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Mountaineering in Kyrgyzstan, 12-day Introductory course in the Ala Archa Gorge

Learn the fundamentals of mountaineering with fully-qualified KMGA guide Andrey in the breathtaking Ala Archa Gorge on a 12-day introductory course.


12 Days

All year




* Learn the vital of mountaineering in the beautiful Ala Archa National Park.

* Improve your climbing, rope technique and safety among other things.

* Benefit from having a fully-qualified KMGA instructor.


The stunning alpine national park of Ala Archa, dominating the territory of Kyrgyzstan, offers dramatic mountain peaks, vast glaciers and picturesque waterfalls.

Amidst this stunning scenery I’ll teach you important basic rock climbing skills and guide you through your first steps of alpine climbing.

You’ll learn essential safety skills, increase your confidence in using mountaineering equipment, upgrade your knowledge of rope work and improve your ice climbing technique.

We’ll be climbing in some of the most stunning routes along the monumental Ala Archa gorge.

You’ll discover dramatic lengthy granite rock routes, ice and mixed routes as well as challenging but rewarding multi-pitch routes.

This custom-made introductory course focusses on those climbers who want to gain confidence and aim to become independent mountaineers. 

Get in touch now to reserve your place with me on a thrilling 12-day introductory course to mountaineering in the Ala Archa Gorge of Kyrgyzstan.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

This is the price to join a maximum group of 14.


Day 1: Arrival

Arrive in Bishkek then transfer to the Ala Archa gorge. Hike to Ak-Sai gorge.

Day 2: Rock climbing

Rock climbing lessons with basic technique, as well as climbing with boots and rock shoes.

Day 3: Rope management

Rappelling and rope management, the usage of knots and rope techniques.

Day 4: Rescues

Rock rescue, anchors and base organisation, as well as transportation of injured persons.

Day 5: Trad and multi-pitch

Multi-pitch climbs and traditional climbing.

Day 6: Ratcek peak

Climb to Ratcek peak (4,010 meters).

Day 7: Ice climbing

Ice climbing and ice tool use, and crampon technique. Snow and ice anchor selection.

Day 8: Crevasse rescue

Crevasse rescue.

Day 9: Top rope ice climbing

Ice climbing with top rope.

Day 10: Teke Tor peak

* Climb to Teke Tor peak (4,530 meters).

Day 11: Ushitel peak and Bachechekey peak

Traverse climb to Ushitel peak (4,575 meters) and Bachechekey peak (4,515 meters).

Day 12: Back to Bishkek

Descend to Ala Archa national park, then transfer to Bishkek.


About the guide

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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 Andrey



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.



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.



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!



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.



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.

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