Auli is famous for its 3 KM long skiing slope. Auli is located at a distance of 16 KM from Joshimath. There are roads connecting Joshimath to Auli but best way to travel to Auli is by cable car. Auli located at a height of 2750 meter is famous for Ski, many national and international competitions on winter sports like Ski are organized during Jan to March months when Auli gets covered by more than 6 feet of snow.
Ropeway to Auli
Joshimath to Auli Gorson ropeway system is the highest ropeway of India. This ropeway has two cable cars and has 10 towers. It covers a slope distance of 3.96 KM and a track distance of 4.15 KM. This ropeway takes you up by 1110 meters. Its lower station at Joshimath side is located at height of 1906.3 meter from M.S.L. At Auli side the upper station is located at a height of 3016.3 meters from MSL. The travel time is approximately 25 minutes. It can carry around 25 passengers all in standing position and it moves at a speed of 3 meter per second. Ticket costs Rs 500 including the return journey to Joshimath. Kids above the age of 5 years charged full. It takes nearly 25 minutes to reach the other end by the cable car.
At the Auli there are two different small lifts are available for skiing during winter seasons. The chair lift of 800 meter & 500 meter of Ski lift are used to reach the top area of the slope to start the skiing. GMVN ( Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam ) offers basic and advance skiing courses during winter seasons at Auli. These programs are of 7 days or 14 days duration inclusive of all accommodation at GMVNL guest house. Ski equipments are available on hire. There are snow beaters available to maintain the snow slopes for skiing.
At Auli one can get 180 degree view of different snow peaks. The highest peak among them are Nanda Devi (7817 m), Choukhamba, Panch Chuli ( named after five Pandava brothers of Hindu mythology ), Doonagiri (7066 m) and many other peaks.
For a causal visit to Auli it is better to stay at Joshimath and go for a day trip to Auli. There are many hotels and all other facilities available at Joshimath. Note that the road to Auli from Joshimath is not so good and frequent travel up & down by ropeway is costly.
Nearest railway station is Rishikesh or Haridwar. Start early from Haridwar or Rishikesh to reach Joshimath before evening. You can stay at Joshimath or can go to Auli.
Staying at Auli
Clifftop is a ski resort located within the slops of Auli. This is a luxurious resort with many facilities. For more details about this resort , visit its website on Clifftop resort
There is a Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam tourist guest rest house , GMVN and tariffs are below Rs 1000 range. GMVNL organize skiing training courses at Auli in winter.
All Mobile signals are not available but you can use BSNL at Auli. At Joshimath all mobile signals are available.
Carry woolen dress even if you are not going to stay Auli. Day time temperature can fall upto 15 degree during peak summer seasons of May – June. In October the temperature at 1 PM was 10 degree. You need heavy woolen dress for winter seasons.