Canyons of Kozho-Kelen and foot of Lenin Peak

Trekking in the Pamir Mountains: Kichik-Alai, Alai Valley and Trans-Alai Range

 

Country: Kyrgyzstan, Pamir Mountains
Tour duration: 13 days / 12 nights
Best time to travel: June - August
Itinerary: Osh - Kapaly village - the Kosh-Moynok Pass - Kozho-Kelen village - the Jiptyk Pass - Sary-Moghul village - Base Camp of Lenin Peak (3600 m) on Edelweiss Meadow - Osh

Trekking in the Pamir Mountains: Kichik-Alai, Alai Valley and Trans-Alai Range

The trek starts in a very picturesque corner of the Pamirs - in an area known as Kichik-Alai (Little Alai) in the neighborhood of the Kozho-Kelen valley. There, apart from admiring breathtaking mountain landscapes, you can acquaint yourselves with the life of shepherds - aboriginal mountain dwellers who have preserved through centuries their traditions and lifestyle. During the trek you will see a fairytale juniper forest and a relict birch grove, colossal orange-red rocks of varying forms and dimensions, canyons and waterfalls, the Blue Grotto and the exotic mountain village of Kozho-Kelen, undulating Alpine meadows and high-altitude summer pastures on which yaks graze. In the first part of the trek you will cross the Alai Range via two high mountain passes, Kosh-Moynok (3250 m) and Jiptyk (4185 m), from where you will enjoy grandiose panoramas featuring some snow-capped Pamir giants in the background, with Lenin Peak (7134 m) occupying the predominant position. The ascent of either of the picturesque passes will be followed by an interesting descent to the Alai Valley - a giant tectonic depression between the Alai and Trans-Alai Ranges.

The second half of the mountain tour will take place in the Trans-Alai Range, at the foot of its highest point, Lenin Peak, which you saw the day before from the top of the Jiptyk Pass. Annually, thousands of mountaineers visit this splendid mountain area to conquer the famous 7000-metre mountain. You will visit Lenin Peak Base Camp (3600 m) on the Edelweiss Glade and cross the Puteshestvennikov Pass (4170 m) on your way to the Lenin Peak glacier, where on the moraine you will reach the highest point of the entire trek - Camp 1 (4,400 m).

Join the mountain trek and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pamirs’ most picturesque regions!

  • Itinerary,
    Services & Cost
  • Visa
  • Frequently Asked Questions

 

Itinerary:
Day 1. Arrival in Osh. Transfer Osh - Kapaly village (120 km, ~ 3 hrs) 2400m. Camp 1.
Walks about the village, acquaintance with the local people’s lifestyle.
Day 2. Trekking across the Kosh-Moynok Pass (3250 m).
From the pass you will obtain a wonderful view of the Kichik-Alai Range with 4000-5000-metre peaks. Descent to the Kosh-Moynok River valley (10 km, 5 hrs, +850m, -450m). Camp 2 on a glade near the fabulous juniper forest (2800 m).
Day 3. Walks upstream along the Kosh-Moynok River as far as the glacier.
Acquaintance with the lifestyle of chabans (shepherds) looking after animals on summer pastures. Return to Camp 2.
Day 4. Sary-Bel River valley - Kozho-Kelen village (12km, 5 hrs, +400m, -970m). 
Trekking across the Sary-Bel Pass (3200m). Camp 3 on a glade in a relict birch grove under a group of exotic red rocks (2230 m).
Day 5. Walks in nearby gorges: the Blue Grotto, canyons, waterfalls, wonderful panoramas, red rocks, an exotic village. Return to Camp 3.
Day 6. Kozho-Kelen - trekking to the Jiptyk Pass (18km, 8 hrs, + 1280m).
A walk upstream along the Ak-Bura River valley to the Jiptyk Pass, Alpine meadows, high-altitude pastures.  Camp 4 on a small glade near a stream (3510 m).
Day 7. Crossing the Jiptyk Pass (4185 m) and descent into the Alai Valley (18 km, 8 hrs, +675m, - 1015 m).
In the morning you will be awoken by the ‘snoring’ of semi-wild yaks. You will traverse some absolutely wild areas to ascend the Jiptyk Pass (4185 m), from where you will observe a breathtaking panorama with the slopes of the Trans-Alai Range shining with ice and snow and Lenin Peak (7134 m) dominating all other summits. In good weather you can discern other giants of the Pamir Mountains - Communism (7495 m) and Korzhenevskoi (7105 m) Peaks. Camp 5 on a glade near the village of Sary-Moghul (Sary-Mogol, 3000 m).
Day 8. Sary-Moghul village - Base Camp on Edelweiss Meadow at Lenin Peak foot (40km, 2 hrs). 
Driving to Achik-Tash River Valley and Base Camp (3600m) on Edelweiss Meadow. Walking in the neighborhood of Base Camp (lakes, alpine meadows, shepherds' yurts, Memorial to deceased climbers). Overnight in camping-tents of Base Camp (3600 m).
Day 9. Hike up to Petrovskiy Peak ridge (optionally).
Return to Base Camp (3600 m). Leisure time, playing volleyball.
Day 10. Hike up to Yurt Camp 1 (4400 m) via Puteshestvennikov Pass, where you will enjoy grandiose panoramas of Lenin Peak (7134 m) and glacier. Overnight in camping-tents of Camp 1 (4400 m).
Day 11. Walking around Camp 1 (4400 m). After lunch - descent to Base camp (3600 m).  Overnight in camping-tents of Base Camp (3600 m).
Day 12. Transfer to Osh (250 km, 8 hrs).  Check-in at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Osh (optionally): Suleyman Mountain and Museum, local bazaar, buying souvenirs.
Day 13. Transfer to the airport. Departure.

The cost of the tour in USD:

Group 2 3-4 5-7 8-9 10-15
The cost for 1 person 2040 1755 1520 1346 1264
SGL accommodation in Osh city +15
SGL accommodation in tents +185

The cost of the tour includes:

  • Meeting and seeing off in airport;
  • All transfers on comfortable air-conditioned transport according program;
  • Accommodation in hotels (double-room accommodation) with breakfast:
    • Osh (2 nights);
  • Preparation of necessary documents:
    • Border zone permit;
    • Ecological fee.
  • Services on the active part of the trip (days 1-7):
    • Meals on full board basis (3-times a day hot meals);
    • Accommodation in twin sharing tents;
    • Services of mountain guide, cook and service staff;
    • Rent of pack transport for carrying of personal and common baggage of the participats;
  • Rent of bivouac and kitchen equipment:
    • Tents;
    • Tables, chairs;
    • Kitchenware.
  • First aid kit for group;
  • Services on the active part of the trip (days 8-14):
    • Accommodation in Base Camp (3600 m) in spacious camping tents per 1-2 members.
      Facilities of camping tents in BC:
      • heating;
      • beds, mattresses, coverlet, and pillows;
      • changeable bed linen: flat sheets, bedsheets, and pillowcases;
      • electrical outlets and individual lighting - desk lamp;
      • clothes hangers;
      • chair;
    • 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 BC (3600m) to Camp 1 (4400m).
    • Heated Yurts decorated in national style in Base Camp (3600m) and Camp 1 (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.
    • Medical services in Yurt camps;
    • Bath-house and shower rooms in the Yurt camp (3600m);

!!! FREE BONUSES from Central Asia Travel

Individual equipment for free rental for the active part program:
  - Sleeping bag.
  - Sleeping pad.
  - Rainwear.
  - Telescopic ski sticks for trekking.
  - Metallic vacuum flask 0,5 - 1,0 litres.
  - Headlamp.

The cost of the tour doesn’t include:

  • Visa invitation and visa fee;
  • International flights;
  • Medical insurance.

Hotels.
This tour comes with the following accommodation in city:

City Hotels
Osh Sunrise Osh hotel 3* or similar

Note:
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).

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

"Toyota Sequoia"
(up to 3 seats)

Toyota Sequoia

"Mitsubishi Delica"
(up to 5 seats)

Mitsubishi Delica

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

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Кондиционер Аудио система Ремни безопасности Откидные сиденья Освещение в салоне Air conditioner Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon Audio system Safety belt Lighting in saloon

 

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:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belorussia
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Laos
  • Moldova
  • North Korea
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 90 days: Mongolia, Ukraine.

List of states granted visa-free stay up to 60 days

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Britain
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vatican

Visa-free access to Kyrgyzstan up to 30 days: Malaysia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
  5. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
  6. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
  7. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
  8. What should and what shouldn’t I take with me?
  9. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
  10. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
  11. How good is Internet access?
  12. Visa, permits.
  1. Who can attempt this trek? Should the participants of the tour have prior trekking experience or prepare themselves physically?
    This trekking is rather easy and is suitable for anyone with good physical condition. Tourist above 16 and under 65 years of age can join this tour provided they have no serious health problems and their doctor does not object to participation in such kind of tourist activities. Children above 14 can also join this trekking tour provided they are accompanied by their parents.
    The offered trekking tour can be graded as simple-average, which means no special skills in mountaineering are required. The escort team consists of an experienced high altitude guide able to choose the right path and advise you on the precautions to be taken in each section of the route. During the tour you will have to trek on foot long distances. Therefore the only condition for those willing to participate in this trekking programme is absence of medical contraindications to such activities.
  2. Can people with health problems participate in this programme?
    Please note, that the route of the tour runs through mountains with considerable altitude differences (the maximum altitude is 2750 m above sea level). The participants can experience some symptoms of altitude sickness which disappear when the descent from the mountains starts. Therefore the tour may not be suitable for persons suffering from heart or respiratory problems (hypertension, asthma). We recommend you to consult your doctor before planning this tour.
  3. Is travel insurance compulsory for this tour?
    Yes, it is. The medical insurance of up to $ 10,000- 15,000 should be obtained before leaving your homeland.
  4. What is the weather like in the mountains?
    In the summer the weather is fair and sunny with daytime temperature reaching +28°С. At night, however, and on rainy days the temperature drops to +8 or + 10ºС which makes the availability of warm jacket rather useful.
  5. Is it possible to swim in the lakes?
    Most definitely it is. In summertime the temperature in the lakes is about 17-19°С. No wonder many travelers like to experience some bracing bathing. So don’t forget your swimsuit.
  6. What are the probabilities of encountering some dangerous creatures (besides relatively harmless mosquitoes) such as snakes, spiders, scorpions, mites etc.?
    Though such a probability exists, it is too small as proved by our long experience of organizing trekking tours.
  7. Is it allowed to pick up mountain herbs and flowers? Which plants should be avoided?
    It is advisable not to touch the plants you are not familiar with as some of them can be rather toxic (for example giant fennel can sting you when you touch its leaves). It is forbidden to pick up Red Book plants. The mountain slopes are home to many medicinal herbs including mint, origan, thyme, which you can pick up and brew a delicious ‘mountain tea’. The banks of the rivers are covered with bushes of dog rose and sea-buckthorn.
  8. What should and what shouldn’t I take with me?
    We provide spacious two person tents and big mess tent to be used in inclement weather, as well as foodstuff, tableware, tables, chairs, portable WC, first aid kit, gas burner and gas cylinders (or primus stove and gasoline) in case it is raining and the wood is wet and does not burn.
    You should also have on you any special medicine you usually take in case of health problems. Should you need any detailed information regarding personal gear you can contact our tour operators.
  9. How are meals organized during the trek programme?
    You will be escorted by a cook and other service staff responsible for arranging regular and tasty meals. You don’t need to bother about tableware, kitchen utensils and equipment as we provide all these as well as tables, chairs, and tents throughout the whole trek programme.
    Drinking water is provided from crystal-clear mountain springs. However, it is recommended to drink only boiled water. In cities and during long transfers it is advisable to use bottled water.
    Below you can find the menu of one of the trekking days:
    Breakfast:
    First dish: cereal porridge (semolina, oats, rice).
    Second dish: cooked eggs with sausages, omelette, pancakes, thick pancakes, toasted bread, cottage cheese pancake, etc.
    Buffet table: cheese, sausage, assorted bread, butter, ketchup, marmalade, chocolate paste, sweets, cookies, wafers, dried cream, honey, sugar, halavah.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa.
    Lunch:
    Buffet lunch: assorted bread, fresh salads, canned fish, cheese, sheep cheese, assorted meat appetizers, tea (black and green) sweets, cookies, wafers, fruits (apples, pears), dried fruits (apricot, raisin, figs, etc.), assorted nuts.
    *In case of camp lunch first course is added.
    Dinner:
    First course - soup (European or local cuisine).
    Second course - various dishes of European cuisine with assorted garnish, as well as a choice of local dishes.
    Buffet table: assorted bread, cheese, sausage, ketchup, spices (mustard, various dressings), sweets, cookies, wafers, sugar.
    Drinks: selection of hot drinks, such as tea (black and green), coffee, cocoa, thin jelly.
    Dessert: watermelon, melon, fruits.
  10. How about communication facilities during trek travel?
    Cellular telecommunication is available in Osh and on the way to Aflatun settlement. In the mountainous areas, especially in mountain valleys, there are difficulties with signal receipt. Tour manager is equipped with portable satellite terminal to provide uninterrupted external link. Moreover, the group is provided with walkie-talkie to ensure trouble-free connection between trekkers.
  11. How good is Internet access?
    Internet access is available only in Osh. There are many internet-cafes there.
  12. Visa, permits.
    Kyrgyzstan has considerably simplified its visa policy and today citizens of 70 countries of the world enjoy visa-free access to this Central Asian state.
    Visa-free entry to the territory of Kyrgyzstan is granted for the nationals of the Russia, the CIS countries and a number of citizens of European and other foreign countries.
    The details on Kyrgyz visa, rules of entry and stay on the territory of Kyrgyzstan you can find here.
    To enter the territory of Kyrgyzstan the foreign national must have a foreign passport valid for not less than 6 months following the termination date of the tour.
    It is also important that before their trip to Kyrgyzstan foreign nationals arrange travel medical insurance with coverage of up to $10,000-15,000.

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