After breakfast, furnished with local products, we leave the village of Sop gently towards the valley, accompanied by our mule. A rocky and barren landscape is imposed on us, but with colorful flowers scattered on the roadside or on the hill. The contrast with the green Sentyap valley is obvious, but we go by from time to time to an oasis of cultures. We leave the main path along an edge to Lake Fozilmon. Behind us the valley cut rock masses with impressive symmetry, while on the horizon the steppes of Kyzylkum desert mix with the shallow waters of Lake Aidarkul. The plateau is quite the opposite of what we saw: wide, grassy and slightly hilly and offers a place of pasture for the sheep in summer. We continue to Lake Fozilmon, where we set up camp nearby. The rest of the day is free to explore the nearby mountains or to relax.
Walking time: 5-6 hours. Ascent: 1000 m. Descent: 100 m. 13.3 km