Ski Touring in Terskei Ala-Too Mountains

Ski Touring in Terskei Ala-Too Mountains

With 90% of its territory located above 3000 meters, Kyrgyzstan is currently one of the most attractive destinations for genuine mountaineering experiences and therefore we are excited to invite you on an 8-day winter adventure, exploring the remarkable highlights of skiing in Kyrgyzstan.

A mountain range located in north-eastern Kyrgyzstan, Teskey Ala-Too offers one of the most accessible terrain for backcountry skiing in the country. No matter if you are advanced skier or a novice you will be able to enjoy our offer for a week full of ski-touring adventures with experienced local guides who will take you to the most exciting descents the mountain has to offer and you abilities allow you to ski !

What does ski-touring mean? Ski-touring is a combination of climbing to mountain’s top on specificly-designed type of ski and skiing down. As there are no tracks and resort regulations this is considered the purest form of skiing for a reason ! No matter if you are advanced skier or a beginner the terrain offered by the Terskei Ala-Too range will allow you to enjoy the winter mountain to the fullest.

The overall ascend distance per day is facilitated by snowmobiles which can take you to the bottom of the hills where the group starts ascending of foot. In terms of overall descent distance it varies mostly on your climbing and sking ability as you can expect approximately 2-3 descentes per day (800m -1500m overall)

During the touring days you will be stationed at base camp “Karkara” situated at the Eastern border between Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Kar-Kara gorge. The camp is ecquipped with all the facilities needed for a week of camping in the winter mountain. The accommodation is in tents with 2 separate beds (twin tents) as there are beds with matrasses and electricity in every tent. There is also a separate dinning yurt and a bigger tent. Meals are served three times a day!


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival
Arrival to Kyrgyzstan, pick up at the airport, transfer to Karkara camp (2200 m.). Accommodation at the cottages. (-/-/D)

Day 2-7. Touring and skiing in the region

Skiing tour to the nearest Charkuduk pass, Tup valley, Tuz gorge and Urchashka. (vertical elevation difference from 300 m. to 800 m.). Overnights at the cottages of Karkara camp. (B/L/D)

Day 8. Departure
After lunch drive to Bishkek and transfer to the airport according to the timing of the flight. (B/L/-)

Price includes:
► accommodation in Karkara base camp with full board (hot breakfast and dinner, and lunch-boxes for lunch) – 7 nights; ► ski guide and assistance (for groups of more than 4 pax); ► snowmobile for delivering skiers to the foot of slopes;  ► all transfers per the program; ► border permit;
► ecology fees per the program

Not included:
► visa support letter and consular fee (if necessary) ► any extra services out of the main program
► food and beverages which are not included on the main menu ► other personal expenses (fee for extra weight of the luggage, room service, medical insurance/expenses, etc.)

Required equipment for the tour:

Security:
► Beeper/Pieps/Tracking Device
► Avalanche probe
► Snow shovel
► Ski crampons
► Ski helmet (optional)
► Backpack with ABS (optional)

Skiing Equipment:
► Ski / snowboard and snowshoes
► Ski tour boots / snowboard boots
► Ski sticks or telescopic poles
► Alpine mask
► Ski climbers

Clothes and equipment:
► Backpack - 35-50 л.
► Sleeping bag -1
► Head lamp -1 + set of spare batteries
► Folding knife – 1
► Ski jacket -1
► Gorteks: pants, jaket – 1set.
► Polartec jacket 200 -1 pants – 1
► Thermal clothing – 1set.
► Polartec 100 – 1set.
► Warm gloves – 2 pair + windproof gloves -1pair
► Warm hat -1
► Neck face mask -1
► Warm socks -2 pairs
► Just socks; optional.
► Sun protection cream
► Trekking boots
► Sunglasses
► Personal first-aid kit

 

 


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Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

Most of you, who are used to walking/cycling during a long weekend, will be in condition to cope with a tour of this level. You should be in a good health condition. We have successive days of longer and more difficult walking and days of lighter walking/cycling. Some parts of the day routes are done at a higher altitude. The paths are in good condition. We walk/cycle for 5/7h a day.

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