Ski touring in Aksuu Valley
Best season: December – March
Location: Northern Tien-Shan, Kyrgyzstan
Duration: 10 days (tour duration can be changed according to the wishes and interest of participants)
Highly recommended: All group members must have medical insurance for the particular activities with the minimum coverage of USD 35 000.
Virgin and sunny peaks, snowy slopes, majestic mounts and attractive gorges—all these words are written about stone giant Terskey Ala-Too Range. Proudly rising, it has been attracting travelers from all over the world to its foothills for many years. This mountain range is rear visited area of the Northern Tien Shan, and that is why it is very attractive place for pioneers.
If you want to become a discoverer, to enjoy amazing mountain scenery and natural phenomena, and also to improve your skills of the ski touring, we would be happy to arrange skiing for you in the area of this mountain range.
The most popular area among skiers and mountaineers is the Northern part of Terskey Ala-Too, such gorges as Karakol, Juuku, Ak-Suu and neighbouring. This area is more explored and accessible. There are a lot of routes and objects for people who practice various sports, including ski tour.
Participants should have their personal ski outfit , which should be checked preliminary;
If the group prefers to send ski gear/outfit to Bishkek in advance, we (ITMC) will arrange customs clearance.
1st Day. Bishkek – Karakol town
Arrival to the airport of Kyrgyz capital by morning flight. Our company representative will meet you here. Next stage is long transfer to Karakol town, located near the gorge with the same name. Time of driving is about 7-8 hours, the distance is almost about 400 km. You will stay and have a rest in Guest House, where you can check your equipment and later walk around the town or order transfer to famous ski base for some skiing (should be booked preliminary).
Attention! Meal on this day is not including in the base price.
2nd Day. Karakol – Ak-Suu village
As soon as you enjoy your breakfast in the guest house, we will arrange your transfer to Ak-Suu village by minibus. Transfer from Ak-Suu village to yurt camp is possible by snowmobiles or horses (horses will be arranged in case the snow cover in the village is not appropriate for snowmobiles). Snowmobiles will take you to the Yurt camp, which is located in the gorge at the altitude of about 2700 meters. Yurt is traditional dwelling for Kyrgyz people, sauna and unique national cuisine will be arranged for you in the camp. Full board and satellite connection will be provided. The camp is proper and well prepared for comfortable accommodation.
After some rest in yurts you will have a lunch and can make acclimatization walking tours to the nearest slopes. Ski tour routes for each days can be planned during the lovely dinner.
3rd -8th Days. Ski touring, exploration of new routes
Important! All participants choose ski routes by themselves, according to the level of physical training and previous experience, as well as current weather conditions. In addition, all team members should use their own ski outfit during the program.
9th Day. Camp – Bishkek
After breakfast you will travel by pre-arranged snowmobiles to Ak-Suu village. Further transfer will be done by minibus along the new adapted highway; vehicles will deliver the team to Bishkek.
Rest in the guest house in Bishkek after a long transfer. Free time to explore Kyrgyz capital and have dinner of local cuisine in the restaurant.
10th Day. Way to home
After breakfast, you will have the transfer to the airport, the check in and flight to home.
Group of 4 people + 1 free guide – USD 1150 per person
Group of 6 people + 1 free guide – USD 1140 per person
Group of 8 people + 1 free guide – USD 1040 per person
Group of 9 people + 1 free guide – USD 1015 per person
Single supplement in guest houses only – USD 20 per person per programme
Service included in the programme price
- Tour leader – free of charge
- Registration in local Rescue Service
- All transfers according to the programme by Mercedes Sprinter minibuses (15-17 seats)
- Transfer by snowmobiles and delivery of personal belongings (30 kg per person)
- Twin accommodation in guest houses
- Shared accommodation in a yurt
- Meals: Full board in yurt camp and breakfasts in guest houses as mentioned above
Programme price does not include:
- Local guide for ski tour – USD 1100 per group per programme
- Meals en-route and in the city
- Personal belongings delivery by snowmobile (overweight – USD 50 per up to 100 kg)
- Personal ski outfit
Additional service in the guest houses and yurts: sauna, bar, alcohol drinks, etc.