July 2017

Lenin Peak 7134m (Kyrgyzstan)

Lenin Peak in Kyrgyzstan at 7134 is considered to be one of the easiest 7000 meter summits of the planet. Not only that, but it’s also among the most accessible big mountains in the world with arguably the most pleasant Base Camp.

For more than 50 year history, skiers from different countries made big number of runs down the Lenin Peak slopes that still attract backcountry enthusiasts. One of singularities of this area is the variety of routs and tracks for climbing and skiing. With the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and ice-axes required on the icy upper slopes.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 19 days.
Dates 2017: july: 05/23.
Minimum level required:
level 5 in ski ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 6 persons
Cost: Euro 4400 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and an Russian Guide who has summited Lenin a dozen times, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees except in Moscow, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Bishekek/Osh, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, medicines and medical service in Osh hospital, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Osh Airport.
Local Airport: Osh Airport, Kyrgyzstan.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Russia and Kyrgyzstan. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Russian and Kyrgyzstan visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mont Blanc Mountain Guide. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Osh (Kyrgyzstan) via Moscow. Transfer in hotel.

Day 1

Drive from Osh to the «Edelweiss Glade» Base Camp (3600 m). This is a long and dusty drive taking around 8-10 hours.

Day 2

Get acquainted with the area. Prepare yourself for ascent. You may want to wander up to the ridge above the camp to 4000 meters. It’s a nice walk, giving you a really good view of all the basecamps in the huge, wide valley. It’s a real pleasure to be able to camp on grass!

Day 3

Ascend to Camp 1 (4400 m).The ascend to the Puteshestvennikov Pass (4200 m) on a well-trodden track usually takes 1,5 to 2,5 hours – depending on physical conditions of participants. Camp 1 is generally set up on the side of the glacier. Here, snowstorms are common and it’s not as pleasant as the camp at 3600 m. But you still get big dining tents and good food.

Day 4

Ascend to Camp 2 (5300 m).

Day 5

Ascend to Camp 3 (6100 m).

Day 6

Descend to Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 7

Descend to the Base camp (3600 m).

Day 8

Rest-day. Hang out at BC.

Day 9

Rest-day. Hang out at BC.

Day 10

Ascend to Camp 1 (4400 m). Along the well-known path get to the Camp and meet with locals, visit their yurt.

Day 11

Ascend to Camp 2 (5300 m). This part is steep, up to 40 deg. but has fixed ropes installed to help you.

Day 12

Ascend to Camp 3 (6100 m). Here you get a chance to scale Razdelnaya, a 6210 meter summit just above the camp. Hey, why not collect a 6000er for just a half
an hour of extra effort!

Day 13

Ascend to the top of the Lenin Peak (7134 m) and descend to Camp 3 (6100 m): Early start at 5-6 AM. From “peremychka” keep on the steep 300m-long stretch that then flattens out into so called “Nosh” (“knife”- a steep narrow firn ridge) – a tricky and dangerous section.

Day 14

Descend to Camp 1 (4400 m).

Day 15

Descend to the Base camp (3600 m).

Day 16

Reserve day in case of bad weather.

Day 17

Drive from Base Camp “Lenin Peak” to Osh.

Departure

Fly from Osh to home via Moscow.

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Muztag Ata 7546m (China)

A popular 7,000m peak in the Chinese Pamir and excellent preparation for an 8,000er. The huge dome of Muztag Ata offers experienced ski mountaineer a chance to climb an exceptionally high mountain by a very straightforward route.

Overlooking China’s vast Takla Makan Desert, it is a popular objective with teams from continental Europe and is an ideal stepping stone on the way to attempting an 8,000m peak. With the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and ice-axes required on the icy upper slopes.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 29 days.
Dates 2017: 16 july – 14 august.
Minimum level required:
level 6 in ski ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 6 – 12 persons
Cost: Euro 6770 per person.
the cost include: services of an Europea Mountain Guide and sherpa mountaineer, local transport as per program, lodging and tent fees except in Moscow, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Bishekek/Kashgar, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches and evening meals in the town, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation), insurance, ICE fees (rescue team working, helicopter flights, drawing of supporting documents, repatriation), telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Bishkek Airport.
Local Airport: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Kyrgyzstan and China. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Kyrgyzstan and China visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mountain Guides Expedition. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive Bishkek, drive to Tash Rabat. We are met at the airport by a private bus which leaves immediately for the long drive East towards the Chinese border. After passing the city of Naryn the road starts climbing into the foothills of the At Bashy Range. Leaving the main road in the late afternoon we make a short detour to reach the historic caravanserai at Tash Rabat (c3,000m). Here we spend the night in a comfortable yurt encampment.

Day 1

Drive to Kashgar. The bus sets off early in the morning for the 100km climb to Chinese frontier. The road crosses two mountain passes, giving views over the Fergana Range before reaching the top of the 3,752m Torugart Pass. This journey has been called ‘the most exiting route into Central Asia’. At the top of the pass we say goodbye to our Kyrgyz guide and transfer to a Chinese bus for the descent into the Chinese province of Xinjiang. The landscape changes from dry dusty hillsides to irrigated, tree lined farmland on the 160km drive to Kashgar.

Day 2

Rest day in Kashgar. After two days on the road we have a full day to rest and look around this fascinating oasis city located on the historic silk route. Modern Kashgar is actually two cities which coexist in a sometimes surreal juxtaposition of the ancient and modern. The population is split into two very different communities: Uyghur Muslims and Han Chinese. During a full day of sightseeing we will visit the Id kah Mosque, the Akbar Hoja tomb, the old town and bazaar, the famous ‘Sunday’ market, and the sights of modern Chinese Kashgar including the huge statue of Mao towering above People’s park.

Day 3

Drive to Lake Karakol. Leaving Kashgar the road continues over a large fertile plane before climbing a steep and narrow river gorge into more mountainous terrain. The road passes Mt Kongur and we get our first sight of the great bulk of Muztag Ata. Ahead lie the massive ice-capped ridges of the peak, suspended above deep glacier-filled gorges that are typical of this side of the mountain. We should also be able to pick out our route to the summit. We spend the night in either “yurts” or tents on the shore of the turquoise waters of Lake Karakol (3,600m). This is a magic spot – Muztag Ata to the right, the great wall of Kongur ahead, across the lake, and passing horsemen and wandering camels close at hand.

Day 4

Trek to base camp. A short drive takes us to Subashi (3,850m) where we meet our camels and start the walk to base camp. With the camels carrying the team’s equipment, we trek over a level plane and then climb steadily through barren hills to base camp, a 3-4 hour walk. Drifts of alpine flowers clothe the slopes as base camp is approached and screeching marmots call a welcome!

Day 5

Preparations at base camp. Base Camp is at an altitude of 4,450m so time is needed for adaptation to the altitude. This grassy site is tucked in between a moraine and the foot of the steeper slopes of the mountain – a great place to relax now, and recover later! This is the time to enjoy some excellent fresh food from the flaming woks of the base camp staff! All equipment and food receives final checks and the group prepares loads for carrying up the mountain.

Day 6 – 23

Ascent of Muztag Ata. We have up to 18 days to climb Muztag Ata. During this time team members will be expected to make 3-4 trips to Camp 1, 2-3 trips to Camp 2 plus 1-2 trips to Camp 3 and a summit bid. Clients will need to be sufficiently fit and determined to put in this amount of work if they want to have a good chance of summit success.

Day 24

Base camp to Kashgar. After a short walk down to the road we say goodbye to our camels and load all our equipment onto a bus for the journey back to Kashgar. After pausing for a final look at the mountain, and a few last photographs, we set off on the drive back to Kashgar and a welcome hot shower in our hotel.

Day 25

Drive to Tash Rabat. Return journey over the Torugart Pass.

Day 26

Drive Tash Rabat to Bishkek.

Day 27

At leisure in Bishkek.

Departure

Fly from Bishkek to home.

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September 2017

Patagonia Ski Mountaineering (Argentina)

Northern Patagonia has a lot to offer backcountry skiers who want to go out for a few days, and our mountain guides know the extra special spots! Skin up, enjoy the great views of the Andes Mountains, and ski down leaving fresh tracks.

Alpine ski touring the Huts of Bariloche, Argentina with a mountain guide is the ultimate trip combining Refugio Frey, Jakob, Laguna Negra, and Lopez. You get to backcountry ski a lot of remote Patagonia with the comfort of having the mountain huts to stay in. This ski traverse has some serious exposure, and conditions have to be right to do it.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain hut allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- This course has less structured training than the Intro Ski Mountaineering Course and is aimed at folk already competent in the basic ski mountaineering skills. Whilst these skills will be revised during ongoing training throughout the course, the emphasis will be on getting some big journeys and great skiing done.
- Have an enjoyable and sociable week meeting up with other like minded ski mountaineers who you may end up skiing with again in the future.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 15 days.
Dates 2017: september: 02/16.
Minimum level required:
level 4 in ski ability levels - fitness level 3.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 2900 per person.

the cost include: services of Mountain Guides (one European Mountain Guide, one Argentinian Mountain Guide), all transport in Argentina as per program, lodging and hut fees, full board in ski mountaineering except lunches and evening meals in the city, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel and Hut accomodation for the tour – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), Holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Bariloche Airport.
Local Airport: Bariloche, Argentina.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Bariloche via Buenos Aires or Santiago del Chile, just to the north of the Patagonia. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

Ski day at the resort. Skiing hidden places of Cerro Catedral Ski resort. Having a nice short hike to the ridges, enjoying the view of the Andes, Cerro Tronador and the nearby lakes. In the afternoon, we’ll drive you to the hotel again and pack our gear to go for ski touring on next day.

Day 2

Daily ski trip to Cerro Bayo. Drive to Villa La Angostura 80 km. We need ski pass to access to good ski terrains. Excellent touring skiing terrain with options for beginners and experts. We have the option of going to ski to Chall Huaco as well, but we strongly recommend Cerro Bayo or Cerro Lopez.

Day 3

Ski mountaineering to Frey mountain hut. We will take the ski lift to the ridge of Cerro Catedral where we start our hike to Frey mountain hut. We ski down to the Van Titter valley and then ski up with our ski touring gear, getting to the Frey hut. We can do one more run if your conditions/fitness is good. We spend the night at the hut

Day 4

Ski mountaineering around Frey mountain hut. Ski touring across the nearby valleys of Frey area Andes, picking the route according to the level of participants- Open bowls, chutes, tour in between valleys of nearby peaks Night in Frey hut

Day 5

Ski mountaineering to Jakob mountain hut. (6- 7 hours ski mountaineering in one day). We will go over Cerro Catedral ridge. 700 mts downhill skiing and then some valley crossing skinning up gradually to the top of Brecha Negra. Night at Jakob mountain hut.

Day 6

Ski Cuernos del Diablo. According to weather and snow conditions, we will ski Cuernos del Diablo (Devil´s Horn), which is the highlight of the area. Perfect mountain to ski. If conditions do not help we ski Cerro Cella or other nearby moutains. Jakob offer chutes and mellow terrain. Night in the Jakob mountain hut.

Day 7

Leisure day- Weather day. Will be taken in the best day to do it according to weather- fitness of participants

Day 8

Los Tempanos lagoon – Bariloche. Visit Los Tempanos lagoon from Jakob mountain hut. Then hike down to Casa de Piedra valley and after 4 Hs, we will arrive to the place where our transportation is waiting for us. Drive to the hotel.

Day 10

Bariloche rest day. We will take a rest day to relax and restore our energy luxuriating in Bariloche beautiful natural hot springs. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 11

Bariloche to Otto Mieiling Hut. The local Mountain Guide drive 80km to Pampa Linda, a little settlement in the middle of the Nahuel Huapi National Park. Pampa Linda lies in the wide valley at the foot of Mount Tronador. We walk through a forest of coihue trees, Nortofagus, and bamboo on a nice hiking trail. The last stretch to the mountain hut Refugio Otto Meiling is above tree line with excellent views of the Patagonian Lakes District and surrounding Andes Mountains. If we have ski gear, we can skin up from here, or later in the season we hike on a well-compacted scree and rock trail to Otto Mieiling Hut. Night in the Otto Mieiling Hut

Day 12

Cerro Tronador 3554m. Early attempt to the Pico Argentino summit (approx 6 hours). This route will take you through glaciers to an area called “the depression”. After reaching the summit of Pico Argentino, way back down to Otto Meiling Refuge. Night in the Otto Mieiling Hut

Day 13

Otto Mieiling Hut – To Bariloche. Descend to Pampa Linda and return to Bariloche.

Departure

Bariloche – Home. We transfer to the Bariloche Airport for the return flight to home via Buenos Aires or Santiago del Cile.

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September – october 2017

Volcano Ski Mountaineering(Chile)

Imagine a rolling landscape of forest and farmland with tumbling rivers and jewel-bright lakes, on the horizon a string of snowcapped volcanoes rising high above the surrounding countryside.

Imagine skinning up at the base of one of those volcanoes, touring through native forest, ascending the mountain’s snowy flank and reaching its majestic dome, the imposing summits of a handful of other magnificent volcanoes on the skyline.

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Additional information

– Spend more nights in a mountain hut allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- This course has less structured training than the Intro Ski Mountaineering Course and is aimed at folk already competent in the basic ski mountaineering skills. Whilst these skills will be revised during ongoing training throughout the course, the emphasis will be on getting some big journeys and great skiing done.
- Have an enjoyable and sociable week meeting up with other like minded ski mountaineers who you may end up skiing with again in the future.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 14 days.
Dates 2017: 16 september – 01 october.

Minimum level required:
level 4 in ski ability levels - fitness level 3.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3500 per person.

the cost include: services of Mountain Guides (one European Mountain Guide, one Chilean Mountain Guide), all transport in Chile as per program, lodging and hut fees, half board except lunches and evening meals in the city, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel and Hut accomodation for the tour – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights Airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), Holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Santiago del Cile Airport.
Local Airport: Santiago del Chile, Chile.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Important Info
Given that many of Chile’s volcanoes are catalogued as active, and some have erupted in recent years, We maintains options for ascents of alternative volcanoes and mountains should conditions prevent access to a volcano included in this tour.

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The Program
Day 1

Santiago – Colorado. A local Mountain Guide will meet we at Santiago’s airport (please make sure that your flight arrives before 11:00 am). Following an optional stop at Ski Rental and Ski Shop for equipment supply we transfer you to the picturesque mountain village of Farellones, a trip of approximately an hour. After checking into the Powder Lodge we head out onto the slopes to review touring techniques and make final adjustments to our equipment. In the evening guides and clients go over plans for the tour. Overnight at the Powder Lodge in Farellones.
Max Altitude: 13,123 feet (4,000m) – Min Alt: 7,972 feet (2,430m) – Vertical Drop: 5,150 feet (1,570m) / Skin up: 2½ hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Day 2

Farellones – La Parva / Valle Nevado / Cerro Pintor. We ski tour the Cerro Pintor 13,713 feet (4,180m) near Valle Nevado and La Parva, get acclimatized to the elevation, and accustomed to our randonée equipment and to the Andean terrain and conditions. After skiing all day, we return to the lodge and soak in the hot tub. Overnight at the Powder Lodge in Farellones.
Max Altitude: 13,713 feet (4,180m) – Min Alt: 7,972 feet (2,430m) –Vertical Drop: 5,741 feet (1,750m) / Skin up: 2½ hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Day 3

Santiago – Vineyard – Termas de Chillán. Today we head south to our destination at the Termas de Chillán. We’ll travel through Chile’s wide, fertile Central Valley, planted with orchards and vineyards, a spectacular backdrop provided by the snowy peaks of the Andes mountain range to the east. We’ll break our journey with a visit to the famous Colchagua Valley, voted the world’s best wine region of 2005, with its neat vineyards, picturesque colonial architecture, and impressive mountain vistas. Continuing on to Chillán/Valle Las Trancas, we’ll reach our hotel and settle in.

Day 4

Ski Touring Chillán Volcano. We’ll use the Termas de Chillán ski lifts to reach the ski area’s highest point at 7,874 feet (2,400m). Here we set out for the summit of Volcán Chillán, a spectacular excursion with views of the steaming fumaroles, the high peaks of the Andes visible on the skyline. Following a full day of ski touring we return to our Hotel.
Max Altitude: 10,242 feet (3,122m) – Min Alt: 5,577 feet (1,700m) – Vertical Drop: 4,465 feet (1,422m) / Skin up: 1 ½ hours – Ski down: 45 min

Day 5

Ski Touring to Nevados de Chillán. We will use the Termas de Chillán ski lift to reach the ski area’s highest point at 7,874 feet (2,400m). Here we begin our ascent of the beautiful glaciated peak Nevados de Chillán. We descend through the lovely Shangri La Valley with over 6 miles (10 km) of skiing and breathtaking views, finishing at Las Trancas valley. Overnight in our Hotel.
Max Altitude: 10,452 feet (3,186m) – Min Alt: 5,577 feet (1,700m) – Vertical Drop: 4,875 feet (1,486m) / Skin up: 3 hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Day 6

Termas de Chillán – Manzanares. We drive 6 hours south towards Curacautín in the Araucanía region. On the way we stop to visit and photograph the majestic “Salto del Laja” waterfall. We settle into the Manzanar Hot Springs Hotel and then visit two more beautiful nearby waterfalls, “Salto del Indio” and “Salto de la Princesa”. Returning to the Manzanar resort, we will relax in the hot springs.

Day 7

Ski Touring Lonquimay Volcano. We travel to the base of the Corralco ski area, located on the Lonquimay Volcano, the name meaning ‘dense forest’ in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people. We will make an ascent of this beautiful and accessible peak and from the top admire panoramic views of the region’s other stunning volcanoes. We return to the Manzanar Hot Springs Hotel.
Max Altitude: 9,009 feet (2,746m) – Min Alt: 4,790 feet (1,460m) – Vertical Drop: 4,219 feet (1,286m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 2 hours

Day 8

Ski Touring Tolhuaca Volcano. The Tolhuaca Volcano, so called because of its cow head shape, is located in the Tolhuaca National Park, a pristine wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty. We will ski tour the Tolhuaca volcano with breath-taking views over the beautiful Malleco Lagoon, an important waterfowl refuge. At the end of the day we return to the Manzanar Hot Springs Hotel.
Max Altitude: 9,206 feet (2,806m) / Skin up: 4 hours- Ski down: 2 hours

Day 9

Ski Touring Llaima Volcano – Pucón. We will make an early transfer to Las Araucarias Ski Resort at the base of the Llaima Volcano. Considered one of the three most active volcanoes in South America, Llaima—which means ‘come back to life’ in the Mapudungun language of the Mapuche people—has had more than forty eruptions over the past 150 years, most recently in 1994. We will ascend and then ski down this impressive volcano with its vast crater, twin peaks with spectacular smoking fumaroles, and araucaria forests. At the end of the day we transfer to the Hotel Mallahue in Pucón.
Max Altitude: 10,252 feet (3,125m) – Min Alt: 5,085 feet (1,550m) – Vertical Drop: 5,167 feet (1,575m) / Skin up: 4-5 hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Day 10

Hotsprings. We will take a rest day to relax and restore our energy luxuriating in Pucón’s beautiful natural hot springs. Overnight at the Hotel Mallahue.

Day 11

Ski Touring Villarrica Volcano. We start from Volcano Villlarica National Park, famous for its picture-book smoking volcano, considered the most active in South America, with its tumbling rivers, volcanic caves, and emerald-coloured lagoons. On our 5-hour ski tour, you will enjoy unforgettable views of this outstanding wilderness area. At the end of the day we will dine at one of Pucón’s celebrated restaurants and stay overnight at the Hotel Mallahue.
Max Altitude: 9,340 feet (2,847m) – Min Alt: 4,625 feet (1,410m) – Vertical Drop: 4,625 feet (1,437m) / Skin up: 4 hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Day 12

Transfer to Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve. We visit this private wilderness conservation area and ecotourism project created in 1999 to protect 231 square miles (600 km2) of native forest, home to the elusive pudu, the world’s smallest deer. We visit the scenic Salto Huilo Huilo and Salto el Puma waterfalls and settle into the Montaña Magica Hotel.

Day 13

Ski Touring Mocho Volcano. We ski this beautiful volcano located in the Mocho-Choshuenco reserve, which covers more than 29,000 square miles (7,537 hectares) of wilderness. Its twin cones tower above native forest intersected with rivers and dotted with Andean lakes. We return to the Montaña Magica Hotel for the night.
Max Altitude: 7,946 feet (2,422m) – Min Alt: 2,296 feet (700m) – Vertical Drop: 5,649 feet (1,722m) / Skin up: 3.5 hours – Ski down: 1 hour

Departure

Temuco – Home. We transfer to the Temuco Airport for the return flight to home via Santiago del Cile

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March 2018

Canada Ski Mountaineering – Wapta Traverse

10 days off-piste skiing and ski touring in the rocky mountain to the discovery of a world ski paradise

Lake Louise, the famous Back Bowls of this world renowned ski resort continue beyond the boundary lines to offer great skiing in Purple Bowl, Redoubt Bowl, Hidden Bowl and The Tylenols, to name a few. Wapta Traverse, Canada’s classic “Haute Route”. This hut to hut traverse crosses the expansive Wapta Icefields of the Canadian Rockies past majestic peaks with a remote feel although the next comfortable hut is never far away.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain hut allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- This course has less structured training than the Intro Ski Mountaineering Course and is aimed at folk already competent in the basic ski mountaineering skills. Whilst these skills will be revised during ongoing training throughout the course, the emphasis will be on getting some big journeys and great skiing done.
- Provide an excellent spring board, at the start of the classic hut to hut touring season, for other challenging ski mountaineering trips in the spring.
- Have an enjoyable and sociable week meeting up with other like minded ski mountaineers who you may end up skiing with again in the future.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 12 days
Dates 2018: march: 14/25
Minimum level required:
level 4 in ski ability levels - fitness level 2.
Groups: 4 – 6 persons
Cost: Euro 3700 per person.
the cost include: services of Mountain Guides (one European Mountain Guide, one Canadian Mountain Guide), all transport in Canada as per program, lodging and hut fees, half board except lunches and evening meals in the city, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel and Hut accomodation for the tour – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, Airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), Holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Calgary Airport.
Local Airport: Calgary, Canada.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Calgary. You will be met at the airport and transferred in Hotel to Canmore a one hour drive from Calgary.

Day 1 – 5

Depart the hotel at 7.30 am for the 1-hour journey by private Landcruiser 4x4s along roads to the lake Louise ski resort. Lake Louise Resort is famous for its “Back Bowls” with steep skiing in deep powder but those back bowls keep going, ridge after ridge into the terrain that surrounds the resort, providing a whole lot of untracked goodness to be enjoyed. For the adventurous powder hound willing to earn their turns the rewards are plentiful. Stay five night in the village.

Day 6

Hwy 93 to Peyto Hut. The route starts from Peyto Lake with a good view of the long ski tour across Peyto Lake and then the gradual climb into the alpine. after the valley ascent at Peyto Glacier and from here to Peyto Hut which is outcropping below Mt. Thompson. Overnight at the hut. Duration: 5-6 hours.

Day 7

Peyto Hut to Bow Hut. From Peyto Hut the route ascends southwest onto the Wapta Icefield. Maintain your elevation and don’t get pulled to the west and descending onto the Bow Glacier to Bow Hut. Overnight at the hut. Duration: 3-4 hours.

Day 8

Bow Hut to Balfour Hut. The traditional route to the west of St. Nicholas Peak requires a steep 1000′ climb up the Wapta Glacier directly west of the Bow hut. Ascend the St. Nicholas Peak-Olive col and then it is a gentle ski down the Vulture Glacier to the Balfour Hut. Overnight at the hut. Duration: 4-5 hours.

Day 9

Balfour Hut to Scott Duncan Hut. The route to ascend the Waputik Glacier by heading west around a cliff band and gaining a wide bench and heading directly towards the Balfour High Col. From here ski down the Wapituk Glacier to Scott Duncan Hut. Overnight in the hut. Duration: 5-7 hours.

Day 10

Scott Duncan Hut to Hwy 1. From the Scott Duncan Hut via Sherbrooke Lake and the Scheisser/Lomas route finish the traverse at west Louise Lodge on Highway 1 a few Kilometers away. Duration: 5-6 hours. Transfer in Hotel a Canmore

Day 11

Breakfast in the hotel. Return to the Calgary airport for the flight home.

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March – April 2018

Bolivia 6000m

This new itinerary visits a country we know well to explore some of the highest mountains on skis. We aim to keep the itinerary fairly flexible to make the best use of snow conditions for ski-mountaineering, but plan to ski at least two 6000m peak after an initial phase of skiing several 5000m peaks.

In April snow conditions are usually excellent and the surroundings are majestic and virtually undeveloped. We start with some superb day touring in the area above La Paz near at Huayna Potosi before attempting the 6000m ascent which, with the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and ice-axes required on the icy upper slopes.

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Additional information

– Spend more nights in a mountain tent allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: eight days in the Mountain
Dates 2018: 25 march – 08 april.
Minimum level required:
level 5 in ski ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 persons
Cost: Euro 3500 per person.
the cost include: services of an European Mountain Guide and an Bolivian Mountain Guide, local transport as per program, lodging and tents fees, full board in the mountain except lunches and evening meals in town, local porters and mules, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: La Paz Airport.
Local Airport: El Alto Airport, La Paz Bolivia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in La Paz Airport. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local Hotel.

Day 1

Acclimatisation day in the city. La Paz is situated a 4000m. Night in Hotel

Day 2

Chacaltaya 5395 mt o Charquini 5392. Acclimatisation ascent. From La Paz transfer above of the city for realise teh first summit by ski mountaineering. 2 – 3 hours ascent with skis. Return in La Paz. Night in Hotel

Day 3

La Paz – Sajama Village. Travel by road into Sajama village. Night in Lodge.

Day 4 – 7

Starts program for 6000m ascent one or more peak. (Parinacota 6340m, Pomerape 6280m, Acotango 6050m) around the spectacular West Cordillera. Duration per summit 2 days with 9 – 10 hours ascent to the top with skis. Different night in the tents

Day 8

Sajama Village – La Paz. Return by road into La Paz. Night in Hotel

Day 9

La Paz rest day. Visit The city, relaxing days. Night in Hotel

Day 10

La Paz – Huayna Potosi Hut. Travel by road into Plataforma de Zongo 4800m and from here walk up to the hut. 2 – 3 hours ascent walk. Overnight in the hut.

Day 11

Huayna Potosi Summit. From the hut, with ski, follow up the glacier to the last part of the summits. From here to the top with crampons, ice axe and rope. Duration 9 – 10 hours. Return into the hut and after to La Paz. Night in Hotel

Day 12

La Paz . Last day in the city, packing the bags. Night in Hotel

Departure

Transfer to Airport for the flight home .

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May 2018

Elbrus 5642m

This is a 10-day ski expedition into the heart of the mighty Caucasus Range. Nestled between the Caspian and the Black Sea, it’s a seriously wild place! The trip combines some excellent ski-touring with the possibility of an ascent of the highest summit in Europe – Elbrus (5642m).

In April and May snow conditions are usually excellent and the surroundings are majestic and virtually undeveloped. We start with some superb day touring in the Adyr-Su and Baksan valley before attempting the Elbrus ascent which, with the right weather conditions, is relatively straightforward with crampons and ice-axes required on the icy upper slopes.

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Additional information

- Spend more nights in a mountain hut allowing a good journey to be made and early start to complete a long tour.
- Some sections of the ascent may require using crampons, the use of an ice axe and being roped up. Skiing includes many sustained 40 degree slopes.
- Emergency rescue facilities in the mountains are very limited and you need to be able to deal with demanding conditions and basic facilities.
Duration: 10 days.
Dates 2018: 28 april – 06 may.
Minimum level required:
level 5 in ski ability levels - fitness level 4.
Groups: 4 – 6 persons
Cost: Euro 2300 per person.
the cost include: services of two Mountain Guide (one guide is local), local transport as per program, lodging and hut fees except in Moscow, half board except lunches and evening meals in Moscow/Min Vody, group equipment, first aid kit for both the guide and yourself. The guide will book all Hotel as per program – you pay for these direct as we we go along.
The cost not include: Personal equipment, lunches, snacks and drinks, International flights, airport tax and entry visa (where necessary), holiday Insurance (must include cancellation), Medivac (Medical & Emergency Evacuation) Insurance, telephone, any extra days waiting for weather and anything not specified.
Trip meeting point: Mineralnye Vody Airport.
Local Airport: Mineralnye Vody Airport, Russia.

Altitude and Acclimatisation program
For information, read Altitude and Acclimatisation Program.

Insurance
For this trip you must have medical evacuation insurance. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation and travel insurance. Travel insurance must provide coverage for trip cancellation and interruption, travel delays, loss of baggage and travel documents, baggage delay. Click on “Mountain Insurance” for more details.

Payment, Cancellation and Refund
To register for this trip please contact us. Please insure your expedition against cancellation for medical and/or personal reasons.

Visa
A visa is required for entry into Russia. This should be obtained in the your state prior to departure. PLEASE NOTE: obtaining a Russian visa is a long tedious process and needs to be done well in advance – we suggest at least 6 weeks and attention to detail when completing the on line form is essential to avoid any unnecessary delays. Invitations and vouchers will be supplied by Mont Blanc Mountain Guide. If your budget allows, using a specialist visa company can make the process more tolerable.

Travel in the Caucasus (IMPORTANT INFO)
For several years the most governments has recommended against all but essential travel to the North Caucasus area of the Russian Federation (valid as at August 2013). This is due primarily to its proximity to areas such as Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya that have seen terrorist activity in the past. If you are planning a trip to this region we strongly recommend you seek advice before travelling.

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The Program
Arrival

Arrive in Mineralnye Vody via Moscow, just to the north of the Caucasus range. The group will be met at the airport and taken to a local hotel.

Day 1

From Mineralnye Vody it is a 3-4 hour journey (180kms) by road to the Ullu Tau Lodge in the Adyr-Su Valley. This will be your base for the next 5 days. We start the trip with a first ski tour in the afternoon. Night in Hotel

Day 2 – 4

Early starts for day tours around this spectacular area returning each night to the refuge. The main Baksan valley has many smaller valleys leading off it and there is good access to some beautiful peaks. The twin peaks of Elbrus dominates the range and is visible for much of the time. Most days are 6-7 hours with ascents of Tchotchat Peak (3870m), Koiavgan Pass (3500m), Mestia (4100m) and Gumatchi Peak (3810m) planned. These tours provide excellent acclimatisation for the Elbrus ascent later in the programme. Average daily height gain is between 750 and 1800m. Different night in Hotel

Day 5

Rest day. Travel by road into the Baksan valley and to the Nakra Hotel. If you are feeling energetic, you may wish to ascend Cheget Karabashi 3400m or ski using the Cheget chairlift system. Night in Hotel

Day 6

Ascend to the Garabashi Huts (3800m). Overnight in the ‘barrels’, (large Nissan huts).

Day 7

Acclimatisation ascent up (950m) to the Pastukhov rocks (4750m) where there are spectacular views including Ushba, the ‘Matterhorn of the Caucasus’. Return to the “Barrels” overnight. Overnight in the “barrels”

Day 8

Summit day: an early 4am start for the 8-10 hour ascent of Elbrus (5642m). This is a long ascent up vast, windswept ice fields. Return to Cheget to celebrate the ascent. Night in Hotel

Day 9

Travel to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow. Evening flight to home.

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