Lying in the heart of the shadowy Central Asian ‘Stan’ states, Uzbekistan is bordered by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. For over two millennia it has been the cradle of the region’s culture and a bridge between the east and west.
On this tour we ride the western Tien Shan Ranges. The region is famous for its intermittent snowfall and good weather. Due to its continental location far from the ocean, the snow is dry and stable, even on very steep slopes. The topography is extremely diverse – from slightly sloping clearings to aggressive gullies and long descents that can be over 2,000 vertical meters. Due to the lack of popularity of winter sports in Uzbekistan, there’s little competition for lines that can be found off-piste. The diversity of the terrain, light dry, snow and breathtaking views will make it a destination you will want to return to. Our local guides will make sure the descents are the best of of your season, or maybe even your life.
Our base for the trip is in Chimgan, locally known as ‘Uzbek Switzerland’. From here we drive to the resorts – Amirsoy, Chimgan and Beldersay. We will do a combination or resort riding, lift accessed backcountry and longer ski touring/ split boarding. We keep the plan flexible and ride to the weather and avalanche conditions. The dominant elevations range from 2,300 to 3,200 metres and the stable snow pack sits at around 2 meters.
3 FEB - 13 FEB, 2024
Freeride - Resort and Backcountry/ Splitboarding
USD 2,250 per personCurrency Convertor
Advanced - Comfortable on black diamond runs and have experience in powder and trees.
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ABOUT THE DESTINATION
The most modern resort in Uzbekistan which opened only in 2019. There's 10 trails and plenty of lift-accessed side-country with interesting descents that return to the lifts.
Chimgan is located at an altitude of 1200 - 1600 m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains. The greater Mount Chimgan (3,309 m) is the main peak and towers over the entire valley. The resort is equipped with several ski lifts and the length of the routes range from 700 - 1000 m.
The ski area is situated on the slopes of Mount Kumbel (2,200 m). It is famous for the longest alpine skiing route in Uzbekistan. Just a 15-minute drive from our base camp, there is an archaic chairlift over 3 km long. It allows for a variety of descents near the resort and beyond its borders. Amazing views of the entire West Tien-Shan range are guaranteed.
We start and finish in the capital Tashkent - the capital of Uzbekistan and also the largest city in Central Asia. In Tashkent, you can see both ancient monuments and modern mosques, stroll through oriental bazaars, learn about the history and culture in the capital's museums and, of course immerse yourself in the city's culture.
✔ 9 nights accommodation (twin share), in a 3* hotel in Chimbulak, includes breakfast
✔ 1 night accommodation (twin share) in a 3* hotel in Tashkent
✔ All lift tickets
✔ Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
✔ Transport throughout the tour
✔ English speaking local snowboard guides
✔ 8 days of on-snow guiding – resort and backcountry
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
All lunches – expect to pay USD $5 – $15 per meal
All dinners – expect to pay USD $10 – $40 per meal
Breakfast in Tashkent
Any meals, drinks, snacks not listed
This tour is suitable for advanced snowboarders and skiers with prior backcountry touring experience. You should be comfortable on black diamond runs, frequently ride/ski off-piste at a resort or in the backcountry, can confidently navigate any alpine and treed terrain and maintain a continuous rhythm and pace, even through traverses and flat sections.
When you are ready to book, we’ll ask you to self-evaluate what type of rider/skier you are. This will help us book you on the right tour. The more accurately you’re able to self-assess your on-snow abilities, the more you (and others in your group) will be able to relax and enjoy your tour.
3 FEB – 13 FEB, 2024
USD 2,250 per person
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS
To secure your spot on tour a 50% deposit is payable to secure your booking. The balance is due 90 days prior to tour departure.
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