Ski touring in Ak-Shirak Range

Best season: March - April

Ak-Shirak Range is located to the south of eastern bank of Issyk-Kul Lake, between the lake and border with China. Climate of the area is similar to the Central Tien-Shan but slightly milder. Annual precipitation is 700 mm. The highest precipitation amount fall in spring and beginning of summer, the lowest amount is in winter. The average temperature in winter is -16°С, in spring and autumn -7°С.

The highest altitude here is 5 126m. Glaciation is very significant and quite often glaciers slide down from the passes and mountain tops. Elevation is 700 meters and in eastern part reaches 1000 m (area of the peak 5 126). The biggest glacier is Petrov, 14 km long sliding to north in the central part of northern slope of the range. 10 km long glacier of Jaman-Suu is located in the eastern part of the range. Karasai Severnii glacier is 10km long and Kaindy Glacier is 8 km, both are situated in the western part. There are about 130 glaciers in the range with total area of 450 sq km. Glaciers are situated above 3700 m. Snow line is on 4100-4400m

There are nice conditions for ski touring almost all year round except second half of August and in September is the time when ice outcrops. However the best season is January-March.

The northern, western and southern areas of the range can be easily accessed by car from the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, first passing Barskaun village and then 100-150 km on gravel road by off-road vehicle. The southern region is in the border area and special permit is required.  

Scheme of standard program Bishkek-Bishkek





International flight to Kyrgyzstan. Early morning arrival in Bishkek.

Hotel 3*


Transfer to Tamga village (300 km, 4-5 hours driving).  

Guest House


Transfer to the ski touring area (200-250 km, 3-4 hours driving). Acclimatization.

Tent Camp


Acclimatization and skiing.

Tent Camp


Transfer to Tamga village (200-250 km).

Guest House


Transfer to Bishkek (300 km).

Hotel 3*


Early morning transfer to the airport. International flight from Bishkek.


Conditions and notes:

  • Skiers choose routes for skiing by themselves according to the group physical training, weather and snow conditions.
  • Skiers should be in good physical condition. Fluent ski touring and ski in all snow conditions. Elevation may by between 1200m and 1500m per day.
  • Tourists provide personal ski outfit for the expedition by themselves.
  • If the group prefers to send ski gear/outfit to Bishkek in advance, ITMC can arrange customs clearance. For more details please contact us.
  • All group members must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of €30 000. 

Prices 2016:

Group size

4+1 pers




Price per person

USD 1090

USD 950

USD 860

USD 875

Service included in the programme price:

  • Tour leader is free of charge
  • All city transfers within Bishkek by minibus
  • All land transfers by 4 WD cross country vehicle
  • Twin accommodation in the hotels and Guest Houses as mentioned above. Guest House has shared facilities.
  • Cook service
  • Meal: full board in the mountains, breakfasts in the hotels
  • Formalities: border permit
  • All camping and kitchen utensils
  • Base Camp and Mess tent / Dinning Tent

Price does not include:

  • English speaking local guide (not for skiing)
  • Porter/workman
  • Meals in Bishkek
  • Personal ski outfit
  • Additional service in the hotels and alcohol drinks 


To guaranty booking full payment for confirmed trip should be done 8 weeks prior the 1st day of the trip. Non payment on time may result in full cancellation.

All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by Sender.

Cancellations and charges

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;

  • There  is 10% fee of ordered services for changes or cancellations when made 15 to 21 days prior to arrival;
  • There is 50% fee of ordered services for cancellations when made 7 to 14 days prior to arrival.
  • There is 100% fee for cancellations when made less than 7 days prior to arrival.
  • Ski boots/snowboard boots
  • Skis/snowboard
  • Poles
  • Day rucksack
  • Helmet
  • Transceiver, shovel and probe
  • Water bottle
  • Multitool
  • Warm hat/beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Neck warmer
  • 2 thermal tops
  • 1/2 fleeces
  • Waterproof ski jacket
  • Waterproof ski trousers
  • Ski/board gloves
  • Thermal bottoms
  • 2/3 pairs of ski/board socks
  • 1/2 sports bras/tops
  • Jeans/trousers
  • T-shirts/ tops
  • Jumper or fleece
  • Underwear including socks
  • Comfy trousers/jogging bottoms
  • Slippers
  • Normal gloves
  • Scarf
  • Shoes/boots with a good grip


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