Discover the Western Tien Shan
This discovery takes you in the western part of the country, where you will be able to explore the power line from Bishkek to Osh though the Ferghana valley. You will be able to see and ski a mixture of landscapes and snow conditions.
See and ski a mixture of landscapes and snow conditions
Don’t forget to invite your friends on such an adventure!
Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Pick-up at the airport where you are greeted by a member of the team who will drive you to your hotel in the heart of the Kyrgyz capital, where you will have breakfast. After getting to know your guide and settling the last administrative formalities, we leave for the bucolic small freeride ski resort of Ak Tash located on the foothills of the Ala Too range, visible from Bishkek. The small family resort of Ak Tash which has 2 ski lifts and a small hotel restaurant is the haunt of the rare Kyrgyz freeriders who love nature and thrills.
During the day, after reviewing the equipment, briefing on the peculiarities of Kyrgyz snow and mountain safety rules, your guide will take you on a first short ski non-groomed slopes of the small station to warm up and take the temperature of the Kyrgyz snow. You will also have the chance to borrow a unique, homemade ski lift that is sure to amuse you! A little advice, raise your spatulas well! Dinner and overnight in the small family hotel.
Today, we are gaining altitude! Departure after breakfast for another small Kyrgyz resort, Too Ashuu, on the slopes of the upper valley of Suusamyr. To get there, we cross a pass at an altitude of 3200m. We then arrive in a vast white paradise, with immaculate mountains as far as the eye can see and a tiny resort with a few small houses where we will spend the night, the only refuge in the heart of winter in this region.
After lunch and the usual safety checks, your guide will take you a little higher up to a panoramic point over the entire region that will leave you speechless, if the weather is right of course. There is no ski lift here, so we're off to a real hike! In the heart of winter, the temperature can come close to -20 / -25 degrees at the top downwind, take warm layers!
Whatever the temperature up there, once back at the resort you will have the opportunity to appreciate one of the benefits of the culture common to all the countries of the former USSR, namely the "banya", the traditional sauna. Russian that is taken here with an aperitif! And in the sauna, no swimsuit, towels will be provided ... We then move on to dinner and spend the night in our cottages.
Today we are enjoying a full day of ski touring with our guide on the wide slopes of the long valley of Suusamyr. The guide will determine the route according to the terrain conditions and the level of the group. It is therefore not impossible that a short transfer by vehicle is possible. Snacks will be provided during the day. There are a multitude of possible routes in this region, there will be something for everyone!
At the end of the day, we reach our winter yurt camp in Ötmök by road, stuck in the middle of a mountain pasture covered by more than a meter of snow during the winter. The Kyrgyz people, nomadic pastoralists since their origins, still live in summer in their yurts, traditional tents made of wood and felt. The yurt is the very essence of the nomadic way of life that the Kyrgyz people still perpetuate in the mountains. In winter, however, sedentarization has taken place and families live in the villages. A family therefore lets us occupy their yurt during the winter to access the ski slopes and experience this ancestral way of life! Dinner and overnight in the yurt!
Enjoy a day of ski touring with your
guide on the different slopes of the valleys
Safety check, presence of safety equipment
individual (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe) and
Several possible routes depending on the difficulty and
short vehicle transfers possible.
Picnic in the mountains.
Return to our cottages at the end of the day
Sauna, dinner and activities
This morning we set off for southern Kyrgyzstan and the Fergana Valley, on the border with Uzbekistan. Our route crosses the mountains, along the lake of Toktogul then the Naryn river, still embryo of the powerful Syr-Daria, the nourishing river of Central Asia irrigating with its twin the Amu Darya all Central Asia until the late Aral Sea. Known by the Greeks under the name of Oxus, Syr Daria was in its time the northern border of the empire of Alexander the Great, and a natural barrier between the nomadic peoples of the steppes and the sedentary civilizations of the inhabitants of the mythical cities. like Samarkand, Bukhara or Merv.
We arrive at the end of the day in Arslanbob, a picturesque village populated by Uzbeks and nestled in the shade of the mountains, in the heart of the largest walnut forest in the world. Check in with the locals, dine and sleep in good, soft beds.
Breakfast, early morning start to ski in Jayloo Jaz-Jarym, lunch or small picnic, dinner, overnight in tent or come back to village to B&B house
Breakfast and moving to Holy Rock side. Lunch at the Holy Rock, then down to the Toguz Bulak pasture or back to the village.
Breakfast, start at 7-00 to up Holy Rock ski tour till midday, lunch, rest, dinner, overnight in the tents or back to the village.
After these beautiful days of skiing, we take the road early in the morning for Osh, the capital of southern Kyrgyzstan in the heart of the Fergana valley, shared by Kyrgyzstan to the east, Uzbekistan to the west and the Tajikistan to the south. This region is a true oasis, which enjoys a fertile land and a pleasant climate. It is also in the Fergana valley that large stopover towns were erected on the Silk Roads, such as the towns of Osh and Ouzgen, which we are going to visit today.
We visit the historical complex of Uzgen where it will be an opportunity to learn a little more about the history of the Silk Roads ...
Arrival in Osh where we have lunch in a "chaikhana", a traditional Uzbek tea house.
We quickly visit the city center and Solomon's mountain before heading to the airport where we take a one hour domestic flight at the end of the day to Bishkek. Quick late dinner in town and overnight at our guesthouse.
Depending on your flight time, your guide will join you to the airport and help you check in for your flight. If your flight is later in the day your guide will show you more places in Bishkek before your flight.We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope you come back again to explore other counties in Central Asia with us.
I have been to Kyrgyzstan several times, the most beautiful trips I have had the opportunity to do. Each time Nomad's Land has organized my stays and I would like to thank them here for their professionalism and dedication.
We booked a 8 day tour with Nomad's Land, with the main part of the trip a six-day trek in the mountains near Issyk-Kul lake. From the first contact with Nomad's Land they were really responsive, taking time to understand our needs and suggesting a trip that would work for us. As we were travelling quite early in the trekking season (mid-late May), the team made sure that our itinerary would be possible, making adjustments as required. Bakyt organised our trip and was really helpful all the way through the process. On arrival at the airport in Bishkek we were met by our guide Mikel and assistant guide Ivan, and were driven down to the lake by our excellent driver Shakir. The whole team were really welcoming. We spent the first night at Bel Tam Yurt camp which was lovely. Really relaxing and the food was amazing. The next day we started our trek which was incredible! We met our horseman, Ermek, and the two horses that carried all our equipment. This was really helpful so we didn't have too much to carry each day! On the first day the weather was lovely but the next morning we were greeted by a lot of snow! Because of this Mikel took the decision to change our route, which was definitely the right decision as going high in the snow might have been dangerous (and certainly very cold). The whole of the rest of the trip Mikel, Ivan and Ermek took the time to make sure what we were doing was the right thing for the weather conditions, and when we had to change plans they made sure we were consulted and agreed. The food Mikel prepared was really good, and the tents were comfortable, warm and waterproof. We had a great time in the mountains. After our trek ended we spent a day exploring the lake region, including visiting an eagle hunter and a yurt-making business, and on the final day we got to see a little of Bishkek. It was the perfect end to a great trip. Overall I would highly recommend Nomad's Land and the great service from all the team. Thank you!
On your way
Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Hotel KG
Small ski resort in the Orussay valley with all conveniences. One of the freeride resort of Kyrgyzstan. The small hotel at the base of the slope and its restaurant are open the all-year-around. You can be lifted or you may enjoy ski-touring also. Some skis and snowboard can be rented at the resort.
Too-Ashuu Ski Resort KG
The newly ski resort was build on the top of slopes at the altitude of 3000 meters. The main slope is ideal for beginners, but ski lovers will find another slope on the East-side of the mountain. As the slope cover only a small part of the mountain, you will find many freeride possibilities. Usually the season begin end of October and finish in April. The snow-cover is one of the most important, and can reach 2 meters during good winter.
Otmok is located in the Suusamyr Valley in direction Talas oblast. There is a parking lot close to the slopes (42.236184, 73.198633) and many options for skiing in alpine terrain in North, East, South and West exposition with start and ending close to the street. You can choose between long slopes up to 2.5 km and short hike ups with fun runs. Usually, you can spend easily 2 days in this area for skitouring.
Chychkan gorge KG
A 50 km gorge located north of Toktogul town on the M41 road. We stop there to eat trout or buy honey. The upper part is covered with meadow, while the lower part of the gorge is more humid and covered with deciduous and fir trees.
Naryn canyon KG
The Naryn River Canyon is located in Jalal Abad Oblast with a length of 85 km. The river flows from Toktogul Lake to the Tashkomur Dam, which is one of the 4 dams in this canyon. The M41 road, from Bishkek to Osh, runs along the river which in Uzbekistan will become the Syr-Darya river.
Many interesting ski-touring routes.
Uzgen is a large village on the main road between Jalal Abad and Osh. The modern city of Uzgen is located on the territory of ancient site. Ancient settlement of Uzgen is rich of monuments of settled and nomadic people, dated in a wide chronological range. It belongs to a zone of early contacts on the Silk Road, being the most eastern city centre of Davan, as the city of Ju-chen known on Chinese sources is traditionally localised here in a context of military expeditions of 104-99 BC. Citadel and Shakhristans have been preserved relatively. Officially the complex is a part of "Sulaiman-Too" museum complex with a representative in Uzgen responsible for its protection and management. Uzgen Architectural Complex is on the State list of monuments of national importance.
Osh, the second largest city of the Kyrgyz republic, is one of the oldest settlements of Central Asia. It is located in southwestern Kyrgyzstan near the Uzbekistan border in the eastern section of the Fergana Valley. This one of the Central Asia's most interesting cities because of its long history, dating back as least to the 5th century BC - its position as an important crossroads for Silk Road trade and its huge market. For centuries it was a major silk-production center, strategically situated on a trade route to India.
Sights are: the huge bazaar, Sulaimans Throne (a 200 m hill called Takht-i-Suleyman (Solomon's Throne), where the Prophet Muhammad is thought to have prayed and where Muslim pilgrims began visiting in the tenth century), Baburs House (at the top of Sulaimans Throne), several monuments (especially the one of Kurmanjan Datka – Kyrgyz feminine ruler and engaged warrior against the Russian invasion), the Russian-orthodox church, the biggest mosque of the country (situated right beside the bazaar) and the Rabat Abdul Khan Mosque (16 th century).
The population of Osh is mostly Uzbek. Osh has two universities, a sanatorium, and an airport. Economic activity has been aided by beneficial reforms and consists of the Jayma bazaar; silk trade; mining of zinc, lead, and coal; food processing; and the production of silk, cotton, and wool.
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 banking fees (PayPal, ...)
Travel & repatriation insurance
Visas / LOI (if applicable)
Alcoholic and soft drinks
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)
Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.
Rural development in Nepal
The Nepalko Sathi association leads its actions in favor of the Sherpas of Khembalung in the Arun valley (Province of Koshi). Nepalko Sathi
From Tumlingtar airport we reach by jeep the small town of Kahandbari where we are greeted by Kibutie and his family. From there, we climb to the small village of Gontala, in the heart of the actions of Nepalko Sathi (three days of walking), then we go up to Saissima, where Tendi Sherpa is rehabilitating the hamlet of his childhood. From Saissima it is possible to continue and make a loop towards Makalu and the impressive surrounding peaks (under tent).
Beyond the Glacier, a short film over the water in Central Asia
Conflicts over water in Central Asia are at the heart of the short film Beyond the Glacier, directed by David Rodríguez Muñiz in 2019. An interesting documentary that takes the form of a journey, from the glaciers of Kyrgyzstan to the sea of Kyrgyzstan. Aral.
Silk Road Yurt Camp
Another yurt camp that Nomad's Land is supporting so that shepherds of Song Kul Lake can get extra income from tourists. With the family of Sagyn and Jumabek, we have prepared this camp in order to keep all the nomadic authenticity. You can participate in the daily activities of nomads. Not far from the camp, you can access the shores of the lake but also the petroglyphs hidden in the nearby mountains.