Key information about Jyrgalan Backcountry Base
- Ski Backcountry
- Issyk Kul region
- November - April
- 2250 m - 3500 m
Jyrgalan : a four seasons touristic destination
Jyrgalan village is located 60 km east of Karakol town, in the Issyk Kul Oblast. Jyrgalan is a mountain village built at an altitude of 2250 meters, during the Soviet era for the exploitation of coal. The mine now closed, the inhabitants of the village have decided to form an ecotourism community and to develop year-round tourism in this little-known region.
In 2021, the community offered 8 homestays, 2 yurt camps and 1 guesthouse.
In winter, in the snowiest region of Issyk Kul, the village turns into a small freeride ski resort where everyone will find a favorite activity: ski touring, split-boarding, snowshoeing, hiking, horseback riding, but even more important in the eyes of travelers, is to find an atmosphere of an authentic village with shepherds and their cattle. And for those who would like to stay in the village, you can take a sauna, cookery lessons and taste great cuisine of your hosts.
A backcountry skiing mountain resort
The off-piste are very varied, the peaks of the radial exit are between 2700 and 3500 meters above sea level, drops up to 1250 meters. The nearest slopes, covered with fir trees, allow skitouring trips even with bad weather conditions.
The avalanche's risk is not negligible due underlays of cold snow. So it is strongly advised to hire the services of a local guide. Some Kyrgyz guide are certified IFMGA.
In collaboration with the local community and with the Association Boule de Neige, we are participating in a development program for learning to ski for children in Jyrgalan. This fall 2021, a donation of equipment has been sent to the Karakol's Youth Sports School which will distribute ski equipment. Also, we are currently looking for a baby-lift for the Jyrgalan's school.
The information provided by the avalanche bulletin serves as a basis for the user’s own evaluation. It does not replace an autonomous assessment of the situation in each given locality.
- Avalanche danger rating
- Unstable situation indications
- Recent avalanche activity
- Altitude range
- Snow type
- Bulletin date
Prices and services are regularly updated, they are presented for information only.
Transfer from Bishkek5-7 pax
Where to sleep
Baitor Guest House
Baitor Guest House is a small family-run hotel located in the Beautiful Zhyrgalan Valley in the eastern part of Issyk-Kul region, 60 km from the city of Karakol. Once in here, you will feel the fresh mountain air and will be able to see an indescribable picture of mountain peaks illuminated by the sun, feel the genuine sincerity and sincerity of the Kyrgyz people, and their hospitality.The Baitur Guest House offers 3 and 4-bed rooms for its guests, if desired, you can arrange a 2-bed room.The bathroom in the house is shared. There are no restaurants in the village of Zhyrgalan, there are only small shops, so the guest house offers homemade dishes for lunch and dinner (for a fee).There is also a yurt on the territory of the guest house and guests have the opportunity to spend the night in a traditional dwelling of nomadic Kyrgyz and feel the local flavor. The hostess of the house Bermet can help organize any tours and participation in events in the area. She and her family are looking forward to seeing you.