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Ski Tour in Kyrgyzstan, Jirgalan Valley

Ski Tour in Kyrgyzstan, Jirgalan Valley
Ski Tour in Kyrgyzstan, Jirgalan Valley
Ski Tour in Kyrgyzstan, Jirgalan Valley
Ski Tour in Kyrgyzstan, Jirgalan Valley

Join IFMGA-certified guide Anastasiya, on an incredible 8-day ski touring adventure in Kyrgyzstan's Jirgalan Valley in Kyrgyzstan, featuring exceptional snow depths of up to 2.5 meters and the experience the delights of stunning winter landscapes, local cuisine, and warm hospitality.

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Tian Shan

8 Days

Feb, Mar




* Experience the stunning beauty of Jirgalan Valley

* Enjoy skiing on up to 2.5 meters of deep, powdery snow

* Ski across a diverse range of slopes, each with different extensions


Join me on an incredible 8-day ski touring trip to Jirgalan Valley in Kyrgyzstan.

Experience the thrill of skiing on amazing snow, with depths of up to 2.5 meters. Along with the breathtaking winter scenery, you'll also have the unique opportunity to indulge in the delicious traditional cuisine and experience the local warm hospitality.

Ski across an exceptional variety of slopes in Jirgalan Valley, each with different extensions and exposures - get ready to enjoy exhilarating descents unlike any other.

This stunning valley, nestled between the Terskey Ala-Too and the Kungey Ala-Too ranges, offers a truly spectacular setting, surrounded by formidable mountains reaching heights of up to 4,000 meters (13,123 feet).

Beyond its diverse skiing terrain, Jirgalan Valley is also known for its stable and windless weather conditions. From the beginning of November until the end of March, you can count on a reliable and solid snow cover, ensuring a smooth skiing experience.

Our journey begins on the first day as we meet at Manas International Airport, only 30 kilometers from Bishkek. From there, we'll transfer to Jirgalan Valley, where we'll be staying in a comfortable guesthouse with standard services. Over the following days, we'll embark on the best ski tours in the stunning landscape and enjoying the pristine snow.

If you're ready to join this exceptional ski touring adventure, don't hesitate to reach out to me. I'm here to answer any questions you may have about the program and help you plan an unforgettable trip!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Arrival to Kyrgyzstan

Upon arrival at the airport in Kyrgyzstan, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to Jirgalan Valley, a scenic drive of 6-8 hours. Once you arrive, you will check into your guesthouse and enjoy dinner.

Day 2: Ski tour in Jirgalan Valley

After breakfast at the guesthouse, you'll set off on your ski tour of Jirgalan Valley. During the tour, you'll take a lunch break and rest your legs. In the evening, you'll return to the guesthouse, where dinner and a comfortable bed await you.

Day 3: Austrian Kiss ski tour

On this day, you'll embark on a ski tour of Austrian Kiss mountain. You'll be transferred to the mountain by car (40 minutes) and then begin your ascent.

During the tour, you'll take a lunch break to enjoy a delicious meal.

You'll continue skiing until late afternoon, when you'll be transferred back to the guesthouse. In the evening, enjoy dinner and a comfortable night's sleep.

Day 4: Second Jirgalan Valley ski tour

Set off on a ski tour in Jirgalan Valley early in the morning. With hundreds of routes to choose from, you'll have the opportunity to explore new terrain and enjoy the slopes to the fullest.

During the tour, you'll take a lunch break and in the late afternoon, you'll return to the guesthouse for dinner and a comfortable night's sleep.

Day 5: Yurt camp experience

Transfer to a remote valley by snowmobile (1 hour).

In the afternoon, you'll continue skiing and exploring the remote valley.

In the evening, you'll overnight in a yurt camp, where you'll experience the traditional nomadic culture of Kyrgyzstan.

Day 6 to 7: Return to Jirgalan Valley

Following breakfast in the yurt camp, you'll set off on another ski tour in the remote valley. With fresh powder and untouched slopes, you'll have the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and enjoy the backcountry wilderness.

In the late afternoon, you'll transfer back to Jirgalan Valley by snowmobile.

Once you arrive in Jirgalan Valley, you'll check into your guesthouse and rest.

Day 8: Final ski day

After breakfast at the guesthouse, you'll embark on the final half-day ski tour in Jirgalan Valley. After the tour, you'll return to the guesthouse for lunch. Then, you'll transfer to Bishkek or the airport, depending on your departure arrangements.



What is the skill level required for this ski touring trip?

This trip is suitable for experienced ski tourers who are comfortable skiing on a variety of terrain and in all weather conditions. You should be able to hike uphill for several hours with a heavy backpack.

What kind of gear do I need for this trip?

You will need all of the standard ski touring gear, including skis, boots, bindings, poles, skins, a touring helmet, a backpack, and avalanche safety gear. You will also need warm clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

What is the weather like in Jirgalan Valley in winter?

Jirgalan Valley has a stable and windless climate in winter, with reliable and solid snow cover from the beginning of November until the end of March. You can expect temperatures to range from -5°C to 10°C (23°F to 50°F).

How do I get to Manas International Airport?

Manas International Airport is the main airport in Kyrgyzstan and is located about 30 kilometers from Bishkek, the capital city. There are direct flights to Manas International Airport from many major European cities.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I'm an IFMGA-certified guide from Kyrgyzstan and started guiding professionally in 2003. In my 14 years of guiding, I worked as a high altitude and technical mountain guide, trekking and hiking guide, ski-touring guide and ice and rock climbing gide.

I finished Mountaineering Instructor School in Kyrgyzstan and I am a member of the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association (KMGA).

Additionally, I am ”Snow Leopard”. This title is given to those who have climbed all the highest mountains in the former Soviet Union. These include: Lenin peak (7134 m) 2 ascents, Khan Tengri peak (7010 m) 2 ascents, Korzhenevskaya peak (7105 m) 1 ascent, Communism peak (7495 m)1 ascent, Pobeda peak (7439 m)1 ascent.

I have worked all over the Tian-Shan and Pamir ranges. I worked as a guide in Lyallak and Dugoba, in Alla Archa National Park and Suusamyr Valley, Terskey Ala Too and Kyngei-Ala Too.

As a mountain guide, my top 3 priorities are: 1 -safety, 2 –creating positive experiences for my clients and 3 -expedition success.

I am a mountaineer and really love the mountains so I also spend all my free time here. I have participated in expeditions in the Himalayas, Africa, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Patagonia and Russia.

I live and work in a beautiful mountainous country and I will be glad to show you the virgin beauty of the Kyrgyz mountains.


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What people are saying about Anastasiya



We spent our time skiing in Jyrgalan as there was a lot more snow there than in Suusamyr Valley. Jyrgalan was fantastic - blue skies and deep powder! It was a truly remarkable few days. Our guide, Anastasiya, was excellent and she is highly recommended - friendly, good fun, highly knowledgeable (particularly in respect of managing avalanche risk) and extremely helpful.



Had a wonderful 11-day trip with Anastasiya in the beautiful Ala Archa! This was my first mountaineering experience so this trip included a lot of courses in mountaineering and climbing skills. Anastasiya was a fantastic guide and was very good at keeping everything safe, fun and sufficient challenging. Would highly recommend her. Couldn’t think of a better introduction to mountaineering.



We have just returned from a great 9 day trip with Anastasiya in Ala-Archa. We probably weren't her average clients - a family with 2 kids in tow. She did a great job of adjusting our days to match our capabilities while ensuring that we all kept learning. Anastasiya is an exceptional guide - skilled and knows this area well (it is her back yard). Should we find ourselves back in Kyrgystan we'd seek her out again.



Fantastic trip with Anastasya who is a great and friendly guide. She is very experienced, safe and always looked for the best places to ski. We had long days and could do several ascents in a day. We went to Jyrgalan, not to Suusamyr as the region was closed. Jyrgalan shows a lot of options. We highly recommend a stay in a yurt camp. We stayed in a nice guesthouse which served very good food. Great experience and for sure we will use Explore/Share service again.



It was great skitour program in Jirgalan valley. It was pretty deep powder and new experience skiing in such conditions. If you want to come to Jirgalan for ski touring, I recommend bringing wide skis. Our tour was well organized and we really enjoyed the food and hospitality. Anastasia is a friendly, experienced and patient guide.

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