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May 11, 2016

Gulmarg Ski Trip – Costs + Prices 2017

by Chris Werren

Gulmarg has established itself as a preferred backcountry ski destination and is today the only cable car serviced powder ski resort in the Himalaya.  Since 2006, we have been offering our professional ski guiding services in Gulmarg to visitors and welcomed until now more than 1’000 guests from all over the world as participants in our backcountry skiing programs in the Himalaya.

gulmarg-mountain-view

Gulmarg – The Ski Resort in the Himalayas

To meet guests’ expectations also in the years to come, we have adapted our program proposals for the ski season 2017 to the changed market conditions. In this blog, you find information about our new programs and price comparisons with our key competitors, and also information about the costs of services that can be purchased on the spot in Gulmarg.

FSH Backcountry Ski Programs in Gulmarg already from CHF 850 

Before sharing the details of our 2017 programs, I would like to point out that despite a more aggressive pricing no compromises will be made on our key principles:

  • Assuring the best available lodging comfort to our guests during their stay in Gulmarg through cooperation with hotels whose service quality has been extensively tested by us;
  • Guaranteeing a high level of safety for airport transfers and while skiing on the mountain thanks to our reliable and well-trained team of drivers and ski guides;
  • Organisation of exceptional and unforgettable ski days in Gulmarg by letting the guests benefit from our experience as guides and organizers of backcountry skiing programs and trekking expeditions in the Himalayas during the past 15 years.

By sticking to these principles, we make sure that a ski holiday in Kashmir will always result in a safe, comfortable and unforgettable experience for all our freeriding program participants.

Furthermore, I would like to inform that our guide to guest ratio of 1 guide for max. 4 skiers will be maintained, “who books together skis together”!

Program 1: Skiing in Gulmarg “à la Carte”, Price from CHF 850 (ca. USD 870, EUR 770)

The Gulmarg Ski à la Carte program has been created for guests who feel confident in skiing independently in the complex high alpine terrain on Mt. Apharwat at 4’200m but still would like to benefit from guaranteed access to our competent guides.

Backcountry Skiing in the Himalayas

A highlight in Gulmarg – the 18km long Drang Run

Scope of Services:

  • 7 nights with breakfast and dinner in a double room at one of our partner hotels
  • 2 guided ski days on the mountain with one of our experienced local guides
  • Airport transfer Srinagar to Gulmarg and back in comfortable and snow ready vehicles driven by experienced and trustworthy drivers
  • Program management by experienced Swiss guide

Costs per person:

  • CHF 850 for a stay at our cosy FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” in a standard room
  • CHF 950 for a stay at our cosy FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” in a premium room
  • CHF 1’150 for a stay at the “modish” hotel Rosewood
  • CHF 1’790 for a stay at the “luxury” hotel Khyber

 

Program 2: Skiing in Gulmarg “Classic”, Price from CHF 950 (ca. USD 970, EUR 870)

The Gulmarg Classic Ski Week is a program recommended for guests who want to make the best of their stay in Gulmarg. They benefit from all of our services and will be accompanied every day by one of our trained guides with years of working experience on the mountain. Thus, they will enjoy a safe and problem free ski holiday in Kashmir.

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Gulmarg’s backcountry terrain with runs of 800 to 1’000 vertical meters

Scope of Services:

  • 7 nights with breakfast and dinner in a double room at one of our partner hotels
  • 7 guided ski days on the mountain with one of our experienced local guides
  • Airport transfer Srinagar to Gulmarg and back in comfortable and snow ready vehicles driven by experienced and trustworthy drivers
  • Program management by experienced Swiss guide

Costs per person:

  • CHF 950 for a stay at our cosy FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” in a standard room
  • CHF 1’050 for a stay at our cosy FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” in a premium room
  • CHF 1’250 for a stay at the “modish” hotel Rosewood
  • CHF 1’890 for a stay at the “luxury” hotel Khyber

Program 3: Skiing in Gulmarg “Swiss Guide”, Price from CHF 1’350 (ca. USD 1’400, EUR 1’230)

The Gulmarg Prime Ski Program has been created for guests who prefer to be guided by a person who speaks their language (E/G/F) and for whom it is important to benefit from the best possible level of safety on the mountain.

swiss-guided-program

Scope of Services:

  • 7 nights with breakfast and dinner in a double room at one of our partner hotels
  • 7 guided ski days on the mountain with our experienced Swiss guide and a local “tail guide”
  • Airport transfer Srinagar to Gulmarg and back in comfortable and snow ready vehicles driven by experienced and trustworthy drivers

Costs per person:

  • CHF 1’350 for a stay at our cosy FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” in a premium room
  • CHF 1’550 for a stay at the “modish” hotel Rosewood
  • CHF 2’100 for a stay at the “luxury” hotel Khyber

Heli-Ski in Gulmarg – A “Nice to Have” Option

The high alpine ski terrain on Mt. Apharwat in Gulmarg has so much to offer that it is nearly impossible to discover all available runs during a typical ski holiday with 6 ski days. However, a few Heli-Ski runs can be an interesting alternative to end an exceptional freeriding week with good weather, stable snow conditions and several days of great skiing on Mt. Apharwat.

We recommend, therefore, to book heli-skiing in Gulmarg only on the spot when the weather and snow conditions are good and when sufficient flight capacity is available to complete the desired number of runs. For guests who book their Gulmarg ski vacation with us, the costs for our program with Heliski option start at CHF 1’300 (ca. USD 1’350, EUR 1’180). Single flights cost CHF 145 (ca. USD 150, EUR 130)

Information about the typical snow conditions and weather situation in Gulmarg you find here: Snow and Weather Conditions in Gulmarg

Trip Costs, Ski Pass Prices, Guiding Fees and Hotel Rates for a Gulmarg Ski Holiday

In the meantime, Gulmarg’s popularity as powder skiing paradise has risen and today information is widely available to plan a ski trip to the Himalayas. As result thereof potential visitors may consider organising their trip individually based on information and prices available on the web. Unfortunately, a significant part of the available information is not up-to-date, misleading, incomplete or incorrect. The reference prices stated below, however, are up-to-date but may increase for the 2017 season.

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The FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” – Our home in Gulmarg

At this point, it is important to highlight that visitors should not ignore that Gulmarg still lies in India/Kashmir and that concerning comfort in hotels and skill levels of local guides little improvements and progress have been made over the past ten years. Overall hotel prices in Gulmarg are considerably higher than what available comfort levels and service quality justify!

Overview of Service Costs and Hotel Rates in Gulmarg:

  • Luxury hotel USD 250 to USD 350 per room and night (1 hotel)
  • “3 – 4* Comfort” ski in/ski out hotels USD 150 to USD 250 per room and night (2 hotels)
  • Budget hotels (backpacker comfort, partially suited for stays during winters) USD 100 to USD 180 per room and night (6 hotels)
  • Cheap hotels (not suitable for stays during winters) USD 50 to USD 100 per room and night
  • Airport transfer (ca. 60km) ca. USD 50 per way and vehicle
  • Experienced and registered ski guide with Avalanche training certificate ca. USD 150 per day for 4 clients (ca. 20 guides)
  • Registered “ski guide” without certificate ca. USD 60 per day
  • Ski pass, single run ca. USD 15 both phases, phase 2 ca. USD 8, day pass phase 2 ca. USD 30, weekly pass phase 2 ca. USD 200
  • International flights from Europe to Delhi ca. USD 700
  • Domestic flights Delhi to Srinagar ca. USD 160
  • Ski baggage from Europe to Delhi ca. USD 100 per way (1 pair of skis and poles, ski boots, helmet, ca. 15kg with the ski bag)
  • Ski baggage Delhi to Srinagar ca. USD 75 per way (USD 5/kg)
  • Visa for India ca. USD 90

Information on Gulmarg hotels and their room rates you find here: Trip Advisor and on the cost of ski passes here: Gulmarg Gondola Ski Pass Price

“Total Cost of Trip” – Comparison Total Costs of Trip with available Booking Options

For some time we have observed that costs have become a decisive factor when people choose a full or partial service package for their stay in Gulmarg. Often guests tend to choose options with the lowest entry level price and then purchase additional services at premium rates on the spot. However, when traveling to the Himalayas, to the high alpine and complex ski terrain in Gulmarg in Kashmir, savings in costs should be compared with the potential loss of comfort and the guaranteed availability of competent guiding services.

Below we compare the costs of an individually organised trip with the costs of our “Classic” program and with the prices of our main competitors for “similar” programs. At present our program type “Classic” is still the best price/quality option for guests who want to enjoy a good level of comfort while staying in Gulmarg and who want to make sure to be in the hands of trained and experienced guides when skiing.

Cost Comparison FSH “Classic” Program at the FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” with other Options

Price Comparisons Gulmarg

Detail Comparison Booking Options for Gulmarg Ski Vacation

Ski Package Overview Gulmarg

Cost Overview for all Gulmarg Package Price Categories

For a direct cost comparison, I have integrated our lowest price offer for the “Classic” program with a stay in a standard room in the FSH Lodge “Heevan Retreat” also into the budget section. However, I would like to point out that the comfort level (heating, hot water availability, cleanliness) in our standard rooms is superior to the hotel rooms in other budget offers.

The price comparisons show that programs from professional ski guiding companies like us don’t exceed the costs of programs offered by tour operators/travel agents.

Enjoying an Unforgettable and Exceptional Skiing Experience in Gulmarg   

Often the ski vacation in Gulmarg is the first trip to India for skiers. Even though information and pictures on hotel booking platforms convey the impression that Gulmarg offers the same lodging infrastructure as other ski resorts around the world, visitors should be aware that there are massive differences in comfort levels and service quality delivered. Furthermore, most hotels are highly overpriced because of strong demand during the extended peak season in the spring and summer.

Ski Guides in Gulmarg

Our guiding team – the FSH Gulmarg Snow Experts

Also, websites of various travel agents and tour operators often promise more than what is delivered and provide the proposed hotels with an undeserved positive image of comfort and quality.

With my blog “Skiing in Gulmarg with a Guide” in October 2011 I informed about critical points to be respected when choosing a suitable ski program operator or guiding company in Gulmarg. The most important points to compare are listed below:

and in the meantime a new selection criterion needs to be added:

To conclude, I would like to say that since 2006, the opening year of the Gulmarg Gondola, we have welcomed more than 1’000 guests from all over the world in Kashmir and have guided them on the mountain. They all returned home happy and satisfied and are living proof that we deliver what we promise!

I hope the information provided in this blog will help future Gulmarg visitors to choose the program option which guarantees the level of safety and comfort they expect for their ski vacation in Kashmir.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Himalayas and promise an unforgettable powder ski experience in Gulmarg!

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