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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.

Mountain RangeTian Shan
Duration6 days
Offer periodFeb, Mar, Apr, May
Type of tripNot specified


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!

Meeting point

Ala Archa gorge


Accommodation in Ala Archa hotel 1 night with breakfasts and dinner.

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.




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.

About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1341 each

Group of 2

USD 805 each

Group of 3

USD 805 each

Group of 4

USD 805 each

Group of 5

USD 578 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Visa fee

• Group porters (transport of tents, cooking equipment, etc. for the group)

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Helicopter flight costs around 3000 Euro per hour.

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