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Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017PYONGYANG, DPRK (NORTH KOREA) | MAR. 7 - 15, 2017

It is a unique opportunity for hockey enthusiasts and adventurous to participate in a peace and friendship building event.

The second coming of the event that started it all.  Hosted by the DPRK national ice hockey team, this event is your chance to travel to the world’s most secretive country for a sports event you couldn’t possibly forget.  You will play both alongside and against ice hockey enthusiasts from the DPRK in the afternoon, and explore Pyongyang during the day.  In addition to the participant-favorite day trip to the DMZ, this year’s event will see players travel to the newly built Masikryong Ski Resort for three days of awesomeness after the hockey comes to an end.  Spectators will have the option of checking out the action in the arena or joining their tour guides for some more exploring.

Highlights

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Ice hockey exhibition with the DPRK National Team

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Site visits in Pyongyang and the Demilitarized Zone

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Trip to the Masikryong Ski Resort

About the event

The Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017 is a sporting event utilizing a shared passion for hockey as a medium to develop friendship, trust and genuine cultural exchange between the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Canada, and the international community at large.  The exchange will have the added benefits of supporting the development of Hockey as well as supporting sport for the disabled in the DPRK.

International hockey players and teams will practice and compete together.  For the final game, top players will be selected to play against the DPRK’s National Men’s team in the main event, a friendly international exhibition championship hockey game.

  • Ice hockey exhibition with the DPRK National Team
    You will meet the DRPK ice hockey national team for training sessions and games throughout the week. The final game will see both team mix together for a true friendship game!
  • Site visits in Pyongyang and in Kaesong/Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
    The DPRK has plenty to offer for visitors curious to discover its wonders. In Pyongyang, you will be taken to Kim Il Sung Square, the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum (Korean War Museum), the Pyongyang Metro, the Munsu indoor/outdoor water park, the Mansudae Grand monument (statues of former leaders), Taedongang Brewery Bar, the city’s top restaurants and bars, and local department stores to buy books and souvenirs. The tour includes trips outside Pyongyang to Kaesong City and the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ).
  • Opportunity to travel to the Masikryong Ski Resort
    This year we are proud to announce the opportunity to sign up for a 3 day trip to the world famous Masikryong Ski Resort. March is the perfect season to enjoy one of the most unknown ski areas in the world.

Partners

The Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017 is being organized by Howe International Consulting Group (HICG) and Lupine Travel in conjunction with the DPRK Ministry of Sport and the Korea International Youth & Children’s Travel Company.

Who can participate?

If your idea of the perfect vacation is a weekend in Vegas or a trip to an all-inclusive beach resort, the HIFL might not be your best bet.  We’re looking for truly adventurous, curious and open-minded global citizens who are passionate about the world and its people.  Our past participants have included first time adventurists and expert nomads, skilled rookies and seasoned veterans, solo travellers and large groups.  Simply put, if you think it sounds fun and are willing to keep an open mind – get in touch!

This section is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change.

The Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017 is a 5 day trip combining ice hockey training and games with the DPRK National Team with site visits of the most popular tourist attractions of the Hermit Kingdom. Additionally, an optional 3 day trip to the renown Masikryong Ski Resort is made available to all participants.

REGULAR TOUR PROGRAM

  • Day 1

    Beijing, China — Departure

    Scenic Train trip from Beijing to Pyongyang | Tuesday, 7 March 2017

    Cross the border between China and North Korea sprawled across beautiful sleeper cars.
    A perfect opportunity to discover North Korea's countryside as well as hilly and untouched landscapes.

    15.30: Leaving from Beijing (departure at 17.30)
    Overnight train to Pyongyang

  • Day 2

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    First day in the Hermit Kingdom’s capital | Wednesday, 8 March 2017

    17.30: Arrival in Pyongyang
    18.30-19.00: Evening visit: Arch of triumph.
    19.30-: Dinner at traditional restaurant
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 3

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    Ice hockey training session and site visits | Thursday, 9 March 2017

    Ice hockey training session with the DPRK National Team.
    Site visits of Pyongyang’s most popular tourist attractions.
    (Mansudae and Party Founding monuments, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche tower, and many more.)

    9.00-12.00: Ice hockey training session
    12.00-14.00: Lunch at top revolving restaurant, Koryo hotel
    14.00-16.00: City tour - Mansudae and Party Founding monuments, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche tower
    16.00-17.00: Sport gift shop
    17.00-19.00: Ice hockey training session
    19.30-21.00: Dinner at traditional restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 4

    Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Kaesong, DPRK

    Discovery of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and ice hockey games | Friday, 10 March 2017

    Trip to one of the world’s most densely militarized area, the Korean DMZ.
    Ice Hockey games with the DPRK National Team.

    8.30-12.30: Coach to the DMZ (Kaesong)
    12.30-13.30: Lunch at Kaesong
    13.30-15.30: Back to Pyongyang
    16.00-18.00: Ice hockey game
    18.30-19.00: Pyongyang Metro
    19.00-21.00: Korean Gogigui BBQ
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 5

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    PIHL 2017 Friendship Game Day and touristic highlights | Saturday, 11,March 2017

    9.00-12.00: Ice Hockey training session
    12.00-12.30: Visit of the Mirae Street for scientists and the Sci-Tech Complex.
    12.30-14.00: Lunch at Koryo revolving restaurant
    14.00-15.30: War Victory Museum
    16.00-18.00: Final Game
 PYONGYANG ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION
    19.30: Farewell and Friendship dinner
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 6

    Pyongyang, DPRK — Departure

    Scenic train trip back from Pyongyang to Beijing | Sunday, 12 March 2017

    10.10: Leaving from Pyongyang (departure at 10.40)
    Overnight train to Beijing

  • Day 7

    Beijing, China — Arrival

    Monday, 13 March 2017

    8.30: Arrival in Beijing

+3 DAY TRIP EXTENSION
MASIKRYONG SKI RESORT

  • Day 6

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    First day in the fascinating and charming new North Korean Ski Resort | Sunday, 12 March 2017

    8.00-12.00: Coach to Masikryong
    12.00-13.00: Lunch at restaurant
    13.00-18.00: Afternoon ski session
    19.00-21.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar
    Overnight at resort hotel

  • Day 7

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    Full-day enjoying skiing in Masikyong vast ski domain | Monday, 13 March 2017

    12.00-13.00: Lunch at high-altitude restaurant
    13.00-18.00: Afternoon ski session
    19.30-21.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at resort hotel

  • Day 8

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    Third day skiing in Masikryong Ski Resort | Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    8.00-12.00: Morning ski session
    12.00-14.00: Lunch at traditional restaurant
    14.00-18.00: Coach to Pyongyang
    19.00-: Dinner at restaurant in Pyongyang
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 9

    Pyongyang, DPRK — Departure

    Scenic train trip back from Pyongyang to Beijing | Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    10.10: Leaving from Pyongyang (departure at 10.40)
    Overnight train to Beijing

  • Day 10

    Beijing, China — Arrival

    Thursday, 16 March 2017

    8.30: Arrival in Beijing

This section is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change.

The Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017 is a 5 day trip combining ice hockey training and games with the DPRK National Team with site visits of the most popular tourist attractions of the Hermit Kingdom. Additionally, an optional 3 day trip to the renown Masikryong Ski Resort is made available to all participants.

PREMIUM TOUR PROGRAM

  • Day 1

    Beijing, China to Pyongyang, DPRK — Departure

    Direct flight from Beijing to Pyongyang | Tuesday, 7 March 2017

    12.55: Direct flight leaving from Beijing at 12.55 (departure at 16.00)
    18.00: Arrival in Pyongyang
    19.30: Welcome Dinner at local restaurant including dance’s performance
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 2

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    First day in the Hermit Kingdom’s capital | Wednesday, 8 March 2017

    9.00-15.00: Finest Pyongyang culinary tour
    15.00-18.00: Exclusive boat trip on the Taedong River and premium local spirits and beer tasting
    18.30-19.00: Evening visit: Arch of triumph.
    19.30-: Dinner at traditional restaurant
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 3

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    Ice hockey training session and site visits | Thursday, 9 March 2017

    Ice hockey training session with the DPRK National Team.
    Site visits of Pyongyang’s most popular tourist attractions.
    (Mansudae monuments, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche tower, and many more.)

    9.00-12.00: Ice hockey training session
    12.00-14.00: Lunch at top revolving restaurant, Koryo hotel
    14.00-16.00: City tour - Mansudae and Party Founding monuments, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche tower
    16.00-17.00: Sport gift shop
    17.00-19.00: Ice hockey training session
    19.30-21.00: Dinner at traditional restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 4

    Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Kaesong, DPRK

    Discovery of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and ice hockey games | Friday, 10 March 2017

    Trip to one of the world’s most densely militarized area, the Korean DMZ.
    Ice Hockey games with the DPRK National Team.

    8.30-12.30: Coach to the DMZ (Kaesong)
    12.30-13.30: Lunch at Kaesong
    13.30-15.30: Back to Pyongyang
    16.00-18.00: Ice hockey game
    18.30-19.00: Pyongyang Metro
    19.00-21.00: Korean Gogigui BBQ
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 5

    Pyongyang, DPRK

    PIHL 2017 Friendship Game Day and touristic highlights | Saturday, 11 March 2017

    9.00-12.00: Ice Hockey training session
    12.00-12.30: Visit of the Mirae Street for scientists and the Sci-Tech Complex.
    12.30-14.00: Lunch at Koryo revolving restaurant
    14.00-15.30: War Victory Museum
    16.00-18.00: Final Game
 PYONGYANG ICE HOCKEY LEAGUE FRIENDSHIP EXHIBITION
    19.30: Farewell and Friendship dinner
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 6

    Pyongyang, DPRK — Departure

    Direct flight from Pyongyang to Beijing | Sunday, 12 March 2017

    7.30: Leaving from Pyongyang (departure at 8.25)
    10.30: Arrival in Beijing

+3 DAY TRIP EXTENSION
MASIKRYONG SKI RESORT

  • Day 6

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    First day in the fascinating and charming new North Korean Ski Resort | Sunday, 12 March 2017

    8.00-12.00: Coach to Masikryong
    12.00-13.00: Lunch at restaurant
    13.00-18.00: Afternoon ski session
    19.00-21.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar
    Overnight at resort hotel

  • Day 7

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    Full-day enjoying skiing in Masikyong vast ski domain | Monday, 13 March 2017

    8.00-12.00: Morning ski session
    12.00-13.00: Lunch at high-altitude restaurant
    13.00-17.00: Afternoon ski session
    18.00-19.30: Exclusive snowmobile tour with exceptional panorama and sunset on the ski resort
    19.30-21.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    21.00-: Beer bar evening
    Overnight at resort hotel

  • Day 8

    Masikryong Ski Resort, DPRK

    Third day skiing in Masikryong Ski Resort | Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    8.00-12.00: Morning ski session
    12.00-14.00: Lunch at traditional restaurant
    14.00-18.00: Coach to Pyongyang
    19.00-: Dinner at restaurant in Pyongyang
    Overnight at Yanggakdo hotel

  • Day 9

    Pyongyang, DPRK — Departure

    Direct flight from Pyongyang to Beijing | Wednesday, 15 March 2017

    7.30: Leaving from Pyongyang (departure at 8.25)
    10.30: Arrival in Beijing

This section is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change.

REGULAR TOUR PROGRAM

March 7-12, 2017 (Train in, Train out)
5 days, 4 nights
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon |Pyongyang | Beijing

Total cost per person:
2,400 USD | $100 Discount available


+3 DAY EXTENSION | Trip to the Masikryong Ski Resort

March 12-15, 2017 (Train out)
+ Add 3 days and 3 nights
Masikryong Ski Resort | Pyongyang

Total cost per person:
3.100 USD | $100 Discount available


WHAT’S INCLUDED | Regular Tour Program

Regular tours are inclusive of:

  • Roundtrip train tickets from Beijing to Pyongyang and back
  • Guides and translators
  • Group transport throughout your stay
  • Three meals per day as well as snacks periodically
  • Accommodation – basic room based on double occupancy
  • Entrance fees to all excursions
  • Tickets to all tournament games and events
  • Visa
  • Tournament jersey
  • Donation to support sports programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities in the DPRK

Learn more about our Sports Programs for Athletes with Intellectual Disabilities.

 

PREMIUM TOUR PROGRAM

March 7-12, 2017 (Fly in, Fly out)
5 days, 5 nights
Beijing | Pyongyang | Kaesong/DMZ | Sariwon |Pyongyang | Beijing

Total cost per person:
3,400 USD | $200 Discount available


+3 DAY EXTENSION | Trip to the Masikryong Ski Resort

March 12-15, 2017 (Fly out)
+ Add 3 days and 3 nights
Masikryong Ski Resort | Pyongyang

Total cost per person: 
4,200 USD | $200 Discount available


WHAT’S INCLUDED | Premium Tour Program

In addition to perks mentioned in the Regular Packages, Premium Packages are inclusive of:

  • Roundtrip business class airfare from Beijing to Pyongyang and back (in lieu of train tickets)
  • Accommodation – premium suite
  • Additional night in the Pyongyang
  • Premium tickets to all games and tournament events
  • Finest Pyongyang culinary tour
  • Exclusive Boat trip on the Taedong River with premium local spirits and beer tasting
  • Snowmobile tour with exceptional panorama and sunset on the ski resort (+3 day extension only)
  • Custom hand painted DPRK style PIHL propaganda poster
  • Personal photographer to follow you through your tour
  • Opportunity to mingle with officials from the DPRK and tournament participants
  • Autographed DPRK men’s national team jersey

Safety

The safety and wellbeing of Howe International Friendship League participants is of the utmost concern to us.  We regularly monitor the situation in all host destinations and maintain close contact with local community members.  If we feel that the security situation in a host country has deteriorated to the point that an event cannot continue, the HIFL will provide a full refund of all monies paid.

Our events always have a very friendly, easy-going vibe.  There won’t be much rough stuff.  That being said we recognize that injuries are always a possibility in any athletic sport.  For your wellbeing, trained first aid attendants will be present at all HIFL events.

All participants are required to show proof of sufficient travel insurance prior to embarking on their adventure.

How can we help you?

Please feel free to contact us with any question or concerns you might have regarding our events.

Call for female participation in the PIHL 2017

The Pyongyang Ice Hockey League 2017 is an incredible opportunity to go down in history as one of the first female hockey players to play against the DPRK Women National Team! Don’t miss out.

Sport has a unique way of forging cross-cultural connections where few previously existed. Join us to bring changing perspectives in the lives of remote communities.

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A Chance for Female Hockey Players to Make History

Our first annual event saw an international team compete against the DPRK men’s national team in Pyongyang, with the historical occasion being covered by major news publications including Reuters, the Korea Times, the Globe and Mail and many more.  While at the Pyongyang Ice Arena, we met with the DPRK women’s team, who eagerly watched all our events and practices.  We left determined to ensure they could participate in our next event, and have the same opportunities to engage and train with foreign players that is being afforded to their male counterparts.

In hopes of achieving our goal of bringing an international team of women to participate in the PIHL, we are calling on all female hockey players who believe in our mission to help us make it happen.  We would love to have you join us, but if you can’t make it this time, share the event with your friends and colleagues.  This is an incredible opportunity to go down in history as one of the first female hockey players to make the journey to the world’s most isolated country!

DPRK Women National Team training hard during PIFIHE 2016

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