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GUIDED HELISKIING 5 DAY TOUR | ABKHAZIA, WESTERN CAUCASUS
6 Days | 5 Nights | 5 Heliski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 5-days of heliskiing in a group of four.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR incl taxes.
USD 5,867
Abkhazia near Sochi is the best place for heliskiing in the Caucasus. A huge territory, varied terrain, great snow! From wide endless powder fields to excellent tree skiing or steep narrow couloirs. Over 5 days explore the amazing Western Caucasus by helicopter. Join a small group day tour from mid-Dec to mid-April.
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Abkhazia Classic 5-Day Heliskiing Tour

Heliskiing Powder Tour in the Western Caucasus from Sochi

Overview

Located just east of Sochi, mountainous Abkhazia is one of the best places for heliskiing in Europe: a huge territory, varied terrain & great snow! Here you will find everything from wide, endless powder fields to excellent tree skiing or steep narrow couloirs. Over 5 heliskiing days you will explore the amazing untouched mountains of the western Caucasus!

Ski Terrain & Vertical

The skiing area includes the Tele-Bashe ridge, Mt Ah-Ag & Mt Arabica. These ridges & peaks are nearest to the Black Sea so receive the greatest amount of precipitation (snow!) to provide the best powder ski opportunities. The 5-Day Tour includes 5hr of flight time, but extra flight hours (or refund for unused runs) can be included from an additional €590 per person (). Average vertical drop on the tour for a single descent is about 800m (approx. 3200m for the day). The helicopter usually lands at an altitude of 2200-2700m & picks up at 1300-1800m elevation.

Location & Transfers

The hotel & helipad is located in Abkhazia, a 10-minute drive from the Russian border. You will be greeted upon arrival in Sochi (Adler) & all ground transport (including transfers from Adler (Sochi) airport) are included in the tour. The drive to the hotel in neighbouring Abkhazia is 30min from Adler. All guests will need the appropriate visa documentation with them (see important note below). Sochi Heliski will assist with the preparation of the appropriate documents prior to arrival.

Helicopter & Guides

The helicopter is a 6-seat Eurocopter which operates with groups of 4 guests & 1 guide. One helicopter can simultaneously serve two guided groups. All guides are certified RMGA ski guides with heliski experience since 2007 or UIFGM guides.

Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day
Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing Day

Ski Ability & Equipment

The Abkhazia Classic Heliskiing 5-Day Package can be 'demanding' & is only suitable for fit, strong intermediate or better skiers with previous powder & mixed snow conditions experience.

Visas & Entry - Important Information

Abkhazia is an autonomous republic within Georgia, with its own visa requirements. Passing through the Russia-Abkhazia border usually takes 30-40 minutes. Non-Russians, depending on their citizenship, may need a dual or multi-visa issued from the Russian Federation, as well as a visa to Abkhazia (issued upon entry). The dual or multi-entry visa is necessary to facilitate your initial entry into Russia & then, following your heli-ski tour in Abkhazia, your re-entry into Russia to return to Sochi. Contact with the tour operator in advance is necessary to assist with the preparation all the necessary documents.

Standard Program (Sunday to Friday)

Sunday

Meet & greet at the Sochi airport (AER). Transfer from the airport across Russia/Abkhazia border to the hotel. Meeting with the guides, welcome drink and discussing the program.

Monday

Avalanche training first thing in the morning, then day of heliskiing.

Tuesday & Wednesday

Full day of heliskiing.

Thursday

Reserve day / alternative programs. Alternative programs can include guided freeride in the Sochi ski resorts (i.e. Rosa Khutor), ski touring in the local mountains or local gastronomy & sightseeing tours.

Friday

Reserve day & end of the program. Departure. Transfer to Sochi airport.

At the request of the guests, accommodation at the hotel and heliskiing can be continued on weekends for an extra payment.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

5 Day Heliskiing (5 flight hr, guide, 4-star hotel accom, breakfast, lunch & all ground transfers/transport) €4930
Extra heli descents from €590/person for 1 flight hour

Inclusions
  • 5 DAYS GUIDED HELISKIING - 5hr flight time (extra flight time available)
  • 5 NIGHTS LODGING - Abaata Hotel (4-star)
  • AIRPORT TRANSFERS & GROUND TRANSPORT - return transfers from Soch Airport (AER) & all other ground transport during tour
  • MEALS - Breakfast at hotel. Lunches whilst on board heliskiing
  • AVALANCHE SAFETY EQUIPMENT- ABS backpack, transceiver, probe, shovel
  • EXPERIENCED RMGA or UIFGM GUIDES - Small Group (4 guests/group -max guide/guest ratio 1:4)
  • Visa Documentation Assistance
Add-ons
  • Extra Heli-ski Run - €145/group member
  • Ski Rental - price on application
  • Extra nights accommodation & heliski day - price on application
  • Ski Lift Passes - on bad weather days
Not Included

Terms & conditions are as per those outlined by Sochi Heliskiing at the time of booking.

ADDITIONAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

ABS Backpack Activation

In the case of an ABS system activation outside the situation of an avalanche danger, the payment is €135.

Non-Departure & Refunds

The reason for non-departure can be: non-flying weather, high avalanche danger, administrative reasons that are not dependent on the organizing company (for example, a flight ban).

In cases of non-departure for the reasons, depending on the organizing company (shortage of customers in the group, helicopter unavailability, etc.), we guarantee, at the request of the customer, a 100% refund.

Refunds are NOT made due to the inability to ski for the following reasons:
– illness or injury received both before and during the program;
– the impossibility of skiing due to fatigue;
– unwillingness or impossibility for the client to ride due to bad weather conditions or severe snow conditions (in the condition that safe skiing is possible on this day).

According to the decision of the guide, the participant can be removed from skiing if the level of his/her technical or physical training does not match the other group members – i.e. the participant significantly “slows down” the group, creates a danger to themselves or other group members. In this case, the organizing company does not make any compensation.