1-week Snowshoeing in Kyrgyzstan, the Irdyk Gorge and Jyrgalan Valley


Join IFMGA certified mountain guides from the Central Asia Guides Bureau for this unique 7-days of snowshoeing in two breathtaking areas of Kyrgyzstan, Irdyk Gorge and Jyrgalan Valley!


Tian Shan

7 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec




  • Discover the spectacular and pristine rugged mountain terrain of Jyrgalan Valley
  • Enjoy exploring Irdyk Gorge and the second largest mountain lake in the world
  • Join highly experienced and local guides who share all their secrets of the land


Jyrgalan Valley and Irdyk Gorge are beautiful wild regions of Kyrgyzstan that are just beginning to make a name for themselves worldwide.

Stunning natural beauty that has not been well explored by most people due to Kyrgyzstan’s low profile and previous lack of infrastructure.

Over 90% of Kyrgyzstan is covered by mountain ranges and Jyrgalan Valley and Irdyk Gorge are two of the most stunning examples of this.

Peaks over 7000m, crystal clear water, dense forests, vast pastures with animals grazing and friendy locals make this place an unforgettable location.

Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to spend time in the snow and allows a real deep exploration into the mountains with no previous experience needed.

Irdyk Gorge is located 15km from Karakol city in Terskey Alatay, a range in the Tian Shan mountains.

This is a gorgeous alpine area that also includes the second largest mountain lake in the world, the impressive Issyk Kul.

Issyk Kul is also the second largest salt water lake in the world and despite the surrounding snow caped mountains it never freezes over.

Jyrgalan Valley is situated about 60km from Karakol on the eastern side of Issyk Kul lake.

The rugged and sparsely populated area is perfect for exploring and provides mountain views of the highest calibre.

You will see how local and traditional Kyrgyzstani people live with their yurts, cattle and villages.

Included in this trip will be some avalanche training, although the risk is low with snoeshoeing it is an important topic to cover.

If you would like to discover the pristine and burgeoning regions of Irdyk Gorge and Jyrgalan Valley in the stunning wilds of Kyrgyzstan, then sign up now and let us share this life changing experience with you!

If this trip has you excited then consider this 6-day snowshoeing expedition in the stunning Suusamyr Valley of Kyrgyzstan! Perhaps you’re keen to explore this region but not keen on snowshoeing, then consider this amazing 7-day mountaineering coure in Tuyuk Su gorge, Kyrgyzstan!


More info

Personal equipment required: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, snowshoes. Cost of Rent: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe 1OUSD per day

Snowshoes are a seperate 10USD per day

Meeting point



About the guide

We invite you to open the world of high and wild mountains
Our bureau was created by professional mountain guides Pavel Vorobiev and Anastasya Cheremnyh, both local IFMGA certified guides and Snow Leopards.

We have been working in the mountains for many years and have extensive guiding experience. In addition, we know this region of Central Asia very well. Based on our experience and your wishes, we will be able to tell you where to find the best snow for an amazing ski touring program or where to find the best rock or the best ice for an unforgettable climbing trip.

We take guide selection very seriously. We know each of the guides we work with personally after having worked and climbed with them many times. Most of them are IFMGA-certified guides, Snow Leopards and members of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA). All of them are professionals with extensive experience.

These are some of the guides in our team:
- Oleg Turaev: IFMGA and KMGA-certified, he has participated in many mountain rescues and is one of the most experienced guides in Central Asia.
- Sergey Seleverstov: IFMGA and KMGA-certified. He is also a Snow Leopard. He has climbed more than 20 mountains over 7000m.
- Artur Usmanov: IFMGA and KMGA-certified and also a Snow Leopard. He stood on a summit over 7000m 12 times.

We offer standard programs, but all of them can be adapted depending on your wishes and experience. Our philosophy is pretty simple: 1) safety, 2) a fun and positive experience for our guests and 3) reaching the summit.
Apart from the Tien-Shan & Pamir mountains, we successfully guide our guests in the Andes, Africa, the Caucasus, the Alps and the Himalayas

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 825 Each

Group of 2

EUR 619 Each

Group of 3

EUR 516 Each

Group of 4

EUR 413 Each

Group of 5

EUR 361 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Not included in the price: international airfares, all additional deviations from the main program, rent of snowshoes and

avalanche equipment, personal expenses, medical insurance and expenses.


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