Kashmir , Leh Tour Packages

Duration 11 Night 12 / Days

Gulmarg is Kashmir’s unique ski area. It’s big mountain nirvana, skiing massive gondola assisted back country runs, deep powder, superb trees or wide open alpine slopes, Kashmiri culture, great food and when it’s snowing, some exquisite 4WD taxi, or touring through trees. It’s a powder skiing paradise and there’s never the need to do nothing, unless you are tired of course. I’ve been touring in Gulmarg for five years and just love the pace. Below is some information, but the main point is YOU NEED A GUIDE to explore Gulmarg’s pristine skiing safely, even if you have a wealth of back country experience and I suggest a qualified with experience in Gulmarg. You decision on who and how much you want to pay will dictate the outcome, safety and quality of your trip. It is not a place to skimp on safety! About the Touring:

We mostly tour in the alpine region (up to 4300m) off the top of the Gulmarg gondola. There are some fantastic long tours with up to 2000 vertical metres of smooth untracked powder, sometimes dropping into a remote village followed by a taxi back up to the hotel. Then there’s the storm skiing from the gondola mid-station with amazing trees, or short climbs on Monkey Hill (right beside town) and also down into the taxi serviced Baba Rishi Trees. The snow is comparable Utah powder, only with bigger and steeper mountains, the shady snow dries out at night and gets better and better.

Gulmarg Town: Situated right at the very top of India in the region called Kashmir is the beautiful village of Gulmarg. Until the mid-19th century, the term Kashmir geographically denoted only the valley between the Great Himalayas and the Pir Panjal mountain range. The state is now much bigger and has borders with Afghanistan, China and Pakistan. The town has about 30 hotels, an ATM , gift shops and confectionary shops.

Gulmarg Ski Resort: With the claim of ‘The World’s Highest Gondola’ (it’s actually the second highest), with a massive vertical drop of 1400m, descending down through vast alpine bowls and then into perfectly spaced trees it has become a favorite for adventurous ski and snowboard touring. The gondola rises from the Gulmarg Village in two stages to 4000m on Mt Apharwat (4200m). During big storms the huge pines from the mid station down offer great protected tree skiing descending to 500m below town with taxi serviced ski touring.

Kashmiri Cuisine: Not as spicy as traditional Indian curry but very tasty. Meals like rogan josh (lamb cooked spices), yakhiyn (lamb cooked in curd ), hakh (a spinach-like leaf), rista-gushtaba (minced meat balls in tomato and curd curry) are available plus great Indian curries. Vegetables are a bit sparse in Kashmir, but the food is tasty and plentiful. You can sometimes get salads and even fresh fruit.

Weather: The weather in February in Gulmarg is similar to Utah’s weather in the USA. It has 2-3 day? storms every couple of weeks. In fine spells the snow just gets better and better, usually stabilising so we can ski steeper runs. If its snowing and/or bad weather we will use the gondola (if possible), skins and local taxis to ski the numerous amazing tree skiing runs. We’ll ski the Drang Valley, 10-15kms down through the small village of Drang where kids run out to great us and ride on the backs of our skis/boards. Then have lunch in Tangmarg before taxiing back up to Gulmarg.

What to bring from home (optional): Some snacks (say 2 meusli bars per day), tea bags, real coffee (we’ll have some to), drink mix like Gatorade, vegemite, single malt whiskey, wine …

A Muslim State: Kashmir is inhabited by believers of Islam, Hinduism and Sikhism but Islam is the dominant religion. You can buy beer in some hotels in Gulmarg, but no everywhere and there is very little hard liquor or wine around. Bring some if you want it. Kashmiris are ethnically and culturally closer to central asian culture than Indian or Pakistani culture with significant influence of the persian culture. Kashmiris belong to the dardic group and their language Kosher is the only dardic language which has ancient script and is widely spoken

Flying into Srinagar/India Flights from New Dehli to Srinagar mostly operate in the mornings, so you may need to fly into New Dehli the night before.

Visas: Most countries need a visitors visa for India. Some countries can get a visa on arrival (like NZ) but you must apply and get approval online before leaving home.

Gear Required: You need to bring your own avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe (or you can rent it). You can get away with regular skis, bindings and ski boots. But you need to have a touring binding on your ski and bring skins (which attach to the ski base and slide forward and not backwards for walking up hill). This way you are set for what ever the weather and conditions throw at us. Snowboarders should bring walking poles and snow shoes, or split board. It gets down to about -10-15C on the tops, which isn’t too cold when you are skiing. You can get good quality touring gear or skis in Gulmarg. Another option is to take an adapter for your regular downhill ski bindings which is pretty inexpensive and works fine, they are called Alpine Trekker adapters and then you still need some skins.

Day 1:Srinagar- Sonmarg
Arrival at Srinagar Airport one time pickup in afternoon by 1200 hrs. Transfer to Sonmarg. One of the most beautiful drives from Srinagar to Leh, the road passes through a never ending landscape of verdant Rice fields till Kangan. At Sonmarg one can take a pony ride (optional) to Thajiwas Glacier. Overnight stay at Sonmarg

Day 2:Sonmarg - Kargil
Early Rise. Post breakfast. Enroute ZojiPass 11575ft visit zero point. After passing Gumri, golden barley fields of Drass are visible. A few kms after Drass is the Kargil War Memorial, built in memory of martyred soldiers. Overnight stay at Kargil

Day 3: Kargil- Leh
Start journey towards Lamayuru. A Big, tenth century stone statue of Maitreya Buddha at Mulbekh carved out of solid rock dating back to 7th or 8th century. Enroute Namik-la one of the highest pass at 12198 ft. A village called Bodh Kharbu passes before crossing Fotula located at 13479 ft is the highest point of Srinagar-Leh Highway. Descent from Fotula will take you to the village of Lamayuru which is famous for the oldest Gompas, visit Moonland at Lamayuru by a short climb on meditation hill. Thereafter proceed to the Likir Monastery to visit the splendid three storeys Dharma wheel Gompa. Here you’ll be awestruck with the sight of the massive Buddha Statues. if time permits we visit Gurudwara Pathir sahib and Magnetic Hill or stop to cover these in return. Reach Leh. Retire for the day.

Day 4:Leh
After Breakfast. Drive to Visit Shanti Stupa and Leh Palace, Leh Hall of Fame( Which has a museum of Kargill war Memorial). Visit Thiksey Monastery, located on a hill-lock with formidable views of the Indus valley, Thiksey is especially noteworthy for its gigantic seated statue of Maitreya and is also known for its (Dukhang) assembly hall which houses hundreds of rectangular prayer books, stacked between wooden covers and bound in silk. After that we continue to drive through series of chortens to visit Shey Palace the former summer palace of the King of Ladakh. 3 Idiots School Campus . Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 5: Leh- Nubra Valley
After breakfast drive to Nubra valley via Khardungla (Highest Motor able Road in the world,18380 ft) Arrive at Hundar by afternoon. Rest of the day, post lunch free to explore Deskit, Hundar Villages and optional Camel Safari in Sand Dunes between Deskit and Hundar Village. Overnight stay at camp.

Day 6: Turtuk Village- Land Of Balti people
Turtuk is the last village of Indo- Pak Border. Small and colorful flowers and apricot trees grow wild here. The village offers views of Beautiful Valley, part of the Shyok Valley. Stroll around this picturesque village with main occupation of farming in fields and breeding animals. Overnight stay at Hundar.

Day 7: Pangong Lake
After breakfast visit Deskit Monastery built on a cliff and drive to Pangong Lake (14500ft). It is the highest saltwater lake in the world, share by one third in India and two third by china. Reach Pangong by afternoon. Evening free time at leisure to explore lake side. Overnight stay at Camp.

Day 8: Pangong - Chumathang - Tsomoriri
After breakfast leave for Tsomoriri. A comfortable journey along the Indus upstream till Mahey Bridge passing through many small villages. At Mahey we cross the Indus to the right and re-enter a narrow gorge. It's a picturesque drive to Tsomoriri. Camp at Korzok village next to the lake. Evening walk around the Tsomoriri. Overnight stay at the camp

Day 9: Tsomoriri – Leh
Early morning again visit the lake for the sunrise. Return to Leh via Chumathang. Reach Leh in evening. Optional visit to Leh Market. Overnight at Leh

Day 10: Leh To Kargil
Early morning post breakfast. Leave for Kargil. Visit Spituk Monastery. Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and magnetic hill. Break at nimmu Confluence of Indus & zanskar. Basgo Palace Hiking. Drive to Sham Valley and Alchi (70 kms from Leh). Sightseeing of 1000 year old Alchi Monastery the only Gompa of Ladakh region on Flat ground. Reach Kargil. Overnight at Kargil

Day 11: Kargil to Srinagar, Reach Dal lake
Day at Leisure/ optional to spend Afternoon at Shalimar Bagh(built by jehangir for his wife Nur Jahan.) Nishat Bagh, Lake side views, splendid sunsets, greenish landscape, Mughal Gardens, Shankaracharya temple , Dal Lake etc which are the must watch sites of Srinagar. Or go for an evening shikara ride on the Dal lake, visiting floating / vegetable gardens. Night Stay on House Boat.

Day 12: Departure to Airport.
Post Breakfast Free/ optional to visit market and other gardens depending on departure of Flight. Airport one time drop.

  1. Hotel
  2. Meals
  3. Sightseeing
  4. Transport
  5. Airport Pickup-Drop
  6. Private Cab
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