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Belukha is the heart of Asia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 3 - 15 people
Destination(s): Russia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 420 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 420 US Dollar (USD)

Mountain Belukha, the highest peak in Siberia, flies up with two summits: Western Belukha (4440 meters) and Eastern Belukha (4506 meters). The glacier shield of Belukha, which covers the largest part of the mountain ridge, occupies the territory of 70 sq km and is the source of Katun river.

The steep peaks of Belukha, sparkling masses of ice, vertical rocky walls charm the travelers from afar and inspire them with awe and excitement. At the mountain’s feet among the space mysteries of snow and rocks you become aware that the man is not always the measure of all things. According to one Asian legend Mountain Belukha is a future Northern Shambala a mystical country of spiritual wisdom. This area is associated with the famous Russian artist Nikolay Rerikh and attracts hundreds of admirers of his painting every year. In 1995 the government of Altai Republic established the Belukha nature park.

Itinerary:
0 day
Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa Departure from Novosibirsk at 20:00. Point of departure - Sovetskaya street, 65 (local time, UTC/GMT+7). Barnaul - Ust-Koksa. Departure from Barnaul at 23:50. Point of departure – “Tsentralnaya” hotel (local time, UTC/GMT+7). Travel mode: bus Distance: 825 km/640 km Meal: meals on the road at your own expense Accommodation: -

1 day
Gorno-Altaisk - Ust-Koksa Departure from Gorno-Altaisk at 9.00-11.00 a.m. The road passes through the well-known Chuya Highway among rocky ridges of the Altai Mountains, followed by Kanskaya steppe in Uymonskaya valley. Arriving at Ust-Koksa village to the tourist complex. Lunch. Getting equipment. Safety-awareness briefing. Dinner, acquaintance party. Travel mode: mini bus Distance: 375 Meal: lunch and dinner - in cafe Accommodation: tents

2 day
Early awakening. Moving to Tyungur at 8.00 AM. Ascending along the Kucherla river After transfer to Tyungur we change to GAZ-66 spetial off-road car to move at Elan place (around 12 km). The Kucherla River (from Altai “Kudzhurly”, which means "with saline soils"), formed by the confluence of two mountain streams, MyushtuAyry and Koni-Ayry, has an amazing milkyturquoise water. The total length of the river is about 50 km. It cuts a lot of ridges and moraines, beats against the gorges, forming an almost continuous chain of challenging rapids. On the way - visiting a rocky cave near the Kuylyu river, in which niche you can see more than 100 cave paintings.. Travel mode: car, GAZ-66, on foot + packhorses Distance: 64 km + 12 km + 8 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

3 day
Moving to Kucherla Lake The lake is 5220 m long, at 1790 m above sea level elevation, 900 m wide and 55 m deep. The Kucherla Valley has more than 40 tectonic, corrie and moraine lakes. The Kucherla Lake is the largest of them. It is closed by mountain ridges from east and west with loosened rocks up to 3,000 m high, narrow valley of the Kucherla from south and moraine deposits that create a dam from north. The lake is filled with ice, greenishblue water. Travel mode: on foot + packhorses Distance: 18 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

4 day
Moving under Kara-Tyurek pass The camp is at the timber line. Travel mode: on foot + packhorses Distance: 14 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

5 day
Climbing up Kara-Tyurek pass Difficulty category - 1A, 3060 m, the nature of obstacles - talus, with a spectacular panoramic view of Belukha Mountain and endless peaks of Katun ridge. It provides a good opportunity for photo and video shooting. Overnight at the base camp at Ak-Kem lake (approx. 2010 m above sea level elevation). Travel mode: on foot + packhorses Distance: 12 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

6 day
Radial hike to Ak-Kemsky glacier and the lake of Mountain Spirits Visiting the chapel. The path runs along the Akkem lake through several picturesque hanging bridges, moves across stone piles in the form of an old moraine and leads to Ak-kem riverhead, coming out of the kingdom of ice and cold. Dinner at the Ak-Kem glacier. It provides an excellent opportunity for photo and video shooting. It is possible to climb up to the lake of Mountain Spirits on the way (optional, and depending on group’s well-being). Travel mode: on foot Distance: 20 km + 4 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

7 day
Radial hike to Ak-Oyuk river gorge, valley of seven lakes and Yarlu valley (optional) The Ak-Oyuk riverhead has the most beautiful lakes, each of which has its own unique color: turquoise, green, milky-blue and blue-black. Descending to the base camp after the hike. Lunch. After lunch - excursion to Yarlu valley (optional), where the entire city is built of stones. Travel mode: on foot Distance: 8 km + 6 km Meal: Three meals a day, cooking on fire Accommodation: tents

8 day
Descent along Ak-Kem river "Ak-Kem", translated from Turkic language, means "white water”. Indeed, the river has milkywhite water. The river starts in Ak-Kem glacier and carries small pieces of lime stone from Belukha slopes. Overnight near river in the forest. Travel mode: on foot Distance: 16 km Meal: breakfast, lunch - cooking on fire, dinner in the cafe Accommodation: tents

9 day
End of the trip Move to camping "Three birches". Drive on GAZ-66 to Tyungur village. Moving from Tyungur to Ust-Koksa. Arrival at the tourist complex. Accommodation on the tourist complex territory in tents. Farewell party. Travel mode: on foot + GAZ-66 - car Distance: 8 km + 20 km + 64 km Meal: breakfast in the cafe, lunch - cooking on fire, dinner in the cafe Accommodation: tents

10 day
Recreation Breakfast. Handing over the equipment. Free time. For additional fee the interested persons can choose either horseback riding in the vicinity or 2-hour rafting. Lunch. After lunch – excursion to Verkhniy Uymon village, which is one of the oldest villages in the Ust-Koksinsky area. The village was founded by Old Believers about 300 years ago. It has two museums: Local History Museum named after N.K. Roerich and Old Belief Museum. After the excursions, departure to Barnaul/Novosibirsk at 17:00 (UTC/GMT+7). Departure to GornoAltaisk at 21.00. Travel mode: bus/minibus Distance: 640 km to Barnaul, 875 km to Novosibirsk, 375 to Gorno-Altaisk Meal: breakfast, lunch in the cafe, dinner on the road at your own expense Accommodation: -

11 day
Arrival in Barnaul/Novosibirsk/Gorno-Altaisk Estimated arrival in Barnaul - 7:00, in Novosibirsk - 10:00 (UTC/GMT+7), in Gorno-Altaisk - 3.00 Travel mode: bus/minibus Distance: - Meal: meals on the road at your own expense Accommodation: -

Supplemental Tour Information:
Included in the price:

- 3-course meal (except meals on the road)
- service according to the program
- services of guides
- camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, mats, backpacks, fire equipment, first- aid kit
- health insurance and accident insurance for active part of the route: MC-450000, SNS-30000
- health insurance and accident insurance for non-active part of the route: MC-150000, SNS-30000
- Ust-Koksa - Tyungur - Ust-Koksa transfer
- horses for transportation of food and public equipment (during the 2,3,4,5 day of the route)
- excursion to Verkhniy Uymon village (during the 10 day)
- entrance tickets to Old Belief Museum and the Roerich family’s Museum (Local History Museum named after N.K. Roerich)
- recreational fees
- mountain camp accommodation at Ak-Kemsky lake (during the 5,6,7 day of the route) with wardroom, tents, inflatable boat, gas equipment and toilet
- accommodation on the tourist complex territory in Uymonskaya valley (during the 1,10 day)
- crossing the Ak-Kem river by boat for radial hike to Yarlu valley
- Moving on GAZ-66 from Tyungur to Elan
- moving on GAZ-66 from “Three birches” camp to Tyungur

Not included in the price:

- meals on the road
- bath-house. Visiting bath-house is possible: during the 3rd day of the route (Kucherla lake, from 2000 rubles per hour), during the 5,6,7 days (Ak-Kem lake, from 1500 rubles per hour), during the 8th day (“Three birches” camping, from 1000 rubles per hour)
- transfer from Novosibirsk/Barnaul to the starting point of the route and back to Novosibirsk/Barnaul

Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa - 2500 rubles, Ust-Koksa - Novosibirsk - 2500 rubles
Barnaul - Ust-Koksa - 2400 rubles, Ust-Koksa - Barnaul - 2400 rubles

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

About This Supplier
Location: Russia
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2018

Altair Tour Company is tour operator in Russian Siberia, Kamchatka, Mongolia and China. The company has been working for 15 years now and got a good experience in organizing tours of any kind in the area of trekking, expeditions, adventure and combined programs. Our trekking tours to Altai Mountains are very popular...

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