Sunday, September 9, 2018

Annapurna Ski Touring - February 2018

In February 2018, I made two trips into the Annapurna Sanctuary for ski touring. We accessed the Sanctuary by flying with Siddarth Gurung, an excellent pilot with Simrik Helicopters in Pokhara. We met Siddarth at the Pokhara airport with our skis, touring packs, and a change of clothes. He flew us into the Annapurna Base Camp lodge, about a 20 minute flight. When we landed, we had ski touring access right out our door and had 4 spectacular days of ski touring before flying in the helicopter back to Pokhara. Jen Lukacic and Anna Fridlyanskaya joined me for this adventure, and on the second trip Bryan Fox, Austin Smith, and Bob Plumb for another week.

Snowboarding fresh snow in the Annapurna Sanctuary of Nepal. February 2018 / rider: Austin Smith // photo: Luke Smithwick

Skiing powder in the Annapurna Sanctuary. skier: Luke Smithwick / photo: Bob Plumb

Ski touring in the Annapurna Sanctuary. // skier: Jenn Lukacic // photo: Luke Smithwick

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