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.
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.
Jiptick summer camp is in three hours walking distance from Kojokelen village. The unpaved raod goes alng the river up to the summer camp. You can see some locals mowing a grass and preparing it for winter fodder. There are several shepherds at the end of the gorge. They offer accomodaion and meals in a yurt. Some toursits use their srvices before the head up to Jiptick pass.
Jiptick pass is at 4185 meter above sea level and located between Sarymogol and Kojokelen villages. It can be reached from both direction, but the one from Sarymogol village is easier and shorter. There is the old unpaved road used to be transportation road in Soviet period. Some parts of the road have been totally destroyed.
Chyyrchyck summer camp is at 2400 meters above sea level. It is the first pass on Pamir Highway to Tajikistan. About one hundred shepherds come from all over the region and camp here with their livestock. According to some locals, they consider this place as the largest summer camp in south Kyrgyzstan. Most people come here and do business with selling and buying horse’s milk, fermented mare’s milk, slightly alcoholic. Most of the tours of Visit Alay start right from this pass. It is strongly recommended to come here for those who are seeking to experience Kyrgyz traditional nomadic life and to do short day treks. You can find here CBT yurts hosting tourists.