“Skiing is the best way in the world to waste time.”
- Glen Plake
Ski Touring in India
CR Spooner who has authored India's first Ski touring guide book "Ski Touring India's Kullu valley" say's "The Kullu Valley and its surroundings is heaven on earth for Skiers, Telemarkers and Boarders who dont mind hiking for their turns. Few areas in the world give you decents of 6000m (19,680ft) and vertical decents of over 3000m. "
We cannot agree more with what CR Spooner has to say about our Kullu valley in Himachal Pradesh and trails that surround Manali for back country AT Skiers, Telemarkers and Snowboarders. We have been wandering not just the Kullu valley but the whole Western Himalayas in winters on skis for more than a decade. In fact the only reason why we are based in Manali is because of the Skiing it offers in winters. We know the best trails and we also love to share those trails with our guests.
We offer 5 - 15 day Ski touring and Ski mountaineering trips to peaks that are in the range of 5500m to 7000m or Ski traverses across the Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Zanskar and the Trans Himalayan ranges.
How the trips work:
Most of our most trips currently are developed around Manali. Guests arrive in Manali and after their safety briefing and packing our food and all logistical needs for the whole duration of the trip we hit the trail. We are supported on the trip with porters and a cook who carry all our equipment and rations. Weather and snow conditions determine the routes and the areas we will follow through the trip. We have 50 glaciers and over 500 peaks in Himachal.
Our most popular backcountry Ski Tours India trips are 5–15 days in Himachal Pradesh. Some of them are:
1. Hampta valley
2. Deo Tibba and Indrasan area in the Kullu valley
3. Beas Kund area
4. Chandra valley
5. Tosh valley
6. Malana valley
7. Pin Valley National park
8. Spiti valley
9. Manali wildlife sanctuary
Guests will on an average climb and ski 2000m (6560ft) vertical feet a day. An average guest usually totals between 40,000 to 46,000 vertical feet in a week but then thats just a number. We believe the real joy lies in being in the Himalaya and experiencing it first hand.
No matter where you have been before we promise one trip with us and you will fall in love with the Himalayas.
Season: Mid February–May
Our average group size: 1 to 5 guests.
Considering the nature of the ski terrain, we ask guests joining us to meet a minimum level of fitness and skiing ability (see below). The terrain we ski is steep, rugged and has natural obstacles and hazards to navigate around. Of course it is possible to rest on one or more days and simply enjoy the solitude and contemplate love, life and universe icon smile Ski Tours India
For a trip with us you must be:
- physically healthy and in very good physical shape
- able to climb a minimum of 6560 v. feet/2000 v. meters per day
- able to link a minimum of 30 short radius turns in a fall-line, in deep snow-conditions and with a pack of 8 – 10 kilogram.
- able to ski with good control of your skis in difficult situations
- Must be comfortable living and camping in harsh back country winter environment where temperatures can go down to – 10 deg C especially in February and March at higher altitudes.
All our Ski trips take you into a lot of remote wilderness areas and glaciered terrain. Being comfortable living in the outdoors with limited comforts is an important prerequisite. You will be living in tents on snow and things could get rather cold and harsh.