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9-day ski touring around Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan

Follow Andrey, a KMGA certified mountain guide, on this 9-day skiing tour in Karakol and admire the amazing Issyk Kul Lake from the roof of the mountains.

Mountain RangeTian Shan
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


If you join me on this tour, you will enjoy the wonderful experience of skiing around the extraordinary Issyk Kul Lake in northeastern Kyrgyzstan.

The Issyk Kul Lake, the Pearl of Kyrgyzstan, is located in the Tian Shan mountain range. With 180 kilometers in length and 70 in width, it is the second biggest mountain lake in the world. In winter, all around the lake, you can admire the most beautiful snow-covered mountains. Karakol city is situated on the eastern border of the lake.

The starting point for our tour will be Bishkek, the capital and most populated city from Kyrgyzstan. During the tour, you will have the possibility to go downhill across the Terskey Ala-Too, a mountain range in the Tian Shan mountains as well as many different peaks.

This tour offers a wide variety of slope elevation for ascents and descents. Although the levels of difficulty around the lake are different, take into account that the tour is intended for confident skiers. Remember that we can choose different kinds of ascents depending on the group level. If you want, you can also arrange a day off to enjoy Karakol city or any other activity that you prefer.

You can read a more detailed itinerary below.

So are you ready for an amazing skiing experience around an unbelievable spot? Join me on this 9-day ski tour in Karakol. I can assure you that you won’t regret it!

Meeting point





Day 1: From Bishkek to Karakol

We will meet at the Manas airport in Bishkek and drive about 6 to 7 hours to Karakol. We’ll have lunch during the trip. In the guesthouse, you will meet your guides and have dinner.

Day 2 to 7: Ski tour activities

We’ll have breakfast and go to the ski area. After a brief introduction, you will enjoy the ascents and descents for about 4 to 6 hours. Then we’ll return to the guesthouse and have dinner.

Day 8: From Karakol to Bishkek

After breakfast, we will drive to Bishkek and arrange the accommodation at the guesthouse.

Day 9: Departure from Bishkek

We will drive you to the Manas airport and say goodbye.

About the guide

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I am a certified mountain guide, trained at the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA). I have been working as a mountain guide since 2000. I have more than 20 summit ascents with clients on 7000 m mountains. I have been skiing for all my life. I completed education at Ski Instructor School (NRLI) on the ISIA system. I have experience in organising and conduction of ski tour programs on the territory of Kyrgyzstan for more than 10 years, I have also worked as a guide in heli-ski programs. I skied from many peaks in the territory of Kyrgyzstan, one of the famous is Lenin peak (7134 m), Korona peak (4860 m), and also skied north side of Elbrus Peak (5621 m) in Caucasus.

In addition to ski tours and mountaineering, I organize trekking programs and jeep tours.

In my spare time, I spend time searching for new interesting areas for outdoor activities.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1238 each

Group of 2

USD 722 each

Group of 3

USD 464 each

Group of 4

USD 361 each

Group of 5

USD 341 each

Group of 6

USD 310 each

Group of 7

USD 299 each

Group of 8

USD 289 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Transport during the trip

Price details

• Included: meeting and seeing off at the airport, all transfers during the program, guide salary Not included: international flights, accommodation and meals.

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