First Report from Pik Lenin Expedition
We have a great group for Pik Lenin, and we had a good first day in the country. We explored the city of Osh and viewed the most famous sights. First we hiked up Sulayman Mountain, the only World Heritage site in Kyrgyzstan. The mountain has been a destination for Muslim and pre-Muslim pilgrimages in this 3000 year old city. The mountain is surrounded by legend and it is said that women who ascend the mountain and crawl through an opening in the holy rock will have healthy children.
Sacred Sulayman Mountain. Tino Villanueva photo
Next, we traveled to the Great Silk Road Bazaar, the largest, most crowded outdoor market in Central Asia. As early as the 8th century, Osh was known as a trade center along the Silk Road and connected Central Asia to Kashgar through the Alay Mountains.
Spices at the Great Silk Road Bazaar. Tino Villanueva photo
Osh is still a way station, connecting trade amongst the central Asian nations. However, we have journeyed to find our own way over the mountain passes. Tomorrow we depart on a bus to Pik Lenin and our Base Camp for the climb of this 7000m giant. Stay tuned for our progress up the mountain.
The group at dinner. Tino Villanueva photo
Mountains peeking out to the south. Tino Villanueva photo
~ MM Guide Tino Villanueva