Duration: 6-7 days
Category: Horseback riding (Kyrgyzstan, Alay mountains )
Best season: June–October
Group size: unlimited quantity
Requirements: trekking boots, weatherproof warm clothes, fur-cap, and protective things for sun.
Included service: including services in the program (driving, guide, porter for bags in trek, food and accommodation, entrance tickets for requisite)
Excluded service: out of program (air ticket, other options, personal expenses)
Sary Mogol-Jiptik pass-Campsite (6-7h walking)
From Sary Mogol, start by horses to Jiptik campsite after crossed the the pass. The road is to Darbaza Tash is smooth after that goes steeply up numerous bends to the Jiptik Pass (4,185 m), where slopes of grass give way to loose rock.
Following a tough climb, travellers are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Pamir range across the Alay valley. Afterwards the trail descends steeply, with the alpine environment gradually giving way to juniper trees and lower-lying vegetation.
The overnight campsite can be reached in 6 to8 hours after departure from Sary Mogol .
Starting altitude is 2980m. Accommodation altitude is 2816m. The Highest walking height up to 4185m
Camping site through Kojo Kelen to Kosh Moinok camp (20km. 8 hours)
The road continues down the canyon along the same river and sub-alpine pastures, where there are a wide variety of summer flowers. After few hours, impressive sandstone walls appear ahead and the first houses of Kojo-Kelen can be reached in about 3 hours. As the village is long and stretched-out, it is possible to visit the Goluboi Grot (Blue Grotto), considered to be sacred by religion rituals. Then further route is continued to Kosh Moinok camp site, we can ride slowly because of ascending mountain path and on the way cross Sary-Bell pass 3150m.
Accommodation altitude is 2816m. The Highest walking height is approximately 3150m
Kosh Moinok camp-foot of Sary Mogol pass 17km 6-7hours)
The route continues along the Kichik Alai area. At first we cross low Kosh Moinok pass, then a little descends until Kyzyl Shoro village, after passed, we forward a small village under called Sary Mogol, from there we turn on the southern where the route to Sarymogol’s pass. We’ll have camping before reaching the Pass.
Overnight altitude is 3430m.
Cross the Pass (4280m)-campsite down Besh Kol (10km; 6-7h )
In fact the distance is not long, but the pass takes time. The pass is located at 4280m. The view from the top of pass is very beautiful. You will see small lakes down the pass. As possible as moving down up to campsite. Overnight in tent
Overnight altitude is approximately 3690m.
The Highest walking height up to 4280m
Reach Sary-Mogol village (20km, 5hours)
Descent along the river with the cliffs of Trans-Alay mountains. Picnic along the way. There are no trees or bushes, looks like absolutely wild nature. Can be visible yaks. After one hour we arrive to many yurts and summer huts that are located along the river of Sary Mogol. At around lunch we can reach the village
Overnight altitude is 2980m.
Sary-Mogol-Tulpar kol lake (1h drive; 5-6h walking)
Morning departure at 9 am. Start from Sary Mogol by car to Tulpar Kol yurt camp. From camp hike to Kok Chukur (3,700m) for excellent views of Lenin Peak and the climbers’ base camp on the opposite side of the Achyk Tash River. Or go directly ahead to visit the ‘base camp’ or (time permitting) continue further to ‘Pass of Travelers’. Lunch, then return by same path to yurt camps for overnight.
Starting altitude is 3000m. Accommodation altitude is 3500m. The Highest walking height up to 3700m
Tulpar Kol-Sarymogol -Besh Kol (1h driving; 5-6h horse riding)
8 am back to CBT office in Sary Mogol take the horses start to Besh Kol area. Approximately after 20km riding. Stay in tent.
Starting altitude is 3500m. Accommodation altitude is 3690m. The Highest walking height up to 3690m
Cross the pass-stay behind the pass (20km, 6-7hours)
In the morning move on again where the besh Kol lakes and Pass, we cross the Sary Mogol pass (4280 m) with a great panoramic view of snow-capped peaks of Trans Alay mountains surrounding the lakes. Trek down along Kichi-Alai valley before small settlement and camping
The Highest walking height up to 4280m
Overnight altitude is approximately 3600m.
Riding to Kyzyl Shoro village (11km, 4 hours)
We walk along the river on dirty road up to small Kyzyl Shoro village.stay in guesthouse.
Kyzyl Shoro to Kojo Kelen village (15-17km, 6-7hours)
We cross two mountain ascending Kosh Moinok(3220m) and Sary Bel(3150m), enjoy the panoramic view of Kichi Alay mountain range.
The trail goes through dense juniper forest up a steep scree slope of gorge, after lunch, walking down to village Kojo Kelen on the way glimpse into the blue grotto
Accommodation altitude is 2260m. The Highest walking height is approximately up to 3250m
Morning after breakfast at 9a.m drive to Osh (3.5hours driving)
extend the trek over Jiptik Pass round to Sary Mogol
Sary-Mogol-Besh Kol (24km, 7-8h)
After breakfast riding from Sary-Mogol along water of Sary Mogol, for 14km is nice road the rest 10km is quite hard it is upland and passes through stone path. Entertainment for nature. Stay in tent near lakes
Starting altitude is 2980m. Overnight altitude is 4000m.
Besh-Kol lake to head pasture of Sary-Mogol (4-5h)
turn on same path to campsite and spend the night in tent near the shepherd yurts
Overnight altitude is 3300m
Riding to Kara-kabak campsite
From the place we begin our trek on the western part. We pass several foothills along Chong-Alay ranges.
Basically High mountain meadows located above the subalpine mountains. And alpine plants are similar to each other. This is due to their adaptation to similar habitats: a short vegetation period, rapid changes of temperature cold, humidity and dryness. Our overnight is in tent
Karakabak-Kosh Kol lake
In the continuation of our trip we pass to Lake Kosh-Kol along the foothills. Basically, this region occupies a desert in both; in valleys and in the foothills (3000-4000 m above sea level). This is facilitated by a dry continental climate, the presence of stony-gravel spaces, and salinity of soils.
Mainly there are cryophilic and halophytic shrubs and semi shrubs, ephemera. Of the above ecological groups of plants in the deserts, ephemerals predominate.
This gives a special views as a pyramid over the mountains and panoramic views of the Alai Valley
Walking around the Kosh kol lakes (Each resting on his own)
Kosh kol lake is one of the most high-mountainous lakes in Chong Alay range, which is located at 4120m a.s.l at first entrance one smaller and over there two larger lakes are located. Here we will have short of hiking for more explore the lakes.
Across the Damjailoo to Tulpar-Kol (4h walk; 2hour drive)
We go down by horses for several hours until Damjailoo pasture where the beginning of the Jeep road further driving to Tulpar Kol lake
Other options out of program:
Sary-Mogol-Tulpar kol lake (25km,1h drive; 5-6h walking)
At 9 a.m. take transport to Tulpar Kol lake, followed by walking ascent of Kok Chukur (3,700m) for excellent views of Lenin Peak and the climbers’ base camp on the opposite side of the Achyk Tash River. It is optional to continue on to visit the base camp. Back to yurts for overnight.
Starting altitude is 3000m. Accommodation altitude is 3500m. The Highest riding height up to 3700m
Tulpar Kol-Tuyuk canyon(5-6h riding; 5-15km)
After breakfast, riding the horse through Seki jailoo to Tuyuk Canyon. After lunch a hike take horses again to the best view of canyon then descend down to yurt stay
Accommodation altitude is 3360m. The Highest riding height up to 3500m
From Tuiuk canyon to Bouke valley (10-15 km; 2-6h riding)
After breakfast, horse riding continues onward along the slope of snow mountains to the next yurt camp in Bouke valley. Lunch is served at the yurt. After lunch, you have the option of picking up a horse or just walking around the Chomuch plateau, as it takes you to views around Pamir-Alay glaciers. Return to yurt for overnight.
Accommodation altitude is 3260m. The Highest riding height is approximately up to 3700m
Riding to Sary Mogol (35km; 8h riding)
a very long day riding but not difficult from beginning to end we ride on slow descent route to Sary Mogol
Sary Mogol-Jiptik pass-Camping site (6-7h riding)
From Sary Mogol, drive to Darvaza Tash where the trek starts. From the canyon at Darvaza Tash (Stone Gate), take the horses and follow the trail (formerly a road) climbs steeply up numerous bends to the Jiptik Pass (4,185 m), where slopes of grass give way to loose rock.
Following a tough climb, riders are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Pamir range across the Alay valley. Afterwards the trail descends steeply, with the alpine environment gradually giving way to juniper trees and lower-lying vegetation.
The overnight campsite can be reached in 5 to 6 hours after departing Darvaza Tash.
Starting altitude is 3000m. Overnight altitude is 2940m. The Highest riding height up to 4185m
Camping site –Kojo Kelen (3-4hours walking)
The road continues down the canyon along the same river and sub-alpine pastures, where there are a wide variety of summer flowers. After a little over two hours, impressive sandstone walls appear ahead and the first houses of Kojo-Kelen can be reached in about 3 hours. As the village is long and stretched-out, it is possible to visit the Goluboi Grot (Blue Grotto), considered to be sacred by some. An hour further west on the same trail leads to a waterfall, before returning via the same route to the village. Overnight is in local house
Accommodation altitude is 2260m. The Highest walking height is approximately up to 2450m
After breakfast transport to Osh (100km 3,5h driving)