Ski touring in At-Bashi
Best season: December – March
Location: Inner Tien-Shan, Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 10 days (tour duration can be changed according to the wishes and interest of participants)
Highly recommend: All group members must have medical insurance for the particular activities with the minimum coverage of USD 35 0000
“The Head of the Horse” – this is translation from Kyrgyz language the name of one the most attractive places for ski touring in Kyrgyz Republic. At-Bashi Valley is located in the inner part of Tien-Shan. The range with the same name is situated in the Northern part of the valley. There is also administrative center of the district bordering with China, At-Bashi village, which is placed at the foot of the range. This area is interesting for free-riders who want to explore virgin and new slopes; some of them are more than 5 thousand meters in height. This region is attractive also due to the geographical location and suitable climate conditions. It is low explored and sparsely populated. The main features of terrain are stable snow cover, rocky areas mixed with glaciers.
Climate is not stable in this region, gusty winds and heavy snowfalls are common here. The weather changes very often. December is the driest month in a year. The average annual temperature in the range is about 5-6 degrees, in winter time it come down up to – 50 Celsius degrees.
So, winter months in At-Bashi are characterized by cold and mostly cloudy weather. Snow level at the foot of mountains and in the valley is about 1-2 meters, it is about 5m up to the mountains, and sometime it can be 10m.
There are a few forests only in this area, the most of them are grown on the Northern slopes of The At-Bashi range and mainly consist of Tien Shan spruce. The Southern side of mountain range is poor of flora because the climate is unstable extremely continental.
Many of the positive reactions of tourists and sportsmen who visited At-Bashi Range confirm that this place is one of the most beautiful in Kyrgyzstan.
If the members of groups prefer to send ski gears/outfit to Bishkek in advance, ITMC Company will arrange customs clearance.
1st Day. Arrival in Bishkek
Our representative will meet the group at «Manas» International airport upon arrival. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Afternoon city sightseeing tour around Bishkek, you will also have time to do some shopping for the trip. You can taste national dishes of Kyrgyz cuisine in local restaurants in the evening.
Important! Meal in the hotel is not included in the programme price.
2nd Day. Bishkek – At-Bashi village
We will arrange your transfer to At-Bashi village today. Please take into consideration that the trip will be long, transfer can take about 7 hours. During this trip you will enjoy with magnificent panoramas of snow-covered Kyrgyzstan. Participant will stay in guest house together with a Kyrgyz family upon arrival to At-Bashi. Group’s accommodation will be arranged at the same guest house during the program. Accommodation in family run guest house is very comfortable. Local woman will arrange full board for all group members which will include national food.
3rd -8th Day. Ski touring, new slopes
Transfer to the nearest gorge will be arranged for you every day during the whole period (transfer takes about 1 hour per one way, distance is about 50 km by mountain route). Participants will choose slopes and peaks for ascent by themselves according to the current weather conditions, participant’s experience, skills and physical training. Every day the group will stay in the guest house, enjoy a cozy atmosphere, a delicious food and long discussions of the passing day.
Attention! All team members should have their own equipment for this program.
9th Day. At-Bashi village – Bishkek
Please do not forget to take your tasty lunch-box after breakfast. Now we will arrange the group return transfer to the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The distance for this day is about 360 km. Comfortable accommodation in 3*hotel will be arranged for you in Bishkek. Some rest after long journey, and you will have time to walk around the city, try tasty food from the the menu of Kyrgyz cuisine in one of the local restaurants and buy souvenirs, which will remind you about this amazing land.
10th Day. Come home
On this day participants will have a short transfer to the airport, check-in for the morning flight and return home.
Group of 8 people + 1 free guide – USD 760 per person
Group of 9 people + 1 free guide – USD 720 per person
Group of 10 people + 1 free guide – USD 705 per person
Group of 11 people + 1 free guide – USD 680 per person
Group of 12 people + 1 free guide – USD 655 per person
Single supplement for accommodation available in Bishkek – USD 90 per person per programme
Service included in the price
- Tour leader is free of charge
- All land transportation according to the program
- – Airport-Bishkek-airport, city sightseeing by minibus
- – Bishkek – At-Bashi village – At-Bashi Range – At-Bashi village – Bishkek by 6WD vehicle URAL
- Twin accommodation in the hotels and guest houses as mentioned above
- – Bishkek: Hotel 3*
- – At-Bashi: home stay
- English speaking guide for city sightseeing in Bishkek by arrival
– Breakfasts in the hotel in Bishkek
– Full board in At-Bashi home stay
- Bottled water en-route
Service not included in price
- Single supplement for tour leader
- English speaking liaison guide for 8 days (not for skiing) – $560
- Meals in Bishkek – $10-15 per person per lunch or dinner
- Skiing gear
- Alcohol drinks, additional service in the hotels, all other service which is not mentioned as “included service”