Destination: Alay Mountains, southern Kyrgyzstan
Explore the best of the Alay Mountains on this tour and discover one of the most stunning mountain regions in the world that is still unknown…for now. This off-the-beaten-track tour combines some of the best landscapes, trekking and nomadic cultural experiences in all of Kyrgyzstan, including:
- Incredible mountain vistas at Sary Mogul (4,306 m) and Jiptick (4,185 m) mountain passes where you’ll feel as though you’ve landed on another planet. [AS1]
- Stunning views of snow- and glacier-covered in Peak (7,134 m), including up close from in Base Camp and Traveler’s Pass (4,100 m).
- Diverse landscapes, from turquoise alpine lakes and lush green valleys to high desert moonscapes and the red rock formations of “Three Dragons Gorge”.
- Sleeping in a traditional yurt where you’ll have an opportunity to meet Kyrgyz shepherds, learn about traditional nomadic culture, and enjoy home-cooked meals.
Tour: Alay Adventure
Time: 6d / 5n
Distance: 87 km
Max Elevation: 4,306 m
Min Elevation: 2186 m
Total Gain/Loss: 4435m+ / 4827m-
Best season: June – September
DAY 1: SARYMOGOL VILLAGE – SARYMOGOL PASS 4306M– CAMP SITE, 6 – 7 HRS
Take a drive for 20 minutes from Sary Mogul village to the starting point of the trek. Start the trek by following the stream. Some parts of trekking is challenging as the trail is narrow, difficult to see, and the terrain is composed mainly of scree and small pebbles. Enjoy a break in this river valley as there is a good water source, protection from wind, and glacier views. As you ascend, the landscape opens; peaks, glaciers and alpine lakes will begin to appear. Have lunch at meadow before the pass. Follow this narrow path up until you reach Sary Mogul Pass at 4,303 meters, the highest point of this trek. Enjoy your accomplishment. The incredible, expansive peak, glacier and alpine lake views may appear otherworldly. The descent from the pass is steep and covered in loose scree, so consider long sliding strides or “skiing” down in a zigzag motion as you navigate the snaking path. Once you reach the end of the scree, follow the path parallel to the stream on your left, moving slowly down until you reach the campsite, 3934 meter. Set your tents for overnight.
DAY 2. CAMP SITE – KYZYLSHORO VILLAGE, 5 – 6 HRS
Compared to the first day, the opening of the second day is relatively easy going and mainly downhill. As the trek progresses through the valley, the trail cuts back and forth across the river several times. With the decline in elevation, the terrain begins to change from high alpine rocky and dry to mid-mountain green, with the alpine lush of juniper bushes. Don’t forget to turn around from time to time to enjoy views of the surrounding glaciers and snow-covered peaks above and behind you. Pass through fields filled with grazing cows and other domesticated animals and follow the path down to the river for lunch. After a few kilometres, you’ll reach the farmlands of the nearby village, Little Sary Mogol village. Pass through the village and walk for 3,5km along the dusty road to Kyzyl Shoro village. Dinner and overnight in a homestay, 2389m.
DAY 3: KOSHMOINOK VALLEY – KOJOKELEN VILLAGE, 8 – 9 HRS.
From Kyzyl Shoro village, the trail becomes steep and continues ascending approximately 860 meters through grass meadows and pastures to Koshmoinok Pass at 3210 m. After the pass, the trail turns to the right and descends Koshmoinok Valley, 1 hr. There are several shepherd huts in this valley. After lunch, cross over the stream and walk up to Sarybell Pass at 3132 m, 1 hr. From the top of the pass, follow the path as it winds along the edge of the hills on your left and enjoy the expanse of unusual red rock formations below, including “Three Dragon Gorge”. The diversity of colours and landscapes is something tourists refer to as “The Best of Kyrgyzstan”, as it was possible to see the most severe and snow-covered Pamir landscapes in the distance, the various grades of high-, mid- and low alpine landscape along the way. Eventually, the trail runs into a small stream, and continues on the edge of the valley until it reaches Kojokelen village, 3 hrs. Dinner & overnight in a guesthouse.
DAY 4: KOJOKELEN VILLAGE – SHEPHERD’S CAMP, 4HR
Breakfast. Today is an easy walk along the river coming from the foot of Jiptick pass. Travel up to the shepherd’s yurt, 4hrs. Arrival at shepherd’s yurts. Walk around and join locals in milking cows and making a cream. Dinner & overnight in yurts.
DAY 5: SHEPHERD’S CAMP – JIPTICK PASS AT 4185 METER – DOWN TO DARBAZATASH VALLEY, 7-8 HRS
Breakfast. Around 9 am you will start walking up to the breathtaking Jiptick pass at 4185 m, 4 hours. Enjoy the stunning view of the Pamir valley as you break for a picnic lunch at the top. From there, the path goes steeply down to the Darbazatash valley, 3 hours. Arrive in the valley and camp on the shore of the stream. Dinner and overnight are in yurts.
DAY 6: DARBAZATASH VALLEY – SARYMOGOL VILLAGE, 3HRS
Breakfast. Walk to Sarymogol village, 3hrs. While walking, enjoy the views of in Peak covering the horizon in front of you. Arrival in the village and have a hot tea after a long trip. After lunch, drive back to Osh city (3hrs) or stay one more night in a yurt at Tulparkol lake oppsite the base camp of climbers and do a hiking to the glaciers of in Peak.
1. You can make it 8-days tour by visiting the in Peak Base Camp and doing a hike to the snowcapped in Peak
2. The length of the tour can be changed depending on your time and desire. Contact us for price details.