Afghan Ski Challenge

from US$2,500

This package offers travel and entrance to the 10th annual Afghan Ski Challenge. A ski touring event in the Koh e Baba Mountains north of Bamian, Afghanistan.

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    • Activity Level Tough
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    • Group Size Medium Group
      10
    All about the Afghan Ski Challenge.

    This package offers travel and entrance to the 10th annual Afghan Ski Challenge. A ski touring event in the Koh e Baba Mountains north of Bamian, Afghanistan.

    Untamed Borders was the first company to run ski trips to Afghanistan in 2011. 2020 will be our 10th season running ski trips to Afghanistan, and we have again been asked by the organisers of the Afghan Ski Challenge to arrange packages for competitors.

    One of our experienced English-speaking Afghan guides will lead the entire trip. While skiing, a qualified international ski guide, and local Afghan ski guides will be with you. We will meet you at Kabul airport and show you a few places of interest in Kabul before flying to the beautiful and peaceful Bamian Valley to ski in the Koh e Baba mountain range. There will be time to visit the remains of the world’s largest standing Buddha statues overlooking the town and the ancient sites of Shah e Zohak and Shah e Golghola.

    Afghanistan is a country slowly recovering from years of violence and neglect, but it has always been a magnet for the intrepid. The rugged landscape, the ancient history crossed with tough yet incredibly hospitable people, is an intoxicating mix. The chance to truly blaze a tourist trail is a rare opportunity.

    Difficulty – This is a ski touring trip, so you will need to be fit enough to walk up the mountain. You don’t need to be an expert skier, but you have to be confident and possess the basic skills.

    Comfort – There is some level of comfort. The rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and sometimes during the day, there is hot water but not for the entire day.

    For further details about this trip and the chance to join us, please contact us.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • All accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Food when skiing
    • Transport/transfers
    • Guiding
    • 2 internal flights within Afghanistan (Kabul-Bamian/Bamian-Kabul)
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Any necessary visas
    • Insurance
    • Flights to Afghanistan
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner when not skiing
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Ski equipment (equipment is available to rent – let us know to ensure we can supply the right sizes – the cost to rent for all equipment is US$40 per day)
    Accommodation

    We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. We consider comfort, location, design, character, historical interest, and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
    The accommodation is based on two people sharing.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Included in the price:
    • All accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Food when skiing
    • Transport/transfers
    • Guiding
    • 2 internal flights within Afghanistan (Kabul-Bamian/Bamian-Kabul)
    Not included in the price:
    • Any necessary visas
    • Insurance
    • Flights to Afghanistan
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner when not skiing
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Ski equipment (equipment is available to rent – let us know to ensure we can supply the right sizes – the cost to rent for all equipment is US$40 per day)

    We do not directly arrange international flights to Afghanistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
    You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
    Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk
    Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966

    We do not arrange Afghanistan visas directly. We will provide visa support in the form of letters of invitation to assist in your Afghanistan visa application.

    With the exception of breakfast, meals are not included as part of the trip. In our experience people sometimes want to eat different things in different places at different times. We know some great places and will also happily show you some of our favourite restaurants and tea houses. Some are luxurious, some are earthier, but all have character. However, we do not pretend to be the arbiters of good taste and are equally happy for you to go off and find your own favourites.

    In Afghanistan, we take at least two vehicles when driving between towns if there is a big group for safety reasons. If there is a breakdown, we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers, we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of the journey, and the competence of the man behind the wheel. In a country that should be the setting for a live-action version of the Wacky Races, it’s a matter we take seriously. Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is our top priority.

    On this trip, you will be accompanied by 2 team leaders from Untamed Borders. This allows for greater security and means that there will always be someone on hand to help or assist you even if the other team leader is busy arranging something.
    Sometimes we also hire local guides. If we are a large group, we may wish to split into smaller groups for city tours to allow greater flexibility and keep a lower profile. An extra local guide allows us to do that.

    Trips to Afghanistan create dangers all of their own. While we want you to have as much freedom as possible, we must state that the leader has the final word in regards to changing the itinerary for safety-related reasons. The route we have chosen passes through areas that we consider to be stable. However, we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice if things change.
    If there is an extra expense incurred due to the change of itinerary, then you may be asked to bear part of that cost. For example, if we have to fly between cities rather than drive.

    As with off-piste skiing in the rest of the world, there is a small but serious avalanche risk.

    Guests should bring their own equipment. A full list of recommended equipment will be given nearer the time.

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    Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
    February 21, 2020 - March 1, 2020
    Available to book
    US$2,500
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