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Yukhin Peak (5.130m) and Peak Lenin Camp 1 Trekking

Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan

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Have you always wanted to conquer a five-thousander, but are not an experienced mountaineer? Then the 5,130 m high Yukhin Peak in southern Kyrgyzstan could be just the right summit for you.
Without special equipment, the ascent to Yukhin Peak can be managed by any healthy mountain hiker who is in good physical condition.

This journey takes you first to the north of the country, to the area of ​​the beautifully situated Song Kul Lake. Here you will have enough time for physical acclimatization, while enjoying the wonderfully barren steppe landscape and getting to know the life of the nomads. You will then travel to the south of the country and continue the tour with a hike up to Camp 1 of Peak Lenin, the second highest mountain in Kyrgyzstan at 7,134 meters. As one of the easiest 7000m peaks to climb, the mountain is located in the south of the country in the Transalai chain, which belongs to the Pamirs. This mountain world fascinates with rugged canyons, impressive river terraces and glaciers, which are among the longest in the world. Because of the more than six thousand glaciers, the region is also known as the Kyrgyz Arctic.
From Camp 1 you will climb “your” five-thousanders in the midst of spectacular nature and breathtaking mountains with snow-capped peaks.

This journey towards Song Kul and then to the Pamir Alaï Mountains with Peak Lenin is a true journey of discovery in the midst of incredible nature and will certainly become one of the most impressive trekking tours of your life!

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek, briefing, sightseeing and welcome dinner
Arrival in Bishek and drive to the hotel. After a break we explore the bazaar and the center of Bishkek on a small city tour. Then we end the day with a welcome dinner with a traditional cuisine. Overnight at Hotel Ramada or similar category, (D).

Day 2: Drive from Bishkek to Suusamyr valley to Tyuz Ashuu pass (3,500m), 5 hours drive and 3 hours hike
A wonderful panorama opens up behind the pass tunnel. On the flanks of the Suusamyr valley we leave our vehicle and make our way to the Kyrgyz nomadic yurts. We continue hiking through the canyon of the Kekemeren River until we reach the village of Kyzyl Oy, a real oasis in the heart of the valley. Overnight in Yurt Camp, (B|L|D).

Day 3: Transfer Kokomeren Valley – Kyzart – 3 hours drive and 3 hours hike
After breakfast we continue hiking along the river and enjoy the panoramic view of the terracotta colored hills. After a break we continue towards Chaek, a small village in the middle of the dry valley. We finish the trek and drive to Kyzart Pass. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 4-6: Trek to Song Kul (3,000 m), the heart of Kyrgyzstan – approx. 6 hours hike
The next few days we trek to the 3000 m high Song Kul Lake and hike around it to acclimatize for the ascent to Yukhin Peak. We will stop at some yurt camps. Kyrgyz nomads settled here to spend the summer on the high-altitude pastures. At the camps we have the opportunity to take part in the life of the nomads, e.g. milking mares or learning how to make kumys and cheese. Alternatively, there is the possibility of horseback riding at the lake on the back of a strong and enduring Kyrgyz horse. Our daily hikes will last around 5-6 hours. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 7-8: Song Kul – Kazarman – Osh, about 5 hours drive
In these two days we drive to Osh via Kazarman, crossing two beautiful passes, the Kara-Koo (3,000m) and the Toguz Toroo (3,600m). Arriving in the south of the country, we are not far from the Fergana Valley with its famous mountain landscapes. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 9: Osh – Sary Mogol – Tulpar Kol – approx. 5 hours drive and approx. 2 hours hike
After breakfast, our path leads through a landscape with rocky hills, which are repeatedly interrupted by large pastures. At an altitude of 1,700 m, we make a small detour down to the Papansky Lake, which lies like a beautiful blue pearl below the rocks. After a further 3 hour drive through a breathtaking rocky landscape with a wide variety of colours, we reach Tulpar and its magnificent lakes at 3,500 m on the Pamir highway. In the afternoon we will explore this magical area with its numerous lakes and breathtaking views of Peak Lenin (7,140m) on a hike. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 10: Tulpar Kol – about 6 hours hike
Today we undertake another acclimatization hike on the Pretrovsky ridge. Head upstream from the base camps of Peak Lenin, where climbers from around the world prepare to climb the region’s highest peak. Enjoy and marvel at the view of the huge massif of Peak Lenin and the surrounding peaks, all of which are over 6000 m. 5-6 hours hike between 3500m and 4,400m. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 11: Tulpar Kol – Peak Lenin Camp 1 (4,200 m), 7 hours hike
After breakfast we make our way to Camp 1 at Peak Lenin. This is where mountaineers from all over the world start to the summit. After about 1 hour of hiking and crossing the river over a bridge, we reach the large base camp. From here we hike another 6 hours to reach Camp 1. The first hours are very moderate with a breathtaking mountain panorama and the crossing of small rivers. After that it gets pretty steep until we reach Putishestvennik Pass at 4,100m. From here we can admire the gigantic glacier world, as well as the brown, terracotta, greenish and white snow-capped mountains. It continues down steep slippery slopes, extreme caution is required here. After a few hillside passages and crossings we reach Camp 1 for a late lunch. Free time in the afternoon to admire the glacier world. Our camp will be at the foot of the north face of Lenin Peak. Important: We ask you to take and carry the necessary things with you for the night tonight, as we will not have any horses available here. Remaining luggage can be left in the yurts at Tulpar Kol. Overnight in a tent, (B|L|D).

Day 12: To the summit, Yukhin Peak (5,130 m) and back to Camp 1, about 7 hours hike
Today we head to the top of Yukhin Peak. The ascent takes about four to five hours. You don’t need any special equipment as there are no technically difficult sections. Hiking sticks are definitely helpful. Once at the summit you have time to enjoy the incredible view of Peak Lenin, the mountain range and the glacier world and take some souvenir photos. Then it’s back to camp one. dinner and relax. Overnight in a tent, (B|L|D).

Day 13: Trek back to Tulpar Kol, about 7 hours trek
A last breakfast at 4,200 m, saying goodbye to the team in camp one and to the glaciers. The way back to base camp is scenic and beautiful, but challenging due to its length. One last look at Lenin Glacier and the colorful mountains and we are back at beautiful Tulpar Kol. You really deserve a shower today. relaxation and dinner. Overnight in yurt camp, (B|L|D).

Day 14: Transfer to Osh and free time in the afternoon, 4 hours drive and fly back to Bischkek
After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye to the team, new friends and the high mountains. We pack our things and drive back to Osh. In the afternoon we fly back to Bischkek. We will be picked up at the airport and driven to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Hotel Ramada or similar, (B).

Day 15: Flight back home
Farewell and transfer to Bishkek airport. End of journey, (B).

We reserve the right to make program changes due to special events, force majeure or weather conditions.

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner

German guided tour
English guided tour

Duration: 15 days
Costs: € 2.490 per person
Group size:
Min. 4 persons(all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of only 4 persons)
€ 240 for single room, for hotel overnights only

Included

  • Airport transfer
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Three meals during the trekking tour
  • Breakfast and hotel accommodation in Bishkek
  • Drinks (water, tea, coffee) and snacks during the tour
  • Flight Osh to Bishkek
  • Luggage transport by horses
  • Comfortable camping equipment (shared tent, shower tent, camping toilet)
  • High quality tents for double use
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Local escorts during the tour (guides, cook, driver)
  • City tour in Bishkek
  • First aid equipment

Not included

  • International flight
  • Additional tours and meals, which were not mentioned
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal bills
  • Insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency, evacuation and loss, theft of luggage or damage to luggage and personal effects)

Visa
For entry into Kyrgyzstan, German, Swiss and Austrian citizens no longer require a visa for stays of up to 60 days. The passport should be valid for at least three months (from the date of entry) and proof of the corresponding return or onward travel documents (tickets) should be kept. Child entries in the passport of a parent are no longer valid, each child requires a separate identity document. For the onward journey to Uzbekistan or Tajikistan always a valid Uzbekistan entry visa is required, which must be applied for in the country of origin.

Insurance
A travel health insurance (with salvage costs) is essential for your own safety and a prerequisite for booking our trips. In the event of an accident in the mountains, which makes a helicopter necessary, this will not fly until the full cost assumption has been clarified.
Absolutely recommended is the conclusion of a travel cancellation insurance. Especially flights at bargain prices are usually not free of charge to change or cancel. Also, in Kyrgyzstan, complications could occur with the weather, with your health, etc., which force a break in the journey.
We have asked the ERGO (Reiseversicherung) to put together different performance packages for you. You can book the appropriate travel health insurance for you at www.reiseversicherung.de.

Please note: ERGO insurances are recommended for travelers resident in Germany and Austria. Other citizens are required to book their travel insurance through an insurance provider in their country.
Please note that geoDiscovery Tours only recommends the booking of travel insurance via ERGO to its guests and accepts no responsibility for the contractual content between the traveler and the insurance provider. It is up to every traveler to book his travel insurance via the ERGO or another provider.

Vaccinations
Standard vaccines for adults, vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria and polio, possibly also against whooping cough (pertussis), measles, mumps, rubella, influenza (risk groups) and pneumococci (over 60 years old) are recommended. As travel vaccinations, COVID-19, hepatitis A, long-term or special exposure are also recommended for hepatitis B, typhoid fever, TBE and rabies.

Currency in Kyrgyzstan
The national currency is the Kyrgyz Som (KGS). Invoice is 1 € = 79 som, as of 06.08.2018.

Money and Pay in Kyrgyzstan
In banks and exchange offices Euro and USD can be changed. If possible, you should only bring newer banknotes in perfect condition, as notes with small cracks or dirty banknotes / wrinkled ones are often not exchanged. Small banknotes (5, 10 and 20 euros) are often exchanged only for a slightly worse course. Banks and hotels usually accept Visa and MasterCard. Elsewhere credit cards are rarely accepted, but in Bishkek and Osh ATMs are available for easy cash withdrawal.

Getting there
Kyrgyzstan has two international airports; Bishkek (Manas airport, airport code FRU) and Osh (airport code OSS).
The onward journey is usually by car or by bus.

Accommodation and conditions
The transport takes place in private vehicles. Overall, the roads are sometimes bad, except for some major routes. At the Chinese and Tajik borders, however, extensive work is being done to build new roads. Depending on the tour, accommodations take place in hotels, with host families or in Yurten camps.

Standard of hotels and accommodations
The hotels booked by us are good and correspond to quite middle, western standard. Sanitary facilities are clean and functional; the hotel kitchen is adapted to Western eating habits and their food is harmless to enjoy. It can sometimes lead to power outages or for a while no hot water available. The hotel staff is generally very friendly and endeavors to the welfare of each guest.
During the tent tours you will be accompanied by a cook, the kitchen helpers and the pony guides. They spend the night in two-man tents. There is also the kitchen tent, the stay tent and of course the toilet tent.
At the Yurt Treks/Tours the local families will cook for you. Sanitary facilities will not always be functional. Here is the understanding of the guest asked.

Tour program
The travel program is optimally coordinated for all trips recommended by us. However, it may happen that in the travel destination without prior notice roads must be closed or become impassable due to climatic events. It may also be that due to traffic congestion or fuel shortage several hours of waiting arise. It may also mean that access to attractions is blocked. Our guides are prepared for such situations and will endeavor to achieve all program items to the satisfaction of the participants. Therefore, the inconvenience is usually limited. Nevertheless, it should be noted at this point that the reasons mentioned can force program changes at any time. The constraints of such changes are beyond the responsibility of the organizer. The resulting costs are borne by the traveler. We ask for your understanding.

Please note that our trips are not suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Trip Details

  • Duration: 15 days
  • Holiday Type: Yurt-Trek/Camping
  • Best trekking period: Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: Yuhkin Peak 5,130 m
  • Group size: Min. 4 persons (all the tour dates are guaranteed with a minimum group size of four persons)
  • Tour guide: English-speaking trained Kyrgyz mountain guide
  • Difficulty:
  • Fitness:
  • Price: 2.790,00 
  • Single room supplement: 240,00 €
    for hotel accommodation only