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Skiing the Backcountry in Karakol

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FROM $7,500 PER PERSON
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DURATION

8 days | 7 nights

DESTINATIONS

Kyrgyzstan

INTERESTS

Skiing

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ski Kyrgyzstan’s gorgeous backcountry slopes
  • Camp in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt
  • Enjoy stunning views of Lake Issyk-Kul
  • Discover the classic architecture of Karakol

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Strap on your powder skis or splitboard and get ready to experience backcountry skiing or snowboarding in remote and scenic Karakol, in the mountains of northeastern Kyrgyzstan. Journey to the pretty town and get acclimatized to the area before heading up to where the slopes range from 7500 to 12,000 feet above the sea. From December to March, experienced skiers come for the wide range of snow-covered routes, and you will enjoy four of your eight days exploring the pistes that await. Spend your nights beneath the stars in the comfort of a traditional Kyrgyz yurt and, upon your return to Karakol, indulge in a Russian sauna. Enjoy the chance to marvel at Lake Issyk-Kul en route back to Bishkek, where you can discover the delights of the capital.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Karakol

Touch down in Bishkek and meet your guide who has arranged your comfortable six-hour transfer to Karakol by car, taking time to stop off for beautiful photo opportunities. Check in at the comfortable Green Yard Hotel and get acclimatized with a traditional Kyrgyz dinner.

DAY 2: Karakol

This morning, continue your familiarization with a tour of the town. Enjoy the traditional architecture and soak up the local culture with visits to the history museum, Russian Orthodox Church and Dungan Mosque. This afternoon, embark on your adventure into the mountains, ready for some downhill action.

DAY 3: Karakol

Get your bearings and allow your guide to recommend some slopes in the surrounding area. After a day spent getting your ski legs, relax in a traditional Kyrgyz yurt camp for a taste of the nomadic lifestyle indigenous to these mountains.

DAY 4: Karakol

Continue your backcountry adventure, enjoying the slopes and pistes of your mountain destination and challenging yourself with some of the trickier routes. Relax at night with the winter stars overhead, immersed in beautiful countryside.

DAY 5: Karakol

Spend the day perfecting your turns as you carve your way down your new favorite routes and enjoy your last night in paradise with classic Kyrgyz cuisine and a final comfortable sleep in your cozy yurt.

DAY 6: Karakol

Spend the day making your final runs and say your goodbyes to the slopes; later today you will head back to Karakol town. In the evening, relax at your hotel and ease any aches and pains with an indulgent Russian sauna.

DAY 7: Bishkek

After breakfast, set off on a leisurely scenic journey bound for Bishkek, making a stop at Przhevalsky Museum, dedicated to the famous Russian explorer. The route takes you alongside the banks of the world’s second largest alpine lake, Issyk-Kul, and you will have the chance to explore and take photos of the stunning scenery. Check in at your luxurious city hotel and relax for the evening.

DAY 8: Departure

Spend your remaining hours in Kyrgyzstan exploring the delights of its capital. Take in Bishkek’s State Circus, Opera House, National History Museum, Philharmonic House, City Hall and Osh Bazaar. Sample a little more local food and make your way to the airport for your onward flight.

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