Just 40 km from Bishkek, Chunkurchak brands itself as a family-friendly resort. Expect lots of families at the weekend, when long queues at the lifts can happen on good days. Luckily, the wide slopes make sure there is plenty of space for all. At present, there are only 4 lifts, but 6 more are being planned.
This is a good place for beginners. Advanced skiers will find little to do here outside of a small snow park. Hiking up from the lifts opens up the backcountry, where more exciting opportunities lie for experienced skiers.
You can rent equipment on site but in Bishkek you can get it at half price. A cafe serves tea, coffee and cakes, but nothing else- bring your own food. There are no places to sit outside the cafe, which gets very busy in weekends. Credit cards are not accepted anywhere. The ski pass needs to bought separately and cannot be returned, or used elsewhere in the region. If you want to stay overnight, you can do so at the Supara, a luxury resort and restaurant 3 km down from the slopes that gets good reviews.
In summer, lifts are not operating, but you can go for a leisurely hike and a picknick here.
There is no public transport going to Chunkurchak. Tour companies operate a ski taxi and equipment rental. We recommend Iron Horse Nomads and Nomad’s Land. Both very reliable companies with excellent track records catering to all types of travelers. Prices are very similar: the difference will depend on the number of passengers and the current exchange rate of the Kyrgyz som.
To get to Chunkurchak from Bishkek by yourself, go south in the direction of Kok-Jar and continue through Besh-Kungey and Tash-Moinok. In the village of Koi-Tash, you should turn right at the sign “Chunkurchak-Supara”. Cross the bridge over the river. On a trilateral convergence of roads, roll up to the left. A road marker then points you in serpentine fashion along the main road into the mountains. Pass Tatyr village and go up the only possible dirt road. You have arrived!