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Saturday, 23 January 2016 10:40

About us

Visit Alay is a tourism development project in Alay and Chong Alay regions. The goal is to help the region to become tourist destination. Now these two regions Alay and Chong Alay are being promoted under the brand Visit Alay. It cooperates with all the tourist organizations and infrastructure of Alay valley. In summer of 2015, it opened two Tourist Information Offices in Osh city and Sarymogol village to attract foreign tourists and promote the tours of the region. The current website is being developed to demonstrate all possible information ranging from tours to sightseeing of Alay valley. Therefore, all the information, photos and tour contained in this website belong to Alay and Chong Alay region

Visit Alay is financed by the BAI ALAI Program.  BAI ALAI Program is aimed to reduce poverty in Alai and Chon Alai regions through increased income and (self-) employment - in particular for women and youth. This will be achieved by facilitating the rise of local and regional markets, leading to reduced inequalities and improved perception of life perspectives, especially for local youth.

In 2013, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) launched a new private sector development program in Osh oblast, southern Kyrgyzstan. The BAI ALAI Programme supports specifically the remote and mountainous areas of Alai and Chon Alai during its ten years implementation.

The program BAI ALAI is financed by the Government of Switzerland through SDC and is being implemented by the consortium of HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation and Aga Khan Foundation.

Published in About us
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:40

Flowers of Alay Valley

These photos are taken from the trips done to Alay valley. They were collected from different mountains and places.    

Published in Useful information
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:34

Osh

Tours near Osh city

Osh city is a gateway to Alay valley and Pamir Highway. Alay valley starts just 60 km outside Osh city and offers many trekking options. Let us look at what you can do around Osh city.

Long day treks from Osh city:

Best short trek around Osh: Duration: 2d/1n , Distance: 19 km Experience the heart of Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic culture on this rugged trek a few hours away from Osh city. It is a fabulous way to get into some wild mountains with magnificent scenery of Ak Tor Pass and valleys with lush green pastures to craggy mountains.Get the best local experience on this trek…. Fresh bread and cream (kaymak)… what a treat.

Rolling hills: Duration: 2d / 1n , Distance: 22 km Visit a Kyrgyz summer camp (jailoo) to experience traditional nomadic life. Join in as your Kyrgyz host milks the mares for the essential ingredient of Kyrgyz’s national beverage, kymyz. Taste national dishes in an authentic yurt. Spend a day walking or riding among the fragrant juniper forests, valued for their medicinal benefits

Heights of Alay valley: Duration: 4d / 3n, Distance: 48 km A moderate – difficult trek that takes you to Sary Mogul Pass at 4,303 meters on the first day with stunning views of alpine lakes, glaciers, the Pamir Mountains in the distance, and crazy moonscape landscapes. The next day of the trek is mostly downhill through a varied and green river valley, before descending into a Kyzylshoro village. The last day will surprise you with its diversity of rock formations and brightly colored mountain layers before descending into Kojokelen village.

Heights of Alay valley: Duration: Time: 6d / 5n , Distance: 87 km Explore cool tree-lined river gorges and relish the view of snowcaped Lenin Peak, the highest peak in the Pamir-Alai mountain range, 7134 meter above sea level. 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 to delight the senses. Stunning views of Pamir Alay mountain range opens up when you reach the Jiptick pass. Hope for good weather.

Jiptick pass: Duration: 3d / 2n , Distance: 36 km Experience the full diversity of the Alay valley’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 to delight the senses. Stunning views of Pamir Alay mountain range opens up when you reach the Jiptick pass. Hope for good weather.

Jiptick Pass to Lenin Peak glaciers: Duration: 5d / 4n (can be 4d, 3n) , Distance: 55 km Feel the exhilaration of reaching a high pass Jiptick at 4200 meter, and relish the view of snow caped Lenin Peak, the highest peak in the Pamir-Alai mountain range, 7134 meter above sea level. Enjoy the beauty of massive glaciers while walking up to the Traveler’s pass. Rest at the top of the pass to gaze at glaciers tumbling off the massive peak.

Horse riding tours near Osh city

Rolling hills: Duration: 3d / 2n, Distance: 32 km Camp with Kyrgyz families who spend their summers tending and protecting their herds of sheep. Follow ancient trails as you move from jailoo to jailoo. As you approach the summit of Kumbell Pass, the air becomes cold and fresh. At the top, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sweeping expanse of the Alay valley.

Truly Nomadic Land: Duration: 5d / 4n , Distance: 72 km Experience the heart of Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic culture on this rugged trek, just an hour drive from Osh city. The feeling of adventure is mirrored by the impressive landscape and scattered nomad yurts in the mountains with only the grazing sheep to remind you that this is Earth.

A day with nomads: Time: 4 hours , Distance: 15 km in riding Discover the beauty of the Alay valley the way locals do on horseback. Visit Kyrgyz families who spend their summers tending to and protecting their herds of sheep and horses. Follow ancient trails as you move from jailoo to jailoo, while your surefooted horses find their way along wild river gorges. Summer is a time for fun. Join the cheers as the local people of Alay gather for popular horse riding games on Sundays. People come from miles around to show off their riding skills and to drink locally produced kymyz (fermented horses’ milk).

Day hikes around Osh city

Kumbell mountains: Time: 5 -6 hours, Distance: 16 km on trekking Visit a Kyrgyz summer camp (jailoo) to experience traditional nomadic life. Join in as your Kyrgyz host milks the mares for the essential ingredient of Kyrgyz’s national beverage, kymyz. Taste national dishes in an authentic yurt. Spend a day walking or riding among the fragrant juniper forests, valued for their medicinal benefits. Relax near the cool springs and streams. Join the shepherds herding their flocks. Conquer the high rocky ranges of the Alay mountains.

Kyrgyzata National Park: Time: 4-5 hours, Distance: 13 km on trekking Escape the summer heat of the Fergana Valley. Relax in solitude surrounded by the cool juniper forests of the Kyrgyz Ata National Reserve. The sound of flowing water and birdsong provides a serene environment for hiking along ancient nomadic trails. Keen eyes may spot furry marmots, soaring eagles and other birdlife. Walk around the summer camps of local Kyrgyz herdsmen busy with milking cows and mares. Spend one (or more) evenings under the wide starry sky and sleep soundly after hours of fun in the fresh mountain

Day treks around Sarymogol village

Trekking to the glaciers of Lenin Peak: Duration: 5-6 hours trek, Distance: 19 km Explore the snowcapped Lenin Peak in Pamir mountain range by taking a day hike from your yurt camp to the Traveler’s pass at 4130 meters. Enjoy the beauty of massive glaciers while walking up to the pass. Rest at the top of the Traveler’s pass to gaze at glaciers tumbling off the massive peak.

Koshkol lakes: Duration: 7-8 hours trek, Distance: 22 km A moderately-difficult day trek that takes you to a series of turquoise alpine lakes, glaciers, gorges and the highest point of 4,195 meters. Along the way you’ll pass a yak-filled jailoo (high pasture), and enjoy views of Peak Lenin and the Pamir Mountains in the distance.

Beshkol lake: Time: 7-8 hours trek, Distance: 18 km A moderate-difficult trek that takes you to Sary Mogul Pass at 4,303 meters on the first day with stunning views of alpine lakes, glaciers, the Pamir Mountains in the distance, and crazy moonscape landscapes.

Published in Oshcity
Friday, 22 January 2016 12:19

A day with nomads, horseback, 1 day

Description: Discover the beauty of the Alai valley the way locals do on horseback.  This tour gives you the opportunity to visit and see Kyrgyz families who spend their summers tending to and protecting their herds of sheep and horses.  Follow ancient trails as you move from jailoo to jailoo, while your surefooted horses find their way along wild river gorges. Summer is a time for fun. Join the cheers as the local people of Alay gather for popular horse riding games on Sundays.  People come from miles around to show off their riding skills and to drink locally produced kymyz (fermented horses’ milk).

Itinerary: Osh city – Chyyrchyck pass, 2400 m - Osh city

 

Osh city – Chyyrchyck pass, 2400 m - Osh city

 

Departure from Osh city. One hour’s drive takes us to the Chyiyrchyck Pass at 2400 m. It is just 60 km from Osh city on the Pamir Highway. Upon arrival you will see scattered yurts of nomads on both slopes of the pass. Meet your horses and ride through nice hills. Enjoy experiencing the traditional life of locals. Then return to the starting point and take your transport back to Osh.

 

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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. 

 

 

 

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DESCRIPTION:    Ride on a horse in the most glorious and gorgeous oblast in Kyrgyzstan! See yaks, a hail storm, and amazing peaks. Conquer the greatest peaks of the region!

ITINERARY:  Osh city – Sarymogol village – Jitpick Pass 4185 m –Kojokelen village – Sarybell Pass 3100 m – Koshmoinok valley – Sarymogol valley – Sarymogl pass 4300 m –  Sarymogol  village - Osh city

Day 1. Sarymogol village  -  Jiptick pass 4185 m – down to Jiptick summer camp (shepherd’s yurts)

Short instruction on horse riding. Four hours of riding takes you to the top of the Jiptick pass, 4185 m. Break for lunch at the top. Enjoy the beauty of two mountain ranges: Pamir and Alay. Descend the pass and arrive at shepherd’s yurts (3 hours).  Set up your tents near yurts and experience the shepherd’s life.  Overnight in tents at 2600 m.

Day 2. Jiptick jailoo  – Kojokelen village -  Kosh-Moynok valley

Breakfast. Morning life seems to keep locals busy with milking cows and making creams. Begin the day by riding down to Kojokelen village (3 hours). Have lunch in guesthouse on arrival, then ride across beautiful landscape and cross the Sarybel pass at 3100 m. From there, ride down to Kosh Moynok valley. Overnight and dinner in tent.

 

Day 3. Koshmoinok pass – northern Sary-Mogol valley

 

Long day of riding. Cross Kosh Moynok pass at 3223m and ride down to Kichik Alay valley (3 hours). Picnic on the road. Then, continue riding to northern Sary Mogul valley. In the afternoon, you will reach the campsite near shepherd’s yurt. Overnight in a tent.

 

Day 4. Foot of Sary Mogul Pass

After breakfast, ride up along the river. See many yaks and other animals such as sheep, goats and cows. Picnic on the road. In the afternoon, you will reach the campsite under Sary Mogul pass. Overnight in tent, at 3800m.

 

Day 5. Sary Mogul pass at 4300m.

In fact, the distance is not long, but the pass takes time. The pass is located at 4320m. The view from the pass is really beautiful. You will see small lakes down the pass. In the afternoon, walk around the lake and see the glaciers right next to your tents. Night in tent.

 

Day 6. Southern Sary-Mogul valley

 

Ride down along the river that flows from the lake, with the cliffs of Pamir around you. Picnic along the river. Here, there are no trees and bushes. There are several river crossings. In late afternoon, you reach a yurt camp of former nomads. People are really friendly. They will invite you to dinner with their  welcoming families.  Enjoy the “kymyz” milk of a mare, fermented and slightly alcoholic. Relax as the master of the yurt tells you the secrets of Pamir. Night in tents.

 

Day 7. Sary-Mogol village
Breakfast. Departure for Sary-Mogol village. Arrival in the village. Optional, stay in the village and visit Tulparkol lake at the foot of Lenin Peak or leave for Osh city. It is just three hours to Osh city from Sarymogol.  

 

 

 

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DESCRIPTION:    Trek in the most glorious and gorgeous region in Kyrgyzstan! See yaks, a hail storm, and amazing peaks. Conquer the greatest peaks of the region!

ITINERARY:  Osh city – Sarymogol village – Jitpick Pass, 4185 m –Kojokelen village – Sarybell Pass 3100 m – Koshmoinok valley – Sarymogol valley – Sarymogl pass 4300 m –  Sarymogol village - Osh city

 

Day 1. Sarymogol village  -  Jiptick pass 4185 m – down to Jiptick summer camp

 

Departure from Sarymogol village. Drive 20 minutes in the direction of Jiptick pass. Get out of the car and start your trek. Three hours of trekking takes you to the top of Jiptick pass, 4185 m. Have lunch at the top while enjoying the beauty of two mountain ranges: Pamir and Alay. Descend through the pass and arrive at shepherd’s yurts (4 hours).  Set up your tents near yurts and experience shepherd’s life.  Overnight in tents, at 2600 m.

 

Day 2.Jiptick summer camp  – Kojokelen village -  Kosh-Moynok valley

 

Breakfast. Morning life keeps locals busy with milking cows and making creams. Start trekking down to Kojokelen village (3 hours). Arrival and lunch in guesthouse. After lunch, trek across beautiful landscape and over the Sary-Bel pass at 3100 m. Walk down to Kosh Moynok valley. Overnight in tent.

 

Day 3. Kosh-Moinok pass – northern Sary-Mogol valley

 

Long day of trekking.  Cross the Kosh Moynok  pass at 3223m and go down to Kichik Alay valley (3 hours). Picnic on the road. Then, trek to northern Sary Mogul valley. In the afternoon, you will reach the campsite near the shepherd’s yurt. Overnight in a tent.

 

Day 4.Foot of Sary Mogul Pass

Trek up along the river. You will see many yaks and other animals such as sheep, goats and cows. Picnic on the road. In the afternoon, you will reach the camp under the Sary Mogul pass. Overnight in tent, at 3800m.

Day 5. Sary Mogul pass at 4300m.

In fact the distance is not long, but the pass takes time. The pass is located at 4320m. The view from the pass is very beautiful. You will see small lakes down the pass. In the afternoon, walk around the lake, and see the glaciers right next to your tents. Night in tent.

 

Day 6.Southern Sary-Mogul valley
Descend along the river that flows out of the lake, with the cliffs of Pamir around you. Picnic along the river. Here, there are no trees or bushes. There are several river crossings. In the late afternoon, you will reach a yurt camp of nomads. People are really friendly here. They will invite you to dinner with their welcoming families. You can enjoy the “kymyz” milk of a mare, fermented and slightly alcoholic. Relax as the master of the yurt tells you the secrets of Pamir. Night in tents.

 

Day 7.Sary-Mogol village
Breakfast. Departure towards Sary-Mogol village. Arrival in Sarymogol  around lunch time. Stay in the village or leave for Osh city, just three hours to Osh city. 

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Friday, 22 January 2016 11:00

Rolling hills, trek, 2 days

DESCRIPTION: Visit a Kyrgyz summer camp (jailoo) to experience traditional nomadic life. Join in as your Kyrgyz host milks the mares for the essential ingredient of Kyrgyz’s national beverage, kymyz. Taste national dishes in an authentic yurt. Spend a day walking or riding among the fragrant juniper forests, valued for their medicinal benefits. Relax near the cool springs and streams. Join the shepherds herding their flocks. Conquer the high rocky slopes of the Alay mountains.

ITINERARY:  Osh city – Kum Bell Pass 3150 m – Saryoi summer camp - Osh city

 

Day 1. Osh city –Chyyrchyck Pass 2400 m – Kumbell Pass 3150 m - Saryoi summer camp

 

Departure from Osh city. One hour drive on Pamir Highway takes you to the Chyyrchyck Pass. Start trekking. Trek three hours to get to the Kum Bell pass. See shepherds busy with making bread and milking mares. Have lunch at the top of the pass.  Enjoy the stunning beauty of great Alay valley. Descend through the pass amongst dense junipers. Arrive at locals’ camp and be accommodated in your yurt. Participate in shepherds’ life. Overnight and dinner are in a shepherd’s yurt.

Day 2. Asankorgon mountains – Donguzbulak gorge – Osh city

Breakfast. Morning life seems to be busy with milking cows and making creams. Walk up to the next pass at the foot of Asankorgon mountain range, 2700 m. Have lunch on the top of the pass. Enjoy the beauty of rocky mountains. Descend the pass and arrive at an unpaved road. Two hours walking takes you to the main road. Meet your driver and return to Osh city. 

 

 

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Friday, 22 January 2016 10:35

The best of Alay valley, trek, 3 days

DESCRIPTION: Camp with Kyrgyz families who spend their summers tending and protecting their herds of sheep.  Follow ancient trails as you move from jailoo to jailoo. As you approach the summit of Kumbell Pass, the air becomes cold and fresh. At the top, you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the sweeping expanse of the Alay valley.

ITINERARY:  Osh city – Kum Bell Pass 3150 m – Saryoi summer camp –Airybell Pass 3000 m – Tepshi summer camp - Osh city

 

Day 1. Osh city –Chyyrchyck Pass 2400 m – Kumbell Pass 3150 m - Saryoi summer camp

 

Departure from Osh city. One hour drive on the Pamir Highway takes you to the Chyyrchyck Pass where you start trekking. Trek three hours to get to the Kum Bell pass. On the way you can see shepherds busy with making bread and milking mares. Have lunch at the top of the pass.  Enjoy the stunning beauty of great Alay valley. Descend the pass amongst dense junipers. Arrive at locals’ camp and be accommodated in your yurt. Participate in shepherds’ life. Overnight and dinner are in a shepherd’s yurt.

 

Day 2. Airybll Pass 3000 m - down to Tepshi summer camp

 

Breakfast. Head up to the breathtaking Aiyrybell pass through ancient trails. Crossing the small streams and walking amongst bushes make it special. Lunch at the top. Descend toward summer camp Tepshi. In the afternoon, help your host to milk cows and make kymyz, fermented and slightly alcoholic mare’s milk. Overnight and dinner are in a shepherd’s yurt.

 

Day 3. Karabulak village - down to Osh city.

 

Breakfast. Three hours trek down the pass takes you to the main road. Enjoy walking down through the yurts of nomads and experiencing the Kyrgyz life in these gorgeous mountains around Karabulak village. Meet your driver to return to Osh. 

 

 

 

 

 

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DESCRIPTION: Observe wildlife in a protected natural park. Escape the summer heat of the Ferghana Valley. Relax in solitude surrounded by the cool juniper forests of the Kyrgyz Ata National Reserve.  The sound of flowing water and birdsong provides a serene environment for hiking along ancient nomadic trails.  Keen eyes may spot furry marmots, soaring eagles and other birdlife. Walk in the cool dawn around the summer camps of local Kyrgyz herdsmen busy with milking cows and mares.  Spend one (or more) evenings under the wide starry sky and sleep soundly after hours of fun in the fresh mountain air.

ITINERARY: Osh city – Nookat village – Kyrgyzata (national park) - Karagoi summer camp – Nookat village – Osh city.

Day 1. Nookat village - Kyrgyz Ata National Park

Drive to Kyrgyzata (national reserve) by car (2 hours). Walk up to the summit of the mountain (3400 m) and down to the shepherd’s yurts (4 hours). Set up your tents near the yurts. Participate in the shepherd’s daily activities. Overnight and dinner are in tents.

Day 2. Morning walking around –  Osh city

Get up at dawn and have a breakfast. Morning life is the busiest time for locals. Enjoy walking around the yurts to experience a true Kyrgyz traditional life. Return to the car and drive to Osh city. 

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