Kumbell mountains, day trip
Duration: day trip
Best Season: April — October
Difficulty: Moderate, passes at 3 154 m
Requirements: Trekking shoes, waterproof clothes, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
Distance: 16 km in trekking
DESCRIPTION: Visit a Kyrgyz summer camp (jailoo) to experience traditional nomadic life. Join in as your Kyrgyz host milks the mares for the essential ingredient of Kyrgyz’s national beverage, kymyz. Taste national dishes in an authentic yurt camp. Spend a day walking or riding among the fragrant juniper forests, valued for their medicinal benefits. Relax near the cool springs and streams. Join the shepherds herding their flocks. Conquer the high rocky slopes of the Alay mountains.
ITINERARY: Osh city –Chyyrchyck Pass 2400 m – Kumbell Pass 3154 m — Saryoi summer camp – Osh city
Departure from Osh city. One hour drive on Pamir Highway takes you to the Chyyirchyck Pass. Start trekking. Trek three hours to get to the Kum Bell pass 3154 meters. See shepherds busy with making bread and milking mares on the way. Have lunch at the top of the pass. Enjoy the stunning beauty of great Alay valley. Descend through the pass amongst evergreens. Arrive at locals’ camp and have a hot tea in a yurt camp. Meet your driver and go back to Osh city, 2 hours.