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 arePeter Hofman, founder of Ryce Travel
Ruslon BelyiPhotographer & 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 BalybinGuide & 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 RyspaevHorse 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 AsanaliyevManager 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 TamborynContent 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 SanajaManager 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 HofmanRyce 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 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 VaalsBranding 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 LomanCommercial 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 HofmanFinancial 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 AitkulovManager 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 MatsaberidzeManager 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 KubanıçbekovaAssistant 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 MorinaManager 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.