in 2007 Peter Hofman created a platform for adventurists tired of soaking up culture in Magaluf, strolling La Rambla or getting a teint in Cyprus. The world is full of amazing places but we are destined by large tour operators. Sequacious, because mass tourism means affordable prices. Meanwhile all touristic destinations are likewise and it’s difficult to experience local cultures. The local population doesn’t always share in the enormous revenues. Many hotels are owned by large (Western) European multinationals. In fact, they are in charge of the touristic destinations. Cash flows directly from the Western tourists to the Western investors. Ryce Travel wants to break this spell. If you travel with Ryce Travel you’re not going on vacation but you’re definitely travelling. You’ll experience local cultures, you’ll see amazing and undiscovered places and your expenses will stimulate local economies. I have tried to catch this in one sentence: “The world is ours but we also belong to the world. If you don’t understand the world, you don’t know who you are”.

The world is ours but we also belong to the world. If you don’t understand the world, you don’t know who you are

Peter Hofman, founder of Ryce Travel
Ruslon Belyi

Ruslon Belyi

Photographer & Editor

Ruslon Belyi is our local photographer in Central Asia. He has shot amazing footage of our trips and he is always challenging himself. We couldn't pursue with our goals without his inspiring content.

Aleksey Balybin

Aleksey Balybin

Guide & Instructor Kyrgyzstan

Aleksey Balybin is one of the best skiers of Kyrgyzstan. He is often participating in Central Asian competitions. During winter he is our Pistenbully driver, head guide and instructor. In summer he is guiding expeditions to the Enylchek glacier and to other remote corners of Kyrgyzstan

Akay Ryspaev

Akay Ryspaev

Horse guide

Akay Ryspaev is horseback riding guide. After finishing his study Communications at the KGUSTA school in Biishkek he started to work with Ryce Travel. Nowadays he is also running his own company Horserider Kyrgyzstan. We are happy that he still wants to guide our trips during winter and summer.

Ruslan Asanaliyev

Ruslan Asanaliyev

Manager Ryce Travel Almaty

Ruslan Asanaliyev is the manager of Kazakhstan operations. He is guiding summer trips to all corners of Kazakhstan. In winter he is guiding our Ski Adventures in the Almaty region. He was born in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan but he lives in Almaty, Kazakhstan for ages now.

Lauren Tamboryn

Lauren Tamboryn

Content Manager

Lauren is our Flemish polyglot. After spending several seasons in the French Alps she is helping us out with content and ideas. She has written most of the destination texts and she has been to almost all Ryce Travel destinations. Moreover did she spend a summer season in Kyrgyzstan as a volunteer.

Bardh Sanaja

Bardh Sanaja

Manager Ryce Travel Peja

Bardh is the ecological hero of Ryce Travel. He is working on several projects to protect wildlife from extinsion in the Balkans. He has published several articles in science magazines and he is hosting trips in Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Peter Hofman

Peter Hofman

Ryce Director

Peter Hofman is the founder of Ryce Travel. He has traveled by car to Kyrgyzstan and fell in love with the country. Supporting local economies by traveling is his goal. And with his longtime experience in the travel business he is a perfect fit to be Ryce Travel's director

Jorrian Hop

Jorrian Hop

Secretary

Jorrian Hop is the secretary of Ryce Travel. He has traveled to every corner of the world and he is always up for a snowboard trip. Jorrian is prefers to be down to earth and up in the mountains.

Ferda van Vaals

Ferda van Vaals

Branding hot shot

Ferda van Vaals is in charge of the customer journey. She is always looking at improvements of the travel experience. She loves to join on trips and shoot photos and videos with her sister. After spending two winter seasons in Avoriaz she is now looking at new destinations for Ryce Travel.

Raimon Loman

Raimon Loman

Commercial hot shot

Raimon is in charge of social projects and he is our commercial hot shot. He has started business in the Netherlands and South Africa and he has traveled to exotic destinations in the Indian Ocean, South America and Asia. After dislocating his shoulder he never reached his full potential in snowboarding.

Wim Hofman

Wim Hofman

Financial hot shot

Wim is our experienced financial safe house. He is in charge of spendings and investments. He has to approve all invoices to make it transparent for guests and for ourselves. He is also helping out a lot in terms of transportation and local projects.

Maksat Aitkulov

Maksat Aitkulov

Manager Ryce Travel Karakol

Maksat Aitkulov is the manager of the Ryce Travel HUB in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. He has extensive experience as a mountain guide in the Tian Shan mountains. After finishing the Guide School in Karakol he had started his own ski rental. Ryce Travel supported him to modernise this rental. Nowadays he owns a coffee shop, ski rental, tourism center and hostel. All under one roof, Ryce Travel HUB Karakol.

Tornike Matsaberidze

Tornike Matsaberidze

Manager Ryce Travel Tbilisi

As a mountain lover pur sang, Tornike prefers to spend all of his free time in the mountains. Born and raised in the Racha region he now knows the Gudauri, Bakuriani and Goderdzi areas thoroughly. He his this charm to make to feel enormously welcome in Georgia so you want to spend the rest of your life there.

Aynazik Kubanıçbekova

Aynazik Kubanıçbekova

Assistant Manager Ryce Travel Karakol

We have met Aynasik when she was still working in a local restaurant. She was our favorite waitress and we convinced her to join Ryce Travel. She is incredibly smart and a very fast learner. As an assistant manager she handles all the local administration and planning. In the meantime she is guiding trips as well.

Bardhosh Morina

Bardhosh Morina

Manager of everything in Kosovo

No question is hard enough for Bardhosh, and no task is difficult enough. He drives on everything that moves and he is skiing on everything with snow cover. He arranges all transportation in the Balkans but he is a freeride guide as well. In the meantime he is studying, running a hostel in Peja and starting his own tour agency.

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