The Terskey-Ala-Too Range is located in the north-eastern part of Kyrgyzstan and embraces the Issyk-Kul Hollow from the south. Its ridge extends for 375 kilometers in the latitudinal direction and rises to 5,281 meters above sea level (Karakolsky peak) in its highest part. The average height of the range is about 4,500 m. Due to Lake Issyk-Kul the climate here is mild and there is a high level of precipitations. So, the skiing season starts in December and lasts till even end of March. The Karakol ski-resort, located 8 km from Karakol town is the most popular among skiers and snowboarders not only in Kyrgyzstan. You can do piste and off piste skiing there.
The next destination is Zhyrgalan or Dzhergalan. It is a unique valley of the Central Tien Shan. It is fenced from Issyk-Kul by a mountain range. So, there are no strong winds and snow stays for the whole season, which starts in mid-late November and lasts to the end of April. Recent years it is longer. This area provides virgin slopes and you can become the first to cut them. The cozy guest house and friendly atmosphere create a special home feeling as the surrounding nature brings harmony and appeasement.
Other destination, like the Boz-Uchuk and Irdyk gorges, are worth visiting as there you will enjoy ski-touring in the less visited by someone spots. The Irdyk plateau is located on the northern slope of the Terskei Ala-Too Range in the Dzhety-Oguz region of the Issyk-Kul area.
This very exciting tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy different destinations like Karakol, Dzhergalan. Irdyk. Boz-Uchuk and good powder and not frequently visiting spots. You will ski on slopes up to 40 degrees and gain about 1,000 meters. Our professional KMGA guides will provide their fully support and experience during the whole tour. Alsoб you will observe local life, taste traditional food. Be sure you like this adventure in Kyrgyzstan!
Arrival in Bishkek. Meeting with the representative of our company at the airport. Transfer to Karakol (400 km). Lunch on the way. Accommodation in the guest house. Meeting up with guides. Avalanche safety briefing. Dinner.
Karakol ski resort . Breakfast in the guest house. After breakfast – transfer to Karakol ski resort (8 km). Skiing at the base. Karakol ski resort is situated at the altitude of 2,300 meters, so you will get good acclimatization before off piste riding. Lunch. You will have full day of skiing on slopes among fir trees. Transfer back to the guest house. Dinner.
Transfer to Dzhergalan (60 km). . After breakfast we drive to Dzhergalan village. Accommodation in the guest house. Transfer to the Boz-Uchuk village (36 km, 1,900 m). By feet or on horses (not included) we will get to the line of fir trees (2,700 m), gain – 700 m from the starting point. Short lecture of avalanche safety and we will start the way down. Here we have a chance to get even higher to the plateau (3,200 m) and ski down from the highest point. Steepness of slopes is 20-35%, gain – 600-700 m. Lunch in the forester’s house. Transfer back to the guest house in Dzhergalan (25 km). Overnight.
Day 4-6. Dzhergalan. Whole day skitouring in Dzhergalan. Relaxation after return. You can visit sauna or meditate gazing on the mountains. Skitouring in Dzhergalan. Overnight in the guest house.
Ak-Bulak village. After breakfast you will drive to Ak-Bulak village (45 km both ways). You will face slopes of 25-35%, gain – 800 m. Full day of skitouring. Overnight in the guest house in Dzhergalan.
Irdyk Gorge. Today you will drive to the Irdyk Gorge (70-75 km). Slopes of 35%, gain – 500-600 m. Full day of skitouring. Overnight in the guest house in Dzhergalan.
Transfer back to Bishkek. Transfer back to Bishkek (389 km, about 6 hours). Lunch on the way. Accommodation in the hotel. Farewell dinner. End of program.
- All transfers according to the program
- Accommodation in guest houses in Karakol and Dzhergalan, hotel in Bishkek *dbl/twin accommodation
- Meals – Full board
- Guiding (1 guide – up to 5 pax, 2 guides – 5 pax and more)
- Entrance fees according to the program
- Skipass in Karakol (1 day)
- Radio-stationfor guide
- Radio-station for the group (1 item – up to 5 pax, 2 items – 5 pax and more)
- Group leader free (group 4+1)
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Flight tickets
- Ski touring gear
- Luggage costs in the airport
- Single accommodation
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips for guides/ drivers
- Emergency evacuation charges
- Alcohol drinks, personal expenses, sauna (USD 22 pp/hour)
- Snow cats (from $72 pp/day)
- Horse transfer in Dzhergalan ($17 per horse pp plus horse-guide $50 per group up to 5 pax, plus assistant $36 per group more than 5 pax) and Boz-Uchuk
- Changes to the program
The program is aimed for confident off-piste skiers. The ski area is very extensive, the steepness of the slopes is from 20 to 40 degrees. Altitude gain is up to 1,200 meters. Most routes pass on fir-covered slopes. Ascent options and the number of descents are chosen by the guides based on the group’s readiness, the level of skiing and the preferences of the participants. The difficulty levels of the routes are different. We have something to offer to both experienced freeriders and those who are just starting the backcountry.
During the program, one-day hikes (ski touring) and ascents are planned, which means that it is necessary to devote time to physical preparation and training before the trip.
It must be remembered that off-piste skiing is an extreme and potentially dangerous sport. Failure to follow safety instructions and guide’s instructions may result in personal injury.
You should be strong and fit and feel comfortable for long walks with your own backpack.