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Altai: The Golden Mountains. Aktru. Climbing. 10 days.

Region: Russia, Southern Siberia, Altai
Activity: trekking, freeride skiing and boarding, optional climbing or heliskiing
Trip Category: regular
Difficulty: easy to difficult, fixed dates Aktru Bash: medium, need of special skill and gear.
Dates: year round. Freeride skiing: February-June. Fixed dates Aktru Bash climbing tours with climbing courses, tour to join (to/from Kurai):

(we work on it)

other dates are available upon request. We recommend to plan at least 7 days for ther climbing tour.

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.

There are also many archaeological and historical sites to visit in Altai: from Stone Ages (1,500,000 BCE Down Paleolith Ulala sit in Gorno-Altaisk, Ust-Kan Cave Sit 600,000 BCE) to famous Pazyryk Scythian King's burial mounds, Elangash and Kalbak Tash rock art sites (the 1st is the World's 2nd Rock Art site- more than 40,000 petroglyphs!), stone figures (Deer Stones, Kamenny Baba, Balbals) and many more!

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

Aktru area (named after Aktru peak, 4074 m) is the highest part of Northern Chuisky Range (the highest summit is Maashey-Bashi peak, 4173 m. It offers variety of possibilities for trekking and climbing (from trekking peaks like "Kupol Treh Ozer" - "Three Lakes Dome", 1B UIAA, to Karatash North Wall, 6A UIAA). The unique feature of the area is the location of the "Aktru" mountaineering base - very close to Maliy (Small) Aktru glacier and it's availability by 4WD even in winter. The area also has good features for snowboarding and heliskiing. The important advantage is Aktru area is situated outside the border zone so it is no need to arrange border zone permit in 2-month advance.

Climbing options: The following peak are available for climbing in Aktru area: Kiziltash (3800 m, 1B-3A UIAA); Pioneer (1B); Snezhnaya ("Snowy", 2B); UPI ("Ural Politechnical Institute", 2B); Aktru Bash (4074 m, 2A-3A); Burevestnik ("Storm Petrel", 3700 m, 1B-2A); Karatash (3600 m, 2A-6A). Please have a look at the interactive 3D 360° aerial panoramas on the right column bottom.

Itinerary (Aktru Bash climbing, including climbing courses, Barnaul-Barnaul, also possible from/to Novosibirsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk):
Day 1 Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs drive to Kurai village. Hut or ail (national Altai dwelling) accommodation.
Day 2 4WD drive to the upper Aktru gorge through Kuraiskaya Steppe and. Numerous of archaeological artefacts (Scythian ant Turkish burial mounds) en route. Accommodation in mountain hut.
Day 3 Acclimatization day. Lessons: usage of the equipment, belaying, self-belaying. Russian bania (sauna).
Day 4 Acclimatization day. Climb up the Big Aktru Glacier to Blue Lake. Ice training, working in pair. 10 km, 7-8 hrs, +/- 900 m.
Day 5 Ascent to Uchitel Pass (3000 m, steep grassy slope). 6 km +/- 800 m, 6-7 hrs.
Day 6 Rock climbing training. Work with the fixed rope. 8 hrs.
Day 7 Climbing of the trekking peak "Kupol Treh Ozer" ("Three Lakes Dome"), 3556 m, 1B UIAA. Not technical ascent, main obstacles are: steep rocky slope at the beginning and the cover glacier on the very top. Magnificient panoramic views of the entire Mountain Altai from the summit! Return to the base camp. 6 km, +/- 1356 m, 10-12 hrs.
Day 8 Spare/rest day. Training. Russian bania (sauna).
Day 9 Climb up the Big Aktru Glacier to Blue Lake. Camp here. 7 km, 3-4 hrs, + 900 m.
Day 10 Assault attempt to Aktru Bash (4074 m) along East Ridge (2A-3A UIAA). Descent to Blue Lake or (if weather permits) to BC. 8 km, +/- 947 m.
Day 11 Descent to BC or spare day for a case of bad weather.
Day 12 4WD drive to Kurai village. Change vehicle from 4WD to the car or minibus. Return to Barnaul. Hotel accommodation DBL BB.
Day 13 Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

Note. In a case of start from Gorno-Altaisk it is possible to reach the Aktru base same day.

Cost: please for an offer!

Included: meeting and seeing off in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accomodation (***DBL BB) in Barnaul and 11 nights in mountai hut and tents on climbing, transportation to the Aktru mountain base and return, all permits and local fees, visa registration, 3 times a day hot meals on the base, lunch boxes on climbing, group gear rental: tents, ropes, iron stuff, climbing guide, Russian bania - 4 times, rescue rangers team registration.
Not included: Travel to and from Barnaul, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items, insurance.

Options. Visa support, personal gear rental, personal climbing guide service, climbing cook service. The arrival and departure point can be changed with Novosibirsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk. Additional exursions: Elangash Rock Art site (World 2nd Rock Art site, more than 40,000 ancient pictures!), Kalbak Tash rock art site with famous "Aliens" and "Giant Monster" figures, Chuia Deer Stone (Scythian warrior monument and rock art site), Inia Stellas (Deer Stones), Pazirik King's burial mounds (Scythian culture, VII-II c. BCE). Gear rental. Optional climbing (see the peak list below).


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

Altai. Kurai steppe.
Kuraiskaya steppe.
Altai. Aktru gorge.
Aktru gorge with Karatash Peak on the background.
Aktru. Camping in Altai taiga.
Camping in the Altai taiga.
Altai. Aktru mountain base.
Aktru base and Sachki Lake.
Altai. Maliy Aktru glacier.
Maliy (Small) Aktru glacier. 3 Lakes Dome on the background.
Altai. Big Aktru glacier.
Bolshoy (Big) Aktru glacier.
Altai. Aktru. Blue Lake.
Blue (rather green there) Lake
Aktru peak.
Aktru peak from Big Aktru Gl.
Altai Aktru climbing.
Climbing Aktru Bash - on the ridge.
Altai Aktru Bash pre-summit
Aktru peak pre-summit
Aktru peak climbing
Aktru peak last meters.
Altai climbing. Aktru peak summit.
Aktru peak summit.
Aktru. Karagem-Bashi peak.
Karagem-Bashi peak.
Altai. Aktru. Summit of  3 Lakes Dome.
Done! The summit of the "Three Lakes Dome"
Altai. Aktru. Panoramic view from the summit of 3 Lakes Dome.
Panoramic view from 3 Lakes Dome. Left to right: Brlukha and Delone (far left), Snowing, Maashey Bashi, Karatash, Big Aktru Gl., Aktru Peak
Aktru. Alpine meadow.
Alpine meadow in Aktru area.
Aktru. Mountain hut.
Aktru. Mountain hut.
Altai. 5th Pazyryk burial mound .Scythian culture.
The famous 5th Pazyryk Tzar burial mound where the chariot, oldest woolen carpet and the mummies of the Scythian King and Queen were found (most of the artefacts are in State Hermitage, St. Petersburg), IV c. BCE.
Altai. Chuya deer stone. Scythian warrior figure.
Chuya Deer Stone (the figure of Scythian warrior in the centre of ancient shrine includes the burial mounds and a rock art site as well. VII c. BCE.
Altai. Kalbak Tash rock art site. Monster.
Kalbak Tash rock art site. Giant monster. Stone age, II millenium BCE.
Altai. Rock art. Elangash. Hunting scene.
Elangash rock art site. Hunting scene.
Interactive 3D 360° aerial panoramic view of Big Aktru Gl., Karatash, Snezhnaya, UPI, Radistov, Studentov, Yunost, Aktru Bash, Blue Lake, Stazherov, Kyzyltah.
Interactive 3D 360° aerial panoramic view of Big Aktru Gl., Karatash, Radistov, Studentov, Yunost, Aktru Bash, Blue Lake, Stazherov, Kyzyltah.
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