Descending from Lenin Peak

Lenin Peak Ascent

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Ascend to the top of Lenin Peak's 7,134m in the Pamir Mountains.

Rising high over Central Asia, the Pamir Mountains link the Tien Shan Mountains to the north with the Hindu Kush to the south and are some of the highest in the world. It is here that we find a number of summits over 7,000m including Lenin Peak, the 3rd tallest peak in the former USSR at 7,134m. One of the big appeals of Lenin Peak is that whilst being a real challenge due to the high altitude and steep ascents, it is not a technical climb. In order to put the best chances of a successful ascent, there is full porterage up to Camp 3, a 4th advanced camp at 6,400m to allow for a shorter summit day and extra reserve days in case of bad weather.

This is a trek for anyone wanting to challenge themselves and reach 7,000m whilst exploring the beautiful Pamir Mountains, the Roof of the World.


  • The splendour of the Pamir Mountains
  • One of the most accessible 7,000+ peaks
  • 4 camps above basecamp (making summit day shorter) and spare days for summit attempts
  • Led by Valerie Parkinson (in 2018)
  • Extra baggage allowance for the flight from Bishkek to Osh
  • Extra porterage above base camp
  • Meals prepared for you at all camps

Key information

  • 24 days land only / 25 days flight inclusive
  • 20 days expedition base camp to basecamp
  • Altitude maximum 7,134m, average 4,513m
  • 20 days camping; 3 days standard hotels
  • All meals on the mountain, breakfasts in Bishkek and Osh

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All meals on trek, breakfast in Bishkek and Osh
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Single supplement available throughout the trip apart from at Camp 4
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Lenin Peak summit

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  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Start Bishkek

    Those on the group flights generally arrive very early this morning. Land only passengers can arrive at any time today. The day is free to relax after the flight, explore Bishkek on your own or do some last minute shopping for any forgotten equipment (most of the outdoor equipment available in Kyrgyzstan is from the Russian brand Red Fox).

    There will be a briefing this evening at the hotel.   

    Rich Hotel or similar


  • Day 3

    To Osh and Achik Tash (basecamp)

    This morning we fly to Osh. From here it’s about 6hrs drive to basecamp in Achik Tash (3,600m). The transfer is done in a 4WD minibus as about 2hrs of the journey is on bad dirt roads.

    Basecamp is located in in the high Pamir Alay Valley in a clearing by a mountain river with great views of Lenin Peak itself. The camp consists of two-bed ‘hangar’ type tents along with a dining tent and traditional Kyrgyz yurt which can be used for briefings. Showers are also available as well as a sauna (extra charge for the sauna) and it is possible to buy drinks here.

    Upon arrival, we settle in for the start of the expedition part of the trip.


    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 4-5

    Around basecamp, acclimatisation hikes to a nearby waterfall and Petrosvskogo Peak ridge

    Two days spent acclimatising and hiking around basecamp. The acclimatisation walks we end up doing could vary but we may take a walk to a nearby waterfall (about 5kms, 1-2hrs, total ascent 200m, total descent 200m) one morning.

    The next morning we may go a little further afield by climbing to the ridge of nearby Petrosvskogo Peak at 4,000m (2kms, 8hrs, total ascent 1,100, total descent 1,100) from where there are spectacular views of the valley below and the Achik Tash tract.

    In the afternoons we check our high altitude equipment and prepare and pack for our climb up to camp 1.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 6-8

    Ascend to camp 1 and acclimatisation time at and around camp 1

    Our trek up to camp 1 (4,400m) takes us through alpine meadows and across the Puteshestvennikov Pass (Hunter’s Pass) at 4,100m. From here we follow the path down a moraine where Lenin Glacier starts and continue towards our camp. At camp there are spacious sleeping tents along with a dining room and kitchen. There is also a sauna available here (at extra cost). Distance: 12km, 100m ascent, 200m descent.

    We spend the next two days acclimatizing and doing local walks. Depending on the group we may climb up Domashniy Peak (4,700m) to Yukshin Peak (5,100m).

    We also take some time to practice trekking on the ice, going through various rules for movement on the glacier, working in a rope-team, climbing and descending a fixed rope, self-rescue skills and crevasse resue skills. We also have some time to prepare for the next part of the climb up to camp 2.

    Camp 1


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Climb across the glacier to camp 2 (5,300m)

    Leaving at 4 am this morning we ascend along Lenin Glacier. We will cross an area with numerous crevasses so will be roped together as we make our way across the ice. The route starts off fairly flat though it does get steeper later along the trek (35-40' incline) where we will use a fixed rope. Eventually, we arrive at camp 2 at 5,300m (after about 7-9hrs),  which has great views of the summit. Distance: 5km, 1000m ascent, 200m descent.

    Camp 2

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Continue our ascent towards camp 3 (6,100m)

    A tough day today. Very quickly after leaving camp 2 we ascend steeply towards a ridge which is often snowy and can be very windy. We move along the ridge and start climbing to the top of Razdelnaya Peak (6,250m). We descend to the ridge below Razdelnaya Peak where camp 3 is located (6,100m). The trek takes 4-6hrs. Distance: 3km, 850m ascent, 0m descent.

    Camp 3

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 11-13

    Descend to basecamp, rest and prepare for summit attempt

    We retrace our steps all the way back to basecamp stopping for lunch at camp 1 on the way.

    The next couple days are spent at basecamp resting and preparing for the final push to the summit of Lenin Peak. This is a good time recharge batteries (literally and figuratively) and make use of the sauna.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 14-16

    Return to Camps 1, 2 and 3

    Over the next three days, we follow the same route up via Lenin Glacier and Razdelnaya Peak as we make our way to camps 1, 2 and 3. Our pace should be faster as we’re better acclimatised.

    Camps 1, 2 and 3

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 17

    Climb to camp 4 (6,400m)

    In order to maximise our chances of getting to the summit, we include a 4th advanced camp reducing the distance needed to reach the summit of Lenin Peak on the final push. The trail up to camp 4 takes us along a broad ridge and onto a plateau and should take about 3hrs. We then rest in anticipation of our final push to the summit. Distance: 1.5km, 400m ascent, 150m descent.

    Camp 4

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 18-20

    Summit Lenin Peak (7,134m) (and reserve days)

    Today is the big push to the summit. Leaving early we start by climbing to a razor-sharp edge known as the ‘knife’ at 6,700m using fixed ropes. We then climb a steep slope (40’) to reach a plateau which we cross before finally heading up the final ascent to the summit. At the top we are greeted by a bust of Lenin himself.

    We then descend all the way back down to camp 3. It should take about 6hrs to the summit and a further 5-6hrs back down to camp 3. Distance: 10km, 750 m ascent, 750m descent.

    We have built in two reserve days into the itinerary to maximise our chances of reaching the summit depending on local conditions.

    Camp 3 or 4

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 21-22

    Descend to camp 1 and basecamp

    Head back down the mountain, eventually returning to camp 1 and basecamp for a well-deserved drink, shower and sauna!

    The exact day we descend will, of course, depend on when we summit Lenin Peak.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 23

    Transfer back to Osh, free afternoon

    We leave the mountain behind as we drive back 6hrs to Osh. We check-in to our hotel and have the rest of the day free to explore the town a bit or relax with a cold beer.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 24

    Fly to Bishkek

    Fly back to Bishkek. The rest of the day is free for some last minute souvenir shopping. This evening we’ll go out for a farewell meal.

    Rich Hotel or similar


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 25

    Fly to London

    Those on the group flights will be taken to the airport in time for the flight to London, arriving in London later in the day.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



British, most European and most other nationalities, including Australians, New Zealanders, Americans and Canadians do not require visas for visits of under 60 days. All other nationalities should contact the nearest Kyrgyzstan Embassy if in doubt.



No vaccinations are compulsory, but vaccination against typhoid, polio, tetanus, hepatitis A and Diptheria are recommended. The risk of Malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or Travel Clinic for advice.

Eating and Drinking

All meals are included whilst on the mountain, only breakfasts included in Bishkek and Osh.

Meals are prepared for us and normally are made using local produce. This does mean, however, that over the course of the expedition the meals can end up being quite similar as there isn’t much diversity. The food provided at the higher camps (above camp 1) is high altitude dehydrated food.

We recommend you bring your own snacks and energy bars with you from home.

On the expedition all water will be boiled. 

Is this trip for you?

This is a demanding expedition graded 9 'Tough+' though it is tougher than other Grade 9 peaks such as Mera and Island Peaks. It is a 20 day expedition style trip with 14+ days walking and acclimatisation. The maximum altitude is 7,134m, average 4,513m though considerable time is spent at higher altitudes whilst acclimatising and eventually summiting. Lenin Peak is considered non-technical, however, it is a serious climb and does require high levels of fitness and stamina as well as experience in trekking and mountaineering at very high altitudes, ideally over 6,000m (such as Mera or Island Peaks or the North Col of Everest). Despite the low technical difficulty Lenin Peak is a serious undertaking with some tough long days at high altitude. There is some avalanche danger between camps 1 and 2 and there are crevasses and there can be ladders across crevasses.

It is also essential to prepare yourself mentally for the constant ascending and descending along the same trails whilst acclimatising along with spending rest days. The weather conditions can also be severe.

We have planned some spare days as well as a fourth advanced camp at 6400m to maximise the chances of getting to the summit.

It is essential that you have plenty of experience of walking in double boots with crampons and using an ice axe. Walking roped up and use of a jumar on a fixed rope and an abseil device is also essential. Sections of the trek cross glaciers, including areas with many crevasses and you will be walking in rope teams as well as using fixed ropes for the steep sections.

You should have some experience of camping on snow and ice. Mountaineering experience to Alpine grade PD/Scottish Grade 2 is essential.

On booking you will be required to fill in a medical questionnaire and a trekking/climbing experience questionnaire.

Please note that day-to-day itinerary is there as an indication only and may vary depending on the local conditions.


The altitude can have a significant effect on your physical state - please refer to the 'altitude warning' within the Trip Notes. It is important that you take heed of the leader's advice and decisions at all times. 

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference:

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.



Basecamp is made up of ‘hangar’ style tents for 2 people with matresses inside. Showers are available as is a sauna tent (there is an extra cost to use the sauna tent). There is also dining tent, a yurt tent that can be used as a lounge/briefing area and a kitchen tent. Drinks are available to buy here and it is possible to charge equipment.

Camp 1 also has spacious tents and a dining tent. A sauna tent is available (again at extra cost) and there is a charging point.

Camps 2, 3 and 4 are more basic, no bathroom facilities are available and there are no charging points. Camps 2 and 3 and permanent during the season but camp 4 is not.

You will need to bring a sleeping mat and sleeping bag (recommended to be at least up to -25’c).

Meals will be prepared for us at all camps (including those on the mountain - camps 2, 3 and 4).

In Osh and Bishkek and we stay in 3-star hotels with en suite bathrooms.

Single supplement is available (not valid at camp at camps 2, 3 and 4)

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

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