Arrive at Srinagar airport early afternoon to be met by Bill or one of his team for the two hour transfer via private vehicle direct to the Highlands Park Hotel, Gulmarg (your accommodation for the next 10 nights). Pre sitting down for a welcome banquet, Bill and your guides introduce you to Gulmarg with a resort familiarisation and trip overview presentation.
Twelve full days of guided off-piste adventure skiing and snowboarding with a maximum client to guide ratio of 4 to 2. The snow and weather conditions are assessed early each morning by the guides and the best available options will be presented over breakfast. Choose to stay within the resort, explore from the top station or ski off the plateau to the valley floor. There are enough guides available to allow the group to be split to meet everyone’s daily objectives. Untracked, great snow is usually on offer somewhere nearby. You will be instructed in the use of backcountry equipment and safe travel practices while exploring the mountain each day. Further avalanche awareness and rescue training will be provided to groups and individuals who are keen to learn the finer of points of back-country safety.
When you have had enough riding for the day a vehicle will be waiting to transfer you to your floating accomodation on Dal Lake for the next 2 nights.
Explore Srinagar city with a sightseeing and shopping tour then finish off the day with a relaxing shikara cruise around Dal lake and a delicious meal on the houseboat.
Listen to the “call to prayer” for one last time, relax on the houseboat or go for another shikara ride before a late morning departure to meet your flight.
Subject to bookings it may be possible to extend your stay at the Highlands Park Hotel for a night or two if snow conditions are too good to leave.
If your schedule and budget allows, extensions of a week or may be possible to arranged prior to the commencement of your trip.