13-Days Nomadic Excursion to Eastern Pamirs, Horseback, Camel & Yak riding

13-Days Nomadic Excursion to Eastern Pamirs, Horseback, Camel & Yak riding

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13-Day
Availability : From June till September 2018
From Osh Kyrgyzstan
Eastern Pamir
Min Age : 12

TOUR DOSSIER:

Experience the best natural sights, real life of nomads and all main monuments in a week’s time with an intensive East Pamir Horseback, Camel and Yak riding excursion.

The program includes traditional historical-cultural tourism where you will visit such places as Tulpar Kul lake near the Lenin Peak (7134m), We will explore Rang Kul are, where lives nomadic ethnic Kyrgyz people, who still preserve their old traditions, riding on the Camel along the routes of nomads who move annually from the lowlands to the fertile mountainous pastures. The Rangkul valley is situated in the eastern part of the Pamir upland, 85 km from the district center of Murghab. The central part is occupied by Rangkul and Shorkul lakes connected to each other by the Kychyk channel. After enjoying with Camel riding, an excellent and adventures two days Yak riding will be around Zor Kul area, we move to Western part of the Pamir to ride on the Yak. Riding on the Yak in three days you can see the majestic northern wall of Afghanistan Hindikush and fantastic Zor Kul Lake. Any person, who can visit this area and can ride on the Yak, will enjoy natural attractions, untouched beautiful scenery and real nomadic life. Treat yourself to Eastern Pamirs horseback riding tour & cultural vacations that grant you lots of unforgettable impressions and lifetime memories.


Itinerary

Day 1. Osh to Sary Mogul

 Meeting at the airport or from your hotel, and get start the adventures tour with Pamir Central Asia team. Today we drive from Osh to Sary Moogul village, via beautiful Alay ranges and over the Taldyk Pass (3615m). We will stop for a lunch in between. Once we pass the village of Sary Tash, the natural scenery of Pamir Alay range is spectacular. You could even see, we will arrive Kyrgyz nomadic village near the lake Tulpar Kul, the village is close to see Lenin Peak (7134m).

Overnight in Nomadic yurt stay.  Meals: (1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 2. Tulpar Kul to Lenin Peak (Horse riding)

 Today in the morning we will start with horse our adventure to see the Lenin Peak more closely, These open valleys are beautiful. There many nomadic herders living in the lower plans of the peak Lenin.

Overnight in Tent camp.  Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 3. Lenin Peak – Kashka Suu – Sary Mogul (Horse riding)

After the breakfast we start to ride from near the Lenin peak to Kashka Suu village, Then our adventure and nomadic horse riding will be end, Our cars will meet you from Kashka Suu then we will drive to Sary Mogul village, You may drink Kyrgyz traditional Kumyz, (fermented horse milk). Local herders consume as local alcohol.

Overnight in Home Stay.  Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 4 – Sary Mogul via Kara Kul to Rang Kul village

Today we will start our trip to Rang Kul via Karakul lake. Our first step the High Pamir, we depart the high mountains of the Pamir-Alay range, leaving behind us the cross roads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. This drive will see us enjoying some of the most dramatic scenery of the trip, with the lunar-like landscapes and bright blue lakes providing plenty of opportunities to take our breath away. Kara kul means “black lake” but in spring, summer and autumn the water are almost always turquoise blue. Karakul lake spread its waters in Markansu valley – one of the most driest place in Central Asia. Surrounded by high mountains which block humid air masses the valley has less than 30 mm of precipitation a year which is 3 times less than in Karakoram desert. Fluctuation of temperatures is a usual thing for desserts and in Karakul lake they are just incredible. After Kara Kul lake we continue our trip to Rang Kul.

The Rangkul valley is situated in the eastern part of the Pamir upland, 65 km from the district center of Murghab. It is aninter – mountain trough. The central part is occupied by Rangkul and Shorkul lakes connected to each other by the Kychyk channel. Vast areas of the valley, except the littoral zone of Rangkul and Shorkul Lakes, are typically alpine semi-desert with strong winds. Upon arrival to Rang kul village overnight local Home Stay. Tonight you will sleep on Asian style bedding on the mattresses and blankets on the floor in a few rooms of a Pamiri House with shared bathroom facilities

Overnight at Home stay. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5 – Rang Kul to Jol Boruluk (Camel riding)

After breakfast getting acquainted with the camels and their drivers / departure of the camel trek from the desert plateau of Rangkul towards Senoston mountain range / Lunch on the bank of little stream / Enter the Jol Boruluk (woolf path) valley until the upper jailoo ( summer pasture camp), first sight of the nomadic life style./ Dinner and night in yurt stay.

Overnight in Yurt Stay. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6 – Jol Boruluk to Mukhur valley (Camel riding)

Breakfast in yurt / Leaving the herders camp and their wide valley / Camel trek along a pure stream up the Mukhur valley / Lunch on the way / Further up to the more alpine meadow until the Mukhur jailoo on the top of the valley / Dinner and night in a yurt stay;

Overnight in Yurt Stay. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 7 – Mukhur valley to Zor Boruluk (Camel riding)

Breakfast in yurt / Camel tour to Zor Boruluk (big wolf) summer pasture along a green wide valley rich in fauna (marmots, hares, mountain goats) / Arrival in the bigger herders camp of the area set up in a beautiful alpine meadow /Aksolmok (white bone) game with the shepherds / Dinner and night in yurt stay;

Overnight in Yurt Stay. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 8 – from Zor Boruluk drive to Murghab

This small town bestrides the Murghab River at an altitude of 3,650 m. Younghusband visited it in 1890 and wrote “It is a dreary, desolate spot… with a certain amount of grassy pasture and a few scrubby bushes by the river, but surrounded by barren hills, and bitterly cold. How these Russian soldiers can support existence there is a marvel…shut up in dreary quarters, with nothing whatever to do – week after week, month after month passing by in dull monotony….” Over a century later, nothing much has changed.

We anticipate arriving in Murghab in Lunch time. Murghab (3670 m) itself has few attractions, but it will serve as our base for a one night as we explore the area a little. The 7546 m – high Chinese peak of Muztag Ata is visible to the northeast of town, 110 km away in a direct line. Today we will stay in Hotel, single rooms and shower will be available.

Overnight in Hotel Pomir. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9 – Murghab to Kara Jylga, Zor Kul area

An excellent and adventures two-days Yak riding will be follow the grazing route of Marco Polo sheep. Riding on the Yak you can see the majestic northern wall of Afghanistan Hindikush and fantastic Zor Kul Lake. Along the western half of the Zor kul Lake runs Afghan – Tajik border. The lake’s eastern half lied in Tajiksitan. In 1842, Lieutenant Woods of the British India Navy Explored the Pyanj and Pamir rivers as far as the latter’s source in Zor kul.  Zor kul itself is 20 km long – the road runs along its northern shore.

Today we will drive to the west of a high mountain plateau to view the glazy and spectacularly beautiful lake – Chakan kul Lake. Despite its name (“Small Lake”), for most of the year the cloudless skies and pure air (4135m) give it a translucent azure colour. These areas are all unique in their own way, and trips to these places are always fascinating. Wildlife observation will be undertaken during the trek. The famous and endangered Marco Polo sheep (ovis ammon poli) world’s largest-horned argali sheep, Snow leopard endangered and fully protected species, ibexes, marmot and Brown bear, fox, hare are not full list of representatives of wild life of the area. From birds one can find the mountain goose (ular) pigeons, eagles, vulture, and etc.

This Arkhar (Marco Polo sheep), as they are called on Kyrgyz, have very long horns and live in herds of up to 30 or more together, separated mostly by gender and unite only at the time of mating for several months. Due to deforestation and erosion, the Arkhar are now threatened by extinction. Moreover, they are very shy, but with a little luck, we’ll get some of them to face. It is necessary very much greater happiness to sift one of the very rare snow leopards. The chance is about the same size as that to meet, who will circulate in the Pamir Mountains on the famous Yeti. Other inhabitants of this area are rabbits and gray hamster, also – at heights of 4,000 meters – foxes, wolves and bears are also. Maybe we meet even one of the giant bearded vulture or see over the peaks majestically soar an eagle. Upon arrival to Kara Jylga nomadic village, stay in yurt camp.

Overnight in Yurt Stay. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10 – Kara Jylga to Kara Dong, (Yak riding)

An excellent and adventures Yak trek will take us on the unspoiled lunar landscape of high mountains and wide plateau to Kara Jylga.  The Eastern Pamirs have been populated by nomadic ethnic Kyrgyz since the 17th century. The traditional architecture is beautifully represented by yurts, mobile habitations made of felt on an ingenious wooden frame, with the interior decoration bearing witness to the wealth and skills of the owners.

After the traditional breakfast in the Yurt camp, we will prepare the luggage and get start our Yak riding from Kara Jylga to Kara Dong.

We ride to the west of a high mountain plateau to view the glazy and spectacularly beautiful lake – Chakan kul Lake. Despite its name (“Small Lake”), for most of the year the cloudless skies and pure air (4135m) give it a translucent azure color. Picnic on the lunch time, after some snack, continue to ride till Small lake. Arrival to Small Lake around 23/25km riding on the Yak, Yak owner and local guide will take care for camping and local soup for dinner.

Overnight tent camping near the Small lake.   Meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner. 

Day 11 –Kara Dong, Small Lake to Kara Jylga and see on the way Zor Kul lake,

After breakfast, continuing to ride on the Yak, via the muddy road as far as we can to reach to Zorkul Lake. Walking on this area you can see the majestic northern wall of Afghanistan Hindikush and fantastic Zor Kul Lake. Along the western half of the Zor kul Lake runs Afghan – Tajik border. The lake’s eastern half lied in Tajiksitan. In 1842, Lieutenant Woods of the British India Navy Explored the Pyanj and Pamir rivers as far as the latter’s source in Zor kul.  Zor kul itself is 20 km long – the road runs along its northern shore. After exploring th Zor Kul lake we continue to come back to Kara Jylga summer pastures, and we stay in nomadic herders camp.

Overnight Yurt stay.  Meals: Breakfast, Picnic, Dinner.

Day 12 –Kara Jylga back to Murghab

We drive back to Murghab, enjoying with beautiful scenery of the Eastern Pamirs. Arrival to Murghab overnight at the Hotel Pomir. 

Today we will stay in Hotel, single rooms and shower will be available.

Overnight in Hotel Pamir. Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

Day 13 – Murghab to Osh

Our final Pamir Highway high pass is the Kyzyl Art Pass (4282 metres), which essentially forms the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Border formalities take place shortly after crossing the pass, with 20kms of ‘no man’s land’ to cross.  After Sary Tash village we depart the high mountains of the Pamir-Alay range, leaving behind us the crossroads of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China. The drive offers a contrast as we encounter lush farmlands and small villages on this side of the mountains, instead of the stark high-altitude plateau we recently crossed in Tajikistan. En route we will cross the Taldyk Pass (3554m) and enjoy some beautiful views. Arrive in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s oldest city in the evening. Spent a night at the hotel.

Overnight in Sun Rise.

Meals: (1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and Dinner)

END OF THE SERVISE


Inclusions:

  1. Meals as listed: 10 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners.
  2. Entrance fees for sites listed as part of the itinerary
  3. All transfers according the program (price includes driver’s per diem, road and parking fees, all necessary permissions fuel and taxes;) Experienced and basic English speaking drivers, type of car: (A/C Toyota Land Cruiser or Nissan Patrol)
  4. Mineral water (1L per day per person)
  5. Horse and local guide during the Horse riding days
  6. Ticket for Tajik National park and permition
  7. LOI (Letter of invitation) for free of charge after confirming the tour with Pamir Central Asia

 

Excluded:

  1. Arrival and departure transfers
  2. International flights
  3. Supplement for single room USD 58
  4. Eraly chechking
  5. English speaking guide service
  6. Any airport taxes
  7. Travel Insurance
  8. GBAO permit                           
  9. Drinks
  10. Tips and gratuities
  11. Any personal expenses
  12. Any services not included in the above itinerary

_ PS

  • Important – early arrival is not included.
  • Some sightseeing places and excavations might be closed / not possible to visit due to local changes, reconstruction, roads condition, and security reasons. We do not guarantee all advised places will be covered, but we will try to do our best to cover them.
  • Pricing is confidential & non commissionable

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