The Kyrgyzstan Ski Adventure is our most famous ski tour. In 8 days we will explore the remarkable highlights of skiing in Kyrgyzstan. Don’t expect any comfortable chairlifts, groovy after ski pubs or ceasar salads. Get yourself ready for adventure, yurts and shashliks.
Almost 90% of Kyrgyzstan lies above 3000 meters. The country has abolished visa-regulations for the USA and most of the European countries. Ryce Travel is a foundation and we are supporting Community Based Tourism (CBT). Booking a tour through Ryce Travel means local revenues and support of local projects.
On Sunday the Kyrgyzstan Ski Adventure will start in the capital Bishkek.
In the morning we’ll have a quick city-tour and head to the winter sports capital of Karakol. It’s a stunning roadtrip along the northern shore of Lake Issyk Kul. We will cross the Shamsy mountain range and make a lunch stop at Cholpon Ata. Lake Issyk Kul doesn’t freeze in winter because of underwater hot springs. It even causes a considerable increase of snow fall along the east coast. Exactly, that’s where we are heading.
In Karakol we are staying 5 nights in a local guesthouse. The local family will take care of the majority of the meals. It’s quite modern with double rooms and shared (luxury bathrooms). They even have a (slow) wifi connection. 1 night will be spend in a shared yurt in our yurt camp. We could offer you a clear itinerary but it could be at the expense of the adventurous nature of this trip. You will experience a unique world in the beautiful country of Kyrgyzstan. We will show you all the hot-spots of the region and you’ll be amazed like we have been amazed so many times. Below, you can find a description of all activities.
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan Ski Base
We will spend the first two days in the ski resort of Karakol. It’s just 15 km outside of the city. The highest point is at 3100 meters and the resort’s bottom is at 2200 meters. The slopes are surprisingly well groomed and serviced by some snow canons too. The area is quite challenging and very well suited for freeriding and treeruns. The evening activities entail an après ski night (with Karaoke) and a pool night in a natural hot spring along Lake Issyk Kul.
Snow mobile/Skidoo droppings
For an entire day we will have access to several snow mobiles. The drivers of these snow mobiles will bring us to different peaks in the Jyrgalan valley. This is one of the most unspoilt areas of Kyrgyzstan with demanding terrain and views to Kazakhstan. You can use the rope behind the skidoo as a draglift or sit on the back of the snow mobile, depending on your skills. Usually it’s easier for skiers to get yourself dragged up by rope. The valley on the eastern flanks is perfectly suited for experienced skiers/snowboarders whilst the beginners can use the snow mobile tracks as a slope.
Spending the night in our yurt camp
One of the highlights of the tour is spending the night in our yurt camp. At an altitude of 2200 meters we have realized a yurt camp together with a local guide. The yurt is the traditional home for the Kyrgyz people. We have adjusted the yurts to the cold circumstances. There is a heater in all yurts, there’s a Russian banya (sauna) next to an ice cold stream. The sky will be full of bright stars and you will sleep in a big shared sleeping yurt.
Horse riding with downhill run
After a short walk in the Jeti Oguz valley we will have lunch in the local village of Kyzyl Suu. It’s a traditional meal and we have to sit on the floor at a local family’s house. After lunch we get ourselves ready for a magnificent tour along red mountains and deep snow. The horse will walk to an altitude of 2500 meters and we will see different landscapes. Then we’ll take our equipment from the horses and make a freeride run back to Kyzyl Suu. It’s an easy run and not too challenging. It’s more about the way up than the way down. But the scenery is absolutely stunning.
Saturday morning is optional. We organize a city tour in Karakol with a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, the local bazaar and some souvenir shops. After lunch we slowly drive back to the capital Bishkek. This time we take the southern road with an amazing stop at the Fairy Tale Valley. In Bishkek we have a final meal in one of the best local restaurants. Everything that you have appreciated this week, in terms of food, will be served again. And then… we prepare ourselves for the unrivaled pajama party.
The pajama party is our famous last night in Kyrgyzstan. We will go to the Besh Spa Complex, not far from the airport. Here we’ll go the Russian banya again and relax in the Turkish hammam (men/women separated). After a shower you will receive a pajama from the Spa Complex and you can take the lift to the 5th floor. Here you’ll find a restaurant, bar, pool table and of course a Karaoke stage. When you’re tired of all this you can have a massage on the 6th floor or take a nap on the 4th. They have put business class chairs on the fourth floor if you want to have a little sleep. In the middle of the night we have to go back to the airport for your flight back to Europe (flights usually depart around 05.00 am).
Above all, it’s gonna be a memorable experience: Skiing in the most hospitable part of the Himalayas.
Transfer Bishkek – Karakol and vv
5 nights in a local guesthouse
1 night in a traditional yurt
All meals and drinks during these meals (3x daily)
City Tour Bishkek
English speaking guide
Snow mobile/skidoo droppings
Entrance to natural hot spring
Visit to Fairy tale valley
Horse rent with guides
Meals and drinks not included in the 3 daily meals
Tips and souvenirs
Ski/Snowboard rent (€75 per week)
Adventurers looking for something different than the Alps
Average to experienced skiers/snowboarders who can easily take a ‘red slope’
Lovers of other cultures and rituals