Reaching the heights of Alay valley, 7days

Category: Trekking 

Duration:  7 days, 6 nights
Best Season: July — August
Difficulty: Moderate, passes at 4300 m
Requirements: Trekking shoes, waterproof & warm clothes, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses

Distance: About 100 km trek  
Overnight stay: Tents

DESCRIPTION:  Trek in the most glorious and gorgeous region in Kyrgyzstan! See yaks, a hail storm, and amazing peaks. Conquer the greatest peaks of the region!

ITINERARY:  Osh city – Sarymogol village – Jitpick Pass, 4185 m – Kojokelen village – Sarybell Pass 3100 m – Koshmoinok valley – Sarymogol valley – Sarymogl pass 4300 m –  Sarymogol village — Osh city

Day 1. Sarymogol village  —  Jiptick pass 4185 m – down to Jiptick summer camp.

Departure from Sarymogol village. Drive 20 minutes in the direction of Jiptick pass. Get out of the car and start your trek. Three hours of trekking takes you to the top of Jiptick pass, 4185 m. Have lunch at the top while enjoying the beauty of two mountain ranges: Pamir and Alay. Descend through the pass and arrive at shepherd’s yurts (4 hours).  Set up your tents near yurts and experience shepherd’s life. Overnight in tents, at 2600 m.

Day 2. Jiptick summer camp – Kojokelen village — Kosh-Moynok valley

Breakfast. Morning life keeps locals busy with milking cows and making creams. Start trekking down to Kojokelen village (3 hours). Arrival and lunch in the guesthouse. After lunch, trek across the beautiful landscape and over the Sary-Bel pass at 3100 m. Walk down to Kosh Moynok valley. Overnight in tent.

Day 3. Kosh-Moinok pass – northern Sary-Mogol valley

Long day of trekking.  Cross the Kosh Moynok pass at 3223m and go down to Kichik Alay valley (3 hours). Picnic on the road. Then, trek to northern Sary Mogul valley. In the afternoon, you will reach the campsite near the shepherd’s yurt. Overnight in a tent.

Day 4. Foot of Sary Mogul Pass

Trek up along the river. You will see many yaks and other animals such as sheep, goats and cows. Picnic on the road. In the afternoon, you will reach the camp under the Sary Mogul pass. Overnight in a tent, at 3800m.

Day 5. Sary Mogul pass at 4300m.

In fact, the distance is not long, but the pass takes time. The pass is located at 4320m. The view from the pass is very beautiful. You will see small lakes down the pass. In the afternoon, walk around the lake, and see the glaciers right next to your tents. Night in tent.

Day 6. Southern Sary-Mogul valley
Descend along the river that flows out of the lake, with the cliffs of Pamir around you. Picnic along the river. Here, there are no trees or bushes. There are several river crossings. In the late afternoon, you will reach a yurt camp of nomads. People are really friendly here. They will invite you to dinner with their welcoming families. You can enjoy the “kymyz” milk of a mare, fermented and slightly alcoholic. Relax as the master of the yurt tells you the secrets of Pamir. Night in tents.

Day 7. Sary-Mogol village
Breakfast. Departure towards Sary-Mogol village. Arrival in Sarymogol  around lunch time. Stay in the village or leave for Osh city, just three hours to Osh city.

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