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Backcountry Skiing in Kazakhstan: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the stunning scenery and perfect powder of the Tian Shan on some skis!

From popular resorts right outside of Almaty to the remote wilderness at the foot of Khan Tegri, any backcountry skiing trip to Kazakhstan is sure to be an incredible adventure. Head out for hut-to-hut ski touring adventures or spend a day freeriding on nearby and steep slopes. There is no shortage of incredible adventures to be had! Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Backcountry Skiing trips in Kazakhstan. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in Kazakhstan

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is the largest country in Central Asia, but only a tiny sliver running of the country across its southern border has any mountains to ski – the Tian Shan.

The Tian Shan are best reserved for intermediate and advanced backcountry skiers due to the steepness of the slopes and the relative isolation of the peaks.

Among the most popular spots in the country is the Shymbulak ski resort, which boasts a number of off-piste options, including heading up to the summit of Shymbulak mountain (3,450 meters/11,319 feet), Talgar Pass and Bogdanovich Glacier.

Ketmen Ridge, in the remote easternmost reaches of the country, is another popular destination. The area can only be reached on skis and horseback and provides plenty of great, isolated runs as well as scenic mountain vistas.

Why should I choose Kazakhstan for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

Stunning scenery

Boasting thick evergreen forests, pristine mountain lakes, enormous and rugged mountain peaks and even some snow-capped sand dunes, Kazakhstan has plenty to explore. Even though the mountains make up a small portion of the enormous country, their natural beauty is immense and a major region to come and explore them.

Get off the beaten path

When it comes to backcountry skiing adventures, Kazakhstan is a bit of a hidden gem. Its general lack of popularity however, makes it an even better destination for those who wish to get off the beaten path and immerse themselves in the immaculate wilderness without having to share the slopes with too many other skiers. Enjoy some solitude in the spectacular wilderness.

Head to Khan Tengri

Rising to 7,010 meters (22,998 feet) in elevation and sitting on the country's eastenrmost border with China and Kyrgyzstan, Khan Tengri is the highest peak in the country. Heading on a ski touring expedition to its slopes ensures plenty of incredible runs as well as even better views out over the surroundings. The peak takes three weeks to climb but simply skiing it does not require as much time.

What can I expect from the weather in Kazakhstan?

Average daily temperatures in the mountainous region of Kazakhstan hover between 0 ºC and -5 ºC (32 ºF and 23 ºF). These decrease as you gain elevation. The beginning of the winter is also a drier time of year, with an average of 30 to 40 millimeters (1.2 to 1.6 inches) of snow falling each month.

How can I get to Kazakhstan?

Any outdoor adventure trip to Kazakhstan will begin with a flight into Almaty International Airport (ALA). Most guides will meet you here and arrange transport to the start of the trip.

Which language is predominantly spoken in Kazakhstan?

Kazakh, Russian

What’s the country code of Kazakhstan?


What currency is accepted in Kazakhstan?

Tenge (KZT)

What’s the high season for Backcountry Skiing in Kazakhstan?

January to April

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