Mountaineering school in North Tien-Shan

Best season: May - October

 

Programme 6 days in mountains

 

Days

Itinerary

Accommodation

1.

International flight

-

2.

Early morning arrival in Bishkek. Airport pick-up. Transfer to Hotel. Rest. Last minute preparations, shopping.

2* Hotel / Guest House

3.

Morning vehicle transfer to Ala-Archa National Park (42km, 1 hour drive). Trek up to Ak-Sai Mountain Hut at an altitude of 3200m (4-5 hours trek). Overnight in the Mountain Hut.

Ak-Sai Mountain Hut

4-7.

Acclimatization and training. Ascent of peaks of 4000m - 4800m.

Ak-Sai Mountain Hut

8.

Trek down to the road-head of the Ala-Archa National Park. Vehicle transfer to Bishkek.

Option: Sightseeing around Bishkek.

2* Hotel / Guest House

9.

Early morning departure.

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Programme 12 days in mountains

 

Days

Itinerary

Accommodation

1.

International flight

-

2.

Early morning arrival in Bishkek. Airport pick-up. Transfer to Hotel. Rest. Last minute preparations, shopping.

2* Hotel / Guest House

3.

Morning transfer to Ala-Archa National Park (42km, 1 hour drive). Trek up to Ak-Sai Mountain Hut at an altitude of 3200m (4-5 hours trek). Overnight in the Mountain Hut.

Ak-Sai Mountain Hut

4-13.

Acclimatization and training. Ascent of peaks of 4000m - 4800m.

Ak-Sai Mountain Hut

14.

Trek down to the road-head of the Ala-Archa National Park. Vehicle transfer to Bishkek.

Option: Sightseeing around Bishkek.

2* Hotel / Guest House

15.

Early morning departure.

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Skills and Knowledge

 

For Beginners

  • Introduction to basic climbing equipment;
  • Climbing knots and attaching the rope;
  • Moving efficiently over rocky 'scrambling' terrain;
  • Belaying and protection techniques on rock, ice and snow;
  • Use of crampons and ice axe on snow and ice;
  • Moving together with the rope;
  • Short rope techniques for different types of alpine terrain;
  • Safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue;
  • Descending on snow and ice;
  • Alpine navigation and interpretation of maps and guidebook;
  • Preparation and selection of climbing equipment;

 

For Mountaineers with some experience:

  •  To provide a range of alpine rock climbing experiences
  • To coach and develop your existing climbing skills to build confidence in climbing safely and efficiently in this challenging environment
  • To enjoy some high-quality, classic alpine rock routes
  • Appropriate route selection for prevailing conditions and abilities
  • Moving together with the rope on different types of alpine terrain
  • Safe glacier travel and crevasse rescue
  •  Interpretation of alpine conditions and weather.

 

Area of training:  Ak-Sai Glacier, Ala-Archa National Park

Ala-Archa National Park is located only 42km from Bishkek and is the biggest gorge of the Kyrgyz Range, lying within the Northern Tien-Shan Mountains. Mountain summits in Ala Archa rise to an altitude of 4895m, the highest point in the range being Semenov-Tien-Shanskiy Peak.

The Ak-Sai Glacier is located at an altitude of 3300m in the Ala-Archa Gorge and is a popular and spectacular place for mountaineering and climbing.  There is rock climbing and some mixed and ice climbing in the area, depending on the time of year. There are about 150 established routes of all levels, from low grade to technical faces and routes of up to 1100m in length.  The rock is predominantly granite and granodiorite.

Annual precipitation is approximately 690mm. The least precipitation is in September, the wettest months are May and June. Average temperatures are +12°C in Spring, -7°C in Winter and +30°C Summer.

From Bishkek it is a one hour drive to the road-head of the Ala Archa National Park.  From here it is a three to four hour hike to reach the Ak-Sai Glacier.  At the edge of the Ak-Sai Glacier is the Ak-Sai Mountain Hut which gives basic accommodation for up to 36 people.

 

Conditions and notes:

  • Group members must have their own personal mountaineering equipment and gear.
  • If the group decides to send mountaineering equipment to Bishkek in advance of the start of the programme ITMC can assist with customs clearance.
  • Climbers must have medical insurance with a minimum cover of USD 30,000 including cover for search and rescue and helicopter evacuation.  Insurance must cover the geographical area of Kyrgystan.

 

Clients statement

ITMC insistently advises all participants of hiking, climbing and mountaineering to be aware of and accept possible risks of personal injury or death the might be caused by the afore mentioned activities. Participants should be responsible for their own actions and involvement. 

 

 

Prices 2017:

Programme 6 days in mountains

1 person   USD 355 per person

Group of 5 people   USD 220 per person

Group of 10 people USD 295 per person                     

Programme 12 days in mountains

1 person   USD 375 per person

Group of 5 people   USD 265 per person

Group of 10 people USD 245 per person

Services included in Programme Price:

  • Certificate of Mountaineering & Climbing School
  • Certificate of ascents issued by Kyrgyz Alpine Club
  • Registration with local Rescue Service
  • Airport-Hotel transfers in Bishkek (return)
  • Transfers from Bishkek to Ala-Archa Gorge (return)
  • Accommodation:

- - in Bishkek: – 2* Hotel or Guest House – for 3 nights including early check-in

(Note: Prices for 3*, 4* and 5* Hotel accommodation in Bishkek are available on request.
 

- - in Ala-Archa National Park: Ak-Sai Mountain Hut 

Services available at extra cost (not included in the Programme Price):

  • Kyrgyz visa fee  
  • Visa support (if required)
  • Registration with passport department OVIR (if required)
  • Mountain Guide (including their meals and equipment):
  • Programme 6 days in the mountains – USD 600
  • Programme 12 days in the mountains – USD 1200
  • Transfer or flight from Almaty (Kazakhstan) to Bishkek
  • Full board during the programme:

Programme 6 days in the mountains – USD 240 per person

Programme 12 days in the mountains – USD 480 per person

  • Half board during the programme:

Programme 6 days in the mountains – USD 150 per person

Programme 12 days in the mountains – USD 300 per person

  • Dehydrated meals for ascent: on request       
  • Bar in Ak-Sai Hut
  • Camping Gas (Propane/Butane), screw type: USD 7 per canister (230g) from Bishkek, USD 10 per canister in Ak-Sai Mountain Hut
  • Rental of Satellite Pone to use for ascent (safety refundable deposit of USD 300 is required): USD 10 per day (Thuraya service provider airtime is charged extra, per minute of calls and per sms)
  • There is a Satellite Phone for use at the Ak-Sai Mountain Hut, calls cost $4 / minute, sms cost $2 / sms.
  • Porterage service to deliver personal gear to Ak-Sai Mountain Hut – USD 40 per porter

Note: 1 porter carries up to 20kg.  Weight in excess of this is charged at USD 3 per extra kg.

  • Excursions: around Bishkek, to Issyk-Kul Lake, Sonkul Lake and others
  • Trekking and Horseback riding tours in Kyrgyzstan

 

Payment

There is no fee for changes or cancellations when made more than 21 days prior to arrival, but any actual expenses incurred relating to documents such as visa support, permits, or any other necessary official paperwork, will have to be paid for by the client;

Cancellations and charges

  • There is a fee of '10% of ordered services' for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival.
  •  There is a fee of '50% of ordered services' for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.
  • There is a fee of '100% of ordered services' for cancellations when made less than 7 days prior to arrival.

 

  • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Light down jacket
  • Polartec jacket and pants
  • Windproof jacket and pants
  • Woolen mittens and gloves
  • Cover mittens
  • Woolen hat and socks
  • UV protecting sun glasses and sun cream
  • Boots for mixed climbing (snow, ice, rock) routes
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Ski or telescopic poles
  • Rope
  • Harness
  • Prusik
  • 2-3 ice screws
  • Ascender (jumar)
  • Descender
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Gas burner
  • Thermo-insulated flask (thermos) and mug

 

 

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