Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

All about Kyrgyzstan.
mpkz
Supporter
Supporter
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:51 pm
x 1
x 7

Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

Postby mpkz » Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:56 pm

I'm planning on take a trip this December/January to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and I'd like to get some skiing done (though it would not be a ski trip and I would use rental equiptment). I'm not a big fan of organized tours nor do I have the money for stuff like backcountry or heliskiing, so I was wondering about DIY skiing.

It seems that at least in Kazakhstan you have very big resorts with fairly modern looking (from pictures) facilities that are within a day's drive of Almaty so that's fine, though if anyone has any recommendations for a good place and a cheap way to get there I'm all ears. I'd likely be spending 2/3 days if the trail maps I've seen online are accurate.

What I'm more concerned about is Kyrgyzstan. There are a number of ski resorts listed on Wikipedia and elsewhere as being in the country, but are these places where I could rent skis / stay the night? Any idea on the best way to reach these from Bishkek or Karakol?

Thanks in advance.
0 x

User avatar
steven
Admin
Admin
Posts: 3778
Joined: Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:32 pm
x 3106
x 430

Re: Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

Postby steven » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:58 pm

Hi,

skiing in Almaty is very easy, you can just take the bus to the ski resort from the City centre. http://city.caravanistan.com/almaty/skiing/

For Kyrgyzstan: in Karakol ski rent is not a problem, and there are lots of homestays. Still Need to write an article about it, tho, but rest assured that there is also a ski industry. DIY ski touring in KG is another option, see http://caravanistan.com/trip-reports/sk ... g-karakol/
0 x
If you like Caravanistan: we have opened a tip jar! We love you back! :D

mpkz
Supporter
Supporter
Posts: 28
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:51 pm
x 1
x 7

Re: Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

Postby mpkz » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:11 pm

Thanks, I knew Kazakhstan would be fairly straightforward so I'll just try to figure Kyrgyzstan out
0 x

SLioy
Posts: 14
Joined: Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:32 am
x 5

Re: Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

Postby SLioy » Sun Nov 16, 2014 9:40 pm

To expand on Steven's answer:

Karakol is meant to be the nicest, though definitely not the cheapest, of the Kyrgyz options. There is accommodation at the ski resort, or you can stay in town and arrange a car to take you up and back each day.

Closer to Bishkek, these seem to be the top three: Too-Ashuu, ZiL, and Orlovka. I know the first two offer accommodation and equipment rental, and I believe Orlovka does but I don't know for sure. The sticking point is public transport, which basically doesn't exist to get to them directly. You can hire a taxi or car (I know http://ihn.kg/I offers trips out there), and the Trekking Union http://www.tuk.kg/index.php?lang=english runs excursions to all three at various times that you could tag along on as well.
0 x
To find out more, check out:

Travel Blog http://www.monkboughtlunch.com
Travel Photography http://www.stephenlioy.com
Hiking in Asia http://www.asia-hikes.com
Wakhan Info http://www.travelwakhan.com

kyrgyznomad
Posts: 4
Joined: Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:15 pm
x 2

Re: Skiing Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan without a tour

Postby kyrgyznomad » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:58 pm

Car and driver for a day to Orlovka is typically around $70. Too-Ashu is a bit more being on the other side of the pass and Zil should be a bit less. There is a new base that just opened this weekend, Chunkurchak. Taxi there should be around $40/2000 KGS.

If you can get a group together through facebook/couchsurfing/caravanistan or some other medium it makes it all quite a bit more affordable.

In Karakol it's worth staying at a guesthouse in town and going up to the base for the day. The prices at the base are massively higher than what's in town. Expect to pay $12-15 for bed and breakfast in a nice homestay style guesthouse. Check out the cafe called Mustafa for some great, affordable food too.

For the sake of full disclosure, I own Iron Horse Nomads (ihn.kg) that SLoiy referenced. If we can help you we're happy to, but if you find a cheaper option and you're on a budget, good work and go for it. We're also just starting to work on cross country skiing, so we can help you make arrangements there if you'd like as well.
0 x
Living in Kyrgyzstan and hanging with nomads. http://ihn.kg


  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Kyrgyzstan”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google Adsense [Bot] and 2 guests