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Ski North Korea Long Tour - Beijing Departure

7 Nights, 8 Days in the DPRK

Ski North Korea Long Tour - Beijing Departure

Pyongyang → Wonsan → Masik Pass Ski Resort → Kaesong/DMZ

Description

This is your chance to see all of the grand monuments of Pyongyang, the DMZ and the Masik Pass Ski Resort, in one adventure-packed tour! Sign up to be one of the first to run the virgin slopes of the DPRK!

For the New Year’s edition of this tour, we’ll ring in the new year with fireworks in the Kim Il Sung Square 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

This itinerary can be booked as a private tour anytime from December to the end of March. See private tour rates.

Itinerary

Arriving in Pyongyang via Air Koryo

Day 1: Depart for Pyongyang

10 AM: Meet us at Beijing BCIA Terminal 2 to receive DPRK visas and to check-in. 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: Our first stop in the city is at the Mansudae Grand Monument an iconic monument famous for its large, bronze statutes of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il. Visitors are asked to follow local custom by bowing and laying flowers at the feet of the statues.  See the Chollima Statue, the winged pegasus that is a national symbol of speed and productivity. We’ll drive to the Koryo 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 Taedonggang Microbrewery for craft beer. (For the New Year’s edition of this tour, we’ll head to the Kim Il Sung Square at midnight to watch the fireworks with thousands of other Koreans!)

Day 2: Pyongyang City Tour

AM:  Start with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie in state. It is the most impressive mausoleum you will ever visit in your life! Then we’ll head to the Mangyongdae Native House, where late president Kim Il Sung was born. Descend 360 feet below the ground to share a ride with locals on the Pyongyang Metro.

PM:  After lunch, stand in the center of the Kim Il Sung Square, where all of the famous DPRK military parades take place. Walk over to the Foreign Languages Bookshop to pick up popular souvenirs, handpainted propaganda posters and books. Climb to the top of the 150 meter high Juche Tower to get a 360 aerial view of the city. 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). Enjoy a local dinner in the capital city and overnight at the Koryo Hotel.

Day 3: Pyongyang; Masik Pass

AM: Start the morning with a scenic winter drive to the eastern coast of Korea to the Masik Pass Ski Resort! 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!

Masikryong North Korea Ski Resort

Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: Masik Pass

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

Day 7: Kaesong/DMZ

AM: Take an early morning drive to the ancient city of Kaesong. Kaesong was once the capital of Korea but now is home to the DMZ, where north and south Korea remain divided after 70 years of stalemate. 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. Learn about the Koryo Dynasty at the Koryo History Museum and pick up collectible stamps and postcards at the stamp shop.

PM: Enjoy a Pansanggi lunch, small traditional dishes served in bronze bowls. Stop at the Tomb of King Wanggon, the founder of the Koryo Dynasty. Return to Pyongyang and 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 while we enjoy a last taste of Korean cuisine. 

Day 8: Farewell

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.

Included

  • 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 those listed below)

Not included

  • Masik Pass lift pass or equipment rentals (lift rates are approximately 20USD per 3 hour block)
  • 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 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)

  • 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)

For more information on the booking process, see How to Travel To North Korea
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