As one of the most beautiful places in Kyrgyzstan, Chon-Kemin Valley is the perfect place to enjoy a rewarding and challenging winter ski adventure. Standing 6,562 feet to 11,483 feet above sea level, the area is abundant with stunning slopes and conifer forests, all of which are overwhelmingly gorgeous when covered in a tranquil blanket of snow. The ski season is best from December to March.
• Great Outdoors: Although Kyrgyzstan has been nicknamed "the Switzerland of Asia" for its lush spring and summer landscapes, in the winter these are transformed by a thick coating of glistening snow.
• Snow Sports: Chon-Kemin Valley is the country's best ski destination, offering backcountry slopes that wind through pretty conifer forests.
• Bishkek: Begin and end your Kyrgyzstan trip in the capital, sightseeing and dining on hearty Kyrgyz dishes - the perfect cuisine for chilly winter nights.
Meet our team in the airport and allow us to transfer you to your lovely hotel in Bishkek - we recommend the Hyatt Regency Bishkek or Asia Mountains. If you arrive early, take a city tour with stops at sites including Victory Square, the State Circus Building, the Opera House, the National History Museum and Old Square. Then, dine in one of Bishkek’s best restaurants before retiring to your hotel for a peaceful night.
Enjoy a light breakfast and then transfer to stunning Chon-Kemin. Just a two-hour drive away, the heart of Chon-Kemin provides an awe inspiring and remote hideaway from the rest of the world. After taking in your new surroundings, enjoy a dinner at the guesthouse, your home-away-from-home for the next few days.
After breakfast, continue your backcountry expedition. Try areas previously unexplored, being sure to take photographs to document both the magnificent scenery and your own mastery of the mountains. After several hours of winter fun, remove your skis and relax among the quiet trees, taking in the astounding openness and natural wonder surrounding you. Then, ski back to the guesthouse for dinner and rest.
Once breakfast is finished, delay your ski adventure and instead, take a calming stroll around the yurt. Admire the snow-covered trees, the majestic mountains and the sweet animals living among the tranquil scenery. Then, strap on your skis and return to your favorite areas to further your mastery of the backcountry. As night falls, return to the guesthouse for a hot meal and a well-earned sleep.
Rise early and enjoy your final day of challenging backcountry skiing. Later, transfer to your welcoming Bishkek hotel. Explore the culinary delights of the city by enjoying a traditional dinner in a local restaurant. Then, return to your warm hotel and relax for the night.
If your flight does not depart until the evening, enjoy a final day of adventure in Bishkek. Return to favorite destinations or seek new areas for exploration: you do not want to miss any of the wonders this stunning city has to offer. Later, transfer to the airport, as it is time to head home or embark on your next expedition.
Experience village life in comfort at Ashu Guesthouse, a charming guesthouse in the Chon-Kemin region of Kyrgyzstan. This unique hotel oozes tradition and tranquility: from the colorful decor and the outdoor eating area and garden to the majestic display of mountains in the distance, guests find themselves completely immersed in Kyrgyz culture while enjoying first-class service. Choose between a single or double room in any of the mountainside cottages and enjoy extra amenities including the on-site conference hall, traditional cuisine and day trips to the spectacular Chon-Kemin gorge.
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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.
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