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Belukha: The Heart of the Altai.

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 - 17 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 8 people
Destination(s): Russia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: July - August
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1130 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1350 Euro (EUR)

Altai (Altay) - "The Golden Mountains" is the mountain land on the south of Siberia which keeps ecological purity and untouched wild nature so far. The communication with local people, many of whom are followers of exotic doctrines- pagans (Shamanists), followers of Roerikh and Old Believers ("starovery")- gives an unique social experience. A number of archeological artefacts (from 1,500,000 BC!), including rock paintings and Paleolithical sits are en our route, it makes visit to Altai not only outdoor adventure but captivating trip as well!

Trekking to Kucherlinskoye and Akkem lakes area allows to see all the beauty of Altai mountains. This unique trip is based on the idea of hiking through mountain taiga to beautiful Kucherla Lake, then crossing simple pass (for acclimatization!) and placing a base camp (BC) on Akkem lake in front of amazing Akkem wall. Then, the travellers make side trips to the Akkem glacier, spectacular Valley of 7 Lakes and misterious Yarlu Valley with Roerikh followers shrine or make simple climbing- to Mt. Yarlu (1B, 3370 m) or Mt. Bronia ("Armor", 2A, 3291 m). After trekking, you can go rafting on the Katun river, make interesting excursions to natural phenomenas and archeological sites. You can also make horse riding instead of trekking to/from BC- see Options and Services in Tungur base below!

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs bus trip to Tungur village. Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of the Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. Russian bania (sauna).

Day 2: Hiking up the Kucherla river. Camp on the bank of the Kuylu river.

Note: ancient rock paintings en route!

Day 3: Hiking up the Kucherla river. Camp on the bank of the Tekelushka river.

Day 4: Hiking up the Kucherla river. Camp on the bank of Kucherlinskoye lake.

Day 5: Day of rest. Camp on the bank of Kucherlinskoye lake.

Day 6: Descent back to Tekelushka river junction. Overnight in tents in the cedar forest.

Day 7: Crossing the Kara-Turek pass (1A CD, 3060 m), descent to Akkem lake, placing of the base camp (BC). Magnifican view to Akkem wall from the pass (you can also make small climbing to Mt. Kara Turek, 3160 m from the pass for even better views).

Days 8-10:

Radial hikes to:
- Akkem glacier. Amazing view to Akkem Wall and climbing activities on Mt. Belukha.
- Yarlu Valley. Roerikh followers shrine with energetical sacred stone
- The Mountain Spirits Lake
- The Valley of 7 Lakes. Great views to the high-altitude lakes and surrounding snow-cowered summits. Genuine Russian bania on the lake shore. You can swim in the lake while taking the bania!

Day 11: Descent from the BC to the Tekelu river junction (picturesque waterfall near the camp).

Day 12: Descent along the Akkem river down to Tungur village. Crossing of simple and very picturesque Kuzuiak pass (n/c, 1513 m, forested by cedar pines and firs). Tent camp. Bania.

Day 13: Return to Barnaul. Hotel accommodation.

Day 14: Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

Services in Tungur base (available separately):
- 4-hrs rafting on Katun river down to the junction with Ak-Kem ("White Water") river
- Meals served in national Altai dwelling- ail. Exclusive offer - cooking of the set of Altai national meals from the ram on demand!
- Russian bania including cedar barrel option
- Gear rental
- Horse riding trips
- Extra horses for caring luggage and/or riding to/from Akken lake;
- Cloak room service.

Additional excursions:
- Ust-Kan cave with paleolithic sit
- Pazyrik burial mounds.

Peaks to climb: "The Crown of Altai", Boris, Roerikh Peak, Delone Peak, Belukha West (4440 m), up to 4B UIAA, Mount Yarlu (1B, 3370 m), Mount Bronia ("Armor", 2A, 3291 m). Traveller's insurance which covers rescue team support and helicopter evacuation (recommended) - about $2 per person per day. Transfer from Tungur base to and from the end of the road (about 30 min, recommended to avoid hike through the village). Porters for carrying the luggage from Akkem lake. Helicopter flights from/to Gorno-Altaisk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk to/from Akkem or Kucherla lakes. Accommodation in mountain hut on Akkem Lake. Picnic (BBQ) on the way to/from Tungur.

Dates: July 24 - August 6.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Transportations
- Local fees
- Meals
- Russian bania
- Camping and common climbing gear
- Horses accompanying
- Trekking guide, cook, horseman, rescue ranger's team registration.

Price Excludes:
- Travel to and from Barnaul
- Visa fees.

- The arrival and departure point can be changed to Novosibirsk, Omsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk
- Kids from 14 years old are allowed.

About This Supplier
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M16327 since year 1999 offers mountaineering, climbing, trekking, white water rafting, horse riding, back country skiing, heliskiing, fishing tours in Russia and Central Asia (Pamir, Pamir Alai, Tien Shan, Altai, Sayan mountain areas). Since 2003 we're recommended by world's most popular guidebook publisher...

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