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Ski Tour In Ak-shirak

Country: Kyrgyzstan
City: Bishkek
Duration: 15 Day(s) - 14 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Ski touring in Kyrgyzstan

Ak-Shirak Range, Tien-Shan

Ak-Shirak Range is a part of Central Tien-Shan mountains, located to the south of eastern bank of Issyk-Kul Lake, between lake shore and border with China. Climate of the area is typical for Central Tien-Shan in general, but slightly milder. Annual precipitation is 700 mm. The highest level of precipitation is in spring and early summer, the least one is in winter. Average winter temperature is -16°С, in spring and autumn it is -7°С, however some days spring temperature can fall down to -15 and even to -20C.

The highest altitude in Ak-Shirak Range is 5126 m. Glaciations are significant and quite often glaciers slide down from the passes and mountain tops. Elevation is 700 m and in eastern part it reaches 1 000 m (area of the peak 5126m). The biggest glacier in Ak-Shirak Range is Petrov Glacier, 14 km long, sliding to north in the central part of northern slope of the range. 10 km Jaman-Su Glacier is located in the eastern part of the range. Karasai Severny Glacier is 10 km long and Kaindy Glacier is 8 km. Both sit in the western part. There are about 130 glaciers in the range with total area of 450 square kilometres. Glaciers are situated above 3700 m. The area is not widely explored by skiers or climbers; it has huge possibilities for ski-mountaineering, for the first ascents,

The northern, western and southern areas of the range can be easily accessed by car from the southern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. From Bishkek the way goes through Tamga, then after next village Barskaun we continue to south 200-250 km on gravel road by off-road vehicle. The southern region is in the border area and special permit is required. Part of Ak-Shirak Range is a territory of goldmine, and depending on the itinerary special permit from gold mining company may be needed.


1st Day. Arrival

Flight of international airlines will take the members of the group to the Kyrgyz capital airport early in the morning. Representative of our company will meet them and arrange their transfer to Bishkek three stars hotel. Here participants can have some rest and check your equipments. Our company may arrange city tour on request to show you the main sights of our capital, help to purchase necessary food or other stuff for expedition and arrange tasty dinner of local cuisine.

2nd Day. Bishkek – Tamga

After the breakfast, we will arrange transfer to Tamga village. It is located on the way to Ak-Shirak Range, the area for ski-touring. This trip will take about 4-5 hours, the distance between Bishkek and Tamga is about 300 kilometers. During the transfer you can see magnificent scenery of snowy Kyrgyzstan and discuss skiing plan for nearest days. You will stay in guest house upon arrival in Tamga village, situated almost on the shore of Issyk-Kul Lake. Cozy rooms, big home-cooked meal and friendly conversations will give you the warmest impressions from your staying here.

3rd day. Tamga – Ak-Shirak

You will continue your trip to the Ak-Shirak Range today. All the group members will go to the place of base camp location today. It takes about 4-5 hours, trip to the south direction. Driving distance today is about 200-250 kilometers. Particular location of base camp will be chosen by the group upon arrival. You can relax or arrange acclimatization walking or skiing from the nearest slopes this day.

Important! All participants have to have border permit, because the ski area is located in a border zone.

The area of ski camp location is remote, that is why land transfer can be arranged by truck or cross country vehicle only.

4th-9th Day. Ski touring, new routes

The next few days are planned for acclimatization walking and ski-touring. Ski itinerary should be planned preliminary; the members of group choose routes by themselves, based on the physical conditions of group, ski experience and weather conditions. Participants should have their personal ski outfit.

Important! The North-West slopes of the Ak-Shirak Range are located on the territory of Kumtor gold mining company. This area is protected and closed for tourists. It is not expected that the programme will be arranged on this area.

10th Day. Ak-Shirak – Tamga

The group will go back to the Tamga village after breakfast in the camp. Accommodation in the village will be arranged in a family run guest house. Participants will have time to enjoy tasty dishes of national cuisine and share their impressions from the program.

11th Day. Tamga – Bishkek

After Breakfast in the guest house, we will arrange your transfer to Bishkek; accommodation is planned in three stars hotel these day. After a short rest on arrival, you can go out to purchase souvenirs and enjoy your dinner in the local restaurant.

12th Day. Departure home

Early morning you will have your breakfast before quick transfer to the airport where the airplane is ready to take you to your home country.


  • If the group prefers to send ski gear/outfit to Bishkek in advance, ITMC Company will arrange customs clearance.

To get full information and answers to all your questions you can contact us by email

Service included in the price:

  • All land transportation according to the program

- airport-Bishkek-airport, city sightseeing by minibus

- Bishkek - Ak-Shyrak Range BC - Bishkek by 4WD vehicle UAZ

NB: Vehicle stays in the Base Camp and is available for moving between gorges in the area

  • Twin accommodation in the hotels and guest houses as mentioned above

- Bishkek: Hotel 3* (day 2, day 15)

- Tamga: Guest House, shared facilities

  • Cook service

  • Meals:

- breakfasts in the hotel in Bishkek

- breakfasts and dinners in the Guest House in Tamga

- full board in the mountains

  • Bottled water en-route

  • All camping and kitchen utensils, camping furniture

  • Mess tent (dining tent)

  • Formalities: border permits

Note:These prices are from 4 people in a group and this is the minimum number of people in a group

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