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Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains

Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains
Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains
Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains
Guided ski tour in the Terskey Mountains

A really incredible ski touring adventure in one of the most outstanding landscapes of Kyrgyzstan: The Terskey Mountains. Join Andrey, a local KMGA mountain guide in a unique 6-day ski tour among the virgin corners of the Karkara ski area.

Tian Shan

8 Days

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec


Let me make this irresistible proposal in the Terskey Mountains**! It consists in a 6-day ski touring trip going down by the virgin soil of the Karkara area.**

The Terskey Mountains form a powerful mountain range in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan. We’ll find and ski through the best slopes of the Karkara Ski Tour Camp. It’s a ski area at 2200 meters of altitude on a lush plain with mountains covered by pine trees all around.

The Karkara site, 470 km far from Bishkek, offers 3 ski touring areas where we can go: Tup, Tuz and Uchkashka. This base camp counts several comfortable houses with baths, kitchen and rooms with stoves. It can accommodate 60 people. This area has 2 snowmobiles to transfer us to different skiing sites if necessary.

I’ll share with you a sample itinerary of this ski program. It’s just and example, I might have to adapt it based on the level of the group and the snow / weather conditions.

Day 1: Transfer from Bishkek to Karkara (L, D);
Day 2: Skiing day in Karkara Base Camp (B, L, D);
Day 3: Karkara – Tup Valley (B, Lunch box, D);
Day 4: Tup Valley (B, Lunch box, D);
Day 5: Tup Valley – Tuz Gorge (B, Lunch boxes, D);
Day 6: Tuz Gorge (B, Lunch box, D);
Day 7: Tuz Gorge – Karkara (B, Lunch box, D);
Day 8: Karkara – Bishkek (Drive 6-7 hours) (B, L);

I will take with me a maximum of 5 participants. If you are a larger group, an additional guide will come with us. All members of the group must be confident in skiing and splitboarding in all types of snows.

If you find this ski touring program interesting contact me now. Let’s plan this trip together and ski trough the most outstanding places of the Terskey Mountains.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees


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The price includes the following :

  • Guide service
  • Meeting / seeing off at the airport
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Accommodation in cottages and yurts (three people in yurt) - 7 nights
  • Meal – full board (B – 7, L – 8, D - 7)
  • Snowmobiles for transportation of equipment
  • Permit to the border zone
  • Entrance fee, ecological fee

Meeting point



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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 this trip



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 ;)

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