Trekking to the Kucherlinskoye and Akkem lakes area allows to see all the beauty of the Altai mountains. This unique trip is based on the idea of hiking through mountain taiga to the beautiful Kucherla Lake, then crossing simple pass (for acclimatization!) and placing a base camp (BC) on the Akkem lake in front of amazing Akkem wall. Then, the mountaineers make ascent on the highest summit of whole Altai - magnificent Belukha mountain (4506 m). The regular route of 2B UIAA CC starts from Tomsk Camp on the right moraine of Akkem glacier, then via Delone Col leads to Mensu glacier and Berelsky Saddle, then to the summit of Eastern (or Glavnaya- The Main) Belukha. Experienced mountaineers can climb another way - up to 5A-5B UIAA, "Bottle's Throat" or "Diretissima" of Akkem Wall!
Day 1: Arrival to Barnaul. Meeting in airport or railway station. 12 hours minibus trip to Tungur village. Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. Russian bania (national wet sauna).
Day 2: Hiking up the Kucherla river. Camp on the bank of Kuylu river. Note: ancient rock paintings en route!
Day 3: Hiking up the Kucherla river. Camp on the bank of Tekelushka river.
Day 4: Crossing the Kara-Turek pass (1A CD, 3060 m), descent to Akkem lake, placing of the base camp (BC).
Day 5: Day of rest. Russian bania.
Day 6: Hiking up the Akkem gorge and Akkem glacier to Tomsk Camp.
Day 7: Climbing the Delone pass up to Mensu glacier, then climbing the Berelskoye Sedlo (Berelsky Saddle) pass, 3520 m. Steep snow and ice.
Day 8: Assault ascent to East (Main) Belukha (4506 m). Return to the camp on Berelskoye Sedlo.
Day 9: Descent to Tomsk Camp.
Day 10: Descent to Akkem lake. Rest. Russian bania.
Days 11-12: Extra days for case of bad weather.
Day 13: Descent from the BC to the Tekelu river (picturesque waterfall near the camp).
Day 14: Descent along the Akkem river.
Day 15: Descent along the Akkem river down to Tungur village. Tent camping. Bania.
Day 16: Return to Barnaul. Hotel accommodation.
Day 17: Transfer to airport. Departure from Barnaul.
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