Kyrgyzstan ski touring adventure

10.-19. March 2018

This adventure is confirmed and we still have 2 spots available! 

Imagine waking up in a traditional Yurt, in the middle of the snow caped Tien Shan (Celestial mountains) and ready for a day of ski touring with your friends…!

This dream can come true. We take you to a yurt camp at 2,600m in a snowy summer pasture by skinning up from a village and following a horse path that the locals use for harvesting wood and hunting. That offers us immediate access to endless skiing terrain with mountains up to 3,400-3,600m.

3 traditional yurts – one kitchen/dining yurt, and separate yurts for clients and guides all heated by wood burning stoves.

All food is prepared by local chefs. Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring omelets, frittatas, burritos, pancakes and french toast, and always the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu highlights traditional Kyrgyz cuisine.

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10-day program:

  • 1st Day: Arrive early in the morning in Bishkek, transfer to Karakol  (6hrs) night in a village (family home).
  • 2nd Day: After the breakfast we skin up to the yurts
  • 3th – 7th Day: 5 Yurt based backcountry skiing days
  • 8th Day: Skiing in the morning, and back to Karakol, night in Karakol
  • 9th Day: Morning in Karakol, travel to Bishkek, night at Hotel in Bishkek
  • 10th Day: Flight back home

Price:  
4 pax 2560€ /pax
5 pax 2408€ / pax
6 pax 2306€ / pax

Included in the price:
Guiding with IFMGA mountain guide Federico Arletti, Patagoniatiptop organization, all accommodations as mentioned in the program (Hotels, local family, Yurts), all meals, all transportations from/to Bishkek

Not included in the price:
Flights, personal insurances, alcoholic drinks, personal equipment

 

Getting to Kyrgyzstan by airplane
Bishkek’s Manas airport is the main hub with relatively inexpensive international connections on Turkish and Pegasus (via Istanbul), Flydubai (via Dubai), Ukrainian International (via Kiev) and Aeroflot (via Moscow)

Visa
Around 60 nationalities can stay for 60 days or longer without a visa, including citizens of most major Western and former Soviet countries.

Backcountry skiing in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan… a fascinating country in central Asia:
A welcoming landlocked oasis located at the heart of Central Asia surrounded by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Kyrgyzstan is a  in a remote, always fascinating, sometimes volatile, and oftentimes misunderstood part of the world. With an average elevation of 3,000m (9,840ft), and 30% of its landmass buried under permanent ice and snow, the country’s landscape and people are defined by a ruggedness utterly unique to the highlands of Central Asia. The republic is a little smaller in area than the UK minus Northern Ireland.

Native Kyrgyz make up around 70% of the country’s population, with the remaining percentage made up mostly of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Kyrgyz is the main, and many times only, language spoken outside urban areas. Russian remains one of the country’s two official languages. Many Kyrgyz today follow the nomadic traditions of their ancestors, erecting hand-crafted yurts in jailoos – the high mountain pastures above their villages – where they graze their animals and live for the summer.

 

 Backcountry skiing in Kyrgyzstan
Foto credit: 40tribes
The central Tien Shan mountains
This region offers many superlatives of Central Asia: the highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers and the strangest natural phenomena. This is a region of ice, snow and unexplored peaks, the world’s fourth longest glacier, an amazing disappearing lake. Our tour takes us to the valleys close to Karakol where the temperatures are more pleasant. The Chinese were the first to explore this foreboding mountain zone, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that European explorers penetrated the region.
Die Kyrgyz flag is read with a yellow sun inside and a central wheel-like tunduk from the yurts design inside
Home sweet yurt
Yurts (bossy in Kyrgyz) are the archetypal shepherd shelters – circular homes made of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsable wooden frame. The outer felt layer is coated in waterproof sheep fat, the inner most lined with woven grass matting to block the wind. Long woolen strips secure the walls and poles. The interior is richly decorated with textiles, wall coverings, quilts, cushions, camel and horse bags, and ornately worked chests. Floors are lined with thicket felt and covered with bright carpets and sometimes yak skin. Look up: the central wheel-like tuneup that supports the roof is none other than the design depicted in the middle of Kyrgyzstan’s national flag.
Language

Kyrgyz is a Turkic language that has the usual characteristics of that language group, most notably vowel harmony, which is strictly adhered to. As part of the Kyrgyz-Altay group of Turkic languages, it is most closely related to the Altai language and fairly similar to Kazakh. Russian is also an official language and Uzbek is widely spoken in the south.


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