Ski North Korea Long Tour
6 Nights, 7 Days in the DPRK + 1 Night in Beijing
Beijing → Pyongyang → Masik Pass Ski Resort → Kaesong/DMZ
This is your chance to see all of the usual monuments of Pyongyang, the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun where the late leaders lie in state, the DMZ, and the Masik Pass Ski Resort, all in one adventure-packed tour! Sign up to be one of the first to run the virgin slopes of the DPRK!
- All scheduled skiing is included in tour price
- Masik Pass highest elevation: 1360 m (4461 ft) above sea level
- There are 10 runs, but only 5 are currently open
- 4 chairlifts are up and running and 1 will bring you to the peak
- Night skiing will be available, but is not included in the price (it will be about 10 Euros per night)
- 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
- See more details on the Masik Pass Ski Resort HERE and more pictures from our trips HERE
Day 1: Overnight in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, PRC and check in at a 4 star hotel in convenient city center location. A member of our Beijing team will welcome you in the lobby of the hotel at 7pm and will host the group to a traditional Beijing dinner for group orientation.
Day 2: Depart for Pyongyang
AM: Your group will meet in the lobby of the hotel to receive DPRK visas and for group transportation to the Beijing Capital International Airport. Fly to Pyongyang, capital of the DPRK and home to many of the country’s most famous cultural sites. Our excellent DPRK tour guides will be waiting for the group at the airport.
PM: We’ll drive to the Yanggakdo International Hotel with a stop at Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arc. Afterwards, we’ll check in and enjoy your first dinner in the DPRK. After dinner, check out Pyongyang’s famed Rakwon Bar and Brewery.
Day 3: Kaesong / DMZ
AM: We’ll depart in the morning for Kaesong, the ancient capital of the Koryo dynasty and home to 12 newly appointed UNESCO World Heritage sites. Take a guided tour of the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) led by a North Korean military officer. Here you’ll see the “front lines” between North and South Korea, the building where the Armistice Agreement ending the Korean War was signed in 1953 and the neutral blue houses where diplomatic discussions are sometimes held.
PM: For lunch, we’ll enjoy a traditional Kaesong style meal called Pansanggi. Then we’ll have a brief tour of the Koryo History Museum and the chance to pick up DPRK stamps and postcards at the Koryo Stamp Shop. En route back to Pyongyang, we’ll view the Sonjuk Bridge and the Mausoleum of King Wanggon, two of the new UNESCO World Heritage sites. Back in Pyongyang, we’ll have a chance to lace them up and skate with locals at the Pyongyang Skate Park.
Day 4: Pyongyang City Tour
AM: Start with a viewing at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where President Kim Il Sung and General Kim Jong Il lie in state (formal dress is required for this event). We’ll then see the Mansudae Grand Monument an iconic monument famous for its large, bronze statutes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Visitors are sometimes asked to follow local custom by bowing and laying flowers at the feet of the statues.
PM: Learn about the Korean War through the perspective of the North Koreans at the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). Then, we’ll descend 360 feet below the ground to share a ride with locals on the Pyongyang Metro. Finish the day with a children’s performance at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace, an after-school extra-curricular facility for children to learn dance, art, sports and foreign languages.
Day 5: Pyongyang; Masik Pass
AM: Start the morning with a visit to the new Fatherland Liberation War Museum to learn about the Korean War from the perspective of North Korea. Then we’ll take in some of the city’s most famous sites as we start our scenic winter drive to the Masik Pass Ski Resort.
PM: In the late afternoon, we’ll suit up and hit the slopes. Be among the first to taste the fresh powder at one of the DPRK’s most important new attractions. Overnight at one of the best hotel’s in the country: Masikryong Hotel!
Day 6: Masik Pass
Full Day: Ski ‘til your heart’s content and chill out at the lodge during your down time. Overnight at the Masikryong Hotel.
Day 7: Return to Pyongyang
AM: Return to Pyongyang
PM: Take in the Pyongyang city view at the iconic Juche Tower. We’ll walk in the Kim Il Sung Square and have time to buy souvenirs at the Foreign Language Bookshop. Then spend the last night in the DPRK at the new Meari Shooting Range where you can shoot a rifle in a safe environment. You can even try your hand at some live pheasant (to be cooked for dinner if you’re successful). We’ll reminisce with our new friends about time well spent over dinner and craft beer at the shooting range!
Morning departure to Beijing. 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.
This itinerary is subject to change at any time.
- 1 Night Beijing hotel and orientation dinner
- Transportation to the Beijing airport before Pyongyang flight
- DPRK visa fees and handling
- Round trip ticket from Beijing to Pyongyang on Air Koryo
- 6 nights’ DPRK hotel accommodations (double occupancy, 4 stars), including 2 nights at the Masikryong Hotel
- 3 meals per day
- Coach transportation in DPRK
- Two local DPRK guides
- One local driver
- 1 half day & 1 full day Masik Pass lift pass
- Equipment rentals at Masik Pass Ski Ground
- Admission fees (except those listed below)
- 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.)
- Extra drinks during meals (one complimentary beer included)
- Tips for guides and drivers (please budget $10 per day per traveler)
Special Entrance Fees for Optional Events
(Some entrance fees are priced in Euros. We strongly recommend to bring exact change in Euros to pay at the door; USD is accepted, but may be subject to an unfavorable exchange rate)
- Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum & Pueblo: 10 Euros (new entrance fee due to re-opening and renovation of museum)
- Meari Shooting Range: rifle and per bullet fees apply
- Extra a la carte items incurred during meals (i.e., dog meat soup, Kaesong chicken soup, wine at the pizza/pasta restaurant, specialty restaurants such as the Okryu cold noodle restaurant, all roughly $5-10)
- Elevator to the top of the Juche Tower: 5 euros
- Beer at microbreweries ($1-3 per draft)