Classic Kyrgyzstan

Ski holidays in Kyrgyzstan (exploration): description

We invite skiers and snowboarders on a trip that will be filled with snow-white slopes, delicious national cuisine, new acquaintances, smiles, adrenaline and communication in a warm circle in a cozy hotel.

About the place: The Karakol ski base is located in a gorge at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level. The mountains around belong to the Terskey-Alatau ridge of the Tien Shan mountain system. From here, from the panoramic top, views of the nearest villages: named after Przhevalsky, Dzhigit and Karakol, and also the famous Issyk-Kul lake can be seen. It is here, surrounded by this majestic mountain splendor, that we will spend our unforgettable vacation!

The Karakol ski resort has tracks for snowboarders and skiers with different levels of training: for beginners, intermediate and high difficulty. The elevation changes on the tracks are 740 meters, and the length of the tracks is more than 20 kilometers. The length of the slopes is from 800 meters to 3.5 kilometers.

The highest point for skiing is 3040 meters, a snowmobile can reach an altitude of 3450 meters!

On the eastern side of the resort you can ride on virgin snow :). Lovers of thick snow are delivered to the slopes by snowmobiles. You can also take a snowmobile ride through the forest.

Please note that the arrival from January 3 to January 10 will be a reconnaissance tour: both the instructor and the group will be on this route for the first time. There may be changes in the program, unexpected difficulties that we will overcome together, and of course, adventures! In this tour we invite participants with a non-conflict character, a normal level of physical fitness and, just in case, with stress resistance, in exploration anything can happen;)

Also, after the first "test drive" the program can be changed.

Daily program


Meeting of participants in our cozy hostel in the capital of Kyrgyzstan - the city of Bishkek - throughout the day.

The Kyrgyz Republic - formal name of the country, situated at the heart of the Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan tourism became very popular recently. Our mountainous country bordered by Kazakhstan on the north, Uzbekistan on the west and southwest, Tajikistan on the southwest, China on the east. Kyrgyzstan is sometimes misspelled as Kirgizistan, Kirghizia. Kyrgyzstan capital is Bishkek town, the largest city of the country. Kyrgyz derivate from Turkic work “kyrk” - forty, litteral translation - “we are forty”. Manas epic told the story of joining 40 Kyrgyz tribes by main hero Manas.

Kyrgyzstan is popular by Kyrgyzstan mountains, Kyrgyzstan ranges - Celestial Mountains - The Tien-Shan. Kyrgyzstan tourism is developing very fast in last decade, that is due to the rich natural and cultural heritage, historical crossroad on the path of the Great Silk Road and Soviet Union period of the country. UNESCO/UNWTO Silk Road Heritage Corridor - Chang'an-Tien-Shan was passing by the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic. Kyrgyzstan having more than 80 ethnics - it is a mosaic and country of interest in wide spheres of life. Kyrgyzstan travel could be interesting outcome from the variety of destinations. Kyrgyzstan accept visa free regime. Time in Kyrgyzstan moves very fast, different places, people, scenery, nature.

Kyrgyz has history of more than 2000 years. The modern territory of the country was geographically isolated by high mountains, that helped to keep its ancient culture of nomads. Scythians (Scyth, Saka) were the first inhabitants of the modern territory of Kyrgyzstan.

At the middle of IX century on the ruins of Uyghur Khaganate, there was upraise of Kyrgyz tribes, joined into Kyrgyz Khaganate, strong and rich Khanate with big territory from Guligani (Baikal) till Tibet, whole territory of Gelolu (Seven rivers) modern Central Asia territory. They had strong political structure - with Ajo at the head (Kagan or Khan) with 20 Beks (Ministers) and 15 clerks for clerical work, taxes, finance and law. By the end of Kyrgyz Khaganate, era of Turkic domination at Eurasia changed by domination of Mongol tribes. Kyrgyz tribes were overrun by Mongols, Qing Dynasty and Kokand Khanate. At the end of 19 th century Russian Empire came to Kyrgyz land. At 1936 was established Kyrgyz Soviet Socialistic Republic and became part of the Soviet Union. During that period was changes in cultural, educational and social life. Due to the political changes at USSR and strong believe to be independent state, the Kyrgyz Republic declared independence from the Soviet Union at 31 st of August 1991. New history of Independent Kyrgyzstan started.

Population of the Kyrgyz Republic is about 6,200,000. This population is equivalent to 0.8% total world population and ranks number 111 in the list of countries by population. The population density in Kyrgyzstan is 32 per km2.

Total land area is 191,800 km2. 35.6% of the population is urban. The median age in Kyrgyzstan is 25.5 years. The largest ethnic group is Kyrgyz - 73.3%. Other big ethnic groups are Uzbek - 14.7%, Russian - 5.5%, others - 6.4%. There are over 80 ethnicities in Kyrgyzstan - Dungans, Uygurs, Tajiks, Kazakh, Ukrainians, Kurds and Germans, etc. During the Soviet times, Russian also took the majority of nationalities in Kyrgyzstan, in 1959 Russian kept more than 30% of the population. After Independence most of the ethnic Russian moved to Russia. Most of the Tajik and Uzbek minorities located at the Southern part of the Kyrgyzstan, because during the USSR, there was no strict borders and neighboring country citizens can move slightly on the border areas. Dungans - Chinese Muslims and Uygurs mostly moved up from Chinese side and mostly settled down in Issyk-Kul, Naryn and Chuy regions. Multinational population of Kyrgyzstan is a richness of the country, with different cultures, languages, confession and background, nevertheless today they are united in one country, being the smalt of the mosaic.

Bishkek is the capital of the Kyrgyz Republic. Its political, economic and cultural center. Bishkek located at Chuy region, at the slopes of the Kyrgyz Range, at about 700-900 meters above sea level, 25 km near to the Kazakh Border. Bishkek to Almaty takes 250 km, 3 hours of driving. Total territory of the town is 127 km2, territory with nearby villages and areas is about 200 km2. Total population of the town is about 1,000,000 people.

First archeological signs dated from V-IV c. BC were found at the current territory of Bishkek town. Chui valley was advantageous and favorable stop on the Great Silk Road. Ancient settlement of Djiul (VII-XII centuries) was located at the Northern part of the town, till our days ’people call it Kuznechnaya krepost -“ forge fortress ”, because of the densely populated area of ​​handicrafts, artisans and merchants. In 1825 there was settlement of Pishpek, organized by Madali Khan from Kokand Khanid. Two times Pishpek citadel attacked and destroyed by Russian troops. Later on there was organized bazaar and settlement, at 1878 Pishpek became town. In 1924 here arrived Check and Slovak cooperative “Interghelpo”, they built up town and Pishpek became administrative center of Kyrgyz Autonomic Country. In 1926 town renamed into Frunze, named after Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze - revolutionary, soviet military and statesman, head of Red Army of the Soviets. In 1936 - Frunze is a capital of Kyrgyz Soviet Republic. In 1991 after the Independence town was renamed to its historical name Bishkek.

Main official language is Kyrgyz (Turkic language of Kipchak branch) from 1991. In 1997 Russian language was adopted as an official language. Kyrgyz written in the Arabic alphabet until the 20 th century. In Latin scripts was written from 1928 till 1941. From that period Kyrgyz language is in Cyrillic script. According to the last notes 4.1 million people spoke Kyrgyz and 2.5 million spoke Russian.

Islam is a dominant religion of the Kyrgyzstan - about 80% - non-denominational Muslims, 17% followers of Russian Orthodoxy, 3% other religions. During the Soviet time the strong believe in atheism was greeted. Strong believe of nomads - Tengrizm- characterized by shamanism, totemism and ancestors worship was popular among the people. Tengri - is an eternal blue sky, heaven and holy spirit of the sky, Father kept people from disasters and kept people alive. Umai Ene - is a Mother - goodness of fertility. That kind of thoughts and believes helped people to live in severe climate and geographical conditions to stay alive and kept up for centuries. Till these days small part of this cult used in everyday life, keep up from the bed eye with the smoke of a juniper and bowl of the clean water. That is another big world of Kyrgyz believes.

The main sights and most picturesque places of Kyrgyzstan

Where is the route: KyrgyzstanSee the map »» Tour duration: 9 days/8 nights Best time to travel: June - September Tour route, cities: Bishkek - Kyzyl-Oy - Son-Kul - Naryn - Tash-Rabat - Tamga - Jety-Oguz - Karakol - Cholpon-Ata - Chon-Kemin - Burana Tower - Bishkek

The classic route of a summer tour in Kyrgyzstan includes a visit to the most famous sights and the most picturesque natural beauty of this mountainous country.

Alpine lake Son-Kul and bright alpine meadows (Jailoo) around it; picturesque valleys, rivers, gorges and national natural parks Ala-Archa and Chon-Kemin; grandiose panoramas from high passes; the huge lake Issyk-Kul and the sights of its resort towns - Karakol and Cholpon-Ata; the gorge of alien red rocks of Jety-Oguz and the surreal canyon "Fairy Tale" made of sand and clay; immersion in the culture of nomads and living in yurts high in the mountains, warm hospitality of Asia, monuments of the Middle Ages and modern times - this is what awaits travelers on this tour.

All the most beautiful things in Kyrgyzstan, where you can get by car on good roads, are collected in one well-built route!

Bishkek (until 1926 it was called Pishpek, until 1991 - Frunze) is a cozy green city with a population of about 1 million people, located in the center of the Chui Valley, at an altitude of 750 m above sea level, near the foot of the Kyrgyz Ala-Too ridge. The city was founded in 1868 as a Russian military garrison on the site of the ancient Pishpek settlement (VII century) and the Kokand fortress Pishpek (where taxes were collected from caravans), and to this day Bishkek remains one of the most Russian-speaking cities in Central Asia. The language of interethnic communication here is Russian.

The individual feature of the city is the strict layout of streets that intersect only at right angles. The residents of the capital are proud of the fact that the city's boulevards are densely planted with century-old oaks, poplars and other trees and shrubs, which creates a special comfort and invigorating coolness.

The main attractions of Bishkek: the central Ala-Too square with a flagpole and a monument to the hero of the folk epic - the hero Manas; along the perimeter of the square there are the State Historical Museum, the white marble Government House, the Oak Park and the oldest building in the city - Nikolskaya Church; and under the square is an underground bunker, equipped in Soviet times for the party leadership. It is worth looking at the bronze monument to the hero of the largest Kyrgyz epos, Manas the Magnanimous (10 m high), as well as the monument to V. yenin (among the capitals of the CIS countries, only in Bishkek a monument to Lenin is preserved), the majestic buildings of the State Philharmonic named after I. T. Satylganov and the A. Aldybaev Opera and Ballet Theater.

There are no problems with currency exchange in Bishkek. The local currency is called the Kyrgyz som.

After lunch we go on an excursion to the Ala-Archa National Park (41 km from Bishkek), located on the northern slope of the Kyrgyz ridge at an altitude of 1600-4875 m and having a total length of 18 km from north to south ... It was created in 1976 with the aim of protecting natural objects and unique natural monuments, reproduction of rare and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as with the aim of organizing cultural and educational recreation, developing tourism and mountaineering.

The word "Ala" in translation means "snowy", and "Archa" is an analogue of juniper. There are large and small glaciers in the gorge, melting only in hot summer - there are more than three dozen of them, and each of them is beautiful and distinctive. The slopes of the gorge are abundantly covered with various types of juniper. According to experts, almost all diseases can be cured in the gorge - the bactericidal effect of juniper is very strong.

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