This program oriented for groups who want to enjoy not only with skiing, but also to see cultural acivities with natural sights of Tian Shan mountains.

Tour Highlights:

  • Hot sauna
  • Visit Jyrgalan
  • Off-Road Day trip to Enylchek
  • Enjoy the scenic views

Backcountry Skiing in Kyrgyzstan

10 days

Visit Karakol

This tour is offered by Visit Karakol Tour Company. As a member of Destination Karakol, this business is actively invested in promoting tourism and community development in Karakol and the surrounding region.

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Tour Details


10 days

Meeting point

Bishkek city, Manas airport

Good for

Adults and families 


English, Russian


Rain or shine.

Necessary equipment:

  • Ski touring equipment (skis, sticks, skins)
  • Avalanche equipment (avalanche transceiver, probe and showel).
  • Airbag & avalung is optional.
  • Sun glasses or ski mask
  • Freeride backpack 25-35 liters;
  • Helmet is optional
  • Minimum first aid kit
  • Thermos;
  • Sun cream;
  • Head flashlight
  • Gloves
  • Medical kit
  • Sattelite Phone (optional)

We are reccommending to have Fat skis (110mm and more) due to cold and dry continental conditions between snowfalls create a unique ‘bottomless’ snowpack in this region – so you will need extra wide skis for this trip.

What Others Say About This Tour

Ski Touring in Kyrgyzstan with Visit KarakolVisit Karakol provided an expert trip planning service for our own private guided ski touring adventure in Kyrgyzstan in February 2020 and also provided superb local guiding, transport and logistics support. Timur Akbashev, the owner was our personal guide and through him we had a great ski adventure and even more importantly, a great introduction to the very special culture of Kyrgyzstan.

Tour Itinerary

Meeting at Manas airport or in Bishkek (if you will arrive the day before), driving to Bokonbaevo village We will drive along the scenic south shore of Issyk-Kul lake, you will enjoy picturesque and interesting landscapes. We will have two cultural acivities around Bokonabaevo, visit of yurt makers and eagle show. Accommodation in guesthouse with private shower and toilet. 
We are continue our trip to Jyrgalan, but first we will have horse riding to local sight Shatyly. It is panorama with great view to Issyk-Kul lake, few canyons and summits. Accommodation in guesthouse with private shower and toilet. 
Jyrgalan is famous place because here one of the best snow in Kyrgyzstan, however it depend from the year and snowfalls. We will use today catski or snowmobile (depend from group size) and will make 4-6 ascents and descents on off-piste. Dinner and accommodation at guesthouse with private shower/toilet. Hot sauna is available.
We are starting from today ski touring and going to great slope located in Turgen valley. The local name of slope Austrian kiss, height gain around +1000m distance 8000m. We will see ibex or deer, if we will be lucky. Driving back to Karakol. Accommodation at a hotel. Sauna and massage available upon request.
Karakol valley is beautiful place with high mountains and forest. An amazing view will open for you as we reach the crest, you will see Issyk-Kul lake, Kungei Ala-Too ridge and other valleys and summits. Accommodation at a hotel. Sauna and massage available upon request.
We having a rest from skitouring today and having great 1 day trip to abandoned town in the middle of Tian-Shan mountains by comfortable SUV. It is located on pre- border zone with China. To visit this place, we will need special permits by military. On the way you will see amazing landscapes, cross high pass 3822m, after that will be land where usually no snow in winter, visit wild hot springs, visit local school to give some presents, lunch in local family and transfer back to Karakol.
Driving to Karakol to Boz-Uchuk village located 35km from Karakol. We will start our skitouring from altitude 2050m up to 3250m. We will see great views from final point, such as Boz-Uchuk valley, Issyk-Kul lake and basin, Kungei Ala-Too ridge. Coming back to hotel in Karakol. Sauna and massage available upon request.
Moving to Bishkek by north shore of Issyk-Kul lake. Short city tour in Bishkek on arrival. Festive dinner at traditional restaurant Supara. Accommodation at a hotel.  

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