Trekking across the Pamir-Alai valley
Hiking between glaciers and huge meadows, until the 7135m high Lenin peak.
A program for well walkers who want to hike up to 4300 m
A mix of glaciers, mountain's lakes, nomadic life, large steppes and high peaks.
Arrival at the airport Osh early in the morning. Meeting by our English speaking guide. Transfer to the guesthouse. Visit of several monuments of the capital of south Kyrgyzstan: Salomon sacred mountain wich is World heritage Site, supported by UNESCO, square of Alymbek Datka, and largest and most crowded outdoor market in all of Central Asia. Overnight in the guest house in Osh.
Drive to the high valley of Pamir-Alay, on the new road till the village of Sary-Mogol, then hike to the jailoo. Dinner and night under yurt.
Morning, walk into the gorge of Sary-Mogol valley, then the trail goes West and steep. Arriving at the first lake, installation of our camp and lunch. Afternoon, walk around lakes and glaciers. Dinner and night under tents at 4000m. altitude.
Today, down the valley to Sary Mogol jailoo the landscape is wild and imposing. Discover the nomadic life. Installation in a yurt camp. Overnight in yurt.
In the morning, rising up trays Korumdy then runs through the pastures to the Kara-Kabak valley. The panorama is very wide and offers incredible views of Lenin Peak. Overnight in tents.
In the morning, we go a little hill to climb in the neighboring valley, a small path between the bushes and small meadows. Then the valley turns west and the High Pasture widens amid dozens of peaks. The pass at 4150 m. is deleted in the landscape and without difficulty down to the lake Kosh Koel, up camp. Overnight in tents.
Ride the day in the circus Damdjailoo that conceals several lakes above our camp, picnic at the edge of one of the great lakes. Return to the same camp. Overnight in tents.
Long descent through pastures facing the Zalay chain culminated with the Lenin peak, and transfer to the base camp of peak Lenin. Overnight in tents.
On the same route than alpinists, the trail climbs to Col Puteshextvenikov (4100 m) in a lunar landscape and overlooking the Lenin peak and the great valley of Achyk-Tash. Afternoon, return by the same path. Night in the same camp as the day before in tents.
Road to Sary Tash and Osh (230 km away). Latest views of the Pamir Alai before descending into the gorges of the Kaldik and passing a small pass after Gulcho. Lunch in Osh. City tour. Dinner and overnight in homestay.
Great service and atmosphere. Always friendly staff. Always ready for any groups for exploring Kyrgyzstan.
We booked a 8 day tour with Nomad's Land, with the main part of the trip a six-day trek in the mountains near Issyk-Kul lake. From the first contact with Nomad's Land they were really responsive, taking time to understand our needs and suggesting a trip that would work for us. As we were travelling quite early in the trekking season (mid-late May), the team made sure that our itinerary would be possible, making adjustments as required. Bakyt organised our trip and was really helpful all the way through the process. On arrival at the airport in Bishkek we were met by our guide Mikel and assistant guide Ivan, and were driven down to the lake by our excellent driver Shakir. The whole team were really welcoming. We spent the first night at Bel Tam Yurt camp which was lovely. Really relaxing and the food was amazing. The next day we started our trek which was incredible! We met our horseman, Ermek, and the two horses that carried all our equipment. This was really helpful so we didn't have too much to carry each day! On the first day the weather was lovely but the next morning we were greeted by a lot of snow! Because of this Mikel took the decision to change our route, which was definitely the right decision as going high in the snow might have been dangerous (and certainly very cold). The whole of the rest of the trip Mikel, Ivan and Ermek took the time to make sure what we were doing was the right thing for the weather conditions, and when we had to change plans they made sure we were consulted and agreed. The food Mikel prepared was really good, and the tents were comfortable, warm and waterproof. We had a great time in the mountains. After our trek ended we spent a day exploring the lake region, including visiting an eagle hunter and a yurt-making business, and on the final day we got to see a little of Bishkek. It was the perfect end to a great trip. Overall I would highly recommend Nomad's Land and the great service from all the team. Thank you!
On your way
Osh, the second largest city of the Kyrgyz republic, is one of the oldest settlements of Central Asia. It is located in southwestern Kyrgyzstan near the Uzbekistan border in the eastern section of the Fergana Valley. This one of the Central Asia's most interesting cities because of its long history, dating back as least to the 5th century BC - its position as an important crossroads for Silk Road trade and its huge market. For centuries it was a major silk-production center, strategically situated on a trade route to India.
Sights are: the huge bazaar, Sulaimans Throne (a 200 m hill called Takht-i-Suleyman (Solomon's Throne), where the Prophet Muhammad is thought to have prayed and where Muslim pilgrims began visiting in the tenth century), Baburs House (at the top of Sulaimans Throne), several monuments (especially the one of Kurmanjan Datka – Kyrgyz feminine ruler and engaged warrior against the Russian invasion), the Russian-orthodox church, the biggest mosque of the country (situated right beside the bazaar) and the Rabat Abdul Khan Mosque (16 th century).
The population of Osh is mostly Uzbek. Osh has two universities, a sanatorium, and an airport. Economic activity has been aided by beneficial reforms and consists of the Jayma bazaar; silk trade; mining of zinc, lead, and coal; food processing; and the production of silk, cotton, and wool.
Lenin peak BC KG
Also know under the name of Achik Tash base camp situated at 3600 meters altitude in the middle of pasture. You can sleep in your own tent, or rent a tent, or sleep under yurt.
Tulpar-Kol lake KG
Lakes Tulpar Koel is a collection of several small lakes at the foot of Lenin Peak. Our eco-tourism partners set up their yurts during the summer and invite travelers to their home. This place offers several day trips on foot or on horseback. In winter, ski-touring expedition, horseriding and hiking are still possible to organize.
Sary-Mogol lakes KG
Campsite at the footsteeps of glaciers and pass Sary Mogol, (South side), where staying many lakes.
Sary-Mogol pass KG
Pass linking the valley of Sary-Mogol north to the valley of Sary-Mogol south.
What is included
All transportation in a private vehicle
All airport transfers
Accommodation as described in the program
Meals (3 per day)
Bottled water (when possible) & tea
English-speaking trekking guide
Pack horses with saddle bags & horsemen
Camping & cooking equipment (tents, mats, gas, stove, etc)
All the activities listed in the program
Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program
Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program
Domestic flights mentioned in the program
A contribution to our sustainable development projects
Organisation of the trip & local taxes
What is not included
International banking fees (PayPal, ...)
Travel & repatriation insurance
Visas / LOI (if applicable)
Alcoholic and soft drinks
Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)
Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)
Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)
Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.
Rural development in Nepal
The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi
From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).
Beyond the Glacier, a short film over the water in Central Asia
Conflicts over water in Central Asia are at the heart of the short film Beyond the Glacier, directed by David Rodríguez Muñiz in 2019. An interesting documentary that takes the form of a journey, from the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan to the sea of Kyrgyzstan. Aral.
Silk Road Yurt Camp
Another yurt camp that Nomad's Land is supporting so that shepherds of Song Kul Lake can get extra income from tourists. With the family of Sagyn and Jumabek, we have prepared this camp in order to keep all the nomadic authenticity. You can participate in the daily activities of nomads. Not far from the camp, you can access the shores of the lake but also the petroglyphs hidden in the nearby mountains.