PRIVATE BOOKINGS BY GUIDES
Our private booking option is designed for ski/splitboard guides who are looking to expand their expedition portfolio. The Jalpak Tash Yurts are open to private bookings for a limited number of weeks each winter. We also offer collaborative weeks—the opportunity to work together with one of our Lead Ski or Splitboard Guides—to ensure your trip is seamless and your clients leave having experienced the full potential of our zone.
Min 6 clients-Max 6 (please contact us to discuss groups larger than 6)
3 Nights/4 Days
Our scenario is ideal for client groups with solid travel experience, who are seeking a totally out-of-the-box skiing or splitboarding adventure. As guide, it’s your call what degree of mountain experience you require, but our standard requirements are that participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or splitboarders with at least 1 year off-piste/touring experience. The yurts provide access to terrain appropriate for all experience levels, including groups who want to charge. No glacier travel or technical mountaineering is required to access the lines.
Clients should 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, and your clients must be able to float big freeride-style turns, at speed. All group members must additionally be prepared with essential touring, avalanche safety, and emergency response gear. Group medical kit and satellite phone also recommended.
TRAVEL & VISAS
Flights to Kyrgyzstan, especially from/via points in Europe, are quite reasonably priced on Turkish Airlines and Aeroflot. Kyrgyzstan's progressive visa-free policy means that you and your clients (most nationalities) don't require visas for stays up to 60 days. To make it even easier, we are happy to arrange all in-country transport and frontcountry lodging for your group; details below.
THE LOW DOWN
We have a feeling you and your clients are going to like what we’ve got going on! Our camp setup features 3 traditional Kyrgyz yurts located at 2600m in the Terskey Ala-Too Range in northeastern Kyrgyzstan, easily accessed from our partner village via a 6km skin track. The location is as private as it gets and offers immediate access to backdoor tree skiing and mellow descents, as well as stunning alpine tours to the surrounding summits which top out at +3600m and offer up everything from open pow fields and cruiser ridgelines to big faces and technical descents. The 3 yurts—one each for kitchen/dining, clients, and guides—are fully winterized and heated by wood burning stoves, offering an intimate and cozy basecamp environment. Our local partners will accompany your group in the village and at the yurts, making sure you and your clients are properly styled out and super well fed. You take care of the guiding...we'll take care of the rest!
2020 DATES & AVAILABILITY
The yurts are open to private bookings by guides immediately before and after our own guided season. For 2020 we are offering only 2 weeks—timed for ideal “early” and “late season” conditions. Note that these are the same weeks open to self-guided reservations, and that bookings will be honored on a first come first serve basis.
WK1: January 19-25 (AVAILABLE)
WK2: March 8-14 (AVAILABLE)
Dates marked "REQUESTED" will become available again if the requesting group is unable to confirm their reservation within 3 weeks. Waitlist inquiries accepted.
We are also happy to discuss collaborative weeks—working together with one of our Lead Ski or Splitboard Guides. See below for additional information about collaborating with our guides.
Our Lead Ski and Splitboard Guides are happy to collaborate with you to deliver the best possible skiing/splitboarding experience to your clients. Our guides have an intimate familiarity with our zone that will ensure a good progression to the week that takes full advantage of all that's possible. They are experts on all aspects of 40 Tribes operations, including available emergency resources and emergency protocol, and are also close friends with our local partners who work at the yurts. Co-guiding with one of our guides also opens up the primest weeks of our season to your group, when conditions are typically best. For 2020 our guides will be at the yurts for the weeks of January 26-February 1, February 2-8 (BOOKED), February 9-15, February 16-22 (BOOKED), February 23-29 (BOOKED) and March 1-7 (BOOKED). Unless marked “BOOKED”, any of these weeks plus WKS 1 and 2 listed above are open to collaborative bookings on a first come first serve basis. If you prefer a fully private booking—ie not working collaboratively with one of our guides—availability is limited to WKS 1 and 2 listed above.
THE YURTS ARE ALL YOURS!
Our private yurt camp—the most epic basecamp setup in all of Central Asia—is all yours, for you and your client group to enjoy. 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. The location of our camp provides immediate access to the surrounding terrain from a starting elevation of 2,600m.
Private bookings include an overnight stay with our partner family on night number one. The homestay experience includes an amazing traditional dinner, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and breakfast before you begin your tour up to the yurts the next morning.
GUIDED ACCESS/HORSE SUPPORT
No need to worry about route finding or shouldering all of your gear on your way up to the yurts. One of our local yurt hosts will meet you in the village, accompany your group for the homestay night, prep horses to porter your gear, and guide you on the 6km tour up to 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, private bookings are fully catered. Our local partners will accompany your group to host, cook, clean, and manage yurt chores. They 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.
FRONTCOUNTRY TRANSPORT & LODGING
We are happy to make your trip even more seamless by arranging all transport and lodging for your group. This includes airport pick up, private round trip transfers to/from our partner village by way of Karakol (approx 440km/6.5 hrs each way), as well as guesthouse lodging for one night in Karakol and one night in Bishkek, which we recommend after you ride out from the yurts. This will require that you arrive in Bishkek early morning the day before your reservation start date and then depart two days after your reservation end date.
Or, if you're up for the adventure of arranging transport and lodging on your own, have at it! We simply require that your group arrives in Karakol the day before your reservation start date, and we will then drop you off wherever you have arranged your lodging in Karakol by nightfall on your reservation end date.
HAVE A CLIENT GROUP THAT IS LOOKING TO GO SOMEWHERE NEW?
Pricing and additional details regarding our private booking option are available upon request.