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Kazakhstan - Powder in the Kazakh Altai

An adventurous skiing trip in the Kazakh Altai: out and about with the snowcat and touring ski

Price: 2190 EUR

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A Lot of Snow in the Early Season

We’ve been visiting the Altai at the start of the winter season for many years. No matter if we’re out and about with the snowcat or touring ski, the masses of snow and the quality of the powder that this region receives in the early winter has never been disappointing.  The Altai Mountains stretch at its southern most foothills far into northern Kazakhstan and even has some peaks that reach 3000m. Thanks to the northern location, even early winters, as early as October, see heavy precipitation. Our cosy mountain lodge is located in the middle of a beautiful ski area. The garage next to it houses two snowcats, which are somewhat reminiscent of Soviet times.

With eight people on board, it’s off to the surrounding mountains by snowcat. A beautiful, snow-covered, snow-covered mountain range awaits us. Many of the summits and amazing skiing locations will be easily accessible via snowcat and others will require a climb with skins. This is one adventurous trip that is bound to leave you with long-lasting memories. 


We will fly from central Europe to Ust Kamenogorsk, located on the edge of the Altai mountains. From here, we will travel 2h by bus to our lodge, which is near the mining town Ridder. We will then have the next six days ahead of us to discover the almost never-ending mountainous world with our ski.

After each of our eventful days we will return to an already-heated Russian Banja and will shortly after be served with an evening meal. We will have the option of vodka or beer to wash it all down and then we shall head to bed, already looking forward to the next day. A generous and hearty breakfast will give us the energy that we need for the day. On the following Saturday we will head back to Ust Kamenogorsk, stay their for the night and fly back to central Europe via Moscow the next morning.

Flory has checked out the region in July 19. He is completely convinced about this region and its potential for great skiing. Our base will be in the Vostochny Polus Mountain Base. This is a simple but very unique and cosy place to stay. We will share bunk rooms in between 5 of us. A central heating system will provide a warm and comfortable place.

Although it is a pioneer trip we plan on the following: 3 days the snow cat will bring us up to the mountains behind the base, where we have up to 1000 vertical meters to ski. 2 days we will use a skilift plus skins to get to some very nice gladed areas. And one day we have the option to use a helicopter.

The Most Important Details at a Glance

Requirements and Equipment

  • Controlled and safe skiing in every type of terrain (off-piste). Freeride experience is necessary. 
  • Ascents of 1000m with ski skin and touring bindings may be required. A good level of fitness and freeriding skiing equipment that can also be used for touring is therefore necessary. 
  • Enthusiasm and flexibility is required on these kinds of adventurous trips.

Included in the Price of 2190 EUR

  • 6 nights in the Mountain Base with full board 
  • 1 night in the Hotel Galavar in Ust Kamenogorsk 
  • All transfers from/to Ust Kamenogorsk 
  • 6 days accompanied by a UIAGM certified mountain guide 
  • 3 days use of the snowcat
  • Lift passes

Not Included

  • Flight from central Europe to Ust Kamenogorsk (from 500 EUR)
  • Option of evening meals in restaurants
  • Tips
  • Helicopter per day approx. 700 Euro

Travel Preparations

Meeting Requirements and Fitness Level

A realistic self-assessment and an appropriate fitness level is required to join our trips. In order to enjoy a long day of skiing and to reduce the risk of injury, it is important to get in shape and possess a good level of fitness.

Travel Requirements

Please contact your own ministry of foreign affairs for current information about your destination. 

Current Country-Specific Information, Vaccines and Health

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Travel Insurance

Please note that there is a potential risk of injury on skiing trips. In addition to travel cancellation insurance, comprehensive medical and accident insurance that cover the costs of search and rescue, as well as transport costs, are imperative. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are insured before departure.

Comprehensive medical and accident insurance that covers potential costs of search and rescue operations as well as any medical costs is mandatory for all of our trips abroad.

It is required that you state this information during registration in our registration form in order to ensure 24h emergency assistance. 

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