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Heights of Alay trek Q&A

Posted: Thu May 30, 2019 3:32 pm
by fkmuramoto
Hi everyone!

I’m currently in Uzbekistan and I’m trying to plan a Heights of Alay self-supported hike (6D/5N or less). I should arrive in Osh on June 6th (next week!!) and possibly head to the trail head the following day.

Questions:

A. How are the trail conditions at the moment? Are there yurts already along the way or is it still early? If yes, how can I plan yurt stays?

B. Where can I rent 1-2P tent / sleeping bag in Sary Mogol (if possible)? Else in Osh, but best if in Sary Mogol as I don’t plan to return to Osh after the hike. Also where to buy fuel for canister stove and food supplies?

C. Any place to help me with transportation from Osh to the trailhead and after the hike, from Sary Mogol to China via Irkeshtam (including permits)?

Lastly, if anyone wants to join me, PM! I’m a 36yr old Brazilian, male, traveling Uzbekistan/ Kyrgyzstan this June. I’m a finance professional based in Singapore and also an avid trail runner.

Cheers,
Fernando

Re: Heights of Alay (6D/5N) — June 7th

Posted: Fri May 31, 2019 7:28 am
by steven
1. Don't know
2.at CBT Sary Mogol. Not sure if they have fuel in Sary Mogol, maybe best in Osh at CBT.
3. CBT Osh or CBT Sary Mogol (no permits needed to cross Irkeshtam)

Re: Heights of Alay (6D/5N) — June 7th

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2019 10:35 am
by fkmuramoto
Thanks so much Steven!

Re: Heights of Alay (6D/5N) — June 7th

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:33 am
by Pearce_os
Not sure if you left yet but we just got back from a 5 day hike in the Alays and any pass over 3000m was borderline impassable. It snowed and rained every day, it took us 5 days to do 42kms. I think your hike might be closed till July. The CBT office in Osh said if the current weather continues it might not even open up...

Re: Heights of Alay (6D/5N) — June 7th

Posted: Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:04 am
by mazeno

Re: Heights of Alay trek Q&A

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:46 am
by thl989
Can I get way with not bringing a tent and sleeping bag on the 6-day trek? Debating doing this after nearly a month in Uzbekistan and would rather not haul it around. Are there enough yurts and homestays along the way? I see some indicated on the GPS tracks but still some gaps.

Re: Heights of Alay trek Q&A

Posted: Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:54 am
by steven
Last year it was not possible but this year it should be possible. Not if you do it in 6 days, but if you do it in 5 days instead.

Re: Heights of Alay (6D/5N) — June 7th

Posted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:46 pm
by mareklen
Pearce_os wrote:Not sure if you left yet but we just got back from a 5 day hike in the Alays and any pass over 3000m was borderline impassable. It snowed and rained every day, it took us 5 days to do 42kms. I think your hike might be closed till July. The CBT office in Osh said if the current weather continues it might not even open up...


Hi all

Does anybody have any news how the situation looks like in July? I also plan to do this trek in about 2-3 weeks.

Thanks
Marek