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3-day ice climbing in Ala Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan

Let Anastasiya, an IFMGA certified guide, teach you the basics or help you improve your ice climbing level with this 3-day program in Ala Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan.

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Tian Shan

3 Days

All year

Open to everyone



This incredible 3-day ice climbing trip in Ala Archa Gorge is a great way to enjoy the best spot in Kyrgyzstan to practice this amazing sport year-round!

Ala Archa Gorge is located inside the Ala Archa National Park, in the Tian Shan mountain range. It can be easily reached from Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan, by driving south for 40 kmInside this popular spot for outdoor activities lies the impressive Ak-Sai glacier, which offers more than 150 established hiking, rock and ice climbing routes. 

The Ak-Sai glacier is a unique and beautiful formation that has ice routes in excellent conditions year round. This hard ice is very secure and a bit more difficult than other ice climbing spots around the world, that’s why if you learn how to climb here you’ll be able to climb everywhere else.

Plus, while we practice this fun activity, we’ll be surrounded by the most beautiful area of Kyrgyzstan. The white peaks in the Ala Archa National Park are the perfect scenery to spend some time learning or improving your ice climbing skills.

Send me a request if you want to discover ice climbing in Kyrgyzstan. I promise the Ala Archa Gorge won’t disappoint you!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

The Price doesn't include the transfer fees.


Day 1: Arrival

We’ll meet in Bishkek and transfer to the Ala-Archa national park. We’ll hike for 3 to 6 hours to the Mountain Hut where we’ll stay. Then we’ll spend some time training.

Day 2: Ice climbing training

Training on Ak-Say glacier.

Day 3: Ice climbing training and departure

Training on Ak-Say glacier and transfer back to Bishkek.




Mountain hut

More info

equipment list: Crampons Harness Helmet

meals,accommodations in mountain hut (7-14$ per night)

Meeting point


About the guide

I'm an IFMGA-certified guide from Kyrgyzstan and started guiding professionally in 2003. In my 14 years of guiding, I worked as a high altitude and technical mountain guide, trekking and hiking guide, ski-touring guide and ice and rock climbing gide.

I finished Mountaineering Instructor School in Kyrgyzstan and I am a member of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA).

Additionally, I am ”Snow Leopard”. This title is given to those who have climbed all the highest mountains in the former Soviet Union. These include: Lenin peak (7134 m) 2 ascents, Khan Tengri peak (7010 m) 2 ascents, Korzhenevskaya peak (7105 m) 1 ascent, Communism peak (7495 m)1 ascent, Pobeda peak (7439 m)1 ascent.

I have worked all over the Tian-Shan and Pamir ranges. I worked as a guide in Lyallak and Dugoba, in Alla Archa National Park and Suusamyr Valley, Terskey Ala Too and Kyngei-Ala Too.

As a mountain guide, my top 3 priorities are: 1 -safety, 2 –creating positive experiences for my clients and 3 -expedition success.

I am a mountaineer and really love the mountains so I also spend all my free time here. I have participated in expeditions in the Himalayas, Africa, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Patagonia and Russia.

I live and work in a beautiful mountainous country and I will be glad to show you the virgin beauty of the Kyrgyz mountains.


Kyrgyz | English



What people are saying about this trip

Priska Prasetya


December, 2021

This was certainly one of the most memorable trips that I have done! Anastasia was very responsive in responding to my questions. Though as she could not make it, she had to refer me to another mountain guide named Muhammet Giden, who was instrumental in keeping me alive and ensuring me to have the best experience during the trip. Muha was very patient, careful, professional, and also thoughtful. Muha's English is exceptional too which made communication easier too. He patiently guided me to go up and down the mountain and taught me ice climbing and rock climbing on a methodical basis. Thank you Muha for being an amazing mountain guide and a climbing teacher! Will surely take the learning forward! ;)

Daniel Llort


June, 2021

Excepcional experience. I am recommending.to everyone related to this activities. The best the people and the guide knows.exactly what to do every time, great knowledge and experience. Thanks for this experience



July, 2019

This rating is actually for Aleksey Pototskiy, who stepped in to be our guide when Anastasiya unfortunately had to cancel at short notice. Aleksey was fantastic. He made us feel incredibly safe, even though we’d never ice climbed before, and was extremely patient and knowledgeable. He’s a very experienced climber and mountaineer, and I’d highly recommend him as a guide to climbers of all abilities.



February, 2019

The mountain guide was very professional, knowledgeable, realiable, patient, and knows speaks good english. First guide Anastasia couldn’t make it so she reffered me to another one, but she arranged everything with the second guide, including the rent of some needed equipments I didn’t have. They took care of everything. Pavel the second guide taught me a lot even I’m just a beginner, he was very patient in partaking his knowlegde and and went above and beyond in teaching me iceclimbing. He also made sure that I was very safe and had an amazing experience. Pavel, you’re a great mountain guide, I hope all guides are like you I encountered in the future. Very professional and patient. Also,Thank you for the help and information!. You are a very reliable person.


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