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Skiing in At-Bashy Valley

Get ready for eight days of action as you head for At-Bashy Valley, home to some of the coldest winters in Kyrgyzstan. This gorgeous, verdant mountain region is used as pastureland in summer, and from December to March lures adrenaline-seekers to its snowy slopes. Take the scenic journey through Naryn and up to Acha-Kayindy Gorge, where the altitude varies from 7,000 to 15,000 feet above sea level. Here, you will make your camp in the traditional yurts of the Kyrgyz nomads who call this area home. Enjoy five days amid beautiful natural scenery and on the untouched steep slopes before heading back to civilization. Take the opportunity to explore the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek before heading onwards.

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  • Spend five days skiing the backcountry slopes of remote At-Bashy
  • Valley Discover the stunning scenery of this untouched region
  • Spend your nights in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt
  • Take a city tour of Bishkek
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Arrive in Bishkek to meet your guide who will whisk your overland by car to Naryn. On your five-hour drive, take the chance to stop and take pictures of the scenery. Check in at the Khan Tengri Hotel and enjoy some traditional Kyrgyz food for dinner.

Day 2

After breakfast you will set off for At-Bashy Valley. Your destination is Acha-Kaindy Gorge; familiarize yourself with the stunning scenery and prepare for your snowy adventure. Bed down in your cozy accommodation for the next few days - a traditional Kyrgyz yurt.

Day 3

Rise early to hit the slopes around the valley and get acclimatized to your new playground of piste. Enjoy traditional Kyrgyz food, laid on three times a day, and after all the action, sleep comfortably beneath the stars.

Day 4

Continue your downhill adventure and make the most of the varied runs. If you are seeking a challenge, make for one of the many steep black runs of untouched powder.

Day 5

Today is your final full day skiing the backcountry of Kyrgyzstan in gorgeous At-Bashy Valley, so make it count. In the evening, enjoy a meal at your camp before a final night in your traditional yurt.

Day 6

Spend the best part of the day skiing your final runs in At-Bashy before it is time to gather your belongings and head back to Naryn. This evening, check back into the hotel for dinner and a comfortable night’s sleep.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will begin the journey back to Bishkek, the final stop on this Kyrgyz journey. Make stops on the way to take pictures of the gorgeous scenery and, on arrival, check in at your comfortable hotel.

Day 8

Spend your remaining hours in Kyrgyzstan exploring its beautiful capital. Take a stroll around the city to see Victory Square, State Circus, Opera House, National History Museum, Philharmonic House and City Hall. When the time comes, you will be transferred to the airport, ready for your onward flight.


Suggested Accommodations

Khan Tengri Hotel

Khan Tengri Hotel

A stay in the Khan Tengri Hotel is an experience of traditional Kyrgyz hospitality and style coupled with modern conveniences and features. In a safe and friendly district in quiet and pretty Naryn, the small, comfortable hotel enjoys sweeping views of the soaring mountains beyond. Guests can choose from double, twin or triple rooms, all of which are equipped with television and hair dryer, with en-suite bathrooms. The hotel has a sunny terrace on the second floor to take in the view and has ample parking for guests with vehicles, using Naryn as a base to explore the surrounding area. Business guests can book the conference hall which can accommodate up to 35 delegates. There’s a pleasant cafe/restaurant which serves up delicious local dishes as well as international cuisine and seminars or demonstrations of local culture and traditions can be arranged by the friendly, English-speaking staff.

Kamandy Jailoo Yurt Camp

Kamandy Jailoo Yurt Camp

Travelers in the At-Bashy Valley will have the unique opportunity to discover the incomparable beauty of the Kamandy high pastures - known locally as the jailoo and immerse themselves in Kyrgyz nature. The most authentic way to experience the pastures is to stay in a traditional nomadic yurt camp. Here, guests can bed down as close to nature as possible without forgoing shelter and the comforts of a warm bed. The hospitality of the nomads is notorious and guests will feel right at home, cooking, eating, sharing and laughing with the community. Waking up every morning in the midst of stunning Kyrgyz scenery, there is a range of activities and outward-bound adventures right on the doorstep, from horseback riding to hiking and picnicking, there’s something for everyone. While the accommodation is not the sumptuous luxury of a five-star hotel, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stay in a uniquely charming environment.

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

Hyatt Regency Bishkek

This stunning, modern destination in the center of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek proudly holds the title of the only five-star hotel in the country. Within 35 minutes’ drive from the airport, this luxury hotel is surrounded by all of Bishkek’s sights of interest and history including The Museum of Fine Arts, Dubovy Park and the State Opera. What’s more, within the hotel, the facilities are first class. A range of 178 stylish rooms and suites are fitted with the latest amenities and guests can enjoy 24-hour concierge service for any and all their needs. Food lovers will be delighted by the range of cuisines, from authentic Mediterranean meals to laid-back barbecues by the pool. Meanwhile, the chic lobby bar and Opera Lounge are perfect spots for pre-dinner drinks or a romantic night cap. The comprehensive range of facilities on offer in the health club includes an outdoor pool, a spa with treatment rooms and a well-equipped gym so that guests can enjoy relaxation and reinvigoration during their stay.

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