-5°...+5°C in the night
+5°...+15°C in the night
-8°...+2°C in the night
-15°...-25°C in the night
- April 1-1.5m
- July --------
- October 0.2-0.6m
- January 0.4-0.6 m
Roads: there are 13km of good asphalt road from Almaty to Medeo skating rink. You can take a cable car or eco-taxi further from Medeo to Shymbulak ski resort.
Trails: stony trails, often used. Normally follow the lateral glacier moraines.
National Parks: glaciers of Bogdanovich, Touyuk-Su and Manshuk Mametova are located in Ili Alatau NP, in the upper reaches of Maloalmatinsky gorge. This side of the gorge can be visited free (no NP entrance fee is required).
Petrol stations: the last petrol station is in Almaty city (Dostyk ave.)
Shops and cafes: there are cafes in Medeo area and in Shymbulak ski resort (also on a way to the Talgarsky pass at a cable car station). There are no shops of cafes along the trails.
Water: the water in Maloalmatinsky river is clean and can be used for drinking. There is a spring with crystal water in Touyuk-Su gorge, 500m above the Mountaineer’s memorial.
Cellular coverage: good cellular connection within 2 km around Shymbulak, but can be unstable in other areas
• hotel/hostel in Shymbulak
• permission for tent camping is not required.
HOW TO GET FROM ALMATY
It is easy to reach Medeo rink from Almaty by bus (#12) or by car (following the Dostyk ave. up to the south). There are 2 options from Medeo: either with a cable car which runs with few stops (Medeo – Shymbulak – Talgarsky pass), or with an eco-taxi/eco-bus (Medeo-Shymbulak) and then walk up.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO
Nature: peaks (over 4.000m) and glaciers of Northern Tien Shan
Summer activity options:
- mountaineering and rock climbing
- mountain biking
- skiing and ski touring
Winter activity options: mountaineering, skiing, ski touring, winter hiking
In March and April, due to warming and a large amount of snow there is a high risk of avalanches (really dangerous)