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Ski Afghanistan

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$2,500

Untamed Borders is the original ski company in Afghanistan and was the first company to run ski trips to Afghanistan, way back in 2011.

On the snow, you will be guided by a qualified international ski guide as well as the local Afghan ski guides.

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      Ski Tours
    • Activity Level Challenging
      5/8
    • Group Size Medium Group
      10
    All about the Ski Afghanistan.

    Untamed Borders is the original ski company in Afghanistan and was the first company to run ski trips to Afghanistan, way back in 2011.

    On the snow you will be guided by a qualified international ski guide as well as local Afghan ski guides. Enjoy a few highlights in the capital Kabul before driving into the beautiful Bamian valley to ski in the Koh e Baba mountain range. We will also visit the remains of the world’s largest standing Buddha statues that overlook the town and the ancient cities of Shah e Zohak and Shah e Golghola.

    Afghanistan 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.

    Start Point : Islamabad, Pakistan
    End Point : Kabul, Afghanistan
    Maximum number of people: 10

    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
    • One internal flight (Islamabad – Kabul)
    • Visa support
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Any necessary visas (Afghan visa in Peshawar should cost $80)
    • Insurance
    • International flights
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner when not skiing
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Ski equipment (Afghanistan is not well stocked with equipment so you will need to bring all equipment)
    • Any additional flights needed in Afghanistan that may be necessary due to security concerns.
    1. Day 1 Islamabad - Peshawar

      Arrival early in the morning.
      Flights must arrive at 0730 or earlier.
      Transfer to Peshawar.

      Submit Afghan visa application and collect visa later that day.
      City tour of Peshawar if there is time.

      Overnight in Peshawar.

    2. Day 2 Peshawar - Islamabad - Kabul

      Drive from Peshawar to Islamabad via Taxila.
      Fly from Islamabad to Kabul.

      Overnight in Kabul.

    3. Days 3 Kabul

      A full day in Kabul to ensure we get all the necessary paperwork for the journey.
      (At the time of writing, this is slightly onerous but if it does simplify we will move on from Kabul on this day.)

      Overnight in Kabul.

    4. Day 4 Kabul - Bamian

      Drive between Kabul and Bamian, the capital of the Hazarajat. When we arrive in Bamian we will have time to look at the hillsides containing many caves in which monasteries and Buddhist carvings were once situated.

      Overnight in Bamian.

    5. Day 5 - 8 Bamian

      Following paths and routes explored during the winters of the past decade, tour the slopes of the Koh e Baba mountain range and enjoy the acres of powder on virgin routes.

      You might be met on the slopes by local men who want to join us skiing on their homemade skis, assist in avalanche prevention and ski training programs or be invited in for tea by villagers. All part of the ski Afghanistan experience.

    6. Day 9 Bamian - Kabul

      Drive back from Bamian to Kabul. Once in Kabul we will see any sights missed on the first day including Chicken Street and the Kabul Museum.

      Overnight in Kabul.

    7. Day 10 Kabul - End

      Transfer to airport.
      End of trip.

    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 will be based on 2 people sharing.

    An optional single supplement is available upon request, for an additional cost of $360 per person.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Included in the price:
    • All accommodation
    • Breakfast
    • Food when skiing
    • Transport/transfers
    • Guiding
    • One internal flight (Islamabad – Kabul)
    • Visa support
    Not included in the price:
    • Any necessary visas (Afghan visa in Peshawar should cost $80)
    • Insurance
    • International flights
    • Entrance fees
    • Lunch & Dinner when not skiing
    • Drinks
    • Tips
    • Ski equipment (Afghanistan is not well stocked with equipment so you will need to bring all equipment)
    • Any additional flights needed in Afghanistan that may be necessary due to security concerns.

    We do not directly arrange international flights to Afghanistan or Pakistan. We can suggest routes and operators.

    If you are bringing skis, please ensure that the carrier accepts them.

     

    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 in Peshawar on the first day.

    We can provide visa support for the Pakistan e-visa which is requirement for travel to Pakistan.

    Please note, visas for Afghanistan are currently not easily obtained via most embassies. However, with the return of international travel the visa process may suddenly change.
    At the moment, the easiest and most reliable place to get Afghans visas is at the consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan. All our trips include a night in Pakistan, allowing our guests to obtain their visa just before entering Afghanistan.
    It is also possible to obtain the visa in Dubai ahead of travel.

    Please contact us for further information.

    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 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.

    For safety reasons, when in Afghanistan we take at least 2 vehicles when driving between towns if there is a big group. 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 journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel (not a laughing matter in a country that should be the setting for a live action version of the Wacky Races). Your comfort and enjoyment of the journey is our top priority.

    You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Afghan guide for the duration of the trip.

    Sometimes we also provide an extra local guide. 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.

    In Bamian, the guiding on the slopes will be carried out by a western qualified ski guide and the local Afghan guides.

    Trips to Afghanistan do create certain risks all on their own, and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas that we consider to be stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.

    If there is an extra expense incurred due to the change of itinerary, you may be asked to bear part of that cost. For example, if we must fly between cities rather than drive this may incur an additional charge.

    In Afghanistan, areas away from the roads do have a risk of landmines although the areas we will be taking you to ski have been cleared and the runs have been tested by the few people that ski in the country.

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

    We advise that guests bring their own equipment.

    A full list of recommended equipment will be given nearer the time.

    We are committed to developing responsible tourism within Afghanistan. With that in mind we ask that if guests have any old equipment that is no longer used, that they bring it to help with the rebirth of Afghanistan’s ski culture.

    If you do want to extend your trip in Afghanistan either before or after this one, please contact us for arrangements, advice or suggestions.

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    Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
    March 4, 2023 - March 13, 2023
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    $2,500
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