Guided Ski & Splitboard Tours
There are undoubtedly adventures you think you will never have. Skiing big mountain lines by day and huddling around a wood-burning stove in a cozy Kyrgyz yurt by night is probably one of them. Offering the only program of its kind in Asia, 40 Tribes invites adventurous, experienced skiers and riders to explore Kyrgyzstan’s remote Tien Shan Mountains while staying in a winter-ready yurt at 2,650m in one of the most beautiful locations in the country. Our yurt is run in collaboration with local partners, contributing an irreplaceable intercultural element to the skiing experience.
For the 2015 season we are offering 4 to 7-day guided tours from late January-mid March, the primest time of year in our zone. We will also run 1-2 tent-based expeditions to other ranges in Kyrgyzstan in late March-April.
Group Size: Min 5-max 7 recommended.
Experience: Participants must be advanced to expert level backcountry skiers/splitboarders, with at least 1 year off-piste/touring experience. For group safety, efficiency, and to maximize everyone’s skiing experience it is required that ALL group members are cohesive in terms of physical ability and backcountry experience. Participation does not require any formal avalanche safety certification or previous glacier travel or ski mountaineering experience.
Gear: We require fat powder skis (minimum 108-115+mm underfoot), and splitboards are required for snowboarders. Trust us on this one – Kyrgyzstan’s bottomless continental snowpack is one of the most unique snowpacks 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.
Physical Requirements: Participants must be in good physical condition, and comfortable touring for long distances and carrying their own backcountry packs. Ascents from the yurt range from 400-1000m in vertical gain, to maximum elevations of around 3,600m.
Don’t have the #s to meet our minimum requirement? Check out our Small Groups/Solo Travelers Bulletin.
Get acquainted with our amazing guides!
While we are training our local partners to work in the Tail Guide position in the near future, we employ France and Canada-based professional ski and splitboard guides in order to provide our clients with the highest quality backcountry experience. Our Lead Guides, Ptor Spricenieks (La Grave, France) and Greg Johnson (Nelson, British Columbia), have both been working with us for at least 3 years and thus have excellent area knowledge plus a deep appreciation for yurt living and the ski/eat/sleep lifestyle.
Get acquainted with the amazing terrain accessible from the Jalpak Tash Yurts:
Village Stay: All of our yurt-based guided tours begin with an overnight in our partner family’s home. The homestay experience includes an amazing traditional dinner, comfortable sleeping arrangements, and breakfast before we begin our tour up to the yurts the next morning.
Good Food…And LOTS Of It: That’s right, guided stays are fully catered. Our local partners will accompany the group at the yurt to host, cook, clean, and manage yurt chores.
You coordinate your in-country transport independently. Grab a taxi to Karakol from the airport or Bishkek bus station and our guides will greet you there. Karakol is approx. 5 1/2-6 hours by road from Bishkek, and a popular tourist destination.
40 Tribes Travelers (transport and lodging included)
Make it easier! Let us arrange comfortable, private, direct transfers for your group between the Bishkek airport and Karakol, where you’ll meet our guides. Also includes one night lodging in Karakol and one night lodging in Bishkek at the tail end of the trip (can be further customized to fit your needs – more or less days in town, as your schedule allows).
Book before August 1 and receive 5% off
Groups of more than 5 always receive 5% off
*Only one discount may be applied per reservation