In Tian-Shan and Pamir mountains

Trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek,
Hiking and Outdoor Activities in the Pamirs, 2023


Destination: Kyrgyzstan, Western Tien-Shan and Pamir mountains Route map »»
Tour duration: 17 days / 16 nights  
Itinerary: Bishkek – Osh – Aflatun settlement – Lake Sary-Chelek – Osh – “Edelweiss Meadow” Camp – Osh – Bishkek

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

In this tour we’ve united trekking in the most beautiful region of Tian-Shan with further active leisure 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 and ascent to Camp 1 (4400 m) with a mountain guide, acquaintance with traditions of local nomads, master-class on cooking of pilaf – these and other activities are waiting for you.

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).

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. Yuzhniy (South) Aflatun River – Uyalma River (18 km).
Start of the trekking route. Trekking up along the Yuzhniy 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 (2100 m).

Today our trekking starts and we move up along the Yuzhniy (South) 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 Yuzhniy 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. Uyalma River – Kuldambes Pass (2750 m) – Lake Sary-Chelek (11 km).
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).

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. Lake Sary-Chelek – Makmal Pass (2654 m) – Kara-Suu River Valley (13 km).
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).

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. 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).

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. Kara-Suu River Valley – Kuturma pass (2446 m) – Lake Iri-Kol (7 km) .
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).

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. Lake Iri-Kol – Lake Sary-Chelek (5 km). Transfer to Osh (320 km).
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 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. Transfer to the Pamirs, “Edelweiss Meadow” yurt camp (280 km, 5 h).
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 (3600m).

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 to sacred Tulpar-Kel Lake (10 km).
Travel time: 5 hrs; altitude difference: -100 m, +100 m.
Hiking to the lake. Getting familiar with everyday life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. Tasting koumiss (traditional Kyrgyz milk beverage).
Return to the camp. Master class on cooking Uzgen plov.

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

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 to a scenic viewing point on the Petrovskiy Peak ridge (6 km).
Travel time: 4–5 hrs; altitude difference: +500 m, -500 m.
Hiking up to 4100 m. where you can enjoy a stunning circular panorama of the picturesque Alai Valley, colorful lakes, the majestic Trans-Alay Range and its main peak – Lenin Peak (7134 m).
Return to the camp. Мaster class on cooking dishes in tandoor oven.

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

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. Trekking to “Sunny” camp at the foot of Lenin Peak (12 km).
Travel time: 6–7 hrs; altitude difference: +800 m.
The route to the "Sunny” camp runs through the mysterious Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow, Puteshestvennikov Pass, Marmots Meadow, Castle of Alai Spirits and the grandiose Lenin Glacier.
Accommodation at “Sunny” camp. Leisure time.

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

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. Hiking to a natural viewing platform on Trans-Alay Range (5 km).
Travel time: 4 hrs; altitude difference: +350 m, -350 m.
Hiking up to 4750 m, where you can enjoy the main view of the majestic Northern wall of Lenin Peak and Lenin Glacier.
Return to the camp. Master class from the chef on cooking in the highlands.

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

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. Descend to “Edelweiss Meadow” camp (12 km).
Travel time: 5 hrs; altitude difference: -800 m.
On the way down we enjoy the picturesque colorful rocks, quaint stone towers and the “Edge of the Earth” canyon in the valley of the Achik-Tash River.
Accommodation at the “Edelweiss Meadow” camp. Leisure time.

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

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. Edelweisse Meadow” camp – Osh (280 km, 5 h).
Transfer to Osh.
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.
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. 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
Overnight at the hotel.

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

Meals: breakfast


Accommodation Standard (tents)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
Comfort (yurts)
“Edelweiss Meadow” camp
Cost of the tour for 1 person 2140 USD 2440 USD
Single supplement +255 USD +375 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 and Bishkek.
  • 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):
  • 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: full board during days 9–14: 3 times a day hot varied meals, including vegetarian.
  • Mountain guide services.
  • Services for personal luggage transportation (up to 15 kg) by horses from "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600 m) to "Sunny” camp (4400 m) and back.
  • Infrastructure of "Edelweiss Meadow” camp (3600m):
    • 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;
    • Sauna (extra charge);
    • Luggage room;
    • Electricity 220 V; 50 Hz.

The cost of the tour does not include:

  • International flights.
  • Health insurance.
  • Meals in Osh and Bishkek (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 during the trekking to Lake Sary-Chelek.
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.

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.

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.

Participants of this program should have special clothes and equipment listed below:

Clothes and equipment for the program "In Tian-Shan and Pamir mountains":
1 A moderate-sized backpack to hike with (30-40 l);
2 Transport trunk. Not essential, but it facilitates the transportation of the things to Base Camp and further horseback transportation to Camp 1.
3 Sun cream (SPF 25-40).
4 Sunglasses.
5 Trekking boots (Scarpa kailash GTXSalomon Quest 4D GTXThe North Face Wreck Mid GTX or similar).
6 Hiking shoes (SALEWA MTN Trainer GTXGarmont Dragontail MNT GTX or similar), andor sandals (TevaKeen or similar) to travel within and between the lower camps (Base Camp and Camp 1). Besides, you need a pair of light and open footwear for Osh, which features high summer temperatures.
7 Downy jacket / PrimaLoft or ThermoBall synthetic insulated jackets (BASK Valdez or similar)
8 Assault jacket GORE-TEX (RedFox Vector GTX III or similar).
9 Assault trousers GORE-TEX or Bib and brace overalls GORE-TEX (RedFox Vector GTX III or similar).
10 Suit POLARTEC (for instance, jacket BASK Kondor V3 + trousers BASK Vinson Pro V2).
11 Skin tight linen thermals POLARTEC - two sets: thin thermals to wick moisture away from the skin (for instance RedFox Dry Zone) and thick ones for insulation (for instance, jacket + trousers BASK)
12 Thin Gloves, Fleece, Polartec, WindBloc and thick insulated gloves (for instance, RedFox Ice)
13 КPeaked cap or panama hat + insulated winter hat. A light sun runner cap(Outdoor Research Sun Runner CapOutdoor Research Activeice Cap or similar) or panama hat (Outdoor Research Conzumel SombreroOutdoor Research Helios Sun Hat or similar) + insulated hat (Outdoor Research Windwarrior HatOutdoor Research Peruvian Hat or similar).
14 Knitted T-shirts.
15 Socks-POLAR, thermal socks, like Boreal TREK Thermolite or similars + ordinary socks.
16 Lip balm.
17 First-aid kit (personal).


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

Group Vehicle
Group of 1-3 persons "Mitsubishi Delica"
Group of 4-15 persons "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"

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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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