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Friday, 22 January 2016 04:18

Tulparkul lake in Pamirs

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.

The CBT office in Sary Mogol can set up your stay at the yurt camp, as well as transport be it vehicular or equine. The coordinator is Abdilla and the contact is ++996 773 50 59 39, ++996 556 09 26 27, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The office/guesthouse is located in Sary Mogol village.  To get to Sary Mogol from Osh, you can take share taxis from the car park near Kelechek bazaar.  Cost should be 400som. When you enter the village, turn left in the centre of town (there is a Hospitality KG sign).  Turn left again at the next chance and arrive at the guesthouse.


Latitude    39°30'7.33"N

Longitude    72°55'45.15"E

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