Have a client group that is jonesing to go somewhere new? Our private booking option is designed especially for independent ski/splitboard guides who are looking to expand their expedition portfolio. The Jalpak Tash Yurts are open to private bookings for a limited number of weeks each winter.
The Low Down
We have a feeling you and your clients are going to like what we’ve got going on! Our setup features 2 traditional yurts located at 2,650m in the Terskey Ala-Too Range in northeastern Kyrgyzstan, easily accessed from our partner village via a 6km skin track. The location is as private as it gets and offers immediate access to backdoor tree skiing and mellow descents, as well as access to surrounding summits which top out at +3,500m and offer up everything from open pow fields and cruiser ridgelines to couloirs and technical descents. The yurts are 5.5m in diameter and heated by wood burning stoves, offering an intimate and cozy basecamp environment. One yurt serves as the kitchen/dining/guides’ yurt and the other as the clients’ yurt. Our local partners will accompany your group in the village and at the yurts, making sure you and your clients are properly styled out and super well fed. You take care of the guiding…we’ll take care of the rest.
The yurts are open to private bookings during the following dates for the 2016 season:
- January 1-14
- January 15-18 – REQUESTED/HELD
- January 19-30
- March 13-19 – BOOKED
- Whenever not occupied by one of our guided or self-guided groups
Group Size: Min 6 clients-max 8
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Experience: Our scenario is ideal for client groups with good travel experience, who are in it for the adventure as much as the skiing or riding, and are open to challenges and discomforts that aren’t characteristic of more average ski vacations. Our standard requirements are that participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or splitboarders (at least 1 year off-piste/touring experience), but do not need previous avalanche training, glacier travel, or ski mountaineering experience. Ultimately, as guide, it’s your call what degree of experience you require. The yurts provide access to terrain appropriate for all experience levels.
Gear: On all or our regular guided tours we require fat powder skis (minimum 108-115mm+ underfoot…the fatter the better!) and splitboards for snowboarders. Kyrgyzstan’s bottomless continental snowpack is one of the most unique in the world – your clients must be able to float big turns, at speed. Everyone must additionally be prepared with essential touring and avalanche safety gear.
Physical Requirements: Clients should be in good physical condition, and comfortable touring for long distances and carrying their own backcountry packs. Ascents from the yurt range from 400-1000m in vertical gain, to maximum elevations of around 3,650m.
Travel & Visas: Travel to/from Kyrgyzstan is not included in our pricing; however, travel is straightforward from/via points in Europe, and there are plenty of international and regional airlines that service Kyrgyzstan’s Manas Airport including Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot. As of summer 2012 there are no longer visa requirements for citizens of 44 countries, for up to 60 days. That means you and your clients can visit Kyrgyzstan visa-free! See our Resources page for additional information.
Let us help you find the necessary client #s by making a posting on your behalf to our Small Groups/Solo Travelers Bulletin. We will also spread the word via our Facebook page and direct emails to potential clients who have contacted us and are looking to join a guided group.
Get acquainted with the amazing terrain accessible from the Jalpak Tash Yurts:
Village Stay: We recommend a 1-night stay in the village with our partner family prior to your stay at the yurts. The homestay experience includes an amazing traditional dinner, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and breakfast before you begin your tour up the next morning.
Guided Access/Horse Support: No need to worry about route finding or your clients needing to shoulder all of their gear up to the yurts. One of our local yurt hosts will meet you in the village, accompany your group for the homestay night, prep horses to porter group gear, and guide you on the 6km tour up to the yurts. Your bags (and a hot lunch) will be waiting for you on your arrival.
Good Food…And Lots Of It: Private bookings are fully catered. Our local partners will accompany your group at the yurt to host, cook, clean, and manage yurt chores. The menu features french press coffee, Western-style breakfasts (such as omelets, frittatas, pancakes and french toast), packed lunches, and traditional Kyrgyz dinners, cooked over the wood burning stove. Portions are large, and there is always a variety of snacks and hot tea available.
You Stay And Eat For Free: That’s right, guides are covered by our per client fee!
Après Ski: Who doesn’t love a little après ski session? Our yurt bar features tallboy beers and bottles of Kyrgyz cognac and Russian vodka.
Let Us Style You Out: We can organize private transportation for your group and are happy to make recommendations/arrange your lodging in Karakol and Bishkek. Please contact us to discuss options and pricing.
EMAIL US to discuss availability and pricing.