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Trekking to Altai, Belukha circle with horse support

Dates: 4-15 August 2019
(per person)
820 €
Includes:all transfers during the tour
meals during hiking
all permits and passes
one night in lodge after trekking
banya after trekking
horse support for food and tent
Excludes:visa fees
accommodation in Barnaul
renting of personal equipment
travel insurance
cafe and personal expenses in city and on the road
Length: 900km by car, 100km on foot
Start from Barnaul
level: moderate (trekking experience needed)

Belukha mountain (4500m) is highest point of Siberia located on border of Russia and Kazakhstan. White peaks are visible from the distance. Most interesting trekking itinerary is non-linear route via valleys of Oroktoy and Kucherla rivers. There are two main rivers in this area: Akkem river (grey-whote color) and Kucherla river (turquoise). Akkem river takes beginning from Akkem lake, at height of 2200m.

Please note, Belukha tour is in special permit area. Documents for permit should be sent at least two month in advance.

Trip report Belukha trekking 2018

Trip report Belukha trekking 2017

List of equipment
- backpack (recommended 60-80 litres), warm sleeping bag (with comfort temperature to 0 celsius), sleeping pad.
- trekking shoes, light shoes for day's rest
- rain jacket, pants, fleece pullover, thermal underwear, socks (2 pairs of cotton and 1 pairs of warm trekking socks), cap, raincoat
- the dishes (mug, spoon, bowl and knife)
- forehead lamp
- matches, personal first-aid kit, dental paste with tooth brush, tissue

day description km
1 4th Aug. Transfer Barnaul - Tyungur (12 hours in minivan). Accommodation: tents 600
2 5th Aug. In the morning we will meet our horseman and left the luggage for next camp. First part of adventure begin. In russian truck GAZ-66 we will reach Kuzuyak pass (1500m), and descend to valley of Akkem river. Akkem means white water due to color of glacial river. Hiking up to Oroktoy valley. Distance by truck 11km. Accommodation: tents 15
3 6th Aug. Hiking up in Oroktoy valley. Ascent to high trail. We will see white wall of Belukha in the distance. Camping place is in very scenic place with stunning view to mountains. Accommodation: tents 10
4 7th Aug. Hike on highlands to Aktash stream. Today we will cross part of Sailyugem national park. Accommodation: tents 16
5 8th Aug. Hike to Tekelyu river. View to waterfalls. Steep descent to valley. Accommodation: tents 6
6 9th Aug. Reaching Akkem lake. We will set up a camp at east part of the lake with less people, where firewood available. Accommodation: tents 10
7 10th Aug. Hiking around Akkem lake. There is Yarlu valley with colored red and purple rocks close to Akkem lake. Accommodation: tents 12
8 11th Aug. Crossing narrow part of Akkem lake on boat. Hiking through Karatyurek pass to valley of Kucherla. It's highest point of our trekking (3070m). Long but not difficult hike with views to Akkem and Kucherla valleys. If weather will be good it's possible to see glaciers of North-Chuensis ridge. Accommodation: tents 7
9 12th Aug. Hiking to Kucherla lake. Trail goes through the forest without water. Kucherla lake is big and deep colored of green-blue. Accommodation: tents 12
10 13th Aug. Descend along Kucherla. Accommodation: tents 15
11 14th Aug. Descend to Tyungur. Banya. Accomodation at lodge. 16
12 15th Aug. Transfer to Barnaul. 600


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