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.
The best yurt stay near Osh city
Stay in a yurt at Sary Oi summer camp near Osh city. It is just an hour drive and 20 minutes’ walk to get to the yurts. Sary Oi is the place where locals from neighborhood areas go in summer time. They come here to follow the old tradition of making national drink “kymyz” fermented horse's milk and pasture their livestock.
Why to go to Sary Oi summer camp?
Experience Kyrgyz nomadic life by staying close to the shepherds. See how national drink “kymyz” is made and why it is so popular. Help the locals to milk cows and mares. Make bread on a heated stove by fire. Feel the authentic culture and the hospitality of nomads.
This is the most scenic spot located between rugged Asan Korgon and Kumbell mountains. The views falling into the yurt are spectacular. The sound of flowing water and birdsong provides a serene environment for hiking along ancient nomadic trails.
Escape the heat of Fergana valley. Osh is it too hot in summer. Just pack your things and go to this Sary Oi yurt camp. Relax in solitude surrounded by the cool evergreen juniper forests of Sary Oi
What to do around Sary Oi summer camp?
Sary Oi has so many hiking trekking options. You can either stay near your yurt and walk around or do multi day treks taking to different villages. A day trek “Kumbell Mountains” can take you to Chyyirchyk pass wherefrom you can take a shared taxi to Osh city. Two days trek “Best Short Trek Outside Osh” city starts in Sary Oi summer camp and ends in Murdash valley with one overnight under crazy and picturesque Aktor pass. Also 3 days “Rolling Hills” and 5 days “Truly Nomadic Land” horseback tours pass by Sary Oi. Come and enjoy crazy mountain sceneries surrounding this summer camp.
How to get to Sary Oi summer camp?
Arrange your private transport with us. Or you can take shared taxi heading to Gulcha village. This road is a part of Pamir Highway staring from Osh city. Drive 70 km on and get off your car when it reaches the point called Ak Tam with some walnut trees on the right where you can also see CBT sign with directions. Get into this gorge and walk along the river on unpaved road all the way to yurts, 3hr.
”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