Explore Kyrgyzstan on Skis

Ski touring almost virgin mountains...

The view of the Issyk Kul lake, sleeping in yurts deep in the back country, horseback riding the Kyrgyz way, and catching some amazing turns in the high mountains.

Don’t forget all the small cultural things that will happen on the way, horseback riding, meeting locals in the villages, and getting to know an unknown country like Kyrgyzstan.​
 

This trip will lead you through the Tien-Shan mountains

You will be able to ski in three different locations, staying in warm and cozy guesthouses and warm Yurts in the backcountry.

12 DaysWinter toursKyrgyzstan

  • 1 people: $3,278

  • 2 people: $1,989

  • 3 people: $1,564

  • 4 people: $1,349

  • 5 people: $1,215

  • 6 people: $1,126

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    Program

      
                                Bishkek - Bishkek
    Enjoy a full day's tour of the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic
    Bishkek - Bishkek

    We will meet at 8 am at your guesthouse.  We will start our walking tour of Bishkek at the Frunze museum, which we will head thought he Panfilov Park, to Ala Too Square, Frunze museum in Oak Park, with a stop at the Museum of Fine Arts, then we will head to Victory square where we will have a traditional lunch.  In the afternoon we will visit Osh bazar where you will be able to get close to local people and buy some souvenirs.  We will be able to enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant where we will be able to sample many dishes.  After dinner, we will be transferred back to the guesthouse. 

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    5 km
    04:00
    50 m
    50 m
      
                                Bishkek - Jyrgalan
    Traveling from Bishkek to Jyrgalan
    Bishkek - Jyrgalan
    After breakfast, you will be on the road to find higher grounds.The first stop is the Burana tower, it’s site of an ancient runes of the Balasagun empire from the 15th century. You will have lunch along the way in a small cafe and the last stop will be Jyrgalan. After the long drive to Jyrgalan you will be greeted by your hosts in a typical village in Kyrgyzstan. Jyrgalan’s main economy is coal mining and they have the best cole in Kyrgyzstan. 
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    450 km
    07:00
    12:30
      
                                Jyrgalan - Jyrgalan
    Day of ski touring in the picturesque mountains of Jergalan
    Jyrgalan - Jyrgalan
    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.
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    15 km
    05:00
    1200 m
    1200 m
      
                                Jyrgalan - Karakol
    2nd day skiing in Jergalan Sleeping in Karakol
    Jyrgalan - Karakol
    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, we will drive to Karakol to have a dinner in a cafe.  
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    100 km
    01:20
    04:00
    1000 m
    1000 m
      
                                Karakol - Arabel Suu syrt
    Traveling from Karakol to Ara-Bel
    Karakol - Arabel Suu syrt

    After breakfast, you will head into the deep mountains near Barskoon valley.You will make a short stop at the Barskoon waterfall to stretch your legs and enjoy the view of the frozen waterfall.  Once you arrive in Arabel Suu then you will be able to put your boots and skins on and start skiing to the camp.  It's ~1.5 km to the camp.  Once you arrive, at the camp then it's up to you if you wish to do a quick short run near the camp or have a tea next to the fire.  Tonight you will be accommodated in tents at ~3800m.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    150 km
    03:00
    03:00
    500 m
    500 m
      
                                Arabel Suu syrt - Arabel Suu syrt
    Ski touring to the peaks of the Ara-Bel Valley
    Arabel Suu syrt - Arabel Suu syrt
    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, we will be able to enjoy a nice warm dinner and bottomless cups of tea.
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    8 km
    05:00
    400 m
    400 m
      
                                Arabel Suu syrt - Arabel Suu syrt
    Ski Touring in Ara-Bel Valley
    Arabel Suu syrt - Arabel Suu syrt
    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, we will be able to enjoy a nice warm dinner and bottomless cups of tea.​
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    8 km
    05:00
    400 m
    400 m
      
                                Arabel Suu syrt - Karakol
    Half Day Ski Touring in Ara Bel, then road to Karakol
    Arabel Suu syrt - Karakol

    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. After lunch you will head back to Karakol to get ready for the next part of you're adventure. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Karakol.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    159 km
    03:30
    04:00
    530 m
    530 m
      
                                Karakol - Karakol gorge
    Horseback Riding to Higher Grounds in the Karakol Gorge
    Karakol - Karakol gorge

    After breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains near Karakol.  Today we will go by horseback all the way up the Karakol gorge.  If it's your first time on horseback no need to worry because the horses are well trained and you will be instructed how to ride a Kyrgyz horse. It will be a challenge for the horses to bring all the equipment up the mountains.  Half way up the gorge you will have lunch and be able to enjoy the amazing alpine views. Once everyone reaches the base camp we will unpack our horses and build our base camp. Accommodation in tents in the Karakol Gorge.​

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    27 km
    01:00
    05:00
      
                                Karakol gorge - Karakol gorge
    Exploring the Karakol Gorge
    Karakol gorge - Karakol gorge
    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 first place to ski could be near the Djigit Peak ~5000m. Another option would be touring from the Ontor pass ~3900m.  Another option would be touring nearby the Telety pass (3800m). The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains. Lunch in the mountains. Accommodation in tents in the Karakol Gorge 2500m
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    10 km
    06:00
    800 m
    800 m
      
                                Karakol gorge - Karakol
    Horseback Riding from Karakol Gorge Back to Karakol
    Karakol gorge - Karakol
    Today it’s important that you are able to take the horses back to Karakol early because of the avalanche risk of riding horses in the afternoon when the sun is shining the strongest.We will be able to have a late lunch in Karakol. Enjoy a short walk through the town and get a feeling for the place. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Karakol 1700m​
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    27 km
    00:30
    05:00
      
                                Karakol - Bishkek
    Morning transfer to Bishkek, visit of Eagle hunter and visit of the capital
    Karakol - Bishkek

    After breakfast you will hit the road again. On the way, a stop will be at the house of an Eagle hunter. You wil be able to get to know him and his long traditions of hunting with eagles. You will have lunch on the way. Arrival in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1926 to 1991 the city was known as Frunze named after the Bolshevik military leader Mihail Frunze. After the independence it was renamed Bishkek. City tour. Walk around the city. Visiting Ala-Too Square, the main square of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in our guesthouse.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    420 km
    06:00
    1000 m
    50 m

    Excellent travel company. The organization of the trip with Bakyt went very smoothly; he was very attentive and flexible regarding our requests. Our guide Aisuluu spoke perfect French (as well as Russian, Kyrgyz, and English) and was always able to answer our questions and was very caring. The driver who accompanied us was also very friendly. We had a wonderful week in Kyrgyzstan. The hospitality of the people who hosted us deeply touched us. Highly recommend the Nomadsland agency for any travel in Central Asia for the quality of their services and their kindness.

    Passport509569

    Quick and efficient in the discussion prior to the tour. Both guides (ski touring and horse riding) were friendly & very knowledgeable. Highly recommended !

    Raphaele

    On your way

    Info

    What is included

    • All transportation in a private vehicle

    • All airport transfers

    • Accommodation as described in the program

    • Meals (3 per day)

    • Bottled water & tea

    • English-speaking IFMGA ski touring tour leader

    • All the activities listed in the program

    • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

    • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

    • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

    • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

    • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

    What is not included

    • International flights

    • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

    • Travel & repatriation insurance

    • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

    • Alcoholic and soft drinks

    • Personal expenses

    • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

    • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

    • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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