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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 y.o.
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights

Languages

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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 y.o.
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights

Languages

EN
guide
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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. Also on the second day you can go around the Kuzuyak pass, rafting along the Katun river to the mouth of Akkem. Hiking to the foot of Belukha in the first days will give you an opportunity to see the picturesque Lake Akkem, as well as to get acclimatized for a successful ascent.

Border permit is required for this tour. Personal data should be submitted minimum 35 days before the date of arrival

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

Itinerary

The journey begins in Barnaul, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk, where you need to travel to by your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

Further you need to get to Tyungur village, where the route begins. Look for details about the group transfer in Common questions section.

Day 1 Arrival to Tyungur

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 Trekking through the Kuzuyak pass or rafting on the Katun river

Today you will have a trekking route through the Kuzuyak pass (1513 m) to the Three Birches meadow (17 km, 5 to 7 hours).

 

The pass is not particularly difficult, but for better acclimatization we recommend to go around the pass, rafting on the Katun river to the mouth of the Ak-Kem river (extra charge). It helps to reduce the hiking route by about two times and get to the camp without descents and ascents. 

 

The trekking route length — 12-17 km, 2,5-7 hours.

Day 3 Home Akkem

You will go trekking from Three Birches to Home Akkem, located at a height of 1950 m in mountains.

 

You will walk the path along the river banks and come to a place, where you will see the top of Belukha Mount for the first time. We even call this place as 'panorama'. 

 

In the evening you will reach the campsite, have dinner and rest in tents.

 

The trekking route length — 25 km, 7-10 hours.

Day 4 Akkem glacier

Today you will start a route through the Akkem glacier with a climb of about 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.

 

You will come to Tomsky Nights (Rus: Томские ночевки) at a height of 3000 m and rest in tents.

 

The trekking route length — 17 km, 6-8 hours.

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

Today you will climb the 4506-meter Belukha Mount. 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: to stay at Home Akkem and make radial hikes to explore the gorges and valleys of Akkem or to come back to the Vysotnik campsite in Tyungur a day earlier and rest here.

Day 9 Descent

You will descend from the base camp to Home Akkem through the Delaunay pass. In the evening you will go to the bathhouse and have dinner. 

Days 10-11 Back to Vysotnik

On those days you will trek back to the Vysotnik campsite in Tyungur village. You will spend the night in tents.

 

The trekking route length — 39 km.

Day 12 Departure

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 y.o.
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights

Languages

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Accommodation during the trip

On Day 1 and Day 11, you will stay at the Vysotnik campsite, located in the Altai Mountains, close to the highest peak — Mount Belukha on the banks of the Katun river. You will sleep in block tents for three, located on the specially equipped territory of the base. There is a fire pit, a canopy, tables, benches, firewood, as well as WC and wash basins with cold water on-site. The campsite also has a cafe, sauna and a volleyball court.

 

You may also reserve a more comfortable accommodation at the Vysotnik campsite for an additional fee:

  • triple or quadruple room in a wooden two-storey house (facilities on site): +400 rubles per person per day
  • double room in a wooden two-storey house (facilities on site): +500 rubles per person per day
  • double room in the hotel (facilities on the floor): +900 rubles per person per day
  • double room in the hotel (room facilities): +1200 rubles per person per day
  • single room in the hotel (facilities on the floor): +1300 rubles per person per day

 

On Day 3 and Day 9 you will stay at Home Akkem, located at a height of 1950 m in the forest area of the Akkem gorge, on the banks of the Akkem river. You will live in the stationary human-height summer tents for 3 or 4 persons. Each tent 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 with you. Also you can rent a bed set: a mattress, a blanket, a pillow, and bed linen.

 

You may also book a more comfortable accommodation at the Home Akkem for an additional fee:

  • room in a wooden house (on the 1st floor) with stove, shelves and hangers for things, electricity: +4500 rubles/day per room (with own sleeping bags on the floor, up to 10 people), +500 rubles/day per person (on IKEA folding bed with bed linen)
  • room in a wooden house (on the 2nd floor) with a stove, shelves and hangers for things, electricity: +4000 rubles/day per room (with own sleeping bags on the floor, up to 8 people), +500 rubles/day per person (on IKEA folding bed with bed linen)
  • room in a new wooden house with a view of Belukha Mount (with a stove, tables, shelves and hooks for things, electricity): +5000 rubles/day per room (with own sleeping bags, up to 4 people), +6000 rubles/day per room (overnight on mattresses 10 cm with bed linen, up to 2 people).

 

En route and during climbing Belukha, you will sleep in triple block tents.

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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 +

The cost of the program includes three meals a day (1 day — dinner, 12 day — breakfast). At the campsites you will eat in the cafe and dining room. During the trekking routes and climbing you will be provided with food, and you will prepare your own meals on a fire or gas burner, based on the recommended guide menu for each day.

Can I participate? +

To take part in this tour, you must be physically fit, have some climbing and mountain hike experience. This is a 3A route. Maximum altitude variation may amount to 1000 meters in a single day. Participants carry personal belongings and some products, group climbing equipment and most of the products are already in the camp sites.

 

If one of the tour participants hikes too slowly (like only half as fast as the others), the guide may leave them at Home 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 extra for your accommodation and meals at Home Akkem during this time.

 

Also children aged 16 years old or older can join their parents in this adventure.

Group transfer to the base +

You can get to the base "Vysotnik" (village Tyungur) on your own or use the services of a group transfer (paid additionally). Those who wish to get a gradual acclimatization, as well as to have excursions not included in the program, can come to the base in advance. Ask the manager for details.

 

Transfer to the base "Vysotnik" on the first day of the program:

  • at 8 am – from Barnaul airport (meeting at the arrival hall)
  • at 10 am – from the railway station of Barnaul
  • at 11:30 am – in Biysk (Sovetskaya street 42, opposite the Museum of local Lore)
  • at 12 am – in the Maima village on the Chuysk tract (the name of the cafe or shop is specified before arrival)
  • at 1 pm – at the airport of Gorno-Altaysk.


Return transfer from the base "Vysotnik" on the final day of the program will be carried out in the morning, starting at 6 am. Estimated time of arrival:

  • to Gorno-Altaysk airport – at 4 pm
  • to Biysk (stop near the Museum on Sovetskaya street, 42) – at 6 pm
  • to Barnaul airport – at 9 pm.
What to bring +
  • warm clothes for climbing (down jacket, or warm jacket, gloves, warm mittens, hat)
  • running suit
  • climbing shoes (plastic or rigid trekking boots with a bezel to fasten crampons)
  • backpack (volume of no less than 70 l.)
  • warm sleeping bag (comfort temperature to 0°С)
  • individual set of dishes (a mug, a spoon, a bowl, and a knife)
  • flashlight
  • sunglasses with good UV protection
  • well-protecting sunscreen
What climbing gear is provided? +

You will be provided with:

  • a set of common gear: tents, ropes, ice axes, carbines, avalanche shovels, radios, gas burners and cylinders, a first aid kit, fire equipment for hikes, mats
  • a set of personal climbing geart: crampons for climbing (suitable for shoes), helmet, ice-axe, cowstail (a sling or a rope – 5-6 meters), harness, zhumar, descender (e.g. eight), carbines (3 pcs).  
Do I need insurance? +

The tour fee includes a 400 000 rouble health insurance and a 100 000 rouble 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.

Required data for border permit +

To participate in tour it is necessary to submit the following information not later than 35 days before start of the tour:

  • copy of passport
  • full name of employing Company and job position
  • address of current residence
  • city of birth (with country indicated)
  • phone number

 

The issue of border permit is included in the tour.

Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination +

We highly recommend to get a tick-borne encephalitis vaccination, especially for May-June arrivals. In Russia vaccination is done in 2 parts. The first vaccine is made 45 days before arrival to Russia. The second vaccine — 7-14 days before arrival to the Altai region.

 

The vaccination process might differ in your country. For details, please contact your doctor. If you are not willing to go through vaccination process, please, be assured that your medical insurance covers tick-borne encephalitists.

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.

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 y.o.
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

11 nights

Languages

EN
guide
76 004 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)

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

  • rental of common and personal climbing gear (except boots for climbing)

  • medical and accident insurance

  • all necessary permits

  • visiting a bathhouse at days 9 and 11

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

  • transfers from Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk to Tyngur and back (+6600 rubles per person)

  • rental of 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 (+12 000 rubles for ten persons)

  • extra bathhouse visits at Vysotnik campsite (+2200 rubles pp up tp 5 people, +2700 rubles pp up to 10 people) and at Home Akkem (+4000 rubles pp up to 10 people)

  • meals on the way

  • optional comfortable accommodation at Vysotnik campsite and Home Akkem (starting at 400 rubles pp for a night, look for details in Accommodation section)

  • border pass and migration registration for non-Russian citizents (+1000 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)

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

  • rental of common and personal climbing gear (except boots for climbing)

  • medical and accident insurance

  • all necessary permits

  • visiting a bathhouse at days 9 and 11

  • airfare to Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk

  • transfers from Barnaul, Biysk, or Gorno-Altaysk to Tyngur and back (+6600 rubles per person)

  • rental of 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 (+12 000 rubles for ten persons)

  • extra bathhouse visits at Vysotnik campsite (+2200 rubles pp up tp 5 people, +2700 rubles pp up to 10 people) and at Home Akkem (+4000 rubles pp up to 10 people)

  • meals on the way

  • optional comfortable accommodation at Vysotnik campsite and Home Akkem (starting at 400 rubles pp for a night, look for details in Accommodation section)

  • border pass and migration registration for non-Russian citizents (+1000 rubles pp)

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