Kyrgyzstan·January - February
KYRGYZSTAN FREERIDE SNOW TRIP
8 days of skiing touring in the Tien Shan massifs in Kyrgyzstan.VIEW DATES
It is in the Tien Shan massifs, east of Lake Issik Kol that our superb trip will take place! Azimut will take you to discover this unusual land with very good slopes! Every day, we will explore the many options in the small surrounding valleys, trapped and loaded with powder. You will live a rich journey, in terms of skiing, meetings with the Kyrgyz, and cultural discoveries between the Soviet past and the Silk Roads... You will reach peaks of up to 2,000 meters together with your fellow travelers and the guide in this off-the-beaten-track region!
Azimut is a small outfit with its base camp near Briançon and prides itself on putting the human aspect of work first. They work hard to ensure that all our trips connect with our passions: excellent skiing, great people, fantastic food and comfortable hotels. They provide qualified, certified, expert guides and listen to their advice and feedback to give you the best quality on trips you’ll never forget!
You will be transfer from the airport to Karakol, in the east of the country, by road along the beautiful Issik Kol Lake.
You will be resting in a comfortable accommodation, chilling with your group and the guide, getting ready for tomorrow!
Let's start skiing!
Today will be the first day of skiing, you will put your skins on to reach beautiful off-piste while the Azimut guide will help you with your technique and understand your level :)
You will be transfer to Jyrgalan, a small village bathed in the sun in a vast valley.
Drop the luggage at the guest house and go for a nice outing over the village...you will see the amplitude of ski opportunities in the area!
The powder of the Schrenk Forest!
Today will be one of your best days...lots of descents, vast powder between the spruce trees of the Schrenk forest...a real playground!
Depending on the group, you will do a maximum of 1200mt of altitude difference.
Skiing in a lost spot!
Today we have the opportunity to shoot further with snowmobiles, to discover a lost and wild spot 15km from the village.
The decision of where to go and stop, it will be made in a group :)
Another day in paradise...
No time to rest! Today you will go further to discover another beautiful collar descent with new surprising, large, infinite view!
At the end of the day you'll descent to Jyrgalan for a good shower and a well-deserved night's rest :)
Rest-day exploring Bishkek
Early in the morning, you will leave for Bishkek for a quick tour of the city, a walk in the Osh Market to bring back home local products, spices, honey or yurt carpets!
One last dinner together and hotel for a short night or airport transfer depending on each person's flight schedules :)
Time to say goodbye!
After the last good breakfast, you will be transfer to the Airport to go back home!
Hope to see you again :)
The program is very flexible to take into account weather conditions, climbing level, and endurance of the group
Hotel and Yurt
You will spend most of the time in a comfortable guest room and a yurt for one night.
Sheets and towels will always be provided in the guest room, while a sleeping bag in the yurt is provided...different experiences!
Transfer during activities
Transport of luggage
A certificated alpine guide
Permits and entrance fees to "ecological zones"
Bottled water 1L per person / day
All breakfast, lunch and dinner
What's Not Included
Transfer to/from airport
Ski touring equipment
The snowmobile (it's a group decision on site)
Everything not specified in the paragraph “What is included”.
Due to the nature of this course, you should have a good mastery of ski touring and snow skiing on all types of snow. Ski in frequent powder. The slope may have a few short steep passages (up to 40 degrees), so a good fitness level is recommended.
Mapo Tapo selects local partners with the utmost care. For any inaccuracies, however, we can not accept any liability. Ski touring is a risky sport that takes place in nature. Ultimately, you are fully responsible for the choices you make. Mapo Tapo recommends that anyone who does not have sufficient knowledge and skills not go outdoor alone. All our trips include a local certified guide who will take care of your group. Enjoy your adventures safely with first-hand information from the locals.
Please DO NOT book your flights until this trip is confirmed. Most of our trips require a minimum number of participants to run. Wait for the status of the trip to be confirmed and for more information go to the "How it works" section
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What level do I need to be at to participate in this trip?
It would help if you were an excellent mastery of ski touring and snow skiing. You should be used to the ski in frequent powder.
Good physical condition is recommended; the elevation differences can be between 600m and 1200m/day.
What group size can I expect?
The trip requires a minimum of 5 participants to let be confirmed and will be capped at 10 skiers.
In which airport to I need to flight at?
To the Bishkek (FRU) Airport (Regularly insured by Turkish Airlines (transport of a pair of skis + free sticks/person - within the limit of 30kg allowed))
What should the day pack look like?
During ski touring: Lightweight bag, simply the things of the day, a few snacks and safety equipment.
Outside: Transport of luggage by minibus, 4x4 and snowmobile
What is the accommodation like?
Depending on the group's composition, you can be with someone of the opposite sex. You will be accommodated in hotels in a double room, in a guest room in a double room and yurts (1-night dorm mode), sheets provided, towels provided in hotel and guest room. In the yurt, a sleeping bag is provided.
Diners and breakfasts are taken in local restaurants and cafes or at the yurt camp.
A single room supplement can be provided only in the hotel at €130, subject to availability.
What is the current exchange in Turkey?
The currency is the som (KGS). 1 €= 77.52KGS.
What document and vaccines do I need?
Document: French, Belgians, Swiss and Canadians are exempt from a visa and registration procedure for any tourist or business stay of fewer than 60 days (2 months). They must have a valid passport for the duration of their stay. (Make sure that a border guard has stamped the visa.)
Covid news: the Kyrgyz authorities have reinstated the obligation to present a PCR test. Any traveller over the age of six wishing to travel to Kyrgyzstan must present the negative results of a PCR test carried out less than 72 hours before entering Kyrgyz territory, regardless of their vaccination status.
No vaccine is mandatory but some may be recommended. Make sure you are up to date in your usual vaccinations but also in those related to all the geographical areas visited. Updating the diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP) vaccine is recommended, as well as that of the rubella-mumps-measles (MMR) vaccine in children. Tuberculosis vaccination is also desirable. Depending on local travel conditions, vaccinations against typhoid fever and viral hepatitis A and B may be recommended. Vaccination against rabies may also be desirable in some cases, depending on the conditions and places of stay. Ask your doctor or an international vaccination centre for advice.
What is the required equipment?
- Hiking skis with hiking bindings, seal skins + knives, sticks, and crampons. All are in excellent condition. We recommend freeride skis 100 mm, 105 mm at minimum skating (cause of deep powder) to make the most of the descents in all snow and the powder.
- Ski touring boots
- Backpack: capacity 35/40L.
Safety tip: Airbag backpacks are a plus in safety. In the event of an avalanche, the airbag bag allows you to stay on the surface of the avalanche and thus reduces the risk of burial. The Azimut Guides use this bag a lot. These bags contain compressed air cartridges; check with your company for air transport conditions.
- DVA (avalanche victim detector): If you have a DVA, a shovel and a probe, report it to us at your registration. If you don't have one, we'll lend you one for free.
- Padded ski cover for the plane.
- Highly recommended ski helmet
Is there a possibility to rent the equipments?
Sure! Azimut will take care of that; you just need to inform us at the moment of the bookings :)