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. In April 2017 we ran our first expedition to the Russian Far East—Kamchatka—where we basecamped amongst the perfect birch forest of the Ganalsky Range and rode from the summits of active volcanoes. And in 2018 we launched a summer shredventure in an exclusive zone deep in the Chilean Andes and then boarded the shred train in Western Siberia just a few months later for an early season pow smashing mission of epic proportions. NEW for 2020 we are unveiling the first in our series of Mystery Trips where the only information disclosed ahead of time is where to meet and when (not the final destination). If you've got a taste for unthinkable, one-of-a-kind backcountry adventures, take your pick!