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Ski Iran

Ski Iran Add On

Date: 5th – 14th February 2018

This trip is designed to follow on from our Ski Iraq trip 2018.
After crossing the border from Iraq to Iran you’ll make your way to the slopes of Mount Sabalan – at 4800 metres Iran’s 4th highest peak. There will be two full days of skiing on the slopes of this Sabalan. Then you’ll continue to Iran’s two premier ski resorts. Shemshek and Dizin. There will be three full days skiing on the pistes before finishing in Iran’s capital, Tehran.
However, the trip is not only about the skiing. The journey from the Iraq border to Tehran takes in some of the less visited regions of the North East of the country. Including shopping in the largest medieval covered bazaar on earth in Tabriz and visiting the mausoleum of Oljaytu in Soltaniyeh. Both UNESCO world heritage sites. You’ll also spend a day exploring Alamut castle in the valley of the Assasins and relax eating cream and honey at an Iranian spa resort.
A great way to experience many facets of ancient and modern Iran as well as some great skiing.

Start Point  : Choman (Iraq)
End Point   : Tehran
Maximum number of people: 10

Day 1 Choman – Haji Omran – Piranshahr – Tabriz
Monday 5th February 2018
You will say goodbye to our friends in Iraq and cross into Iran at the Haji Omran border.
In Iran you’ll be met by the Iranian guides and drive the 300km to Tabriz via Piranshahr. Depending on the time you arrive in Tabriz, you’ll be able to visit some highlights such as the Tabriz Bazaar and El Goli lake and mansion.
Overnight in Tabriz

Day 2 – Tabriz – Sabalan
Tuesday 6th February 2018
Drive the 250km from Tabriz to Mount Sabalan. Once at Sabalan you will make your way to the campsite near Meshkin Shahr at 2800m. The afternoon will be spent acclimistising and testing equipment and discussing options with the local ski guide.
Overnight at Durna Eco-Camp (Simple but cosy huts)

Day 3 – Sabalan (Ski)
Wednesday 7th February 2018
A day spent ski touring on the slopes of Sabalan. If the skill set of the group and weather allows we will attempt a summit attempt and full ski descent.
Overnight at Durna Eco-Camp (Simple but cosy huts)

Day 4 Sabalan – Sarein
Thursday 8th February 2018
Another full days skiing on the slopes of Sabalan.
In the afternoon drive the 100km to Sarein.
Overnight in Sarein.

Day 5 Sarein – Qazvin
Friday 9th February 2018
Sarein is famous throughout Iran for it’s hot springs and local food. You will have some time in the morning to enjoy the famous local breakfast of Sarein consisting of Kaymak (yogurt) and Honey and use the mineral spas.
Then drive the 450km to Qazvin either on the Khalkhal-Asalem road with it’s beautiful natural sceneries or on the Zanjan road to visit the monuments in Soltaniyeh – a UNESCO world heritage sight. The weather will dictate the route.
Overnight in Qazvin

Day 6 – Qazvin – Alamut – Qazvin
Saturday 10th February 2018
A full day visiting Alamut.
Alamut castle was a mountain fortress in the central Alborz Mountains under the leadership of Hasan Sabbah for the Shi’a Ismailis known to the West as “the Assassins”.
Overnight in Qazvin

Day 7 – Qazvin – Shemshek
Sunday 11th February 2018
Drive the 200km from Qazvin to Dizin.
Enjoy Skiing in Dizin and Shemshak as Iranian top ski resorts. Dizin is one of the top 40 ski resorts in the world and Shemshak is among the highest ski slopes in the world.
Afternoon skiing.
Overnight in Shemshek

Days 8 & 9 – Shemshek/Dizin
Monday 12th – Tuesday 13th February 2018
Two days skiing at Iran’s most popular resorts. Shemshek and Dizin. As well as a final chance to make some turns, it is a great place to people watch and to get to chat to Iranian people about skiing and life in Iran.
Overnight in Shemshek

Day 10 Shemshek – Tehran – End
Wednesday 14th February 2017
Drive back to Tehran. Depending on your departure time if time allows visit some monuments in Tehran.
End

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking Iranian guide for the length of the trip. An experienced Iranian ski guide wil also be on the slopes of Sabolan.

The trip includes:
All accommodation
Breakfast
All meals when at Durna Camp
All ground transport
A cultural guide for the length of the trip
Ski guide when at Sabolan

The trip does not include:
Visas
Insurance
International flights from Iran
Entrance fees
Lunch & Dinner
Drinks
Tips
Ski equipment
Lift passes at Dizin/Shemshek (US$30 per day)

Cost – US$2250
A deposit of US$400 is required to reserve your place on this trip.

If you have any questions regarding this itinerary or about Afghanistan in general, please contact us at info@untamedborders.com

Flights:
We do not directly arrange international flights from Iran. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk
Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966
If you are bringing skis then please ensure that the carrier will take skis.
If you do want to extend your trip in Iran either before or after this one please contact us for arranging something or simply for advice and suggestions.

Visas:
Visas are required in advance for ALL nationalities to enter Iran at this border. We will provide letters of invitation to enable you to apply for the visa.

Food:
We provide breakfast everyday and all meals when at Saloban. We know plenty of places in each place. From traditional kebab houses to International Restaurants at International prices. When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend.

Accommodation:
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards and costs in a city like Tabriz cannot be compared to a mountain hut. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room.
In the Durna camp guests will stay in communal spaces.

Transport:
Unless the group is very small we take 2 vehicles when driving between towns and to the ski areas. If there is a breakdown we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Your comfort, enjoyment and safety of the journey is the first priority.

Equipment:
Guests should bring their own equipment.
A full list of recommended equipment will be given nearer the time.

Guides:
You will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Iranian guide for the length of the trip. There will also be a local Iranian ski guide at Saloban.

Security:
Trips to Iran do create risks of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
As with off-piste skiing in the rest of the world, there is a small but serious avalanche risk.

Ski Iraq

Ski Iraq 2018

Dates: 28th January – 5th February 2018

In 2017 we arranged the first ever commercial ski trip to Iraq. In 2018 we will be back. For a country more associated with deserts, Iraq has some great mountainous terrain in the northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region which we will explore with a qualified international ski guide.
Using the experience the Untamed Borders team has from our previous skiing and climbing trips to Iraq, we have identified areas that offer some great ski touring terrain.
Guests should have some prior experience of ski touring and be able to make their turns in all conditions.
We will start in Erbil and head straight to the peaks around the town of Choman near the Iranian border. Here we will find the best and most reliable snow. In addition to the ski touring, we are timing the trip to conincide with the inaugaral Iraq Ski Rally – a ski touring race to be held in the border town of Haji Omran.
Iraq has some major problems at the moment but in the far north of the country security is good and it is possible to experience some of the famous Kurdish hospitality amongst the peaks. The chance to truly blaze a tourist trail is a rare opportunity.

Start Point  :Erbil
End Point   :Erbil
Maximum number of people: 10

Day 1 – Erbil
Sunday 28th January 2018
Arrive in Erbil.
Briefing. Depending on time of arrival we will be able to arrange a city tour to some of Erbil’s sights including the ancient citadel that dominates the centre of the city.
Overnight in Erbil

Day 2 – Erbil – Choman
Monday 29th January 2018
Drive from Erbil to Choman along the Hamilton Road. Built by the British it winds its way through the mountains of Kurdistan towards the Iranian border. If the snow is good enough we will stop off at the Korek mountain resort. This resort has a chair lift. The lift is mainly used for sightseers but if the snow has been heavy then it will be possible to ski on the slopes too.
We will then continue on to Choman.
Overnight in simple homestay in Choman.

Days 3 to 6 Choman and around
Tuesday 30th January – Friday 2nd February 2018
Following paths and routes explored on our 2017 trip, the group will ski the slopes of Halgurd – Iraq’s highest peak and other areas. The group will be also exploring new routes and runs. Much of the area has never been skied before.
During this period we plan to spend one night in a very simple local home high in the mountains.
Overnight in simple homestay in Choman.

Day 7 Choman – Iraq Ski Rally
Saturday 3rd February 2018
The proposed date of the Iraq Ski Rally. The trip includes entry to this event.
Overnight in a simple homestay in Choman.

Day 8 – Choman
Saturday 4th February 2018
A final day skiing in Choman.
Overnight in a simple homestay in Choman.

Day 9 Choman – Erbil – Home
Monday 5th February 2018
We will drive back to Erbil to connect with afternoon or evening flights home.

Please note that the above itinerary is an outline of what is to be achieved. The length of the time at the Korek ski resort, Choman could change due to snow conditions

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking Iraqi translator and a western qualified ski guide for the length of the trip.

The trip includes:
All accommodation
Breakfast
Lunch when skiing
All ground transport
Guiding
Entry to the Iraq Ski rally (worth US$100)

The trip does not include:
Visas
Insurance
Flights to Iraqi Kurdistan
Entrance fees
Lunch & Dinner
Drinks
Tips
Ski equipment

Cost – US$2400
A deposit of US$400 is required to reserve your place on this trip.

If you have any questions regarding this itinerary or about Afghanistan in general, please contact us at info@untamedborders.com

Flights:
We do not directly arrange international flights to Iraqi Kurdistan. We can suggest routes and operators.
You can also contact the Untamed Borders dedicated team at Flight Centre for suggested routes.
Mail: untamedborders@rtwexperts.co.uk
Phone: +44(0) 844 560 9966
If you are bringing skis then please ensure that the carrier will take skis.
If you do want to extend your trip in Iraqi Kurdistan either before or after this one please contact us for arranging something or simply for advice and suggestions.

Visas:
For most nationalities, a visa is available on arrival in Erbil airport. The visa is valid for Iraqi Kurdistan only and NOT for southern Iraq.

Food:
We provide breakfast every day and lunch when skiing. We know plenty of places in Erbil. From traditional kebab houses to International Restaurants at International prices. When there is an option, we let you make the choice of how much you want to spend.

Accommodation:
We do not and cannot offer a uniform accommodation standard on our itineraries. Even if we wanted to, the reality is that standards and costs in Erbil cannot be compared to a homestay in Choman. We consider comfort, location, design, character, security, historical interest and whether the money we spend will go into the pockets of the local community when we make our choices of where to stay.
The accommodation will be based on 2 people sharing a room in Erbil.
In Choman guests will stay in a communal room.

Transport:
Unless the group is very small we take 2 vehicles when driving between towns and to the ski areas. If there is a breakdown we will not be left stranded. When we choose our vehicles and drivers we take into consideration the road conditions, the length of journey and the competence of the man behind the wheel. Your comfort, enjoyment and safety of the journey is the first priority.

Equipment:
Guests should bring their own equipment.
A full list of recommended equipment will be given nearer the time.

Guides:
You will be accompanied by a European ski guide for the length of the trip. There will also be a local Iraqi guide to translate when not on the slopes.

Security:
Trips to Iraq do create dangers of their own and whilst we want you to have as much freedom as possible we must state that the tour leader has the final word with regards to changes in the itinerary for safety reasons. Whilst the route we have chosen passes through areas which we consider to be relatively stable things can change and we may have to alter the route or cancel sections of the trip at short notice.
In Iraq, areas away from the roads do have a risk of landmines. We have experience in the region and access to maps and information about where to ski and where to avoid.
As with off-piste skiing in the rest of the world, there is a small but serious avalanche risk.