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Ski touring in Kyrgyzstan in a trip of 11 amazing days. You need to be well trained because all the mountains of the zone are over 3000 meters of height!

Tian Shan

11 Days

Feb, Mar


I have always thought that ski touring is an amazing way to discover a country, a region, a mountain range, and also the people. In fact, the idea of Kyrgyzstan came to me looking at a map.

In 1996, I had the opportunity to cross the country to reach the Chinese border to go climbing the Mustag Ata. The hordes of horses galloping in the vast plains at the foot of the mountains amazed me. This image stayed with me. In 2013 I thought that one day I had to go meet the people who live part of the year under the snow.

The Kyrgyz

This is traditionally a nomadic village. The manufacture and decoration of the yurt, made of thick felt fabric is a great tradition of the Kyrgyz. The horse image occupies an important place in the art and in the imagination.

The Mountains

The country is almost entirely mountainous. These mountainous zones divide the country into two: the Northeast and the Southwest. Only by some passes located at more than 2700 m of altitude communicate these two parts.

The capital Bishkek is at 800 m above sea level, very near to the border with Kazakhstan. At the southeast, the chain of the Tian Shan marks the border with China and culminates at 7439 m with the Pobedy peak. To the west and southwest of the country, the Fergana Valley is caught in pliers by the chains of Fergana (northeast of the valley) and Pamir Alay (or Alai Mountains, south). The south (bordered by the Pamir Alay) of the Fergana Valley is the other settlement site. There, we can find the cities of Och and Jalal-Abad. In addition, we find the lowest point of Kyrgyzstan, the Kara-Darya valley (the second source or tributary to Syr-Darya) at 132 m of altitude. The massifs where we are going to ski are located between the north and the south: Suu Samyr and Arslanbob.

Does this kind of adventure sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me for more information. It will be a pleasure for me to organize with you a trip around Kyrgyzstan that meets your expectations.

I love taking my clients ski touring around the world. If you are interested, check out some of my other trip offers. For example, we can go to FranceJapan, Morocco, or Russia.



An international flight departing in the late morning takes us early to Bishkek airport. Four hours on the road are then necessary to lead us to the small village of Suu Samyr, located at the foot of the mountain range. The first contact with the snow can be, maybe, at night. Night at hostel.

Day 3 to 4: SUU SAMYR

Two days to explore the best slopes and summits around the village. Few people have been skiing in this area. Our desire will guide us, as usual.


We take the southern route passing near Karakol Lake. Here the mountains are populated by reindeer, everywhere. To reach the small village of Arslanbob we are forced to go around the mountain.

During the remaining four days, the idea is to try to make a journey from town to town. A team of Kyrgyzstan will be there as logistical support to find a family that will host us for the night.





Day 10: ARSLANBOB massif - OSH

We take the road to the city of Osh. 2 hour drive. We visit the city of Osh, its bazaar, the mausoleum of Babur and of King Solomon’s throne.

Day 11: OSH - FRANCE



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Formalities: A visa is not required for French nationals.

Equipment: backpack 50 L to carry skis, touring skis, skins, knives, sticks, touring ski boots, crampons (set on shoes), harness with 1 carabiner, transceiver, shovel, probe, 1 duvet (-15 ° comfort minimum) + 1 self-inflating mattress, 2 or 3 pairs of socks, 1 tights and 1 windproof and waterproof Gore-Tex-type pants, 2 or 3 breathable T-shirts and fleece fur, 1 fleece jacket and a cutting wind and waterproof Gore-Tex-type, 1 hat and cap, 1 pair of warm ski gloves and 1 pair of fleece gloves, thermos (isothermal gourd), survival blanket, headlamp with fresh batteries, glacier sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm, small personal pharmacy, small toiletries, camera, bowl and spoon, a traditional and typical meal of your region that we will enjoy sharing the evening!

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