Snowmads Travel is the travel agency initiated by the Snowmads in order to let YOU experience our travel spirit and get to know the destinations that we’ve been exploring on various trips in the past.
Going to unusual, not well-known places can make it very difficult to travel on your own, especially if you don’t have local contacts or speak the language. Here we saw an opportunity to bridge the gap, connecting our local friends with those looking for adventures in their home places.
Meet our amazing team.
Explorer & Freerider
Freerider & Managing Director
Our trips are rooted on the interactions and experiences built on the local people in the countries we visit. Snowmads Travel didn’t start out of motivation to make money… it just happened that we met exciting and beautiful people and found hidden wonders along our journeys.
Through our local guides, we take you to the destinations you might not find on your own, open your horizons through unexplored terrain, and question your perspectives with authentic experiences.
We all have a degree of responsibility when it comes to traveling, especially while exploring the corners of the world where tourism is just starting. At Snowmads, we respect and appreciate the local people, their customs, traditions and environment. In doing so, we accept that some things run a little differently from the non-stop functioning society that most of us find ourselves in.
So, plans can change… and in the countries we like to travel, they often do. By not tying ourselves to strictly planned itineraries and leaving some room for small changes, we try to always be where we find the best possible conditions for our adventures. Balkan based fellow Snowmad Dani, says, “less expectations more happiness”.
Meet Our Guides & Local Snowmads
UIAGM Mountain guide in Innsbruck
Marco is an independent mountain guide and long-time friend of Jules & Fabi.
When we came up with the idea of Snowmads Travel, it quickly became clear that we needed reliable partners who shared our ideas and travel philosophy.
Marco is particularly committed to a sustainable approach towards our planet and inspires when it comes to corporate responsibility. We are happy to have Marco in the team and to implement valuable projects in our destination with him. Marco is currently working with “Lola peak solutions” and “GIZ” to install an avalanche warning system in the Balkans.
Guide in Balkan
If you ever need something in the Balkans, Dani will know where, who and how to get it. When we travel with Dani, you get the ‘no worries’ package. Dani is always happy to find a way to make our journeys that little bit more easy while he shows us something new and uncharted.
Guide in Balkan
Hidden behind the humble smile of Hamdi, is a man known on the mountain as “Super Hamda”. Hamdi knows the rugged mountains bordering Kosovo, North Macedonia & Albania like no other and is infamous in the region for his expertise and knowledge.
Guide in India
The term “Baba” is used in multiple languages and has different meanings. Sometimes it means grandfather, friend and in some cases, it means guru or spiritual leader. Babaji, is a little bit of everything. He lives in the small village called Diyaugi that you won’t find on google maps and is rarely visited by tourists.
In Diyaugi, you will get to know village life in its purest form, eat organic food from the gardens and the talks with Babaji make this little detour one of the highlights of the trip.
Guide in India
We talked about the Yak that stood by the house, Jordan told us that this is not any Yak but the Holy Yak of the village. He further said that he saw one of us touching it, and that this is normally not a good idea, but the Holy Yak knew that we didn’t know, so he let us leave with no harm. Located 5150m above sea level, Komic Village is one of the highest on earth.
With a population of approximately 150 people, including the monks from the monastery, Jordan and his wife live in Komic the whole year around. Due to the heavy snows and the lack of roads, the only transport during the winter months is by Yak (not the Holy Yak). Sharing his deep insights about the remote life at 5150m, Jordans stories will take your breath away.
Guide in Georgia
Nick is based in Mestia, Svaneti and he is what one would consider a local. The Snowmads trips to Georgia would not have been the same without him and we are happy to have him on board. Nick is a certified mountain guide, ski guide and co-owner of the Cloudbase hut, where we always try to have stopover on our Georgia trips.
Nick always brings an extra dose of relaxation into his tours and one always feels safe under his guidance. His family also runs a small guest house in Mestia, where we will experience outstanding Georgian cuisine and hospitality.
Guide in Georgia
When Rich first came to Georgia as a traveler a few years ago, tourism was still in its infancy. He got to know a local mountain guide, decided to raise the required 3000 lari (then around 1000 €) and co-founded the “Grand Hotel Ushba” in Mazeri with him.
Rich speaks Svan (local dialect), Russian, Norwegian and English, has a Ph.D in media and communication and knows pretty much every corner around his new home. His experiences in the mountains on foot and skis got published recently in: “The Essence Often He Caucasus – Svaneti”.
We are happy to have him with us as a Local Snowmad for our Georgia trips. Rich got more than a story to tell and understands how to bridge the gap between the modern western lifestyle and that of a Georgian peasant.