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Heart of Altai
Heart of Altai

Climbing Belukha

Heart of Altai
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
16
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights
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The sparkling ice of Belukha Mountain in the background of bright blue skies tempts travelers like a rare jewel. To conquer its height of 4509 meters is quite an achievement even for an experienced climber. Overcoming the difficulties amidst the snows covering the mountain from base to peak, you will change the way you perceive yourself and your lifestyle.

Heart of Altai
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 16
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights
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Experiences you'll have

Climbing Belukha Mountain

Belukha is, at 4509 meters, one of Russia's highest peaks; the streams of mighty Katun, Altai's river #1, flow from there. The foot area is abundant in scenic rivers, lakes, and plants. Before climbing the peak, you will go trekking over this amazing place.

We store block tents, climbing gear for a group, and some food in various locations along the route to maximize the comfort of your Belukha adventure.

The schedule includes a training day for you to learn how to climb snow-and-ice slopes; on Day 2, you will turn Kuzuyak, rafting along the Katun river to the mouth of Akkem. Coming to the foot at the beginning of the tour, you will marvel at Lake Akkem and get acclimatized.

 

Note: the program in the mountains can be changed due to weather conditions. Decision about changing the itinerary is made by guide.

Itinerary

The tour begins with a meet-and-greet in Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk. On the day of arrival, you should arrive at the airport by 7 a.m. or at the Vysotnik campsite at 4 p.m. Those who want to acclimatize gradually as well as to take tours that are not on the schedule may arrive earlier. Contact our manager for details.

Day 1 Vysotnik campsite

You will be met and brought to Tyungur, where you will stay at Vysotnik campsite (located at 850 m above sea level) and dine at the local café.

Day 2 Kuzuyak pass

You will go trekking from Vysotnik (850 m) to the Kuzuyak Pass (1513 m) to the Three Birches (Rus: Три березы) meadow (17 km, 5 to 7 hours). You may also start your trekking route with rafting to the mouth of Akkem or lease cargo horses.

Day 3 Home Akkem

You will go trekking from Thee Birches to Home Akkem, located at a height of 1950 m in mountains (25 km, 7 to 10 hours). You will walk the path along the river shores and come to a place for your first time to see the top of Mountain Belukha; we even refer to this place as 'panorama'. Home Akkem is 1.5 km down from the famous Lake Akkem and is located next to a creek and a waterfall.

Day 4 Glacier of Akkem

On this day, you will go from Home Akkem to the Akkem glacier to Tomsk Nights (Rus: Томские ночевки) at a height of 3000 m (17 km, 6 to 8 h). That being said, you will climb some 1000 meters. You will also have to cross the shaky bridge over the stream of Akkem at the edge of the lake. The path to the glacier is not very visible: you will have to climb loose rocks and rocky moraine left of the glacier, carefully and slowly; or you will have to climb the glacier itself. You will also go left of the icefall while climbing the moraine.

Day 5 Glacier training

This day is for glacier training. You will learn how to belay, how to move with crampons on you, and how to work in rope teams. If weather conditions are good, you will acclimatize and make it to under the Delaunay pass at a height of 3400 m.

Day 6 Delaunay pass

Early in the morning, you will set off from Tomsk Nights with a full set of mountain climbing gear. You will climb the Delaunay Pass in rope teams. The climbing distance is some 300 meters of snow-and-ice 35- to 45-degree slopes. Your further path on the glacier will be easy. The whole route will take 7-8 hours.

Day 7 Climbing Belukha

On this day, you will climb the 4506-meter Mountain Belukha. From the glacier, you will climb snow-and-ice slopes (up to 45 degrees) and make it to just under the ridge. Then you will climb the rock-and-ice ridge and make it to the gentle pre-top ridge. You will descend following the same route you will have climbed. The whole route will take 7-8 hours.

Day 8 Extra day

This is an extra day reserved just in case of bad weather. If you manage to complete all the routes and actually climb the mountain before this day, then you will have two options:

a) to stay at Home Akkem and make radial hikes to explore the gorges and valleys of Akkem while staying in block tents, having your breakfasts and dinners at the cafeteria, and getting lunch packages to eat en route.

b) to come back to the Vysotnik campsite in Tyungur a day earlier, stay there in block tents, have breakfasts and dine at the café while also getting lunch packages to eat en route as well as taking some tours down there.

Day 9 Descent

You will descend from the base camp to the Delaunay pass to Tomsk Nights to Home Akkem. Then you will go to the bathhouse and dine at the cafeteria. If you want to lease horses to carry your gear, you have to inform the guides on Day 2.

Days 10-11 Back to Vysotnik

On those days, you will trek back to the Vysotnik campsite (39 km).

Day 12 End of journey

You will have breakfast and go back to Gorno-Altaysk, Biysk, or Barnaul.

Heart of Altai
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
16
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights
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Accommodation during the trip

On Day 1 and Day 11, you will stay at the Vysotnik campsite; you will sleep in block tents for three, located on a special platform. On Day 3 and Day 9, you will stay at Home Akkem, which has four-bed camping cabins for you. While en route, you will sleep in block tents for three. You may also reserve a more comfortable accommodation at the Vysotnik campsite for an additional fee; contact our manager for details.

 

The Vysotnik campsite is located in the Altai Mountains, close to the highest peak — Mount Belukha on the shores of Katun. The 'wild' platform has room for 30 tents. It also has a fire pit, a canopy, tables, benches, and firewood. A WC and a wash-stand are on-site. The campsite also has a café. There are tables for 4 to 8 persons as well as benches on the veranda. It has room for 65 to 70 persons. There are a bar and a home entertainment system. There are tables for 4 to 6 persons as well as chairs in the all-season indoor rooms. Such rooms may contain up to 30 persons at once. They are also equipped with home entertainment systems. The campsite also has a bathhouse and a sauna as well as a volleyball court.

 

Home Akkem is located at a height of 1950 m in the forest area of the Akkem gorge, on the shores of the river with the same name. Campsites there have room for up to 32 persons. Each of the stationary human-height summer tents for 3 or 4 persons has two compartments: a store compartment for your clothes, gear, and shoes; and a sleep compartment with a rubber bottom. You have to bring sleeping bags and mats yourself! You may also lease a bed set: a mattress, a blanket, a pillow, and bed linen.

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Common questions

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Who will be my guide? +

You will be accompanied by a professional mountaineering guide. Each of your locations is clearly determined; going from one to another takes 5 to 7 hours. The guide has additional options to pick from depending on how many other groups are climbing the mountain, on the condition of snow, on the weather as well as on how physically fit is the group. If weather is bad, you will spend your time in a tent.

Meals +

At the campsites, you will have meals in the café or the cafeteria. You will also be provided meals for climbing and hiking. Cook that food yourself. While hiking, you will cook on a fire; when climbing, youwill have a gas burner.
 

Climbing meals are organized as follows. The standard food package is provided for the entire group; group members select foods based on the menu the guide recommends for this or that day, while also taking into account they will have to cook it on their own inside the tent.

 

During the night, tents are placed in snowy sites, which is why there is a gas burner with cylinders and a pan for each group of three so that three people sleeping in the same tent could cook their food on their own in case of bad weather. So, it's the three 'dwellers' of a tent that decide what to eat, with the guide's recommendations taken into account. It's best to eat cereals in the morning and soup in the evening; soup plus lard is a good universal meal.

Can I participate? +

To take part in this tour, you must be physically fit, have some climbing and mountain hike experience, as well as provide a health check-up certificate to confirm you are healthy. This is a 3A route. Maximum altitude variation may amount to 1000 meters in a single day. You carry your own things and meals as well as common gear distributed by the guide, tailored to the individual.

 

If one of the tour participants hikes too slowly (like only half as fast as the others), the guide may leave them at Akkem. It is also possible to make radial hikes, either with a guide or by joining another trekking group. You don't have to pay for your accommodation and meals at Home Akkem.

Can children participate? +

Minors aged 16 or older can join their parents in this adventure.

What to bring +

You willl be provided some common gear: tents, ropes, ice screws, carabiners, avalanche shovels, radios, gas burners and cylinders, a first-aid kit, fire equipment for hikes, and mats.

 

You need to bring your own warm clothes for climbing (a down jacket, gloves, warm mittens, and a hat), a running suit, climbing boots (plastic or rigid trekking boots with a bezel to fasten crampons), a backpack of no less than 70 l., a warm sleeping bag that will sustain you in temperatures of down to 0°С, your own dishes and flatware (a mug, a spoon, a bowl, and a knife), a flashlight, leggings, sunglasses with good UV protection, and a well-protecting sunscreen.

 

You can lease some gear at Home Akkem. Contact the manager for cost and book it in advance.

What about the weather? +

You can perceive and sense all of the seasons in just two days. It can snow or hail here in July. Belukha is snow-covered round the year. If it rains in the valley, then it snows on Belukha. The ascent route contains a lot of snow-and-ice slopes up to 45 degrees. Please, select your clothing carefully.

Do I need insurance? +

The tour fee includes a 400,000-ruble health insurance and a 100,000-ruble AD&D insurance. In case an insured event occurs en route, the administration of the Vysotnik campsite will help the injured person make it to a healthcare institution and will also contact the insurance company and the health center as well as get receipts from private individuals to have provided healthcare. However, it is crucial to know that in an insured event, all issues in relation thereto are the injured person's and the insurance company's concern. The injured person pays all the expenses and collects receipts, papers, etc. to get back the sums so spent after the insurance company processes the papers. So, bring some money with you just in case.

Will I need a pass to the border area? +

As the route is within five kilometers from the state border, all tourists must have a border pass. Our company will obtain it for you from the border office. Russia's citizens have to submit their complete personal data at least 35 days prior to the tour (65 days if you are a foreigner). Also make sure your passport (or equivalent) will stay safe and preserved en route: take a waterproof bag, packet, or page protector with you.

Do I need vaccinations? +

It is highly recommended that you vaccinate against ticks.

What does individual climbing gear include? +
  • Crampon for climbing
  • Cowstail (a sling or a rope – 5-6 meters)
  • Carbine – 3
  • Jumar – 1
  • Descender (e.g. eight)
  • Ice-axe
  • Harness
  • Helmet

Booking

Heart of Altai

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 16
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights
80 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Accommodation at the Vysotnik campsite, Home Akkem, and in tents en route

  • Three meals a day, from the Day 1 dinner to the Day 12 breakfast

  • Bathing at Home Akkem on Day 9 and at Vysotnik on Day 11

  • Guide's services for climbing on days 4-9 (1 guide for 3-4 people) and trekking on day 2-3, 10-11

  • Common gear lease fee

  • All permits

  • 400 000-ruble health insurance and 100 000-ruble AD&D insurance, provided by INGOSSTRAKH Barnaul for journeys in the Belukha region

  • Individual climbing gear

Extra charge:
  • Flight to Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk

  • Transfers from Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk to Tyngur and back (+4800 rubles pp)

  • Leasing a horse to transport your cargo (50 kg max. per horse, +1500 rubles a day)

  • Rafting from Vysotnik to the mouth of the Akkem River, 18 km, 2 hours (+10 000 rubles for ten persons)

  • Extra bathhouse visits Vysotnik campsite (+2 000 rubles pp up tp 5 people, + 2500 rubles pp up to 10 people) and at Home Akkem (+4 000 rubles pp up to 10 people)

  • Meals on the way

  • Optional comfortable accommodation at Vysotnik campsite, upon advance request (starting at 400 rubles pp for a night)

  • Border pass and migration registration for non-Russian citizents (+1 000 rubles pp)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Accommodation at the Vysotnik campsite, Home Akkem, and in tents en route

  • Three meals a day, from the Day 1 dinner to the Day 12 breakfast

  • Bathing at Home Akkem on Day 9 and at Vysotnik on Day 11

  • Guide's services for climbing on days 4-9 (1 guide for 3-4 people) and trekking on day 2-3, 10-11

  • Common gear lease fee

  • All permits

  • 400 000-ruble health insurance and 100 000-ruble AD&D insurance, provided by INGOSSTRAKH Barnaul for journeys in the Belukha region

  • Individual climbing gear

  • Flight to Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk

  • Transfers from Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk to Tyngur and back (+4800 rubles pp)

  • Leasing a horse to transport your cargo (50 kg max. per horse, +1500 rubles a day)

  • Rafting from Vysotnik to the mouth of the Akkem River, 18 km, 2 hours (+10 000 rubles for ten persons)

  • Extra bathhouse visits Vysotnik campsite (+2 000 rubles pp up tp 5 people, + 2500 rubles pp up to 10 people) and at Home Akkem (+4 000 rubles pp up to 10 people)

  • Meals on the way

  • Optional comfortable accommodation at Vysotnik campsite, upon advance request (starting at 400 rubles pp for a night)

  • Border pass and migration registration for non-Russian citizents (+1 000 rubles pp)

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