Hut-based ski-touring in Ketmen ridge

Challenging and authentic backcountry adventure in the heart of wild and impressive Ketmen ridge with national spirit. The caravan of horses will deliver your stuff to the mountain hut while you’ll be skinning up to the picturesque and peaceful mountains. Exciting ski runs every day in a new location and no other human soul for many kilometers around.
  • Available: December-February
  • Tour Duration: 5 days
  • Tour Complexity: Moderate
  • Height Difference: daily altitude gain 400-1500 m
  • Starting Point: Almaty
  • Private Tour

Private tour price depends on the number of people in the group. The price (per person) indicated below is for a group of 2 persons.

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General information and booking terms

5 days


Hut-based ski-touring in Ketmen ridge


Ketmen ridge (Uzynkara) is located in the north-eastern part of Tien Shan mountain system. It is located on the territory of two states - the Republic of Kazakhstan and the People’s Republic of China and on the territory of two districts of Almaty region: Uygur and Raimbek, east of Trans-Ili Alatau. The total length of the ridge is about 310 km, within the territory of Kazakhstan about 160 km kilometers. The width of the western part of the ridge is about 30 km, the eastern - 20 kilometers. The highest point is Heaven Summit - 3652.8 meters above sea level. It is located directly on the state border with China. Ketmen does not reach the snow line where glaciers form and does not have glaciation and snowfields, but has a permafrost zone. The peaks are flat and wide, the northern slopes are steep, dissected by deep gorges. The lower part of the ridge is covered with steppe vegetation; fir forests grow on the slopes above. The southern slopes are more gentle and with few exceptions treeless.

Important Information and Recommendations:

    Age Restriction: 18+
    Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking (traditional local cuisine includes mostly lamb or beef, dough, dairy products).
    Required Equipment: avalanche equipment (air bag system, shovel, probe, transceiver), freeride backpack with ski/snowboard fixation, helmet, goggles with a spare lens for bright sunlight and cloudy weather, Ski/snowboard boots (for skiers with system of switching to walking mode), proper freeride skis/snowboard with touring bindings, snowshoes (for snowboarders without splitboard), climbing skins, poles, ski/splitboard, crampons.
    For the tour You will need comfortable functional clothing for riding and ski-touring (base layer - thermal underwear, gore-tex jacket and pants, additional layers of clothing for insulation, downy sweater or vest, socks), extra set of warm clothes, extra pair of shoes (sneakers or lightweight trekking shoes), sleeping bag with a temperature zero – minus 5 degerees in comfort zone, gloves, mittens, hat, cap, neck gaiter, sunscreen, sunglasses, swimsuit, towel and flip-flops for visiting SPA-center, personal AID kit, termos for the hot tea, water tank, head torch, personal hygiene stuf, snacks (protein and muesli bars, energy gels, ISOtonic or other special mount nutrition).
    Route of intermediate complexity, for fit and well-trained skiers and snowboarders with confident level of riding on wild terrain.
    It is necessary to have a set of avalanche equipment!
    Please note that in order to participate in this programme, you must take out an appropriate insurance policy (for extreme sports)!

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