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GUIDED OFF-PISTE & BC ADVENTURE
10 Nights | 7 Days Skiing | 3 Resorts

Location: Uzbekistan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price is for 2023 and is based on twin/double-share room in a group of 4. If group is smaller than 4 cost will be higher.
Base/invoice currency is in USD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 4,295
Uzbekistan offers a unique & exotic adventure, cultural experiences, and quality untouched powder on big mountain terrain. Join this adventure packed tour for an inimitable experience.
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 15 - Feb 25, 2023
Days: 11
Price: USD 4,295
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Uzbekistan Powder Sessions - New for 2023

The Uzbekistan powder chasing sessions with The Adventure Project are ideal for those who want to travel to a new frontier of adventure skiing and snowboarding. Skiing in Uzbekistan holds an allure because tourism only opened up recently and Uzbekistan includes parts of the Old Silk Road in Central Asia that connects Europe with China. The mountains are impressive and the snow quality is often super dry, thanks to the country being double land locked. And great news for powder hounds is that competition for fresh powder in the off-piste and sidecountry terrain is very low.

The 11 day Uzbekistan Powder Sessions explore the big terrain in the Tien Shan Mountains in the Chimgan area. With the potential to ski three different resorts, ride quality untouched powder, and the strong cultural component, this will be an exciting adventure to a unique and exotic destination that should not be missed.

Tour Highlights:

  • A local guide, with the backup of an international guide, will show you the best stashes at 3 different ski areas: Chimgan; Beldersay; and Amirsoy 
  • 7 full days of skiing/riding on offer (plus the potential to add in a half day in the PM on the day of arrival)
  • Accommodation near the ski areas will be in a comfortable 3-star hotel near the town of Chimgan
  • Jump on the high-speed Afrosiyob railway to Samarkand for a full day to explore this ancient Silk Road city with a local English-speaking guide
  • The trip will end with 2 nights in Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, and include one full day of sightseeing around the city with a local English speaking guide.

Uzbekistan Ski Areas Visited

Amirsoy is the newest ski resort in Uzbekistan which opened in 2019 with 1 gondola and 1 high-speed detachable quad chair. The gondola accesses all of the best terrain. The vertical drop is 645m/2,116ft, with an elevation of 1,630m – 2,245m or 5,347ft – 7,365ft. The resort has 14.8km of slopes, but there is plenty of sidecountry access and untouched lines. The views from the top of the gondola of the Tien Shan mountains are stunning! Lift tickets cost approximately $US20 per day.

Beldersay has only 3.2km of slopes with 2 lifts (1 fixed double chair and 1 x T-bar, although the T-bar does not currently work) and has a decent vertical of 850m or 2,788ft, with an elevation of 1,500m – 2,350m or 4,921ft – 7,710ft. You walk onto the chairlift carrying your skis and then walk off at the top, Uzbekistan style. Again, there is great potential for off-piste skiing and ski touring above the chairlift, plus great skiing from the chair. Lift rides are approximately $2 a ride.

Chimgan has 1 main chairlift to transport riders to the flanks of Mt. Chimgan (10,856ft), with stunning views all round. You must walk onto the chair carrying your skis and then walk off at the top. The lift accesses elevations of 1,570m to 1,975 m, giving a vertical drop of 405m (1,328ft). Lift rides are approximately $2 a ride.

If you have any questions or want to ask about availability, you can make a booking request.

Equipment Required

As this is predominantly a sidecountry/backcountry tour, guests will need to carry full avalanche equipment (beacon, shovel, probe & first aid kit). In addition you will need up-hill climbing capability. For skiers, that means fat skis (recommended 110 mm under-foot or wider), with touring bindings and skins. For snowboarders, that could be either split boards/skins/collapsible trekking poles or board/snowshoes/trekking poles.

Ability Level

Guests must be advanced to expert skiers or boarders, confident in off-piste conditions that are rated double-black diamond in difficulty. You should be confident in deep snow and powder and be able to ride variable snow conditions.

Itinerary

Day Prior to Tour

Arrive at Tashkent and stay overnight in the city
 

Day 1

Arrive at Tashkent International Airport. Pickup by noon and transfer (1 hour 45 min) to Layner Hotel. Potential to ski in PM if the group arrives early enough. This would be a good time to do beacon practice as a group.

Day 2

Meet local guide. Ski Chimgan. Dinner at hotel.

Day 3

Ski Amirsoy.

Day 4

Ski Beldersay

Day 5

Ski Beldersay

Day 6

Ski Beldersay

Day 7

Ski Chimgan.

Day 8

Ski Amirsoy

Day 9

Transfer in early AM to Tashkent. Drop off bags at Lotte Hotel Tashkent Palace. Full-day tour of Tashkent. Dinner at World Plov Center. Stay at Lotte Hotel Tashkent Palace.

Day 10

Early breakfast, transfer to Tashkent train station and take Afrosiyob train to Samarkand by 8:30am. Full day of sightseeing in Samarkand with English-speaking local tour guide. Stay at Lotte Hotel Tashkent Palace. PM COVID testing if required for your country of return.

Day 11

Checkout and depart for home countries

If you have any questions or want to check about availability, you can make a booking request.

Logistics

Guests must travel to Tashkent International Airport and arrive before noon on the day the tour starts. You can look at flight options here. Please check the COVID restrictions for any country you might have to transfer through, prior to booking your flight. Please choose a flight that arrives in Tashkent in the morning, so the group can depart at noon to Chimgan on the first day of the tour. One transfer to and from the hotel is included. There will only be one lift to Chimgan. If you cannot arrive by noon you will have to pay for your own ride to Chimgan. The guides can help you book that through the hotel.

It is recommended to arrive in Tashkent the night before the tour and stay overnight in Tashkent to catch up on some sleep. If everyone in the group does that, the group can leave early for Chimgan and potentially ski in the afternoon. Here are some options for  Tashkent Hotels.

Other

Credit cards are widely accepted in Tashkent and at the Amirsoy ski area. Dinners can be charged to the rooms. There are ATMs in Amirsoy and you will need to have some cash for skiing in Chimgan and Beldersay.

Uzbekistan uses 220V and type C and F power plugs. If your US (110V) appliances already have a built-in a/c adapter, then all you will need is a travel plug adapter. They are inexpensive and can be easily purchased on Amazon or at an electrical store. If you don’t have an a/c adapter for any of your appliances, then you will need a step-down converter to convert the 220V current down to 110V for your appliance. Again, you can purchase a step-down converter online or at an electrical store.

For the latest Covid information regarding the entry requirements of Uzbekistan and restrictions for COVID, please see here.  It is your responsibility to keep up to date with the latest COVID restrictions/requirements for Uzbekistan. All guests must comply with local COVID rules and regulations in Uzbekistan. Guests can receive a rapid PCR test at the hotel in Tashkent, prior to departure for their home country, if this is required. If you receive a positive test and have to extend your stay, you should have travel insurance to cover any additional costs associated with a positive COVID test.

Some foreign visitors will need a tourist visa for Uzbekistan (US citizens will need a visa, UK citizens do not). This visa must be obtained prior to departure to Uzbekistan. You can apply for an E-Visa. It costs around $20 USD and normally takes 2 business days to process. You will need to submit your personal details, select your intended travel dates, upload a photo with a white background showing your uncovered head and upper shoulders, upload a digital copy of your passport, and pay the fee. Visas are good for one entry and last for 30 days. You can apply no more than 90 days out from intended date of departure. Passports must have 1 free visa page and be valid for 3 months beyond the date of arrival. More information about visas can be found here.

Travel insurance is mandatory for ALL guests. The insurance must include trip cancellation insurance. You should have a high degree of medical coverage and should be covered for any additional expenses for any COVID related travel delays. You need to be also covered for travel to Uzbekistan, off-piste skiing, trip cancellation/delay, emergency evacuation and other items.

Lodging

The tour includes 8 nights accommodation at the Layner Hotel near Chimgan, including breakfast. The hotel approximately is 6.5km or an 11-minute drive to Chimgan. It is a large hotel with sprawling grounds, featuring an indoor and outdoor pool, WIFI, sauna, spa, gymnasium and a restaurant serving Uzbek and international cuisine.

The finale of the trip is 2 nights accommodation in the city of Tashkent staying at the Lotte Hotel Tashkent Palace including breakfast. The hotel has traditional hotel rooms, either single or double-share rooms. The hotel was built in 1958 and is an appealing hotel with a classical appearance. It is located at the center of Tashkent within 10 minutes’ drive of the airport and right next to major buildings like the Alisher Navoi Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Trading Center and the Central Bank. It is close to the Metro underground railway line. Facilities include 232 rooms, a beautiful courtyard and outdoor swimming pool, a large restaurant, piano bar, gym, sauna and a spa.

2023 Rates & Inclusions

Rates

 11-Day Tour
 Double Room Single Room 
$4,295  $4,695
 
  • Base price / invoice is in USD per person based on a group of 4 people
  • If there are less than 4 people, the tour can be run if requested with a higher price
  • deposit is $1,000 strict non-refundable
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Inclusions
  • 11 days fully hosted (max 4 guests per group)
  • 10 nights accommodation (8N near Chimgan, 2N Tashkent), single occupancy or twin-share
  • Daily breakfast
  • 7 days guided skiing at Amirsoy, Beldersay & Chimgan ski areas - local guide + TAP guide
  • Transportation to and from Tashkent, to Amirsoy at the start and end of the trip
  • 1 full day of sightseeing in Tashkent, including a local English-speaking guide and transportation
  • Full day of touring around Srinagar with local tour guide, transport included
  • I full day of sightseeing in Samarkand, including a local English-speaking guide and transportation
Add-ons
  • Single share tour option $4,695 USD
Not Included
  • Airfares (you need to fly to Tashkent) - search for cheapest flights here
  • Mandatory comprehensive travel insurance including cancellation insurance and coverage for any additional COVID-related travel expenses. - buy travel insurance online here
  • Lift tickets (budget approximately $20 or less, per day at Amirsoy, $2 per lift ride at Beldersay and Chimgan)
  • Lunches, dinners & beverages
  • Return taxi transfers from the hotel to Amirsoy, Chimgan or Beldersay
  • Additional airport transfers not listed in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for Adventure Project staff
  • Train tickets to Samarkand
  • COVID testing for return to US or any other countries

The Adventure Project Terms & Conditions

1. Booking

  • (a) The Adventure Project (TAP henceforth) will provide you with written confirmation by email of your application upon the receipt of the following signed and completed documents:
    • Release and Indemnity form;
    • COVID/Infectious Disease Warning and Waiver (if required).
  • (b) By sending in the deposit, you agree to ALL of the following stipulations outlined in the Terms and Conditions below.
  • (c) Your acceptance as a guest is subject to your skiing/boarding capabilities, medical condition and fitness being to the standard deemed necessary by The Adventure Project.

2. Suitability
By sending in your deposit, the Client (the Guest) agrees to the following:

  • They are at least the minimum standard listed for each trip (intermediate, advanced or expert).
  • That they are in sound physical fitness and capable of operating (skiing, riding or hiking) at potential high altitudes (depending on the destination). You will sign a disclaimer saying that you have the physical fitness to undertake these activities and do not suffer from altitude sickness.
  • If your medical or physical fitness changes before or during the trip, then you must notify us immediately in writing.
  • That they can get up by themselves after a fall. The Adventure Project is not responsible for helping guests get up after a fall.
  • You should have powder-centric skis or snowboards that will give you extra flotation in deep snow, if skiing or riding off-piste.
  • You must be familiar with the use and operation of all of your gear, prior to the commencement of your trip. Ski and snowboard boots should already be broken in and not the cause of any blisters or other discomfort.
  • You must carry your own (basic) first aid kit and spare parts for your skis or snowboards.
  • If you cannot keep up with the majority of the group, then for your own safety, you might be asked to stay out of the off-piste areas (if the majority of the group wants and is capable of, skiing or riding in that terrain/snow). That could also mean riding by yourself in the resort if you cannot keep up with the majority of the group.
  • The Adventure Project does not guarantee complete compatibility of all group members. Whilst we try our best to put the right level of people together in our groups but we cannot guarantee the compatibility of all group members. The Adventure Project is not responsible for any mismatches in group ability therefore.
  • If a Client is not compatible with a group, then they can hire a separate local guide or instructor, but they will be responsible for those additional costs. No refund or reimbursement of any costs already paid, will be offered.
  • There is only 1 guide per group in Chile and Japan. If a guide gets sick or injured (circumstances beyond our control) and cannot continue the trip, then no refund will be offered for any time spent without a guide or if the trip has to be cancelled or altered in any form. You must have travel insurance to cover yourself for any losses.
  • You will be asked to sign a liability release form that indemnifies The Adventure Project from the obvious risks of riding in avalanche terrain. People have been killed in avalanches within ski areas and in side country/backcountry areas outside of the ski area. Avalanches can and do happen both within the ski areas and outside the ski area boundaries. We cannot guarantee your safety at any time when skiing or riding within the ski area or outside the ski area. No slope can ever be deemed 100% safe and free from avalanche risk.

3. Travel Insurance

  • Travel insurance is mandatory for all Clients. You must purchase your travel insurance as soon as you have paid your deposit.
  • Clients must have travel insurance that covers them for TRIP CANCELLATION (sometimes called "Cancel for Any Reason" Insurance).
  • Clients might need to be tested for COVID prior to departure for their destination. If you receive a positive result and cannot travel to the destination, then you would not be entitled to any refund. You must have travel insurance to cover you for any loss.
  • Clients might need to be tested for COVID prior to departure to their home country. If this is the case, you should have insurance that covers you for any additional costs if you are delayed return back to your home country if you receive a positive test result.
  • Clients must have comprehensive travel insurance with a high level of cover for (but not limited to): off-piste skiing (if necessary); all medical costs; emergency evacuation; search and rescue costs (the guest is responsible for any additional search and rescue costs); trip delay or cancellation; loss or delay of baggage; stolen or missing equipment.

4. Media Release

  • (a) The Client agrees: 
    • That they give TAP permission to use all media obtained during the trip that might feature the Client.
    • This media could include (but is not limited to): photographs of the Client; video's of the Client; written accounts featuring the Client; for use in TAP marketing.
    • This media could be used on (but not limited to): the TAP website; TAP Instagram posts; TAP Facebook posts; TAP blog (both website blog and non-website blogs) and other social media posts.
  • (b) The Client has the right to refuse inclusion in any marketing media as listed above, but IF they request to be excluded from said media, then it must be in writing, at least 2 weeks prior to commencement of the trip.

5. Payment Terms

  • (a) Deposit– The deposit for all trips is $1,000 USD for all trips, unless otherwise agreed upon. The deposit is strictly non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another trip without the express written consent of The Adventure Project.
  • (b) Payment– Deposits and final balances can be paid by cash, personal check, bank check, money order, bank transfer, international wire, Venmo or Zelle. More detailed payment instructions will be sent out prior to sending in the deposit. When paying by check or money order, please make any payments to “The Adventure Project LLC.”
  • (c) Credit cards– currently we cannot accept payment by credit card.
  • (d) Due date– each trip has a final payment due date. Please consult your information sheet or the TAP website for details.
  • (e) Prices– all prices quoted are in $USD and is based on the number of people in the group. Price can vary if the minimum number of participants (4) has not been reached.

6. Pricing

  • (a) Changes to pricing: TAP reserves the right to make changes to pricing prior to departure for your trip, at any time. Prices are not guaranteed therefore until final payment of all monies owed has been made by all group members. If more people are added to the group after the final balance payment due date, then no refund will be issued for any differences in subsequent final price.
  • (b) Reasons for pricing change: TAP reserves the right to change pricing at any time (but are not limited to) due to fluctuations in local currency, increased local or government costs and other unforeseen reasons. Prices can also change due to fluctuations in group participants. Any changes to the cost will be given to you in writing and you will have 2 weeks to make any additional payments.
  • (c) Exclusions from pricing: each trip has its own separate inclusions and exclusions. They are listed on the website and in the program information sheet for each trip. It is your responsibility to read and understand the individual exclusions that you are required to pay at your own expense.

7. Cancellation Policy

  • (a) Cancellation by the Client:
    • You may cancel your trip at any time prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s) by providing written notice to TAP.
    • If you cancel your trip at any stage the deposit is non-refundable.
    • If you cancel your trip more than 120 days prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s), then you will be entitled to a full refund minus the deposit.
    • Should you cancel your trip 90 days or less before departure, you will be entitled to a refund of all moneys paid (less the deposit) SUBJECT TO TAP FINDING A REPLACEMENT GUEST. In the event a replacement guest is NOT found, the ENTIRE price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
    • Should you cancel your trip less than 60 days before the earliest departure of the guide(s) the entire price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
  • (b) Cancellations by The Adventure Project:
    • TAP reserves the right to cancel your trip either prior to the earliest departure of the guide(s) or during the trip for reasons including (but not limited to)
    • (i) Prior to earliest departure of the guide(s):
      • A change in your medical condition or fitness.
      • Your failure to disclose details of your medical condition or fitness prior to departure.
      • In the event that insufficient guests are booked on a particular trip.
      • In the case of termination PRIOR to the earliest departure of the guide(s), TAP shall refund the price (MINUS the deposit) within fourteen (14) days of written notification from TAP of the cancellation. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.
    • (ii) During the trip:
      • Should you fail to comply with the directions of TAP staff or their agents;
      • Should TAP determine that you should not participate any further.
      • In the event of termination during the trip the entire price paid by you will be forfeited. Guests MUST have travel insurance that covers trip cancellation, to protect themselves from any loss.