Ski touring in Eastern Terskey Ala Too 2017-2018

Ski touring in Eastern Terskey Ala Too 2017-2018

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Almost the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan is covered with mountains. But there are not so many places for skiing or ski touring here:
1. Eastern Terskey Ala Too, near Karakol city.
2. Kyrgyz Range, near Bishkek city. Glaciers in the Valley of Ala Archa river are available for skiing even in summer time.
3. Suusamyr Valley and Too Ashuu Pass
4. Area of Arabel Suu river 5. Arslanbob
6. Ak Tuz, Chon Kemin
7. Lenin Peak in summer time

The most interesting region for ski touring is the area of the eastern part of Issyk Kul lake near Karakol city. Issyk Kul lake is located at the altitude 1600m above the sea level. Its length is 180 km, and width is 70 km. The deepest place is 700 meters. The lake is surrounded by 2 mountain ranges. Western part of basin is dry, rains are very rare, in winter there’s almost no snow. All air masses carried by the winds to the eastern part, to Karakol. Here, the high mountains prevent the further advance of clouds, and most of the rain falling is on the northern slopes of Terskey Ala-Too.

Climate combined with mountainous terrain provides ideal conditions for the development of winter sports. Infrastructure that is not enough developed opens endless possibilities for off-piste and ski touring. Issyk Kul basin is located at the altitude of 1600-1700m, and the main range is 4500m. Average length of gorges is 25-30km. The most interesting areas for ski touring situated between 2500-3700m.

This region is perfect for one day back country tours.

Program: Ski touring in Eastern Terskey Ala Too 2017-2018
Place: Tien Shan, Terskey Ala Too, Kyrgyzstan
Season: December – March
Duration: 8 days
People: minimum 4 persons

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. The 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. The full day of ski touring. 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 ski touring. 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 the program.

DAY 10
Transfer to the airport. In the morning our driver will take you to the airport. End of the program. Bon Voyage!

4 persons – 1390 USD per person
5 persons – 1380 USD per person
6 – 8 persons – 1320 USD per person

Price includes:
– Meeting / seeing off at the airport
– All transfers according to the program
– Accommodation (twin rooms)
– Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel “Asia Mountains”.
– Lunch: lunch box with a thermos of hot tea 1L for each participant
– Professional ski guide – Ski Lift (1 day)

Price excludes:
– Ski passes
– Rent of ski equipment
– Single occupancy 135$ per person
– Additional meals

Note: The instructor works with a group of 2-4 people. The instructor reserves the right to select the slopes in the area for a ski touring, depending on the snow conditions and avalanche danger.

Necessary equipment
• Skiing with ski-tour bindings and Skins.
• For snowboarders – split boards or snowshoes.
• Ski Poles
• Helmet
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Goggles
• Avalanche equipment: beeper, probe, shovel
• Backpack with the ability to secure skis or snowboard and warm clothes.
• Comfortable clothing for skiing (temperature can get to -15)
Note: Avalanche Equipment can be rented, upon request; the amount of equipment is limited.

The program notes: The tour is made for confident off-piste skiers. The ski area is very extensive, steep slopes of 20 to 35 degrees. Elevation changes of up to 1200 meters. The instructor chooses the way of ascent and descent according to the group’s skills and preferences of the participants. We offer programs of ski tours for both, experienced free riders and those who are just beginning to explore the backcountry skiing. It is recommended to have your personal equipment and shovel, beeper, probe, backpack ABS or to rent (check the availability).

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