Located in the eastern portion of the Issyk-Kul Valley, Karakol is its own unique landscape surrounded by magnificent mountains. Karakol offers a great deal of challenge and intrigue to fans of backcountry skiing. At 7,546 feet to 11,155 feet above sea level, Karakol’s terrain provides a wide range of slopes for experienced skiers. The Karakol ski base was built during the Soviet era when it was used to train Olympic athletes; today, the ski season runs from December to March and offers 12.5 miles of runs, with opportunities for off-piste skiing.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Meet our team at the airport and allow us to transfer you to Karakol on a stunning six-hour drive. Make stops along the way to enjoy local culinary traditions and take pictures in the most beautiful locations. Upon reaching Karakol, enjoy a delicious dinner and comfortable night.
Begin your winter adventures as you ski and snowboard across the endless mountains in the heart of the Karakol wilderness. When you finish with your challenging and exhilarating day on the slopes, relax in the resort hotel with cocktail, basking in the glow of the fireplace.
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy another day of winter fun as you explore new areas of your snowcapped surroundings. Push your skiing and snowboarding talents to the limit, honing technical skills and enjoying the speed and power this remote area allows you to achieve. Later, return to the hotel for a peaceful evening of food and drink.
Once breakfast is finished, enjoy a quiet stroll through this winter wonderland. Bring your camera to document the natural glory omnipresent in this gorgeous town. After, strap on your skis or snowboard and return to the slopes for an exciting afternoon of action and adventure.
Enjoy a warm breakfast, then return to your favorite trails and ski or snowboard until your heart is content. Perhaps set a new personal best while perfecting your form and ability. Once evening falls, return to the hotel and enjoy a final, tranquil night in this glorious establishment.
Rise early and enjoy brief final exploration of charming Karakol, visiting the local history museum, the ancient Russian Orthodox Church and the stunning Dungan Mosque. Then, begin your scenic, lakeside return to Bishkek, stopping at the Przhevalsky Museum en route. Upon arrival, check into your new hotel and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
If your flight is in the evening, spend the day exploring Bishkek: journey through the city, stopping to see iconic sites such as Victory Square, the State Circus, the Opera House, the National History Museum, Ala-Too Square and more. Then, dine in an intriguing restaurant and transfer to the airport: home or your next destination awaits!
In the northern Kyrgyzstan town of Karakol, it’s hard to find any better place to stay than the award-winning, family-run Green Yard Guest House. Take its location for starters. Set in the foothills of the majestic Tien-Shan mountains, the area offers spectacular views and trips to the nearby ski resorts or majestic gorges are only minutes away. The rooms too, are bright, warm and comfortable, with a choice of ‘luxury’ or ‘standard’ to cater for different tastes and budgets. All rooms come with satellite TV, refrigerators, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom with bathtub - perfect for a long hot soak after a day of enjoying the slopes or mountain adventure. The hotel’s restaurant downstairs cooks up both national and European dishes whilst also providing a cozy and family-friendly atmosphere.
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.
Discover the charms of Kyrgyzstan on this eight-day classic journey: From the capital city of Bishkek to the splendid alpine Song-Kul lake, Baskoon Gorge and the verdant Chon-Kemin Valley, you will see the natural wealth this stunning country has to offer. Also watch an exciting Buzkashi match and an eagle-hunting demonstration, bastions of traditional pastoral life in Kyrgyzstan and the region.
This challenging, seven-day ski expedition through remote Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan promises to excite even the most skilled of backcountry skiers. Engaging in this adventure requires visitors to be in excellent physical condition and to possess at least one year of backcountry skiing experience. You must bring fat powder skis 0.6 inches + underfoot or more. If you are a snowboarder, you must have a split board.
Northern Kyrgyzstan is full of extremes: from the rugged mountains to the peaceful lakes, the hot spring pools to the wild beaches, there is something for everyone in this beautiful, untouched part of the world. This week-long itinerary will take you through the culture and natural beauty this unique place has to offer.
With its rushing streams, freshwater lakes, and impressive mountains, Kyrgyzstan is a Central Asian jewel. On this nine-day trip, you will journey from the bright lights and bustle of Bishkek to the peaceful mountain air in Chunkurchak, the small village of Kyzyl-Oi, the expansive Song-Kul Lake, and Chon-Kemin National Park.
Enjoy this week-long trek through Kyrgyzstan, as you explore the sights and sounds of capital city Bishkek, the natural beauty of the Suusamyr valley and Sary-Chelek Biosphere Reserve, and the exciting traditions of Jalal-Abad and Osh. For an awakening of your senses, this trip combines adventure with culture.
Discover the hidden treasures of two countries on this two-week tour. Marvel at the ancient architecture and explore the bustling bazaars of Uzbekistan’s big cities and plunge into the lakes, mountains and canyons of scenic Kyrgyzstan, where you’ll bathe in hot springs, picnic in meadows and even stay in a rustic local home.
This tour of the Silk Road “Stans” takes you through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in just two short weeks. Designed specifically for those looking to dip toes into each destination rather than explore in depth, this itinerary ensures luxury and comfort in a part of the world that can be tricky to country-hop without expert guidance.
Hit the slopes of beautiful At-Bashy Valley in Kyrgyzstan’s rugged, mountainous central region. You will need fat powder skis for this eight-day adventure that takes you from Bishkek to Naryn and into the snowy backcountry to ski, snowboard and sleep in a traditional yurt.
Get off the beaten piste and head to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan on this eight day adventure. Hit the gorgeous, powdery slopes of this beautiful nation’s backcountry, camping overnight in a traditional yurt. Start and finish with a little local culture as you tour Karakol and Bishkek.
From picturesque valleys to traditional villages, this eight-day tour will bring you through some of the most beautiful spots Kyrgyzstan. You will explore modern Osh, historical Uzgen, and the charming small towns of Jalal-Abad and Sary-Tash, while enjoying picnics and hikes against sweeping panoramas.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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