3-days route with intermediate level of complexity in Big Almaty gorge in “Cosmo-station” area – station of researching cosmic rays. Mountaineering skills are not required.
Complexity of the route: route with intermediate level of complexity, mountaineering skills are not required. Duration – 3 days. Suits for beginners and skiers/snowboarders with confident level of riding off piste. It is desirable to have a good physical training, it is necessary to have a set of avalanche equipment.
Height difference: maximum elevation – 900 m., dropping – 600 m-1500 m. depends on quantity of snow.
Route: Almaty region, Kazakhstan, Almaty city – Big Almaty gorge – Big Almaty lake – Tourist pass – Turan peak – Zhosalykezen pass – Tourist peak.
Day 1. Almaty city – Cosmo-station
Departure from Almaty about 5.00 a.m. Getting by car to the start point of the route situated on the way to the station of cosmic rays researching with altitude 3336 m.a.s.l.. We will be moving towards mountain reminds a pyramid, which can be noticed from any district of the city. It delusively seems the highest one because of it’s close location to the city – it is Big Almaty peak. (3681 m.a.s.l.). The road to the gorge will be going through the short tunnel of anti-mudflow dam, which was built in 1977.
After passing dam view to the landslide “Stone Flower” will be opened. It appeared after one of the strongest earthquakes in 1911. The slopes of Karabas hill had fallen into the gorge and after some time formed here beautiful canyon where afterwards trees and bushes were grown. Wild apricot, walnut, apple trees and wild roses are grown here. At the foot of canyon there is the nursery “Sunkar”, where rare birds of our region as golden eagles and falcons are raised and kept.
Moving up to the gorge we will be surrounded by magnificent mountains and forests of Tian-Shan spruces. After passing sequence of steep serpentines we will get to Big Almaty lake at an altitude 2500 m.a.s.l.
Lake appeared about 2000 years ago because of the earthquake. The landslide fell from Big Almaty peak and formed essential dam, lake was appeared behind it. Nowadays pure water from the lake is used for the supply part of Almaty city with drinking water.
We will continue to move uphill and make stop at the check post. We also could see building of mountain observatory there. We will continue moving up by car and get to the start point of our route – part of the road 2,5 km not reaching “Cosmo-station”.
06.30 – arrival to the start point of the route. Preparing equipment for the route.
07.00 – start the route on ski-tour. We will be moving to the left side from the road towards Tourist pass, which is situated between two summits – Turan peak and Tourist peak. Ascent will take about one and half hour. Elevation till the pass will be 715 metres.
08.30 – 09.00 – after getting to the pass we will have a break, eat snacks and drink tea. View to Karnizniy or Satpaev peak 4075 m. and Almaty-Alagir 4225 m. summit will be opened from here. We will continue ascent along the ridge to Turan peak. It will take no longer than one hour.
09.40 – 10.00 – reaching the top of Turan peak or as it was named in the past – peak of Institute of Nuclear Physics. Posh panoramic view will be opened for us from the peak. Summits of Small Almaty spur and Talgar peak will be well seen from the left side in the east. Soviet peak (Satpaev peak nowadays), Soviet Alpinists, Young Guard to the fore. Lake (Ozyorniy), Choibolsan, Kuderin, Leninskaya Smena, Legostaev, Science peaks to the south. Preparing equipment for descent.
The summit is located in the Big Almaty Spur to the east of Tourist Peak and north-east of Momyshuly Peak (formerly Karniznaya). Height is 3960 meters. The peak belongs to the Almaty Alagir mountain range. The former name is INP (in honor of the Institute of Nuclear Physics). Later it was renamed in honor of Turan University.
10.00 – 10.30 – beginning of descent from the peak. Line of descent will be defined on the assumption of snow conditions and quantity of snow. It will be possible to make descent from the top of the peak in narrow couloir or on wide slope from the right side of ascent’s line. Descent can be made till the road where the route has started. Driver with the car will be waiting over there.
11.00 – 11.30 – transfer to the «Cosmo-station».
12.00 – 14.00 – accommodation in comfortable guest house. Lunch. Walking around.
15.00 – 17.00 – avalanche safety lessons on request.
18.00 – 22.00 – dinner. Night in guest house.
Day 2. Cosmo-station
06.00 – early wake-up, breakfast, preparing equipment for the route.
07.00 – 11.00 – this day we will have skiing in western couloirs to the right side of old ski-lift.
From the beginning of ski-lift we will move up to the slope along the ski-lift. After passing the steepest part we will turn to the right. We will move further to the right along the ridge till the points where couloirs are. One such ascent will take about one and half hour. It’s possible to make three-four such ascents with descents in different couloirs.
12.00 – 14.00 – lunch, rest.
14.30 – 17.00 – hiking on Big Almaty peak (3681 m) on request.
18.00 – 22.00 – dinner, night in guest house.
Day 3. Cosmo-station – Almaty city
06.00 – early wake-up, breakfast, preparing equipment for the route.
Our route will start from the beginning of old ski-lift again. After passing steep part we will move to the left towards “Tourist” pass. Over there it will be possible to make short break. After that two more steep parts will be overcome, and we will reach the top of Tourist peak with self-titled nameplate.
10.00 – 10.40 – reaching top of Tourist peak. Stunning panoramic view will be opened on gorges of Trans-Ili-Alatau – Prohodnoe (Passing) and Ozernoe (Lake) and related glaciers – Satpaev peak, B. Momishuly peak, Turan peak and the others. Rest, tea, snack, photo, preparations for making descent on skis.
The peak is located in the Big Almaty Spur, south of the Big Almaty Peak, Zhosalykezen Pass and west of Turan Peak. The top is simple and accessible from all sides. In winter, a small ski drag lift operates on its slopes from the side of Zhosalykezen pass.
11.00 – 11.15 – descent on skis from Tourist peak to “Cosmo-station”.
12.00 – 14.00 – lunch, packing stuff.
15.00 – transfer to the city.
Each Additional Day: 145 USD Per Person, provided 2 persons traveling together
Tour Price INCLUSIONS:
1. Professional ski guide services
2. Transfer Almaty-Cosmo-station-Almaty
3. Meals: according to the program
4. Accommodation at Cosmostation
Tour Price EXCLUSIONS:
1. Rental of ski equipment
2. Visa support and registration in the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan, if required
3. Meals (other than specified), personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program
4. Accommodation in Almaty before / after the tour
5. Insurance policy
If you have any questions, please contact us via booking form. Thank you!