Only one hour from blooming Almaty and you will find yourself in another Universe – Snow Planet called Cosmo-station. Backcountry in highlands with accommodation in the hut at an altitude of 3350 meters. Enxciting ski runs every day and stunning view to the Big Almaty lake and glaciers.
Route: Almaty – Big Almaty gorge – Big Almaty lake – Cosmo-station – TAU Spa complex - Almaty
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.
Hs difference: mountain hut is located at an altitude 3350 m.a.s.l. Daily elevation gain: 350-2000 meters. Length of descents: 500-3000 meters. Steepness of the slopes: 15 up to 40 degrees.
Cosmostation is Tien-Shan alpine scientific station of cosmic rays and high energies researching, located 30 kilometers from Almaty city on Zhosaly-Kezen pass in the mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau. The history of the station began in the late forties of the last century. In the Soviet Union, nuclear weapons were being created, but scientists did not have enough knowledge about the physics of high and super high energy elementary particles. At that time, super-power accelerators, like the Large Hadron Collider, which was built in Switzerland, have not existed yet, they were invented in the 1950s. High-energy physics could be researched only on natural material - exploring cosmic radiation. By a special order of Stalin, an expedition of nuclear physicists was sent to Pamir, where a high-altitude station was founded. In 1958, the station was moved to the Northern Tien-Shan closer to the capital of Soviet Kazakhstan - Alma-Ata. Since then, all the research that is being conducted here is overseen by the Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Science named after Lebedev.
DAY BY DAT ITINERARY
Day 1. Almaty – Big Almaty Gorge – Cosmo-station – mountain hut.
Meeting the guide in the lobby of your hotel at 6 o'clock in the morning. Transfer to Cosmo-station by comfortable 4WD vehicle. (40 km) Passing military check-point, where you will have to show your passports (boundary zone with Kyrgyzstan Republic). Arrival to the Cosmo-station at about 7 o'clock. Accommodation in the mountain hut with electricity, tab water, stove heating, rest room is outside. There are three bedrooms and dining room in the hut. Backcountry to the nearest ridge of Almaty-Alagir mountains - western couloirs (north, north-east aspect) to the right side of old ski-lift. It will be possible to make three-four descents this day. Length of descents: up to 1 km each. Elevation gain/loss: 350-400 meters. Steepness of the slopes: from 15 to 40 degrees. After skiing lunch in the mountain hut. Rest, walking around. Evening hiking to Big Almaty peak upon your wish. Dinner and overnight in the hut.
Meals included: L, D
Day 2. Cosmo-station – Summits of Almaty Alagir Mountain Ridge
Early awakening at 6 o'clock. Breakfast and preparing for ski-touring. At 7.30 start moving along the route towards Tourist peak. Elevation gain: 1600 meters. Length of descent: 1,5 km. Steepness of the slopes: from 15 to 40 degrees. Descent by north, north-west face of the peak to the middle section of the old ski-lift. One more ascent by the same line and descent to the east couloir of the peak to the neighbor gorge. Length of descent: 3 km. Elevation gain: 500 m. Elevation loss: 900 m.Steepness of the slopes: from 15 to 40 degrees. Coming back to the mountain hut. Lunch, rest, free time. Tour around Cosmo-station and meeting with researchers who study cosmic particles in their laboratories. Dinner, overnight in the hut.
Meals included: B, L, D.
Day 3. Cosmo-station – Summits of Almaty Alagir Mountain Ridge – Big Almaty Lake – Tau Spa complex – Almaty.
Early wake up at 06:00. Breakfast, preparing equipment for the route. Start is not later than 07:30. Getting to the start point of backcountry route to peak, one of the summits of Almaty Alagir mountain ridge by car. Ski-touring to the top with descent along the line of ascent (north-east exposure). Elevation gain: 715 meters, descent length ~ 5 km, duration: 4-5 hours. Slope gradient: 15 – 40 degrees. After coming back to the start point and transfer back to Cosmo-station. Lunch, packing stuff and departure to the open-air mountain SPA complex. On the way visiting observation view point, where breathtaking panorama of the Big Almaty Lake surrounded by white snowy peaks will be opened.
Meals included: B, L
*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:
875 USD per person, if there is 1 person in a group
480 USD per person, if there are 2 people in a group
350 USD per person, if there are 3 people in a group
Each Additional Day:
200 USD Per Person, if there is 1 person in a group
120 USD per person, if there are 2 people in a group
90 USD per person, if there are 3 people in a group
Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. English-speaking ski guide services.
2. Transfer Almaty-Cosmo-station-Almaty.
3. Meals according to the program.
4. Accommodation in mountain hut at Cosmostation.
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. Tickets to the open-air SPA (~20 USD).
7. Cost of the dinner in Day 3 (~15 USD).
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.