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