"Land at the foot of the sun" - trekking to Lenin peak

Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Travel along Pamir Alai often instills the impression that one has been swept up into a tale straight out of “1001 Nights”. The journey begins in the ancient southern Kyrgyz city of Osh. From there travelers will have the opportunity to discover the untouched nature of the amazing Kichik Alay with its wonderful settlements where people’s way of life has remained essentially the same for centuries. One distinct natural-ethnographic gem of the region is Kojo-Kelen.

The beautiful mountain village Kojo-Kelen is located in a broad area of the Jyptyk River valley, the left confluent of Ak Buura River. On the left bank of the river fantastic weathered red rocks and cliff faces rise up beyond the upper side of the village. At the foothills of the stark protrusions lies a unique curiosity: the Kojo-Kelen cave, or to be more precise the "blue grotto" with its half-moon entrance. Two-thirds of the ground floor of this underground "temple" filled with crystal-clear water. Instead of stalactites, however, the Kojo Kelen caves feature thin jets of water flowing down from the smooth ceiling.      

This area of unusual red-yellow rock formations spans and area of over 300 sq.km. Narrow canyons, waterfalls, and gigantic, unusually-shaped boulders of make it one of the world’s unforgettable destinations.

Lovers of ethnography will find unusual houses made of red and black clay which beautifully compliment their surrounding landscape, and the natural inhabitants – the Alai Kyrgyz – are a people known for their hospitality.

The path at the riverhead of Jyptyk will lead you to the pass of the same name. This pass affords fantastic views of the Alay valley and the Pamirs, and on a clear day Lenin peak (7134 m) is visible. 

Alai valley is an inter-mountain trough which stretches for 150 km between the Alai and Zaalai ridges.  The Alai valley separates the Pamirs (on the south) from Gissaro Alai (on the north), its width varying from 8 to 25 km, along the 1700 sq.km expanse. Rising to a height of 2240 m in the west and 3536 m on the eastern end at Taunmuruk pass.

The majority of the Alai valley belongs to the basin of Kyzylsuu River, which flows out of the glaciers of Zaalai ridge and goes along the Alai valley to the West into Tajikistan. A small part of the Alai valley belongs to the Basin of East Kyzylsuu River. This river flows from the same name glacier in the Zaalai ridge and flows to the east to China.

Alay valley with its extensive mountain pastures of dense, high grasses in the east is especially stunning. At altitudes of up to 3500 m the grandiose wall of the Zaalai ridge towers over the numerous lakes located on ancient grass-covered moraines throughout the foothills.

Trekking culmination is the Base Camp of Lenin Peak, where you’ll arrive after the Jyptyk Pass and transfer along the Alai valley. Base camp of Lenin Peak is interested because s from all over the world who come here in hopes of ascending the summit. Those who have a wish to climb the altitude of five thousand meters can try to ascent Petrovsky peak which is not far from the base camp. The program includes day long ascent of this peak.

Best time: July - September
Activity: Trekking in Kyrgyzstan, ethnography
Duration: 14 days

Days                 

Program                                                                 

Accommodation              

Meals

Day 1 Bishkek. Manas airport Hotel B/L/D
Day 2 Transfer Bishkek-Chichkan Guest house B/L/D
Day 3 Transfer Chichkan-Osh Hotel B/L/D
Day 4 Transfer Osh-Kichik- Alai Tents B/L/D
Day 5 Trekking to the Kojo-Kelen Gorge over two passes Homestay B/L/D
Day 6 Walking and excursions in the area. Rest time. Homestay B/L/D
Day 7 Trekking to the  Djiptyk Pass Tents B/L/D
Day 8 Trekking to the Alai Valley over the Jiptyk pass  Tents B/L/D 
Day 9  Driving  to Achik-Tash to the foot of Lenin Peak Tents  B/L/D 
Day 10 Trekking to the shoulder of the Petrovskii Peak Tents B/L/D
Day 11 Trekking to the Puteshestvennikov Pass (4200 m) Tents B/L/D
Day 12 Transfer to Osh Hotel  B/L/D 
Day 13 City tour in Osh. Flight to Bishkek. Hotel B/L/D 
Day 14 Departure          ----- B/-/- 
       

 

Special offer: "Land at the foot of the saun" - Trekking to Lenin peak

Date: 29th of July till 11th of August!

Program:

Day 1 (29 July). Arrival to Bishkek. Meeting at the “Manas” International Airport in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, and transfer to the hotel.  After a leisure, city tour around Bishkek. You may get acquainted with unpretentious architecture of the town. You will see Ala-Too square which affords a fantastic view of snow tops of Kyrgyz ridge, green parks, “Manas” monument and etc. At dinner time the group will meet with the trip’s supporting team.

Day 2  (30 July). Transfer from Bishkek to Osh along the main Kyrgyz highway which connects two capitals. The road goes along the mountains of Kyrgyz ridge and surprises with various landscapes. The Tue-Ashyy pass (3586 m) affords fantastic view of the Suusamyr valley. Tonight you’ll stay in the Oson guest house, in the Chichkan gorge.

Day 3  (31 July). You continue the travel through the stunning landscapes of southern Kyrgyzstan. En-route we will make a stopover in Uzgen, the capital of ancient Karakhanids state. Arrival to Osh. Overnight accommodation in the guest house.

Day 4  (1 August). Transfer to Kichik-Alai (120 km). You’ll stop in small village of Kapaly, where we’ll set up our camp. Preparation for the trek. 

Day 5  (2 August). Trekking over the Kosh-Moinok pass (3225 m). The pass offers extensive views of Kichik Alay ridge. Сontinuation of the trek. Ascent to the Sary-Bel Pass (3137 m). Descent to Kojo-Kelen Valley. On the way visit of a small shepherd village. Continuing the descent to the valley of red rocks and waterfalls.  Homestay. Overnight. 

Day 6  (3 August). After breakfast visit of the "Holly Grotto". This place is regarded as sacred. Many pilgrims come to this place to pay tribute to gods and to make an ablution in the water. Walking around the village of Kojo-Kelen. Acquaintance with the daily life of the local people. In the village you will be immersed into the life of last century. Here you can find water mills and farming. Houses made of red clay compliment the landscape as if they are a part of the nature. Homestay with a local family. 

Day 7  (4 August)Trekking to the Jyptyk Pass along the river of the same name.  On the way it is possible to meet yaks that gaze on the pastures. Stop for the rest and overnight in a camp at the height of  3350 m. 

Day 8  (5 August). Trekking over the Jyptyk pass (4175 m). From the pass there is a wonderful view of the Alai Valley and the majestic Pamir. When the weather is good it is possible to see seven thousand meter peaks - Lenin Peak, Communism Peak, Korjnevskaya Peak as well as Kurumdy Peak. Descent to the Alai Valley. Accommodation in a camp that is located not far from Sary-Mogul Village.  

Day 9  (6 August). Transfer to the Achik-Tash base camp, located under Lenin peak at an altitude of 3600 m. The camp is located on a field of edelweiss.  You’ll be accommodated in tents.

Day 10  (7 August). Trekking to the shoulder of Petrovskii Peak. Descent to the camp. Overnight in tents.  

Day 11  (8 August). Hike to the Puteshestvennikov Pass which allows a view of Lenin glacier and the peak itself (7134 m). It’s possible to climb up to the Camp One, located on the moraine at 4200 m. We return back to the base camp to spend the night there.

Day 12  (9 August). Transfer to Osh. Accommodation in the guest house.

Day 13  (10 August). City tour of Osh. Archeologists have revealed that Osh is an ancient city, approximately 3,000 years old. Osh, however, is not only unique due to its extremely old age, but also because it was located along the path of the Great Silk Road. Osh city was one of the main trade centers on the route of caravans crossing Central Asia. The Osh oriental Bazaar has remained at its original location on the bank of Ak-Buura River in the center of the town over the centuries. A lot of different goods come to Osh Bazaar from all over Central Asia. One particularly interesting sight in Osh is Suleiman Too (holy mount). Local people often climb the mountain in the belief that it brings absolution and good health. One can see both old and young people alike ascending and descending its face daily. From here we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Bishkek. Hotel accommodation. 

Day 14  (11 August). Departure

The price for the offer is 1100 USD per person

The price includes:

1. Meeting/seeing-off in the airport

2. Accommodation in 3*hotels according the program (twin accommodation).

3. Accommodation in guest/private houses

4. Trekking tents for accommodation

5. Accommodation in base camp at Lenin Peak

6. Trekking tents

7. Three meals a day during the program, including trekking days

8. Transport - according the program

9. Trekking guide and cook for trekking days 

10. Ticket for return flight Osh-Bishkek 

11. Entrance fee for all excursions according the program

12. Border permit

The price does NOT include:

1. International airfare to and from Bishkek 

2. Equipment rental

3. Single supplement

4. Cost of visa and consular services (for Russian citizens there is no need in international passport)

5. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, and etc.

6. Insurance

7. Extra laggage fees

8. Any changes in the program

 Join our tour! We wish you lots of positive memories and good  impressions!

 

Best time: July - August

Activity: Trekking in Kyrgyzstan.

Duration: 7 days

We have excursions 3 and 5 days, Follow the link:  BASE CAMP UNDER LENIN PEAK

Day 1. Early morning flight to Osh and transfer to Kojo-Kelen village. Acquaintance with the daily life of the local people. In the village you will be immersed into the last century   life.  Here you can find water mills and farming. Houses made of red clay compliment the landscape as if they are a part of the nature. Home stay with a local family. 

Day 2. Transfer under Jyptyk pass (3350 m). Trekking to the Jyptyp pass where there is a wonderful view of the Alai Valley and the majestic Pamir. When the weather is good it is possible to see seven thousand meter peaks - Lenin Peak, Communism Peak, Korjnevskaya Peak as well as Kurumdy Peak. Descent to the Alai valley and transfer to the Achik-Tash base camp, located under Lenin peak at an altitude of 3600 m. The camp is located on a field of edelweiss.  You’ll be accommodated in tents. 

Day 3. Trekking to the shoulder of Petrovskii Peak. Descent to the camp 1. Overnight in tents.

Day 4.  Hike to the «Puteshestvennikov” pass which allows a view of Lenin glacier and the peak itself (7134 m). After that climb up to the Camp One located on the moraine at 4200m. and spend the night there.

Day 5.  Today we will go up to the Home Peak (4600 m) and return back to the camp 1. Overnight.

Day 6.  Today we will came back to Base camp .

Day 7. Transfer to Osh. City tour and an excursion to Suleiman-Too mountain. The program is finished.

Quotation for groups for 2017: 

2 persons in the group – 1250$ per person

3 persons in the group – 1140$ per person

4 persons in the group – 1070$ per person

5 persons in the group – 905 $ per person

6 persons in the group - 840$  per person

7 persons in the group – 765$ per person

8 persons in the group – 725$ per person

9 persons in the group – 690$ per person

10+ persons in the group – 650$ per person

The price includes:

1. English speaking guide 

2. Cook for trekking days

3. Transport - according to the program

4. Three meals a day during the program.

5.  Meals and accommodation in base camp and camp 1.

6.  Permits

7.  Entrance fees to Suleiman-Too

The price doesn’t include

1. Single supplement in B.L. 75 USD per person

2. Meals in Osh 1 –day 25 USD per person

3. Rent horses in Achik-tash  25 USD per day

4.  Rent sleeping bags (if the need) 10 USD per day

5. Flight ticket Bishkek-Osh -Bishkek 160 USD per person

6. Extra accommodations in Osh   80 USD twin room, 70 USD single room

 

 Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Best time: July - August
Activity: Trekking in Kyrgyzstan, ethnography
Duration: 14 days

Day 1. Arrival to Bishkek. Meeting at the “Manas” International Airport in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, and transfer to the hotel.  After a leisure, city tour around Bishkek. You may get acquainted with unpretentious architecture of the town. You will see Ala-Too square which affords a fantastic view of snow tops of Kyrgyz ridge, green parks, “Manas” monument and etc. At dinner time the group will meet with the trip’s supporting team.

Day 2. Transfer from Bishkek to Osh along the main Kyrgyz highway which connects two capitals. The road goes along the mountains of Kyrgyz ridge and surprises with various landscapes. The Tue-Ashyy pass (3586 m) affords fantastic view of the Suusamyr valley. Tonight you’ll stay in the Oson guest house, in the Chichkan gorge.

Day 3. You continue the travel through the stunning landscapes of southern Kyrgyzstan. En-route we will make a stopover in Uzgen, the capital of ancient Karakhanids state. Arrival to Osh. Overnight accommodation in the guest house.

Day 4. Transfer to Kichik-Alai (120 km). You’ll stop in small village of Kapaly, where we’ll set up our camp. Preparation for the trek. 

Day 5. Trekking over the Kosh-Moinok pass (3225 m). The pass offers extensive views of Kichik Alay ridge. Сontinuation of the trek. Ascent to the Sary-Bel Pass (3137 m). Descent to Kojo-Kelen Valley. On the way visit of a small shepherd village. Continuing the descent to the valley of red rocks and waterfalls.  Homestay. Overnight. 

Day 6. After breakfast visit of the "Holly Grotto". This place is regarded as sacred. Many pilgrims come to this place to pay tribute to gods and to make an ablution in the water. Walking around the village of Kojo-Kelen. Acquaintance with the daily life of the local people. In the village you will be immersed into the life of last century. Here you can find water mills and farming. Houses made of red clay compliment the landscape as if they are a part of the nature. Homestay with a local family. 

Day 7. Trekking to the Jyptyk Pass along the river of the same name.  On the way it is possible to meet yaks that gaze on the pastures. Stop for the rest and overnight in a camp at the height of  3350 m. 

Day 8. Trekking over the Jyptyk pass (4175 m). From the pass there is a wonderful view of the Alai Valley and the majestic Pamir. When the weather is good it is possible to see seven thousand meter peaks - Lenin Peak, Communism Peak, Korjnevskaya Peak as well as Kurumdy Peak. Descent to the Alai Valley. Accommodation in a camp that is located not far from Sary-Mogul Village.  

Day 9. Transfer to the Achik-Tash base camp, located under Lenin peak at an altitude of 3600 m. The camp is located on a field of edelweiss.  You’ll be accommodated in tents.

Day 10. Trekking to the shoulder of Petrovskii Peak. Descent to the camp. Overnight in tents.  

Day 11. Hike to the Puteshestvennikov Pass which allows a view of Lenin glacier and the peak itself (7134 m). It’s possible to climb up to the Camp One, located on the moraine at 4200 m. We return back to the base camp to spend the night there.

Day 12. Transfer to Osh. Accommodation in the guest house.

Day 13. City tour of Osh. Archeologists have revealed that Osh is an ancient city, approximately 3,000 years old. Osh, however, is not only unique due to its extremely old age, but also because it was located along the path of the Great Silk Road. Osh city was one of the main trade centers on the route of caravans crossing Central Asia. The Osh oriental Bazaar has remained at its original location on the bank of Ak-Buura River in the center of the town over the centuries. A lot of different goods come to Osh Bazaar from all over Central Asia. One particularly interesting sight in Osh is Suleiman Too (holy mount). Local people often climb the mountain in the belief that it brings absolution and good health. One can see both old and young people alike ascending and descending its face daily. From here we transfer to the airport for the flight back to Bishkek. Hotel accommodation. 

Day 14. Departure

 Quotation for groups for 2017: 

2 persons in the group - 1990 USD per person

4 persons in the group  –  1470 USD per person

6 persons in the group  –  1290 USD per person

8-10 persons in the group – 1170 USD per person

Single room addition – 136 USD per person


The price includes:

1. Meeting/seeing-off in the airport
2. Accommodation in 3*hotels according to the program (twin accommodation).
3. Accommodation in guest/private houses
4. Accommodation in base camp at Lenin Peak
5. Trekking tents
6. Three meals a day during the program, including trekking days
7. Transport - according to the program
8. Trekking guide and cook for trekking days 
9. Entrance fee for all excursions according the program
10. Border permit
11. Airticket Osh-Bishkek.

The price does NOT include:

1. International airfare to and from Bishkek
2. Equipment rental
3. Single supplement
4. Cost of visa and consular services (for Russian citizens there is no need in international passport)
5. Personal expenses in hotels: bar, international calls, and etc.
6. Insurance
7. Extra luggage fees
8. Any changes in the program

Useful information: 

1 Visa to Kyrgyzstan. You may find detailed information about obtaining a visa for Kyrgyzstan in our "Useful information" section

 
Clothes & equipment

- toiletries 
- sunscreen (at least SPF 20 or more), chap stick/cold weather lip balm
- water flask
- trekking shoes 
- mountain sunglasses with good protection 
- backpack with a minimum of 45-liter capacity
- backpack for use as a daypack, approximately  25 liter for personal things
- sleeping bag (temperature range -10˚ to  -15˚ ) 
- sleeping mat 
- trekking poles (essential!)
- forehead lantern and extra batteries


Clothes 
- clothes for hot climate, in the valley
- lightweight shoes for trekking and cities (sneakers, sandals)
- trekking pants - thin thermal underwear or something for sleeping in tents
- windbreaker or any other thin jacket
- waterproof jacket (Gore-Тех is preferable) with hood or  waterproof coat
- waterproof pants (Gore-Тех is preferable)
- T-shirts – 2 pieces
- shorts
- long sleeve  T-shirt
- polar jacket or jacket of wind stopper material
- woolen socks – at least 2 pairs (for sleeping in tents) cotton socks – at least 3 pairs
- woolen or polar cap
- cap with a brim (from sunlight) 
- thin gloves during nights and trekking

 

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