Looking for the ultimate thrill? Untamed Borders is offering exhilarating backcountry ski tours to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2024.
You might have noticed, there has been a boom in people taking up backcountry skiing, which is now rippling through to the adventure travel industry. Adventurous tourists are increasingly seeking wilder, more obscure and more remote locations to ski, including the likes of Afghanistan and Iraq.
Travel company Untamed Borders – which has itineraries in many obscure destinations, including Tajikistan, Iran, Western China, Pakistan and Lebanon – has run ski trips to Afghanistan since 2011 and Iraq since 2017, and is now seeing demand from intrepid snow bunnies for more backcountry ski routes.
Now the company has new itineraries in the works and will return to Afghanistan (where it was the first to lead groups after the Taliban take over) for a group ski trip in February 2024, where guests will have a chance to explore fresh routes in the country’s Bamian Province, while also take part in the annual Afghan Peaks Ski Race.
You’ll start in Pakistan and end up in Kabul and be guided through the Koh e Baba mountain range by qualified international ski guides as well as local Afghan experts. You’ll also visit the remains of the world’s largest standing Buddha statues that overlook the town and the ancient cities of Shah e Zohak and Shah e Golghola.
The company is also organising a group ski trip to Iraq in February 2024, where guests will head to Choman, near the Iranian border – with the trip coinciding with the Choman Winter Festival, stopped by Saddam, and the Iraq Ski Rally.
You’ll depart from Erbil and explore the northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region with a qualified international ski guide, capitalising on the company’s extensive experience in country.
Now how’s that for a holiday?
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