Virgin peaks in Kyrgyzstan

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Terskey Ala-Too Range

It is one of the most extensive mountainous ranges of the Tien-Shan system. It stretches along the southern shore of lake Issyk-Kul for almost 400 km in latitudinal strike from its western edge to the border of Kazakhstan in east. Canyons Karakol, Jetyoguz and Chon-Kyzylsuu are very popular among climbers. Other canyons are whether rarely visited by mountaineers or not visited at all. There is reasonable access by road to almost all canyons of the northern part of the range and many of the southern slopes. The highway goes along northern slopes. The territory of the range is not in the border area and no special permits are required.       

          Kuiluu Range

The range is situated in Issyk-Kul region to the south of Terskey Ala-Too ridge in the interfluves: the Kuilu river in the north, the Uchkul in the south, the Sarydjaz in the east and the Irtash in the west. The range stretches for 50 km to the north-west. Altitude reaches 5,281 m (Konstituzii) relief is more dissected then one of the Akshiirak with elevation up to 1,100m. Among numerous glacier bowls there are a lot of rocky walls and various stages of icefall. Majority of peaks are unclimbed which gives good perspective for first ascents and new routes.  The range of difficulty is quite wide from the easy routes to moderate and very difficult ones. Mountains are formed by metamorphic and igneous rock. There are monolithic and fractured rocks depending on its type. Four main sub-regions can be identified in Kuiluu region, such as the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. Each region has different access and development.

          Akshyirak Range

Aksyirak range is located to the south of western brink of the Issyk-Kul lake in the middle between lake shore and the border with China. Climate of the area is similar to the central Tien-Shan but it is slightly milder. Annual precipitation is 700 mm. The heaviest precipitation falls in spring and the beginning of summer, the least is in winter. The average temperature in winter is -16°С, in spring and autumn is -7°С, July and August is +4°C and of September is +0.5°C. The highest altitude is 5,126 m. Glaciation is very significant and it happens quite often that glaciers slide down from the passes and mountain tops. Elevation is 700 meters and it reaches 1,000 m in eastern part (area of the peak 5,126). The biggest glacier is called Petrov, it is14 km long sliding to the north in the central part of northern slope of the range. 

Glacier of Jaman-Su (10 km) is located in the eastern part of the range. The Karasai Severnii glacier is 10km long and the Kaindi glacier is 8 km and both are situated in the western part. There are about 130 glaciers in the range with total area of 450 km². Glaciers are situated above 3700 m. There are great conditions for ski touring almost all year round except second half of August and September when the ice outcrops. Most of the routes are combined on snow and ice. There are no high vertical walls. Routes are easy and moderate and only northern and southern slopes of 5,126m peaks are rated as difficult. One can find lots of possibilities for the first ascent and new routes. The northern, western and southern areas of the range can be easily accessed by car from the southern shore of the Issyk-Kul lake, first pass is Barskaun village and then 100-150 km on gravel road by an off-road vehicle. Hiking time from the road to starting point of climbing is about 2-3 days.

             Western Kokshal-Too

Western part of one of the most extensive and highest ranges in the Tien-Shan stretches for 500 km, it is one of the best and interesting places for climbing. The administration of the region is divided to two areas. Area to the east of Kotur canyon is called Jety Oguz district (Isssyk Kul region) and to the west is Atbashi district (Naryn region). Speaking geographically the region is rather the western end of the highest part of the Kokshal-Too range than the very western part of the whole range. Altitude reaches 5,000m. It’s located to the center part of the range. Drawing an imaginary line from the very center of the Issyk-Kul lake to the south on the intersection with Kokshal-Too range we can define the location of the Western Kokshal-Too. It borders with China. The region stretches from longitude 78 east to longitude 79.15’ west for almost 100 km. The axial part of the ridge stretches in the exact latitudinal direction. Glaciers fill up the canyons meridionally spreading from the axial part. Glaciation prevails at quite large territory. If glaciers slide down of the slopes they stay on the remains of ancient peneplain. There are about 40 glaciers in the area. The biggest one is called Chon-Turasu and stretches for almost 18 km. Glacier bottom is flat what makes it easier to walk there. Altitude reaches up to 5,982 m (Dankov peak).  Elevation is 1,500m. The walls are 1,000m high. Glaciers in the canyons are located at the altitude of 4,000-4,500 m. The climate is acutely continental, typical for Central Asia. The region is one of the most rigorous ones and is called the Arctic of Kyrgyzstan for its severe winters when temperature drops to -60°C. Summer lasts only for one month which is August, it is the best time for climbing. Thunderstorms are very common for May – July. September has a quite stable weather though it is cold. Snow doesn’t melt. The average temperature of July is +4°C, of August is +6°C and September is +2°C. The annual precipitation is 420mm. Bottom of gorges and watersheds is alpine desert located on the ancient peneplain* surface with slope swamps in some areas.

        Borkoldoi Range

The range is situated to the north of Western Kokshaltoo and to the east of Jany-Jer ridge. It’s administrated by Jety-Oguz district. Borkoldoi range is formed in horseshoe shape facing west with its open side. The region is not very well explored. There is no information on climbing during pre-perestroika period. First expedition took place in 2002 by Pat Littlejohn and was followed by several more. Different parts of the range have different accesses. The northern, eastern and south-eastern parts can be accessed from Barskaun via Karasai village. The southern and central part of the range can be reached only from Naryn via Akmuz village and further to the valley of the Moyudrum river. As the region is not very popular among climbers, only 20 summits were climbed among numerous unclimbed peaks. Nowadays more than 100 peaks are over 4,000 meters high and 8 peaks are over 5,000m that are still unclimbed. Only off-road vehicles can provide access to the region itself and to the base camps. It takes about 2-4 days to get there from Bishkek. There are no people living there permanently. Only several hunting grounds and shepherds’ farms are found in the area, no settlements. Access to the hunting grounds is restricted therefore it’s advised to get in touch with the management and inquire the permission to enter the territory. The region is in the border area and special permit is required.

         Jetim and Jetimbel Ranges

The ranges are situated to the south of the central part of the Terskei Alatoo ridge and to the west of Suek pass. There is a road over the pass to Karasai village. The ranges were not explored by climbers. There is a great number of peaks that are over 4,000 m high with easy routes. Easy accessibility to the region is by mountain roads on off-road vehicles. Western part of ranges can be accessed from the side of the Malyi Naryn river and access to the eastern part is over Suek pass from the side of the Taragai river. The average walking time from the end of the roads to the climbing starting points is 1-3 hours and in some parts it’s 4-5 hours. The ranges are in the border area and special permit is required.

        Torugart Too Range

The range is located to the west of Torugart pass over which the international highway to China goes. It stretches for almost 50 km west along the Arpa river to the Fergan ridge. 30 km of the eastern part of the range stretches along the Kyrgyz-Chinese border.  The region is administrated by Atbashi district. Easy accessibility is conditioned by the highway of Naryn-Torugart pass. Nevertheless off-road vehicles are necessary to get into the canyons. First exploration of the region was done by Pat Littlejohn expedition in 2006. Then 6 first ascents were done in the area of the Mustyr river valley. Later, two more expeditions added eight more first ascents. There are still several unexplored canyons to the west of the Mustyr gorge with more than 40 peaks over 4,000m high among which 5 peaks are over 5,000m. Routes are mostly combined and are on ice and snow. Numerous summer shepherd camps in the lower canyons can be the sources to replenish dairy products and meat stock.  The region is in the border area and special permit is required.  


The region is located to the south of Kaindi range on the border with China. It is administrated by Aksu district (Issyk-Kul region). Small Jangart range is divided from the Kokshaaltoo range by the river and glacier Jangart. Both ranges have lots of perspective for climbing as Jangart with altitude up to 4,600m and the Kokshaaltoo with altitude to 5,340m. This region of Tien-Shan can be defined as the most difficult in terms of it is unexplored by climbers. First mountaineers came to the region in 2001. It was the British exploratory expedition of Ingrid Crossland and Graham Sutton who accessed the region by helicopter from Maidaadyr camp grounds. Another group of the British climbers visited the area in 2010 when they climbed many summits. That expedition drove along the Kaichi river at the foot of Jangart pass. Then they hiked over the pass and down to the Jangart glacier. This itinerary takes 4 days.  The region is in the border area and special permit is required.   



Scheme of standard programme “Bishkek-Bishkek”:





International flight to Bishkek.



Arrival to Bishkek. Final preparation for the expedition.

Hotel 3*


Transfer to Naryn/Karakol

Guest House


Transfer from Naryn/Karakol to base camp (climbing area)



Acclimatization, climbing (8 days).



Transfer from base camp to Naryn/Karakol.

Guest House


Transfer to Bishkek.

Hotel 3*


Transfer to the airport. Departure.


Booking terms and payment.


1. Prices are valid for groups booked and paid 8 weeks before arrival or earlier In case of late booking and payment (less than 8 weeks) extra charge for formalities EUR 70 per person is charged.

2. Climbers must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage of EUR 30 000.

3. Climbers provide personal mountaineering gear for ascent and choose tactics for ascent by themselves.

4. If expedition group prefers to send mountaineering gear/outfit to Bishkek in advance, ITMC can arrange customs clearance. For more details contact us

Prices for 2021

Group of 3 people - USD 1620 per person

Group of 5 people – USD 1330  per person

Group of 6 people – USD 1230  per person

Group of 8 people – USD 1050  per person

Group of 10 people – USD 930  per person

Service, included in programme “Bishkek-Bishkek”:

  • Visa support (if required)
  • Registration in passport department OVIR (if required)
  • Border permit
  • Registration in local Rescue Service
  • Return land transfer from airport to the hotel
  • Land transfer Bishkek – Base Camp – Bishkek by cross country vehicle
  • Demurrage of vehicle during expedition


  • Accommodation:

- - in Bishkek: Hotel 3* (incl. breakfast) - 2 nights
- - in Naryn/ Karakol: Guest House (incl. breakfast) - 2 nights

    Note: Accommodation in Hotels 4*,5* are available by request

  • Cook for expedition
  • Full board in mountains and en-route cafe
  • All kitchen and dining utensils and gas
  • Ascent / Route consultation of experienced Guides in Bishkek
  • Assistance in changing of departure dates of air tickets. Air company fees for change are paid only.
  • English speaking Mountain guide – USD 1560 per guide per programme
  • Lunch/Dinner in Bishkek – from USD 10 per person per time
  • Tents for accommodation - USD 85 per tent per programme

    Note: Deposit – USD 300 per item

  • High altitude tent for rent – USD 120 per programme per item

    Note: Deposit – USD 450 per item

  • Rent of satellite phone for ascent – USD 10 per day

   Note: Deposit – USD 350

   (Thuraya airtime is charged extra)

  • Transfer / flight from Almaty or Tashkent to Bishkek from USD 90 per person one way transfer
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  • To guarantee your booking full payment for the confirmed trip should be made 8 weeks prior the 1st day of the trip. Failing to pay in time may result in full cancellation.
  • All service fees charged by banks or other financial institutions for payment processing must be paid by the 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 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.


  • 5 season sleeping bag (for up to -30C)
  • sleeping mat rucksack (40 l minimum)
  • high altitude mountaineering boots (for up to -30C)
  • hiking boots
  • snow gaiters
  • crampons
  • windproof & waterproof jacket with hood
  • warm & waterproof over-gloves or mitts
  • mountaineering or climbing harness
  • rope
  • carabiners (2 x screwgate)
  • prussic loops x 2 (5 m / 16 ft of 6 mm cord)
  • ice axe
  • head-torch
  • sunglasses
  • climbing helmet
  • trekking poles 
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