Jalpak Tash Yurts
Location: Terskey Alatoo Mountains
Elevation: 2,650m (8,700ft)
Number of Yurts: 2
Access: 6km (4mi) – approx 2.5-3 hrs – via skis/splitboard
The Jalpak Tash Yurts are located high above the stunning Issyk-Kul Valley in NE Kyrgyzstan. The setup features two 5.5m diameter traditional Kyrgyz yurts – one kitchen/dining/guides’ yurt and a separate clients’ yurt. Both are heated by wood-burning stoves.
The yurts are accessed from our partner village, Ichke-Jergez, via a 6km skintrack that doubles as a horse path for locals who hunt and harvest wood. The site is surrounded by 3,600-3,700m peaks to the west, south and east, providing immediate access to a variety of backcountry terrain. Lake Issyk-Kul, the 2nd largest alpine lake in the world, is to our northwest, and is the major contributor to our snowpack, providing the warmth and moisture required for the lake-effect snowfall that the eastern and southeastern shores are known for.
The food served at the Jalpak Tash Yurts is prepared by our local partners and will exceed your expectations (or so we hear!). Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring plenty of egg dishes, with the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu is 100% Kyrgyz, and all dinners are cooked in a traditional cooking dish called a kazan over the wood-burning stove. For aprés ski we keep a nicely-stocked yurt “bar” with beers, Russian vodka, and Kyrgyz cognac for purchase.
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