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Ala Archa Glacier ski touring 6-day trip

They'll be 6 incredible days of virgin slopes, powder and adventures in the Ala Archa Glacier. The perfect ski touring spot with a great certified mountain guide, Andrey.


Tian Shan


6 Days


Feb - May




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Based on 2 reviews


The Ala Archa Glacier is located in the Ala Archa National Park, a protected alpine area in the Tian Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

Ala Archa Glacier is a very famous ski spot with a curious story behind. Many years ago, during the Soviet period, a big ski resort was build. Nowadays, it is completely abandoned due to some obscure myths, never fully revealed…

If you have 5 minutes, I invite you to read this very nice article which has been written about 2 dutch friends I guided there in 2017.

Whatever, Ala Archa Glacier is an attraction for skiers and snowboarding lovers.

Ski touring in Ala Archa Glacier will be a unique experience. It’s surrounded by stunning rocky mountains. What’s more, you don’t have to worry about your technical level. This 6-day trip is suitable from beginners to advanced skiers with a basic experience in all types of snow.

Please find below an estimate itinerary of this amazing program:

So, are you coming? If you are, please contact me now. Let’s plan your next ski touring trip in Ala Archa Glacier. I am anxious to talk to you!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Visa fee

- Group porters

Price details

Helicopter flight costs around 3000 Euro per hour.

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Bishkek - Ala Archa

Once you are in Bishkek, you will be transferred to Ala Archa gorge. The lodging will be at a hotel in the National Park.

Day 2: Way up to the refuge

We will leave early in the morning and start an intense hike for about 7-12 hours. Finally, we’ll spend the night in the desolate ski resort.

Day 3 to 5: Ala Archa ski touring days

Days of pure ski touring around the best spots of Ala Archa Glacier!

Day 6: Return

The last day will be dedicated to the descent to the National Park entrance. You will be taken then, to the airport so that you can fly back home.


More info

The porters will help us carry the food. You would only need to carry your equipment. I can provide you some backpacks and spleeping bags if necessary.

Meeting point

Ala Archa gorge

About the guide: -Andrey

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Mountain Guide

I was born in what is now Bishkek, the Capital City of Kyrgyz Republic (used to be Frunze, the Capital of Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic) and live there ever since.

I started guiding professionally in 2004. I guide groups and individuals in technical and high altitude climbing, ski-tours, backcountry skiing, rock-climbing, ice climbing. I can also provide training facilities and organize trekking programs.

My main priorities in guiding are client safety and expedition success and therefore, my professional motto is “Never climb with strangers”.

In 2011, I finished my training with the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide School. The school is supported by Mammut and the Swiss and British Mountain Guide Associations and follows the IFMGA standards. Upon completion of the course and passing necessary tests I was qualified as a Mountain Guide. I am also qualified in mountain rescue and first aid by Mountaineering Instructor School in Kyrgyzstan (2012) and a member of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA) since the Autumn of 2009 where I serve as an instructor and examiner for the National Mountain Guide courses.

In my 13 years of guiding, I have worked all over Tien-Shan and Pamir in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and China and East Sayan and Lake Baikal areas in Russia. I have arranged several ski tour and backcountry skiing programs in the Ala Archa national park, Suusamyr valley, Kyrghyz Ala Too, Chong Kemin gorge, Kumtor glacier, and Terskey Ala Too.

In 2009-2016 I worked as a high altitude guide at the Lenin Peak (7134 m), Khan Tengri Peak (7010 m), Pobeda Peak (7439 m), and Muztag Ata Peak (7546 m). As a mountaineering expert, I also have participated in 6 expeditions.

Presently I have over 100 ascents of different difficulty. The most significant of them are: Pobeda peak (7439 m) 1 ascent; Lenin peak (7134 m) 13 ascents; Muztag Ata (7546 m) 1 ascent; Khan Tengri (7010 m) 1 ascent; Korona peak 1st tower ED2 Smirnov route, winter conditions; Free Korea peak ED1 George Lowe route, winter conditions; Bachachekey peak 4 routes ED1 Kusmenko, Shwab, Polik, Ilyshenko; Ak-Too peak TD route, first ascent, winter conditions; Tarasova(Slovenia) TD route, winter conditions; Simagina peak TD+ route, winter conditions.

My sport climbing level: 7a-7b on sight, 7c-8a red point.

Please get in touch with me if you are interested to come and discover the mountains of my region.


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What people are saying about this trip



It is a very nice trip within the untouched landscape of Kyrgyzstan. I highly recommend Andrey as a guide, he is a really skillful and experienced mountain guide. He takes his job very serious and calculate risks as much as possible. For this trip you need to be very fit because the first day you need to do a hike of 18km with al your gear for the week. If you are fit enough and don't mind to go back to basic then I would recommend this trip. If you are not, then Andrey has also some other trips that can fit your needs.



I have to say I really enjoyed the trip. Andrey is a very experienced and skilled mountain guide who took us for a very intense but also incredible trip to the Ala Archa glacier. He adapted to our preferences and informed us about the conditions where needed. I was also amazed about the beauty of the Kyrgyzstan mountain range and the opportunities it has to offer.

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