Tuesday, 31 January 2012

BEGINNER’S SKIING COURSE AT HIMALAYAN ECO LODGE, AULI

Category: Adventure
Season: Jan-Apr
Days: 7
Activities: Skiing
Grade: Moderate


The ski slopes in Auli, Uttarakhand, are considered to be some of the best for the amateur and professional alike. The slopes offer gentle gradients for those looking at learning this exciting sport and there are slopes with more features for the amateur and professional alike.

The 7-day Beginner’s course is designed to give the ordinary layman a chance to experience the thrills of this sport in a safe environment. We have experienced instructors on board and world class skiing equipment to ensure that you have a memorable trip and go back asking for more!! During the program you would get to learn the basics of skiing and get to practise the skills you pick up on slopes of varying gradients.

In addition to the great skiing, you would also have a warm and cozy place to come back to every night. GIO has a beautiful lodge that is located in Auli with a spectacular view of the Alaknanda valley and the Joshimath town below. From here one gets a great view of the Himalayan peaks and there is thick birch forest all around to add to the beauty. The lodge has comfortable rooms with all amenities and there are lovely spaces for relaxation and to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings.


ITINERARY

Day 1: HARIDWAR – AULI
Arrive at the lodge in Auli in the evening. Here there would be a briefing by our instructors on the program and you would also be issued the skiing equipment.

Day 2: AULI
Today’s course would cover the following:
-          Walking with skis
-          Sliding
-          Fall and recovery

Day 3: AULI
Today’s course would cover the following:
-          Continue with Fall and recovery
-          Stopping techniques
-          Straight running on steep slope

Day 4: AULI
Today’s course would cover the following:
-          Fall line & snow plough turns

Day 5: AULI
Today’s course would cover the following:
-          Slow Plough practice

Day 6: AULI
Today’s course would cover the following:
-          Snow Plough practice
-          Practice runs

Day 7: AULI – HARIDWAR
Post breakfast depart from Auli.


COST OF THE TRIP
Rs. 23,600 per person

COST INCLUDES
  • Pickup & drop to Joshimath
  • Transfers to and back from the ski slopes to the lodge everyday
  • Accommodation in deluxe rooms in Himalayan Eco Lodge in Auli for 6 nights on twin-sharing basis.
  • All meals beginning with dinner on Day 01 to breakfast on Day 07.
  • Professional and experienced instructors would be leading the trip. We have expert skiing instructors who would be taking you through the course.
  • State-of-the-art equipment
  • Use of ski-lifts and chairlifts during the program
  • Bonfire in the nights

COST DOES NOT INCLUDE
  • Service Tax (@2.575%)
  • Transport for arriving for the trip and departing at the end of the trip
  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance

TRANSPORT OPTIONS
For travel to the lodge, a combination of train/air and road travel is recommended. The closest railway station to the camp is Haridwar and there are a number of trains that connect to Haridwar from all over the country. For train details, you could log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online railway ticket bookings you could log on to www.irctc.co.in. For air travel, the closest airport is the Jolly Grant Airport (at Dehradun) and is well connected to Delhi and other parts of the country by Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, etc. Alternatively, you could also take the public transport coaches from Delhi to Haridwar which depart from Delhi Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) with the last coach departing at around 11:00 pm. From Haridwar/Dehradun, there are a number of buses and local vehicles that head out into the hills and you could take any vehicle that is going towards Badrinath (get off at Joshimath) or Joshimath. From Joshimath, we would provide a complimentary pickup transfer to the lodge.

If you require a private vehicle to drop you from Haridwar/Dehradun to Auli, the extra charges would be as follows:
  • Tata Indica: Rs. 4500
  • Chevrolet Tavera: Rs. 6000
  • Toyota Innova: Rs. 7000

PAYMENT TERMS
  • Rates are valid till April 30, 2012
  • Full payment to be made in advance at the time of booking the trip
  • Payment to be made by Cheque/DD in favour of GREAT INDIAN OUTDOORS (P) LTD. payable at New Delhi/Gurgaon
  • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted against any future trips
  • Cancellation policy
    - 
    >21 days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for transport, etc.)

    14-20 days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for transport, etc.)

    - 
    7-13 days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for transport, etc.)

    - 
    <7 days: No refund

ESSENTIALS 
Below is a list of essentials you would require for the trip:
1.     T-shirts/Shirts
2.     Comfortable fit Jeans/Track Pants
3.     Waterproof jacket
4.     Waterproof trouser
5.     Warm jacket
6.     Woollen socks
7.     Gloves
8.     Balaclava
9.     Lip-balm
10.   Floaters
11.   Comfortable walking shoes/sneakers
12.   Sunscreen Lotion
13.   Cap
14.   Flashlight
15.   Sunglasses
16.   Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
17.   Camera (optional)

Carry your stuff in a duffel bag/soft shoulder bag or a rucksack and avoid suitcases/strolleys.