The Land of High Mountains

Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Issyk Kul Lake, Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains,
Yurt Camp of Lenin Peak and Adventure Jeep-tour along Pamir Highway


Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pamir Mountains, Tian-Shan Mountains
Itinerary duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Tour itinerary: Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Son-Kul Lake - Kazarman Village - Uzgen - Osh - Lenin Peak Yurt Camp (BC) - Karakul Lake - Murghab - Langar - Ishkashim - Khorog - Kalai-Khumb - Kulob - Dushanbe
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Guarantee Dates Of Group Tour In 2020:

  Group №1. 13.07 - 27.07.2020   Group №2. 10.08 - 24.08.2020  

Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

The combined tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan provides an excellent opportunity to visit two mountainous countries on one trip and see the two famous mountain systems - the Tien Shan and Pamirs, which are very different from each other and beautiful in their own special way.

In Kyrgystan the travellers will visit the northern and southern parts of the country, including the Kyrgyz capital, famous warmwater Lake Issyk-Kul in the Tien Shan Mountains - a regional resort area with a well-developed infrastructure and unique natural attractions, Osh - the country’s ‘southern capital,’ and the Yurt Camp at the foot of Lenin Peak - a popular 7,000-metre mountain in the Pamirs.

The tour’s itinerary is highly logical: on the south Kyrgyzstan borders on Tajikistan and is linked with the latter by the Pamir Highway - the highest road in the territory of the former USSR placed by National Geographic among the world’s five most beautiful roads. This is the road the tourists will use to get to neighbouring Tajikistan and travel most of the country, where they will drive across a boundless and desolate high-altitude desert, get over a series of most picturesque mountain passes, including Ak-Baital (4,655 m) - the highest road pass in CIS, and visit a number of original settlements on the ‘roof of the world,’ including Murghab (3,600 m) - the highest town in Central Asia.

This group tour of two countries will certainly appeal to active travellers and fans of grandiose mountain landscapes!

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Day 1. Arrival in Bishkek.
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at airport. Transfer and accommodation in the hotel after 14:00. Leisure time. Overnight at the hotel.

Бишкек, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 2. Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake (250 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 9:00 AM a group gathering in the hotel lobby. Sightseeing program in Bishkek at 10:00 AM: the central Ala-Too Square, Historical Museum, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Philharmonic Hall, monument to Manas. Transfer to Cholpon-Ata along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul (250 km), the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Бишкек, тур в Кыргызстан

Bishkek is located in the centre of Chuy Valley, at 800m above sea level in the foothill of Kyrgyz Alatoo Range (Tien Shan Montains). Bishkek was originally designed and built in 1868 as a Russian military garrison base. Independent since 1991, modern city of 1 million-odd population still is regarded as one of the most Russian-speaking cities of Central Asia.

Bishkek is a city of wide streets, marble-faced public buildings and numerous Soviet-style apartment blocks with interior courtyards, as well as thousands of smaller privately built houses outside the city center. It is laid out on a grid pattern, with most streets flanked on both sides by innumerable trees which provide shade in the hot summers. There are over 150 species of trees and smaller plants growing in the city.

Sightseeing program in Bishkek:

The Alatau Square, the main square of the city, with the government building and fountains. On the square you can see a flagstaff and a monument to epic hero Manas. The square is surrounded by a number of interesting objects, such as Historical Museum with its unique for CIS countries collection of bronze relieves and statues of the Soviet period, the House of the Government made of white marble, the Oak Park and the Nikolskaya Church. At the Independence monument in the square you can watch the changing guards.
Lenin’s statue. Bishkek is the only capital of the post-Soviet countries featuring a statue of this person.
Kyrgyz National Philharmonic Hall named after Toktogul Satylganov.

After a lunch we move to Cholpon Ata, a resort town with a population of 40,000 people, situated on the northern shore of large alpine Lake Issyk Kul, the pearl of Kyrgyzstan.

Озеро Иссык-Куль, тур в Кыргызстан

Lake Issyk Kul (“warm lake” in Kyrgyz) - a natural wonder of Central Asia! The phenomenon of Issyk Kul lake is not only in its being world’s second largest alpine lake but also that, despite altitude (1.608m), it never gets ice on its surface. The lake attracts hundreds of birds, is abundant in fish and provides habitat for diverse wildlife.

Issyk Kul is the most popular tourist destination of Kyrgyzstan. The mountains and the marine microclimate produce a wild, unique environment here. The water of the Issyk Kul is clear blue with a visibility of up to 60 feet (20 m).The water temperature in July on the surface is a comfortable 68° to 73° F (20° to 23° C), and in January it is 36° to 37° F (2° to 3° C). Issyk-Kul also offers the opportunity to cycle, climb, ski, raft, windsurf, tour on horseback or just relax at one of the famous coastal resorts.

Recreation at Issyk Kul is associated with clear mountain air and the azure mirror of the cleanest lake, all combined with a highly developed infrastructure and amazingly beautiful nature.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Jety-Oguz Gorge - Issyk-Kul Lake (350 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Round trip to the city of Karakol (Eastern shore of Lake Issyk Kul). Guided sightseeing tour around Karakol: Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people. After lunch transfer to the Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with its famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls. Drive back to Cholpon-Ata. Overnight at the hotel.

Каракол, тур в Кыргызстан

Today we will make a round trip to Karakol (formerly Przhevalsk, after the Russian explorer Przhevalsky who died there), an administrative centre and the largest resort of Issyk Kul Province in 12km away of the Lake Issyk Kul, situated in its eastern part, at the foot of the Terskey-Alatau Range, at elevations between 1,690 and 1,850 m above sea level. Karakol was founded in 1869 as a military and administrative station on a caravan road connecting the Chuy Valley and Kashgaria. Karakol (population of 65,000) features highly developed infrastructure and boasts a large number of shops, restaurants, cafes, hotels and boarding houses; not far from the city there is a ski resort, hot springs and very many other places in the surrounding mountains good for active recreation (trekking, hiking, biking, paragliding and mountaineering).

Guided sightseeing tour around Karakol:

Przhevalsky Museum & Memorial which is named after a Great Russian geographer and a renowned explorer of Central and East Asia Nikolai Przhevalsky;
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathederal which was originally built of wood without the use of nails. This only functioning Orthodox church in Karakol, which is distinguished by gracious wooden walls with intricate ornamentation and five golden domes on the top, contains some highly precious icons, one of which is the Tikhvin Mother of God created in Athens about 150 years ago;
Impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built in 1910 in a Chinese pagoda style, without metal nails by the Dungan Muslims.

For lunch we shall have the famous Karakol-style ashlamfu. This is the traditional food of Uighurs and Dungans consisting of noodles with pieces of starch seasoned with original sauce.

Then we visit Djety-Oguz Gorge (“seven bulls” in Kyrgyz) with an unusual formation of red sandstone cliffs that gave the place its name - Seven Bulls. The rocks continue for 37 km, being one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan. The landscape of the gorge was formed by the Jety-Oguz River emptying into Lake Issyk Kul.

Ущелье  Джеты-Огуз, тур в Кыргызстан

Next to the gorge’s mouth there is The Broken Heart rock, one of the most romantic places ideal for lovers. According to legend, the rock symbolises the broken heart of a girl having died because of two young men, who had killed each other in a fight for her. Loving couples like to have their pictures taken in the place.

Returning to Cholpon-Ata.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Karakol - Lake Son-Kul (390 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake to one of the most beautiful mountain lake Son Kul (3016 m). Son Kul Lake is known for its traditional summer pastures (Jailoo) and alpine meadows. Here, tourists can get acquainted with the nomadic lifestyle of the native peoples of Kyrgyzstan. Accommodation in a yurt camp. Dinner. Overnight in yurts.

Day 5. Lake Son-Kul - Village Kazarman (180 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Kazarman village via Kurtka and Kara Koo highways (2625 m). lunch en route. Upon arrival in Kazarman accommodation in local houses. Dinner. Overnight at local house.

Day 6. Transfer from village Kazarman to Osh (260 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at local house. Transfer to Osh – southern capital of Kyrgyzstan via Sarykyr highway (3080 м). Further drive to Uzgen, sightseeng around Uzgen: Visit Uzgen minaret (XII c) and mausoleum of Karakhanids (X-XII вв). Continue driving to Osh. Arrival and check in. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7. Osh (excursions). Transfer Osh - Yurt Camp of Lenin Peak (290 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. At 09:00 AM a group gathering in the lobby. Guided sightseeing tour around Osh: Suleyman Mountain and Museum, local bazaar. Futher transfer to Mountain Yurt Camp (Yurt Camp) on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (3,600 m). Lunch en route (lunch-boxes). Arrival at Yurt Camp and accommodation in tents. Hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m). Dinner at the Yurt Camp. Overnight in tents.

Памирскому тракт, Перевал  Талдык, тур в Кыргызстан

Welcome to Osh!

Located in South KyrgyzstanOsh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’. It is the country’s second largest city.

Osh is one of the oldest Central Asian cities and is the oldest one in Kyrgyzstan. The exact date of its foundation is unknown, but the legends about the city connect its origin with Alexander the Great and even the prophet Solomon (Suleiman). Once you arrive in Osh, you will meet kind and hospitable people and see green busy streets with a lot of cozy cafes.

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

According to one of the legends, once Sulayman (prophet Solomon) and his army with a pair of oxen with a plow in front came to the area. When the oxen came up to the mountains, the king said, «Hosh!» («Enough!»), which was what the name of the town built where the oxen stopped came from.

Archaeological finds prove that the city is at least 3000 years old. In the 10th c Osh was considered the third largest city in Fergana Valley. It was a cross-roads of the caravan routes from India and China to Europe - Great Silk Road.

Osh is also one of the Muslim religious centers in Central Asia; it has the largest mosque in the country.

Guided sightseeing tour around Osh:

The National Historical and Archaeological Museum Complex Sulayman is the main attraction in Osh. The only World Heritage Site in Kyrgyzstan, Sulayman Mountain, offers a splendid view of Osh and its environs. A cave in the mountain is the site of one of the largest museums in Kyrgyzstan containing a collection of more than 33,000 pieces of archaeological artifacts, geological and historical finds and information about local flora and fauna.
There are many legends about the mountain. It was named for the prophet Suleiman, who is believed to have been able to cure all the diseases. According to a belief, this is the place where prophet Suleyman appealed to God, and the stones still bear the imprints of his forehead and knees. Muhammad Zahiriddin Babur (1483-1530), Tamerlane’s great-grandson and the founder of the Mogul dynasty, built a khujra (cell) with a mihrab over this place sacred for any Muslim. The site of the cell is now occupied by the Takhti-Suleyman mosque, a unidirectional building of white rock, and ‘Babur’s house’ restored following historical data.
Local Oriental Bazaar is a good place to buy authentic souvenirs.

Upon arrival at the Yurt Camp (3,600 m) on Edelweiss Glade you will be accommodated in comfortable base tents (accommodation of 2 pax in 4-pax-capacity tents) equipped with wooden floors and electricity, bedclothes are also provided.

The "Edelweiss Glade" BC is the largest one at the Achik Tash Tract and is the final point where it’s possible to trust the wheels of your off-road Jeep.

Юртовый Лагерь (3600 м), тур в Кыргызстан

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

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

Местные сурки на Луковой поляне, тур в Кыргызстан

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

At night, visible in the dark, here will be the soaring Pamiri snow-capped peaks under the starry sky, so close to you now.

Overnight in tents.

Day 8. Yurt Camp and its surroundings.
Breakfast at the Yurt Camp. A walking trip to lakes across Achik-Tash River Valley. Walking to the yurts of the locals, acquaintance with the life and traditions of Kyrgyz nomads. Lunch and tasting of koumiss. Master class in plov cooking in the evening. Dinner. Overnight in tents.

Юрта, тур в Кыргызстан

Breakfast in the yurt.

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.

Excursion to the nearest lakes. Lakes are here and there in the valley, each is uniquely beautiful and so promising terrific photos. You can even swim in them: the water is cold but bearable.

Озёра долины реки Ачик-Таш, тур в Кыргызстан

Then we go to the local people’s yurts to acquaint ourselves with the life and traditions of mountain nomads, tasting their traditional beverage koumiss.

Mare’s milk is the basic ingredient of classic 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.

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

Юрты местных жителей, тур в Кыргызстан

In the evening master class in cooking authentic plov (also spelled pilaf). Dinner in the yurt.

Day 9. Yurt Camp of Lenin Peak - ‘Kyzyl-Art’ border check-point - Karakul Lake - Murghab (240 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the Yurt Camp. Transfer to Kyrgyz-Tajik border ‘Kyzyl-Art’ via the Kyzyl-Art pass (4,280 m). Cross the border at ‘Kyzyl-Art’ border check point and continue to the high-altitude Karakul Lake (3,914 m) - the largest lake in Tajikistan and one of the highest in Central Asia, surrounded by mountain peaks. Lunch en-route. Drive over the Akbaital Pass (4,655 m), which is the highest road pass in the CIS and highest point of the M41 highway.
Arrival in Murghab (3,600 m) - the highest alpine town in Tajikistan and the whole Central Asia.
Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10. Murghab - Langar (250 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Langar village. The culmination of the tour is the approach to the Vakhan Corridor - the road here goes along a tall terrace and features dizzy serpentines and precipices. On a clear day you can see the snow-capped summits of some 7,000-metre peaks in the Hindu Kush, the highest region in Afghanistan. Lunch. Acquaintance with the life and traditions of locals.
Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Day 11. Langar - Ishkashim (140 km, 4-5 hrs).
Breakfast at the guest house. Drive to Ishkashim town. En-route visit Bibi Fatima hot spring and Yamg village. Sightseeing in Yamg village: tomb and reconstructed house museum of Sufi mystic Mubarak Kadam, and the stone that was used as a solar calendar 700 years ago.Lunch en-route (lunch-boxes). Arrival in Ishkashim.
Dinner and overnight at the guest house.

Day 12. Iskashim - Khorog (120 km, 2 hrs).
Breakfast at the guest house. Drive to Khorog, which is the main city of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO). Arrival in Khorog and accommodation in the hotel. Sightseeing program in Khorog: botanical garden, local lore museum and bazaar.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 13. Khorog - Kalai-Khumb (265 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Kalai-Khumb town. Lunch en-route. Visiting the site of ancient settlement of Karon. Arrival in Kalai-Khumb. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 14. Kalai-Khumb - Dushanbe (350 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. En-route visit Mir Said Ali Khamadoni Mausoleum and Khulbuk Fortress. Lunch in Kulob town.
Arrival in Dushanbe and sightseeing program: Independence square, grandiose monument of Ismail Somoni, Rudaki AvenueMuseum of the Antiquities of Tajikistan boasting the richest collection of artefacts excavated in the territory of Tajikistan, the central exhibit of which is the colossal statue ‘Buddha in Nirvana’ 12.85 m long and 5.5 tonnes in weight.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15. Dushanbe. Departure.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leisure time. Transfer to airport. Departure.

The cost of the tour 2020:

Twin / double share 2295 USD
Single accommodation +430 USD

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

The cost includes:

  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double share with breakfast;
  • Accommodation in tents (2 pax in tent) in the camp under Lenin Peak based on Full board;
  • Accommodation at homestays and guesthouses (3-4 persons in a room) as per program;
  • Guided sightseeing as per program;
  • Services of escort-guide during the entire tour;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program;
  • Meals on full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) in Tajikistan;
  • Meals according the program in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Permits to visit protected and border areas;
  • Transportation services for the whole tour on comfortable vehicles with air conditioning, including meeting/seeing-off at airports;
  • Mineral water for each day of the tour;

The cost does not include:

  • International airfares;
  • Medical insurance;
  • Meals not mentioned in the included services;
  • Visa to Tajikistan and GBAO permit - can be obtained on-line;
  • Visa to Kyrgyzstan.

Additional services:

  • Possible extra night upon arrival or departure:
    • Single room - 55 USD/room/night;
    • Double / twin room - 75 USD/room/nigh.

Extensions to the main itinerary:

"Uzbekistan": Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva


We choose the most conveniently located and reputable hotels for our customers to stay at. The list of the hotels we offer is below. However, due to seasonal conditions and group size this list is subject to change.
- Hotels 3* - cozy private hotels, with traditional national interiors in many of them, providing all the necessary facilities for comfortable stays; notable for very warm hosting and home-like atmosphere.
- Yurt Camp under the Lenin Peak. Spacious and comfortable base tents (2 or 3 persons per tent) furnished with wooden floor pallets, bed clothes and “kurpachas” (Kyrgyz national mattresses).

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

City Hotels
Bishkek Shakh Palace 3* / Garden 3* or similar
Issyk-Kul Lake Kapriz 3* / Try Korony 3* or similar
Osh Sunrise Hotel 3* or similar
Yurt Camp under the Lenin Peak Tents or similar
Langar Guest house
Murgab Pamir Hotel
Khorog Delhi Darbor Hotel 2*+ or Lal 2* or similar
Kalai-Khumb Karon Palas 4* or similar
Dushanbe Атлас 4* or similar

Transportation on Kyrgyzstan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

"Mitsubishi Delica"
(up to 5 seats)

Mitsubishi Delica

"Mercedes-Benz Sprinter"
(up to 11 seats)

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

(up to 53 seats)

Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Fold-back seats Lighting in saloon

Transportation on Tajikistan part of the route.
On this route will be used the following type of transport (depending on the number of people in a group):

Group Transport
Group of 1-2 "Toyota Rav 4"
Group of 3 "Hyundai Terracan" or "Toyota Prado"
Group of 4-5 "Hyundai Starex 4х4"

Video gallery:

Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Charms of Kyrgyzstan’s nature
Yurt Camp surroundings (3600 M) at the foot of Lenin PeakYurt Camp surroundings at the foot of Lenin Peak Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Kyrgyzstan painted with sand Trekking to Lake Sary ChelekTrekking to Lake Sary Chelek

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