Spirited Backcountry Skiing in Kyrgyz land – 9 nights / 10 days
Best season: January - April
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Type: Ski Touring
Difficulty: Medium - Hard
Brief description: This 8 days-long Ski Tour takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Kyrgyzstan - the world's second largest alpine Lake Issyk-Kul, mountain ranges and alpine peaks. You will have the opportunity to discover the natural areas of Terskey Ala-Too, to get an epic view of the highest points in the Terskey Ala Too range, combining with horseback riding, hot springs, snow mobile and an epic Yurt staying. The tour begins and ends with the opportunity to visit some of Kyrgyzstan's finest cultural and historical sights.
Our Kyrgyz Guided Tours Team Pro Riders combined all this activity in the best places of Kyrgyzstan, so our customers can enjoy the Epic Skiing and the Kyrgyz Culture.
Day 1. Airport Manas – Burana – Karakol (400 km)
Upon arrival the group will be met by guide Anarbek in a comfortable transport from and to Bishkek/Manas International Airport. Transfer to Karakol Town, on the way visit 12th century Tower Burana along Northern side of Issyk-kul Lake, 400 km, 5 hrs. Breakfast /Lunch en-route café by your own. In Cholpon-Ata stop to visit Cultural Complex “Ruh Ordo” situated on the shore of the Lake. Check-in Karakols guest house. Dinner and overnight at guest house. Meals: dinner.
Day 2. Karakol - Natural Park Karakol (15 km).
Breakfast. Transfer to Karakol Natural Park to the starting point, skinning up the Mokryi Valley. Lunch box. Drop down by skiing the valley. Transfer to Karakol. Dinner and overnight at the guest house. Meals: breakfast, lunch-box, dinner.
Day 3. Karakol – Boz Uchuk Village (50 km)
Transfer from Karakol to Boz Uchuk valley, the village is located in 35 kilometers to the North-West of Karakol. In Boz Uchuk village you will meet with the local family who has a farm, while horses will be prepared and small instruction about horse riding you can visit the farm and see a lifestyle of Kyrgyz people. The trip takes you to the deep side of the valley, you will start the at 2000 meters’ elevation and finish at 2500 meters. Walking along the beautiful gorge surrounded by colored mountains, pine trees, and rocks. After 3-4 hours of walking (ski touring) you will arrive to the winter Yurt Camp and make a brake for the lunch. While your horses are resting after walking on the snow, you will make a walk on the “wolfs trail”, this trail will get you to the top of the mountain where you will see the best panoramic view of Tian Shan mountains. Here you will try a first slope in that area (2-3 hours of ski touring). Overnight in the Yurt Inn. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 4. Boz Uchuk Village- Karakol
Full day of ski touring, we have different areas and slopes to ride and you will try one or two of them, choose your destination from the Kakbai plateau, the slopes will be recognized as on the palm. Please check snow condition before you go. After long day of ski touring you will ski down to our warm Nomadic Yurts where you will have a warm tea and traditional food. In the afternoon we will prepare a hot Sauna tent, warming up after fresh days. Transfer back to Karakol. Dinner & overnight in Guest House. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 5. Karakol – Ak Suu (20 km)
Breakfast. Transfer to Ak Suu village, start lifting to Yurt Camp on snow mobiles. Lunch box. Dinner and overnight at Yurt Camp. Meals: breakfast, lunch-box, dinner.
Day 6-7. Yurt Camp – Ski Touring
These days we will be ski touring in these areas, including full catering and Russian Bania. Overnight at Yurt Camp. Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Day 8. Ak-Suu - Karakol - Bishkek (400 km)
Breakfast. Ski down the valley and meet with the driver, transfer drive back to Bishkek by Southern side of Issyk-Kul lake. Meals: breakfast.
Day 9. Bishkek free day
Free day in Bishkek for City Tour and spent time in Bishkek: Central Square, Big White Central Mosque, Victory Square and etc. Overnight in cozy family Guest House. Meals: breakfast
Day 10. Airport. Early morning flight.
2 persons - $1 473 per person
3 persons - $1 148 per person
4 persons - $985 per person
5 persons - $911 per person
6 persons - $842 per person
8 persons - $756 per person
Conditions of the program:
Equipment: Participants must have their equipment such as backpacks, desirable to have a personal sleeping bag, warm clothes, skies (fat skies), skins, beacons, shovel etc. (The whole structure of personal equipment)
Physical requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, at least AST 1,2 level. The differences of hs range from 600 m to 1000 m in vertical elevation. The maximum elevation is 3 500 m.
Price includes in the program:
• All transfers Manas Airport - BIshkek, Karakol – Manas Airport.
• All transfers inside of Kyrgyzstan Tour
• English speaking ski touring guide
• National park fees, food and lodging for guide
• Karakol Guest House – 3 nights
• Boz Uchuk Yurt Camp – 1 night
• Ak-Suu Yurt Camp – 3 nights
• Bishkek Family Guest House – 2 nights
• Tent Sauna in Boz Uchuk Yurt Camp
• Horses for luggage in Boz-Uchuk valley
• Horses for riding and reach skiing point in Boz-Uchuk valley
• Snow mobile in Ak Suu Valley
• Meals: as mentioned in the program (daily breakfast, 7 dinners, 5 lunches)
• All excursions mentioned in the program
• All sightseeing entrance fees
• All local taxes
Extra does not included
- International flight
- Emergency Insurance policy with coverage of 30 000 EUR
- Meals in Bishkek and on the way
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.
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.