Yak riding in Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan

Yak riding in Eastern Pamirs of Tajikistan

Type of tour: This tour offers yak ride in Zorkul area of Eastern Pamir and some night in the camping and yurt.  This tour offers Bashgumbez area, which close to Alichor village. It is the last village and remotest area of Eatsern Pamirs. In addition, the tour begins in Osh (the second city in Kyrgyzstan) and end in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan.  

Major Destinations: Osh, SaryMogol, Kara Kul, Murgab, Shaimak, JartyGumbez, BulunKul, YashilKul, Wakhan valley, Ishkashim, Khorog, Kalaikym and Ishkashim.

Estimate Duration: 6 days yak riding , also we offer jeep tour with that yak treking , if you will come from Dushanbe or Osh, 

Group size: unrestricted

Notice: Best  season to visit July to September.

Day 1                                  Bashgumboz - Ak Zoo lake  - 25 km - 1 hrs. / drive & 5/6 hrs / riding 

Morning drive little bit around 6 km then start our yak riding to Akzoo lake, on the way will cross the pass Kara Seky (4500m), very beautiful view of the mountains. On the way will see marmots and have a picnic. You will witness nomadic life and enjoy the hospitality in Kyrgyz nomads, 4000m. Overnight in yurt or tent.


Day 2                                  Ak Zoo Lake – Orto Uch kol  - 5 hrs. / riding

Morning we will ride from Ak zoo lake to Orto uch kol summer pasture. The valley is unique because it offers high land pasture and pastoral communities.  On the way you will see Yaks, sheep and typical Eastern Pamir’s nomadic lifestyle. View of the valley is wonderful and you will meet local peoples. This day we enjoy the nomadic hospitality, Yurt Stay (BLD).


Day 3                                 Orto Uchkol – Kengshiber  - 4/5 hrs. / riding

Morning we will start yak riding to Keng shiber (4100m), summer pasture. This day we enjoy the nomadic hospitality, Yurt Stay at 4125m (BLD).


Day 4                                 Kengshiber – Zorkul Lake Area – 5/6  hrs. / riding

Morning we will start yak riding towards to Zorkul lake through Belairyk valley, we will use the Yaks for the luggage, on the way we will cross the pass Bel-Airik, (5015m). We will see Marco Polo sheep along the way. This place is high but it is worth to see the famous lake Zor Kul, known as the Victoria lake. It is spectacular and we will organize camping here, 4250m (BLD).


Day 5                                  Zor Kul – Kara Jilga – 5/6  hrs. / riding

Morning we will start yak riding to Kara-Jilga (4000m) summer pasture. This is where many local communities of farmers from Murgab and Kono Kurgan village come for (jailoo) summer pasture. These areas are highly protected by the Zor Kul National. Today these areas are only place where Marco Polo (Ovis Poli) sheep still live in freedom. On the way we will see Kok-Jigit Lake. Overnight in nomad yurt again, 4200m Yurt Stay (BLD). 


Day 6                                 Kara Jylga - Jarty Gumbez – 4  hrs. / riding

Today we will yak riding towards to Jarty Gumbez. In the morning we start trekking to Aiding Kol lake (4200m) very amazing views. Up in front we see Afghanistan, Big Pamirs.  After pic-nic we go to Jarty-Gumbez hot springs.  We overnight in Jarty Gumbez in Kuban’s guesthouse.  We rest and overnight in Jarty Gymbez, 4100m Guesthouse (BLD).

Items to bring with you

  • Sleeping bag & Liner sheet

  • Thermarest mattress

  • Rain gear

  • Down jacket & Windbreaker

  • Water bottle

  • Daypack

  • trekking socks

  • Sun hat

  • Gloves

  • Sun glasses

  • Sun cream with high protection - lipstick

  • Flashlight or headlamp

  • Water purification tablet of water filter

  • Personal medical kit

  • Camera & extra battery for the camera.

Temperatures: please note that there can be large variations in temperatures. In the daytime it can be very hot and a thin layer of clothing will be comfortable but long sleeves will protect you from the sun's rays. At night it can be cold so a layered approach is best. Predicting temperatures is very hard but they could range between 5°C and + 25°C. Rainfall in the Pamirs at this time of year is not expected but dust storms are. Please take a waterproof layer just in case.

“Other custom-designed tours can be planned to meet your needs or wishes.”

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