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. Your surefooted horses will find their way along wild river gorges and up winding paths through the rocky landscape. 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 Pamir Highway takes you to the Chyyrchyck Pass. Meet the horses and receive a short instruction on riding. Ride three hours to get to the Kum Bell pass. See shepherds busy with making bread and milking mares. 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 pass Ayirybell through ancient trails . Lunch at the top. Descend toward summer camp Tepshi. Participate in shepherds’ life. Overnight and dinner are in a shepherd’s yurt.
Day 3. Karabulak village - down to Osh city.
Breakfast. Ride down from the pass to reach main road (3 hours). Enjoy riding down through the yurts of nomads and experiencing the Kyrgyz life in these gorgeous mountains of Karabulak village. Meet your driver to return to Osh city.
Sary Oi is a great day trip from Osh, with easy access, gorgeous scenery, and a break form the summer heat. Sitting in the Alay region south of Osh, you enter this jailoo valley from the main highway and walk around 3 hours to the end of the road (you can drive too…). There are yurts and a couple guesthouses along the way, or you can arrange to stay in the yurt at the end of the road through the Alay CBT ( around 1000som for the night and breakfast).
How to get there: Take a Gulcho bound marshutka or taxi from the Kelecheck bazaar corner in Osh. It will cost 150som. Driving, you go through the Arches on the M41 and head south. You will go through the Chiricyk Pass (2600m), and you wind back down. After passing the village of Tash Koro, and just past the Kilometre 71 sign, there is a turn off on the right with a sign saying RESERVE. Get off here and start walking! You will stay along the Jilu Suu river the entire time.
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.
Aktor pass is at 3500 meter above sea level and located in Asankorgon mountain range at the entrance of Alay valley. The pass can be reached either from Murdash village in southern valley or from Saryoi summer camp in northern valley. Just go to the end of the Murdash village and turn right at the first gorge. Walk around 14 km on unpaved road and turn right to the small gorge where you ascend the pass. It takes about four hours to get to the pass. You can see locals who camp in these areas with their livestock during summer season.
Latitude 40° 4'46.21"N