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GUIDED HELISKIING WEEK PACKAGE | ABKHAZIA WESTERN CAUCASUS
7 Days | 6 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, twin share accom.
Base/invoice currency is in EUR incl taxes.
USD 7,020
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 tree skiing & couloirs. Over a week explore the amazing Western Caucasus by helicopter. Join a small group tour from mid-Dec to mid-April or go private.
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 19 - Dec 25, 2021
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 26 - Jan 01, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 02 - Jan 08, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 09 - Jan 15, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 13 - Mar 19, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 20 - Mar 26, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 27 - Apr 02, 2022
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Fixed Date(s): Apr 03 - Apr 09, 2022
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Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package

Heliskiing Powder Tour in the Western Caucasus

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, flying directly from your 4-star hotel in its 'sub-tropical' coastal location!

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. During this program there are five hours of flying time. Under normal conditions there are two – three full days of skiing and approximately 20 unforgettable runs. Average vertical drop on the tour for a single descent is about 800m but runs vary from 600m to 1,400m vertical. The number of runs per day is between 7-15 runs, but depends on the group and weather conditions. The helicopter usually lands at an altitude of 2200 to 3,000m & picks up at 1,300-1,800m altitude for super, high-alpine & forest skiing. For more info see the Itinerary Tab.


Location & Transfers

The hotel & helipad are in Abkhazia, a 10-minute drive from the Russian border. Abkhazia is an autonomous territory, between Russia & Georgia. You will be greeted upon arrival in Sochi (Adler) & all ground transport (including transfers from Sochi-Adler (AER) 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. For more info see the Itinerary Tab. For information on the best ways to get to Sochi, see our Travel to Russia page.

Accommodation

Stay six nights in the 4-star Abaata hotel on the Black Sea coast in Abkhazia. For more information on accommodation & meals, see the Lodging Tab.

Helicopter & Guides

The helicopter is a 6-seat Eurocopter AS-350B3, manufactured in 2013 with very good mountain pilot. The helicopter operates with standard package groups of 4 guests & 1 guide. One helicopter will simultaneously serve two guided standard package groups. Private groups will have their own helicopter. All guides are certified RMGA ski guides with heliski experience since 2007 or UIFGM guides.

Heli time calculation: per minute, the time is calculated from the beginning of the blades rotation and stops with its stop.

The Week Package includes 5hr of flight time, but extra flight hours (or refund for unused runs) can be included from an additional €2500 per hour/helicopter, divided between the group.

Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package

Ski Ability & Equipment

The Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week 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.

Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Standard Program (Sunday to Saturday)

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 to Friday

Heliskiing.

Saturday

End of the program. Departure after breakfast for transfer to Sochi airport.

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

Alternative Program

In case of bad weather or after the exhaustion of the flight time (5 hours) you will be offered alternative programs:

  • ski touring or split boarding
  • freeride with snowmobile access
  • freeride on one of the resorts of Krasnaya Polyana
  • tracking and sightseeing programs in Abkhazia
  • gastronomic tours

Accommodation & Meals

Abaata Hotel

The Highland Abkhazia Week Package includes six nights at the 4-star Abaata hotel on the Black Sea coast in Abkhazia. The hotel is located in the historic part of Old Gagra, just half an hour of driving from Sochi airport. It offers accommodation in comfortable double or single rooms with sea or mountain views. The hotel has its own park with tropical plants, a beach and a restaurant on site. The helipad is located directly at the hotel, avoiding any need for additional transfers each day.

Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package

Meals

All breakfasts are included in the price whilst at the hotel. Lunches are included when out on the helicopter. The Abaata Hotel restaurant serves delicious local and European cuisine for dinner which costs around €15/person/dinner. The price excludes alcohol.

Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package
Highland Abkhazia Heliskiing Week Package

Rates & Inclusions

Rates

Standard Package €6000/person
(5 flight hr, 2 x groups of 4 guests sharing one helicopter, 1 x guide per group, 6 nights 4-star hotel accom, some meals & all ground transfers/transport)

Private Package €9000/person
(5 flight hr, 1 x group of 3 guests, one helicopter, 2 x guides, 6 nights 4-star hotel accom, some meals & all ground transfers/transport)

Either package - Extra heli descents from €2500/hr for the helicopter divided between the group

  • Invoice / base currency is EUR€ or RUB₽ (rubles)
  • Standard package price based on twin-share in a mixed group of 4 people
  • Convert to your currency here
Inclusions
  • 5 DAYS GUIDED HELISKIING - 5hr flight time (extra flight time available)
  • 6 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)
  • DOCUMENTATION - Invitation for Russian Visa
Add-ons
  • EXTRA HELI-SKI RUN - €2500 per helicopter flight hour (divided between the group)
  • SKI RENTAL - Price on request
  • EXTRA NIGHTS/DAYS - Accommodation & heliski day - price on application
  • SINGLE ROOM - Supplement is €300/week
  • LIFT PASSES - For bad weather days!
  • ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Not Included
  • FLIGHTS to SOCHI-ADLER (AER) - Approx €300 from Europe - Get the best flight deals here
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE - Get the best ski insurance here
  • ADDITIONAL MEALS & DRINKS - Lunches when not heliskiing, all dinners (available in hotel restaurant, approx €15/meal), trail snacks & alcoholic drinks
  • VISAS - Russian double or multi-visa

Terms & conditions are as per those outlined by Sochi Heliskiing at the time of booking & include, but are not limited to, the following:

BOOKING & REFUND

To reserve a place in the group, you have to pay 30% of the price of the program. The rest of the amount is paid no later than three months before the start of the program.

Refusal of the program, regardless of its reasons, is possible:

  • 3 months before the start of the program with a penalty of 30%.
  • less than three months before the start of the program with a penalty of 100%.

No penalty is provided if the participant who abandoned the program found a replacement.

In case of non usage of heli time (5 hours per group) due to bad weather, Sochi Heliski will return money at the rate of 2150 EUR per hour per group.

Sochi HELISKI guarantee a 100% refund or transfer of the program to other dates in case of force majeure circumstances. These include natural disasters, civil unrest, epidemics, decisions of public authorities that make it impossible to carry out our program.

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.