Ski touring in Ak-Shirak Range

Best season: March - April

Ak-Shyrak Range is a part of Central Tien-Shan mountains, located to the south of eastern bank of Issyk-Kul Lake, between lake shore and border with China. Climate of the area is typical for Central Tien-Shan in general, but slightly milder. Annual precipitation is 700 mm. The highest level of precipitation is in spring and early summer, the least one is in winter. Average winter temperature is -16°С, in spring and autumn it is -7°С, however some days spring temperature can fall down to -15 and even to -20C.


The highest altitude in Ak-Shyrak Range is 5126 m. Glaciations are significant and quite often glaciers slide down from the passes and mountain tops. Elevation is 700 m and in eastern part it reaches 1 000 m (area of the peak 5126m). The biggest glacier in Ak-Shyrak Range is Petrov Glacier, 14 km long, sliding to north in the central part of northern slope of the range. 10 km Jaman-Su Glacier is located in the eastern part of the range. Karasai Severny Glacier is 10 km long and Kaindy Glacier is 8 km. Both sit in the western part. There are about 130 glaciers in the range with total area of 450 square kilometres. Glaciers are situated above 3700 m. The area is not widely explored by skiers or climbers; it has huge possibilities for ski-mountaineering, for the first ascents,


The northern, western and southern areas of the range can be easily accessed by car from the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. From Bishkek the way goes through Tamga, then after next village Barskaun we continue to south 200-250 km on gravel road by off-road vehicle. The southern region is in the border area and special permit is required. Part of Ak-Shyrak Range is a territory of goldmine, and depending on the itinerary special permit from gold mining company may be needed.


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:

  •  Clients choose routes for skiing in the area by themselves according to the physical training, weather and snow conditions.
  •  Clients 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 contact us please.

  • All group members must have medical insurance. We recommend coverage of USD 40 000 minimum.

Prices 2018:

Group size

4+1 pers




Price per person

USD 725

USD 720

USD 650

USD 580

Service included in the programme price:

  • All land transportation according to the program

    - airport-Bishkek-airport, city sightseeing by car or minibus

    - Bishkek - Ak-Shyrak Range BC - Bishkek by 4WD  or 6WD vehicle

    NB: Vehicle stays in the Base Camp and is available for moving between gorges in the area

  • Twin accommodation in the hotels and guest houses as mentioned above

    - Bishkek: 3* Hotel (day 2, day 12)

    - Tamga: Guest House, shared facilities

  • Cook service
  • Meals:

    - breakfasts in the hotel in Bishkek

    - breakfasts and dinners in the Guest House in Tamga

    - full board in the mountains

  • Bottled water en-route
  • All camping and kitchen utensils, camping furniture
  • Mess tent (dining tent)
  • Formalities: border permits

Price does not include:

  • English speaking liaison guide and Camp Manager for 10 days (not for skiing) - $850
  • Meals in Bishkek – $10-15 per person per lunch or dinner
  •  Porter / workman - $400 per porter per expedition part (13 days)
  •  Tents
  •  Sleeping bags and carry mats
  •  Skiing gear
  •  Alcohol drinks, additional service in the hotels, all other service which is not mentioned as “included service”


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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