Alay Heights

Trekking or horseback riding tour in the Alay mountains.

Please contact us to book your tour. The tours start upon your request. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.

Itinerary: Osh – Kojokelen – Jipitk Pass – SaryMogol – Tu;lparKol – SaryMogol pass – Kojokelen– Osh

Duration: 6 days

Best Season: Mid June – September

Category: combined –horseback tour or trekking

Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Group Size: 2-12 pax

Highlights: horse riding, yurt overnights, nomad’s culture, peak Lenin, Tulpar-Kul Lake, Alay mountain range.

Requirements: weatherproof warm clothes, trekking boots, hat, sunglasses, sleeping bag, and sunscreen.

ITINERARY

Transfer from Osh to the tiny village Kojokelen. Welcome to the lunch in the local family homestay. After lunch starts the tour into the gorge Kojokelen heads to the south. The first day will be 10 km distance to get the slop of the pass Jiptik. Camping in the wild with the tent.

After breakfast spend morning time crossing the pass Jiptik (4000m). Enjoy the beautiful view of panorama horizon to the giant mountains of the high peaks up to 7000 m above sea level. Descent the Alay valley and get to the village Sary-Mogol. Accommodation in the family homestay with dinner.

Today easy day and time to explore the sights around the peak of Lenin. You will be transferred by car from Sary-Mogol to the lake Tulpar-Kol and yurt camp which is located on the slope of the peak Lenin. Today radial trekking to the viewpoint to the peak Lenin and comeback to the yurt camp. Late afternoon return to Sary-Mogol village. Accommodation in the homestay with dinner.

After breakfast continues the tour head to Besh-Kol area. We will set up the tent before the pass Sary-Mogol. Camping in the wild.

The morning starts with ascending the pass Sary-Mogol (4300m) and opening the views for the mountain lakes Besh-Kol and Alay.  The scenery of Besh-Kol is wild and untouched, with a wide array of wildlife including indigenous mountain goats. Crossing the pass and get the area of Nookat region to the Jailoo Kosh-Moinok. Camping in the wild or in the local shepherd’s yurt.

Today explore the Kosh-Moinol heights and reach Kojokelen via Sary-Bel pass (3100m).  We finish the trekking day Late afternoon. Transfer for Osh. Accommodation in the hotel.

FAQ

The tours start upon request. The itineraries can be adjusted individually to fit into your schedule and provide you with the best experience. Furthermore, we are happy to create tailor-made tours according to your wishes.

After having solved all the questions and programs confirming we issue an invoice for payment. You can make a bank transfer or pay upon your arrival time in Bishkek before the trip starts.

  • Sturdy, comfortable, and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture-wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain, and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy/survival bag
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash

Kyrgyzstan has a free visa entry for many countries. Please check your availability on the e-visa online service – http://www.evisa.e-gov.kg/

During the trekking, we provide you with pack horses and you can do trekking with your light things. All the heavy things, cooking gear, and your large backpacks will be carried by horses.

Most of the overnights will be in tents. In the middle of the tour, you will have availability to stay in the guesthouse with hot showers in the village Sary-Mogol.

We provide you with mineral water where it is available to buy on the way in the village shops when we travel by vehicle. In fact, will have bottled water for two first days. But during all trek-days, we will not able to carry the much mineral bottled waters, we take water from the springs and rivers for cooking and for tea-coffee after well boiling for sure. For drinking, you can use water filters. We offer you to bring the water purified pills from your side. In Kyrgyzstan, people used to drink from the rivers and spring sources and we don’t use water filters and any pure file pills. Therefore, you will not able to find the water pure file pills or portable filters in Central Asia at all.

During this tour, you need to do trekking every day for 5-6 hours, intensive 4-5 hours. The passes up to 4 000m above sea level.  We recommend you train with sport or jogging 2-3 times a week in the run-up to your trip

The basic hints for travelers.

  • During your travel time, please respect local culture, customs, traditions, and religion.
  • Try to buy local products and make a benefit for the local economy.
  • Always give fair prices for lodging, food and other services.
  • Take off your shoes, when entering home or yurt stay.
  • Smoking is prohibited at home.
  • Please share your ideas on food and accommodation preferences.
  • Ask people for photographing them.
  • Be friendly and try to get in contact.
  • Be careful during the evening and night time and aware of mass meetings.
  • Be careful with your documents, money and valuable items.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and strangers at bazaars and streets.
  • If someone asking for documents, wallets or cameras, saying that they are from the police, ask them to go police together.
  • Never give your belongings to strangers.
  • Wear good hiking shoes for outdoor activities.
  • Bring warm waterproof clothes even in summer.
  • Have your torch sunscreen and repellent.
  • Do not drink very cold water from unknown sources.
  • Drinking alcohol at high altitudes is unsafe.
  • If the food fat or not acceptable for you can taste a bit and say thanks.
  • Do not drink cold water after eating out, better hot tea or c It helps in high altitude digestions cases.
  • Wear warm clothes in the mountains, usually after eating out.
  • Bring your medicines and first aid kit.
  • If you feel unsafe or have issues to discuss, please share with your staff, host or tour manager.
  • Collect your litter. Pack up all non-biodegradable rubbish.
  • Please don’t drop cigarette butts or litter.
  • High altitude vegetation is very fragile. Save the environment.
  • Use toilets in nature wherever available. Where are none, stay at least 40-50 m from streams and water sources and bury all waste and paper.
  • Leaving footprints, take just your photographs.

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