To visit the Inylchek base camp and the Inylchek glacier, the ghost town of Inylchek, Pik Pobeda, Merzbacher Lake, Khan Tengri and other peaks in the area from the Kyrgz side, you will need a permit (propusk in Russian). If you are organising your trip with a travel agency, you will get the permit included with the price of your other tour services. If you want to do things independently and just need the permit, a lot of travel agencies will not be forthcoming.
Visit Karakol has been recommended to us as the most professional outfit of the bunch – they charge 25$. If you apply well in advance other agencies might be willing to do it as well, for less money.
As for a driver who charges reasonable money and is possibly the best driver in whole area, try Alexander. He has a UAZ jeep, a UAZ van and a Delica van. His phone number is +996 772 77 17 34. He doesn’t speak English, unfortunately, only Russian. He can get anywhere at any time of the year. He knows his vehicles well, always carries tons of spare parts, food, fuel, water, etc. He won’t let you stranded. He used to work around Kumtor, Inylchek, etc, so he knows the area well.