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Anshula Bharadwaj

5.0

Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand was an excellent tour. It was interesting and exciting. I thought India didn’t have a lot of adventurous sports, but I wa...

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Annapurna Bhattathiri

4.0

Auli Snow Skiing is an awesome vacation to take. The several pros are: the skiing experience is great; even if you are new to skiing, they have persona...

Overview

About Skiing in Auli:

A paradise for the avid skier, Auli is located in Garhwal Himalayas, about 250km away from Rishikesh and can be easily accessed by a 3.5km long cable car to Joshimath that offers panoramic views of peaks Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Dronagiri. Auli offers immense opportunities to indulge in adventure activities like such as skiing, trekking, sightseeing; Auli skiing being the most desired one!

When in Auli, exhilarate your senses by skiing from 3km high-rise slopes with a drop in elevation of 500m from peak-high altitudes during the period between January and April. At this height, the winds accelerate a skier’s movements while the woody slopes of Auli balance their velocity which is why it makes for one of the best skiing grounds in the world and an ideal snow skiing tourism destination in India, the best time to visit Auli is in January.

About the Destination:

Being much a less commercial experience as compared to its counterparts, Skiing in Auli is what actually defines the beauty and spirit of this resort hill station in Uttarakhand. Surrounded by forests of coniferous trees and some of the most significant mountains of the Himalayas, like the Nanda Devi, this skiing destination in the Chamoli district has increasingly become a favorite of adventurists coming from all around the world. 

With the nearest town being Joshimath, Auli is accessible by a road and cable car and is also close to two of the most coveted destinations of India, that is Badrinath and the Valley of Flowers. But what really makes this place worth visiting are the skiing adventures that you can enjoy, as you come rushing down the pearly white slopes on your skis.

This Auli Skiing tour, which starts with your arrival in the beautiful hill station, from where you will enjoy one of the most scenic views of the hills of Garhwal. Arriving in Auli, you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the Himalayas, and snow that covers every inch of the landscape here. After spending an amazing night here, you will be spending the next day learning the basics and gaining the advanced knowledge and minute details of skiing in Auli. 

And like they say, all’s well that ends well. So on this day, you will be taken to a higher slope to complete a highly adventurous skiing run with the supervision of a professional and certified instructor, and at the end of it receive a certificate. Celebrate before you leave the next day on the cable car ride to Joshimath with a happy heart and an adventurous side.

Temperature Range: During daytime temperature will be 4C to -2C and night -4C to -8C.

Wind Velocity: 4km/hr to 21km/hr.

Maximum Altitude: 11,000ft

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Auli

    The tour begins with your arrival at the scenic hill station.

    You will be checked-in the hotel or cottage and will be given a welcome tea/coffee.

    Dinner and overnight at hotel in Auli.

  • Day 2 - Skiing day in Auli

    Learn the basics of Skiing

    This morning after breakfast, you will be taken to meet your instructor, who will be there to make sure that you learn all the basics related to skiing.

    You will learn to slide, turn and snow plough, with a lot of humorous errors. It is a given that you will have an amazing time here.

    You will then take a short break for your lunch and will resume the sessions.

    The sessions will then teach you to stand, attain balance and even slow down by applying a braking technique on your own.

    After the skiing lessons, spend another awesome night in the hotel post dinner.

  • Day 3 - Departure for onward journey

    After breakfast this morning, you will enjoy a ride from Auli to Joshimath on Asia's longest chairlift which is 4 kms long and gives the views of mountains like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Mana

    After your arrival there, you will make your way to Haridwar and bring the tour experience to end.

Stay

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  • Hotel/Cottage stay on a sharing basis

Meal

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  • Vegetarian and Egg dishes
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  • 2 each of Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Activity

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  • Skiing
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  • Trekking

Other Inclusions

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  • Equipment for skiing (Skiis, Boots, Sticks)
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  • One round-ticket of chair-car per person
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  • Fees for the skiing instructor at Auli skiing tour
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  • Morning tea, evening soup, and snacks

Things To Carry

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  • Wardrobe essentials like ski trousers/pants, heavy woolen and fleece clothes, rain-proof jackets, sunglasses, socks, wind-proof jackets, thermal inner wear
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  • Sleeping bags, a sturdy backpack with a plastic or water-proof lining
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  • Trekking shoes, snow boots, trekking pole
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  • Moisturisers, chapsticks
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  • Torch, water bottle, extra polythene bags for wet clothes and a whistle
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  • Personal Medication
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  • Personal toiletries
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  • Valid ID proof issued by the government

Advisory

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  • Under the supervision of the trek instructors, participants must try following a certain schedule during the course of the Auli skiing tour
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  • Minimum age of the participant is 13 year old
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  • Student under the age of 18 years are required to submit a birth certificate and a bonafide student certificate from school/college along with the application form failing with he/she may be charged full fee.
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  • Participants must be physically fit for the Snow Skiing Course.
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  • For proper blood circulation, avoid wearing thick socks or cotton socks.
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  • Make sure to pack proper skiing pants instead of denim jeans or track/sweat pants.
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  • Wear waterproof jackets and gloves.
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  • Do not use disposable plastic water bottles, plastic-wrapped items.
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  • It is mandatory to carry your identification proof for the ski lift and car chair rides.

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.
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    Story by Anshula Bharadwaj

     Rated : 5.0

    Auli Skiing Tour, Uttarakhand was an excellent tour. It was interesting and exciting. I thought India didn’t have a lot of adventurous sports, but I was clearly wrong. The Auli Skiing was just about perfect and I would really want to try other adventurous sports here.

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    Story by Annapurna Bhattathiri

     Rated : 4.0

    Auli Snow Skiing is an awesome vacation to take. The several pros are: the skiing experience is great; even if you are new to skiing, they have personal one-on-one tutoring sessions; the skiing experience lasts for a week; the stay is cozy and good; there is a certificate of appreciation at the end of the session. Together, this is the best and a fruitful vacation one can take. I personally loved this skiing trip in Auli and I definitely recommend this to you all. Have fun skiing.

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    Story by Gotum Chattopadhyay

     Rated : 4.0

    Skiing is my favourite sport, and I really like doing it back in Russia. Now that I moved back to India, I was looking for spots to try it. While we were on a trip to Rishikesh, we found this place, and we tried it. It was good though not the best.

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    Story by Vishwamitra Khatri

     Rated : 4.0

    Auli skiing is a great thing to do when you are visiting anywhere near Leh, Ladakh, or Rishikesh. You can extend the stay and do it. It is kind of good. I am not sure if the rate is budget friendly for everyone, but it is worth trying totally.

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    Story by Diksha Dubashi

     Rated : 4.0

    Snow and Skiing – Wow! I totally enjoyed the experience. You must definitely try this to know how awesome it is to experience the pleasure.

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    Story by Charvi Chattopadhyay

     Rated : 4.0

    The Auli skiing is one of the fine experiences that I have had so far.

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    Story by Anasuya Patil

     Rated : 4.0

    The skiing was fine. I have no skiing experience, and it was not really easy to do that. Especially with such crowd and being a first timer I felt like I was being pushed into the skiing thing without a moment to even rejoice or think if I am ready to do it at all.

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    Story by Meenakshi Varma

     Rated : 4.0

    The Indian Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. Lot of people do not know about this and they end up thinking there are no great spots for skiing in India. It is better if you go skiing doing peak winter times. Also, it tends to get really crowded and costly, so it is advisable to book tickets in prior. I had a really great time skiing in The Indian Himalayas and definitely it was a great experience. Although, we can’t compare it with western skiing, this can be the best with better organization.

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    Story by Parvati Kapoor

     Rated : 4.0

    This was the best skiing experience ever. I so recommend this totally to everyone.

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    Story by Kashyapi Iyer

     Rated : 4.0

    I had the best ever vacation in my life. To be honest, it was quite costly, but I feel it was worth the experience. Skiing in the snow was sometime in my wishlist of things to do with travel, and it was awesome to try it. It was the best thing that happened in my travel life. I am on a travel spree this year, after Rishikesh rafting, we rented a car and drove here just for the skiing experience and it was amazing.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What is the best time to go for skiing in Auli?

      The best time to go for skiing in Auli is during the months of January and February since Auli receives snowfall during these months and there is a thick layer of snow on the slopes. Availability of more snow makes gliding smoother and skiing experience easier. However, the skiing season in Auli is open from November-end to March-end.

    2. Which is the nearest airport and railway station to Auli?

      The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun located a distance of 180 km. The nearest railway station to Auli is Rishikesh Railway Station located at a distance of 193 km.

    3. Are there taxi services available in Auli? What are the road conditions in Auli?

      Yes, there are car rental services available in Auli which can be hired for local sightseeing as well as for travelling to other cities and towns. The roads in Auli are good and smooth if not in an excellent condition. However, the road conditions sometimes deteriorate during monsoon, so it is better to check road conditions in advance before travelling as long as hill stations are concerned.

    4. What are nearby places one can go from Auli?

      Auli is surrounded by some places with beautiful landscapes and some significant religious places for Hindus. Following are the places you can visit on your trip to Auli: Gurso Bugyal, Joshimath, Chattrakund Lake, Chenab Lake, Kwani Bugyal, Saildhar Tapovan.

    5. How to reach Auli from Delhi?

      By Road: the road distance between Auli and Delhi 380 km. You can take a bus for Rishikesh from Delhi and then a bus for Joshimath from Rishikesh. Auli is 16 km away from Joshimath and can be reached by a private or sharing cab or a bus. By Railway: You can catch a train to Rishikesh or Haridwar from Delhi. Buses and taxis to Joshimath are available in Rishikesh and Haridwar. Reach Joshimath and board a bus or taxi to reach Auli. By Air: Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun is the nearest airport to Auli. Take a flight to Dehradun from Delhi. From Dehradun, you can hire a cab or board a bus for Joshimath. You can easily find a cab or bus to Auli in Joshimath. To reach Auli from Joshimath, you can also take the cable car that runs between Auli and Joshimath.

    6. How is the food and accommodation facilities in Auli?

      Auli does not have a lot of options for accommodation. There are only a few hotels and resorts. Since there are not many good restaurants either, you may depend upon in-house restaurants at hotels or small snacks joints. However, Joshimath, located at a distance of 16 km from Auli, has a number of good options for food and stay.

    7. What kind of whether can be expected in Auli? When can I expect snowfall in Auli?

      The temperature in Auli during summers ranges from 7 degree to 20 degree celsius. During winters, the temperature in Auli ranges between -2 degree and 10 degree celsius. Auli receives moderate rainfalls during monsoons. Snowfall in Auli can be experienced between December and February which is also the best time for skiing in Auli.

    8. Is it safe to travel to Auli?

      Auli is a safe destination as people there are cooperative and helping. However, it is recommended to avoid travelling to Auli during monsoon due to unpredictable weather and rainfalls affecting the road conditions in the region.

    9. What all things I should carry to Auli? What kind of shoes should I carry?

      Wardrobe essentials for Auli skiing are ski trousers, heavy woollen and fleece clothes, wind-proof jacket, sunglasses, rain-proof jacket, socks and thermal innerwear. You should also carry a trekking pole. Carry snow boots and trekking shoes for smooth and comfortable movement.

    10. Is it safe to take kids to Auli?

      Yes, it is safe to take kids to Auli. If you are travelling to Auli during winters, make sure to keep the appropriate clothes and shoes for kids to keep them safe from the chilly weather conditions of Auli.

    11. Do I need to take ski lessons as I am a complete beginner?

      Yes, you need to take ski lessons to learn the basics before skiing in Auli. Since the activity involves certain degree of risk and needs skills to be performed, activity organizers first provide ski lessons to train a beginner for skiing. And then, you can indulge in the activity under the supervision of an instructor.

    12. Skiing will be for half day or full day?

      Skiing will be for full day, that will also include the basic training by an instructor before lunch. Post that, you can resume your Auli skiing session.

    13. Is skiing safe?

      Yes, skiing is a very safe sport as the soft snow prevents any injury. One has to learn the basics right and increase speed as one hones in the skills. Basic slopes are best suited for beginners.

    14. How many people go in each group?

      Normally we take 18-22 people in one batch including male and female. We need minimum 12 people to run a programme departure but for the customized trip group size doesn’t matter.

    15. Do you rent skis?

      Yes, complete sets of ski gear: skis, boots, and poles will be rented to you and the cost is included in the fee. However all personal items / clothing must be brought by you.

    16. What will happen if I am injured?

      After you are rescued, you will be taken to the Joshimath hospital first. Depending on the severity of your injuries, we may determine that you must travel down to the Deharadun hospital immediately via ambulance for further assessment and treatment. If you require one of our team members to accompany you to the Deharadun hospital, you will be charged an additional fee.

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