GUIDED SKI & SPLITBOARD TOURS
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.
A group of 6 will give you priority choice of dates and will secure the yurts for just you and your crew. No worries if you cannot meet the minimum requirement; in this case we reserve the right to fill the remaining spaces – up to the max of 8. For singles, we typically offer a few "mixed group" weeks, and there's always the option of joining a group if they are less than 6. We always do our best to match skill sets and backcountry experience when pairing groups with singles.
Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders, with at least 1 year off-piste/backcountry experience. For safety, efficiency, and to maximize everyone’s skiing experience, ALL group members 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 arrive in Bishkek early morning the day before the tour start date. Then depart Bishkek two days after the tour end date. As an example, for the WK1: January 27-February 2 dates, you would need to arrive the morning of January 26 and depart the morning of February 4. We will provide additional information to help you book the correct flights and to answer any Qs about arriving early and/or staying afterwards.
We require fat powder skis (minimum 115mm+ underfoot) 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 turns, at speed. Participants must additionally be prepared with essential touring and avalanche safety gear.
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.
2019 DATES & AVAILABILITY
We have set aside the primest time of year in our zone for our 2019 guided weeks. Consult the calendar here for current availability and additional details about available dates.
WK1: JANUARY 27-FEBURARY 2 (AVAILABLE)
WK2: FEBRUARY 3-9 - (AVAILABLE)
WK3: FEBRUARY 10-16 - Splitfest splitboard-only guided week (6 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
WK4: FEBRUARY 17-23 (BOOKED)
WK5: FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 2 (BOOKED* - SPACE FOR 1)
WK6: MARCH 3-9 (BOOKED)
*WK5 has tentatively been booked by a group of 5 for 5 days riding/7 days total. There is space for 1 to join them. If you are a group of 6 interested in this week in particular and would like to book for 7 days riding/9 days total, please email us to discuss. We have agreed that their booking will only be confirmed assuming no other inquiries by August 1.
Dates marked "REQUESTED" will become available again if the requesting group is unable to confirm their reservation within 3 weeks. Waitlist inquiries accepted.
We employ France, Canada and US-based professional ski and splitboard guides to provide our clients with the best quality backcountry experience possible. Our Lead Ski Guide, legendary ski mountaineer Ptor Spricenieks of La Grave, France, has been guiding from our yurts for 8 years, and has developed an intimate understanding of the terrain, snowpack and full extent of the ski potential in our zone. Our Lead Splitboard Guide, Ty Mills of Golden, British Columbia, is one of the first splitboard guides to gain full certification with the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and brings a wealth of experience through his work with Baldface Lodge, Eagle Pass Heliskiing, WhiteCap Alpine, as well as his own company, All Aspects Alpine. Our guide team is rounded out with a Tail Guide for a 1:3 guide-to-client ratio, and on most days the group will also be joined by our primary local partner and total ripper, Kas, who we are training to eventually step into the Tail Guide position. Meet our guide team.
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 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 home stay 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?
Please consult the link below for full details regarding our pricing and current availability.