Dear friends and fans of backcountry skiing and ski-touring! For more than ten years I have been arranging ski bases and camps and assisting in management of high-altitude climbing. Working in the area of Peak Lenin, I have the opportunity to combine two of my favorite hobbies – skiing and mountaineering. From year to year, when climbing Lenin Peak with our clients we monitor the condition of slopes and tracks and their suitability for downhill skiing.
For more than 50 year history, skiers from different countries made big number of runs down the Lenin Peak slopes that still attract backcountry enthusiasts. One of singularities of this area is the variety of routs and tracks for climbing and skiing. For Lenin Peak climbing we offer ski-tour equipment and classic backcountry.
Last year our Company designed several new backcountry ski-tours at Lenin Peak slopes. To develop and improve skiing direction in this area we decided to combine existing developed infrastructure of our base camps and huge potential of Grand Mountains for backcountry skiing.
All programs have similar duration mostly because of acclimatization factor. For climbing and descent you can choose existing routs or your own, considering snow layer condition, personal physical fitness of a sportsman and his well-being.
Estimated acclimatization schedule for climbing Lenin Peak and following down-hill run:
Acclimatization program is quite conservative and has been developing for many years. By the request of the sportsman the schedule can be adjusted (including the number of days for acclimatization).
Day 1: Arrival to the to “Achik-Tash” Base Camp (3600 m);
Day 2: Hiking to the “Pereval Puteshestvennikov” mountain pass or at least to the “Lukovaya Polyana” without intensive muscle loading which is mainly focused on adaptation to high altitude condition;
Day 3: Transfer from the Base Camp to the Camp #1 (4400 m);
Day 4: Rest day at the Camp #1, preparation of equipment, selection of route for climbing;
Day 5: Radial approach to the route starting point. Climbing up to “Bolshie treshiny” and higher or up to “Skovoroda” (5100 m) with trial down-hill skiing on the nearby slopes (you may find very attractive slopes);
Day 6: Ascending to the Camp #2, setting up tents, climbing to the 5700-5800 meters level (if desired) followed by the descent to the Second camp;
Day 7: Hiking to the Camp #3 (delivery of equipment is possible);
Day 8: Day off. Down-hill skiing practice is available by choice;
Day 9: Day off. Down-hill skiing practice is available;
Day 10: Ascending to the Camp #2. Overnight stop;
Day 11: Ascending to the Camp #3. Overnight stop;
Day 12: Hiking to the altitude of 6400 meters. Descent to the Camp #1. Various options of descent are available: a) on the route of ascending; b) directly from the altitude of 6400 meters down to the bowl towards Camp #2; c) from the peak of “Razdelnyaya” (5800 m) down to the bowl using one of the couloirs;
Day 13: Rest day at Camp #1;
Day 14: Day off. Down-hill skiing practice (optional);
Day 15: Hiking to the Camp #2 with overnight stop;
Day 16: Hiking to the Camp #3 with overnight stop;
Day 17: Day of peak conquest, depending on health conditions. Selection of a route for the descent (either to the Camp #1 or from the route of ascending down to the Camp #2);
Day 18: Descend to the Camp #1 in case if the track was selected on the way of ascend;
Day 19: Day of provision and inventory or evacuation of inventories from the upper Camps;
Day 20: Descent to the Base Camp;
Day 21: Departure to Osh.
Based on selected climbing tactic you can use one of our service packages. I am sure that among the proposed programs you will find exactly the one that will make your journey as comfortable as possible! If not – let me know what you would like to change and I will develop a new program for you.
1. Standard package includes:
a) Registration of border passes;
b) Transfer Osh – Achik-Tash – Osh;
c) Space for personal tent installation at the Base Camp and Camp #1 for the entire tour period;
d) Providing with radio communications set for the tour period;
e) Supply with water for the food preparation (we use water filtration system);
f) Instruction on the route;
g) Physician check out at the Base Camp (3600 m) and the Camp #1 (4400 m)
h) Use of electricity (220 V and 50 Hz) including generators and accumulators for recharging of electric devices, equipment;
i) Luggage storage for the required time;
j) Use of lavatory and garbage disposal.
Cost of Standard package for 2013 year you can find out by e-mail exchange.
2. Full package includes:
a) Registration of border passes;
b) Pick up and farewell at the Osh airport;
c) Accommodation at the hotel or Guest House (breakfast included) for no longer 2 nights;
d) Transfer Osh – Base Camp “Achik-Tash” (3600 m) – Osh with a stop for a lunch;
e) Accommodation at the Base Camp (3600 m) in two-man tent with care mats for the entire program;
f) Accommodation at the Camp #1 (4400 m) in two-man tent with care mats and floor board for the entire program;
g) Three meals daily at Base Camp (3600 m) and Camp #1 (4400 m);
h) Shower at Base Camp (2 times) and at the Camp #1 (1 time);
i) Providing with radio communications set for the ascending period;
j) Guide instructions on the route issues;
k) Physician check out at the Base Camp (3600 m) and the Camp #1 (4400 m);
l) Use of electricity (220 V and 50 Hz) including generators and solar elements for recharging of electric devices, equipment;
m) Luggage storage for the required time;
n) Use of lavatory and garbage disposal.
Cost of Full package for 2013 year you can find out by e-mail exchange.
Full package does not include:
• Insurance policy for accidents (coverage should be at least 10 000 Euro); Accident insurance is essential condition for participating in our tours;
• International flights;
• Beverages, drinks and food which are not in the menu;
• Meals during ascending and acclimatization periods;
• High altitude products;
• Guide-alpinist service;
• High altitude porters;
• Oxygen cylinders;
• Rent of equipment;
• Personal costs;
• Additional fees for a single-room accommodation in the hotels and Base Camps.
I would like to mention another important fact. Free-ride/backcountry skiing is an extreme sport itself. In combination with a high altitude it is much more dangerous. Therefore, when undertaking such tours you should remember about risks involved. Participation in our programs is not recommended for people without proper experience and good skills in skiing. It is recommended to consult your doctor before the tour, particularly if you do not have experience of high altitude climbing.
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