NAMED AFTER A Kyrgyz national legend, 40 Tribes partners with local villagers to run ski touring trips into the mountains of northern Kyrgyzstan.
The group, which manages a hut near the town of Ichke Jergez, will begin offering guided and self-guided tours this year. Besides following ecologically sound practices in the backcountry, the group will put much of its profits back into the community by offering home stays with families and training local partners as guides.
40 Tribes’ Ryan Koupal was kind enough to provide us with these shots of his group’s first forays into the Kyrgyz backcountry. While it isn’t a destination that gets a lot of attention from North American skiers, it looks to me like it deserves to.