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Powder Skiing in Gulmarg Himalayas, Kashmir, India

 

Gulmarg is a unique ski resort in Kashmir, India. There is a lift that goes to 4000 meters above sea level and no groomers. The village itself is situated among rolling meadows high on a plateau at approximately 2700 meters. Thanks to its geographical position Gulmarg gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in the area and is considered the best ski resort in the Himalayas. 

When you come here you need to be prepared, this is totally different from anything you have ever experienced in terms of ski resorts.
Ski touring equipment is a must because we cannot rely on the ski lift to run every day. The big gondola to the top is exposed to weather and when the wind blows hard it is closed.
The season runs from mid-December to mid-May, but the best time for the really deep powder is February and early March.

The incredible skiing and India's unique culture is what makes this trip a memory for life.

Skills and stamina
You should have experience of off-piste skiing and be an advanced skier. You should have the equipment for ski touring and be familiar with your equipment.

Program for the week
Day 1
Travel day. Departure from home (Europe or US).

Day 2
Arrival in India. Domestic flights from Delhi to Srinagar, taxi to Gulmarg (approx. 1 hour by car), arriving at the hotel.

Day 3-8
Six full days of guided off-piste skiing in Gulmarg. Continuous powder runs, 2000 meter vertical – every day – if you can!

Day 9
Travel day, taxi to Srinagar, domestic flights to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 10
Travel day, flights from Delhi, arrival Sweden.

If you wish to stay a few extra days in New Delhi, that is certainly possible.

Equipment
We recommend an all mountain ski with climbing skins and randonnee bindings. We will focus on riding directly from the lift but also do some ski touring. We recommend a ski with a 90-95 mm waist and randonnee bindings such as Dynafit or Plum.

Included
• Internationally certified mountain guide (UIAGM/IFMGA)
• All safety equipment for off-piste skiing (transceiver, shovel, probe)
• Transfers to and from the airport
• Hotel accommodation in double room, upgrade to single room can, if possible, be arranged at a supplemental cost.
• Magnificent off-piste skiing in a different culture

Not included
• Flights
• Lunches and dinners
• Ski passes (are purchased by run and costs around 150-250 rupees per run, about 3 euro)
• Fee for application for a visa to the Indian embassy, about 50 euro
• Insurance for off-piste skiing

Group size 4-6 people, the price is estimated for at least 5 participants/guide

How to get there
See "trip to Gulmarg" at top right of the page

If you are a group we can set new date and arrange this trip when it suits you.
Please contact us at info@mountainguide.se for more information.


Number of days:  10 days, 6 days skiing
Price:  On request, minimum 5 persons


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A local porter providing his clients with that classic Kashmiri service..     Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

The view from nearby Sunshine Peak looking south along the Pir Panjal Range.    Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

Local Kashmiri skiers on race day.    Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

Local ski-guide ''Willy'' relaxing in front of the heart and soul of Gulmarg, the Kashmir Alpine Ski Shop.       Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

Sunrise on Gulmarg's most charming and authentic upscale hotel, The Hotel Highlands Park with Apharwat Ridge (the main ski area) in the background.    Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

Bill and Natasha from Australia setting out on a powder day.      Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

The airplane view of the Great Himalaya Range flying into Srinagar.    Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

David Marchi from California shredding the main bowl on a perfect powder day.    Photo: Ptor Spricenieks, skiherenow@yahoo.com

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