Ranked by CNN International the seventh best ski destination in Asia, Gulmarg's average elevation is more than 8,800 feet above sea level. Despite being garrisoned by the Indian Army and located in restive Kashmir, mere miles from the disputed India-Pakistan border, Gulmarg is a safe, low-profile town. Its excellent ski conditions and infrastructure have made it a popular site for winter sports enthusiasts throughout Asia and beyond. Visitors should note that Gulmarg is located near Srinagar, and can be visited on a day trip.


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Apharwat Mountain

Hike to the peak of Apharwat Mountain and enjoy the dramatic views of the surrounding countryside. Afterwards, embark on a moderate uphill climb to Alpather Lake, an alpine lake that remains frozen well into each June.

Gulmarg Gondola

Enjoy a ride on the Gulmarg Gondola, the second highest in the world and a stunning achievement in engineering. The Gondola's way station sits atop the summit of Apharwat Mountain, 13,780 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level.

Nanga Parbat Hike

Another worthwhile Hike is a 7-mile (11 kilometer) circuit through the pine forests around Gulmarg; this route offers stirring views of Nanga Parbat, the ninth highest mountain on Earth at a height of 26,660 feet (8,126 meters).

Outdoor Activities

Other activities around Gulmarg include trekking, hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, and long-distance skiing. In summer months, horseback riding, water-skiing, and fishing are popular activities, as well as golfing; Gulmarg features one of the highest altitude golf courses in the world.


Not only is Gulmarg is home to excellent, world-class ski terrain, but it is also not as visited as other skiing areas in Asia. As a result, skiers and snowboarders can pack in many runs per day on the slopes' pristine powder.

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