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8 days Heliskiing in Jergalan, Issyk Kul, from Bishkek

Join IFMGA mountain guide Pavel Vorobyev on a thrilling 8-day heliskiing program in Jergalan, Issyk Kul, from Bishkek.

Mountain RangeTian Shan
Duration8 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • Join an exciting heliskiing adventure in the Tian Shan mountains.

  • Discover amazing powder and pristine snow in a truly remote location.

  • Explore untouched runs with a certified guide on a unique 8-day adventure.


The Tian Shan range boasts stunning and unexplored mountains, perfect for a heliskiing adventure. On this 8-day tour, we will set off from Bishkek to find the best untouched powder in Jergalan, Issyk Kul.

The Issyk Kul region gets its name from saline Lake Issyk-Kul which is located high up in the Tian Shan range. Jergalan is a stunning mountain valley to the east of this region and a great starting point for our heliski days.

In this program, we will pick you up at Manas International airport (Bishkek) and transfer to the base at Karkara. Then, on the following days, we will have the chance to spend an exciting time out in the mountains, skiing on untouched powder snow in some amazing spots. 

Please keep in mind that you will need prior skiing experience to join this adventure. Furthermore, you will need health and transport insurance. Of course, we will be there to help you every step of the way to make sure you have the best time on your heliskiing adventure.

So, are you ready for an 8-day heliskiing adventure in Kazakhstan? Then book your place and join us!

We also offer a Too Ashuu guided ski touring week!


Accommodation in twin ethno-rooms of "Karkara" mountain base – 6 nights.


Program conditions: o Group must consist of 13 people minimum; o The heli-ski routes are chosen by the guides and depend on the group riding level, weather and snow conditions; o The program is planned for good weather; o We will refund unused money in case of bad weather conditions or group danger; o We do not give money back to the client if the runs didn't happen because of other reasons, such as broken equipment, illness, late take-off or early landing, caused by the client.

Meeting point

Manas International airport (Bishkek)




Day 1: Arrival and transfer

Arrival at Manas International airport (Bishkek), morning flights. Transfer (about 7 hours) to Karkara base via Chuy valley, Boom gorge, Issyk-Kul Northside. Breakfast during the transfer.

Day 2 to 6: Heliskiing days

8-30 – breakfast
10-00 – departure to the riding area. 

About 12-00 Lunch
17-00 – return to the base.
19-00 – dinner

Day 7: ski day and airport transfer

8-30 – breakfast
10-00 – departure to the riding area.
About 12-00 Lunch

16-00 – return to the base, dinner
19-00 transfer to the airport.

Day 8: Departure

Registration on the flight, departure home.

About the guide

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Based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, I’m an IFMGA-certified guide and the technical director of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA). I'm also a certified mountain guide and mountaineering instructor, and a “Snow Leopard” — having summited all five peaks over 7000m in the former Soviet Union. I’ve received extensive training in Switzerland and I’m a certified rescuer (carrying out rescues up to 6800m).

Ski touring and mountaineering are my two biggest passions and I love sharing these activities with my clients. I specialize in high altitude and technical ascents, heliskiing, backcountry camps and avalanche courses.

I’ve stood on the summit of a 7-thousander more than 20 times — including Lenin, Korjenevskaya, Communism (Somoni), Pobeda and Mustagh-Ata, among others. I’ve also participated in ski mountaineering expeditions to Lenin Peak and Mustagh-Ata and several 4-thousanders around the world.

I’ve also been organizing my own avalanche courses since 2009 and was in charge of translating materials on the Russian risk reduction method Nivocheck. I speak English and Russian.

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 4949 each

Group of 2

USD 4949 each

Group of 3

USD 4949 each

Group of 4

USD 4949 each

Group of 5

USD 4949 each

Group of 6

USD 4949 each

Group of 7

USD 4949 each

Group of 8

USD 4949 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Helicopter drops as described

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• The program includes: 8 hours of helicopter time for skiing; Accommodation in twin ethno-rooms of "Karkara" mountain base – 6 nights; All group transfers mentioned in the program (Bishkek airport - Karkara base; Karkara base - Bishkek airport); Full board; Service of professional heliski-guides; Using of avalanche equipment: sensors (transceivers), ABS backpacks, shovels, probes; Sauna. Optional (is not included in the price of the tour): Skiing in Ski Resort (15$ per person per day); Paragliding (tandem flight with an expert); Speedriding; Sauna; Bar, disco, karaoke. The program doesn't include: Air tickets, all airport taxes; Ski, snowboard and other equipment rental fee; Riding on snowmobiles; Emergency evacuation fee; Visa and other consular services; Kyrgyzstan is free for citizens of more than 55 countries (no visa, no any formalities, no border payments); Individual menu (drinks and meals not included to the group menu); Additional expenses caused by bad weather conditions, airport time-table changes, equipment breakage, illness, etc; Individual expenses in the hotel: bar, international calls, etc.; Insurance. To participate in the program you must provide health insurance and transportation (helicopter flights and skiing/snowboarding off-piste should be viewed as insurance in case) in an amount not less than 10.000 USD. Without an insurance policy for flight is not allowed, payment for the program is non-refundable.

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