Sary-Moghul (Kyrgyz: Сары-Могол) is a village of around 3000 people on the north side of the Alay Valley in southern Kyrgyzstan. From Sary-Moghul one can make daily excursions in the area, including to the basecamp or further up the slopes of Pik Lenin.
Traveling directly is possible on a few direct transports from Osh. They all pass through Sary-Tash from where getting to Sary-Moghul is easy in shared transport or hitchhiking on the paved A371 (the road is in good condition). On your way from China, you can head straight here via Sary-Tash. At the west-end of the valley, the Karamyk-border with Tajikistan was closed to foreigners as of 2014, which makes the A371 to a dead end.
There is also daily marshrutka leaving around 2pm from parking under the bridge close to the bazaar and old bus station (500KZS per person with backpack).
In clear weather, Pik Lenin is visible from the village. The real attraction lies in its wild surroundings, even though the everyday village-life, the little mosque, and the market-place motivates a straw around the village.
Hike up the Alay mountains, or across the valley to get close to Pik Lenin
There is a CBT-homestay in Sary-Mongol, which apart from beds and food of better quality (though pricier than in Sary-Tash), also doubles as a tourist-centre. Helpful and English-speaking, the people here may set you up with horses, hikes or car-trips across the valley.
Be wary of the CBT guest house in Tuiuk Valley (20km hike from Sary Moghul near Tulpak Kol and Lenin Peak, or possible to drive by jeep), as the family living there will tell you a low price when you arrive and double or triple the price when you leave. Don't accept food from CBT without first asking the price, as they will put food in front of you and tell you to eat and later charge you quite a lot for basic meals like buckwheat and potatoes or porridge.
Best to contact the CBT in Osh to make arrangements for homestays beforehand.
CBT Altay (in Osh) - contact info: +996 3222 20276, +996 555 077621.