Adventure Vacations and Outdoor Activities in the Pamirs
|Country:||Kyrgyzstan, Pamir mountains||View the route map »»|
|Itinerary:||Osh - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Osh|
|Tour duration:||8 days / 7 nights|
Guarantee Dates Of Group Tours In 2019:
|Group No.1. 30.06 - 07.07.2019||Group No.4. 21.07 - 28.07.2019|
|Group No.2. 07.07 - 14.07.2019||Group No.5. 28.07 - 04.08.2019|
|Group No.3. 14.07 - 21.07.2019||Group No.6. 04.08 - 11.08.2019|
Vacation in the Pamirs is a wonderful combination of uncombinable elements in a program for those who prefer unusual, contrasting but cozy mountain vacations. This mountain tour is a good chance for non-alpinists to try the inclement but beautiful alpine world. Attended by an experienced mountain guide, they will stay at one of our camps, which will provide them with comfortable lodging and delicious hot meals prepared by professional cooks.
Lenin Peak area provides a lot ofopportunities for adventure tours and those who want to stay in the Pamirs - perhaps with their children (recommended age - 8 and higher) during summer holidays - without climbing the mountain. It is where you can enjoy majestic alpine landscapes with fabulous lakes and amazingly clean mountain air, easy mountain hiking and walking trails, as well as meeting local Pamiri people and getting familiar with everyday life of nomads. All these adventure activities are possible in the vicinity of a comfortable camp on Edelweiss Meadow (3,600 m) at the foot of the giant snowcapped mountain Lenin Peak (7,134 m).
You can also play volleyball, take part in fascinating master classes or relax in a sauna in the camp, as well as sample the delicious traditional Kyrgyz cuisine. You may want to hike up to the top of one of the nearest hills to enjoy the breathtaking view of Alay Valley, or to "Sunny Camp" (4,400 m) where climbers from many countries set out on their Lenin Peak conquests.
Thanks to our Camp`s convenient location accessible to motor vehicles, this adventure trip can be taken as an exciting supplement to a cultural sightseeing tour of visa-free entry Kyrgyzstan (44 countries; max. 60-day stays) or just one of individual mountain getaways.
- Tour program,
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|Vacation in the Pamir mountains|
|Day 1.||Osh, arrival.
Osh - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" under Lenin Peak (road transfer, 290 km).
Arrival in Osh in the morning. Meet at the airport and transfer to the local national house for breakfast.
At 09:00 after breakfast transfer to the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp", located on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot ("Edelweiss Meadow Camp" is located on the altitude - 3.600 m). Upon arrival in the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" meet the local English speaking mountain guide, accommodation in tents (2 persons per each tent).
*Tents are equipped with electricity, beds, mattresses, blankets, pillows and linens - blanket covers, pillowcases, sheets.
After lunch hike up to Lukovaya (Leek) Meadow (3.800 m).The meadow is called so, because 200 meters above the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" the wild leek grows.
Return to the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp". Dinner and overnight.
|Day 2.||"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Achik Tash valley - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (hiking, 7 km).
Today, after breakfast continuation of exploring the region.
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.
|Day 3.||"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Petrovskiy Peak ridge - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (hiking, 12 km).
Breakfast at the dining yurt, meet the guide and start the day. Hiking to Petrovskiy Peak ridge up to 4.400 m (the peak itself has altitude of 4.730 m). The hike is not difficult, but will bring a great deal of pleasant emotions to landscapes and photography lovers.
Upon return to the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" participation in culinary master class in cooking authentic Asian plov (also spelled pilaf, pilaff, pilau), which each participant will enjoy. Dinner and overnight at the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp".
|Day 4.||"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Puteshestvennikov Pass - "Sunny Camp" (trekking, 14 km).
After breakfast start the trek to "Sunny Camp", 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 "Sunny Camp" 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 "Sunny Camp" is absolutely different from earlier emotions: you can see the peak itself and the lower part of its huge snowy slope. Accommodation in tents in "Sunny Camp", dinner and overnight.
|Day 5.||"Sunny Camp" - Peak 4.750 m - "Sunny Camp" (trekking, 8 km).
Breakfast at the Camp, meet the guide and start another trekking day.
*Note: for those tour participants, who wish to have a rest day will stay at the Camp, walking around and exploring the surroundings.
More active tourists will be offered to make a hike to the small peak of 7.750 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. 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. Return to the "Sunny Camp" in the evening. Rest and overnight.
|Day 6.||"Sunny Camp" - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (trekking, 14 km). A trip to the canyon of the Achik Tash River (hiking, 3 km).
After breakfast descent back to the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp".
On return at the "Edelweiss Meadow 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.
|Day 7.||"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Osh (road transfer, 290 km). City tour in Osh.
After breakfast at the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" transfer to Osh.
On arrival - meet the local guide and start the city tour in Osh. Visit the following sites: 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). Transfer the hotel. Accommodation and rest.
|Day 8.||Osh, departure.
Transfer to the airport. Early morning flight from Osh via Moscow.
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 the airport;
- Transfer Osh - BC and BC - Osh;
- All needed documents arrangement (permit to the border zone);
- OVIR registration;
- Lunch boxes during transfer Osh - "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" - Osh;
- Accommodation in hotels (double-room accommodation) with breakfast:
- Osh (1 night);
- Services in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" and "Sunny Camp" under Lenin Peak:
- Accommodation in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600 m) in spacious camping tents per 1-2 members.
Facilities of camping tents in camp:
- beds, mattresses, coverlet, and pillows;
- changeable bed linen: flat sheets, bedsheets, and pillowcases;
- electrical outlets and individual lighting - desk lamp;
- clothes hangers;
- Accommodation in Camp 1 (4400 m) in spacious camping tents per 1-2 members.
Facilities of camping tents in C1: wooden decks, thermal isolation, foam mattresses;
- Meals: Full board (3 times hot meals made by professional cookers, including vegetarian meals under request);
- Mountain guide;
- Free transfer of personal luggage (under 15kg) from "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600m) to "Sunny Camp" (4400m).
- Heated Yurts decorated in national style in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600m) and "Sunny Camp" (4400m) for the rest and entertainments (music, guitar, table-top games, etc.);
- Using washstand and toilet at BC and C1;
- Electricity 220 В; 50 Hz.
- Accommodation in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600 m) in spacious camping tents per 1-2 members.
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|• Sauna and shower facility in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600 m);|
|• Using storage-tent at BC and C1;|
|• Equipment for free rental for the period of ascent (against a deposit):|
|- Sleeping bag (for visiting "Sunny Camp");|
|- Telescopic ski sticks for walking;|
|- Sleeping pad;|
|- Metallic vacuum flask 0,5 - 1,0 litres;|
|- First-aid kit for group.|
|• Medical services in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (3600 m) and "Sunny Camp" (4400 m);|
Cost does not include:
- Visa invitations and visa fees; - for the citizens of countries outside the CIS;
- International flights;
- Health insurance.
- If you arrive in Osh earlier, we can book for you additional day in the hotel of Osh. The cost of accommodation in the hotel:
- Single room - 45 USD per night per room;
- Twin room - 60 USD per night per room.
- The full list of additional services in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" and Osh city you can look here.
This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:
|Osh||Sunrise Osh hotel 3*||or similar|
Participants of this program should have special clothes and equipment listed below:
|Clothes and equipment for the program "Pamir Resort":|
|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 "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" and further horseback transportation to "Sunny Camp".|
|3||Sun cream (SPF 25-40).|
|5||Trekking boots (Scarpa kailash GTX, Salomon Quest 4D GTX, The North Face Wreck Mid GTX or similar).|
|6||Hiking shoes (SALEWA MTN Trainer GTX, Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX or similar), andor sandals (Teva, Keen 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 Cap, Outdoor Research Activeice Cap or similar) or panama hat (Outdoor Research Conzumel Sombrero, Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat or similar) + insulated hat (Outdoor Research Windwarrior Hat, Outdoor Research Peruvian Hat or similar).|
|15||Socks-POLAR, thermal socks, like Boreal TREK Thermolite or similars + ordinary socks.|
|17||First-aid kit (personal).|
Depending on the size of a group the following means of transportation are used during the tour:
How to Come to "Edelweiss Meadow Camp"
A journey to our "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" on Edelweiss Meadow at the foot of Lenin Peak (3,600 m) takes 5-6 hours if you set out on it from Osh where you can easily get by air; international flights arrive in the city every day. We shall travel in a comfortable motor vehicle along the Pamir Highway over picturesque mountain passes, through cute native mountain villages and Alay Valley.
Russian nationals do not need visas to enter Kyrgyzstan; only their internal passports are required to visit the country. There are regular direct flights to Osh from Moscow and other Russian cities and CIS countries, so if you arrive in Osh in the morning, you will have dinner in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" traditional Kyrgyz yurt in the Pamirs in the evening the same day already.
If you have time to stroll about Osh, you will be pleased with the views and colors of this Asian city. Osh is often referred to as ‘the southern capital’ of Kyrgyzstan. It is the country’s second largest city. 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.
There are three ways to get to "Edelweiss Meadow Camp":
1. Via Osh, proceeding to the camp by road (Thanks to Kyrgyz visa-free regime regulations and the flights to Osh from Moscow and other CIS cities, including Turkish Airlines flights, this is the best way today, since it allows for saving money and, most importantly, time.)
2. Via Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, proceeding to Osh and thence to the camp by road (The journey from Tashkent to Osh will take 6-7 hours. On the way to Osh you will travel through the picturesque Kamchik Mountain Pass and Ferghana Valley. Nationals of non-CIS countries will need Uzbekistan visas to come via Tashkent.)
3. Via Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, proceeding to Osh by air and thence to the camp by road. (Note the flight baggage allowance is 15 kg, with additional weight to cost 0.7 EURO per kg.)
Visa to Kyrgyzstan
Under current rules visa-free stay within unlimited period on the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the following countries:
List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.
List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days
Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.
Our "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" is a perfect holiday place for families with children. It is just a happy hunting ground for them to play various games, hike with their parents, swim in the lakes, ride horses, fly kites (Light winds always blow in the area, so kites take off easily there.) and engage in many more other exciting activities.
There is always saddled horse available in the camp to go on a riding excursion around the Achik-Tash River valley - it is so beautiful there! You can ride to the lakes, Leek Meadow with a lot of funny marmots, or just anywhere you like in the area just for riding pleasure.
This year we are bringing mountain bikes to the camp! The entire Alay Valley, including Achik-Tash River valley, is perfect for bike riding excursions. The terrain is almost flat there; even AN-2 aircraft uses it. There are a lot of tracks in the valley, and the views you will have while driving around will be really stunning. None of our guests has ever gone bike riding there, so you can be among the pioneers this year.
Every summer Kyrgyz herding families set up their yurts in Achik-Tash River valley - just like centuries ago. They bring sheep, cows, goats and even yaks to the local pastures. While the men on horseback handle the cattle, the women do housework and make various handicrafts. Their yurts feature traditional felt and woven rugs and decorations. As a guest you will always be welcome in the yurts; the hosts will be happy to show you their works and tell how they make them.
Anyone seeking out inspiration - photographers, writers, artists, musicians, etc. - will certainly find it in the camp. The terrific views and remoteness from civilization will be as benefitting as nowhere else.
Besides two large traditional Kyzrgyz yurts for communal use, "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" features comfortable spacious camping tents with bed clothes in them. The camp holds 100 people at a time, and so does "Sunny Camp".
Three times a day the camp provides each guest with delicious meals made by our committed masters of cookery. There is a store of fresh fruit in the camp (apples, pears, grapes, peaches, apricots, melons and watermelons), as well as fresh vegetable salads, Asian sweets, dry fruit, various nuts, candies, crackers, several types of tea and coffee. It is also possible to buy juices, mineral water, beer and even stronger alcoholic beverages on site.
"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" boasts a real sauna, which is equipped for washing and steam-bath taking purposes. It is relaxing and comfortable inside, and there is always hot and cold water in abundance in it.
The camp features internet access. In addition, we can help you to browse and record your photos or videos, or play your favorite movies and music. Even a discotheque can be arranged if you like; there are always campers who enjoy dancing.
There is always a professional doctor on duty in the camp, as well as a rescue team ready to help.
The camp features a volleyball court with a net. Just build teams and play! Cheering rooters will certainly be there.
Mobile communications, such as portable radios and satellite phones, are never a problem in the camp. Cellular phone reception is also good in the area; many campers use cell phones instead of walkie-talkies.
We care for nature. The camp trash is carefully sorted and taken to the city waste sites or eliminated in the camp without harm to the environment.
- What is Vacation in the Pamirs?
- What is the best time to arrive for Vacation in the Pamirs?
- What is the minimal age for the participation in ‘Vacation in the Pamirs’ program? Can children stay at high altitudes?
- What is the night and day temperature in the camps?
- What kind of clothes should I wear in the area?
- Should I get travel insurance?
- What are the chances of running into dangerous creatures such as venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks?
- What services are included in the program?
- Can people with health problems take the tour?
- What should I do if I feel bad in Camps?
- What facilities do the camps feature?
- What currency is used in Lenin Peak area?
If you have any other quest
|1.||What is Vacation in the Pamirs?
Vacation in the Pamirs is a unique tour allowing for combination of several recreational activities. While it provides a lot of adventure opportunities, such as hiking and horse riding, it is also intended for adults with no special training, and children. The tour program is optional; the campers will have complete freedom in planning their stays during the tour.
|2.||What is the best time to arrive for Vacation in the Pamirs?
You can choose one of the four arrival dates to suit your convenience. See the table Dates above.You are to arrive in Osh early on the day chosen, or the day before. The time of departure from Osh to "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" is 09:00. If you arrive on the previous day we can reserve a room in an Osh’s hotel for you and meet you at the airport.
|3.||What is the minimal age for the participation in ‘Vacation in the Pamirs’ program? Can children stay at high altitudes?
As the "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" is situated at an elevation of 3,600 m, we strongly recommend that you avoid taking children under 8 there.
According to UIAA, only children aged 8 and older react to high-altitude conditions in the same way as adults do, and have the same symptoms of the mountain disease. As for younger children, their reaction is unpredictable and, therefore, they should not be brought to an altitude of more than 3,000 to 4,000 m, while their sleep altitude should not be higher than 2,500 m.
If you take your child to high-altitude areas, you must make sure he/she is absolutely well. Please, consult your pediatrician before going to the mountains with your child.
The particular risks of exposure of children to high altitude have not been thoroughly studied and much of the advice must necessarily be extrapolated from adult data with due considerations of the influence of growth and development. As known so far children are not under more restrictions to acute exposure to altitude than adults.
Note: Young children are generally poor at communicating their physiological discomfort, i.e. unlikely to say they are dangerous cold, can’t feel their fingers (assuming they have enough language skills). They would probably just become very quiet and still. A child’s thermal regulation is immaturely developed, as is their ability to adapt to hypoxic exposure when compared to an adult.
Reflection from snow and a thinner atmospheric layer at high altitude make the risk of solar ultraviolet radiation burns more likely than at sea level. Children are more likely to burn than adults if exposed to excess sun. Appropriate sun-block creams (protection from UVA and UVB, SPF at least 30, applied before sun exposure), hats, long sleeves and goggles are required to prevent sunburn or snowblindness.
Adequate clothing is essential to prevent misery, hypothermia, and frostbite.
|4.||What is the night and day temperature in the camps?
The day temperature in "Edelweiss Meadow Camp" in July-August varies from +5°С to +30°С; at night it is from +3°С to +15°С. The season is usually sunny and precipitation-free at this altitude. It might snow, rarely; if it does, the snow fallen melts quite quickly.
It snows more often in "Sunny Camp", since it is located at an altitude of 4,400 m. It is up to +25°С in sunny weather and around 0°С in bad weather there.
|5.||What kind of clothes should I wear in the area?
We recommend that you have the following clothes and gear:
|6.||Should I get travel insurance?
Yes, it is even necessary. Before setting off, you should get it covering the sum of 10,000 - 15,000 USD. Though the tour is safe, you understand it is important to be insured against possible risks.
|7.||What are the chances of running into dangerous creatures such as venomous snakes, spiders, scorpions, ticks?
Our experience in the area proves such chances are very slim.
|8.||What services are included in the program?
The services included are aimed at providing as much comfort as possible. The cost of the tour includes:
|9.||Can people with health problems take the tour?
You should take into account the altitude of the 3,600-meter in our "Edelweiss Meadow Camp". It is the altitude where some people may find symptoms of mountain sickness. That is why those suffering from cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and asthma should see their doctors for advice about taking the tour.
|10.||What should I do if I feel bad in Camps?
There is always a doctor on duty in both Camps and you can ask him. Both camps have stores of medicines for most probable cases of sickness there.
If a guest has a serious condition requiring hospitalization, he/she will be transported to the nearest hospital. This person’s travel insurance is to cover all the expenses in this case.
|11.||What facilities do the camps feature?
"Edelweiss Meadow Camp" (Base Camp) on the picturesque Edelweiss Meadow features the following:
"Sunny Camp" (Camp 1) on Lenin Peak moraine has the following:
|12.||What currency is used in Lenin Peak area?
US dollars, euros, Russian rubles and Kyrgyz soms are all accepted. However, US dollars are preferable.
ions about the tour, do not hesitate to contact our managers. We are always ready to help.
Photos of the tour:
Videos of the tour:
|Pamir Experience 2016||Base Camp Surroundings
On The Foot Of Lenin Peak
|Lenin Peak Slideshow||
Descent to the glacier’s crevasse. Lenin Peak
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