Ski and Snowboard North Korea – Lunar New Year & Kim Jong Il Birthday Special – 7 Nights

7 Nights  –  from €1495

** DPRK Visa and return flights from Beijing included! Taking the train is possible and you’ll be eligible for a discount. Contact us! **

This is your chance to ski the fresh-power slopes of North Korea! Be there amongst the festivities on Lunar New Year to see the grand monuments of Pyongyang, visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), spend time at the Masikryong Ski Resort, and be in the capital for the major festivities for Kim Jong Il’s Birthday (Day of the Shining Star) on February 16, including a mass dance and other exhibitions or performances. This is a tour that has all the highlights!

  • 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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Room Accommodations

Rooms come standard with two twin beds. If signing up with a companion and sharing a room, the double rate applies. If requesting your own room, single rate applies. If sharing is requested, we do our best. But if we cannot, single supplement fee applies.

Pay a deposit of 500.00 per item

DAY 1 – DEPART FOR PYONGYANG

At 10:30am, meet us inside Terminal 2 of the Beijing Capital International Airport to check in for our scheduled departure of 01:05pm. We will hand out your DPRK visas at this time. Timings to be confirmed.

We will then fly to Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK, home to the most iconic monuments and political sites. Our Korean tour guides will be meet us at the airport with a warm welcome.

Check into the Koryo Hotel, our deluxe accommodation in the heart of Pyongyang popular with local residents, foreign diplomats, delegations and NGOs. Enjoy a welcome dinner in the revolving restaurant.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel

(Meals: L on flight, D)

DAY 2 – PYONGYANG (LUNAR NEW YEAR’S DAY) & DRIVE TO MASIKRYONG

Our first stop will be 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 visit the monument on important holidays to bow and lay flowers. Today is Lunar New Year’s day, and we expect to see join large numbers of locals here!

We’ll then visit Pyongyang’s central square, Kim Il Sung Square, home to many of North Korea’s military parades broad internationally. Today we’ll see local children enjoy special folk activities set up all across the square in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Take a city walk with a stop at the Foreign Languages Bookshop, the best chance in the DPRK to pick up souvenirs such as books, stamps, DVD/CDs and posters. We’ll continue walking across the Okryu Bridge with beautiful views of the Taedong River leading us to the Tower of the Juche Idea. Here we’ll learn about North Korea’s national ideology, the Juche philosophy, and take the lift 150-meters to the top for the best views in Pyongyang city!

After lunch, head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world and filled with mosaics, monuments, and plaques commemorating the DPRK’s revolutionary history. We’ll alight at Kaeson Station and visit the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch.

Then embark on a scenic winter drive through the countryside to reach Masikryong Ski Resort! You’ll be among the few to carve through the fresh powder here. Masikryong Ski Resort is 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. There are 10 slopes in total, with 2 being for beginners. The total slope length is roughly 17km.

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 3 – SKI/SNOWBOARDING AT MASIKRYONG

Ski or snowboard ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time. If you’re a beginner, you can get lessons from the local Korean instructors, they’re fantastic and even taught some of our foreign staff to ski right here on location!

The facilities at Masikryong Ski Resort are world-class with amenities including swimming pool, spa and massage facilities, barber, Korean table games, pool and ping pong tables and a myriad of bars, restaurants and coffee shops to get lost in.

If you don’t fancy the slopes, there are other activities available such as ice skating, tobogganing/luging, snow bikes or taking the gondola to the near 1400m high Taehwa Peak (with coffee shop and bar). It’s also possible to arrange a half-day trip to Wonsan city nearby.

Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 4 – MASIK PASS

Ski or snowboard ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time.

Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 5 – MASIK PASS

Ski or snowboard ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time. We’ll depart for Pyongyang in the afternoon.

After lunch, we begin our journey back to Pyongyang. we’ll drop into the Tomb of King Tongmyong, a UNESCO site with unique wall paintings showcasing the Buddhist influence of this time.

On return to Pyongyang, take a walk down Ryomyong Street, an impressive boulevard home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes. Opened in just April 2017 to international media attention.

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 6 – DAY OF THE SHINING STAR (KIM JONG IL’S BIRTHDAY)

We’ll begin the day with a special holiday visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state inside glass sarcophagi (formal dress required).

 

 

Take a stroll through Moran Hill, a central park buzzing with festivities as locals celebrate the Day of the Shining Star over a picnic with music and dancing, a great opportunity to join the fun!

Look through the impressive exhibits at the Kimilsungia Flower Festival, a multi-floor display of the flowers named after each of the late leaders. This festival is only open twice a year, during February and April as part of birthday festivities of the Great Leaders.

Then visit the Party Foundation Monument, 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.

Stroll to the Mangyongdae Native House, a modest straw-thatched house in a serene park setting which is the birthplace of President Kim Il Sung.

As part of today’s festivities, we’ll attend an unforgettable student Mass Dance event held in Pyongyang. Join in the dancing celebration for yourself, the sea of colour makes for magnificent photos!

Cap off the festivities with a chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Bar Brewery No. 3.

A fireworks display is often held in celebration of the Day of the Shining Star. If this is scheduled, we’ll head down to Kim Il Sung Square for the best views!

Overnight at the Koryo Hotel

(Meals: B, L, D)

DAY 7 – 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.

Afterward, 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. Stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site.

On return to Pyongyang, visit the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, an elaborate museum depicting the Korean people’s fight against foreign invaders. We’ll have a guided tour of the war remnants, exhibits, and dioramas and learn about the Korean war from the North Korean perspective. We’ll also board the USS Pueblo, the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968.

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 11:35am local time, although flight times are subject to final confirmation. Please reserve connecting flights departing after 15:30 pm local time, to allow sufficient time for immigration/customs clearance, baggage claim and re-check-in. Timings to be confirmed.

(Meals: B)

This itinerary is subject to change at any time.

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:

Masikryong lift pass or equipment rentals (Prices are converted and approximate as at last check)

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

  • 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

Entrance fees are priced in EUR but RMB and USD accepted.

  • Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower, 5 EUR
  • Elevator to the top of the Arch of Triumph, 5 EUR
  • Flowers to be laid at the Mansudae Grand Monument, 3-5 EUR
  • Pyongyang circus (if playing): 20 EUR
  • Taedonggang Dining Boat: 10 USD
  • Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
  • Kaeson Amusement park entrance and rides, approximately 1-7 EUR each

For more information on the booking process, see How to Book a North Korea Tour
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