Day 1: Arrive in Barnaul. A representative of Travel Agency meets you at the airport. Travel by bus to the base camp Vysotnik (850 m), which is situated in a picturesque place on the bank of the Katun River near the village of Tiungur. 750 km, 12-13 hours. Accommodation in tents. Sauna and communal toilets are in a separate nearby building. There is also a café, a sports ground, a parking and a small hiking equipment rental center. Clothes and items not needed for the trek can be left at the check room.
Day 2: The base camp Vysotnik (850 m) – the pass Kuzuyak (1 513 m) – the Ak-kem river (1 100 m). Today we start our trek, going through Kucherla village, last populated area on the way to the mountains. We will go by a path through the forest and see plenty of mushrooms, berries, various kinds of trees and herbs, and may even spot a hare or a deer. We have to overcome the Kuzuyak pass. The pass isn't high but pretty hard - it is a test of our endurance. We camp on a nice «Three birches» night place. Overnight stop is in the tents. Dinner is cooked on fire. Duration of the passages is 4-5 h, 17 km.
Day 3: «Three birches» – the base camp Ak-kem (1 950 m). The trail we are following goes along the river. The place where we can see Belukha first time is called Panorama. The base camp Ak-kem is situated on the bank of the Ak–kem River. There is a canteen, a sauna and a traditional Altaian building – ail (some kind of wooden yurta). Duration of the passages is 7-8 h, 22 km.
Day 4: Trekking the base camp Ak-kem – the Ak-kem glacier –Tomskie Nochevki (3 000 m). We walk in the forest along the Ak-kem River and then along the waterlogged lands of the Ak-kem Lake. We go further and reach the moraine and then the glacier. Overnight stop in tents at the place named Tomskie Nochevki. The two mountain tops – Eastern Belukha (4 506 m) and Western Belukha (4 400 m) serve as the reference-points. Duration of the passages is 7-8 h, 17 km.
Day 5: Ice training on the «Arbuz» glacier. If the weather is favourable we will climb to the Delone pass (3 400 m).
Day 6: Early start. Ascent. Tomskie Nochevki - the Delone pass (3 400 m) - the Mensu glacier – the Berelskoye Saddle mountain pass (3 520 m) - the plateau (3 800 m). Mountain pass Delone has 35° - 45° steep snow-ice wall with the length of 300 m (5-6 fixed ropes). Descent to the Mensu glacier and further ascent of the plateau over the Berelskoye Saddle mountain pass. Overnight stop in tents on the glacier. Duration of the passages is 7-8 h, 7 km.
Day 7 Summit attempt. Mount Belukha (4 506 m), with its impressive two-ridged body, abundance of snow, severity and steepness of ice and snow walls, is undoubtedly the most beautiful and interesting mountain top of the Altai Mountains. The start is at 6 a.m. We fix 6 ropes to the Belukhinsky pass (3A) and climb the pass (40°- 45°), then passing 250 metres along the ridge in 10-15 mins we are at the summit. The way back is the same with fixed ropes. Duration of the passages is 7-9 hours, 12 km.
Day 8: Backup day in case of bad weather.
Day 9: Descend the plateau - the Mensu glacier - Tomskie nochevki – the base camp Ak-kem. We go in the proup of 2-3 persons each, tied together with ropes. At Ak-kem we have sauna (Russian banya). Rest at the base camp. Duration of the passages is 7-9 h, 17 km.
Days 10-11: Trek to the base camp Vysotnik, from which we started our trekking (possible to do it for a day depending on your condition). Sauna (Russian banya).
Duration of the passages is 5-6 h each day, total 39 km.
Day 12: Travel to the city of Barnaul.
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