The Land of High Mountains

Tour of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan: Issyk Kul Lake, Tien Shan and Pamir Mountains,
Base Camp of Lenin Peak and Adventure Off-road tour along Pamir Highway.


Tour destinations: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan
Itinerary duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Tour itinerary: Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Son-Kul Lake - Kazarman Village - Uzgen - Osh - Lenin Peak Base Camp (BC) - Karakul Lake - Murghab - Langar - Ishkashim - Khorog - Kalai-Khumb - Kulob - Dushanbe

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 Lake Son-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 Base 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. Tour beginning day / arrival day.
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting at Bishkek airport at any time of arrival mentioned by tourist. Transfer to the hotel and check in after 14:00.
Free time. Overnight at the hotel.

Бишкек, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 2. Bishkek - Issyk-Kul Lake (250 km, 4-5 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - meeting at the hall and check out from the hotel.
09:30 - sightseeing in Bishkek: visit the central Ala-Too Square, flagstaff (and changing of the guard), statue of Lenin and Freedom Monument, Philharmonic Hall, monument to Manas.
On the way visit Burana Tower - an architectural and archaeological monument (X-XI centuries).
Transfer to Cholpon-Ata along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul - the second largest alpine lake in the world after Lake Titicaca in South America. Accommodation and overnight at the hotel.

Бишкек, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 3. Issyk-Kul Lake - Karakol - Jety-Oguz Gorge - Karakol (150 km, 4-5 hours).
09:00 - transfer to the city of Karakol (transfer along the Eastern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake).
Sightseeing in Karakol: visit Przhevalski museum, a wooden Orthodox Russian church and impressive wooden Dungan mosque, built without metal nails by the Dungan people.
After lunch transfer to Jety-Oguz Gorge (25 km) with its famous red rocks, The Broken Heart and The Seven Bulls. Drive back to Karakol. Overnight at the hotel.

Каракол, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 4. Karakol - Lake Son-Kul (390 km, 7-8 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel.
08:00 - transfer to Son-Kul lake along the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Son-Kul lake (3016 m) is the one of the most beautiful mountain lake in Kyrgyzstan. Son-Kul lake well known for its traditional summer pastures (Jailoo) and alpine meadows. Tourists can be acquainted here with the nomadic lifestyle of the native people of Kyrgyzstan.
Accommodation in a yurt camp. Dinner. Overnight in yurts.

Day 5. Son Kul - Kazarman(180 km, 5-6 hours)
Breakfast at the yurt camp. 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. Kazarman - Osh (260 km, 6-7 hours).
Breakfast at local house. 08:00 - transfer to Osh - the southern capital of Kyrgyzstan via Sarykyr highway (3080 м).
Further drive to the small town of Uzgen. Sightseeing in Uzgen: Uzgen minaret (XII c) and mausoleum of Karakhanids (X-XII c). Continue driving to Osh. Accommodation at the hotel upon arrival. Overnight in Osh.

Day 7. Osh (city tour). Osh - Base Camp of Lenin Peak (290 km, 5-6 hours).
Breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 - sightseeing in Osh: visit Suleyman Mountain and Museum, local bazaar.
Further transfer to Mountain Camp (Base Camp) located on Edelweiss Meadow under the Lenin Peak (altitude of the Base Camp location is 3,600 m). Lunch en route (lunch-boxes).
Arrival in the Base Camp and accommodation in camp. After some rest hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3800 m). Dinner at the Base Camp. Overnight in camp.

Памирскому тракт, Перевал  Талдык, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 8. Base Camp under Lenin Peak.
Breakfast at the Yurt Camp.
09:00 - hiking program to the lakes and the Achik-Tash river valley. Further walking to the yurts of local people, time to get to know the daily life and traditions of the Kyrgyz nomads. Lunch and tasting of the koumiss. Return to the Base Camp. Participation in culinary master class on the preparation of national dishes in the evening. Dinner at the Base Camp. Overnight in camp.

Юрта, тур в Кыргызстан

Day 9. Base Camp under Lenin Peak - “Kyzyl-Art” border - Murgab (440 km, 9-10 hours).
Breakfast at the Base Camp.
09:00 - transfer to the land border with Tajikistan. Ascent the Kyzyl-Art pass (4280 m). Border crossing. After border formalities transfer to Karakul Lake (3914 m). Lunch en route. Transfer through the highest pass of the former Soviet space and the highest point on the M41 - Ak-Baital road (4655 m). Picnic lunch along the way. Arrival in Murgab, the high-mountain town of Tajikistan. Dinner, accommodation and overnight at guesthouse.

Day 10. Murghab - Langar (250 km, 5-6 hrs).
Breakfast at the guesthouse.
09:00 - transfer to the village of Langar. The key moment is in the fact, that this place is located on the territory of the Wakhan corridor. The road passes through a high terrace. When the weather is clear you can see the snowy peaks of Hindu Kush, the most alpine region of Afghanistan. Picnic lunch along the way.
After lunch getting acquainted with the life and traditions of the local inhabitants. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse decorated in a national style

Day 11. Langar - Ishkashim (140 km, 4-5 hrs).

Breakfast at the guesthouse.
09:00 - transfer to the village of Ishkashim. On the way visit: the thermal spring of Bibi-Fatima and the town of Yamg.Sightseeing in Yamg: visit the tomb, reconstructed house of Sufi Mubarak Kadam and stone that 700 years ago was used as a sundial. Picnic lunch along the way. Arrival in Ishkashim. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.

Day 12. Iskashim - Khorog (120 km, 2 hrs).
Breakfast at the guesthouse.
09:00 - transfer to the city of Khorog, the main city of Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province. Arrival in Khorog.
Accommodation at the hotel. Lunch in local café.
Sightseeing in Khorog: botanical garden, territorial ethnographical museum and bazaar. Dinner and overnight in hotel. .

Day 13. Khorog - Kalai-Khumb (265 km, 6-7 hrs).
Breakfast at the hotel. 08:00 - transfer to the town of Kalai-Khumb. Lunch en route. Visit to the ancient city 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.
08:00 - transfer to Dushanbe - the capital city of Tajikistan. On the way visit: the Mir-Said-Ali-Khamadoni mausoleum and Khulbuk fortress. Lunch in the city of Kulyab.
On arrival in Dushanbe - sightseeing tour: visit Independence Square, monument to Samani, founder of the state of Tajikistan, Rudaki Avenue. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15. Dushanbe. (departure).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Checkout until 12:00. Free time without transport services and excursions. Recommended visiting bazaars and walking in the city center. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Dushanbe.

Cost of the tour in USD:

Cost of the tour for 1 person 2.175 USD per pax
Single supplement in hotels +300 USD

*Tour price includes agent’s commission.
This tour is guaranteed and will be arranged whatever final number of persons in a group. .

The cost includes:

  • Meeting/seeing-off at airport according to tourist's flight arrival/departure time;
  • Accommodation at the hotels on twin/double sharing basis with breakfasts, check-in to the hotels at 14:00, check-out at 12:00;
  • Accommodation yurt camp in Son-Kul lake (3-4 persons in yurt);
  • Accommodation at homestays and guesthouses (3-4 persons in a room) as per program;
  • Accommodation in tents on single of twin sharing accommodation in the Base Camp under Lenin Peak (tents are equipped with electricity, wooden flooring, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets);
  • Transportation services for the whole tour on comfortable vehicles with air conditioning, including meeting/seeing-off at airports;
  • Sightseeing tours according to the program;
  • Accompanying English speaking guide services for the whole tour;
  • Meals: breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners according to the program - in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Meals on full board (breakfasts, lunches, dinners) - in Tajikistan;
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and museums, listed in the program;
  • Permits required to visit protected and border areas;
  • A bottle of mineral water on each day of the tour;
  • Memorable souvenirs.

The cost does not include:

  • International flights;
  • Medical insurance.
  • Meals (except mentioned);
  • Visa to Tajikistan and GBAO permit - can be obtained on-line.

Additional services:

  • Accommodation in the yurts in Lenin Peak Base camp. 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 - 70 USD/per person;
  • Supplement for additional night on arrival or departure in Bishkek or Dushanbe:
    • Single room - 55 USD/per room/per night;
    • Double/ Twin room - 75 USD/per room/per night;

Extensions to the main itinerary:

"Uzbekistan": Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva


The cost of the program includes accommodation in cozy hotels often decorated in a national style. We recommend this special type of accommodation because it is unique in Central Asia: it combines modern comfort in every detail and a unique culture of hospitality in a chamber atmosphere with almost home cosines. Hotels of this level characterizing by a warm welcome, empathetic and friendly attitude by the staff and enable you to familiarize yourself with the national culture.

Yurt Camp.
Accommodation in yurts for 3-4 members. Living in a real Yurt far from civilization - is an extremely unusual and memorable experience for a city dweller. Yurt is a traditional dwelling of nomads in Central Asia. The Yurt is cool in summer and warm in winter. The Yurt is ecological, as it is made from simple natural materials: wooden poles and felt rolled from sheep wool. The Yurt Camp is equipped with electricity, hot and cold water. There is a dining area, shower and toilets on the territory.

Accommodation in guesthouses (3-4 persons in a room) will allow you to take a dip into traditions and habits of local people, while maintaining the proper level of comfort. These are traditional houses located in remote mountain villages equipped with all necessary amenities for comfortable stay.

Lenin Peak Base camp.
Accommodation 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.

The tour comes with the following accommodation:

Location Accommodation
Bishkek Shakh Palace 3* / Garden 3* or similar
Issyk-Kul Lake Kapriz 3* / Try Korony 3* or similar
Karakol Sunrise Hotel 3* or similar
Son-Kul Lake Tents or similar
Kazarman village Guest house
Osh Pamir Hotel
Lenin Peak area Delhi Darbor Hotel 2*+ or Lal 2* or similar
Murghab Karon Palas 4* or similar
Langar Атлас 4* or similar
Ishkashim Guesthouse
Khorog Delhi Darbor Hotel 2*+ or similar
Kalai-Khumb Karon Palas 4* or similar
Dushanbe Atlas 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

"Toyota Sequoia"
(up to 3 seats)

Toyota Sequoia
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" - 1 car
Group of 3-5 "Hyundai Starex 4х4" - 1 car
Group of 6-10 "Hyundai Starex 4х4" - 2 cars

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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