GUIDED SKI & SPLITBOARD TOURS
2020 MARKS TEN YEARS OF 40 TRIBES OPS IN KYRGYZSTAN. GET READY TO PARTY!
Since 2010, 40 Tribes has provided the ultimate setup for adventurous, experienced skiers and riders to explore Kyrgyzstan’s remote Tien Shan Mountains. We offer a winter-ready yurt camp situated at 2,600m with immediate access to 3,600m summits, overlooking the second largest alpine lake in the world. Our yurts are run in collaboration with locals from the village at the foot of the mountains we play in, contributing an irreplaceable intercultural element to the skiing experience.
Private bookings: A group of 6 will secure the yurts for just you and your crew and give you priority choice of dates. From our experience, it's always better for us, and ultimately you, if you're able to assemble your own group for a private booking vs. us trying to mix and match singles with differing backcountry skill sets and levels of experience.
Mixed groups: For singles and groups of less than 6, we typically offer a few "mixed group" weeks, including Splitfest—a splitboard-only guided week. For these weeks, you’ll have to be more flexible with dates, and it can take some time to put a compatible group together. And there's always the chance that all weeks get claimed for private bookings before we're able to solidify a mixed group. That said, we welcome inquiries from singles and will get a group email circulating as soon as we have 6 on the list.
Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders, with at least 1 year touring experience. For safety, efficiency, and to maximize everyone’s skiing experience, all group members for private bookings must have comparable physical abilities and backcountry skill sets. Participation in our guided tours does not require any formal avalanche safety certification or glacier travel or ski mountaineering experience.
Participants must be in excellent physical condition, and comfortable touring for long distances carrying their own backcountry packs. Tours from the yurts typically range from 400-1000m in vertical gain, to maximum elevations of around 3,600m.
We require fat powder skis (minimum 115mm underfoot…the fatter the better!) and splitboards for snowboarders. Trust us on this one. Kyrgyzstan’s "bottomless" continental snowpack is one of the most unique in the world. You must be able to float big freeride-style turns, at speed. Participants must additionally be prepared with essential touring and avalanche safety gear.
Our guided tours begin the day before the official tour start date and end two days after the official tour end date. As an example, for the week of February 9-15, we will need you to arrive Bishkek early morning February 8 and then depart on February 17. We will provide additional information to help you book the correct flights and to answer any Qs about arriving early and/or staying afterwards.
2020 DATES & AVAILABILITY
We have set aside the primest time of year in our zone for our 2020 guided weeks. Consult the calendar here for current availability and additional details about available dates.
WK1: January 26-February 1 (AVAILABLE)
WK2: February 2-8 (SPLITFEST - 5 SPOTS LEFT)
WK3: February 9-15 (AVAILABLE)
WK4: February 16-22 (REQUESTED - SPACE FOR 2)
WK5: February 23-29 (REQUESTED - SPACE FOR 3)
WK6: March 1-7 (REQUESTED)
Dates marked "REQUESTED" will become available again if the requesting group is unable to confirm their reservation within 3 weeks. Waitlist inquiries accepted. If space for others is indicated, bookings by singles are accepted - send us an email and we’ll connect you to discuss compatibility.
We employ Canada, US and France-based professional ski and splitboard guides to provide our clients with the best quality backcountry experience possible, and each week is staffed with both Lead and Tail Guides for a 1:3 guide-to-client ratio. While we are intimately familiar with local guiding associations such as the Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA), and know/know of many locals who are guiding in the backcountry near where we operate, we stand behind our decision to keep our guiding “in house.” This is for a variety of reasons—most of which are experience and safety-related—and we also see a benefit to having native English-speaking guides for our predominantly English-speaking clientele. Also, while half of your trip is spent out in the mountains, the other half is spent at the yurts and we try our best to create a fun, comfortable and familiar vibe, which just comes naturally for our guides. Don’t get us wrong, this is not about being insulated from the local culture and local vibe! All of our partners down in the frontcountry as well as our camp staff are locals, and with their presence and involvement in your stay you will not forget where you are in the world. Meet our guides and partners.
All of our guided tours are based out of our Jalpak Tash Yurts—the most epic basecamp setup in all of Central Asia. The location of our camp provides immediate access to the surrounding terrain from a starting elevation of 2,600m. The camp features 3 traditional Kyrgyz yurts—one kitchen/dining yurt and separate client and guide yurts—all heated by wood burning stoves and cared for by our local partners.
Our guided tours include an overnight stay with our partner family on night number one. The homestay experience includes an amazing dinner, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and breakfast before we begin our tour up to the yurts the next morning.
No need to worry about shouldering all of your gear on the way up to the yurts. We will arrange horses to porter group gear for the 6km tour between the village and the yurts. Your bags (and a hot lunch) will be waiting for you on your arrival.
GOOD FOOD...AND LOTS OF IT
That’s right, guided stays are fully catered. Our local partners absolutely kill it in the kitchen yurt, fixing up Western-inspired breakfasts complete with french press coffee and traditional Kyrgyz dinners, cooked over the wood burning stove. Portions are large, and there is always a variety of snacks and hot tea available.
Who doesn’t love a little après ski session? Our yurt bar features tallboy beers and bottles of local vodka and cognac.
THINKING OF JOINING US?
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