40 Tribes’ remote backcountry basecamp is located at 2,650m and is accessible from a small village via a 6km skin track. The setup features two 5.5m diameter handmade Kyrgyz yurts – one kitchen/dining/guides’ yurt and a separate guests’ yurt. Both are heated by wood-burning stoves fueled by the surrounding spruce forests. Above the yurts rise a number of +3,600m summits, providing immediate access to a variety of backcountry terrain. Lake Issyk-Kul, the second largest alpine lake in the world, sits in the valley below and provides the warmth and moisture required for lake-effect snowfall in an otherwise cold and arid continental climate.
The idea for the Splitfest week is to gather together a group of strong, adventurous riders to explore the possibilities for splitboarding in mountains that have been little explored. We will focus on tour planning as a group each night while sitting around the fire, then put our planning into practice each day, highlighting safe and efficient travel through the mountains on our splits to access the goods!
The week is open to both seasoned splitters and proficient riders who are new to touring.
Dates: 8-14 February 2015
Location: 40 Tribes Yurts, Terskey Ala-Too Range, Kyrgyzstan
Guided By: Greg Johnson, ACMG Splitboard Guide & CAA Avalanche Educator
Availability: Max 8