You could be a pioneer when you take a skiing vacation in the Himalayas! Although skiing has been around for a while in the Himalayas, there are new discoveries being made here all the time. The charm of the beautiful countries of India and Nepal, combines with the thrill of the pristine slopes of the majestic Himalayas, to make it a memorable vacation. The best time for skiing in the Himalayas is January to March.
Each region of skiing in the Himalayas has its unique charm and the experience is unlike anything anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, you have the thrill of a skiing vacation here at a quarter of the cost of skiing in Europe. This is a newly developing sport here, and the facilities and infrastructure are not yet in place, but for thrill-seekers that is part of the adventure.
India has several skiing areas in the Himalayas. Gulmarg in Kashmir has been a ski resort even in the days of British rule. It is now developing into a skiing destination with the recent installation of the highest gondola ski lift in the world. There are no man-made trails in Kashmir and the wide slopes are yours to enjoy.
Manali is the base for many vacation activities like trekking and climbing, as well as skiing in the Solang Nalla region. There are no lifts or cable cars here, but once you get up here the deeply packed virgin slopes are yours to conquer. An equally adventurous way to get to the vast slopes of Solang is to go heli-skiing. There are regular services and packages available.
Auli in the Garhwal range of the Himalayas is the only terrain with cable cars. It is the location of India’s only ski school and many winter sport competitions take place here. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Auli is a charming town with many other Himalayan destinations and temple towns within a few hours drive through magnificent valleys with mountain streams gushing past.
Nepal offers skiing in several regions around the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Mount Everest. These are amongst the tallest mountains in the world and skiing in their midst is a thrill to be experienced. Helicopter services have just begun to ferry skiers to their ski slopes, and the international skiing community are starting to discover the thrill of skiing in the majestic Himalayas.