SHYMBULAK BACKCOUNTRY YURT LODGE (FROM 3 DAYS)

You will feel the spiritual power of ancient nomads when find yourself in traditional Kazakh yurt, surrounded by huge impressive glaciers. You will be besotted by their fresh breath and charmed by stern sharpen character of pointed rocky peaks. It’s a good chance to test yourself at high altitudes and leave your trace on the wild untouched powder slopes of Tien-Shan mountains.

Route: Almaty - Medeu Sport Complex - Shymbulak Mountain Resort - Talgar Pass - Bogdanovich Glacier (Almaty Region, Kazakhstan) 

Season: April-June 

Complexity: moderate, for fit skiers and snowboarders with confident level of riding on wild terrain. *It is required to have set of avalanche equipment.

H difference: base camp at 3163 m a.s.l., daily elevation gain: 500-1500 meters.

AREA DESCRIPTION

Bogdanovich Glacier is located under the eastern slope of Nursultan peak. The glacier is named by glaciologist Dmitriev in 1911, in honor of Karl Bogdanovich, the Polish-Russian professor-geologist, researcher of the earthquake that occurred in the city of Verny in 1910. After the earthquake, he came to Verny for research. The result of his stay in Verny was the work that contributed to the seismology and outlined the tectonic scheme of the region. Together with I. Karl and D. Mushketov in 1910, he drew up a plan for Verny city. From the observation point of Bogdanovich Glacier a magnificent view of the surrounding peaks opens: Amangeldy Peak, Nursultan Peak, Karlytau Peak and many other.                              

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY 

Day 1. Almaty – Shymbulak mountain resort – Talgar pass. 

Meeting the guide at the hotel's lobby at 8 a.m. Transfer to Medeu sport complex. Ascent by cable car to the highest point of Shymbulak Mountain Resort – Talgar pass (altitude 3163 m.a.s.l.) Accommodation in traditional Kazakh yurt. There is traditional yurt, so the sleeping places will be arranged straight on the floor in sleeping bags. The whole yurt and the floor are heated. Electricity and water inside the yurt, rest room is outside. Backcountry in the area nearby resort. Few of the most interesting spots will be taken into consideration: Til’ glacier, couloirs of Shkol’nik, Chkalov and Edelweiss peak. Elevation gain: 500-800 meters, descend length ~ 5 km, duration: 4-5 hours. Slope gradient: 20 – 40 degrees. Coming back to the yurt. Dinner in Kazakh national style. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals included: D

Day 2. Talgar pass – Bogdanovich glacier. 

Early wake up at around 06:00. Breakfast, preparing equipment for the route. Backcountry to Fizkul’turnik peak or Pioneer pass. Elevation gain: 900 meters, descend length ~ 5 km, duration: 4-5 hours. Slope gradient: 20 – 40 degrees. Coming back to the yurt. Free time. Dinner in Kazakh national style. Overnight in the yurt.
Meals included: B, D

Day 3. Talgar Pass - Bogdanovich Glacier – Shymbulak mountain resort - Almaty 

Early wake up at around 06:00. Breakfast, preparing equipment for the route. Not later than 07:30, start moving to the west, in direction of Bogdanovich Glacier. This day you will make ascent to Karlytau peak located in the cirque of Bogdanovich Glacier. Elevation gain: 1000 meters, descend length ~ 6 km, duration: 5-6 hours. Slope gradient: 20 – 40 degrees. Coming back to the yurt, rest. Apreski in "3200" bar on Talgar pass, free time. By the evening packing stuff and coming back to the city. Dinner in café in Almaty.   
Meals included: B 

*Depending on weather, temperature and snow conditions, the guide can make adjustments to the program.

Please, notice, that it’s required to have insurance for extreme sports for participating in this program! 

Individual tour price:

724 USD per person, if there is 1 person in a group
408 USD per person, if there are 2 people in a group
302 USD per person, if there are 3 people in a group

Tour Price INCLUSIONS:

1. English-speaking ski guide services.
2. All transfers according to the program.
3. Meals according to the program.
4. Accommodation in the yurt at Talgar pass with half board.
5. Daily ski-pass at Shymbulak in Day 1. 

Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:

1. Rental of ski and avalanche equipment.
2. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required.
3. Meals (other than specified), personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program.
4. Accommodation in Almaty before / after the tour.
5. Insurance policy. 
6. Cost of the dinner in Day 3 (~15 USD).
7. Lunch (can be arranged in the yurt or in the restaurant nearby). 

Number of days: 3
Covered regions:
Almaty
Astana
Akmola
Aktobe
Atyrau
East Kazakhstan
Karagandy
Kostanay
Kyzylorda
Mangystau
North Kazakhstan
Pavlodar
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
Zhambyl
Included services:
Guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: 1. Rental of ski and avalanche equipment. 2. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required. 3. Meals (other than specified), personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program. 4. Accommodation in Almaty before / after the tour. 5. Insurance policy. 6. Cost of the dinner in Day 3 (~15 USD). 7. Lunch (can be arranged in the yurt or in the restaurant nearby).
What to bring: Required equipment and clothing: Safety - Avalanche equipment (air bag system, shovel, probe, transceiver) - Helmet - Goggles with a spare lens for bright sunlight and cloudy weather - Backpack with volume 25-35 liters with ski/snowboard fixation Clothing and accessories - Comfortable functional clothing for riding and ski-touring (base layer - thermal underwear, gore-tex jacket and pants, additional layers of clothing for insulation, downy sweater or vest, socks) - Extra set of warm clothes, extra pair of shoes (sneakers or lightweight trekking shoes) - Sleeping bag with a temperature zero – minus 5 degrees in comfort zone - Gloves, mittens - Hat, cap, neck gaiter - Sunscreen - Sunglasses - Swimsuit, towel and flip-flops for visiting SPA-center - Personal AID kit - Thermos for the hot tea, water tank - Head torch - Personal hygiene stuf Equipment - Proper ski-touring/snowboard boots - Skis with ski-touring bindings/splitboard - Climbing skins - Poles - Ski crampons - Mountaineering crampons - Ice axe Food - Snacks (protein and muesli bars, energy gels, ISOtonic or other special mount nutrition)
Transport: Minivan
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Payment Method

For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.