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Ski touring in Eastern Terskey Ala Too 2016-2017



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Almost the whole territory of Kyrgyzstan is covered with mountains. But there are not so many places for skiing or ski touring here:
1. Eastern Terskey Ala Too, near Karakol city.
2. Kyrgyz Range, near Bishkek city. Glaciers in the Valley of Ala Archa river are available for skiing even in summer time.
3. Suusamyr Valley and Too Ashuu Pass
4. Area of Arabel Suu river 5. Arslanbob
6. Ak Tuz, Chon Kemin
7. Lenin Peak in summer time

The most interesting region for ski touring is the area of the eastern part of Issyk Kul lake near Karakol city. Issyk Kul lake is located at the altitude 1600m above the sea level. Its length is 180 km, and width is 70 km. The deepest place is 700 meters. The lake is surrounded by 2 mountain ranges. Western part of basin is dry, rains are very rare, in winter there’s almost no snow. All air masses carried by the winds to the eastern part, to Karakol. Here, the high mountains prevent the further advance of clouds, and most of the rain falling is on the northern slopes of Terskey Ala-Too.

Climate combined with mountainous terrain provides ideal conditions for the development of winter sports. Infrastructure that is not enough developed opens endless possibilities for off-piste and ski touring. Issyk Kul basin is located at the altitude of 1600-1700m, and the main range is 4500m. Average length of gorges is 25-30km. The most interesting areas for ski touring situated between 2500-3700m.

This region is perfect for one day back country tours.

Program: Ski touring in Eastern Terskey Ala Too 2016-2017
Place: Tien Shan, Terskey Ala Too, Kyrgyzstan
Season: December - March
Duration: 8 days
People: minimum 4 persons

Day 1. Arrival to Bishkek. Meeting at Bishkek’s airport “Manas”. Transfer to Karakol city (400km). Lunch on the way. Accommodation at the guest house. Meeting with guides, avalanche safety briefing. Dinner.
Day 2. Breakfast in the guest house. After breakfast transfer to the Ski Resort (8km). Skiing at the ski base, altitude 2300m. You will get acclimatization before ski touring. Lunch. Guides will check your ski level and skills. You will have skiing at the base with interesting slopes covered with spruces. When you finish skiing you will have transfer to the guest house. Dinner. Day 3. Breakfast. Then driving to Bozuchuk gorge (45 km from Karakol, height 1900m). We will meet up with horses near the Ranger’s house. Together with the guide we will get to the forest area (2600m). Short lecture about behavior at the slope and avalanche safety, preparations for the descent. It is possible to get higher but on foot and make a descent from the highest point 2800m. Slopes 20-35 degrees. Lunch after descent (national dishes at Ranger’s house). Return to the guest house. Dinner. Overnight at the guest house.
Day 4. Breakfast. Driving to the area of ski tour, 40 km from Karakol. Huge area for interesting off-piste skiing. From the village to the foot hill of the mountain is about 1.5 hours of walking (it is possible to order snow cat before). We will ski tour at the ridge. It is possible to see picturesque panoramic view of the Lake Issyk Kul and nearest valleys. Altitude difference: up to 600m, slopes 20-35 degrees. The way down will depend on group’s skills. After the descent transfer back to the guest house and dinner.
Day 5. Rest day. After breakfast we will have city tour around Karakol: orthodox church that was built more than 100 years ago, dungan mosque and museum of Prjevalsky. Lunch at the local restaurant. After lunch excursion to Jeti Oguz gorge.Driving back to Karakol. Night in the guest house.
Day 6. Breakfast at the guest house. After breakfast transfer to the area of skiing. The gorge is located not far from Karakol city, 35 km. We will get to the village by car and continue walking on skis. It is possible to rent snow cats, but you need to tell about it some days earlier. Ascent along the slope will take 2-4 hours it will depend on the route. The way to the top goes among spruces, altitude difference 400-600m, slopes 20-35 degrees. After skiing transfer back to the guest house. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7. When we finish breakfast we will drive to the gorge that is very close to Karakol, just 30 km. The way to the top leads on the ridge among spruces. Slope at the foot hill is about 25 degrees. That will save your power to the upper part. From the ridge you will enjoy wonderful view of nearest gorges covered with spruces. Higher from the upper part of the ridge the way will be steeper and you will get to the top. The way down leads among trees. Slopes are 20-35 degrees. Altitude difference is 900m. When we finish skiing the car will wait for us to take us back to the guest house. Dinner and overnight in Karakol.
Day 8. Transfer to Bishkek. Lunch on the way. Accommodation in the hotel. Farewell dinner. Transfer to the airport. End of program.

Price:
4 persons - 1390 USD per person
5 persons - 1380 USD per person
6 - 8 persons - 1320 USD per person

Price includes:
- Meeting / seeing off at the airport
- All transfers according to the program
- Accommodation (twin rooms)
- Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel “Asia Mountains”.
- Lunch: lunch box with a thermos of hot tea 1L for each participant
- Professional ski guide - Ski Lift (1 day)

Price excludes:
- Ski passes
- Rent of ski equipment
- Single occupancy 135$ per person
- Additional meals

Note: The instructor works with a group of 2-4 people. The instructor reserves the right to select the slopes in the area for a ski touring, depending on the snow conditions and avalanche danger.

Necessary equipment
• Skiing with ski-tour bindings and Skins.
• For snowboarders - split boards or snowshoes.
• Ski Poles
• Helmet
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen
• Goggles
• Avalanche equipment: beeper, probe, shovel
• Backpack with the ability to secure skis or snowboard and warm clothes.
• Comfortable clothing for skiing (temperature can get to -15)
Note: Avalanche Equipment can be rented, upon request; the amount of equipment is limited.

The program notes: The tour is made for confident off-piste skiers. The ski area is very extensive, steep slopes of 20 to 35 degrees. Elevation changes of up to 1200 meters. The instructor chooses the way of ascent and descent according to the group’s skills and preferences of the participants. We offer programs of ski tours for both, experienced free riders and those who are just beginning to explore the backcountry skiing. It is recommended to have your personal equipment and shovel, beeper, probe, backpack ABS or to rent (check the availability).

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