WE ARE 40 TRIBES

A COLLECTIVE OF PROFESSIONAL MOUNTAIN GUIDES AND INSPIRED LOCALS WHO ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FAR-FLUNG TRAVEL ADVENTURES, CULTURAL EXPLORATION AND EXCHANGE, AND HUMAN-POWERED TRAVEL IN THE BACKCOUNTRY

The name 40 Tribes comes from the Epic of Manas, the traditional poem that describes the origin of the Kyrgyz people. As the story goes, the warrior and now national hero, Manas, united the original forty tribes who occupied the region to defend their ancestral homeland against Chinese and Mongol invasion. The tale is a critical part of Kyrgyz ethnic identity and has been recited for centuries by generations of nomadic families. Today, a 40-ray sun representing the original 40 Tribes is the central emblem of the Kyrgyz national flag, and also our logo.

MEET THE CLAN

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RYAN KOUPAL

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

TAIL GUIDE (KYRGYZSTAN, SVALBARD, GEORGIA, KAMCHATKA)

PTOR SPRICENIEKS

LEAD SKI GUIDE (KYRGYZSTAN, SVALBARD)

KASIDIN MUSAEV

PRIMARY PARTNER & YURT HOST (KYRGYZSTAN)

SKI GUIDE IN TRAINING

NURBEK KASYM-UULU

CHIEF CHEF & VILLAGE COORDINATOR (KYRGYZSTAN)

ASPIRING POWSURFER

TY MILLS

LEAD SPLITBOARD GUIDE (KYRGYZSTAN, GEORGIA)

GREG JOHNSON

LEAD SPLITBOARD GUIDE (KAMCHATKA)

JUSTIN IBARRA

TAIL GUIDE (KYRGYZSTAN)