30.11. – 09.12.2018
07.12. – 16.12.2018
Price: 2090 Euro
The Trans Siberian Railway crosses the Altai Mountains between Novokusnetzk and Abakan. The railway leads through wild and unspoiled mountain regions. Lushba, our destination, is a very small train station in the middle of nowhere. No cars, no airplanes or any other sort of transportation comes here: the only way is the train. Apart from that there are a couple of small houses, but that is pretty much it of civilization in Lushba. However, there is a lot of snow and a first class skitouring area. Winter usually starts in October in the Altai Mountains and until December you typically find around 3 meters of snow. In December 2017 we checked out the place and were absolutely amazed by the landscape, the possibilities and the great powder snow. And again in December 2018 we will be there again for 2 weeks.
How a skitouring week in Lushba will run for you
We will leave central Europe accordingly on Friday, fly towards Moscow and after 4 more flight hours reach our destination airport in Abakan. We will land in Abakan on Saturday morning. Here we board the Trans Siberian Railway and after 4 more hours on the train towards west, we arrive at the train station of Lushba. With the help of a snowmobile, we carry our luggage to our comfortable lodge.
During the next 6 days we have enough time to explore the mountains surrounding Lushba with our skis. Most of the time we will be below the tree line since there you can find the best Siberian powder. After a great morning it is time to take a small break at a sheltered spot, eat a bit and drink some hot tea. Usually in the afternoon we skin up a second time.
After a long day out in the mountains of the Altai it is great to get back into a warming hut, eat some hot soup, drink tea and coffee and relax a bit. Meanwhile, the Russian Banja is well prepared, where we can bring heat back into our bodies.
We definitely deserved to relax in the sauna next to the lodge. Afterwards we enjoy a nice dinner and relax in the comfortable lodge. On the following Saturday, we board the Trans Siberian Railway again and head back to Abakan. We spend the day in Abakan and enjoy a delicious dinner at a Steakhouse. The next morning our plane departs towards central Europe, with a last stopover in Moscow. We will probably tell our grandchildren about the experiences and memories of that unique trip.
- Experience in ski touring
- Condition for up to 1400 vertical meters per day
- Good skiing technique especially in deep snow
- Pioneering spirit
Runs and terrain
In Lushba we will only ski in open forests. Our lodge and the train station are located at only 320 meters above sea level and the highest peaks are only at around 1200 meters. But you should never forget: we are in the middle of Siberia, were the temperatures in December tend to go down to -30°C. We choose our ascents wisely, especially when we have to do first tracks. Most of the runs lead down through steep and partly open forests back towards the railway.
Material and skis
Normal ski touring equipment as well as warm and multifunctional clothing is required. In December the temperatures usually vary between -5°C and -30°C in the central Altai Mountains. Especially up on the peaks, the temperatures might drop even further. After booking this trip, we will send you a detailed packing list.
We are based in the comfortable Lushba Lodge and will be served with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The rooms are simple and we will share them with 4 people in total. Attention: no single rooms possible on this trip! There is central heating in the lodge, which guarantees a nice warm house despite the cold outside. Right next to the lodge a Russian sauna is located, a so called Banja. We are able to buy beer, wine, vodka as well as non-alcoholic drinks at the lodge. You do have telephone reception and the internet works with 2G. We also always carry a satellite telephone as a back-up.
In our package of 2090 Euro the following is included
- 7 overnights at Lushba Lodge with full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- 1 overnight in Abakan in a hotel with breakfast
- 8 days of accompaniment by a UIAGM guide from our mountain guiding team
- 6 guided ski days by a UIAGM guide from our mountain guiding team
- All transfers from/to Abakan (including railway)
- Free usage of sauna
Not included in the package is
- Airfare from home destination to Abakan via Moscow (from 450 EUR)
- Dinner in Abakan
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the trip
- Travel insurance/travel cancellation insurance
Please note the following three points after your booking:
A good or very good physical shape =>
A realistic self-assessment and an appropriate fitness level is required to join our trips. In order to enjoy long ski days you need to get in shape and train prior to the trip. A good fitness also reduces the risk of injury.
Information about the destination, vaccinations, health =>
Please keep yourself updated about the current (political) situation and country specific particularities of your destination. You can do so by checking the website of the ministry of foreign affairs of your own country.
Travel insurance =>
Please note that there is a potential risk of injury on a ski trip. When travelling abroad several travel insurances are imperative. Besides a travel cancellation insurance we highly recommend a travel health insurance as well as a travel accident insurance. These insurances need to cover potential costs for search and rescue operations and costs for hospital stays etc. It is your own responsibility to make sure you are covered accordingly.
For all of our trips that include a flight, a travel accident and travel health insurance that cover potential costs for search and rescue operations and medical costs (for example hospital stays) is mandatory. The insurance will be queried in our online registration form and we kindly ask you to fill in that information.
Appropriate insurance companies you can find in the internet.
Please also check your credit card, eventually the according insurances are included.
How to sign up for the ski touring week in Lushba
The trip is limited to 7 guests only, so we recommend to sign up early enough. Please fill in our online registration form and send it to us. Afterwards you will directly receive your personal travel documents.
Please also take notice of our general terms and conditions.