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Karakol Horseback Riding in Winter

Explore Kyrgyzstan on Skis

Ski touring almost virgin mountains...

The view of the Issyk Kul lake, sleeping in yurts deep in the back country, horseback riding the Kyrgyz way, and catching some amazing turns in the high mountains.

Don’t forget all the small cultural things that will happen on the way, horseback riding, meeting locals in the villages, and getting to know an unknown country like Kyrgyzstan.​
 

This trip will lead you through the Tien-Shan mountains

You will be able to ski in three different locations, staying in warm and cozy guesthouses and warm Yurts in the backcountry.

12 Days Winter tours Kyrgyzstan

  • 1 people: $3,278

  • 2 people: $1,989

  • 3 people: $1,564

  • 4 people: $1,349

  • 5 people: $1,215

  • 6 people: $1,126

Starting from

$1,126
USD

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Program


  Bishkek - Bishkek
Enjoy a full day's tour of the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic

We will meet at 8 am at your guesthouse.  We will start our walking tour of Bishkek at the Frunze museum, which we will head thought he Panfilov Park, to Ala Too Square, Frunze museum in Oak Park, with a stop at the Museum of Fine Arts, then we will head to Victory square where we will have a traditional lunch.  In the afternoon we will visit Osh bazar where you will be able to get close to local people and buy some souvenirs.  We will be able to enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant where we will be able to sample many dishes.  After dinner, we will be transferred back to the guesthouse. 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
5 km
04:00
50 m
50 m

  Bishkek - Jyrgalan
Traveling from Bishkek to Jyrgalan

After breakfast, you will be on the road to find higher grounds.The first stop is the Burana tower, it’s site of an ancient runes of the Balasagun empire from the 15th century.
You will have lunch along the way in a small cafe and the last stop will be Jyrgalan.
After the long drive to Jyrgalan you will be greeted by your hosts in a typical village in Kyrgyzstan.
Jyrgalan’s main economy is coal mining and they have the best cole in Kyrgyzstan. 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
450 km
07:00
12:30

  Jyrgalan - Jyrgalan
Day of ski touring in the picturesque mountains of Jergalan.

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
At the end of the day head back to the base camp where dinner will be ready.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
15 km
04:20
05:00
1200 m
1200 m

  Jyrgalan - Karakol
2nd day skiing in Jergalan Sleeping in Karakol

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
At the end of the day, we will drive to Karakol to have a dinner in a cafe.
 

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
100 km
02:40
05:00
1000 m
1000 m

  Karakol - Arabelsuu syrt
Traveling from Karakol to Ara-Bel

After breakfast, you will head into the deep mountains near Barskoon valley.You will make a short stop at the Barskoon waterfall to stretch your legs and enjoy the view of the frozen waterfall.  Once you arrive in Arabel Suu then you will be able to put your boots and skins on and start skiing to the camp.  It's ~1.5 km to the camp.  Once you arrive, at the camp then it's up to you if you wish to do a quick short run near the camp or have a tea next to the fire.  Tonight you will be accommodated in tents at ~3800m.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
150 km
03:00
04:00
03:00
500 m
500 m

  Arabelsuu syrt - Arabelsuu syrt
Ski touring to the peaks of the Ara-Bel Valley

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
At the end of the day, we will be able to enjoy a nice warm dinner and bottomless cups of tea.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
0 km
06:00
400 m
400 m

  Arabelsuu syrt - Arabelsuu syrt
Ski Touring in Ara-Bel Valley

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
At the end of the day, we will be able to enjoy a nice warm dinner and bottomless cups of tea.​

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
0 km
05:00

  Arabelsuu syrt - Karakol
Half Day Ski Touring in Ara Bel Night in Karakol

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
After lunch you will head back to Karakol to get ready for the next part of you're adventure.
Accommodation in a guesthouse in Karakol.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
150 km
03:30
04:00

  Karakol - Karakol gorge
Horseback Riding to Higher Grounds in the Karakol Gorge

After breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains near Karakol.  Today we will go by horseback all the way up the Karakol gorge. 
If it's your first time on horseback no need to worry because the horses are well trained and you will be instructed how to ride a Kyrgyz horse.   
It will be a challenge for the horses to bring all the equipment up the mountains. 
Half way up the gorge you will have lunch and be able to enjoy the amazing alpine views.
Once everyone reaches the base camp we will unpack our horses and build our base camp.
Accommodation in tents in the Karakol Gorge.​

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
20 km
01:00
05:00

  Karakol gorge - Karakol gorge
Exploring the Karakol Gorge

After an early breakfast, you will gear up and head into the mountains.First, check to make sure everyone has all of their safety equipment and check the condition of the snow and then make a plan for the day.
The first place to ski could be near the Djigit Peak ~5000m.
Another option would be touring from the Ontor pass ~3900m. 
Another option would be touring nearby the Telety pass (3800m).
The rest of the day will be spent in the mountains.
Lunch in the mountains.
Accommodation in tents in the Karakol Gorge 2500m

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
0 km
12:00
06:00
800 m
800 m

  Karakol gorge - Karakol
Horseback Riding from Karakol Gorge Back to Karakol

Today it’s important that you are able to take the horses back to Karakol early because of the avalanche risk of riding horses in the afternoon when the sun is shining the strongest.We will be able to have a late lunch in Karakol.
Enjoy a short walk through the town and get a feeling for the place.
Accommodation in a guesthouse in Karakol 1700m​

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
20 km
00:30
05:00

  Karakol - Bishkek
Morning transfer to Bishkek, visit of Eagle hunter and visit of the capital.

After breakfast you will hit the road again. On the way, a stop will be at the house of an Eagle hunter. You wil be able to get to know him and his long traditions of hunting with eagles. You will have lunch on the way. Arrival in Bishkek, the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. From 1926 to 1991 the city was known as Frunze named after the Bolshevik military leader Mihail Frunze. After the independence it was renamed Bishkek. City tour. Walk around the city. Visiting Ala-Too Square, the main square of Kyrgyzstan. Overnight in our guesthouse.

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
420 km
06:00
1000 m
50 m

Very good and flexible organisation ! NIce proximity with local persons. Top guides !

Didier Appell

Alex was great with communicating and organising our custom trip before hand. The trip itself was fantastic. He knew the area really well and we had great fun, ski touring in the Suusamyr area. He speaks the local language and knows families to stay with, which gave us a glimpse into the Kyrgyzstan hospitality and their traditions. I want to go back and see more of the fascinating and beautiful country.

Janine

On your way

Info

What is included

  • All transportation in a private vehicle

  • All airport transfers

  • Accommodation as described in the program

  • Meals (3 per day)

  • Bottled water & tea

  • English-speaking IFMGA ski touring tour leader

  • All the activities listed in the program

  • Entry fees at national parks and/or border zones listed in the program

  • Entry fees at museums and historical sites listed in the program

  • Domestic flights mentioned in the program

  • A contribution to our sustainable development projects

  • Organisation of the trip & local taxes

What is not included

  • International flights

  • International banking fees (PayPal, ...)

  • Travel & repatriation insurance

  • Visas / LOI (if applicable)

  • Alcoholic and soft drinks

  • Personal expenses

  • Personal equipment (sleeping bag, headlight, personal medication, etc)

  • Additional costs due to unexpected personal events (health, loss of luggage, ...)

  • Tips for guide & driver (always optional, always appreciated)

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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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