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 ski 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 wifi connection. 1 night will be spend in a shared yurt in our yurt camp. You will have an unique experience 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 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. Karakol’s 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. Our evening activities entail an après ski night (with Karaoke) and a pool night in a natural hot spring along Lake Issyk Kul.
For two days we will have access to our private Pistenbully. The driver of this snow groomer 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 ascend comfortably in our covered cabin. The runs are suited for everyone because intermediate skiers/boaders can stay on the gentle slopes and experienced freeriders can obt for higher/steeper terrain. We can have around 6-10 runs a day and lunch will be provided on the mountain. We even have our self created ice-bar.
Spend a night in a 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 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 route with an amazing stop at the Fairy Tale Valley. Once in Bishkek, 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 early morning we have to go back to the airport for your return flight (flights usually depart around 10.00 am).
Ski Kyrgyzstan for you?
- Adventurers looking for something different than the Alps
- Easily tackle a ‘red slope’
- Lovers of other cultures and rituals
- Transfer Bishkek – Karakol and vv
- 5 nights in a local guesthouse in Karakol
- 1 night in a traditional yurt
- Half board (breakfast/dinner)
- Short city tour Bishkek
- English speaking guide
- Local guides
- 2 days cat skiing
- Horse rent with guide
- Entrance fee hot springs
- Visit to Fairy tale valley
- Russian banya
- Ski passes
- Flights (€350-€450 from Europe)
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips & souvenirs
- Ski or snowboard rental (€ 75 per week)
- Travel insurance
Don’t book any flights yet! As soon as we have reached the minimum amount of reservations (5) we will send you an e-mail. If we don’t have enough participants we will, send you an e-mail 40 days prior to departure the latests. (*) We recommend flying Turkish Airlines as they usually take ski equipment free of charge
Recommended flights below:
DEPARTURE (Turkish Airlines)
12:00 AMS Amsterdam Schiphol – 17:20 IST Istanbul
18:25 IST Istanbul – 02:35 +1 FRU Bishkek
RETURN (Turkish Airlines)
03:40 FRU Bishkek – 06:40 IST Istanbul
08:50 IST Istanbul – 10:40 AMS Amsterdam Schiphol
* we didn’t have to cancel any trip due to a lack of reservations so far
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Travel as a group?
If you want to travel as a group of at least 5 people, you can request a tailor-made trip. Other departure dates are usually possible in consultation. Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or via WhatsApp +31648729047