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10 Days | 7 Guided Days Ski Touring/Splitboarding

Location: Kyrgyzstan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p Price per person joining as individual for 10 day guided trip in 2024.
USD 2,950
A backcountry yurt camp is your base for this guided ski touring and splitboarding adventure. Plenty of cultural immersion along with dry abundant Kyrgyzstan powder & big mountain terrain. Also a homestay plus Karakol and Bishkek city exploration.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 27 - Feb 05, 2024
Days: 10
Price: USD 2,950
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 03 - Feb 12, 2024
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 10 - Feb 19, 2024
Days: 10
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 17 - Feb 26, 2024
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 24 - Mar 04, 2024
Days: 10
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 02 - Mar 11, 2024
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 25 - Feb 03, 2025
Days: 10
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 01 - Feb 10, 2025
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 08 - Feb 17, 2025
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 24, 2025
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 22 - Mar 03, 2025
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 01 - Mar 10, 2025
Days: 10
Price: USD 2,950
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Kyrgyzstan Backcountry Yurt Tour

The Kyrgyzstan Backcountry Yurts Tour is an amazing adventure for experienced skiers and snowboarders in an exotic, untouched destination. Kyrgyzstan has a rich nomadic history, and to fully immerse yourself in the culture, you can stay in a yurt camp which is the base for ski touring and splitboarding objectives in the Terskey Ala-Too Mountains.

The Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan is little known, and therefore can be rather misunderstood, yet it’s a fabulous new frontier for adventure skiing and snowboarding.

The yurt camp is run in partnership with locals who live in the village at the base of the slopes. The yurts are fully winterised and provide a comfortable base camp that finds the right balance between an authentic local experience and catering to westerners’ tastes.

Trip Highlights

  • World class mountain terrain
  • Fully certified ski/splitboard guide plus tail guide for 1:3 guide to guest ratio
  • Continental light dry snow with lake effect storms from the massive Lake Issyk Kul, and cold fronts from Siberia and western parts of Central Asia to keep the snow in pristine condition
  • Lots of cultural immersion and the yurts are run in collaboration with local villagers, providing an intercultural element
  • Homestay experience in a village with local family
  • Horses will porter your gear for the 6km tour between the village and yurts
  • Visit the market at Karakol to watch the Kyrgz trade their wares and livestock
  • Explore the city of Bishkek

Where is the Yurt Camp?

The Kyrgyzstan Backcountry Yurt camp sits up at 2,550 metres in far eastern Kyrgyzstan in a region southeast of Lake Issyk-Kul, which is the key to the lake effect storms and abundant snowfall in the zone. The camp is surrounded by peaks up to 3,500 to 3,700 metres to the west, south and east, and offers direct access to plenty of backcountry terrain.

Access to the yurts is via a 6km/4mi skin track that follows a horse path used by villagers for hunting and harvesting wood. Horses are on hand to assist in hauling gear up the mountain.


  • Private tours are an option, pending availability. A private group of 6 will secure the yurts for just you and your crew, and you’ll know exactly who you’ll be heading into the backcountry with.
  • For solos, couples and small groups, a mixed group tour is possible. The guides will try to put compatible groups together, so you might need to be a little flexible with dates.
  • Before and after the guided season, it’s also possible to utilise the yurt camps for self-guided trips. Please make a booking request for more information.

Ability Level & Fitness

  • You must be an advanced to expert skier or snowboarder with at least one year touring experience. There is no requirement for formal avalanche safety certification. If you have any questions about experience required, please submit a question.
  • Summiting the surrounding peaks requires a mix of skinning and non-technical bootpacking on ridgelines.
  • You must be in excellent physical condition and be comfortable touring for long distances with your backcountry pack.


  • Skiers require fat powder skis (recommended minimum 115mm underfoot) considering the oft deep continental snowpack.
  • Snowboarders require splitboards.
  • Other gear requirements include the usual touring and avalanche safety equipment.
  • No technical mountaineering equipment (e.g. crampons, axe, harness) is required


The lead guides are US, Canada and France-based professional ski and splitboard guides. Each week is additionally staffed with a tail guide for a 1:3 guide-to-client ratio. The guides are native, or at least fluent, English speakers.

Kas is a newly-certified local guide who works in the tail position. Kas is certified through the Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA), and has years of experience working with 40 Tribes as a primary partner and camp host.

In addition to being passionate, knowledgeable and experienced backcountry guides, all are also expert “vibe facilitators.” While half of your trip is spent out in the mountains, the other half is spent at the yurts, where your guides do their best to create a fun, comfortable and familiar atmosphere.

Your hosts are locals partners that live in the valley, and ensure that you have a culturally true experience.

If you have any questions you can make contact here.

Itinerary for 7 Days of Backcountry Skiing/Riding

Day 1

  • Arrival into Kyrgyzstan - fly into Bishkek
  • Airport pickup and you’ll be driven to Karakol
  • Quick pit stop/pick-me-up at a locally-run coffee shop in Karakol
  • Transfer into an ancient Soviet UAZ military bus for drive to partner village at the foot of the mountains
  • Get a taste of the village scene and stay at partner family house with dinner that may include meat raised out the back, and plenty of laughs with the affable daughters

Day 2

  • Quick breakfast then help the village horseman load the bags onto the snow-mo-horses that will porter the gear.
  • Begin skinning from the front door and the horses will have your bags waiting on your arrival.
  • “Check-in” to the yurt and have a hot lunch
  • Safety briefing and hands-on avalanche briefing/refresher and your first turns in the mountains

Days 3-7

  • Wake up to a crackling fire and coffee presses ready to pour.
  • Western style breakfast.
  • Full day out in the mountains. As to be expected, terrain choice will be dependent on the weather, snow and avalanche conditions.
  • Hit up the yurt bar at happy hour and gaze at the incredible sunset.
  • Sit down for traditional Kyrgyz dinners prepared by our the chef over the wood burning stove.
  • The last night will include a bonfire celebration in the snow, with a special guest or more from the village, plus their essential horse/s.

Day 8

  • Pick one last line to drop on the final morning, then it’s a super fun slide all the way out to the village.
  • The UAZ will be waiting and will take you to some riverside hot springs enroute to Karakol
  • Check in to the partners’ guesthouse by dusk, and showers, dinner, and a night celebrating await.

Day 9

  • Each Sunday, villagers from all over the region swarm to Karakol to sell their wares at the market, and trade their livestock. Watching this lifeblood of Kyrgyzstan is not to be missed.
  • Overland journey back to Bishkek following the north shore of Lake Issyk-Kul.
  • Check in to the well located hotel in Bishkek
  • Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the city of Bishkek

Day 10

  • Transfer to airport
  • Fly out of Bishkek

Additional information will be provided to help you book the correct flights, as well as tips if you arrive early or want to stay afterwards.

Itineraries can be further customized to fit your needs such as more days in Karakol and/or Bishkek, or exploring other parts of the country as your schedule allows.



The winter-ready yurt camp sits up at 2,550 metres elevation and overlooks the Issyk-Kul Valley, which features the massive alpine lake that contributes to the lake effect snow in the region.

The camp features three traditional Kyrgyz yurts, with a kitchen/dining yurt, guide yurt, and guest yurt. The yurts are modest yet have some lovely luxuries such as thick mattresses, traditional décor, and wood burning stoves for heating which are stoked by your hosts. The mountain view through the yurt window is also a major part of the yurt’s luxury. Two seated outhouses offer killer views, and other features include an outdoor terrace, fire pit, and the huge playground that is the mountains.

The yurt stays are fully catered and the local partners do an amazing job in the yurt kitchen. Breakfasts are western inspired that will fuel you for the coming day, such as omelettes, frittata, burritos, pancakes, French toast, muesli and porridge, topped off with French press coffee.

Traditional Kyrgyz dinners are cooked on the woodstove in a large cast iron dish called a kazan, and with large portion sizes, you won’t go hungry.

Snacks and hot tea and coffee are also always available.

The yurt bar has beers and very inexpensive local vodka and cognac for purchase.

Village Stay

The tours include an overnight stay on the first night with a partner family. The homestay experience includes an amazing dinner, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and breakfast before you begin your tour up to the yurts the next morning.

Other Lodging

Your trip will also include a night stay in a guesthouse in Karakol and a hotel stay in the city of Bishkek.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates 2024 & Notes

  • $2,950 per person
  • groups of 6 - $2,850 per person
  • for 7 days riding/10 day total
  • rates in USD
  • the yurts are also available for self-guided reservations before Jan 29th and after Mar 9th 2024 - please inquire for details
  • 10 days of hosting
  • 7 days guided backcountry skiing/riding with fully certified guides plus tail guide for a 1:3 guide to guest ratio
  • Airport pick up and drop off and private overland transfers
  • 6 nights remote yurt lodging
  • 1 night homestay in traditional village, 1 night guesthouse in Karakol, 1 night hotel in Bishkek
  • Horse porters to take your gear up to the yurts
  • All meals
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Not Included
  • Flights to Bishkek
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance