13 days with 9 days of ride. First part takes you to some ski resort, and the second part at some best freeride spots.
Nomad's Land would like to introduce you to a fascinating region perched in the middle of Tian Chan.Snowboarding or skiing through the Kyrgyz Alatoo, Kungey Alatoo, Terskey Alatoo and At Bashi is a unique way to discover this country of nomads, located in the heart of Central Asia. It offers vastly unexplored mountains, a great playground for all nature lovers and virgin lands. Discover the real back country and enjoy intense skiing with this 13 days program.
Once you arrive at the Manas International Airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and the adventure will start. You will be transferred to your guesthouse where you can take a rest after your long flight. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Zil ski resort where you can start skiing or snowboarding. Accommodation at the Zil ski resort.
After breakfast, you will be able to start skiing at the Toguz Bulak, which is not far from your hotel. You will be able to enjoy a full day of skiing and getting to know local people on the slopes. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.
After breakfast, you will be able to ski from your guesthouse and enjoy the slopes of the Toguz Bulak resort. The Toguz Bulak resort has 6 slopes of 2 km each and it's mostly ungroomed snow. Lunch and dinner will be had the resort. You will be accommodated at the Toguz Bulak ski resort.
With an alpine start, you will be able to reach the summit of the Toguz Bulak ski resort and beyond with your own power. Once the lifts open you will be able to ski the resort and enjoy the last moments of skiing at the Toguz Bulak ski resort. After lunch, you will have the possibility to jump into the hot springs in Issyk-Ata gorge or visit the historic Burana Tower from the ancient city from the silk road. Dinner will be at you're guesthouse in Orlovka ski resort where you will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Day of snowboarding or skiing. Meal in the restaurant of the resort. Night station. Opportunity to ride at night. (www.orlovka.kg)
After breakfast, you will be able to enjoy skiing at the Orlovka Ski Resort for the whole day. As the lifts close you will be transferred to the Chong Kemin National Park. Chong Kemin National Park is a great place for touring and getting close to Kyrygz culture. Dinner and accommodation will be at a shepherd's house close to the mountains.
Today you will be able to feel like a Kyrgyz Nomad because you will have a horse that you can ride to higher grounds. You will be able to ski different slopes and get many runs in today. But you can also choose to snowshoe on forest road. Lunch will be had in the mountains with the horseman and your guide. After a full day of horseback riding and touring you will head back to your guesthouse and share dinner with the shepherds family that you are being hosted by.
Today you will be able to see a wide range of landscapes and cover a lot of ground. You will be following in the foot steps of the great silk road. Once you reach the At-Bashy Mountain range you will enter the Tash Rabat Gorge and be able to see the ancient caravanserai build in the XI century. Once you arrive you will be greeted by your hostels at the yurt camp where you will be staying. It's possible to see Yaks, snow-capped peaks and countless horses near the caravanserai.
After breakfast, you will have a few options where you can go ski touring or you can go snowshoeing in the Tash Rabat area. Tash Rabat is an unknown place during the winter months and you will able to explore the area. It might even be possible to spend time with a local shepherd and join him on a hut for nearby wolfs. Lunch will be had in the mountains and dinner will be back at the base camp.
After breakfast, you will be able to see the Tash Rabat Caravanserai for the last time. The first stop of the day will be the ancient fortress of Koshoy Korgon where the hero "Koshoi" saved his whole village by building a fortress where the village was protected from invading armies. Another stop along the way to Naryn would be the village of At-Bashy where you can walk through the small bazaar and get a picture with Horse Head statue. The next stop along the way would be the Ak-Tash waterfall. It's a great stop to stretch your legs and see a nice waterfall. Once you arrive in Naryn City you will be able to rest at the guesthouse and enjoy a dinner with your new hosts.
Today you will say goodbye to your hosts in Naryn City and head to Dolon Pass at 3,030 m. At the Dolon Pass you will be able to ski the large pass and your driver will meet you at the bottom of the pass where you can jump in your jeep and be driven back to the pass. If you are on snowshoes you will be able to explore this area with your guide and be able to stretch your legs along the way. Tonight you will be accommodated in the village of Kochkor where your hosts will welcome you with hot tea and some amazing local dishes.
After a nice breakfast, you will pack your bags and make your way to Bishkek. The first stop along the way will be the artificial lake Orto Tokoi and then Issyk Kul lake. The road will follow through the Boom canyon and in no time you will be in Bishkek. If you wish you have the option to have a 3-hour hike though the Kyzyl Terek Canyon, visit Burana Tower, white water rafting in the Chuy river, or visiting the hot springs in Issyk-Ata. Once you arrive in Bishkek you will be able to have a walk through the city and see some of the many highlights of Bishkek. Overnight in a guesthouse in Bishkek.
Depending on your flight time, your guide will join you to the airport and help you check in for your flight. If your flight is later in the day your guide will show you more places in Bishkek before your flight. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Kyrgyzstan and we hope you come back again to explore other counties in Central Asia with us.
We went bike-touring in Kyrgyzstan for a month. The gang at Nomad's Land was a perfect resource for us. We did a lot of research ourselves, but their advice and logistic help was invaluable in making our trip run smoothly. They have personally traveled almost everywhere in the country, and have many contacts. They were also happy to help us while we were on the road. A quick phone-call or email and they could connect us with a trusted outfitter, guide, or guesthouse. They even mailed some supplies to us mid-trip. Their guesthouse is comfortable, bright, and clean. A great place to put our bikes together and get ready. When we go back to Kyrgyzstan, we will definitely use them again!
We went on a trek with Nomad's Land in July 2019 and were thoroughly satisfied with their organization, attention to detail, and responsiveness. HIghly recommend.
On your way
Chong Kemin KG
The population of Chong Kemin is devided in 6 small villages. Novorossiika is the main one with Town hall, hospital and school. Others one are Tegirmenti, Tar Suu, Kalmak-Ashuu, Kaïndy and Karool-Debe where are situated our homestays.
Tash Rabat KG
The historic-cultural area, which includes the most ancient memorial Tash-Rabat (the 14th century) is situated 110 km to the South from Naryn and not far from the border with China on the height of 3120 m in the canyon Kara-Koyun. Tash-Rabat (Caravan-Sarai) was the inn for merchants and travelers on the ancient Silk Road from Central Asia to China and was the place for rest protecting sellers from bandits in those ancient times.
Tash-Rabat is a comfortable and attractive place for a stop between Bishkek and Kashgar. Today the caravanserai is a square, rather squat-looking building that is much bigger than it appears from the outside because it digs deep into the hillside behind. Inside there is a domed central chamber leading to the remains of 30 dank rooms including, opposite the entrance, the khan’s own quarters. One chamber contains two underground dungeons, one of which has been filled in and another, which is apparently 10 meters deep.
There is also a well and supposedly an old tunnel, possibly leading to a look-out point. The chambers on either side of the entrance each have a broad, raised ledge, which is said to be a communal bed used by the caravanserai’s soldiers, who were garrisoned here to protect against bandits.
Naryn city KG
Blocked in the Central Tien Shan, the town was built during soviet times. If the town has no charm, the landscape is just unbelievable. Red cliffs are surrounding the main city of the Naryn's Oblast.
Kochkor is a town of shepherds located in Naryn oblast 200 km from Bishkek. It is located at 1800m. alt. The city has 17,000 residents. Most of them are shepherds or farmers. With the Kyrgyz hospitality, tourism is an increasingly important for economy. It is a starting point to reach the sights as Lake Song Kul, Sarala-Saz pastures, Lake Koelykoek, the salt mine Chong Tuz, and also the crossroads between Issyk Kul lake and City Naryn. Places for visiting: the women cooperative "Kochkor Kutu" which develops Kyrgyz crafts. Opportunity to see a demonstration of the production of livestock market mouton. The cattle market held each Saturday is always a colorful and lively event,don't miss it.
At the eastern tip of Lake Issyk-Kul, Karakol is a fertile garden town of wooden chocolate-box cottages and shady, poplar-lined avenues. Fringed to the east by the Terskey Ala-Too Mountains, which tower dramatically over its low-rise skyline, Issyk-Kul ripples 10 km to the west.
Karakol is the best base from which to explore the lakeshore and Central Asia's prime trekking and mountaineering routes. With the most spectacular parts of the Central Tien-Shan right on its doorstep and newly open to foreign visitors, the town attracts trekkers, hikers and climbers from all over the world.
Karakol and its surroundings have just as much to offer their less energetic visitors. Besides one of Kyrgyzstan's largest and most colorful bazaars, a nomadic livestock market and several good museums, its spectacular environs boast an endless array of truly unique day trips. Blood-red cliffs, hot springs, Scythian burial mounds, nomad camps and sandy beaches thousands of miles from the sea are all within easy reach.
The town was build since 1869, one year after Teplokluchenka (actually name Ak-Suu). There is a unique building in the center of Karakol - ancient wooden orthodox church. But you may visit also the zoo, the regional museum, the wooden mosque, the Panfilov park, the Park Victory, the museum and memorial Prejwalski.
Despite Karakol's status as the administrative center of the Issyk-Kul region, it has only 75,000 residents and a gentle, small-town atmosphere.
Ichke Jergez KG
Winter yurt camp near Karakol.
Bokonbaevo is the most important agglomeration on the southern shore of Issyk-Kul. This place is not only famous for its beauty, but it is also a center of eco-tourism. The village is located 160 km from Karakol and 280 km from Bishkek. Tourists come here to experience the nomadic life of the Kyrgyz people, the fresh and pure mountain air and for the splendor of Issyk-Kul lake.
The inhabitants of the village live from agriculture and crafts. Once a year, the “Salburun” festival takes place here. Hunters compete with golden eagles and hawks for small and large game, with bow and dogs. Horse races are organized in particular.
Before the Russians, the village was called Kok-Kytan. In 1912, the Russians gave the name Kolsovka. The village took the name of Bokonbaevo, in 1944, in honor of the Kyrgyz poet Joomart Bokonbaev.
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 banking fees (PayPal, ...)
Travel & repatriation insurance
Visas / LOI (if applicable)
Alcoholic and soft drinks
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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Through various ecotourism projects and initiatives, Nomad's Land aims to increase awareness of ecotourism and responsible travel, for a sustainable development of the tourism sector.
Trainings for tourist facilities of Zheti Oguz district 2023
On November 25-26, 2023 trainings were held in Kyzyl Suu for our owners of homestays and yurt camp from whole district Jeti Oguz
The main objective was to increase the potential of the district's tourist facilities in order to ensure the criteria of sustainable tourism and promotion of the region.
Teskei Geopark in Issyk Kul region
By working together, Nomad's Land and Geopark Teskei can create a synergistic relationship that promotes sustainable tourism, conserves natural and cultural heritage, and benefits both the local communities and visitors. This collaboration allows for a responsible and enriching tourism experience while supporting the long-term preservation of the Geopark's unique features.