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.
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.
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