Tulparkul lake lays at the foot of Lenin Peak, the highest peak in Pamir mountains at 7134 meters. The peak can be climbed through professional companies, but just getting to the yurt camp at the lake and hiking around gets you close to the peak Lenin, the glacier, and the surrounding valleys. Spend a sunny day relaxing at this alpine lake and enjoying warm yak milk inside the comfortable yurts. The area offers activities for all types of travelers, whether trekking, horse riding in Pamirs, playing traditional Kyrgyz games or just enjoying traditional Kyrgyz hospitality.
How to get there: You go to Sarymogol village. Face the direction of Lenin Peak and get the river. Cross the river and get on the unpaved road while facing Lenin Peak. Keep waling about 25 km. You will see rolling hills when you get close to the lake. The CBT signs take you to the yurts.
The yurt camp itself is a 6-7 walk in from Sary Mogol village, or you can take transport for 2000som (per car). You can also take a horse from Sary Mogol for 1000som, which is a 4-5 hour ride in. Upon arrival at the yurt camp, you are sitting right on Tulpar Lake, and if the sky is clear you have a great view of Peak Lenin (7136m). The lake is at 3500m, so you are high by this time already. Staying in a yurt is 550som per night (breakfast included), lunches and dinners provided for 250som each. You can pack a tent and pitch it nearby for free and cook for yourself, or camp and buy meals through the eje. It does get cold in the tents due to the elevation, and the yurts stay nice and warm with coal burning stoves. If you are in a tent, bring very warm sleeping bags and clothing.
The walk towards Peak Lenin glacier takes you straight up the valley into the Pamirs. You are in sight of the peak the whole time, with the river on your right. You will pass Peak Lenin Base Camp about 30 minutes in, and then continue, crossing several run off streams. Some areas have tricky footing, and as everywhere in Alay, beware marmot holes. Once you get to the end of the valley you will need to descend to a stream to cross over to the glacier. This stream may be very fast and impassable. From the stream, it takes another 20 minutes to get to the glacier, which you can view from a small hill above it. Get back to the camp the same way you went. You can also do this entire trek with horses from the yurt camp.
There are other hikes and horse treks to do in this area, and if the weather is good, you could spend several days exploring and relaxing from the yurt camp.
Tuiuck is the neighboring gorge located next to the base camp of Lenin Peak. It can be reached from Tulparkul lake. Nice place to enjoy the glaciers and easier to get to glaciers than the way from base camp of Lenin Peak.
Longitude 73° 0'9.47"E
Tesphi is the summer camp in Alay valley. Some shepherds from Gulcha village come and camp here in summer time. Nice place to do multi day treks around this area. You can go to Saryoi summer camp from this point. These shepherds work with CBT Alay group, so you can stay for several days in their yurts. The area can be reached from either Karabulak village or Saryoi summer camp. You walk about four hours to get to this point from Karabulak village. This village is just 75 km or 1 hours’ drive by car from Osh city on the way Sarytash.
Sarytash village is at the cross roads to China and Tajikistan. It has population about 200 households. It can be reached from Osh city or Irkeshtam border point to China or Bordobo check point to Tajikistan. There are several guesthouses to stay. There is only one petrol station. No good shops and cafes. It is the coldest area in winter around southern Kyrgzystan. It may even snow in summer time. So take your warm clothes whenever you go there.
Sary Oi is a great day trip from Osh, with easy access, gorgeous scenery, and a break form the summer heat. Sitting in the Alay region south of Osh, you enter this jailoo valley from the main highway and walk around 3 hours to the end of the road (you can drive too…). There are yurts and a couple guesthouses along the way, or you can arrange to stay in the yurt at the end of the road through the Alay CBT ( around 1000som for the night and breakfast).
How to get there: Take a Gulcho bound marshutka or taxi from the Kelecheck bazaar corner in Osh. It will cost 150som. Driving, you go through the Arches on the M41 and head south. You will go through the Chiricyk Pass (2600m), and you wind back down. After passing the village of Tash Koro, and just past the Kilometre 71 sign, there is a turn off on the right with a sign saying RESERVE. Get off here and start walking! You will stay along the Jilu Suu river the entire time.
”Sary-Mogol” does not say us something, but if you want to reach Lenin Peak, you should go first to Sary-Mogol Village, which is situated on the foot of Lenin Peak. Pamir-Alay mountain ranges constitute the basis of mountainous system of South Kyrgyzstan.The highest point, Lenin Peak, is situated in Alay Valley, and rise above Chon-Alay Range – 7134 meters above sea-level. These ranges have an alpine relief, thus the highest areas covered by snow and glaciers. In Osh oblast there are 1,5 thousand glaciers, with total volume of 1546,3km3. The biggest glaciers are in Chon-Alay Range (total area of 693, 3km2,and in number of 215). Amongst these glaciers are Korjenevsky, Lenin, Korumdu.These are ideal places for those who want to enjoy visiting of jailoo - high altitude summer pastures, ride on yaks, drink tasty kymyz (fermented mare’s milk) and see the high-mountainous lakes. Group of CBT Sary-Mogol can help you if you are interested in getting to know these attractions; they also can organize folklore show, national horse games with your participation. The nights would be pleasant in a yurt on the shore of Tulpar-Kol, on the foot of Lenin Peak and give you the impression that the world is at your feet, since Milky Way is the only thing above!
Sarybell pass is located in Kichick Alay region. It can be reached from Kojokelen village. It is around 3100 meter above sea level. Just four trekking takes you the pass from Kojokelen village. After pass you descend to Koshmoinok valley. You can multi day treks around the this area.
The part of Pamir Highway starting from Osh city to Sarytash village gives the most spectacular view. Some Russian sources say that it is the most beautiful road in the world. Just come and enjoy the beauty while you are in Kyrgyzstan.
Murdash village is 100 km from Osh city. It is in Alay valley, just 15 km from Gulcha to the south east. Murdash village offers amazing trekking opportunites. You can go to Kojokelen village in three days from this village. The trekking route from Murdash to Sary summer camp is two days walk with amazing passes, rivers and juniper forests. Just going to Murdash in itself is interesting.
Latitude 40° 9'20.65"N
The village is located on the way to Sarytash village. It is 115 km from Osh city. You have to pass by this village before you enter spectacular Murdash viilage. This village hase been explored yet for its trekking possibilites, but it has someting to explore for sure. So be the first to go and stay there.