Jiptick Pass, 5 days
Tour: Jiptick Pass
Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Best Season: July — August
Difficulty: Moderate, passes at 4200 m
Requirements: Trekking shoes, waterproof & warm clothes, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses.
Distance: About 60 km of trekking
Overnight stay: Tents, yurts
DESCRIPTION: Experience the full diversity of the Alay region’s animal and plant life on this thrilling tour. It is possible to see wild goats and (if you are very lucky) Marco Polo sheep on the craggy mountain slopes. Herds of wild yaks can be found near the passes. There is a profusion of wildflowers carpeting the mountain valleys and wild cherry trees mixed with ever-present juniper and other medicinal plants to delight the senses. Explore cool tree-lined river gorges, feel the exhilaration of reaching a high pass, and relish the view of snow-covered Lenin Peak, the highest peak in the Pamir-Alai mountain range. The jewel of this fascinating and diverse tour is clear Lake Tulpar, ringed by the glaciers that flank Lenin Peak (7134 M).
ITINERARY: Osh city – Kojokeleng village – Jiptick Pass 4185 m – Sarymogol village – Tulparkul lake – glaciers of Lenin Peak 7134 m – Sarymogol village – Osh city
Day 1. Osh city – Kojokelen village — to the foot of Jiptick pass
Drive from Osh city to Kojokelen (3 hours). Arrival and lunch take place on the riverbank. Travel up to the foot of Jiptik Pass (4 hours). The unpaved road runs along the river in the gorge up to the campsite. Arrival at shepherd’s yurts and dinner in a yurt camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 2. From the foot to the top of the pass – down to Darbazatash valley
Enjoy breakfast. Around 9 am you will start ascending 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 descends 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 tents.
Day 3. Darbazatash valley – Sarymogol village
Breakfast. Travel to Sarymogol village. This village is the gateway to the glaciers of Lenin Peak. Lunch is in the guesthouse. After lunch, drive to Tulparkul lake near the climbers’ base camp. Walk around the lake and enjoy the beauty of Pamirs. Overnight and dinner are in a yurt camp.
Day 4. Around Tulparkol lake
Breakfast. Spend your day relaxing at the alpine lake Tulpar Köl and enjoying warm yak milk inside the comfortable yurts. Explore and experience Kyrgyz traditional life in Pamirs. Take your time to go to the glaciers.
Day 5. Tulpar lake – Sarymogol village – Osh city
Breakfast. Say goodbye to your host and begin the nice drive back to Osh city through the impressive landscape; green hills, red cliffs and snowy peaks layered over each other to create a spectacular scene. Arrival in Osh city at lunch time.