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GUIDED POWDER WEEKS
7 Nights | 6 Days GUIDED BC Skiing/Riding

Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price is per person for 7 night package twin-share
Invoice currency is Indian Rupees
Displayed prices may vary slightly to actual due to fluctuations in exchange rates
USD 1,562
Experience the incredible terrain, untracked powder, Kashmiri cuisine & culture with a guiding company that has operated in Gulmarg for many years. Standard packages are 7 days or extend to 10 days inclusive of guiding, most meals, lodging, lift tickets, avi gear rentals, ski rentals, transfers & more
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Gulmarg Powder Weeks

By now you've heard about the intrigue of Kashmir and the amazing backcountry skiing or snowboarding off the gondola at Gulmarg and you can explore it with Kashmir locals. Gulmarg Powder Guides provide amazing backcountry tours and quality hotels in Gulmarg in Kashmir. They will introduce you to the finest snow and make it an unforgettable skiing /snowboarding adventure.

Packages include hotel accommodation (3 standards / budgets to choose from), guided backcountry skiing, airport transfers, powder skis rentals, use of avalanche safety gear, helicopter support, breakfast & dinners, plus unforgettable impressions at a very unique place.

Gulmarg Powder Guides is owned and operated by local professionals in the ski industry. They have direct contacts to hotels and houseboats so packages can be tailored to whatever you require. Send a request here for further information>>

You can join a group as a solo or as a couple/small group with your own private guide. Groups are normally min 2 guests. Plus you can start your tour any day of the week from Jan 10 to March 10. This sample package is based on 7 days however it can be extended or you may even choose to add in a day or more of heli skiing from Gulmarg.

Terrain & Ability

The skiable terrain in Gulmarg is all off-piste & backcountry. There are a couple of groomed trails however these are primarily for access back to the lifts. The terrain is incredible with runs of up 4 km long with as much as 1,700m of vertical from the top of the lifted area (just under 4,000m) with a taxi pickup below the bottom of the lift. With some hiking it is possible to climb to 4,300m!

There are huge alpine bowls, steep chutes and magnificent old growth forests to ski in. See more on the Gulmarg skiing terrain here.

These tours are suited to advanced skiers and riders who are comfortable on any type of snow, up to uber experts. About 50% of the terrain requires some touring so you also need to be reasonably fit, but at least the gondola does a lot of the uphill work, and for some drops down to villages, a taxi back up to the Gulmarg Resort also provides some ascent. 

Best Gear

To enjoy this incredible area, powder skis are a must. They will enable you to ski through a wide variety of snow conditions, faster, easier and more safely.

You can bring your own gear if you prefer but these packages with Gulmarg Powder Guides include powder ski rentals (including touring skis) and avalanche safety gear (with ARB airbag backpacks).

All snowboards have a wide base which allows them to perform very well in off piste conditions and deep powder snow. Gulmarg Powder Guides recommend you use the snowboard that you normally use. A limited assortment of snowboards are available for use but these are limited so best to bring your own. If you don’t want to bring your own, you can enquire regarding the board and size you’re looking for and the guides will check to see if your needs can be met.

In addition to powder skis and powder snowboards you will require avalanche safety gear including a beacon, shovel, probe and backpack as a minimum. This is also supplied as part of the package price including an ABS-Backpack. The guides will check your knowledge and skills in handling the gear.

If you have any questions about equipment please make a booking request.

Other Information

Weather

The weather in the Gulmarg Kashmir Himalayas can be unpredictable. Every morning Billa and his lead guides check the snow conditions and talk to the avalanche control office in Gulmarg and maintain direct radio communication with the Gulmarg Ski Patrol. Local Gulmarg ski guides and ski patrol share information on the snowpack and conditions which help to choose the safest and best terrain each day.

Transfers

The package includes airport transfers to and from Srinagar airport (approximately a 1 – 1.5 hour drive depending on the snow conditions). Information regarding flights to Srinagar can be found on the Gulmarg travel page.

Drinks and food

In Gulmarg you can drink the water from the tap as it comes directly from the Himalayan mountains. When you're in Srinagar, you should only drink bottled mineral water.

Unlike in other parts of India, the Kashmiris have always been big meat eaters (lamb, goat and chicken). In Kashmir the cow is not holy in comparison to the rest of India so beef is also available.

Kashmiri cuisine is famous for its inclusion of exotic spices such as saffron, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom etc. The routine cooking process in Kashmir is a combination of vegetables and meat in the same type of dish. Vegetarian meals are also available everywhere in Gulmarg.

Be aware when visiting roadside eateries or food stalls to check their cleanliness and hygiene so as not to get ill. Here are more travel tips for Gulmarg

Visa and documents

For Kashmir you only need the normal Indian tourist visa which you would apply for at home, before your trip. There's no ability to apply for the visa at the airport. Photocopies of your passport, including the visa page, should be kept separately from your original passport, as well as a copy of your airline ticket. E-mailing scans of all the above mentioned documents is a very smart way of having them ready if you need them.

Vaccination

Kashmir doesn’t require any particular vaccinations, unless you stayed for more than six days in a fever affected area or longer then six months. Being vaccinated against hepatitis is always advisable no matter where your journey leads you to in this world. It is also advisable that you carry any medications that you might need in case of any emergency.

Gulmarg Hotels

You have a choice of three Gulmarg hotels, which have been chosen specifically for their quality. Breakfast and dinner are included at each hotel.

Hotel Highlands Park

Hotel Highlands Park offers traditional Kashmiri design, plenty of charm without compromising on a deluxe experience, and it has a bar that serves a small range of beer and wine, which is the social hub of Gulmarg. We recommend this hotel for its authentic Kashmiri charm that it offers. More information on Hotel Highlands Park here.

Hotel Hilltop

The Hilltop is a luxury hotel. Be mindful that they don't serve alcohol.

Hotel Rosewood

Hotel Rosewood is ideal for those who want to prioritise the budget for more skiing and snowboarding, whilst still providing a deluxe standard of lodging. It is a reasonably new hotel.

Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2024 Rates

Hotel  Highland Park  Hilltop Hotel  Hotel Rosewood
Single Occupancy  2312  2200  1950
Shared Occupancy  2000  1812  1562

About rates:
  • prices above are in USD however payment will be invoiced in the equivalent Indian Rupees
  • prices are per person

Inclusions
  • 6 nights accommodation in Gulmarg - choice of 3 hotels
  • 7th night on a houseboat on Dal Lake Srinagar
  • 6 days guided backcountry skiing/riding with a qualified guide
  • 24 hours hosting in the hotel
  • All breakfasts and dinners
  • All lift tickets and taxi transfers
  • Use of powder skis & avalanche safety equipment
  • Transport to and from Srinagar airport
  • Helicopter rescue support
  • Tuition re use of avalanche gear in the backcountry
Add-ons
  • Extend your ski trip up to 10 days
  • Heli skiing
Not Included
  • International and domestic air tickets to Srinagar
  • Visa fees (FYI: You need to apply for a visa for India)
  • Lunch & drinks
  • Tips