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Altai Mountains Ski Touring, 15 days, China and Mongolia

Come and experience 15 days of fantastic ski touring in China and Mongolia, in the tremendous Altai mountains, with IFMGA certified guide Jean.

Mountain RangeAltai
Duration15 days
Offer periodJan
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup

Highlights

  • Spend 15 days skiing on the peaks of the Altai mountains.

  • Spend several nights in different local villages.

  • Gaze at the scenery of the wild region on the border between China and Mongolia.

Description

Remote, beautiful, spectacular. Those are just a few of the words you can associate with the Altai mountains. And for 15 days, I would like to guide you on a ski touring trip where you will get to enjoy many fantastic descents in this magical collection of sky scraping peaks.

Located on the border between China and Mongolia, the Altai mountains have a rich history. In fact, people have been ski mountaineering on these peaks for thousands of years. It is a long tradition, and one that you can be a part of on this trip.

Another wonderful aspect of this trip is that you will get to spend time in a number of local villages. Within those villages, while you are heating up and eating some delicious local cuisine, you will get to learn about and immerse yourself in the amazing culture.

Some of the villages we will be visiting include Hemut, Buerjin and Altai. You will also get to spend some time in the city of Urumqi as well.

Due to the wild nature of the peaks and slopes of the Altai range, it is important that participants have prior ski touring experience. You should also be in good physical condition.

If you would like to visit a gorgeous, isolated and mythical place, the Altai mountains, between China and Mongolia, is the place to go. And when you add the skiing to the wonderful people and places, this 15 day trip will amaze you in every way. To be a part of it, just send me a request.

I can also take you ski touring in the equally magical Zanskar region of India on this 20 day trip.

Accommodation

Hotel in Urumqi and comfortable lodging in the villages we will be visiting.

Disclaimer

Participants should get their proper vaccinations as well as necessary medical tests prior to the trip.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: 30/35 liter backpack, skis, skin, ski boots, poles, 1 sleeping bag, 1 self inflating mattress, 2-3 pairs of socks, goretex, waterproof pants, 2-3 breathable t-shirts, 1 fleece jacket and waterproof jacket, 1 hat, 1 pair of thermal gloves, 1 pair of fleece gloves, thermos, blanket, head lamp with new batteries, glasses, sun screen, lip balm, personal items and a camera.

Meeting point

Paris airport, where we will catch the flight to Urumqi.

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Itinerary

Day 1 to 2: Flight from France to Urumqi via Handzou

You will fly from France to Urumqi via Handzou. When you arrive, you will spend the night in a hotel in the city center.

Day 3 to 4: Urumqi - Village of Hemut

We will take a 4×4 truck ride from Urumqi to the village of Hemut, where we will spend the night in a guesthouse. Along the way you will get to visit the villages of Buerjin and Altai.

Day 5 to 12: Ski Touring in the Altai mountains

We will spend the next week ski touring in various spots in the Altai mountains. During the evenings we will return to and rest in the local villages.

Day 13 to 14: Village of Hemut - Urumqi

We will return to Urumqi, where you will spend the night, and where you will also get to visit the silk road museum and discover many artifacts from the Taklamakan desert.

Day 14 to 15: Flight back to France


About the guide

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I have been a mountain guide since I was 25 years old. My passion for discovering the mountains of the world has led me to the four corners of the earth. Currently, I am also an instructor at the National School of Skiing and Mountaineering (ENSA).

Each year, I organize different trips. I'm in charge of each trip's organization and I'm sometimes also the guide who leads the group. It could either be me or one of my 4 guide friends, who I have been working with for years.

I have been organizing trips around the world for the past 26 years: Alaska, Antractica, Nepal, Mongolia...Over the years, I have organized trips in more than 30 countries.

In recent years I have had the opportunity to discover:
- Ski traverse in Greenland
- Ski touring in Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia, Argentina, Canada
- Climbing in the Yukon at the Lotus Flower, Jordan, Oman
- The high summits of Sichuan, Kula Kangri in Tibet, Langtang Ri in Nepal

I am currently based in Chamonix and the other 3 guides who work with me live nearby as well. If you are interested in traveling far away or discovering the Mont Blanc massif and other places in the Alps, for climbing, ski touring or ice climbing, please contact me. It will be a pleasure for me to organise a trip that meets your expectations.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 4073 each

Group of 2

EUR 4073 each

Group of 3

EUR 4073 each

Group of 4

EUR 4073 each

Group of 5

EUR 4073 each

Group of 6

EUR 4073 each

Group of 7

EUR 4073 each

Group of 8

EUR 4073 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• In addition to the guiding fee, the price also includes airfare from France to Urumqi and back, airport taxes, transportation, accommodations, avalanche rescue equipment, including ARVA, shovel and probe, use of a satellite phone and picnics. However, the price does not include meals and drinks in Urumqi, insurance and ski registration.


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