Kashmir Heliski

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Kashmir Heliski

Kashmir Heliski4.8/59
Kashmir Heliski4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
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Kashmir Heliski

Overall Rating

Kashmir Heliski4.8/59
Kashmir Heliski4.8 out of 5 based on 9 reviews

Kashmir Heliski India 

Heli skiing anywhere in the world is fabulous, but heli skiing in India with Kashmir Heliski is particularly spicy. India is home to more than one billion people and is the 2nd most populous country in the world. But high up in the Himalayas in the Kashmir region, crowds are definitely not a problem. In this remote part of the world you only have to share the mountains, the vast backcountry and all that powder with a small group of people. This India heli skiing is small group heli skiing, with 4 guests and one guide per group, and two to three groups sharing a helicopter.

Kashmir Heliski is based in the ski village of Gulmarg which offers amazing lift-assisted backcountry terrain, whilst the heli skiing offers the opportunity to get further afield to higher and more varied untracked lines.

This Gulmarg heli skiing outfit offers a range of multi-day packages that vary depending on how much of an appetite you have for curry powder. You can also mix in some guided backcountry touring off the gondola too (see the Gulmarg skiing page for information on the gondola served terrain). Single day heli sking packages are also an option.

Kashmir Heliski has been operating since 2011 and utilise AS350B3e helicopter which are the right tool for flying at these high elevations on craggy peaks. The pilots are mostly Swiss and highly experienced with high altitude terrain and during summer they work search and rescue operations around Mt Everest. The guides are a mix of international and locals guides, with a wealth of experience guiding globally and in the Himalaya.

With Kashmir Heliski, you'll not only get the awesome heli skiing experience in big mountains, but you'll also get to experience the intrigue of Kashmir. Just being in Gulmarg offers a culturally enriching experience, and each of the multi-day packages includes a night stay on a Kashmiri houseboat in Srinagar. And you may also choose to spend some time before or after your Kashmir trip to experience the buzz of Delhi or other parts of India.

Down Days

As to be expected with heli skiing, down days do happen when big storms prevent the helicopter from flying, and one of the advantages of heli skiing in Gulmarg is that the back up options don’t just involve lying around reading a book. The guides will take you backcountry skiing off the gondola if it’s operating, or from Gulmarg (elevation 2,600m) they can take you tree skiing down to villages such as Baba Reshi, Tangmarg, and Drung which are at about 2,000m of elevation where you’ll get a unique cultural experience. Using 4WD vehicles, drivers will take you back up the hill to Gulmarg. It’s sort of like having snowcat skiing back-up but more culturally interesting.

Where is Kashmir Heliski Located?

Kashmir Heliski operates from the Gulmarg Ski Village which is located in the Pir Pinjal range of the Himalayan Mountains in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir. Gulmarg is 56km/35 miles from Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir.

To get there, you need to fly to Delhi and then get a domestic flight to Srinagar. The multi-day packages include a transfer from the airport to Gulmarg. For more information on location and travel, see our getting to Gulmarg page.

Also see the Gulmarg travel tips for information on safety and health including altitude sickness.

Delhi Hotels

When you fly via Delhi, some flight schedules will necessitate an overnight stop in Delhi. Aerocity hotels are all 4 and 5 star hotels and provide very quick and convenient access to and from the New Delhi Airport.

The Ibis New Delhi Aerocity is a well priced 4 star hotel in Aerocity that is more than adequate for a one night stay in-transit. The Novotel New Delhi Aerocity is a modest 5 star hotel that offers very good value for money, or for a bit more of a splurge, the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel is just a couple of minutes drive from Aerocity.

If you don’t want to leave the airport, Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport is a hotel inside the terminal.

Or if you want to combine your heli skiing trip with a few days in Delhi you may wish to stay in central Delhi. We’ve stayed at the Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, which was beautiful and peaceful, without being palatial.

Delhi Hotel Listings

Kashmir Heli Skiing Terrain

The main heli skiing terrain for Kashmir Heliski is near Gulmarg and the big peaks of the Pir Panjal Range of the Himalaya. The Indian part of Kashmir has some peaks up to 7,000 metres tall, whilst the heli ski terrain typically goes up to 4,500m and as high as 5,000 metres when all the stars align.

The terrain is vast and Kashmir Heliski has an exclusive area of 22,000 sq. km.

Much of the terrain is high alpine ridges and bowls, and at lower elevations may include some well spaced tree skiing on the ridges. Runs are typically up to 1,000 to 1,500 metres of vertical drop, with up to 1,700 metres possible at times. Each day incorporates 14,000 to 15,000 vertical metres, yet this is largely dependent on the package selected.

Snow

Gulmarg is usually blessed with an abundance of snow. This typically falls during ferocious snow storms which are followed by periods of stable weather, so as a general rule, it’s either snowing or sunny. The best snow conditions are usually from early January to mid March.

Kashmir Heliski Terms & Conditions 

Payment

To confirm your booking, 50% of the cost needs to be paid 10 days after booking, whilst 100% needs to be paid 30 days prior to trip. Payments can be made by bank transfer into the Kashmir Heliski Indian bank account. The bank account details will be provided in the invoice which will be provided. Any outstanding payments can be done by credit card at the helibase. All credit cards are accepted apart from American Express. 

Cancellation Policy

If we cancel our operation due to weather considerations, technical fault or of any other reason the refunds are given as shown in the chart. If we have to stop our operation during the ski day, we will give you a refund based on the amount of runs you were not able to ski. The maximum refund we will give is based on the runs guaranteed in each package. Refunds are not given due to injury, lack of ability or fitness. If we have to cancel, it is also for your safety.

 If Kashmir Heliski Needs to Cancel
 Package Name   Guaranteed Runs  Refund Per Run 
Himalayan Week   42 6000 INR
Powder Week  24  6000 INR
 Pir Panjal   15  6000 INR
 Mt Apharwat   4  6000 INR
 Elite Powder Day  6000 INR
 Powder Day 4 6000 INR 

There are alternatives for non-flying-days. We can go backcountry skiing or using the gondola in Gulmarg to come up to the incredible Himalayas. The other option is to go down to other villages through the great forest. You will have an incredible deep powder ride and at the end you reach other villages close to Gulmarg. Of course one of the guides accompanies you. A jeep picks us up and bring us back to Gulmarg. Additional to a great powder run you’ll explore other traditional villages in Kashmir.

 If You Need to Cancel
 Duration Before Trips Starts   Refund
 90 days   20% of your deposit
 Less than 90 days   50% of your package
 Less than 45 days   0% of your package

Great trip

Kevin
23/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    1

Great trip

Kevin
23/03/2019
Thanks for a great trip Billa & all the team, we found some great snow and rode some 1000 vertical metre lines! Thanks Zooni for your help with everything & Rais for helping us with equipment See our video here

Captivating Kashmir

Dwayne Smith
23/03/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    1

Captivating Kashmir

Dwayne Smith
23/03/2019
As you would expect of any competent heliski operation, Billa and his crew know their surrounding mountains and ski terrain in various snow and weather conditions extremely well to always find great lines on flying days. What sets them apart from other operations is their desire to go above and beyond to please their customers. They really want you to walk away with fantastic memories of Kashmir and, of course, its snow.

The territory they access is high-altitude Himalayan terrain hovering about the same elevation as the peak of Mont Blanc. On a clear day you have amazing views to some of the world’s highest mountains, including Nanga Parbat, the 9th highest mountain in the world at over 8,100m. On a day with less visibility, well, just enjoy the amazing high-altitude skiing. They also provide a great lunch with hot tea from a hut high on the shoulder of Sunshine Peak.

Gulmarg, Kashmir has to be one of the most unique ski destinations in the world. From mud shepherds’ huts scattered on the lower slopes above town to historic hotels and lounges from the British Colonial Raj to the warm Kashmiri people, it will steal your heart.

If you are looking for a trip to never forget, look no further. See our video here

Ideal for all levels of competency

Vicky Dobson
22/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Country
    London England
  • Admin Rating
    1

Ideal for all levels of competency

Vicky Dobson
22/02/2019
We had a mixed group of 2 advanced skiiers and 2 who hadn't Heli skiied before, our guide took us on a mixture of lines starting with mellow ones and making sure we all feel confident, Kashmir Heliski can cater for everyone's needs, definitely book a trip suitable for all abilities See our video here

Be careful

Rory
14/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Country
    Ireland
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Be careful

Rory
14/02/2019
Be careful with these guys- although they were recommended by reputable experts, our group had a bad experience with them.

Short version- we took a heli day in February 2019. Through no fault of Billa (the owner & lead guide) and his team, the heli was put out of action by the Indian military while we were out in the heli terrain (nothing wrong with the heli, just an unsafe issue related to military issues).

After several hours fruitlessly waiting to see if we would be able to access another way of getting out of the terrain, ideally by heli, what happened next was pretty shocking- Billa (and 2 of his remaining guides) left his combined group of 1 dozen or so clients (from 3 heli groups) to find a way out, and left us. We found our own way out of very dangerous avalanche terrain, following his tracks through a narrow valley that was constantly avalanched. When we confronted him about this (when we finally caught up with him), he explained that it was 'too dangerous' for him to lead the group out and wait.

The skiing was off-the-scale, with bottomless, perfect powder and stunning terrain. But this was a really shocking experience and without a lot of really good luck we would have been in a terrible situation with no guides and no way out.

I'd love to go there again but would only do so with one of Bills Trips' reputable guides- and expecting the worst while hoping for the best.

I think it is really important to call out dangerous practices- this was as bad as it gets. See our video here

Gulmarg

Jason Paver
14/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    England
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Gulmarg

Jason Paver
14/03/2018
Fantastic community of people providing a world-class heli-ski operation.

Gulmarg itself is breathtaking both visually and physiologically.

Highly experienced and friendly guides, fantastic terrain. We were unlucky with the relatively poor snow and high avalanche risk, but were still shown some great powder and challenging runs.

It's really not that difficult a journey - if you're considering it, I'd suggest you go. See our video here

Heliski review

Josh
15/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Heliski review

Josh
15/02/2018
We had a great time heliskiing with these guys - conditions were good and we were looked after amazingly by Roberta. We will definitely go back again in the future. See our video here

Awesome time with Kashmir Heliski

Daniel
13/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Country
    Canada
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Awesome time with Kashmir Heliski

Daniel
13/02/2018
Thanks for an awesome trip Kashmir Heliski we just returned and we're lucky to have 1 week full Heli ski we went up to 4200m and rode over 1000 vertical metres some lines! The terrain is vast and we enjoyed untouched powder everyday. Can't wait to return See our video here

Top Heli Adventure

Jason
06/02/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Italy
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Top Heli Adventure

Jason
06/02/2018
Can't wait to come back next year for another Heli adventure, best terrain we've seen and there is nowhere in the world like Gulmarg, it is so interesting and untouched. See our video here

Fantastic!

Ali
24/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Country
    England
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Fantastic!

Ali
24/02/2017
I was assisted by Roberta and had an amazing time, she guided us throughout our experience and made it much more enjoyable. Definitely would recommend. See our video here
Kashmir Heli Ski Packages
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Kashmir Heliski Weeks DETAILS
Price p/p Based on 3 day heliski package + 3 days backcountry guiding staying at the Hotel Rosewood in a shared room.
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USD 4,182

WEEK-LONG TRIPS
1, 3 or 6 Days Heli Skiing | 7 Nights Accom

Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p Based on 3 day heliski package + 3 days backcountry guiding staying at the Hotel Rosewood in a shared room.
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USD 4,182
Kashmir is fascinating & these truly unique week-long heli skiing packages in Gulmarg can include 6 days, 3 days or 1 day of heli skiing. Non-heliski days include guided backcountry at the highly renowned Gulmarg plus 1 night on a Dal Lake houseboat to add to the cultural experience. More
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DAY HELISKIING GULMARG
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Location: India | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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If you'll be in Gulmarg you can add a single day or two of heli skiing with Kashmir Heliski to your itinerary. More
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