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.




Trip Duration

9 days

Mountain Range

Tian Shan

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not 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!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1200 USD

    Group of 2
    700 USD

    Group of 3
    450 USD

    Group of 4
    350 USD

    Group of 5
    330 USD

    Group of 6
    300 USD

    Group of 7
    290 USD

    Group of 8
    280 USD


    Price includes

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


    • Day 1From 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 7Ski 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 8From Karakol to Bishkek

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

    • Day 9Departure from Bishkek

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


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point



    About the Guide


    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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