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Unknown Land of Tofalaria  
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"Belukha: The Heart of the Altai". Trekking.  
"Belukha: The Heart of the Altai". Horse riding.
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Belukha: The Heart of the Altai. Horse riding and rafting. 13 or 10 days.

Region: Russia, Southern Siberia, Altai
Activity: trekking, optional rafting and horse riding.
Trip Category: regular
Difficulty: easy to medium, no need of special skill or gear (kids from 16 years old are allowed).
Dates: July - mid-September.

Fixed dates rafting and horseride trips (Var. 1 13 days tour):

07.07-19.07
20.07-01.08
04.08-16.08
19.08-31.08

Fixed dates horseride trips (Var. 2 10 days tour):

30.06-09.07
10.07-19.07
23.07-01.08
07.08-16.08
22.08-31.08

Altai - "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 - gives an unique social experience. A number of archeological artefacts (from 1,500,000 BCE!), including rock arts (petroglyphs) and Paleolithical sit en our route, makes visit to Altai not only trekking adventure but cognitive trip as well!

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

Horse riding trip 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 riding through mountain taiga to the beautiful Kucherla Lake, then crossing simple pass and placing a base camp (BC) on the Akkem lake in front of amazing Akkem wall. Then, the travellers make side trips to the Akkem glacier and misterious Yarlu Valley with Roerikh followers shrine. The trip continues in Tekelu river gorge and in the the right-side gorges of Akkem valley to Oroktoy river, then crossing Akkem 2nd time and through simple Kuzuyak pass return to Tungur base.

You don't need previous horse riding experience- we provide training route at the very beginning of the trip!

To get much taste of Altai Mountains nature and more adrenaline, we offer 13 days rafting and horseride trip (see Variant 1).

For those who haven't much time, we offer short 8-days trip (see Variant 2).

After the trip, you can go rafting on Katun river, make interesting excursions to natural phenomenas and archeological sites - see Options and Services in Tungur base below!

Itinerary (variant 1, 13 days, rafting + horseback):
Day 1 Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs bus trip to Tungur village. Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. Russian bania.
Day 2

Transfer to the starting point of rafting - Krasnoyarka village. Start rafting down Koksa River. The stream is fast and in two hours we come to the Gromotukhinsky rapid (grade 2). In 40-50 min we moor to the Ust-Koksa village. Camping overight on a small Katun island. 30 km, 4-5 hrs.

Day 3

In the beginning of the Uymonskaya Valley Katun splits into numerous channels. Camping in the neighbourhood of the Multa village, excursion to the Nicholas Roerich Museum in the village of Upper Uimon. 30 km, 4-5 hrs.

Day 4

Rafting Multa – Tiungur. The stream is very fast. There are some small rapids en route. Return to the base, dinner in the cafe and overnight in tents. 30 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 5 Start horseride. Tiungur - Kuzuyak pass (1513 m, n/c, rural road) – the Ak- Kem river (1000 m) - the Oroktoy stream (1100 m). Overnight at the mouth of the Oroktoy stream. 19 km, 5-6 hrs
Day 6 Oroktoy stream - Tukhman River (2000 m). We ride through deep Siberian taiga then climb up to alpine meadows. Overnight at a picturesque meadow with great panoramic view of Mt. Belukha (4506 m), the highest summit of Altai and entire Siberia, and surrounding peaks.14 km, 6-7 hrs.
Day 7

Tukhman River – Kulduairy Lake (2000 m) - Tekelu River (1800 m). The trail goes near the same altitude and leads us to the picturesque Kulduairy Lake. We may have a chance to see a maral (Siberian deer spice whose hornes are using for medical purposes, especially in Chinese medicine) or a marmot. After a plateau with some weirdly shaped rocks and stones we take a short but steep descent and finally reach our campsite on the bank of the Tekelu River. 30 km, 7-8 hrs.

Day 8

Tekelu River - mountain hut Ak-Kem (1950 m). After breakfast we cross Tekelu River and climb the Sarybel Pass (n/c, beaten trail). Descent to Yarlu valley. Then we cross Ak-Kem River and in 1/2 hr we reach the Upper Camp. There is a canteen, a sauna and a traditional Altaian dwelling – ail- there. 15 km, 6-7 hrs.

Day 9 An excursion day. 7 Lakes Valley (5-7 h hiking, altitude drop 400 m), or to the Holy Yarlu valley to the Nicolas Roerikh followers shrine. Optional Russian bania.
Day 10

Ak-kem - the Karaturek pass (3060 m). Climbing up the Karatiurek pass is really a serious endurance test. The descend from the pass is steep and goes on medium size talus. Overnight up the tree line.18 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 11

Cnt. descent to the Kucherla River Gorge. Shaman Rock with antient rock art en route. Return to Tungur. Camping. Optional bania. 28 km, 6-7 hrs.

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

Cost (full package): us for an offer. No group size limit!

Included: meeting/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 during trip including 4 times at the mountain base, Russian bania 2 times, tent (2 person dual layer tents) accommodation, 2 nights mountain hut accommodation at Tungur base, common camping gear, guide-interpreter, cook, horses for participants, horseman-instructor, pack horses, rescue rangers team registration.

Not included: Travel to and from Barnaul, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.

Itinerary (variant 2, 10 days):
Day 1 Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs bus trip to Tungur village (850 m elev. ASL). Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. Optional Russian bania.
Day 2 Start horseride. Tiungur - Kuzuyak pass (1513 m, n/c, rural road) – the Ak- Kem river (1000 m) - the Oroktoy stream (1100 m). Overnight at the mouth of the Oroktoy stream. 19 km, 5-6 hrs
Day 3 Oroktoy stream - Tukhman River (2000 m). We ride through deep Siberian taiga then climb up to alpine meadows. Overnight at a picturesque meadow with great panoramic view of Mt. Belukha (4506 m), the highest summit of Altai and entire Siberia, and surrounding peaks.14 km, 6-7 hrs.
Day 4

Tukhman River – Kulduairy Lake (2000 m) - Tekelu River (1800 m). The trail goes near the same altitude and leads us to the picturesque Kulduairy Lake. We may have a chance to see a maral (Siberian deer spice whose hornes are using for medical purposes, especially in Chinese medicine) or a marmot. After a plateau with some weirdly shaped rocks and stones we take a short but steep descent and finally reach our campsite on the bank of the Tekelu River. 30 km, 7-8 hrs.

Day 5

Tekelu River - mountain hut Ak-Kem (1950 m). After breakfast we cross Tekelu River and climb the Sarybel Pass (n/c, beaten trail). Descent to Yarlu valley. Then we cross Ak-Kem River and in 1/2 hr we reach the Upper Camp. There is a canteen, a sauna and a traditional Altaian dwelling – ail- there. 15 km, 6-7 hrs.

Day 6 An excursion day. 7 Lakes Valley (5-7 h hiking, altitude drop 400 m), or to the Holy Yarlu valley to the Nicolas Roerikh followers shrine. Optional Russian bania.
Day 7

Ak-kem - the Karaturek pass (3060 m). Climbing up the Karatiurek pass is really a serious endurance test. The descend from the pass is steep and goes on medium size talus. Overnight up the tree line.18 km, 5-6 hrs.

Day 8

Cnt. descent to the Kucherla River Gorge. Shaman Rock with antient rock art en route. Return to Tungur. Camping. Optional bania. 28 km, 6-7 hrs.

Day 9 Return to Barnaul. Hotel accommodation.
Day 10 Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

Cost (full package): us for an offer. No group size limit!

Included: meeting/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 during trip except on the road from/to Barnaul; tent (2-3 person dual layer tents) accommodation, 2 nights mountain hut accommodation at Tungur base, common camping gear, guide-interpreter, cook, riding horses for the participants, horseman-instructor, pack horses, rescue rangers team registration.

Not included: 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 with Novosibirsk, Omsk or Biysk.
Russian bania. Additional exursions: Ust-Kan cave with paleolithic sit (600,000 BCE), Pazirik burial mounds (Scythian culture, VII-II c. BCE), Kalbak Tash and Elangash Rock Arts sites (from Stone Age to Turkish times). Helicopter flights from/to Gorno-Altaisk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk to/from base in Tungur. Accommodation in mountain hut on Akkem Lake.

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!
  • extra Russian bania;
  • gear rental;
  • extra horses for carring luggage;
  • cloak room service.
Altai. Tungur. Base. Cafe.
Base in Tungur. Altai-style cafe shaped as ail.
Altai. Kucherla gorge. Koni-Airy waterfall.
Kucherla gorge. Koni-Airy waterfall.
Altai. Kucherla lake.
Kucherla lake.
Altai. Belukha horse riding.
Camping site. Hunter's hut.
Altai. Belukha horse riding.
On the Horse Trail.
Altai. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha from Karaturek pass.
Belukha and Akkem Wall from Karaturek pass. Bronia peak on the right.
Altai. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha and Akkem lake.
Akkem lake. W. Belukha (left). The spur of Yarlu (far left).
Altai. Akkem Wall of Mt. Belukha from Akkem glacier.
On the Akkem glacier. Akkem Wall on the background.
Altai. Mt. Belukha. Upper part of Akkem valley.
Upper part of Akkem river.
Altai. Belukha. Yarlu valley.
Sacred Yarlu valley.
Altai. Belukha. Yarlu valley. Roerikh shrine. Energetical stone.
Charging with space energy. Yarlu valley. Roerikh shrine. Holy stone.
Altai. Belukha. Akkem lake. Horse riding.
In the evening with the Mount Belukha at the background...
Altai. Belukha. Akkem valley.
In the Akkem valley.
Altai. Kuzuyak pass.
On the Kuzuyak pass.
 
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