Discover the beauty of the Alay valley the way locals do on horseback or on foot.The feeling of adventure is mirrored by the impressive landscape; green hills and snowy peaks layered over each other to create a spectacular scene with only the grazing sheep to remind you that this is Earth. At the highest peak of the mountain passes, the snow blows all around, impressing on you the ruggedness of such a remote land. The hand waving of nomads and children shouting “Hello” is the essence of Alay valley.Camp with Kyrgyz families who spend their summers tending to and protecting their herds. Help locals in making traditional bread and cheese. Follow ancient trails as you move from jailoo to jailoo. Your surefooted horses find their way along wild river gorges and up winding passes through the rocky landscape. Summer is a time for fun, and you can join the cheers of the local people of Alay who gather for popular horse riding games on Sundays. People come from miles around to show off their riding skills and buy and sell locally produced kymyz, fermented horse’s milk and slightly alcoholic. Choose between the privacy of your own tent or stay in a comfortable shepherd’s yurts.
In summer 2015, "CBT Kyrgyzstan" offers you many various options for adventure in our beautiful land, by visiting pearls of Kyrgyzstan such as Lakes of Song-Kul, Sary-Chelek, Ala-Kol and other remote hidden destinations of the Celestial Mountains. We make you familiar with customs and traditions of our people who spend summer time in high altitude pastures – “jailoos” in traditional yurts as it was hundreds years ago and are happy to open Kyrgyz hospitality for all our guests.
Dates for 2016: 29 June – 7 July 2016
Duration: 9 days
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (6 passes above 3400 m, the highest at 3600 m)
Best season: late June – mid September
Traveling in Kyrgyzstan:
If you come to Kyrgyzstan, you have to visit a jailoo (high summer pasture) and other special places, to be alone with nature. Different tours are tailor-made for guests: hiking, on horseback or by car. During tours, you will enjoy the vastness of the mountains, purity of the air and water, meet interesting people and feel the depth and range of Kyrgyz hospitality.