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Kyrgyzstan Off-Piste Ski Adventure

Cost Per Person
£2259
Start Date
22/01/2020
End Date
01/02/2020

Ski the fantastic mountains of the famous Silk Road

In true Snoworks style join us for a stunning back country touring adventure in this virtually undiscovered area of central Asia.  New for 2020, 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, hotels and guest houses in the heart of the mountains.

Inspired by Snoworks instructor, Lee Townend’s epic Silk Road Mountain Race this summer – read his blog

THIS ADVENTURE IS FOR:
EXPERIENCED OFF PISTE SKIERS LEVEL 5 AND ABOVE

SKIERS WITH A GOOD LEVEL OF FITNESS TO SKIN FOR UP TO 3 HOURS PER DAY AND SKI ALL DAY OFF PISTE

CHECK YOUR LEVEL

Essential Information

Time of Year
Winter
Days Per Week
6
Hours Per Day
All day
Skiers per group
maximum 6, average 4
SKI PASSES
N/A
Ski Equipment
Touring skis, skins and ski crampons required
Video Analysis
N/A
OFF PISTE Safety Equipment
Transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack with ski carrying straps
Helmet
Required

Price includes:

  • 7/8 days’ backcountry skinning and skiing with Snoworks instructor/mountain guide
  • Meals and accommodation as detailed in itinerary
  • Return transfers from Bishkek
  • Transfers to ski areas (with the exception of snowmobiles)
  • Snoworks instructor/guide and host for duration of the trip

Price does not include:

  • Insurance
  • International flights from UK to Bishkek
  • Any extra activities
  • Drinks
  • Snowmobile tows (approximately $120 per snowmobile for 2/3 people depending on how many tows)
  • Meals not listed in itinerary

Skill Level Required
Skiers must have experience of skinning; this is a back country touring adventure.

Recommended flights:
21 January 2020: Aeroflot 2579 departs Heathrow 13.30, lands Moscow 2025
21 January 2020: Aeroflot 1882 departs Moscow 21.25 lands Bishkek 0450 on 22 January 2020

1 February 2020:  Aeroflot 1881 departs Bishkek 1705 lands Moscow 1855
1 February 2020: Aeroflot 263 departs Moscow 1950 lands Heathrow 2105

 

Itinerary

DEPARTURE DAY FROM UK –  21 JANUARY

Fly from London Heathrow via Moscow to Bishkek with Aeroflot on Tuesday evening. International flights are not included in the price to allow for flexibility. See recommended international flights above.

DAY 1 – ARRIVE BISHKEK/TRANSFER TO KARAKOL – 22 JANUARY

After landing and collecting luggage, we will head straight to the mountains passing the stunning scenery of Issy-Kul Lake en route.  This is a transfer of around 6 hours, we will check into our guest house and get out onto the slopes in Karakol for the afternoon for skiing and equipment checks.  Accommodation and dinner in local guest house.

DAY 2/3 – SKI  KARAKOL – 23/24 JANUARY

Two full days’ skiing in the Karakol area with the chance of some snowmobile ascents (cost not included and payable locally).  Half board included in local guest house.

DAY 4/5/6 – TRANSFER TO JERGALAN VILLAGE – 25/26/27 JANUARY

Our base for the next three days backcountry skiing in this stunning area, powder snow is highly likely and we will have the mountains to ourselves.  Overnight in a local guest house with lunch and dinner on transfer day and full board for the rest of your stay included.

DAY 7 – TRANSFER JERGALAN YURT CAMP – 28 JANUARY

Transfer to our Yurt camp on skis, making the most of this stunning area’s backcountry routes.  Full board included.

DAY 8 – JERGALAN VALLEY – 29 JANUARY

Full day’s backcountry skiing.  Full board included.

DAY 9 – TRANSFER TO JERGALAN VILLAGE

Transfer back to our village base on skis.  Full board included.

DAY 10 – TRANSFER TO BISHKEK

We say farewell to the mountains and drive back to Bishkek, this transfer will be around 8 hours.  Overnight in a local hotel and a chance to either have dinner in the hotel or explore the capital.  Breakfast included.

DAY 11 – FLY BACK TO UK

Transfer to the airport in the morning and flight back to the UK.