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11 days
Availability : December-March
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 8
Program "Ski touring in Jyrgalan"

Asia Outdoor Club invites ski touring and freeride lovers to join our program “Ski touring in Jyrgalan”. Jyrgalan Valley is a paradise for skiing off-piste (ski touring, freeride, backcountry), without queues and crowds. These places would be perfect for filming movies and painting landscapes, because their snow-white slopes and snowy mountain peaks are extraordinarily beautiful. Ski touring in Jyrgalan is the best choice for those who are looking for unity with nature and at the same time want to get a powerful boost of energy.

Join the program “Skitour in Jyrgalan” and come and try the snow in one of the best areas for skiing in Kyrgyzstan!

Day 1Arrival in Bishkek. Transfer to Chunkurchak.

After arriving at the “Manas” airport, you will be met by a guide, with whom you will go to the Chunkurchak gorge (40 km., 1.5 hours).

After accommodation at the ski base, we will have training sessions, during which the guide will look at how you stand on skis, check your skiing technique and general preparation for ski touring. The base has five modern chair lifts with a total length of more than 4.5 kilometers. The maximum length of the tracks is more than 10 kilometers, the height difference is about 370 meters.

After skiing we will have a welcome dinner.

Accommodation in a hotel.

Day 2Transfer Chunkurchak - Karakol.

After breakfast we have a long road to Karakol (400 km, 6-7 hours). Lunch on the way to Issyk-Kul lake. After arrival in Karakol we will go for a walk around the city and have a short city tour.

Accommodation in a guest house.

Day 3Karakol – Zhyrgalan valley (2500 m.). Briefing (checking ski and avalanche equipment, safety training). Skiing on nearby slopes.

Transfer from Karakol to the guest house/yurt camp. After lunch we will have a briefing and then we will go to try the slopes closest to the camp.

Accommodation in a guest house/yurt camp.

Day 4-5Skiing in the Jyrgalan valley.

These days we will ride in the Jyrgalan valley. It will be possible to order a snowmobile transfer if necessary.

Jyrgalan is famous for its slopes littered with snow, heavy rainfall and lack of crowds of skiers, and thanks to accommodation in a comfortable yurt camp, you will have the opportunity to have a great rest after a day of skiing.

Accommodation in a guest house/yurt camp.

Day 6Transfer to the upper reaches of the Jyrgalan valley (2900 m.). Briefing. Skiing on nearby slopes.

We will move to a new skiing area, which is located higher in the Jyrgalan mountains to search for new slopes. After lunch and a short discussion with the guide, we set off to see the slopes near the camp.

Accommodation in a yurt camp.

Day 7-8Skiing in the upper reaches of the Jyrgalan valley.

After a few days spent in a populated resort area, we will move to a quieter place. Riding in the upper reaches will allow you to enjoy unbroken and untouched routes. Beautiful wildlife and advanced trails will add to the program the feeling of a real freeride.

Accommodation in a yurt camp.

Day 9Transfer Jyrgalan - Issyk-Kul. Rest on the lake.

Today we descend from the yurt camp to the village of Jyrgalan and from there we leave for Issyk-Kul. Hotel accommodation. Today you can spend time and relax by the lake, go to the hot springs and swim in the pool.

Hotel accommodation.

Day 10Issyk-Kul - Bishkek.

In the morning we will still have time to enjoy the rest on the lake.

After lunch start back to Bishkek. Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and you can walk around the capital of Kyrgyzstan, see the sights and relax in any institution in the city.

Hotel accommodation.

Day 11Flight back home.

Transfer to the airport for your flight. Departure home.

AdditionallyYou can add 2 days of skiing in the Ak-Suu area (2700 m.) to the program:

The camp is only 8 km away from the city of Karakol and is located in the beautiful Ak-Suu gorge. The highest ski slopes reach 3800 m and with the help of snowmobiles you can get to the most remote of them.

Prices of ski touring in Jyrgalan
The cost of the program in season 2022-2023 – 1730 USD per person
The cost includes:

Local professional guides
Meeting/seeing off in “Manas airport”
Transfer to Chunkurchak Gorge
Transfer to Karakol town
Transfer Karakol – Jyrgalan village

Transfer Jyrgalan village – Issyk-Kul lake – Bishkek
Delivery to yurt camps on snowmobiles
Accommodation in a hotel in Chunkurchak gorge – 1 night
Accommodation in a guest house in Karakol town – 1 night
Accommodation вin a guest house/yurt camp in Jyrgalan valley – 3 nights
Accommodation in yurt camp in Jyrgalan Upper Camp – 3 nights
Accommodation in a hotel on Issyk-Kul lake – 1 night
Accommodation in a hotel in Bishkek – 1 night
Skipass in Chunkurchak Ski Base
Breakafasts in hotels in Chunkurchak gorge, in Karakol town, in Bishkek and on Issyk-Kul lake
Welcome-dinner in Chunkurchak 
Lunch on the road from Chunkurchak to Karakol
Meals (Full Board) in a guest house/yurt camp in Jyrgalan
Delivery of luggage to yurts and back (up to 30 kg per person)
Sauna/shower in each yurt camp/guest house

The cost doesn’t include:

International and domestic flights
Visa/visa support/temporary registration (if needed)
Any deviation from the basic program
All personal expenses (surcharge for excess luggage, insurance/medical expenses, etc.)
Alcohol and other beverages
Meals in cities
Equipment rental (on request)
Insurance policy
Other expenses not specified in the program

Additional services:

Add 2 days of ski touring in Ak-Suu – 300 USD/person.
Single supplement – 80 USD/3 nights (only in cities)
Snowmobiling on the slopes – 100 USD/day/person

Insurance and equipment list for ski touring in Jyrgalan

Insurance requirments

Each participant of the ski tour must necessarily take out an insurance policy, which will help you in the first place in case of an accident during your trip.
The main requirements for insurance are below:
1. Insurance assistant must not be GLOBAL VOYAGER.
2. host country Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan)
3. the total amount of coverage of the policy is NOT LESS than 30,000 USD
4. the dates of the insurance policy must match the dates of the ski tour
5. The insurance policy must cover the “transportation of the injured”.

What you will need for ski touring?

Ski touring equipment – skis or splitboard, snowshoes (optional)
Ski touring boots
Telescopic sticks
Ski mask
Avalanche transceiver (beeper)
Avalanche probe

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Gallery "Ski touring in Jyrgalan"
Photo: Vyacheslav Miroshkin (@offpiste)
Ski touring in Jyrgalan

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