp.
Trekking downstream the Kara-Suu river to lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). Lunch at rest.
Camp 5 on the lake bank (1800 m; 12 km; approx. 3 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Continue the descent along the Kara-Suu river to the banks of the scenic lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). To south-east there opens a splendid view of compact Min-Teke mountains, whereas on the west there rises mountain ridge separating the area from a chain of lakes (Kyle-kol, Iri-Kol, Chacha-Kol,Bokaly, etc.) neighbouring lake Sary-Chelek.

Lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu) is fed by Kara-Suu river. About 6.5km long and 1.5-2km wide, the lake has the average depth of 90m. In summertime the water warms up to 17-19 degrees. The banks of the lake are overgrown with Tien-Shan spruce, juniper, mountain ash, barberry and other bushes. The rocky banks go deep into the water where shoals of fish are clearly visible.

We set up our Camp 5 (1800m) on the picturesque Kara-Suu bank.

Day 6. C5 - C6, 12 km
Breakfast at the camp.
Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass and then descent to lake Iri-Kol. Lunch at rest.
Camp 6 on the lake bank (1300 m; 12 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

After trekking along the eastern bank of lake Kara-Suu we start an easy ascent to Kuturma pass (2446m). Here the landscape is really amazing: grey cliffs covered with clefts and dints are reflected in still green-bluish surface of the lake water. The road bends along the pinkish rocks and leads to the southern part of the lake that turns into the riverbed of the Kara-Suu river. Soon the current becomes turbulent. This can be clearly seen from the path that runs up to Kuturma pass. The ascent is relatively easy and rather rewarding: from the pass there opens the wide panorama of huge southern part of Sary-Chelek hollow with Lake Sary-Chelek itself. To the left there are the oblong contours of another lake - Iri-Kol whose banks will accommodate our camp for the night.

Descent from the pass does not take much time and soon we reach the banks of lake Iri-Kol located at the altitude of 1800-2040m. Here we set up our Camp 6 (1300m).

Lake Iri-Kol is formed by rock obstruction and is fed by springs. Bathing in its cool water brings relaxation and takes away the fatigue after day’s trekking.

Day 7. C6 - Sary-Chelek 3-5 km. Transfer to Osh (320 km)
Breakfast at the camp.
Trekking from lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of lake Sary-Chelek in Upaly ravine. Continue trekking round lake Kely-Kol to place where the vehicle will be waiting to pick you up (10km; approx. 2hrs). Transfer to Osh. Lunch on road in local café.
Accommodation in the hotel (320 km; approx. 6hrs). Overnight at the hotel.

Our destination today is again Lake Sary-Chelek. Following the path that runs from lake Iri-Kol, we skirt lake Kely-Kol (“round lake”) that is 700m in length and 200-400m in width.

Our spectacular trekking is completed. Today we leave the enchanting mountainous area. Some are looking forward to comforts of civilization, while others regret that encounter with nature was so short.

We trekked an unforgettable route, one of many that the Tien-Shan offers.

Today we return to the city warmth of Osh with its numerous cafes and restaurants, and free Internet access. We spend overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Day 8. Osh - Base Camp (270 km). (hiking, 2 km)
Breakfast at the hotel.
At 06:30 transfer to the Base Camp, located on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (Base Camp is located on the altitude - 3.600 m). Upon arrival in the Base Camp meet the local English speaking mountain guide, accommodation in Base Camp. After lunch hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3.800 m). The meadow is called so, because 200 meters above the Mountain camp the wild leek grows.
Return to the Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

Located in South KyrgyzstanOsh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’. It is the country’s second largest city. Once you arrive in Osh, you will meet kind and hospitable people and see green busy streets with a lot of cozy cafes. You will visit the exotic local bazaar, and Suleiman Mountain - the main Osh’s place of attraction and the only Kyrgyzstan’s World Heritage Site. The mountain rises in the middle of the city, which enhances its impressiveness and indicates that the Pamirs are not far already.

It will take 5-6 hours to get to Yurt Camp in a comfortable motor vehicle along Pamir Highway (M41 highway). Almost immediately beyond the city the terrain becomes hilly, as if informing us of what we are to expect further on the way. And the further we went, the more grandiose and magnificent everything around us was becoming. After you have moved over Taldyk Mountain Pass (3,600 m), you will see the stunning scene of Alay Valley with the majestic snow-capped Zaalay Range of the Pamirs towering over it. The Alay Valley is characterized by extensive green fields, marmots occasionally running across the road, grazing horses, a bottomless sky and blue mountain chains on the horizon.

Upon arrival at the Base Camp (3,600m) you will be accommodated in comfortable base tents. Tents feature with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets.

Today we are hiking to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow 200 meters above the Mountain camp where wild leek grows. A lot of marmots live there; the meadow is pockmarked with their burrows. They are so curious that you can photograph them at a distance of about 3-4 meters. They are big and shaggy, and when finally scared, they rush back to their burrows with screeches, showing their fluffy tails - cute and funny animals.

Pamirs summer is very short but awesome. You can see amazing variegated flowers on the glades near Base Camp (3600 m).

Return to the Base Camp and a dinner in yurt (a yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia).

Day 9. (hiking, 7 km)
Breakfast at the Base camp.
We will have a hike to the lakes across Achik-Tash river valley. In general, this day will be the most important day in the process of your acclimatization on this level of the altitude; it will also look like as a walking day-trip to the yurts of the local people, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads, tasting of traditional Kyrgyz milk beverage - koumiss.
Return to the Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

Lenin Peak, standing out in the surroundings, is at a distance of only 15 kilometers from the camp. It is hard to believe giant mountains like this ever exist!

Breakfast in the main yurt of the Base camp. Once you are inside, you will see traditional Kyrgyz decorations on its walls, as well as lot of photographs and feedback comments of our guests from almost all over the world. The next yurt features traditional Kyrgyz interior; it is where our guests very much like to have lunch sitting on traditional kurpacha mattresses laid on carpets.

As the camp is situated at a considerable altitude of 3,600 m, some of you may have symptoms of ‘mountain sickness’ (headache, slight dizziness). It is a natural adaptation to altitude (acclimatization), and the best way to help your organism overcome this short uncomfortable condition is, strange though it may seem, to move as much as you can.   

So we go on an excursion to the nearest lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Lakes are here and there in the valley, each is uniquely beautiful and so promising terrific photos. You can even swim in them: the water is cold but bearable.

During the walking we visit the local people’s yurts to acquaint with the life and traditions of mountain nomads, who will no doubt treat you in their traditional beverage koumiss.

Koumiss (kumiss, kumis) has peculiar taste. Sourish and sweetish, slightly intoxicating and instantly invigorating, smacking at once of kvass, kefir and even wine, authentic koumiss has a rather specific flavour, which may cause dislike in those who drink it for the first time.

Mare’s milk is the basic ingredient of classic koumiss. A special enzyme added to the milk turns it into a delicious reinvigorating and refreshing drink. Authentic koumiss is rich in proteins, fats, vitamins (B1, B2, C and biotin, as well as pantothenic and folic acids), calcium, phosphorus and many other chemical elements and agents good for health. Microelements in koumiss help satisfy thirst and restore the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract.

Apart from itsrefreshing and nourishing function, koumiss has gained the status of an alcoholic drink, as the natural fermentation leads to 1-3 % or higher alcohol content in koumiss.

In the evening almost all the campers get together in the main yurt with a fire in it. They come from many countries so it is a perfect place to meet interesting people and listen to intriguing and useful stories and facts.

Day 10. (hiking, 12 km)
Breakfast at the Base camp.
Hiking to Petrovskiy Peak ridge up to 4.400 m (the peak itself has altitude of 4.730 m). The hike is not difficult and will bring a lot of pleasant emotions to landscapes and photography lovers. Return to the Base Camp. Lunch at the camp. Free time. Before dinner participation in culinary master class in cooking authentic national dish, which each participant will enjoy. Dinner and overnight.

We invite you to ascend the ridge running from Petrovskiy Peak (4,830 m). The hike will not be difficult and yield a lot of pleasure, especially if you are a lover of photography. To reach an altitude of 4,400 m would be enough; from here you can obtain a great panorama: the base camps in full view, the Alay Valley on the horizon, multicoloured slopes on the other side, the Travellers’ (Puteshestvennikov) Pass and the glacier of Lenin Peak behind it going up, like a broad white road, to the snowy caps of the peak proper.  

The nature triumphs there over the man, in a confident, regal way. A vast space that cannot be tamed, one can only adapt oneself to it. And contemplate. The majesty of the local nature arouses in men a strong desire to create, to express that inconceivable feeling that arises in the depths of the human soul. Experts say that everyone can draw. Even those who think they can’t. Professional artists will bring home masterpieces, while amateurs - sketches, which, famed, will occupy their place on the wall to arouse the warmest memories in their creator’s soul. Will you try? There will be enough time for it at the Base Camp.

Upon returning to the camp from a trip you will participate in a master class in cooking authentic plov (also spelled pilaf, pilaff, pilau, pilav, polow, pulaw, pulao), which you will then enjoy. To make the popular dish under the guidance of a professional cook is a perfect chance to learn all its cooking secrets and to include it in your list of specialities.

Day 11. Base camp - Camp 1, (trekking, 14 km)
Breakfast at the Base camp.
Start the trekking to Camp 1, located on the altitude of 4.400 m. Hike up to the Lukovaya (Leek) meadow to the local waterfall. Further hike up to Puteshestvennikov Pass (4.150 m), cross the river. Then we hike up along Lenin Glacier and ascend the moraine, where Camp 1 is located. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to get there, but it is well worth the effort. The view of Lenin Peak you will get in Camp 1 is different from earlier emotions: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope. Accommodation in tents in Camp 1. Dinner and overnight.

Join us hiking up to Camp 1 (4,400 m)slowly but surely, with breathtaking views opening before you at every turn of the trail. We shall cross Leek Meadow, saying hello to the marmots, and reach the waterfall. Its water is always brown, irrespective of rain, snow or no precipitation at all. Then we shall go up to and over Puteshestvennikov (Travelers’) Mountain Pass (4,150 m), go down to the stream and ford it; when autumn is coming, it can be crossed along stepping stones.

Then we shall hike along Lenin Glacier and ascend the moraine Yurt Camp 1 is pitched on. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to get there but it is well worth the effort. The view of Lenin Peak you will get in Camp 1 is absolutely different: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope; so close to you now, it is running up and away…

You may spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the camp and photographing. Do not be surprised if it starts snowing - it is normal at this altitude. In the yurt and tents, however, it will be warm, and you will be offered as tasty and filling food as in Yurt Camp. The atmosphere there is a bit different: the area is more elevated, the air is cooler and the colours prevailing are white, grey and blue. There you feel closer to the sky, closer to the Mountain, the snow-covered summit of Lenin Peak (7134 m), clearly visible, just in front of you.

The people you will meet in Camp 1 are mostly climbers - setting out on their ascents of the mountain or returning, and then cheered and hugged by everybody. They are very interesting people: a bit crazy about climbing and yet gregarious and fond of singing to the guitar.

Day 12. Camp 1 - Peak 4.750 m - Camp 1, (trekking, 8 km)
Breakfast at the Camp 1.
Note: for those tour participants, who wish to have a rest day will stay at the Camp, walking around and exploring the surroundings.
Tourists that are more active will be able to make a hike to the small peak of 4.750 m and enjoy the grandiose landscape from the height of this peak. Due to its structure, the ridge leading to the 4.750 m summit that you are to climb has no snow on its slopes, which makes its ascending quite easy. Return to the Camp 1 in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

Today you have two options: some can walk up with a guide to a nearby ridge and further to a low summit 4,750 m high, from where they can obtain a wonderful view of the grandiose landscape; others can spend their time at their discretion - photographing, having light walks in the neighbourhood of the camp or just resting.

Due to its structure, the ridge leading to the 4,750-metre summit that you are to climb has no snow on its slopes, which makes its ascending quite easy. On the other hand, walking up you will have an extremely extensive snow-covered slope to your left, with long lines of mountaineers with heaviest rucksacks behind their backs going up and down it. And ahead you will have an approaching white wall, which is one of the incredibly tall sides of Lenin Peak. This giant rises so high into the sky that you cannot discern its top, however hard you lift up your head. You just see an infinitely tall, perfectly beautiful white wall, and you cannot believe it is real.

In the evening you will again be enveloped in the warmth of a yurt, eating most delicious food and enjoying the unforgettable atmosphere in a circle of like-minded people united by the contact with the wonderful and mysterious Roof of the World.

Day 13. Camp 1 - Base camp, (trekking, 14 km)
Breakfast at the Camp 1.
After breakfast descent back to the Base Camp.
On return at the Base Camp and after lunch you will have an easy walk up the river. There you will find picturesque multi-colored rocks, bizarre stone towers and a wondrous natural phenomenon consisting in the confluence of two streams, one of which carries red water and the other grey water, which do not mix.
Accommodation in Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

After a breakfast in yurt you can explore the large moraine over Lenin Glacier, take pictures, visit beautiful glacial lake with extremely cold water. You may be lucky to see an avalanche rolling down a Lenin Peak side nearby, and even photograph it. (Do not worry. Camp 1 is in the safe place). Do not forget you must wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.

It is a pity we cannot stay in Yurt Camp 1 longer. As we come back to Yurt Camp, we are cheered and invited to dinner - Bon app&eaeacute;tit! You will be given our company’s certificates of achievement in reaching the 4,400-meter altitude in the Pamirs. Congratulations!

After the lunch at the yurt camp you will have an easy walk up the river. There you will find picturesque multi-coloured rocks, bizarre stone towers and a wondrous natural phenomenon consisting in the confluence of two streams, one of which carries red water and the other grey water, which do not mix!

Day 14. Base Camp - Osh, (270 km)
Breakfast at the Base Camp.
After breakfast, transfer to Osh.
On arrival accommodation in hotel. Free time. Recommended to visit the following sites: Oriental Bazaar, Sacred Suleiman's Mount, Babur’s House on a huge rock that looks down upon the picturesque city of Osh, Historical-Ethnographic Museum (the Great Silk Road Museum). Overnight at the hotel.

Saying goodbye to the majestic mountains, you will set out on a journey back to warm Osh city. The grand Lenin Peak Mountain and its siblings will probably always be part of your most pleasant memories… On arriving in Osh, you will check in at the hotel and have a good rest before going on back home. Leisure time.

Day 15. Osh (departure)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Checkout until 12:00. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Osh.

The cost of the tour in USD:

The cost of the tour in USD: Standard:
tents in Base Camp
Comfort:
yurts in Base Camp
Cost of the tour for 1 person 1395 USD 1595 USD
Single supplement +190 USD +260 USD

Agent’s commission is included into the tour price.
This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group

Cost includes:

  • Meet and seeing off at the airport;
  • All transfers according to the program on a comfortable vehicle;
  • Accommodation in 3* hotel on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast in Osh for 2 nights;
  • Preparation of necessary documents:
    • Permit for staying at territory of National Park;
    • Ecological fees;
    • Border permit;
  • Full service during trekking part (day 1-6):
    • Full board (three hot meals a day);
    • Accommodation in double tents;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Horse packing services for personal and team baggage;
  • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental (day 1-6):
    • Tents;
    • Tables, chairs;
    • Kitchenware;
    • Toilet tent;
  • Individual equipment rental:
  • Accommodation in the Base Camp:
    • Standard option - in the tents 1-2 persons per tent. Tent facilities: campgrounds are equipped with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and bed linen - duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets;
    • Comfort option - in the yurts. Yurt facilities: private bathroom (shower enclosure, toilet, hot and cold water); Heating; 2 beds (extra bed available); 2 Wardrobes; Desk; 2 Armchairs; Clothes rack; Minibar; Electric kettle; Free toiletries; Toilet paper; Hairdryer; Towels; Slippers; Dressing gown.
  • Accommodation in tents in Camp 1 (2 persons per tent). Tent facilities: in C1: wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses;
  • Meals - breakfasts for each day of the tour, lunches and dinners according to the program;
  • Yurts - saloons (in the national style) with heating in the Base Camp (3600 m) and Camp 1 (4400 m) for relaxing, dining and entertainment;
  • Services of English speaking mountain guide;
  • Services of transportation of personal load (up to 15kg) from BC (3600 m) to C1 (4400 m) and back on horse transport;
  • Group first-aid kit;
  • Medical care in the Camps;
  • Luggage storage in the Base Camp and Yurt Camp 1 (4400 m);
  • Bath (steam room) and showers in the Yurt Camp (3600 m);
  • Electricity access 220 V; 50 Hz.
  • Cost does not include:

    • International flights;
    • Meals (except mentioned);
    • Medical insurance.

    Additional service:

     

    Itinerary:
    Day 1. Arrival to Bishkek. Bishkek - Osh (domestic flight)
    Transfer to the Bishkek domestic terminal of the airport.
    Morning flight to Osh. Meet in the airport.
    Transfer to the hotel and check in after 12:00. Free time. Overnight at the hotel.
    Day 2. Osh - Camp 1, (350 km, 6 hrs)
    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Transfer from Osh to Aflatun settlement at the confluence of the Aflatun and Utur rivers. Lunch on road in local café.
    Camp 1 (1300 m; 350 km; approx. 6 hrs). Arrival at the campsite. Dinner.
    Overnight in tents.

    Osh, famous for the warmth and hospitality of its townsfolk, is the biggest city in southern Kyrgyzstan. It welcomes the visitors with streets lined by green trees, numerous open-air cozy cafes, bright boisterous bazaar and the main point of interest - Suleiman Mountain that rises in the middle of the city.

    You will have the opportunity to sightsee the city on your last day of the tour, whereas today, without losing time, we head for Aftalun settlement and further to the confluence of Aflatun and Utur rivers where we set up Camp 1 (1300m).

    Day 3. C1 - C2, 19 km
    Breakfast at the camp.
    The beginning of active part of the tour. Trekking up along the Yushniy Aflatun river and then further along Uyalma river. Lunch at rest.
    Camp 2 (2100 m; 19 km; approx. 7 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

    Today our trekking starts and we move up along the Yushniy Aftalun river. The first day always overwhelms with new sensations, fascinating landscaped vistas. Lush multicoloured alpine vegetation contrasts the austere grandeur of mountains. A rather good earth road runs along the canyon of Yushniy Aftalun river among the picturesque spruce forests.

    After lunch we continue the trekking up along the gorge to the confluence of Aflatun and Uyalma river. In the Aflatun gorge as well as Uyalma hollow the bottom and northern slopes are hosts to spruce forests, whereas the southern slopes are abundant in desert-candle. The steep slopes of the gorge are formed of limestone. The upper part of the gorge is rocky with overhanging ledges.

    At the confluence of Aflatun and Uyalma rivers the wide valley is covered with grassy plots and spruce forests; further up the two gorges get narrower. The left side of Uyalma gorge is gently sloping, there are traces of landslip and mudslide, while the right slope is rather steep and is covered with spruce forests.

    Trekking further upstream, we reach the place where Camp 2 (2100m) is to be set on the bank of Uyalma river.

    Day 4. C2 - C3, 10 km
    Breakfast at the camp.
    Trekking over Kuldambes pass and then descent to Lake Sary-Chelek over Ashuu pass. Lunch at rest.
    Camp 3 (1900 m; 10 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

    Today we cross two easy passes - Kuldambes (2750m) and Ashuu (2551m). The path first runs along the turbulent Uyalma river, then,near Kuldambes pass, it serpentines through grassy area. At the approach to the pass the slopes acquire more flattened forms. The path starts to zigzag among the alpine verdure and gradually reaches the stony section.

    Easy trekking over Kuldambes pass is done at the background of various mountain scenery and picturesque landscapes. After crossing Kuldambes pass we start slow descent to Ashuu pass - the viewpoint which affords stunning views of the northern part of lake Sary-Chelek. Short trekking to the banks of the lake where we set up our Camp 3 (1900m) for the overnight.

    Day 5. C3 - C4, 13 km
    Breakfast at the camp.
    Ascent along Lake Sary-Chelek over Makmal pass. Descent to the Kyzyl-Suu river. Lunch at rest.
    Camp 4 at the confluence of the Kyzyl-Suu and Kurumdu rivers (2000 m; 13 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

    Today we leave the lake banks and trek upstream the Sary-Chelek river. After 1 km the river narrows and turns north. The slopes become steeper, at times broken by grassy areas with cones of spruce trees. Everywhere from the cliffs there run streams. By the riverbed there stand lonely birth trees. The gorge narrows and it seems that the cliffs reach for each other. But the path is well within view and soon we ascend to easy Makmal pass. From here we can glance again at the grandiose water basin of lake Sary-Chelek surrounded by rocky cliffs and woody slopes where pointed tops of pyramid-like Tien-Shan spruces reach for the blue sky, and floating clouds reflect in the quiet waters of the lake.

    Feast your eyes on the scenery and start the descent to Kyzyl-Suu river. Soon we reach the Kurumdu river - tributary of Kyzyl-Suu river, and set up Camp 4 (2000m) on a cozy forest clearing.

    Day 6. C4 - C5, 12 km
    Breakfast at the camp.
    Trekking downstream the Kara-Suu river to lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). Lunch at rest.
    Camp 5 on the lake bank (1800 m; 12 km; approx. 3 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

    Continue the descent along the Kara-Suu river to the banks of the scenic lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu). To south-east there opens a splendid view of compact Min-Teke mountains, whereas on the west there rises mountain ridge separating the area from a chain of lakes (Kyle-kol, Iri-Kol, Chacha-Kol,Bokaly, etc.) neighbouring lake Sary-Chelek.

    Lake Karakamysh (Kara-Suu) is fed by Kara-Suu river. About 6.5km long and 1.5-2km wide, the lake has the average depth of 90m. In summertime the water warms up to 17-19 degrees. The banks of the lake are overgrown with Tien-Shan spruce, juniper, mountain ash, barberry and other bushes. The rocky banks go deep into the water where shoals of fish are clearly visible.

    We set up our Camp 5 (1800m) on the picturesque Kara-Suu bank.

    Day 7. C5 - C6, 12 km
    Breakfast at the camp.
    Trekking up to and over Kuturma pass and then descent to lake Iri-Kol. Lunch at rest.
    Camp 6 on the lake bank (1300 m; 12 km; approx. 6 hrs). Dinner. Overnight in tents.

    After trekking along the eastern bank of lake Kara-Suu we start an easy ascent to Kuturma pass (2446m). Here the landscape is really amazing: grey cliffs covered with clefts and dints are reflected in still green-bluish surface of the lake water. The road bends along the pinkish rocks and leads to the southern part of the lake that turns into the riverbed of the Kara-Suu river. Soon the current becomes turbulent. This can be clearly seen from the path that runs up to Kuturma pass. The ascent is relatively easy and rather rewarding: from the pass there opens the wide panorama of huge southern part of Sary-Chelek hollow with Lake Sary-Chelek itself. To the left there are the oblong contours of another lake - Iri-Kol whose banks will accommodate our camp for the night.

    Descent from the pass does not take much time and soon we reach the banks of lake Iri-Kol located at the altitude of 1800-2040m. Here we set up our Camp 6 (1300m).

    Lake Iri-Kol is formed by rock obstruction and is fed by springs. Bathing in its cool water brings relaxation and takes away the fatigue after day’s trekking.

    Day 8. C6 - Sary-Chelek 3-5 km. Transfer to Osh (320 km)
    Breakfast at the camp.
    Trekking from lake Iri-Kol to the southern part of lake Sary-Chelek in Upaly ravine. Continue trekking round lake Kely-Kol to place where the vehicle will be waiting to pick you up (10km; approx. 2hrs). Transfer to Osh. Lunch on road in local café.
    Accommodation in the hotel (320 km; approx. 6hrs). Overnight at the hotel.

    Our destination today is again Lake Sary-Chelek. Following the path that runs from lake Iri-Kol, we skirt lake Kely-Kol (“round lake”) that is 700m in length and 200-400m in width.

    Our spectacular trekking is completed. Today we leave the enchanting mountainous area. Some are looking forward to comforts of civilization, while others regret that encounter with nature was so short.

    We trekked an unforgettable route, one of many that the Tien-Shan offers.

    Today we return to the city warmth of Osh with its numerous cafes and restaurants, and free Internet access. We spend overnight in a comfortable hotel.

    Day 9. Osh - Base Camp (270 km). (hiking, 2 km)
    Breakfast at the hotel.
    At 06:30 transfer to the Base Camp, located on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (Base Camp is located on the altitude - 3.600 m). Upon arrival in the Base Camp meet the local English speaking mountain guide, accommodation in Base Camp. After lunch hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3.800 m). The meadow is called so, because 200 meters above the Mountain camp the wild leek grows.
    Return to the Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

    Located in South KyrgyzstanOsh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’. It is the country’s second largest city. Once you arrive in Osh, you will meet kind and hospitable people and see green busy streets with a lot of cozy cafes. You will visit the exotic local bazaar, and Suleiman Mountain - the main Osh’s place of attraction and the only Kyrgyzstan’s World Heritage Site. The mountain rises in the middle of the city, which enhances its impressiveness and indicates that the Pamirs are not far already.

    It will take 5-6 hours to get to Yurt Camp in a comfortable motor vehicle along Pamir Highway (M41 highway). Almost immediately beyond the city the terrain becomes hilly, as if informing us of what we are to expect further on the way. And the further we went, the more grandiose and magnificent everything around us was becoming. After you have moved over Taldyk Mountain Pass (3,600 m), you will see the stunning scene of Alay Valley with the majestic snow-capped Zaalay Range of the Pamirs towering over it. The Alay Valley is characterized by extensive green fields, marmots occasionally running across the road, grazing horses, a bottomless sky and blue mountain chains on the horizon.

    Upon arrival at the Base Camp (3,600m) you will be accommodated in comfortable base tents. Tents feature with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets.

    Today we are hiking to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow 200 meters above the Mountain camp where wild leek grows. A lot of marmots live there; the meadow is pockmarked with their burrows. They are so curious that you can photograph them at a distance of about 3-4 meters. They are big and shaggy, and when finally scared, they rush back to their burrows with screeches, showing their fluffy tails - cute and funny animals.

    Pamirs summer is very short but awesome. You can see amazing variegated flowers on the glades near Base Camp (3600 m).

    Return to the Base Camp and a dinner in yurt (a yurt is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia).

    Day 10. (hiking, 7 km)
    Breakfast at the Base camp.
    We will have a hike to the lakes across Achik-Tash river valley. In general, this day will be the most important day in the process of your acclimatization on this level of the altitude; it will also look like as a walking day-trip to the yurts of the local people, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads, tasting of traditional Kyrgyz milk beverage - koumiss.
    Return to the Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

    Lenin Peak, standing out in the surroundings, is at a distance of only 15 kilometers from the camp. It is hard to believe giant mountains like this ever exist!

    Breakfast in the main yurt of the Base camp. Once you are inside, you will see traditional Kyrgyz decorations on its walls, as well as lot of photographs and feedback comments of our guests from almost all over the world. The next yurt features traditional Kyrgyz interior; it is where our guests very much like to have lunch sitting on traditional kurpacha mattresses laid on carpets.

    As the camp is situated at a considerable altitude of 3,600 m, some of you may have symptoms of ‘mountain sickness’ (headache, slight dizziness). It is a natural adaptation to altitude (acclimatization), and the best way to help your organism overcome this short uncomfortable condition is, strange though it may seem, to move as much as you can.   

    So we go on an excursion to the nearest lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Lakes are here and there in the valley, each is uniquely beautiful and so promising terrific photos. You can even swim in them: the water is cold but bearable.

    During the walking we visit the local people’s yurts to acquaint with the life and traditions of mountain nomads, who will no doubt treat you in their traditional beverage koumiss.

    Koumiss (kumiss, kumis) has peculiar taste. Sourish and sweetish, slightly intoxicating and instantly invigorating, smacking at once of kvass, kefir and even wine, authentic koumiss has a rather specific flavour, which may cause dislike in those who drink it for the first time.

    Mare’s milk is the basic ingredient of classic koumiss. A special enzyme added to the milk turns it into a delicious reinvigorating and refreshing drink. Authentic koumiss is rich in proteins, fats, vitamins (B1, B2, C and biotin, as well as pantothenic and folic acids), calcium, phosphorus and many other chemical elements and agents good for health. Microelements in koumiss help satisfy thirst and restore the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract.

    Apart from itsrefreshing and nourishing function, koumiss has gained the status of an alcoholic drink, as the natural fermentation leads to 1-3 % or higher alcohol content in koumiss.

    In the evening almost all the campers get together in the main yurt with a fire in it. They come from many countries so it is a perfect place to meet interesting people and listen to intriguing and useful stories and facts.

    Day 11. (hiking, 12 km)
    Breakfast at the Base camp.
    Hiking to Petrovskiy Peak ridge up to 4.400 m (the peak itself has altitude of 4.730 m). The hike is not difficult and will bring a lot of pleasant emotions to landscapes and photography lovers. Return to the Base Camp. Lunch at the camp. Free time. Before dinner participation in culinary master class in cooking authentic national dish, which each participant will enjoy. Dinner and overnight.

    We invite you to ascend the ridge running from Petrovskiy Peak (4,830 m). The hike will not be difficult and yield a lot of pleasure, especially if you are a lover of photography. To reach an altitude of 4,400 m would be enough; from here you can obtain a great panorama: the base camps in full view, the Alay Valley on the horizon, multicoloured slopes on the other side, the Travellers’ (Puteshestvennikov) Pass and the glacier of Lenin Peak behind it going up, like a broad white road, to the snowy caps of the peak proper.  

    The nature triumphs there over the man, in a confident, regal way. A vast space that cannot be tamed, one can only adapt oneself to it. And contemplate. The majesty of the local nature arouses in men a strong desire to create, to express that inconceivable feeling that arises in the depths of the human soul. Experts say that everyone can draw. Even those who think they can’t. Professional artists will bring home masterpieces, while amateurs - sketches, which, famed, will occupy their place on the wall to arouse the warmest memories in their creator’s soul. Will you try? There will be enough time for it at the Base Camp.

    Upon returning to the camp from a trip you will participate in a master class in cooking authentic plov (also spelled pilaf, pilaff, pilau, pilav, polow, pulaw, pulao), which you will then enjoy. To make the popular dish under the guidance of a professional cook is a perfect chance to learn all its cooking secrets and to include it in your list of specialities.

    Day 12. Base camp - Camp 1, (trekking, 14 km)
    Breakfast at the Base camp.
    Start the trekking to Camp 1, located on the altitude of 4.400 m. Hike up to the Lukovaya (Leek) meadow to the local waterfall. Further hike up to Puteshestvennikov Pass (4.150 m), cross the river. Then we hike up along Lenin Glacier and ascend the moraine, where Camp 1 is located. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to get there, but it is well worth the effort. The view of Lenin Peak you will get in Camp 1 is different from earlier emotions: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope. Accommodation in tents in Camp 1. Dinner and overnight.

    Join us hiking up to Camp 1 (4,400 m)slowly but surely, with breathtaking views opening before you at every turn of the trail. We shall cross Leek Meadow, saying hello to the marmots, and reach the waterfall. Its water is always brown, irrespective of rain, snow or no precipitation at all. Then we shall go up to and over Puteshestvennikov (Travelers’) Mountain Pass (4,150 m), go down to the stream and ford it; when autumn is coming, it can be crossed along stepping stones.

    Then we shall hike along Lenin Glacier and ascend the moraine Yurt Camp 1 is pitched on. It will take from 5 to 7 hours to get there but it is well worth the effort. The view of Lenin Peak you will get in Camp 1 is absolutely different: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope; so close to you now, it is running up and away…

    You may spend the rest of the day exploring the area around the camp and photographing. Do not be surprised if it starts snowing - it is normal at this altitude. In the yurt and tents, however, it will be warm, and you will be offered as tasty and filling food as in Yurt Camp. The atmosphere there is a bit different: the area is more elevated, the air is cooler and the colours prevailing are white, grey and blue. There you feel closer to the sky, closer to the Mountain, the snow-covered summit of Lenin Peak (7134 m), clearly visible, just in front of you.

    The people you will meet in Camp 1 are mostly climbers - setting out on their ascents of the mountain or returning, and then cheered and hugged by everybody. They are very interesting people: a bit crazy about climbing and yet gregarious and fond of singing to the guitar.

    Day 13. Camp 1 - Peak 4.750 m - Camp 1, (trekking, 8 km)
    Breakfast at the Camp 1.
    Note: for those tour participants, who wish to have a rest day will stay at the Camp, walking around and exploring the surroundings.
    Tourists that are more active will be able to make a hike to the small peak of 4.750 m and enjoy the grandiose landscape from the height of this peak. Due to its structure, the ridge leading to the 4.750 m summit that you are to climb has no snow on its slopes, which makes its ascending quite easy. Return to the Camp 1 in the evening. Dinner and overnight.

    Today you have two options: some can walk up with a guide to a nearby ridge and further to a low summit 4,750 m high, from where they can obtain a wonderful view of the grandiose landscape; others can spend their time at their discretion - photographing, having light walks in the neighbourhood of the camp or just resting.

    Due to its structure, the ridge leading to the 4,750-metre summit that you are to climb has no snow on its slopes, which makes its ascending quite easy. On the other hand, walking up you will have an extremely extensive snow-covered slope to your left, with long lines of mountaineers with heaviest rucksacks behind their backs going up and down it. And ahead you will have an approaching white wall, which is one of the incredibly tall sides of Lenin Peak. This giant rises so high into the sky that you cannot discern its top, however hard you lift up your head. You just see an infinitely tall, perfectly beautiful white wall, and you cannot believe it is real.

    In the evening you will again be enveloped in the warmth of a yurt, eating most delicious food and enjoying the unforgettable atmosphere in a circle of like-minded people united by the contact with the wonderful and mysterious Roof of the World.

    Day 14. Camp 1 - Base camp, (trekking, 14 km)
    Breakfast at the Camp 1.
    After breakfast descent back to the Base Camp.
    On return at the Base Camp and after lunch you will have an easy walk up the river. There you will find picturesque multi-colored rocks, bizarre stone towers and a wondrous natural phenomenon consisting in the confluence of two streams, one of which carries red water and the other grey water, which do not mix.
    Accommodation in Base Camp. Dinner and overnight.

    After a breakfast in yurt you can explore the large moraine over Lenin Glacier, take pictures, visit beautiful glacial lake with extremely cold water. You may be lucky to see an avalanche rolling down a Lenin Peak side nearby, and even photograph it. (Do not worry. Camp 1 is in the safe place). Do not forget you must wear sunglasses to protect the eyes.

    It is a pity we cannot stay in Yurt Camp 1 longer. As we come back to Yurt Camp, we are cheered and invited to dinner - Bon app&eaeacute;tit! You will be given our company’s certificates of achievement in reaching the 4,400-meter altitude in the Pamirs. Congratulations!

    After the lunch at the yurt camp you will have an easy walk up the river. There you will find picturesque multi-coloured rocks, bizarre stone towers and a wondrous natural phenomenon consisting in the confluence of two streams, one of which carries red water and the other grey water, which do not mix!

    Day 15. Base Camp - Osh, (270 km)
    Breakfast at the Base Camp.
    After breakfast, transfer to Osh.
    On arrival accommodation in hotel. Free time. Recommended to visit the following sites: Oriental Bazaar, Sacred Suleiman's Mount, Babur’s House on a huge rock that looks down upon the picturesque city of Osh, Historical-Ethnographic Museum (the Great Silk Road Museum). Overnight at the hotel.

    Saying goodbye to the majestic mountains, you will set out on a journey back to warm Osh city. The grand Lenin Peak Mountain and its siblings will probably always be part of your most pleasant memories… On arriving in Osh, you will check in at the hotel and have a good rest before going on back home. Leisure time.

    Day 16. Osh - Bishkek (domestic flight). Bishkek (departure)
    Breakfast at the hotel.
    Checkout until 12:00. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Bishkek. Meet in the airport and transfer to Bishkek. Without accommodation. Free time. Recommended to visit bazaars and walking in the city center.
    Transfer to the airport. Departure from Bishkek.

    The cost of the tour in USD:

    The cost of the tour in USD: Standard
    (tents in Base Camp)
    Comfort
    (yurts in Base Camp)
    Cost of the tour for 1 person 1585 USD 1785 USD
    Single supplement +220 USD +290 USD

    Agent’s commission is included into the tour price.
    This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group

    Cost includes:

    • Meet and seeing off at the airport;
    • All transfers according to the program on a comfortable vehicle;
    • Accommodation in 3* hotel on twin/double sharing basis with breakfast in Osh for 3 nights;
    • Domestic flight Bishkek - Osh - Bishkek (Economy class ticket, maximum luggage weight - 20 kg);
    • Preparation of necessary documents:
      • Permit for staying at territory of National Park;
      • Ecological fees;
      • Border permit;
    • Full service during trekking part (day 1-6):
      • Full board (three hot meals a day);
      • Accommodation in double tents;
      • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
      • Horse packing services for personal and team baggage;
    • Bivouac and kitchen equipment rental (day 1-6):
      • Tents;
      • Tables, chairs;
      • Kitchenware;
      • Toilet tent;
    • Individual equipment rental:
    • Accommodation in the Base Camp:
      • Standard option - in the tents 1-2 persons per tent. Tent facilities: campgrounds are equipped with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and bed linen - duvet covers, pillowcases, sheets;
      • Comfort option - in the yurts. Yurt facilities: private bathroom (shower enclosure, toilet, hot and cold water); Heating; 2 beds (extra bed available); 2 Wardrobes; Desk; 2 Armchairs; Clothes rack; Minibar; Electric kettle; Free toiletries; Toilet paper; Hairdryer; Towels; Slippers; Dressing gown.
  • Accommodation in tents in Camp 1 (2 persons per tent). Tent facilities: in C1: wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses;
  • Meals - breakfasts for each day of the tour, lunches and dinners according to the program;
  • Yurts - saloons (in the national style) with heating in the Base Camp (3600 m) and Camp 1 (4400 m) for relaxing, dining and entertainment;
  • Services of English speaking mountain guide;
  • Services of transportation of personal load (up to 15kg) from BC (3600 m) to C1 (4400 m) and back on horse transport;
  • Group first-aid kit;
  • Medical care in the Camps;
  • Luggage storage in the Base Camp and Yurt Camp 1 (4400 m);
  • Bath (steam room) and showers in the Yurt Camp (3600 m);
  • Electricity access 220 V; 50 Hz.
  • Cost does not include:

    • International flights;
    • Meals (except mentioned);
    • Medical insurance.

    Additional service:

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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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