Top Ski Touring Trips in Kyrgyzstan
Terskey Ala-Too range 9-day ski touring traverse
Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains
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Rising in reputation within the ski touring world, Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains that receive abundant snowfall and vast blankets of untouched powder. Temperatures dip below freezing, yet the country’s continental climate produces some of the very best snow conditions on the planet. So if you’re looking for something different this winter, bundle up and prepare for terrain unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
The Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is an up and coming destination in the ski touring world. With abundant annual snowfall and mountains covering almost all of its surface, it’s easy to imagine why. It is bordered to the north by Kazakhstan, to the west by Uzbekistan, to the southwest by Tajikistan, and to the east by China. You will have the chance to explore peaks and valleys that have been untouched for decades. And no trip to Kyrgyzstan is complete without tasting parts of its culture, like their hearty local dishes and strong drinks.
Kyrgyzstan has a continental climate, which is characterized by extreme variations in seasonal temperatures. Summers can be scorchingly hot while winters are cold and long. If you are headed to Kyrgyzstan for heliskiing during the winters months, you’ll want to bundle up and be ready for temperatures as low as -30° C.
Kyrgyz and Russian.
While there are several accessible ski touring destinations within 150 kilometers of Bishkek, there are many places worth exploring in Kyrgyzstan that require more than just a weekend. You'll also want to leave enough time to discover the history and culture of this fascinating land of the mountains.
December to March is the best time to ski in Kyrgyzstan, but be prepared for frigid temperatures in most of the country.
We were a large group of 15 guys that spend one week with Andrey and his colleagues (because of the group size we had two additional guides). Andrey is a great guide and a good organiser. From we ordered until we arrived Andrey was available on Whatsapp and responded almost imminently to all our questions.
When we landed we were meet by Andrey at the airport and a fleet of large SUV`s that took us to the base camp that was the starting point from the touring. The base camp was located far up in the mountains on the Kazakhstan border. The accommodations where ok, with a nice sauna as a pleasant surprise.
The ski touring was nice in variated terrain. We were a bit unlucky with unstable snow conditions forcing us to ski a bit less steep than we hoped for, but the area got massive potential for nice skiing.
We decided to end touring after five days in the mountain and spend the last night in Bishkek. There Andrey stepped into the role of a tourist guide and showed us around town, a really nice gesture which we did not expect.
Overall a trip I would recommend to anyone wanting to ski in a country you would not expect to travel to. And when you go, Andrey is your choice for guide 😉
I was noy in Suusamyr, but in Karakol yurt camps. It was was great. Anastasiya was very helpfull, friendly and professional.
It is a very nice trip within the untouched landscape of Kyrgyzstan. I highly recommend Andrey as a guide, he is a really skillful and experienced mountain guide. He takes his job very serious and calculate risks as much as possible. For this trip you need to be very fit because the first day you need to do a hike of 18km with al your gear for the week. If you are fit enough and don’t mind to go back to basic then I would recommend this trip. If you are not, then Andrey has also some other trips that can fit your needs.
I have to say I really enjoyed the trip. Andrey is a very experienced and skilled mountain guide who took us for a very intense but also incredible trip to the Ala Archa glacier. He adapted to our preferences and informed us about the conditions where needed. I was also amazed about the beauty of the Kyrgyzstan mountain range and the opportunities it has to offer.