Issyk Kul area ski tour

Issyk Kul area ski tour

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Season: middle of January – beginning of April
Route: Bishkek – Issyk Kul valley – Bishkek 
Level of difficulty: intensive program for intermediate and higher level experience of skiers

Suitable time for the program “Skiing in the Issyk-Kul region” is from mid-February to March. The amount of snow in a given year is important.
Ski areas: Kungey Ala Too and Terskey Ala Too in Karakol area.
Transfer from Bishkek to Cholpon Ata. From there, one-day of skiing in the Chon Ak Suu or Ak Suu valleys for choice. Transfer to Karakol town. The choice of ski area: Karakol gorge, or the valley Jergalan, Kerege Tash or Bozuchuk.
Also possible to add cultural program.

 

Day 1
Airport “Manas” – North Shore of Issyk Kul Lake (300 km)

Meeting in airport "Manas" early in the morning. Drive to Bishkek. Having breakfast. Transfer to the North Shore of Issyk-Kul Lake to Cholpon Ata town. Optionally: on the way visiting historical complex “Burana tower”(10-11c), which is UNESCO heritage.
Accommodation in hotel/guesthouse in Cholpon Ata. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m, Cholpon Ata– 1633m.
Distances and travel time: Airport "Manas" - Bishkek 35 km, 40 min, Bishkek - Cholpon Ata - 270 km  270km 4,5-5hours, 13 km in one direction to Burana Tower from the main road, 2-3 hours for stops and excursions.

Day 2
Ski tour in Kungey Ala Too Range 

Making ski tour trip in Kungey Ala Too mountains. 
Choosing among Chon Ak Suu and Ak Suu valleys. 
In the end of the day transfer to Karakol. Accommodation in hotel/guesthouse. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Semenovka – 1650m, ski tour starts at 2000-2500m, Karakol – 1760m.
Distances and travel time: approach to ski area 30-50km by car 40min-1hour driving, Cholpon Ata – Karakol 150 km, 2-3 hours driving.

Day 3-4-5
Ski tour in Terskey Ala Too Range – Karakol 

Making ski tour trip in Terskey Ala Too mountains. Choosing among Karakol, Kerege Tash, Bozuchuk, Jergalan valleys. Accommodation in hotel/guesthouse. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): ski tour start at 2000-2500m.
Distances and travel time: approach ski start in km, depends on area.

Day 6
Karakol – Bishkek (410km)

Transfer to Bishkek along the South Shore of Issyk Kul Lake. On the way visiting one of the mountain valley. Accommodation in hotel/guesthouse. (BLD)
Altitudes during the day (above sea level): Bishkek – 700 m 
Distances and travel time: 410km, 6-7 hours driving.

Day 7
Bishkek – Airport (35km, 30-40 min driving)

Transfer to airport. Flight home. (B)

Service includes:
1. Professional ski tour guide (in rate 1 guide 4 people);
2. Twin/Double accommodation according the program;
3. Transport for transfers during all the tour(4WD);
4. Meeting and seeing-off at the airport;
5. Full board;
6.Mineral water 1l per person per day.

Service doesn't include: 
1. Single supplement;
2. Alcohol and soft drinks;
3. Transfers, excursions over the program etc.;
4. Medical insurance.

Clothing and Equipment:
Sunscreen (at least 20SPF);
Lip balm;
Sunglasses with UV protection;
At least a 25 Liter backpack for personal items;
Head lamp spare bulbs & batteries;
Long-sleeved T-shirt;
Underwear;
Fleece jacket or pullover;
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional);
Down vest and/or jacket; 
Waterproof jacket (Gore-Tex);
Waterproof pants (Gore-Tex);
Gloves;  
Warm fleece hat;
Ski suit;
Avalanche safety kit (minimum: beeper, shovel, probe);
Personal ski tour equipment.