Ice climbing course for beginners in Ala Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan

Join this ice-climbing educational course in Ala-Archa Gorge (Kyrgyzstan) led by certified mountaineering instructor & KMGA aspirant Alexey!




Trip Duration

14 days

Mountain Range

Tian Shan

People per Guide

5 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov

Type of Trip

Not specified



    If ice climbing is something you always wanted to pursue, this is your chance. Join me for a 15-day course, especially designed for beginners, in Ala-Archa Gorge, just 41 km out of Bishkek. Also, for intermediate climbers, it is a unique opportunity to find lots of life-hacks and boost their skills.

    Ala-Archa Gorge, right at the heart of the Tian Shan mountains in Kyrgyzstan, is a perfect area for ice-climbing at all levels of difficulty, so it is for your first steps in this empowering activity.

    To begin this program, I will meet you at the Manas International airport near Bishkek. Next, we will transfer to the Ala-Archa National Nature Park (2,000 m).

    Up in the mountain our main accommodation site will be the Racek mountain hut (3,340 m). Every day we will depart from the hut to different slopes and climbing areas, mainly the Ak-Sai glacier area.

    I will provide you with a complete educational ice-climbing course lectures and practical training sessions. The main topics will include:

    • Technical ice climbing
    • Dangers in the mountains
    • Climbing gear and its usage
    • Movement and safety on different types of mountainous terrain
    • First aid and skills in transporting an injured person with anything available
    • Movement and belay on snow and iced slopes”
    • Crevice rescue in a group

    A central part of the program consists of ascents to the Ak-Say area summits, with peaks above 4,000 m. The overall difficulty of the routes we will go on varies from levels F to TD+. You can see the detailed program, day by day, below.

    While I will provide all the climbing equipment, the remaining personal equipment needs to be rented separately.

    Note that while the basic program is 15 days long, it can be adjusted to the guests’ goals and wishes. Finally, every client must get compulsory insurance for climbers.

    Interested in this Ice Climbing course for beginners in Ala Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan? Request your booking! If you are interested in Rock Climbing, take a look at this Rock climbing course for beginners in Ala Archa Gorge, Kyrgyzstan program.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    3600 USD

    Group of 2
    1900 USD

    Group of 3
    1500 USD

    Group of 4
    1080 USD

    Group of 5
    1080 USD


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


    • Day 1Manas airport - Bishkek
      • Meeting at Manas International airport
      • Transfer to Bishkek
      • Check-in on equipment
      • Walk around the city, shopping for food, personal supplies and missing equipment
      • Overnight at hotel in Bishkek
    • Day 2Ala-Archa National Nature Park
      • Transfer to Ala-Archa National Nature Park (2,000 m)
      • Accommodation at the hotel
      • Acclimatization walks
      • Lecture on “Dangers in the mountains”
    • Day 3Racek mountain hut
      • Ascent to the Racek mountain hut (3,340 m)
      • Accomodation in the hut
      • Review lecture on climbing equipment
      • Practical lesson on “Knots and their use in mountaineering”
    • Day 4Practice day
      • Movement and self-rescue on a snow slope
    • Day 5Ak-Sai glacier area peaks
      • Acclimatization ascent to Ak-Sai glacier area peaks (4000+ m / Level of dificulty: F)
    • Day 6Practice day
      • Movement on an ice slope, basic crampones technique
    • Day 7Practice day
      • Ice screw usage, climbing slopes of different angles with one and two ice axes
    • Day 8Practice day
      • Roppeling – ascent and descent on the fixed line, work with climbing gear
    • Day 9Pracitce day
      • Technical ice climbing with ice tools of diferent types
    • Day 10Ak-Sai glacier area peaks
      • Ascent to one of the Ak-Sai glacier area peaks (Difficulty level: PD to D-)
    • Day 11Practice in descent
      • Practice in descent on the ice slope: Abalackov sling, screw-off system
    • Day 12Practice day
      • Crevice rescue technique
    • Day 13Ak-Sai glacier area peaks
      • Ascent to one of the Ak-Sai glacier area peaks (Difficulty level: PD to D-)
    • Day 14Day in reserve
      • In case of bad weather, or to rest
    • Day 15Bishkek
      • Descent to Bishkek
      • Accommodation at the hotel
      • Time to rest or walk around the city
    • Day 16End of program
      • Departure from Bishkek

    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    Manas airport, Kyrgyzstan


    Hotels, Racek mountain hut or camping


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    What People are Saying about Alexey Pototskiy


    Dear Alex and Anastasiya, we want to thank you two for this awesome adventure! We want to thank you for your patience (it\'s not easy to handle such a crazy group of singers, laughers, crazy people ;) ), your professionalism, your smiles, your warmth and your positive attitude! We will keep these days in our hearts and send think back to you two with a smile on our faces! Thank you. Matt, Susi, Mann Roberto
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    I ended up climbing for 2 weeks in Ala Archa with Alexey, and then I climbed Khan Tengri by myself. I was not able to attempt Pobeda because of some frost damage on my fingers, but I hope to be able to try it one day. Alexey was a great guide and it was awesome to climb with him!
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