Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground.
Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip.
Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques.
Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques.
Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.
A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking.
Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week.
A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training.
Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.
4,000m / 13,123ft
- Safely explore 1500m (4,900ft) untracked powder runs with your guide
- 8 and 12 day ski and snowboard touring programmes
Join us in the Indian Himalaya for a powder ski and snowboard touring odyssey. 1500 vertical metre (4,900 feet) runs, deep powder, steep trees, wide open alpine slopes, avalanche education, Kashmiri culture and great food, you’ll find it all on this trip! Gulmarg is a ski touring and cultural paradise.
Whatever the weather, you can always get out skiing and riding in the trees. When it’s good we utilise lift access to get up to high altitude to shred the bountiful open faces and bowls leading to perfectly spaced trees. When it’s dumping we drop into the Drang Valley, tree skiing for 10km (6 miles) through the roadless village of Drang where the friendly kids run out to play on the back of our skis.
The tours are led by IFMGA guides whose knowledge of snow safety is imperative in terrain with so much snow. Your guides are also well equipped to ferret out the best skiing on any given day.
We enjoy the evenings in the most comfortable hotel in Gulmarg, one of the newest and most luxurious in town and during the evenings (when everyone can stay awake!) we run avalanche education lectures and workshops.
The word’s out, if you want great skiing in an exotic location, Gulmarg is it!
Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to their trips. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition and trip to offer our ski tourers the best possible experience.
“AC provided a great experience, which I would not hesitate in recommending to friends. Based on my experience, AC's reputation as a premium guiding company is consistent with the high level of service they provide."
John Riley (Australia), 2016