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In true Snoworks style join us for a stunning back country touring adventure in this virtually undiscovered area of central Asia. New for 2017, Kyrgyzstan is a rugged country along the famous Silk Road - the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean - bordered by China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The Tian Shan mountains which surround the old caravan route are home to fantastic wildlife such as snow leopards and lynx. This is a ski touring adventure with a unique chance to discover the raw beauty of this country staying in traditional yurts in the heart of the mountains.
Our ski tour will be based in Suusamyr and Terskey Ala-Too, situated between two mountain ranges, the Kyrgyz range and Suusamyr-Too with altitudes from 2200m up to the highest peaks of 4500m. This area offers a huge choice of descents with different exposures, lengths of descent and altitude. For skiing the area provides stable weather conditions with very little wind and snow cover from early November through to late March with depths up to 2.5m.
For the majority of our adventure we will be staying in the heart of the Terskey Alatoo mountains at 2700m with a unique opportunity to experience the traditional Kyrgyz mountain lifestyle in a ski yurt camp. The camp consists of several Kyrgyz yurts and a removable hot sauna. Transfer to the slopes will be by snowmobile.
A Yurt is the traditional dwelling for the nomads of central Asia. The local yurts are portable, sturdy, round felt covered tents and can be set up by a family within 4/5 hours. The walls are wooden lattice, attached to the roof by curved poles. There is a circular opening in the roof to let sunlight in and smoke escape. This is basic tent accommodation in mixed sex shared yurts, with 4 people per yurt, there will be a shared toilet and dining tent for the camp.
Day 1 - 11 February
Depart from London (see recommended flights)
Day 2 - 12 February
Arrive in Bishkek and transfer to Suusamyr (3 hours). Skiing for half a day on local slopes for acclimatisation. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 3/4 - 13/14 February
Full day ski touring/CAT skiing in Suusamyr area. Full board included
Day 5 - 15 February
Half day skiing local area and transfer to Bishkek. Guest house accommodation including breakfast and lunch.
Day 6 - 16 February
After breakfast transfer by road to Ak-Suu village (8 hours), transfer from there up to our ski yurt camp in Ak-Suu gorge by snowmobile. Dinner and overnight.
Days 7/10 - 17 - 20 February
Full days ski touring in Terskey Ala-Too, overnight in yurt camp with full board included.
Day 11 - 21 February
After breakfast we bid farewell to our yurt camp and hosts to transfer back to Ak-Suu village by snowmobile, and onwards to Bishkek by road. Overnight in local guest house and dinner included.
Day 12 - 22 February
Following breakfast in our guest house we have a relaxing day's sightseeting in the Kyrgz capital, Bishkek, with an opportunity for shopping. Evening meal included.
Day 13 - 23 February
We bid farewell to our new adventure with an early morning flight back to London.
11 Feb LGW/IST (Istanbul) TK1966 departs 1235/lands 1835
11 Feb IST/FRU (Bishkek) TK1966 departs 2105/lands 0625 on 12 Feb
23 Feb FRU/IST TK349 departs 0755/lands 1835
23 Feb IST/LGW TK1997 departs 1340/1545
If you would prefer to book an alternative flight please make sure you will be landing and departing within these times.