DESCRIPTION: Tulparkul lake lays at the foot of Lenin Peak, the highest peak in Pamir mountainsat 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, 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, horseback riding, playing traditional Kyrgyz games or just enjoying traditional Kyrgyz hospitality. Do your best to hike up to ever frozen glaciers and leave the heat of Fergana valley behind.
ITINERARY:Osh city – Sarymogol village – Tulparkol lake near the Lenin Peak base camp– Osh city.
Day 1. Osh city – Sarymogol village – Tulparkul lake
The four hour drive from Osh takes you to Sarymogol village. Arrival in the village. Lunch at CBT guesthouse. Drive about an hour to get to the yurt camp at Tulparkul lake. Be accommodated in a yurt and enjoy walking around the lake.
Day 2. Tulparkol lake – to the foot of the Lenin Peak
Breakfast. The walk from the lake 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. Avoid marmot holes. Get back to the camp the same way you went. Dinner and overnight are in a yurt.
Day 3. Tulparkul lake – Osh city.
Breakfast. Experience morning life of locals busy with milking yaks and making creams. Drive back to Osh city (4 hours).
”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!
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.
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.
Beshkol lake is right at the southern top of Sarymogol pass, 4300 m above sea level. Nice place for tough trekkers. You can get nice view of Pamir and Alay mountains from the lake. It can be reached by either from Sarymogol village in southern part or from Kojokelen village in northern part. You should go to Sarymogol village and drive one hour to get to the starting point of the trekking. Then 3 hours trek takes to the lake Beshkol. Camp on the shore of the lake. Enjoy the beauty of the pass and lake. Next day come back with the same way you went or continue to corss the pass and down to northen valley. Two days walking after pass take you to Kojokelen village.