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Belukha: The Heart of the Altai. Trekking. 13 or 14 days.

Region: Russia, Southern Siberia, Altai (Altay)
Activity: trekking, optional rafting and horse riding.
Trip Category: regular
Difficulty: easy to medium, no need of special skills or gear (kids from 14 years old are allowed).
Dates: July - mid-September.
Fixed dates treks (13 days Var. 2):

20.06-02.07
30.06-12.07
10.07-22.07
20.07-01.08
30.07-11.08
09.08-21.08
19.08-31.08
03.09-15.09

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 arts (petroglyphs) and Paleolithical sits are en our route, it makes visit to Altai not only outdoor adventure but captivating trip as well!

In 1998 The Golden Mountains of Altai were included to UNESCO World Heritage list.

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!

Itinerary (variant 1, return along Akkem river):
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 arts on Shaman Rock 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 (you can choose any 3 destinations from the list) to:

  • Akkem glacier. Amazing view to Akkem Wall and climbing activities on Mt. Belukha.
  • Yarlu Valley. Roerikh followers shrine ("Stone Town" with energetical sacred stone, good place for meditatation);
  • 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.

This itinerary intended mostly for those who prefer to trek in "sportish style", carring a bit more than a daypack (pack horses support is NOT possible in Akkem gorge).

Cost: for an offer! Discounts for big groups, special offer for tourleaders.

Included: meeting and seeing off in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accomodation (**DBL) in Barnaul, transportation to the Tungur (start point) and return, all permits and local fees, 3 times a day hot meals on trekking, Russian bania 3 times, tent accommodation (2 person dual layer tents) on trekking, common camping gear, 2 nights accommodation in mountain hut at Tungur base, guide-interpreter, cook, horses and horseman to carry the gear to Akkem lake (note: horses go separate way on so-called "upper trail" and carry the supply for 3 days on Akkem lake and 2 days descent back to Tungur), rescue rangers team registration.

Options. Full drive transportation from Tungur to the start of the trail and/or from 3 Birches Glade to Tungur.


Itinerary (variant 2, return on "upper trail"):
Day 1 Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs bus trip to Tungur village (850 m). Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of the Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. Russian bania.
Day 2 Start. We pass through Kucherla, the last village on our route. Following the rural road, we cross Kucherla river on a bridge, the forest, then the large field and come to the forestated foothill of Kuzuyak pass (n/c 1513 m). The same rural road crosses the pass and descends to the nice meadow on the Akkem river bank. Up to here, we have an opportynity to hire a full drive truck to get from Tungur. Then we cross Akkem river on a bridge and make a camp in a nice meadow on the Oroktoy stream (1100 m). There is also an opportunity to avoid the Kuzuiak pass by rafting on Katun river from the base to the confluence with Akkem river.
6-8 hrs, 19 km, 600 m altitude drop.

Day 3 Climb up the Oroktoy stream gorge up to Tukhman river (2000 m). The surround views change from taiga (Siberian forest) to high alpine meadows. We camp at a picturesque place with great views to Mt. Belukha (4506 m, the highest summit of Altai and entire Siberia) and surrounding peaks.
6-7 hrs, 14 km, 900 m altitude drop.

Day 4 The trail goes near the same height level and leads us to the picturesque Kulduairy Lake (2000 m). Here we have a chance to see a maral deer or a marmot. Camping in the cedar forest.
7-8 hrs, 20 km, 100 m altitude drop.

Day 5 Short day: a moderate ascent and then we find ourselves at a plateau with some weirdly shaped by the wind rocks and stones. After a short but steep descent we reach our campsite on the banks of the Tekelu River (1800 m). In the afternoon we have an optional hike upstream (4 km) along the river to see two picturesue waterfalls.
3-4 hrs, 10 km, 500 m altitude drop.

Day 6 We cross the Tekelu river and climb up the easy Sarabel pass (n/c 2400 m). After long ridge traverse and steep descent we reach the right gorge of Yarlu Valley (you can find famous Golden Root herb here!). Then we should cross the Ak-kem river (using boat or on horseback) and in a half of an hour we finally reach the permanent BC at 1950 m, where we have dinner and stay for one day. There is a canteen, a sauna and a traditional Altai dwelling - ail (used as the dining room, one more you can see before in Yarlu Valley - real hunters hut!). This camp boasts breathtaking views of the huge snowy massif of Mt. Belukha - both Eastern (Main) summit - 4506 m and Western - 4178 m.
7-8 hrs, 15 km, altitude drop 600 m.

Day 7

Radial hikes from the BC site to Ak-Oyuk valley, also called as "Valley of 7 Lakes" due to it's small but very beautifull seven lakes of different colours (5-7 hrs hiking, altitude drop 400 m), or to holy (left) part of Yarlu valley (Nicolas Roerikh' followers built so-called "Stone Town" around Space Energy Rock here, excellent meditation site!).

Day 8

Crossing the Kara-Turek pass (1A CD, 3060 m), steep ascent through the cedar forest then on medium talos leading to the saddle with the obo (stone pale marked with the pieces of fabrics). Unbeliveable views on Mt. Belukha Wall. Descent on steep small size talos to cedar forest where we camping overnight.
6-8 hrs, 15 km, 1000 m altitude drop.

Day 9

Short ascent to a plateau – and we are descending, through the taiga forest, to the emerald Kucherla Lake (1760 m). The waters of the Akkem and Kucherla Lakes are called «dead» and «alive» accordingly. You can fishing in Kucherla. We camping on the lake shore.
4-6 hrs, 13 km, 300 m altitude drop.

Day 10

Trekking down from Kucherla Lake along of the Kucherla river valley (1 300 m). Overnight on the right river bank.
7-8 hrs, 21 km, 460 m altitude drop.

Day 11 Cnt. descending along Kucherla Valley. Ancient (Stone Adges) rock art site ("Shaman Rock" grotte). We come back to Tungur base! Note: 4WD transportation to avoid hike through the village is possible here).
4-6 hrs, 24 km, 450 m altitude drop.

Day 12 Return to Barnaul. Hotel accommodation (**DBL).
Day 13 Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

This itinerary intended mostly for those who prefer to carry all the way only the daypack (pack horses support is possible for the whole trek).

Cost (light package): for an offer! Discounts for big groups, special offer for tourleaders.

Included: meeting and transfers in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accomodation (DBL), transportation to the Tungur (start point) and return, all permits, meals during trekking, Russian bania 3 times, tent accommodation (2 person dual layer tents) on trekking, common camping gear, 2 nights accommodation in mountain hut at Tungur base, guide, cook.

Cost (full package): for an offer! Discounts for big groups, special offer for tourleaders.

Included: meeting and transfers in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accomodation (DBL), transportation to the Tungur (start point) and return, all permits, meals during trekking, Russian bania 3 times, tent accommodation (2 person dual layer tents) on trekking, common camping gear, 2 nights accommodation in mountain hut at Tungur base, horses accompanying the team and carrying the luggage all the way, guide, cook, horseman.

Not included (all packages): Travel to and from Barnaul, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.
Options. Visa support. The arrival and departure point can be changed to Novosibirsk, Omsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk.
Additional excursions: Ust-Kan cave with paleolithic sit (600,000 BCE), Pazyrik burial mounds (Scythian culture, VII-II c. BCE), Kalbak Tash and Elangash Rock Arts sites (from Stone Ages to Turkish times). 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.

Any possible tailor-made trips are available! Just us of fill in the request form!

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 carring luggage and/or riding to/from Akken lake;
  • cloak room service
  • stay upgrade to permanent camp, hut or hotel
Altai (Altay) trekking. Tungur. Camping.
Camping in Tungur.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Tungur. Cafe - ail.
Cafe in Tungur shaped as ail- national Altai dwelling.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Kucherla gorge. Koni-Airy waterfall.
Kucherla gorge. Koni-Airy waterfall.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha trekking. Ancient rock painting.
Shaman Rock with petroglyphs (pre-historic rock arts).
Altai (Altay) trekking. Kucherla lake.
Kucherla lake.
Akkem Gl. and Mt. Belukha aerial view.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha from Karaturek pass.
Belukha and Akkem Wall from Karaturek pass. Bronia peak on the right.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha trekking. Upper trail area.
Upper trail area as seen from Karaturek pass.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha and Akkem lake.
Akkem lake. W. Belukha (left). The spur of Yarlu (far left).
Altai (Altay) trekking. Mt. Belukha Akkem Wall. St. Michael chapel.
St. Michael Chapel. Akkem Wall on the background.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha from Akkem glacier.
On the Akkem glacier. Akkem Wall on the background.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Mt. Belukha. Upper part of Akkem valley.
Upper part of Akkem river.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha. Yarlu valley.
Sacred Yarlu valley.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Ail- hunter's hut.
National Altai dwelling- ail. Here it is used as hunter's hut.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Mt. Belukha area. Ail (hunter's hut) inside.
Inside the ail.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha. Yarlu valley. Roerikh shrine. Energetical stone.
Charging with space energy. Yarlu valley. Roerikh shrine. Holy stone.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha. Valley of 7 lakes.
In the Valley of 7 lakes.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha. Mountain Spirits Lake.
Mountain Spirits Lake.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha trek. Akkem river.
Akkem river.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Kuzuyak pass.
On the Kuzuyak pass.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Ust-Kan cave. Paleolithic site.
Ak-Tash rock with the Ust-Kan cave. Down paleolith archaeological sit (600.000 BCE)
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha trekking. Picnic.
It is worth to make a stop on your way to Tungur and make a BBQ on the bank of the mountain river...
 
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