Dear Friends, we invite you to visit one of our favorite regions – Eastern Issyk Kul, that is suitable for freeride/backcountry. You will be able to ski down the slopes with a drops up to 1000 meters on the virgin lands covered with tall Tien-Shan pine-trees against the background of sublime mountain peaks over 5000 meters height. During ski tours and horse ridings you will cover dozens of kilometers along picturesque canyons and ranges observing magnificent landscapes.
Afrer ski rides you can relax and retrieve power in comfortable rooms of the Guest House in Karakol City, take meals in one of the many cafes, visit sauna and enjoy wellspring with hot radon water.
Tour program – eight days
Period – December-March
Price of the tour per a person – 800 Euro
Groups may consist of 2 and more persons (maximum 10 persons). One or two guides accompany a group.
Kyrgyzstanis a country which is comfortably located between the Uzbek deserts, Kazakh steppes, Tajikistan and Western China. Along the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan the grand Tien Shan and the Pamirs run, with their mountain systems and such well-known highest world peaks asPeak Pobeda (7439 m.), Lenin Peak (7134 m.). Mountains occupy up to 93% of the entire territory of the country. Overall territory of the country is about 200 000 square kilometers and the population around 5 million people.
This little oasis in the very center of Asia impresses by its diversity of natural landscapes. The unique mountain lake Issyk Kul is considered as a pearl of Kyrgyzstan. This non-freezing lake is 180 km length and 70 km width. The deepest point of Issik Kul is 702 meters and the average depth of the lake is 278 meters. It is surrounded by the chains of mountains in both Northern and Southern coasts Kungei Ala-Too and Teskei Ala-Too.
Western part of the basin is dry, with infrequent rains and rare snows. Air mass is carried over by winds to the eastern part to Karakol city, where the high mountains prevents its further movement. By this reason the Eastern Issyk Kul region is one of the places in Kyrgyzstan with the highest precipitation. Climate and specific mountain landscape creates ideal condition for ski mountaineering. Virgin nature gives unlimited opportunities for fans of free ride and ski tours.
Attention: Guides reserve the right to choose slopes for ski tour depending on snow conditions and avalanche hazard.
Day one – arrival, accommodation, introduction with guides.
Meeting at the Manas airport – 30 km from Bishkek city. Trip to Karakol on a comfortable microbus takes about 6 hours (450 km). Lunch is in café during a stop on the way to Karakol. Accommodation in a guest house. Introduction with guides, inspection of the situation on the snow fields and a brief information on avalanche safety.
Day two – acclimatization.
Trip to Karakol ski resort (8 km). Ski rounds. Ski base is located on the altitude of 2300 meters and recommended before trip to backcountry trails. The guides check individual ski skills of the group members. Skiing down the trails on the open slopes and between coniferous forest.
￼Trip to Bozuchuk canyon (45 km from Karakol, height is 1900 m.). Trip on horses under supervision of the guides from the forest ranger house to the forest upper border (2600 m.). Preparation to the descent. Brief instructions on avalanche safety and rules of conduct on slope. Various tracking routs are available for those who want to reach a table-land (2800 m.) and walk down from the upper point. Gradient of slopes is 20-35 degrees. After descent tourists will have lunch (national cousin) at the house of forest ranger. Return to the guest house.
Day four – ski tour.
Trip to the ski tour area. The canyon is located in the distance of 40 km (one hour drive) from Karakol. This vast area with the slopes of different gradient and length is suitable for skiing and backcountry. From the village to the slope foot it would take around 1 h. 30 m. by skies (snowmobiles are available if requested in advance). Climbing the slope to the top of the range from where you can observe beautiful panorama on neighboring canyons and Issyk Kul Lake. Height drops are about 600 meters with slopes up to 20-35 degrees. There are slopes of various difficulty levels. The choice of the trail depends on the group skill level. Return to the guest house. Dinner. Sauna.
Day five – rest
Excursion to Karakol, sightseeing tour (visiting the Przhevalsk museum, Orthodox Church and Dungan Muslim mosque). Trip to the thermal springs. Return to Karakol.
Day six – ski tour
Trip to the ski area.
Canyon is located in 40 minutes by a car (35 km) from Karakol. From the village to the slope foot it would take around 1 h. 30 m. by skies (snowmobiles are available if requested in advance). To climb the slope would take from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the selected route. The slopes are covered with forest. Height discontinuity varies from 400 to 600 meters with slopes up to 20-35 degrees of a various complexity.
End of ski rounds. Return to the guest home.
Day seven – ski tour
Canyon is located in 40 minutes (30 km) from Karakol by a car.
The route goes on the top of the crest along the coniferous forest. Ascent of the crest in the lower part does not exceed 25 degrees that enables to reserve energy during climbing. From the top of the crest you can observe neighboring slopes and canyons covered with forest. In the upper part of a crest the ascent increases and it turns to the slope, that leads to the top of the mountain. Descent on this rout mostly passes through the forest along the glades. Slope is 20-35 degrees with drops up to 900 meters.
Return to the guest house.
Banquet in cafe or in guest house.
Day eight – final
Trip to the ski resort in Karakol. Ski rounds in resort. 12-00 End of ski rounds. Return to the guest house. Packing up.
Departure to Manas airport, Bishkek city.
During all program there will be tree meals daily. Breakfasts in the guest house, lunches in the field – fruits, sandwiches, hot tea will be packed in a rucksacks and carried to the field. Dinner is taken in a city cafe (salad, two hot courses, tea). Dishes of national and European cuisines are in menu. All meals consist of national and European cuisine.
All trips and transportations during the program will be carried out on a comfortable, all-wheel-drive vehicle in a perfect technical condition, equipped with winter tires and large roof top carrier.
Skies are equipped with ski tour bindings and ski climbers. For snowboarder it is either split boards or snowshoes. Ski sticks. Helmets. The following avalanche equipment is required for skiing: transceiver (beeper), rod, shovel. Rucksack with clamps for skies or snowboards and warm, comfortable clothes for skiing and long walks in mountains. In winter there could be frosts up to minus 15 degrees. Sunglasses, ski mask, sun-protection cream. Equipment could be rented by arrival in advance. Number of sets and equipment is limited.
National currency of Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyz Som (KGS). Currency could be exchanged in the banks and currency exchange offices. It is necessary to take into account that only note of major nominal such as 100 and 50 (Euro and US dollar) and Russian rubles greater than 100 rubles could be accepted and exchanged with a regular exchange rate. Bills of a lower nominal value are excepted reluctantly. Also, it is problematic to exchange bills with small defects, prints or impurities.
ATMs are located in Manas airport and Karakol city. Visa cards are available for payment only in one of the city shops in Karakol.
On the territory of Kyrgyzstan there are several mobile operators providing roaming for either Russian or foreign mobile companies. The largest are Beeline and Megacom. However, it is simpler to buy sim-cards of these operators with activated international tariff plans.
Program is intended for skiers who are skilled in backcountry. Ski area is vast; slopes gradient varies from 20 to 35 degrees. Elevation changes reach 1200 meters. Most of the routes pass through the slopes covered with pine trees. Ascent type and number of descents are chosen by the guide on the basis of group skills in skiing and preferences of participants. Trail levels of complexity are different; we can offer advanced level to experienced free riders or easy level for those who have basic experience in backcountry.
During the program it is planned to organize one day hiking (ski tour) and tracking in mountains, this means that it is necessary to contribute time for physical training and drill.
It is necessary to remember that skiing in backcountry is extreme and potentially dangerous type of sport. Nonobservance of technical safety rules and instructions of the guide may lead to injuries.
￼Tour program fee includes:
• Meeting at the airport – transfer to airport
• Transfer from Bishkek to Karakol and back
• All transportations during the program
• Accommodation in Karakol (not more than 7 nights!) in the guest house
• Three time meal during entire program (including dinner during trip Bishkek-Karakol-Bishkek)
• Payment for ski-pass on the winter resort Karakol (one for full day of skiing and one for half
day in final day of the program)
• Renting horses and payment for guide (one day, one ascent)
• Renting radio station
• Fee for sauna in Karakol (one visit)
• Visit to the thermal springs (one visit)
• Excursion in the town and drives to the canyons for excursion (at the day off)
• Payment for all ecological fees.
Cost of the program does not include:
• Air tickets to Bishkek
• Medical (Sport) insurance
• Rent of ski and avalanche equipment
• Accomodation in Bishkek and Karakol before beginning of the program and after its ends
• Alcohol drinks
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