Ski Touring from Bishkek to Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Discovery of Ferghana Range 10 days
10 days/ 9 nights - from December - March

I would like to introduce you to a fascinating region perched in the middle of the Tien Shan. Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads, in the heart of Central Asia, largely unexplored mountains offers a wonderful playground for all nature lovers and virgin lands. The Kyrgyz people which has preserved its tradition of hospitality lives peacefully in a surprising variety of landscapes and made this country the pearl of Central Asia steppes, prairies, deserts but also canyons, high alpine valleys, lakes with turquoise waters. Check out this fun film I made about my tours here on Indy Guide

This discovery tour takes you to ski in the eastern and southern part of the country, the Kyrgyz range to Ferghana range.

Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek and first half day on skis at Ak-Tash Ski Resort
●Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to a guesthouse in Bishkek City.
●You will be able to rest after a long flight at a guesthouse in Bishkek.  (Most flights land at 4:00 am.)
● At 10 am you will meet your ski guide and go over everyone’s required insurance cards and required safety equipment for ski touring.
●After completing the safety checks you will make your way to the mountains for the first day on skis. 
●The wheels on the van will be turning at 10:30 am make sure to dress for a day of ski touring.
●Once you make it to Ak Tash ski resort you will be able to jump on the ski lift to reach higher grounds and start touring from the top of the nearby mountains. It’s important that your ski guide gets to know you and see how you are skiing.
●After a few fun runs you will have dinner at the ski resort with a great view of the snowy mountains surrounding you.
Time Skiing: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 2.5 hours
Accommodation in a guesthouse at Ak-Tash Ski resort.
 
Day 2: Bishkek to Suusamyr + half a day of skiing
●After an early breakfast, you head southwest to the snow-covered Suusamyr valley.
●Once you reach the Too-Ashuu mountain pass of 3500m you will be able to enjoy the panoramic view of the Suusamyr valley.
●Once you arrive in Suusamyr 3120m where you will be able to rest and get acclimated to your new base camp.
●You will be able to get in a few turns after the long snowy drive to the Suussmyr valley.  It’s possible to ski from the top of the ski base down to the road and meets your driver at the bottom of the valley to get a few fun rides in.
●Suusamyr is a paradise for skiers looking for big turns and deep powder.  Suusamyr has its own type of unique snow, sugar flakes.
●Today you will scout out the possible locations for touring for the next days ahead.
●Dinner will be had at the base camp where you will be accommodated.
Time Skiing: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 5-6 hours
Accommodation at the Too Ashu ski resort.
 
Day 3: Full Day of Ski Touring in Suusamyr
●After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.
●First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
●The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
●Lunch in the mountains.
●At the end of the day head back to the base camp where dinner will be ready. 
Time Skiing: 5 to 6 hours
Driving time: 1-2 hours
Accommodation at the Too Ashu ski resort.
 
Day 4: Full Day of Ski Touring in Suusamyr
●After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.
●First check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
●The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
●Lunch in the mountains.
●At the end of the day head back to the base camp where dinner will be ready.
Time Skiing: 5 to 6 hours
Driving time: 1-2 hours
Accommodation at the Too Ashu ski resort.
 
Day 5: Ski Touring in Suusamyr and then driving to Toktogul
●After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains with all of your equipment in the van.
●First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
●Half of the day will be spent in the mountains on the west side of Suusamyr valley.
●Lunch in the mountains.
●At ~3:30 pm you will meet your driver and you will make your way to the small town of Toktogul.  For the brave travelers, it’s possible to dip into the Toktogul reservoir for a swim.
Time Skiing: 4 to 5 hours
Driving time: 5-6 hours
Accommodation in a hotel in Toktogul
 
Day 6: Driving from Toktogul to Arslanbob + Horseback Riding to the Base Camp
●Today you will say goodbye to your hosts in Toktogul and take the long but interesting drive to the village of Arslanbob.
●You will be able to see the Naryn River with its turquoise colors.
●Then you will enter the Ferghana Valley before you head into the world's largest walnut forests in Arslanbob.
●Arslanbob is an amazing place for skiing and for getting to know the Uzbek population.
●Once you arrive you will meet your horses which will take you to a simple alpine hut called Jaz-Jarim where you will spend the night.
●The alpine base camp Jaz-Jarim is quite basic and it’s also possible to spend the night in tents at the base camp as well.
Horseback riding: 2-3 hours
Driving time: 5-6 hours
Accommodation at an alpine hut Jaz-Jarim or in tents in the mountains behind Arslanbob.
 
Day 7: Full Day Ski Touring in Arslanbob
●After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.
●First check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
●The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
●Lunch in the mountains.
●At the end of the day head back to the base camp where dinner will be ready for you.
Time Skiing: 5-6 hours
Driving time: 0 hours
Accommodation at an alpine hut Jaz-Jarim or in tents in the mountains behind Arslanbob.
 
Day 8: Full Day Ski Touring in Arslanbob
●After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.
●First check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
●The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
●Lunch in the mountains.
●At the end of the day head back to the base camp where dinner will be ready for you.
Time Skiing: 5-6 hours
Driving time: 0 hours
Accommodation at an alpine hut or in tents in the mountains behind Arslanbob.


Day 9: Half Day Ski Touring in Arslanbob and driving to Osh
●Today you have the option to have a very early alpine start and get a few turns in before breakfast.
●After breakfast, your horseman brings you down to the village of Arslanbob.
●Leaving Arslanbob, you will be transferred to Osh, one of the oldest cities in Kyrgyzstan.
●On the way you will have lunch in the village of Uzgen where you will be able to visit a minaret and mausoleum from the 10th century.
●Osh is over 3000 years old and you will be able to see the highlights from the Silk Road in Osh.
●In Osh, you will be able to enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical Uzbek café and enjoy a bit of local music.
Time Skiing: 2-3 hours
Horseback Riding: 2-3 hours.
Driving time:  hours
Accommodation at a guesthouse in Osh.
 
Day 10: Osh Flight Home
●After breakfast, you will be able to discover the city of Osh or fly back home.  Everything depends on the time of your flight back home.
●This day is created to give people flexibility for their flights home.
●Here at Indy Guide, we hope you enjoyed your tour and come back to Kyrgyzstan in the summer to enjoy an amazing trek into the mountains.


 
Price per person:
∣      2 pax: 2,348 dollars per person
∣      3 pax: 1,823 dollars per person
∣      4 pax: 1,553 dollars per person
∣      5 pax: 1,384 dollars per person
∣      6 pax: 1,283 dollars per person
 
The price includes:
● Airport transfers
● Accommodation as mentioned in the
program
● Full-board during the whole trip (3
meals per day)
● English speaking ski touring guide
● All transportation in private 4x4 vehicle
● Drinking water and tea
● All activities mentioned in the program
● Entrance fees for monuments and parks mentioned in the program
 
This Price does not include:
● Single room supplement = $95
● International flights
● Visas (if applicable)
● Travel insurance
● Repatriation insurance
● Alcoholic beverages / sodas
● Tips (always optional, but always appreciated)
● Personal expenses
● Any charged activity not mentioned in the program
● International banking fees
 
Our Guides:
We work with several experimented ski touring guides who love their mountains and the Kyrgyz culture. 1 guide for 6 riders maximum! Here are the profiles of 2 of our guides who might guide your trip:
 
Level:
This discovery is aimed at skiers mountain confirmed in good physical condition with no need for local mountaineer guide. The outputs can be adapted according to the level of the participants, but leaving a wide choice for more experienced skiers. Be aware of conditions of confinement in which the stay is.
 
Accommodation:
In Ak Tash you will be accommodated at a ski base, with a twin/double room.
In Suusamyr you will be accommodated in a ski base with shared room and private bathroom.  
In Toktogul you will be accommodated in a beach side resort with a twin/double room.
In Arslanbob, you will be accommodated in a simple alpine hut or in tents.
In Osh, you will be accommodated in a shared rooms in a guesthouse in the center of Osh.
 
Hygiene:
In Bishkek, Suusamyr, Toktogul, and Osh you will have, shared western style bathroom and toilets.
In Arslanbob you will have a simple drop toilet tent.
 
Food:
In Bishkek, good quality restaurant.
Homemade local dishes at our hosts places for breakfasts and dinners.
Lunches will be picnics taken in the mountains during the activities or in local cafés during transfers.
 
Required equipment (non-exhaustive):
● Avalanche beacon,
● shovel and probe
● Powder or Freeride
● skis or split board (100mm under foot)
● Skins + ski helmet
● Travel bag (60-70L)
● Goggles/sunglasses
● Hiking shoes
● 50+ sun cream Personal hygiene set Headlamp
● Bag liner or light sleeping bag
● Winter clothes Slippers / flip flops
● Swimming suit Towel
● Power bank / battery
● Airbag ski touring backpack (recommended)
● Your good mood!
 
It’s nice to bring small presents for the local families that you will meet during your trip. Cosmetic samples for the ladies, knives for the men and coloring books for the kids are usually appreciated.
 
Testimonials from my guest:
“In our recent ski tour in Kyrgyzstan in April 2017, I hired Alex as logistic support for our group composed of 11 backcountry skiers. I found his contact through Indy Guide. I also coincidentally got a referral for him from another French group who also recently used Alex for a ski expedition in the Tian Shan mountains. I was not disappointed by Alex we worked out a custom made tour in a country where ski touring is new and locals are still learning tour about tourists’ expectations, and where commitment from locals and negotiations can be challenging.  What seemed impossible became possible with good communication and clarification of expectations with a better understanding of local capabilities and conditions; Alex managed to provide reliable people thanks to good networking and his knowledge of the Kyrgys. Flexibility was also key due to changing conditions and we had to adjust our program to the weather within reason. I would not hesitate to directly hire or recommend Alex to other group leaders; Kyrgyzstan has so much to offer for those looking at a unique adventure” - Bruno Mountain Guide UIAGM.

Number of days: 10
Start Date: Mar 15, 2020
End Date: Apr 24, 2020
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: - travel and repatriation insurance, - international flights - visa (if applicable) - airfare and tax - porting by horses or donkeys Arslanbob - alcoholic beverages, - additional services - tips
What to bring: ● Avalanche beacon, ● shovel and probe ● Powder or Freeride ● skis or split board (100mm under foot) ● Skins + ski helmet ● Travel bag (60-70L) ● Goggles/sunglasses ● Hiking shoes ● 50+ sun cream Personal hygiene set Headlamp ● Bag liner or light sleeping bag ● Winter clothes Slippers / flip flops ● Swimming suit Towel ● Power bank / battery ● Airbag ski touring backpack (recommended) ● Your good mood!
Transport: SUV 4x4
Start in (City): Bishkek
End in (City): Osh
Languages:
English
German
French
Spanish
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Russian
Other
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.