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Saturday, 30 January 2016 14:38

Nomad's movement and horse games festival

Date: 16 July, 2016

Location: Saryoi summer camp, Alay region

Organised by: Visit Alay and CBT Alay

Supported by:“Bai-Alai” Small Business and Income Creation Programme of Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation financed by SDC.



Festival Program


Arrival at Saryoi summer camp. Folklore music.


Welcoming guests and opening speeches. Visiting handicraft vendors. Folklore music.


Demonstration of Kyrgyz Nomadic Movement.


Demonstration of setting up a yurt. Rope dragging. Yak pulling.




Horse games: Wrestling on a horse.Coin picking up. Horse contest.


Festival closing. The following program is for those who stay overnight


Free time to walk around and experience the shepherd’s life.




Go to bed




Entrance fee: 400 soms including lunch and participation in all festival activities.

Transportation: 400soms from Osh to Sary Oi each way.


Extra options to make to most out of your trip to Saryoi summer camp:


Option 1:

Overnight stay in a yurt after the festival is 900 soms per person per night, including dinner and breakfast.

Option 2:

Overnight stay in a yurt after the festival and a day trek to Chyiyrchyk summer camp the next day.


Trekking Program




Breakfast in yurt.


Guided trekking to Chyiyrchyk summer summer camp including picnic lunch on the top of Kumbell pass at 3100 meters.


Meet your taxi going to Osh city, one hour drive or stay the night in a yurt at Chyiyrchyk summer camp


Arrival in Osh city

Price of the lunch is 250 soms  and the taxi to Osh city from the Chyiyrchyk summer camp is 300 soms

Note:other travel itineraries can also be arranged. Contact our office for more information.

Visit www.visitalay.kg to have more information:


Where is Saryoi summer camp?



Where is Chyyiyrchyck summer camp?



What is Folklore music?



What is Setting up a yurt?



What is Souvenir exhibition?


What is Ulaktartysh?


What is Tyiyn – Engmei?


What is Kyz Kuumai?


What is Arkan Tartysh?


What is Er engish?



Why festival? To help our guests, tourists to experience our culture and traditions in depth, and feel the real Kyrgyz hospitality.


What is nomadic culture? Kyrgyz people used to be nomads since old times. They used to move to find a place for the livestock. In spite of the technological and social developments, kyrgyz people still follow this culture nowadays.  

VisitAlay office in Osh:

Project Coordinator: Talant Toksonbaev

280 Kurmanjan Datka Str., 2nd floor, hotel Alay, Osh city

Mobile: + 996 555 077621

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tags: activites in osh, yurt stays in osh

Published in Festivals
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:07

Jiptick pass 4185 m, trek, 5 days

DESCRIPTION: Experience the full diversity of the Alay region’s animal and plant life on this thrilling tour. It is possible to see wild goats and (if you are very lucky) Marco Polo sheep on the craggy mountain slopes. Herds of wild yaks can be found near the passes. There is a profusion of wildflowers carpeting the mountain valleys and wild cherry trees mixed with ever-present juniper and other medicinal plants to delight the senses. Explore cool tree-lined river gorges, feel the exhilaration of reaching a high pass, and relish the view of snow-covered Lenin Peak, the highest peak in the Pamir-Alai mountain range. The jewel of this fascinating and diverse tour is clear Lake Tulpar, ringed by the glaciers that flank Lenin Peak (7134 M).

ITINERARY:Osh city – Kojokeleng village – Jiptick Pass 4185 m  – Sarymogol village – Tulparkul lake – glaciers of Lenin Peak 7134 m  – Sarymogol village – Osh city


Day 1. Osh city – Kojokelen village -  to the foot of Jiptick pass


Drive from Osh city to Kojokelen (3 hours).  Arrival and lunch take place on the riverbank.  Travel up to the foot of Jiptik Pass (4 hours). The unpaved road runs along the river in the gorge up to the campsite. Arrival at shepherd’s yurts and dinner in a yurt. Overnight in tents. 


Day 2. From the foot to the top of the pass – down to Darbazatash valley


Enjoy breakfast. Around 9 am you will start ascending the breathtaking Jiptick pass at 4185 m (4 hours). Enjoy the stunning view of the Pamir valley as you break for a picnic lunch at the top. From there, the path descends steeply down to the Darbazatash valley (3 hours). Arrive in the valley and camp on the shore of the stream. Dinner and overnight are in tents. 


Day 3. Darbazatash valley – Sarymogol village


Breakfast. Travel to Sarymogol village. This village is the gateway to the glaciers of Lenin Peak. Lunch is in the guesthouse. After lunch, drive to Tulparkul lake near the climbers’ base camp. Walk around the lake and enjoy the beauty of Pamirs. Overnight and dinner are in a yurt.


Day 4. Around Tulparkol lake

Breakfast. Spend your day relaxing at the alpine lake Tulpar Köl and enjoying warm yak milk inside the comfortable yurts. Explore and experience Kyrgyz traditional life in Pamirs. Take your time to go to the glaciers.


Day 5. Tulpar lake – Sarymogol village – Osh city

Breakfast. Say good bye to your host and begin the nice drive back to Osh city through the impressive landscape; green hills, red cliffs and snowy peaks layered over each other to create a spectacular scene. Arrival in Osh city at lunch time. 




Published in Tours
Friday, 22 January 2016 09:09



The Kyrgyz folklore is about verbal poetry, sayings, and proverbs. The great poets lived in 1800s as Toktogul Satylganov and Jengijok. Their poetry were in a form of song about. The meaning of the poetry was about culture, slavery, nature and love. The poets used national instrument komuz for their poetry.


The komuz is generally made from a single piece of wood (usuallyfrom juniper) and has three strings traditionally made out of gut, and often from fishing line in modern times. The middle string is the highest in pitch in the most common tunings. Komuzchu (who play kmouz) frequently play it in different positions; over the shoulder, between the knees and upside down.


The epic Manas is rooted into the depth of ages and narrates about the life and heroic deeds of Kyrgyz batyrs and portentous events in history. There are other epics as “Er Tyushtyuk”, “Kodjodjash”, “Er Tabyldy”, “Oldjobaiy and Kishimjan”, “Sarynji - Byekei”, “Janyl Myrza”, “Kurmanbek”, “Janysh-Baiysh”, and “Kedeikan”. 
The most famous epic amongst these epics is Manas epic called as the Kyrgyz encyclopedia. It tells about the history, geographic settlements of Kyrgyz people, harmony with nature, religious conception, and ethnic culture of the Kyrgyz people, customs, philosophic views, poetry and language of the Kyrgyz people.


The essential part of the epic is about the freedom and the call to unity. It depicts about the wars to unite Kyrgyz people held by Manas batyr and his patriotism to defend his state. That is why the ideology of current Kyrgyz people stems from this epic. These epic has been preserved in the poetry of kyryz people and recited orally. Later in Soviet period, it was written down from the telling of great manaschy (oral epic tellers) as Nooruz, Jaisan-yrchy, K. Barybosov, Ch. Omurov, T. Japiev, B. Kumarov, S. Orosbakov, Togolok Moldo, S. Karalaev


Published in Culture
Friday, 22 January 2016 08:57

Ulak tartysh

Ulak-Tartysh is the king of traditional games, dating from ancient times when horse-riding ability was an essential part of a nomad’s dignity and a swift horse was a sure sign of wealth. Like football with a goat instead of a ball, each team of up to 10 players tries to put a headless goat carcass into a goal, while the other team tries to prevent them.  The winners give the goat to a village house of their choice, and are in turn invited in.

Published in Festivals
Friday, 22 January 2016 04:14

Tepshi summer camp

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.


Latitude   40°10'47.43"N

Longitude     73°26'26.61"E

Published in Sightseeing

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