Kyrgyzstan in December

December to February is winter in Kyrgyzstan,and it gets very cold. Temperatures in Bishkek, the capital, in the country’s north fall anywhere between minus 10 and 10 °C (14-50 °F). As one might imagine, this is the best time of the year to try out the country’s spectacular skiing, with resorts tailored for the beginner to the expert. Generally intermediate to advanced skiers come to the mountain’s just outside Bishkek for the country’s famed backcountry skiing, unmarked virgin peaks that never seem to end. Perhaps one of the more unusual activities in winter in Kyrgyzstan is eagle hunting. Eagles are trained from a young age to hunt prey and return to their masters, a practice going back thousands of years in the Eurasian steppe. Though the birds are showcased throughout the year, it is in winter when the real hunting happens.

Suggested Itineraries

An Olympian's Adventure: Exploring the Snowcapped Serenity of Karakol

This exciting seven-day ski expedition promises to bring your senses to life as you adventure across the snowcapped peaks of Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. Admire brilliant works of historically-significant architecture and challenge your skiing prowess as you take in every aspect of this beautiful corner of the world.

Interest Skiing
Duration
7 days / 6 nights
Price Per Person
From $5,900

Pan-Stans: Country Collecting in Central Asia

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.

Interests Architecture, Heritage
Duration
14 days / 13 nights
Price Per Person
From $10,600

Skiing in At-Bashy Valley

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.

Interest Skiing
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $6,500

Skiing the Backcountry in Karakol

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.

Interests Skiing, Open Spaces
Duration
8 days / 7 nights
Price Per Person
From $7,500

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