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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Skitouring short breaks Chamonix

Do you want to really escape the crowds, properly experience the back country and aren’t afraid of a bit of a good workout? Then ski touring is for you!

The Chamonix valley and Mont Blanc Massif are excellent for ski touring. Ski touring is a great way to access nature as it was intended to be seen. The Massif is a vast area of spectacular, glaciated mountains. The lifts provide easy access to the mountain wilderness that make this region special.
Your skis become a mechanism for hiking in the mountains, giving you access to anywhere you want to go. The wilderness, the views, the fresh tracks and feeling of personal achievement is what makes ski touring a true passion.

We stay in a beautiful fully catered chalet in the Chamonix valley.

 

Our 2 Courses: Introductory Level and Advanced Level

At the Introductory level more time will be spent on developing the techniques and skills needed to become a good ski tourer. As you progress through the levels both your speed and technique will improve and the Advanced course becomes more about exploring with a guide than being introduced to new skills.

Introductory Short Brake Itinerary:

  • Day 1 – Arrive, evening meal and meet with the Guide
  • Day 2 – Head up to Brevent or Flegere ski area. Day trip involving a short hike and developing your back country techniques. Practice with transceivers.
  • Day 3 – Head up to the Aiguille du Midi if conditions permit. Tour over to the Maudite Combe. Learn security on glaciers (crevasse rescue) before heading down the Valley Blanche.
  • Day 4 – Head up onto the Argentière glacier and ascend a route such as the Col du Tour Noir. + 850m

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

Level
Advanced piste skier, good off piste experience, new to ski touring. Ideal course as an introduction

Personal Skills & Technique

  • Developing your skiing skills onto ski touring platforms learning how to move with ease and control on varying degrees of slopes and snow conditions.

Mountain Skills

  • This is all about being safe on the mountains. How to read snow conditions, assess avalanche risks, how to navigate, make sense of the weather forecasts and what they mean to skiers. You’ll spend time practicing with transceivers, to ensure that if the worst happens you have the skills to deal with it.

Learn from a certified  IFMGA Mountain Guide 

  • Ski touring courses are run by a qualified High Mountain Guide, allowing the group to ski on glaciated terrain.

 

Advanced Short Brake Itinerary:

  • Arrival Day – Arrival, evening meal and meet with the Guide
  • Day 1 – Gentle warm up to touring in the Brevent ski area – skin up to the Pointe de Carraye or the Col de la Gliere after a quick reminder on avalanche rescue – + 400m
  • Day 2 – Head up onto the Argentière glacier and ascend a route such as the Col du Tour Noir. + 850m
  • Day 3 – Day trip according to Guides decision such as Col de Passon. Use of crampons required. + 600m approx
  • Day 4 – Climb up to mountain refuge such as Chalet Loriaz or Bonatti. + 700m

The programme is given as an indication only. Changes and adaptation may be made to suit group ability level, current technical criteria, safety requirements and weather conditions.

Level

  • You are a strong skier off piste in all snow conditions. You are physically fit and capable to walk with speed uphill for 1hr without a stop at a good pace. Comfortable with around 800m height climb. Please be aware that this course is by no means an introduction.

Personal Skills & Technique

  • Perfecting your skiing skills onto ski touring platforms learning how to move with ease and control on varying degrees of steeper slopes and harder snow conditions.

Mountain Skills 

  • This is all about being safe on the mountains. How to read snow conditions, assess avalanche risks, how to navigate, make sense of the weather forecasts and what they mean to skiers. You’ll spend time practicing with transceivers, to ensure that if the worst happens you have the skills to deal with it.

Learn from a certified  IFMGA Mountain Guide 

  • Ski touring courses are run by a qualified High Mountain Guide, allowing the group to ski on glaciated terrain.

 

Our Accommodation: Luxury Ski Chalet   

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An elegant traditional chalet with great facilities, located in one the most beautiful areas in the Chamonix Valley and within close proximity to the ski lifts.

This extremely comfortable chalet boasts a unique, lounge and entertainment area, offering breathtaking views of the majestic Mont Blanc from panoramic windows and the sun terraces.  You can relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine or enjoy the home cinema with Bose sound.

Tastefully furnished twin bedrooms can be found along with eight Japanese style bathrooms.

This chalet also features a large outdoor hot tub in the gardens perfectly situated to admire the breathtaking views.

  • Champagne and canapés upon arrival at the chalet
  • Three course gourmet evening meal  – including special menus for those with dietary needs, prepared by an experienced chef
  • Excellent quality complimentary French and Italian wine (selection of red, white and rose wines), beer & soft drinks with all evening meals.
  • Full breakfast every morning: hot and cold option including eggs, bacon, fresh bread, pastries, fruit platter and a choice of cereals
  • Afternoon tea – home baked cakes, fresh bread and jams with tea and coffee
  • Tea, coffee and other hot drinks available at all times
  • Private transport to ski lifts: Morning and afternoon pick ups.
  • Transport into town in the evenings in private minibuses (return transport is subject to availability and charged locally)
  • Hot tub
  • Television
  • Selection of DVDs, Playstation / Wii games, board games, books
  • Internet access – WIFI and hard-wired with large iMac for guest use
  • Docking station for iPods and MP3 players

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