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About the Mountain


On the shores of Issyk-Kul Lake – the ‘Pearl of Kyrgyzstan’ and second largest alpine lake in the world – sits the highest ski resort in Central Asia, Karakol Ski Base. But if you only ski from chair lifts in Karakol, you’re doing it wrong. There are half a dozen other ways to ski here, from helicopters to horses, offering you access to some of the wildest, most remote backcountry terrain on earth.

“For a true winter adventure, where deep powder turns, uncrowded runs, cheap prices and interesting culture are everywhere, add Kyrgyzstan to your bucket list.”

- NOMADasaurus

Prices in Kyrgyzstan are insanely cheap, including for heli-skiing and ski touring. So it’s best to take advantage and go with a guide to make the most of your time there. Besides the area around Karakol Ski Base, guides can help you reach nearby Song Kul Lake on snowshoes, skis, or horseback for an unforgettable adventure. Unlike Issyk-Kul Lake, which never fully freezes, Song Kul Lake is frozen solid and often covered in snow in the winter, making it feel like an arctic tundra. You can then ride on horseback up to Tuz Ashuu Pass and ski 4 miles down through untouched powder to meet back up with your guide, the run of a lifetime.

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