Hiking & Skiing around Issyk Kul lake

We invite you to discover in winter the great lake Issyk Kul, at over 1600 meters altitude.

Highlights the program's focus on a combination of outdoor activities, the stunning natural setting of Lake Issyk Kul, the all-inclusive nature of the program, and the cultural experience of staying in comfortable accommodation and enjoying local food

Explore the winter wonder of Kyrgyzstan's Tien Shan range

Experience the winter wonder of Kyrgyzstan's Tien Shan range and explore the winter amazing beauty of Lake Issyk Kul.

9 DaysUntainted toursKyrgyzstan

  • 1 people: $2,980

  • 2 people: $1,820

  • 3 people: $1,430

  • 4 people: $1,250

  • 5 people: $1,130

  • 6 people: $1,050

  • 7 people: $990

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    Program

      
                                Manas International Airport - Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Base
    Bishkek, arrival and first descents!
    Manas International Airport - Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Base

    Welcome to Kyrgyzstan! Pick-up at the airport where you are greeted by a member of the team who will drive you to your hotel in the heart of the Kyrgyz capital, where you will have breakfast. After getting to know your guide and settling the last administrative formalities, we leave for the bucolic small freeride ski resort of Ak Tash located on the foothills of the Ala Too range, visible from Bishkek. The small family resort of Ak Tash which has 2 ski lifts and a small hotel restaurant is the haunt of the rare Kyrgyz freeriders who love nature and thrills.

    During the day, after reviewing the equipment, briefing on the peculiarities of Kyrgyz snow and mountain safety rules, your guide will take you on a first short ski non-groomed slopes of the small station to warm up and take the temperature of the Kyrgyz snow. You will also have the chance to borrow a unique, homemade ski lift that is sure to amuse you! A little advice, raise your spatulas well! Dinner and overnight in the small family hotel.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    70 km
    02:00
    04:30
    2050 m
    400 m
    400 m
      
                                Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Base - Chong Kemin
    Ak-Tash to Ala Archa National Park and to Chong Kemin National Park
    Ak-Tash Mountain Ski Base - Chong Kemin
    • After breakfast, you will be able to make your way to the Ala Archa National Park which is just down the road from the Ak-Tash Ski resort.  You will be able to enjoy a short hike in the national park and see a mix of high mountains and Tian Shan Pine trees.
    • The next stop for the day will be in Chong Kemin where you will be able to unpack your bags at your guesthouse for the night. 
    • After lunch, you will be able to meet your horseman and enjoy half a day on horseback in the Chong Kemin National park.
    • There is countless spots to enjoy horseback riding in the Chong Kemin National Park in winter.
    • After horseback riding you will share bottomless cups of tea with your hosts over dinner.
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    190 km
    03:30
    02:00
    03:30
    1600 m
      
                                Chong Kemin - Tuura-Suu
    Road to the South shore of the Issyk Kul lake
    Chong Kemin - Tuura-Suu
    • After the last cup of tea with your hosts, you will make your way to Konorcheck Canyons for a 2-3-hour trek into the dry canyon with great views.
    • The local legend is that you can see statues / people in the Konorcheck Canyons.  An additional legend, is that it was once a volcano million years ago and that’s why it’s so dry.  Winter is the best time to see Konorchek Canyons because of the contrast between the snow and red sand.
    • Later in the day, you will be able to see the amazing Lake Issyk Kul with its crystal-clear water and countless snow caped peaks all around you.
    • Once you arrive in Turasu valley make sure you have your camera ready for a great local experience.  Your hosts will share his traditions and techniques of hunting with Golden Eagles.
    • After the sun sets you will be able to enjoy a Kyrgyz national dish with your hosts. 
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    180 km
    03:30
    02:30
    400 m
      
                                Tuura-Suu - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station
    By the south shore of the lake Issyk Kul to the valley of Chong Kyzyl Suu
    Tuura-Suu - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station
    • After breakfast, you will make your way to another hidden valley in Kyrgyzstan.
    • The first stop of the day will be in Fairy Tale Canyon where you will be able to enjoy a 1-2-hour hike though the dry canyon.  Everyone loves this stop with the great views of Issyk Kul lake from the top of the sandy rock formations.
    • The next stop for the day will be in the former Soviet Union Geophysical station in the Chong Kyzyl Suu valley.  This geophysical station is full of history from WW2 and it’s on the real Silk Road that would pass into China from Kyrgyzstan.
    • To reach the geophysical station in winter you will have to hike 6-8 km in the snow.  It’s also possible to hike in with snowshoes.
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    140 km
    03:30
    02:30
    550 m
    200 m
      
                                Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station
    Day exploring the Karabatkak lake
    Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station

    The Kashkator gorge starts from the geo-physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu. This gorge can be visited even in winter. At the top of the valley, you can visit the glacier's lake of the peak Karabatkak. This glacier is under study of the geo-physical station. In Summer, to reach the glacier's lake, you may count around 3-4 hours hiking. In winter, the gorge offer a good way to observe the wild nature. In winter, it’s also possible to hike in with snowshoes but to get to the the lake can be hard depending on snow cover, nevertheless the track is safe (no avalanche risks). Overnight at the geo-physical station of Chong Kyzyl Suu.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    14 km
    06:00
    3280 m
    700 m
    700 m
      
                                Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Karakol
    Road to Karakol by Jeti Oguz bull's rocks
    Chong Kyzyl Suu meteo station - Karakol
    • Morning departure will start with a hike to meet your driver at the bottom of the Chong Kyzyzl Suu valley.
    • The first stop of the day will be at the hot springs in Kyzyzl Suu where you will be able to relax after your hike to the nearby mountains.
    • Lunch will be had next to the "Seven Bulls" in the Jeti Oguz valley.  It’s a great spot to see the famous red canyons and enjoy a short hike to the panoramic point. 
    • The last stop for the day will be in Karakol, where you will be able to enjoy a walk through the small Soviet feeling town. 
    • You can explore the vintage orthodox church and the Chinese Dungan Mosque and of course the bazar of Karakol.
    • Karakol is a great spot to enjoy a coffee and to enjoy countless local dishes at cafes.
    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    56 km
    03:00
    02:30
    1750 m
    0 m
    750 m
      
                                Karakol - Tamchy
    Day skiing in Karakol ski resort, then road to Tamchy
    Karakol - Tamchy

    Today it’s important to get an early start because today is a packed full day of fun winter activities.
    The first winter activity is skiing at the Karakol Ski base.  The ski base has 4 lifts and the top of the ski lift offers a great view of the whole area.
    Lunch will be had at the ski resort with your guide and driver.  
    At ~3:00 pm you will make your way from the ski resort to the north side of Lake Issyk Kul where you will be able to enjoy hot springs.
    After the hot springs, you will be greeted by your hosts in the village of Tamchy and share dinner together with the family of the guesthouse.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    180 km
    03:00
    05:00
    1610 m
    1150 m
    1150 m
      
                                Tamchy - Bishkek
    Drive from Issyk Kul's lake to Bishkek, through the Burana tower (Balasagun ancient city)
    Tamchy - Bishkek
    • After breakfast, enjoy a short swim or walk down to Issyk Kul Lake before you make your way back to Bishkek. 

    In the village of Tamchy it’s possible to meet with local masters that are making handicrafts and special Kyrgyz slippers that are great gifts for your friends back home.
    The first stop of the day will be at the historical Burana tower where you can see the ancient city of the Balasagun.  It’s a great stop to see a bit of the Silk Road History.
    The next stop will be in Bishkek where you will be able to enjoy a walk thought the city and see a few of the hidden bazars and buy possible gifts for friends back home. 
    Tonight, you will be able to have a farewell dinner with your guide and driver before you take a rest at your guesthouse in Bishkek.

    Options : rafting in Chuy or Chong Kemin river; hiking in the Konorchek canyon, visit of the Chong Kemin valley; baths in hot water springs of Issyk Ata.

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    205 km
    04:00
    0 m
    900 m
      
                                Bishkek - Manas International Airport
    Transfer from Bishkek to Manas International Airport
    Bishkek - Manas International Airport

    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. 

    Breakfast Lunch Dinner
    40 km
    00:40
    0 m
    100 m

    Very good organization thank you Fabien serious and professional mountain guides thank you Lidia and Stas .t res nice itineraries and warm welcome in the yurts and guest houses thank you to Albina and Miralan and to nouiella and her parents.

    Nicole

    Alex Johnson is a tour guide par excellence, especially for English-speaking visitors. He is very knowledable about Kyrgyzstan, considerate, flexible, and a born problem-solver. Combined with his detailed knowledge of off-the-beaten-path sights and wonders plus his many friendships with locals everywhere, a traveler cannot go wrong picking Alex as a companion. I know because we toured the mountains together for two weeks of glorious fun

    Christian W. Dame

    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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