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Karakol guided backcountry skiing tour

Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. Photo: Klas S. (Flickr)

Explore the untouched slopes around the Karakol ski resort for 4 to 10 days, on this backountry skiing trip along with KMGA mountain guide Andrey.

Not specified

Tian Shan

4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec




Karakol is one of the best ski bases of Kyrgyzstan, with a wide range of slopes and good snow conditions. Today I invite you to join me for 4 to 10 days and enjoy a fantastic backcountry skiing trip in Kyrgyzstan.

Karakol is also the name of the fourth largest city in Kyrgyzstan, near the eastern tip of Issky Kul LakeThe Karakol ski base is located 7 km away from this city, on the northwestern ridge of the Terskey Ala Too mountains.

The Karakol slopes are suitable for all levels, from beginners to professional riders. The ski base has 4 ski lifts ant the base altitude is 2300 meters. Also, the ski base offers good accommodation options (you can check below this text).

The season begins in November and lasts until April, although the best time to go there is from mid-December until the end of March. During winter, daily temperatures range between -4 and – 7 C.

Most important, there is no reason to worry about snow, since the cover thickness is usually about 1.5-2.5 meters.

Find this backcountry skiing trip tempting? Then send me a request and we will start planning this great backcountry skiing adventure in Kyrgyzstan together. You can also check out my Ak Tash guided backcountry ski day tours!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The prices listed above are per day, per person.



You can find the following accommodation options at the base: -Building 1. One storied building with 10 rooms (One twin room, five double rooms and four triple rooms). There is furniture, TV-set, shower and toilet in the rooms.  -Building  2.  Two storied building with 6 rooms (three double rooms and three twin rooms) and 2 two-room flats (there is a king-size bed in the first room and a sofa in the second). There is furniture, TV-set, shower and toilet in the rooms.  -Building 3. Three storied building with 8 rooms. There is a king-size bed in every room (possible to transform into two single beds). There is a sofa, TV set and a cheval glass.  -«Chalet» cottage (for 8 people) - it is a two storied cottage (with blue and yellow roofs). Thereis a living room, a bedroom, two WCs with showers on the first floor. There are three isolated bedrooms with a king-size bed each on the second floor.  -«Chalet-Lux» cottage (for 8-10 people) -  it is a three storied cottage (with red roof). There is a wide hall with a fireplace, a bar, sofa, a big TV and a WC. There are two two-rooms flat on the second floor. There is a jaccuzzi in one flat, and there is a shower in the second flat. There is a king-size bed, a sofa, a TV, a WC in each flat.  There are two twin rooms on the third floor, There is a TV set, WC with a shower in each room.  -«Lux Apartments» cottage (for 11 people) - there is a separate garage for two cars. There is a billiard, TV-sets, a fridge, a microwave oven in the cottage. First floor: a bedroom with three separate beds, a bedroom with one king-size bed, two WCs on the floor. Second floor: three bedrooms with a king-size bed in each, a WC with a shower on the floor, a WC with a shower in one of the bedrooms.

More info

Minimum group size: 3 people

There is a restaurant on the ski base. A three-time meal costs 30USD per person a day.  There is also a ski rental on the base: equipment service and fixing, snowmobile YAMAHA V540.

About the 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 Andrey Erokhin

Michael E.


January, 2021

Great experience in Jyrgalan Kyrgyzstan - Very competent end experienced guide. Very involved in making sure we got the best experience. A must do and highly recommend it!!

Peter Eckstrom


August, 2019

I had an awesome climb with Andrey to the summit of Peak Khan Tengri in August 2019. Andrey is a terrific guide and climbing companion. This climb was a huge challenge for me, both technically and physically. Andrey was outstanding in his focus on having a safe climb while at the same time doing everything possible to enable me to reach the summit. He showed excellent judgment and resourcefulness in planning our itinerary and making adjustments when needed. He was extraordinarily patient with my shortcomings. His friendly and engaging personality was a great benefit as well. I can honestly say, my positive experience on Khan Tengri was due in no small part to Andrey. I look forward to climbing with him again someday.

Martina Zahno


September, 2018

For our rock climbing week Andrey had put together a programm which was ideally tailored to our skills. He handled everything in a very professional and trouble-free way. Under his guidance we learned a lot and gained confidence to undertake more challenging tours for ourselves in the future. At the same time, Andrey is also a really nice guy to hang out with. We had lots of fun during our tours and in the evenings. Thanks Andrey!

Andreas Waal


March, 2018

We were a large group of 15 guys that spend one week with Andrey and his colleagues (because of the group size we had two additional guides). Andrey is a great guide and a good organiser. From we ordered until we arrived Andrey was available on Whatsapp and responded almost imminently to all our questions. When we landed we were meet by Andrey at the airport and a fleet of large SUV`s that took us to the base camp that was the starting point from the touring. The base camp was located far up in the mountains on the Kazakhstan border. The accommodations where ok, with a nice sauna as a pleasant surprise. The ski touring was nice in variated terrain. We were a bit unlucky with unstable snow conditions forcing us to ski a bit less steep than we hoped for, but the area got massive potential for nice skiing. We decided to end touring after five days in the mountain and spend the last night in Bishkek. There Andrey stepped into the role of a tourist guide and showed us around town, a really nice gesture which we did not expect. Overall a trip I would recommend to anyone wanting to ski in a country you would not expect to travel to. And when you go, Andrey is your choice for guide ;)

Jashan dhillon


September, 2017

Despite not summiting, The Lenin Peak trip and the professionalism and abilities of Andrey far surpassed my best expectations. Andrey was responsible, knowledgeable, compassionate, and most of all a great person to spend 21 days with. Andrey displayed a high level of good judgement in regards to our decisions on the mountain and ensured the safety of everyone in our group at all times. I would not hesitate to use Andrey for any mountain adventure.



August, 2017

Andrey is a great guide. He's patient, kind and puts your safety and quality of experience first. His technical skills and knowledge are really impressive. It was also just so much fun. Can't wait to do another trip again.



May, 2017

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.

Erik in 't Zand


April, 2017

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.



February, 2017

I climbed the Pobeda Peak with Andrey in 2011. It was something very difficult to achieve but we did it. The most difficult part of the trip was the section from the highest camp to the summit because of the altitude (more than 7000m). That was also the longest section of the climb. Andrey and I worked together up to the summit. I trusted 100% in Andrey during the climb because I knew him very well. He is a real professional climber!



September, 2016

Everything about the program was great: it actually was my first hike, trek and climb on a mountain! Perhaps I wasn’t physically prepared, but reaching the top of the peak was definitely the best part of the trip. I also enjoyed doing multi-pitches on the mountain, that’s something I would really like to do again. Andrey is a complete and responsible mountain guide that everybody should hire. He shares his knowledge and pushes his clients to their utmost capabilities. And the best thing is he can also take awesome pictures!

Wojciech Falkowski


August, 2016

Andrey is a very professional and friendly guide. After climbing we talked a lot. I appreciate his experience in difficult Tienszan Mountain's conditions. He was very helpful during each difficulty. I climbed with him Lenin Peak in 2014, and Khan Tengri in 2016. We spent a very good time and I hope to climb with him again.


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