Trekking to Altai, Belukha circle
||4-14 August 2017
|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
accommodation in Gorno-Altaysk
renting of personal equipment
drinks and extra charges in hotels
cafe and personal expenses in city and on the road
700km by car, 100km on foot
Start from ||Gorno-Altaysk|
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 2016
List of equipment
- backpack (recommended 60-80 litres), warm sleeping bag (with extreme temperature to -15 celsius), sleeping pad
(warm sleeping bag, sleeping mat and backpack can be rented, if you write us in advance).
- trekking shoes, light shoes for river wading and 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
Transfer Gorno-Altaysk - Tyungur. We will be staying at camping place in tourist center. Accommodation: tents
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, on foot 3 km.
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
Hike on highlands to Aktash stream. Today we will cross part of Sailyugem national park. Accommodation: tents
Hike to Tekelyu river. View to waterfalls. Steep descent to valley. Accommodation: tents
Reaching Akkem lake. Short hike to Yarlu valley. Multicoloured mountains.
We will set up a camp at east part of the lake with less people, where firewood available. Crossing narrow part of Akkem lake on boat.
Hiking through Karatyurek pass to valley of Kucherla. Accommodation: tents
Hiking to Kucherla lake. Accommodation: tents
Descend along Kucherla. Accommodation: tents
Descend to Tyungur. Banya.
Accomodation at lodge.
Transfer to Gorno-Altaysk.