GULMARG - MONT APHARWAT - HIMALAYA
Ski many virgin itineraries in the Pir Panjal mountain range in India.
Gulmarg, the “Prairie of Flowers”, is a small mountain resort in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in the Indian Himalayas, which has long been a popular resort for both Indian princely families and the British stationed in India, before falling into oblivion due to revolts and insecurity. Since the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in 2003 and the return of peace and relative calm, tourism has revived.
Gulmarg is a true nirvana of off-piste skiing, powder snow, wide open terrain, large spaced trees, defenitely a change of scenery and a bunch of exotic discoveries. This trip is resolutely freeride oriented because the off-piste and sidecountry skiing possibilities are countless, even in case of bad weather thanks to the protection of magnificent forests. The ski itineraries taking us to powder descents take place around the ski area in the direction of the adjacent valleys from which you enter the hotel by minibus, however to earn some routes we will also have to use the skins.
What you will do during your trip
You will ski off-piste for six days,discovering the surroundings of Mount Apharwat.
Achieving descents from 1000 to 1300 meters in virgin snow in the Himalayas.
Rubbing shoulders with the locals and their contagious sense of humor, and tasting their delicious culinary specialties made with local products.
Frequently asked questions
Frequently asked questions
The 9V guides use and recommend backcountry skis from 95 mm to 120 mm wide, depending on your size. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings with ski stops, these skis are fairly light, allowing you to ski with ease and save your legs in all types of snow. We recommend 4-hook freerando boots with 60° of travel.
Nop, we rather be slackcountry skiing. Slackcountry or sidecountry skiing is a mix of classic freeride/powder skiing with one or more short walks on foot or with skins from the top of the lifts. The aim is to quickly reach the beautiful powdery, trackless slopes, even when it hasn’t snowed for a long time. The emphasis is on the pleasure of the descent rather than the effort of the ascent.
Slackcountry skiing is THE powder guarantee!
TRAVEL BAG AND SKI BAG
As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.
BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.
You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.
Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.
If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.
If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.
DAY 1: Meet at Srinagar airport,
Arrival in Delhi and late morning flight Delhi – Srinagar. Then minibus from Srinagar to Gulmarg. Evening meal and overnight at the hotel.
DAY2 – DAY 7 : Off-piste skiing in Gulmarg
We will be off-piste skiing 6 days from Gulmarg ski resort. We will have to skin-up a bit to access some of the best descents. Ascents of 100 mts to 300 mts approximately (30 minutes to 1:30 hrs walk).
DAY 8: End of the tripr
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.
Full-time supervision for 6/7 participant by a UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide.
6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.
7 nights in a b&b hotel on a double room basis.
All transportation during the safari for participants and luggage. Transportation will be by local taxi.
LUNCHS AND DINNERS
BACKCOUNTRY / SIDECOUNTRY SKIS
AVALANCHE AIR BAG RUCKSACK
Possibilité de faire une journée d’héliski. Contact us for a quote.
All flights are at your expense.