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SPIRITED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURES

IN THE WORLD'S RADDEST PLACES.


VILLAGES. HORSES. YURTS. ANCIENT CULTURES. ARCTIC COULOIRS. POLAR BEARS. FIRST DESCENTS. NOT EXACTLY YOUR TYPICAL DESCRIPTIVES WHEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR MOST RECENT TRIP INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY.


40 Tribes was founded in 2010 with an interest in discovering the next far out, exotic, untouched destination for ski touring and splitboarding. The little known and hugely misunderstood Central Asian Republic of Kyrgyzstan - once developed by the Soviets for skiing - grabbed our attention right away as the new frontier. During 2 seasons scouting the endless Kyrgyzstani backcountry, we realized the potential to utilize entirely native resources - yurts, mountains, snow, and motivated locals - to help foster a more innovative and adventurous edge to the country's emerging winter tourism industry. The result: Kyrgyzstan's first fully winterized yurt camp, set in a remote corner of the Tien Shan Mountains, run in partnership with local families who live in the villages at the base of the very peaks we ride in. A wickedly comfortable basecamp, authentic local flavor that still caters to Western tastes, and world-class terrain right out the back door. A place and an experience that's so wildly different from anything you've imagined before, it's sure to be one you'll never forget.

Kyrgyzstan will always be at the heart of 40 Tribes, but it's clearly in our blood to pioneer the next rad adventure. In April 2015 we spearheaded the first basecamp expedition of its kind at 78° North on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard. In February 2016 we ran a village-based expedition in the Caucasus mountains in Georgia's Upper Svaneti region. For the spring of 2017 we are introducing our newest basecamp expedition to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. If you've got a taste for epic, one-of-a-kind backcountry adventures, drop us a line to secure your spot for 2017.

2017

OFFERINGS

FROM THE GUESTBOOK

This was easily the best snowboarding trip I’ve been on thanks to a combination of the location, the solitude, the crew and the setup. 40tribes has got something very special going on and in such a unique part of the world. I’m thankful to have had the chance to experience it.
— Clare Cartwright, Queensland Australia, March 2016
The best way to provide my overall impression is to tell you that I was choked up when saying my goodbyes and prior to shredding down into valley. Truth be told, I have never had a more spiritual experience then what you and 40 tribes were able to provide. 40 Tribes reignited my love for snowboarding. Thank you.
— Dan Munro, Oman/British Columbia Canada, Splitfest February 2016
What can I say...F’ing Awesome Time! You guys put together an amazing trip with the perfect blend of culture and shredding. Thanks for the good vibes and laughs. Happy shredding!
— BRYAN GENER, DUBAI/CALIFORNIA USA, SPLITFEST FEBRUARY 2016
Thank you for an epic journey. I couldn’t have asked for a more amazing introduction to Kyrgyzstan. Your professionalism in the mountains and the atmosphere and friendship is something I won’t forget. I hope that this is the start of many new adventures with 40 Tribes.
— ASHLEY RICE, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA, FEBRUARY 2016
You guys rock. Snowboarding and pow shots are good, but what makes a place amazing are the people you meet and memories you make. Ryan, you hit the nail on the head. Thank you for showing me a place so simple yet so magical. My heart will hold a space for these mountains and people!
— JENNY YURECHKO, ASPEN COLORADO, SPLITFEST FEBRUARY 2015
We had an amazing time skiing the amazing Kyrgyz mountains with you guys. We could not have wished for a better skiing trip. Waking up with the crackling fire…enjoying coffee in our sleeping bags…walking through the trees…bootpacking to the tops and shredding down…having beers and one of Nurbek’s great local dishes. We loved it.
— THE DUTCHIES (BAS JURGENS, LAURENS VAN ZOONEN, WILFRED BARENBERG, ELISABETH WIERENGA), NETHERLANDS, FEBRUARY 2015
Ryan runs a tight ship in the middle of the wilderness. Not even 1 airplane flew overhead in our week here. Just the stars and the snow, great food, good folk, and top guiding with Ptor. An out of the box experience.
— KONRAD BARTELSKI, LONDON UK, MARCH 2014
Such an amazing, wild and remote place. Exploring it on skis made it one of my top mountain experiences ever. Your concept is the perfect combination for psyched backcountry skiers who love vast landscapes, wild mountain scenery, silence, intact nature, basic life and fantastic skiing!
— PETRA RIMBECK, BAVARIA GERMANY, FEBRUARY 2014