Ski and Snowboard North Korea – 7 Nights

7 Nights  –  from €1580

This is your chance to be one of the first to ski the fresh-power slopes of the DPRK! See all of the grand monuments of Pyongyang, the DMZ, and the Masik Pass Ski Resort, in one adventure-packed tour! Looking for a shorter itinerary? We also offer a 5-night Ski adventure to the DPRK.

For the Day of the Shining Star special (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday), the itinerary will alter in favor of witnessing a mass dance (and joining in!) amongst other festivities. before heading to the ski slopes.

  • Masik Pass highest elevation: 1360 m (4461 ft) above sea level
  • There are 10 runs for all levels, but no off-piste skiing
  • GONDOLA INSTALLED – now takes 10 mins to the peak
  • More information on the resort HERE
  • If you are bringing your own skis, it will cost 20RMB per additional kg to check them on Air Koryo for the Beijing – Pyongyang route, and 4 Euros per additional kg for the Pyongyang – Beijing route
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Pay a deposit of 500.00 per item

DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

At 10am, meet us at Terminal 2, Air Koryo counter E, of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in (flight times to be confirmed but usually Air Koryo flights depart at 1pm). We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time.

We will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites. Our Korean tour guides will be meet us at the airport with a warm welcome. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery with its striking monument of a bayonet before we stop at the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch. From the top, we will get our first panorama view of Pyongyang city! Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and laying flowers here. Afterwards, check into the Koryo Hotel, a deluxe accommodation in the heart of Pyongyang popular with local residents, foreign diplomats, delegations, NGOs. We will enjoy a welcome dinner with our guides before making a visit to the bar brewery next door to taste locally brewed draft beers and get to know the group!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: L, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

We will start the morning off with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state inside glass sarcophagi (closed in May and June; formal dress required). Afterwards, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during important holiday events. Take a stroll through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. We will then visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.

After lunch, we’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city! We will also have a photo stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, recognizable by the communist hammer and sickle but with an added North Korean twist!  We will then head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world also filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history. We will then take a look into the DPRK’s push towards technological advancement at the newly developed atom-shaped Sci-Tech Complex. Test your skills at the Meari Shooting Range before we have dinner at a local restaurant. Finish the evening with a casual walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention.

For our February tours, today will be the Day of the Shining Star (Kim Jong-Il’s birthday) and we’ll celebrate by joining locals in mass dances, watching fireworks in the square and may even have the chance to see a military parade!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 3 – KAESONG/DMZ

Take a morning drive through the countryside to the historic city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum, a UNESCO site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of postcards in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. On return to Pyongyang we will visit the Victorious Fatherland War Museum, where we will get a guided tour of the war remnants, exhibits, and dioramas and learn about the Korean war, from the North Korean perspective! We will also visit and board the ‘American Spy Ship’ USS Pueblo docked beside the museum. We will then have dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favorite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – PYONGYANG TO MASIK PASS

Today, we embark on a scenic winter drive through countryside North Korea to reach Masikryong Ski Resort! You’ll be among the first to taste the fresh powder here, it’s one of North Korea’s most famous new attractions and was built in just 10 months as a drive to increase tourism to the country. Our home here will be the cozy Masikyrong Hotel at the base of the slopes, one of the most luxurious hotels in the country!

Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MASIK PASS

Ski ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time. Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – MASIK PASS

Ski ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time. Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 7 – MASIK PASS

Get your last runs in! We’ll depart for Pyongyang in the evening and overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 8 – FAREWELL

All good things must come to an end. We will have a morning departure to Beijing with an estimated time of arrival is 10:00 a.m. local time. Please reserve connecting flights departing after 2pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in.

(Meals: B, L)

What’s included in this tour:

  • DPRK visa fees and handling
  • Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
  • 7 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars), including 4 nights at the 5-star Masikryong Hotel
  • 3 meals per day
  • Coach transportation in DPRK
  • Two local DPRK guides
  • One local driver
  • Admission fees (except otherwise stated)

What’s not included in this tour:

Masik Pass lift pass or equipment rentals

Ski Lift

  • 8 hours: 57 USD
  • 4 hours: 35 USD
  • Night Ski: 29 USD

Ski Apparel Rental

  • 8 hours: 14 USD
  • 4 hours: 9 USD
  • Night Ski 6 USD

Full Ski Equipment Rental

  • 8 hours: 29 USD
  • 4 hours: 19 USD
  • Night Ski: 13 USD

General

  • Private sedan transportation from Beijing International Airport to hotel (approximately $75)
  • Round-trip airfare to Beijing from home country
  • Chinese visa fees and processing, if applicable
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance (required)
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc.)
  • Souvenirs
  • Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
  • Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)

Special

  • Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
  • Extra a la carte items incurred during meals
  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower: 5 euros
  • Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)

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