Climb up, ski down…
Skiing at a high altitude is an entirely different sensation than climbing such high mountains. Whether Heli-Skiing or Ski-touring, skiing is getting popular in other regions of the world too.
Besides usual climbing expeditions, to go for a Ski Expedition requires much more endurance, self-reliance, and excellent skiing skills. Most high mountains are not favorable for skiing because of their vertical flanks, altitude, and impropriate snow information. But there are a couple of skiable mountains in the such as Putha Himchuli, Mera Peak, and Saribung Peak in Nepal and Muztagh Ata in China, which are not technical climbing peaks but have a perfect shape for skiing.
Among the fourteen 8000 peaks, Shishapangma is the only mountain appropriate for skiing from camp-3 to deposit camp. However, excellent skiing skills are required.
We have already operated a couple of skiing expeditions to Putha Himchuli and Shishapangma. Norbu Sherpa (Wild Yak co-founder) himself experienced skiing on the flanks of Muztagh Ata and Shishapangma.
Join our upcoming Ski Expeditions. For more detail, check our particular packages and contact us for a private Ski Expedition.
More about ski Expeditions
We believe a Ski Expedition is not only an experience of personal power or determination but the combination of a collective effort of various elementsLearn More
We believe a Ski Expedition is not only an experience of personal power or determination but the combination of a collective effort of various elements. To make such experience with confidence, prosperous, and enjoyable, we are focus on:
- Small groups of only 4-6 participants
- Highly experienced and technically skilled WILD YAK expedition guiding team, experts in their field
- Latest weather forecasts updates
- Communication means
- Powerful solar charging
- Ultra-modern, high-performance collective mountain equipment and material
- Warm and comfortable base camp with delicious fresh food
- A first –aid emergency pharmacy with medicines for the high altitude, oximeter, and oxygen
- Valuable pre-departure advises and meeting
- Mountain gear can be rent from WILD YAK for the duration of the ski Expedition
- Last but not least, Swiss quality logistics
Why we are different
We have years of experience and great expertise in conducting and organizing such expeditions thanks to the co-founder of WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS, Norbu Sherpa.Learn More
1. DISCOVER WHY/HOW WE ARE DIFFERENT
- The same philosophy between WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal
Most foreign outdoor agencies have to collaborate with a local company based in Nepal to operate their travel and adventure trips. We have seen clashes between the foreign agency and the local company due to different price deals, philosophy, and mindset in numerous cases. This is especially problematic when it comes to last moment changes in logistics, services, or in emergencies, where rapid decisions are necessary.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Switzerland and WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS Nepal stand for the same company philosophy: Small Groups, High Quality, and Personalised Services. Last but not least, the well-being of our guests is always the primary objective of both companies. We thus appreciate any decision taken during the trip in favor of our guests!
- The expertise of the founders and the WILD YAK Team
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ founders Andrea Sherpa-Zimmermann & Norbu Sherpa have climbed Mount Everest and numerous other 8000-meter peaks around the Himalayas. Besides climbing, they are active trekkers and have explored many parts of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim, Pakistan, and the Alps.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS thus reflects the perfect combination between Andrea’s Swiss quality focus and her husband Norbu’s 18 years of experience, as well as his numerous local contacts, to be part of the company’s most significant assets. Thanks to Norbu’s roots, and Andrea’s curiosity about the traditions and culture of the local populations, each journey is a unique experience in itself!
2. SMALL GROUPS
What is the experience like?
To be part of large groups can be fun, but also a big challenge not only for the tour operator but for the participants themselves. Imagine yourself in a group of more than 8 to 15 members in a challenging environment. Some days you have to struggle not only physically, but it might become a mental challenge too. There are enhanced risks of misunderstandings, which might make the dream journey turn into a nightmare.
How it should be:
We believe that a holiday has to be a holiday: no worries, no ego, no rush. Let’s live a unique experience. Dream, Explore, and Discover!
Throughout our extensive experience, organizing expeditions and treks, we found that the core of a successful trip lies in having small groups—our motto: 4 to 6 participants for better understanding, collaboration, and flexibility. You fully enjoy your holiday, and the local team feels more connected and devoted to the entire group. Real Team Spirit grows day-by-day among the participants and our WILD YAK Team.
3. GUIDANCE ON PREPARING YOUR TRIP
Instead of standard travel packages without proper advice or information, apart from general information about what is included in the package price, WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS will provide you with all the necessary information and sound advice for an optimal preparation of your stay.
For this reason, we believe that your journey begins with excellent preparation. We will cater to your needs based on our experience, providing you with regular advice and tips, including recommended training schedules. Whether by Skype or other means, Andrea and Norbu are happy to address personally all of your queries.
Besides, depending on the kind of customized trip, the group size, and your availabilities, Andrea and Norbu can set up workshops and pre-departure meetings (in Switzerland in person or remotely). We provide you with specific guidance about physical and technical training, taking into account your own experience and requirements. Once in Kathmandu, we meet for a final check of your equipment and a briefing.
4. EXPENSIVE MATERIAL FOR RENT
Every adventure in the Himalayas has hidden costs. Your dream is to climb at high altitude? The equipment necessary to do so is very particular, and the costs of acquisition can touch the sky. In reality, a significant amount of equipment is necessary for your personal gear and the cost of your journey. However, you might never again need or use some of this gear.
To minimize your Himalayan journey’s expenses, we offer such expensive equipment for rent to our guests at a very reasonable price. We offer expedition boots, down-suits, warm down jackets, and other climbing material, for example. Thanks to our expertise, we provide the renting of only high-quality equipment.
5. HIGH-QUALITY SERVICES, PRIVATE TRANSPORT, NO HIDDEN COSTS
Is the description of the Trip that you are interested in is complete? In particular, does the information about the accommodation, the local staff, and the on-site logistics correspond to the price details? Do you think that the information provided is clear enough to book your trip?
We are committed to our standards of high quality and fairness with the services we provide to you. We focus on superior services, private transportation, and of course, our skillful Guide and Sherpa Team. Last but not least, no hidden costs.
6. GIVING BACK TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
After the death of 14 climbing Sherpas at Everest in 2014, Andrea and Norbu established the non-profit humanitarian organization “The Butterfly Help Project” (“BHP”) to support the climbing Sherpa community. Besides, Norbu and Andrea experienced the epicenter of the 2015-earthquake that massively affected some of Nepal’s regions. Through their organization, they started to build new schools. They could build two schools, Shree Janajyoti Secondary School and Shree Palep Primary School in Nepal, for more than 500 children. And the Third School is under construction in the south of Nepal.
Andrea and Norbu’s social responsibility is going further through BHP; they also support the schooling of five Sherpa Kids in the Everest Region, four in the Kanchenjunga region, and 2 in Kathmandu. BHP is also helping preserve the precious Sherpa culture of Ghunsa village by appointing a cultural teacher in the School. Finally, to encourage the kids and the aforementioned schools, Andrea and Norbu Sherpa are providing benches, school equipment, clothes, stationery, and cultural equipment.
The seeds of the next project with regards to an Apple Plantation in Norbu’s region.
7. OUR WILD YAK TEAM
The WILD YAK Team members are carefully selected according to their expertise in a particular environment and individual aptitudes. Our Team is thus highly experienced, qualified, respectful, and supportive.
Ski Expedition material and personal equipment
One of the first things to do before going for a Ski Expedition is to organize your personal material and equipment.Learn More
One of the first things to do before going for a Ski Expedition is to organize your personal material and equipment. This can be exciting to collect if you are familiar with them. And it can be a little stressful if you don’t know the requirements of high altitude expedition’s materials. There will be many questions while choosing the right equipment, brand, and sizes.
So, to make it a little more comfortable for our clients, the WILD YAK Team has developed a booklet for materials with some tips, which the participants will receive by email after their booking.
Last but not least, for the sake of convenience for our guests, we have also personal climbing gear for rent for the time of the Expedition, such as down jackets and sleeping bags.
FAQ SKI EXPEDITIONSLearn More
FAQ SKI EXPEDITIONS
Wild Yak Expeditions is introducing Ski Mountaineering Mountain in Himalaya called Putha Himchuli 7246 meters. Putha Himchuli is located far west of Nepal’s Himalaya in the wild, mysterious and considered as one of the most magical region called Dolpo.
7,246 meters / 23,773 feet
5* Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu / WYE Tents
Per Person Cost
“The Father of ice mountains” the translation for the Muztagh Ata from the local Uyghur dialect, is part of the northern ridge of the Tibetan Plateau located in the Xinjian province in Western China. It is in the center of the great mountain ranges of Asia, with the Karakoram to the south, the Pamir to the west and the Kun Lun and Tien Shan to the north.
Hotels / Campsites
Per Person Cost
The Mustang Trek, also known as “Medieval age or Forbidden Kingdom trek”, in the old hidden Buddhist kingdom of Mustang (“Mun Tan” meaning literally in Tibetan “the fertile land”). The region of Mustang, officially opened to tourism in 1992, only allows a limited numbers of trekkers each year in order to protect and conserve the local traditions and its fragile environment. Mustang lies to the northwest of the Annapurna range and extends on to the Tibetan Plateau. Its mountain range forms a frontier basin to Tibet.
6,050 meters / 19,850 feets
Tibet International / Yak & Yeti / Glacier Hotel, Lodges in the Trek
Per Person Cost