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TAP Gulmarg Tour

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10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Gulmarg, India

Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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Gulmarg has arguably the best lift-accessible side country in the world! This 10 night tour provides a solid 8 days of guided skiing & riding the best of the terrain in the best available snow on each day. Accommodation is at 4-star Rosewood Hotel and the tour includes a night on Dal Lake.
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Gulmarg Tour

Gulmarg in India is home to slopes unlike any other. It has the 2nd highest gondola in the world which accesses some of the most amazing free-ride terrain in the world. The mountain is massive, with a 5 km ridge-line that gives access to over 33 named bowls and ridges which can be easily reached from the gondola. There’s even more great news – that’s just the frontside of the mountain. We make sure that you get to explore the whole thing.

This tour is for advanced/expert skiers and boarders wanting to experience this amazing area whilst being immersed in the local culture and food. There is an 11-day program with 8 days of skiing and a 14-day program with 11 days of skiing to choose from. The package includes deluxe accommodation, and includes all breakfasts & dinners as well as all ground transport ex Srinagar airport.

There is also an additional cultural tour included where you get to stay on a houseboat on Lake Dal in Srinagar with an option to travel by boat around the local floating vegetable markets.

The tour will operate in small groups, with no more than 6 guests per group. Each group of 4 will have 2 guides for added safety.

Program Focus

This program is ideal for adventurous and experienced skiers/boarders who want to experience lift-accessible backcountry in the Himalayas. Gulmarg is a ski resort like no other; it is a massive mountain, it gets a ton of snow, a busy day is maybe 200 people (during peak season) and they have one of the highest gondolas in the world that gives access to all of this. Think Silverton on steroids, but with bigger terrain and better amenities.

You’ll be guided by the Adventure Project (TAP) team for 8 days and you will see a lot of the mountain. This is a unique adventure. You’ll get to ride some of the best terrain and snow in the world, plus you get to immerse yourself in the local Kashmiri culture, meet the locals and eat some amazing food. You’ll see plenty of wildlife and overall, you’ll come away with a far more rewarding experience than a typical ski or snowboard holiday. As they say, there is your life before Kashmir and then after Kashmir. TAP have been running trips to Gulmarg for more than 7 seasons, so you’ll be in experienced hands.

Terrain & Access

Gulmarg has some terrain that can be accessed directly off the gondola and chairlift, however this tour is mostly about getting outside of the resort area to access the massive amount of backcountry on offer that can be accessed via skinning/split boarding. 95% of Gulmarg’s terrain is backcountry, that is unpatrolled and uncontrolled and you will likely be riding in potential avalanche terrain. All guests will be put through TAP's in-house, comprehensive avalanche safety training program before entering the backcountry.

Equipment Required

As this is predominantly a backcountry tour, guests will need to carry full avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & first aid kit). It is also advisable that participants should also have an airbag or an Avalung backpack or harness. Conventional airbag cylinder refills are obtainable in Gulmarg however ABS style refills are not always available.

TAP will provide comprehensive avalanche training before you hit Gulmarg's backcountry to refresh those that already have experience and to provide education for those without prior/ limited training/experience.

In addition you will need up-hill climbing capability. For skiers, that means fat skis (recommended 110 mm under-foot or wider), with touring bindings and skins. For snowboarders, that could be either split boards/skins/collapsible trekking poles or board/snowshoes/trekking poles.

Group/Session Size

TAP can cater to 3 groups per session. The maximum group size is 4 people, with 2 guides per group, so we can cater for 12 guests per session. If you have 4 people then you can have your own private group. If you have a full group, then TAP will not add any extra people to it.

Minimum Ability Level

Guests must be strong-advanced or expert skiers or boarders, confident in off-piste conditions that are rated double-black diamond in difficulty. You should be confident in deep snow and powder and able to ride variable snow conditions.

Getting to Gulmarg

You’ll need to take an international flight to Delhi, India. The next morning you will take a short domestic flight to Srinagar, where your Adventure Projects host/guide will pick you up and take you by jeep the final 56 km to Gulmarg. Please be aware that security at the airports is very tight and TAP recommend leaving as much time as possible to get through the frequent security checks.

Incredible powder snow

Mind-blowing terrain

A cultural extravaganza

Sample Itinerary

The following itinerary is a sample of how this tour might play-out. The weather and snow conditions may vary the format slightly.

Depart home country for Delhi (DEL), India. You will likely need to overnight in Delhi. The Adventure Project recommend the Red Fox Hotel in the Aerocity complex near International Airport and Terminal 3.

Day 1 – Transfer Delhi to Gulmarg
Depart Delhi for Srinagar International Airport (SXR) in the morning. Choose a flight that guarantees arrival at Srinagar Airport around noon.

Adventure Project staff will be at Srinagar airport to greet you. Transfer via private transportation to Gulmarg, approximate 2 hour journey. Check in to your hotel, settle in and then your guides will conduct an indoor avalanche safety presentation after dinner. 

Day 2 – On-snow avalanche safety training.
The morning begins with a comprehensive outdoor avalanche safety training session, followed by skiing and the formulation of groups.

Day 3 to 9 - Skiing / Riding Days
For the next 8 days expect to be skiing in one of the most awe-inspiring destinations you will ever see, with some of the most renowned powder skiing on earth. From the endless Himalayan vistas off the top of Mount Apharwat, to skiing the Shark Fin, touring to the Big White, or skiing some of the best tree runs to towns like Drang (descending 5,800ft of altitude), Tangmarg or skiing to the Baba Reshi Shrine through one of the steeper and longer tree runs available.

This trip also offers an amazing cultural experience as you get to interact with the friendly Kasmirian locals.

Day 10 – Depart Gulmarg / Overnight Houseboat Tour
Depart Gulmarg for Srinagar and overnight on the houseboats on Dal Lake overlooking the Himalayas. Most people choose to leave early for Srinagar, so that they can get some shopping in (not to be missed!) and maximize their time on the houseboats.

Day 11 – Optional Tour / Transfer to Srinagar for flight to Delhi
Optional 6:30 am tour to floating vegetable markets on Dal Lake (not included).

AM departure to Srinagar airport in private transportation. Fly to Delhi.

Most international flights depart Delhi either late that night or very early in the morning the next day.


The Adventure Project choose to stay at the 4-star Rosewood Hotel in Gulmarg.

 The Rosewood is a recently refurbished hotel located just above the Gondola.

Rooms are spacious and have a balcony and a nice private bathroom.

The hotel has wifi available and a restaurant and communal lounge area.

Rates & Inclusions


2024 rates are available on request for private groups of 4+
The 23rd Feb tour is only open for a private group


  • Base price / invoice is in USD per person based on a group of 4 people
  • If there are less than 4 people, the tour can be run if requested with a higher price
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  • 11 days fully hosted (Max 4 guests per group)
  • 8 nights accommodation in Gulmarg at Rosewood Hotel, single occupancy or twin-share
  • All breakfasts & 4 dinners at the Rosewood hotel
  • 8 days on-mountain guiding by Adventure Project staff, including 2 guides per group; 1 Western guide & 1 Kashmiri guide per group
  • Comprehensive avalanche safety training. Closed-group Facebook group membership to discuss snowpack conditions, prior to departure.
  • Transfers to and from Srinagar International Airport, to Gulmarg. Greeting on arrival by TAP representative
  • 2 night on the houseboats, includes breakfast
  • Full day of touring around Srinagar with local tour guide, transport included
  • Single share tour option
Not Included
  • Airfares (you need to fly to Delhi and then Srinagar International Airport. - search for cheapest flights here
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance; you must be covered for off-piste skiing, visiting Kashmir, major medical and trip cancellation - buy travel insurance online here
  • Lift tickets (weekly pass approximately $140 USD per week)
  • Lunches (budget approximately $5 USD per day), snacks, bottled water and alcoholic beverages.
  • Additional taxi services, such as getting picked up in Drung, Baba Reshi or Lienmarg or around town. Price varies on location but taxis are pretty inexpensive in Gulmarg, compared to Western taxi rates.
  • Indian Tourist Visa or E-TV (Electronic Tourist Visa).
  • Gratuity for Adventure Project staff is not included.
  • Rental equipment

The Adventure Project Terms & Conditions

1. Booking

  • (a) The Adventure Project (TAP henceforth) will provide you with written confirmation by email of your application upon the receipt of the following signed and completed documents:
    • Release and Indemnity form;
    • COVID/Infectious Disease Warning and Waiver (if required).
  • (b) By sending in the deposit, you agree to ALL of the following stipulations outlined in the Terms and Conditions below.
  • (c) Your acceptance as a guest is subject to your skiing/boarding capabilities, medical condition and fitness being to the standard deemed necessary by The Adventure Project.

2. Suitability
By sending in your deposit, the Client (the Guest) agrees to the following:

  • They are at least the minimum standard listed for each trip (intermediate, advanced or expert).
  • That they are in sound physical fitness and capable of operating (skiing, riding or hiking) at potential high altitudes (depending on the destination). You will sign a disclaimer saying that you have the physical fitness to undertake these activities and do not suffer from altitude sickness.
  • If your medical or physical fitness changes before or during the trip, then you must notify us immediately in writing.
  • That they can get up by themselves after a fall. The Adventure Project is not responsible for helping guests get up after a fall.
  • You should have powder-centric skis or snowboards that will give you extra flotation in deep snow, if skiing or riding off-piste.
  • You must be familiar with the use and operation of all of your gear, prior to the commencement of your trip. Ski and snowboard boots should already be broken in and not the cause of any blisters or other discomfort.
  • You must carry your own (basic) first aid kit and spare parts for your skis or snowboards.
  • If you cannot keep up with the majority of the group, then for your own safety, you might be asked to stay out of the off-piste areas (if the majority of the group wants and is capable of, skiing or riding in that terrain/snow). That could also mean riding by yourself in the resort if you cannot keep up with the majority of the group.
  • The Adventure Project does not guarantee complete compatibility of all group members. Whilst we try our best to put the right level of people together in our groups but we cannot guarantee the compatibility of all group members. The Adventure Project is not responsible for any mismatches in group ability therefore.
  • If a Client is not compatible with a group, then they can hire a separate local guide or instructor, but they will be responsible for those additional costs. No refund or reimbursement of any costs already paid, will be offered.
  • There is only 1 guide per group in Chile and Japan. If a guide gets sick or injured (circumstances beyond our control) and cannot continue the trip, then no refund will be offered for any time spent without a guide or if the trip has to be cancelled or altered in any form. You must have travel insurance to cover yourself for any losses.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability release form that indemnifies The Adventure Project from the obvious risks of riding in avalanche terrain. People have been killed in avalanches within ski areas and in side country/backcountry areas outside of the ski area. Avalanches can and do happen both within the ski areas and outside the ski area boundaries. We cannot guarantee your safety at any time when skiing or riding within the ski area or outside the ski area. No slope can ever be deemed 100% safe and free from avalanche risk.

3. Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all Clients. You must purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have paid your deposit.
  • Clients must have travel insurance that covers them for TRIP CANCELLATION (sometimes called "Cancel for Any Reason" Insurance).
  • Clients might need to be tested for COVID prior to departure for their destination. If you receive a positive result and cannot travel to the destination, then you would not be entitled to any refund. You must have travel insurance to cover you for any loss.
  • Clients might need to be tested for COVID prior to departure to their home country. If this is the case, you should have insurance that covers you for any additional costs if you are delayed return back to your home country if you receive a positive test result.
  • Clients must have comprehensive travel insurance with a high level of cover for (but not limited to): off-piste skiing (if necessary); all medical costs; emergency evacuation; search and rescue costs (the guest is responsible for any additional search and rescue costs); trip delay or cancellation; loss or delay of baggage; stolen or missing equipment.

4. Media Release

  • (a) The Client agrees: 
    • That they give TAP permission to use all media obtained during the trip that might feature the Client.
    • This media could include (but is not limited to): photographs of the Client; video's of the Client; written accounts featuring the Client; for use in TAP marketing.
    • This media could be used on (but not limited to): the TAP website; TAP Instagram posts; TAP Facebook posts; TAP blog (both website blog and non-website blogs) and other social media posts.
  • (b) The Client has the right to refuse inclusion in any marketing media as listed above, but IF they request to be excluded from said media, then it must be in writing, at least 2 weeks prior to commencement of the trip.

5. Payment Terms

  • (a) Deposit– The deposit for all trips is $1,000 USD for all trips, unless otherwise agreed upon. The deposit is strictly non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another trip without the express written consent of The Adventure Project.
  • (b) Payment– Deposits and final balances can be paid by cash, personal check, bank check, money order, bank transfer, international wire, Venmo or Zelle. More detailed payment instructions will be sent out prior to sending in the deposit. When paying by check or money order, please make any payments to “The Adventure Project LLC.”
  • (c) Credit cards– currently we cannot accept payment by credit card.
  • (d) Due date– each trip has a final payment due date. Please consult your information sheet or the TAP website for details.
  • (e) Prices– all prices quoted are in $USD and is based on the number of people in the group. Price can vary if the minimum number of participants (4) has not been reached.

6. Pricing

  • (a) Changes to pricing: TAP reserves the right to make changes to pricing prior to departure for your trip, at any time. Prices are not guaranteed therefore until final payment of all monies owed has been made by all group members. If more people are added to the group after the final balance payment due date, then no refund will be issued for any differences in subsequent final price.
  • (b) Reasons for pricing change: TAP reserves the right to change pricing at any time (but are not limited to) due to fluctuations in local currency, increased local or government costs and other unforeseen reasons. Prices can also change due to fluctuations in group participants. Any changes to the cost will be given to you in writing and you will have 2 weeks to make any additional payments.
  • (c) Exclusions from pricing: each trip has its own separate inclusions and exclusions. They are listed on the website and in the program information sheet for each trip. It is your responsibility to read and understand the individual exclusions that you are required to pay at your own expense.

7. Cancellation Policy

  • (a) Cancellation by the Client:
    • You may cancel your trip at any time prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s) by providing written notice to TAP.
    • If you cancel your trip at any stage the deposit is non-refundable.
    • If you cancel your trip more than 120 days prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s), then you will be entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
    • Should you cancel your trip 90 days or less before departure, you will be entitled to a refund of all moneys paid (less the deposit) SUBJECT TO TAP FINDING A REPLACEMENT GUEST. In the event a replacement guest is NOT found, the ENTIRE price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
    • Should you cancel your trip less than 60 days before the earliest departure of the guide(s) the entire price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
  • (b) Cancellations by The Adventure Project:
    • TAP reserves the right to cancel your trip either prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s) or during the trip for reasons including (but not limited to)
    • (i) Prior to earliest departure of the guide(s):
      • A change in your medical condition or fitness.
      • Your failure to disclose details of your medical condition or fitness prior to departure.
      • In the event that insufficient guests are booked on a particular trip.
      • In the case of termination PRIOR to the earliest departure of the guide(s), TAP shall refund the price (MINUS the deposit) within fourteen (14) days of written notification from TAP of the cancellation. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
    • (ii) During the trip:
      • Should you fail to comply with the directions of TAP staff or their agents;
      • Should TAP determine that you should not participate any further.
      • In the event of termination during the trip the entire price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.