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Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

Belukha is the heart of Asia (Summer '18)

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Activities:
trekking
Age limits:
from 12 to 16 accompanied by an adult
Tour duration:
11 days
Group size:
5 - 15 persons
Active part’s duration:
8 days
Tour length:
Auto (1778 / 1408) + walking (136 km (+10 km))
Guides’ assistance:
1 - 2 Guides (english-speaking)

Mountain Belukha, the highest peak in Siberia, flies up with two summits: Western Belukha (4440 meters) and Eastern Belukha (4506 meters). The glacier shield of Belukha, which covers the largest part of the mountain ridge, occupies the territory of 70 sq km and is the source of Katun river. The steep peaks of Belukha, sparkling masses of ice, vertical rocky walls charm the travelers from afar and inspire them with awe and excitement. At the mountain’s feet among the space mysteries of snow and rocks you become aware that the man is not always the measure of all things. According to one Asian legend Mountain Belukha is a future Northern Shambala a mystical country of spiritual wisdom. This area is associated with the famous Russian artist Nikolay Rerikh and attracts hundreds of admirers of his painting every year. In 1995 the government of Altai Republic established the Belukha nature park.

442$ (23900)

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DAILY ITINERARY

Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa

Departure from Novosibirsk at 20:00. Point of departure - Sovetskaya street, 65 (local time, UTC/GMT+7). Barnaul - Ust-Koksa. Departure from Barnaul at 23:50. Point of departure – “Tsentralnaya” hotel (local time, UTC/GMT+7).

Travel mode

bus

Distance

825 km/640 km

Meal

meals on the road at your own expense

Accommodation

-

Ust-Koksa

The road passes through the well-known Chuya Highway among rocky ridges of the Altai Mountains, followed by Kanskaya steppe in Uymonskaya valley. Arriving at Ust-Koksa village to the tourist complex. Lunch. Getting equipment. Safety-awareness briefing. Dinner, acquaintance party.

Travel mode

Distance

Meal

lunch and dinner - in cafe

Accommodation

tents

Early awakening. Moving to Tyungur at 8.00 AM. Ascending along the Kucherla river

The Kucherla River (from Altai “Kudzhur-ly”, which means "with saline soils"), formed by the confluence of two mountain streams, Myushtu-Ayry and Koni-Ayry, has an amazing milky-turquoise water. The total length of the river is about 50 km. It cuts a lot of ridges and moraines, beats against the gorges, forming an almost continuous chain of challenging rapids. On the way - visiting a rocky cave near the Kuylyu river, in which niche you can see more than 100 cave paintings..

Travel mode

car, on foot + packhorses

Distance

64 km, 20 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Moving to Kucherla Lake

The lake is 5220 m long, at 1790 m above sea level elevation, 900 m wide and 55 m deep. The Kucherla Valley has more than 40 tectonic, corrie and moraine lakes. The Kucherla Lake is the largest of them. It is closed by mountain ridges from east and west with loosened rocks up to 3,000 m high, narrow valley of the Kucherla from south and moraine deposits that create a dam from north. The lake is filled with ice, greenish-blue water.

Travel mode

on foot + packhorses

Distance

18 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Moving under Kara-Tyurek pass

The camp is at the timber line.

Travel mode

on foot + packhorses

Distance

14 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Climbing up Kara-Tyurek pass

Difficulty category - 1A, 3060 m, the nature of obstacles - talus, with a spectacular panoramic view of Belukha Mountain and endless peaks of Katun ridge. It provides a good opportunity for photo and video shooting. Overnight at the base camp at Ak-Kem lake (approx. 2010 m above sea level elevation).

Travel mode

on foot + packhorses

Distance

12 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Radial hike to Ak-Kemsky glacier and the lake of Mountain Spirits

Visiting the chapel. The path runs along the Ak-kem lake through several picturesque hanging bridges, moves across stone piles in the form of an old moraine and leads to Ak-kem riverhead, coming out of the kingdom of ice and cold. Dinner at the Ak-Kem glacier. It provides an excellent opportunity for photo and video shooting. It is possible to climb up to the lake of Mountain Spirits on the way (optional, and depending on group’s well-being).

Travel mode

on foot

Distance

20 km + 4 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Radial hike to Ak-Oyuk river gorge, valley of seven lakes and Yarlu valley (optional)

The Ak-Oyuk riverhead has the most beautiful lakes, each of which has its own unique color: turquoise, green, milky-blue and blue-black. Descending to the base camp after the hike. Lunch. After lunch - excursion to Yarlu valley (optional), where the entire city is built of stones.

Travel mode

on foot

Distance

8 km + 6 km

Meal

3-course meal, cooking on fire

Accommodation

tents

Descent along Ak-Kem river

"Ak-Kem", translated from Turkic language, means "white water”. Indeed, the river has milky-white water. The river starts in Ak-Kem glacier and carries small pieces of lime stone from Belukha slopes. Overnight at “Three birches” camp.

Travel mode

on foot

Distance

24 km

Meal

breakfast, lunch - cooking on fire, dinner in the cafe

Accommodation

tents

Climbing up Kuzuyak pass (1513 m high)

where you can find several Shaman trees festooned with ribbons - dalma. Descent to Tyungur village. Moving from Tyungur to Ust-Koksa. Arrival at the tourist complex. Accommodation on the tourist complex territory in tents. Farewell party.

Travel mode

on foot + car

Distance

20 km + 64 km

Meal

breakfast in the cafe, lunch - cooking on fire, dinner in the cafe

Accommodation

tents

Recreation

Breakfast. Handing over the equipment. Free time. For additional fee the interested persons can choose either horseback riding in the vicinity or 2-hour rafting. Lunch. After lunch – excursion to Verkhniy Uymon village, which is one of the oldest villages in the Ust-Koksinsky area. The village was founded by Old Believers about 300 years ago. It has two museums: Local History Museum named after N.K. Roerich and Old Belief Museum. After the excursions, departure to Barnaul/Novosibirsk at 17:00 (UTC/GMT+7).

Travel mode

bus/minibus

Distance

640 km to Barnaul, 875 km to Novosibirsk

Meal

breakfast, lunch in the cafe, dinner on the road at your own expense

Accommodation

-

Arrival in Barnaul/Novosibirsk

Estimated arrival in Barnaul - 7:00, in Novosibirsk - 10:00 (UTC/GMT+7).

Travel mode

bus/minibus

Distance

-

Meal

meals on the road at your own expense

Accommodation

-

Dates & Prices

Dates 2017

Trip dates
Departure from Novosibirsk / Barnaul
Arrival to Ust-Koksa
Departure from Ust-Koksa Arrival to Barnaul / Novosibirsk
19.06 - 28.06 18.06 19.06 28.06 29.06
28.06 -07.07 27.06 28.06 07.07 08.07
07.07 - 16.07 06.07 07.07 16.07 17.07
16.07 - 25.07 15.07 16.07 25.07 26.07
25.07 - 03.08 24.07 25.07 03.08 04.08
03.08 - 12.08 02.08 03.08 12.08 13.08
12.08 - 21.08 11.08 12.08 21.08 22.08
21.08 - 30.08 20.08 21.08 30.08 31.08
30.08 - 08.09 29.08 30.08 08.09 09.09
08.09 - 17.09 07.09 08.09 17.09 18.09


Time and place of departure/arrival

Time and place of departure
Time and place of arrival
Novosibirsk, Sovetskaya 65 - 20:00
Barnaul, Hotel "Centralnaya" - 23:50
(UTC/GMT+7)
Barnaul, Hotel "Centralnaya", about 6:00
Novosibirsk, Sovetskaya 65, about 10:00
(UTC/GMT+7)


Transfer to Ust-Koksa:

Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa - 2500 rubles, Ust-Koksa - Novosibirsk - 2500 rubles.


Included in the price:

- 3-course meal (except meals on the road)
- service according to the program
- services of guides
- camping equipment: tents, sleeping bags, mats, backpacks, fire equipment, first- aid kit
- health insurance and accident insurance for active part of the route: MC-450000, SNS-30000
- health insurance and accident insurance for non-active part of the route: MC-150000, SNS-30000
- Ust-Koksa - Tyungur - Ust-Koksa transfer
- horses for transportation of food and public equipment (during the 2,3,4,5 day of the route)
- excursion to Verkhniy Uymon village (during the 10 day)
- entrance tickets to Old Belief Museum and the Roerich family’s Museum (Local History Museum named after N.K. Roerich)
- recreational fees
- mountain camp accommodation at Ak-Kemsky lake (during the 5,6,7 day of the route) with wardroom, tents, inflatable boat, gas equipment and toilet
- accommodation on the tourist complex territory in Uymonskaya valley (during the 1,10 day)
- crossing the Ak-Kem river by boat for radial hike to Yarlu valley

Not included in the price:

- meals on the road
- bath-house. Visiting bath-house is possible: during the 3rd day of the route (Kucherla lake, from 2000 rubles per hour), during the 5,6,7 days (Ak-Kem lake, from 1500 rubles per hour), during the 8th day (“Three birches” camping, from 1000 rubles per hour)
- transfer from Novosibirsk/Barnaul to the starting point of the route and back to Novosibirsk/Barnaul

Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa - 2500 rubles, Ust-Koksa - Novosibirsk - 2500 rubles
Barnaul - Ust-Koksa - 2400 rubles, Ust-Koksa - Barnaul - 2400 rubles

Possible additional expenses (optional):

Moving on GAZ-66 to Tyungur- Elan from 400 rubles per person, moving on GAZ-66 to “Three birches” camp - Tyungur from 1000 rubles per person, crossing the Ak-Kem river by boat to Yarlu valley from 200 rubles per person.

- warm jacket
- rain gear
- trekking boots, trainers and slippers
- track-suit and warm hat
- 2 - 3 T-shirts, shorts
- 4 pairs of simple socks and 2 pairs of warm ones
- cap and sun-glasses
- bathing suit
- flashlight, knife, matches, electric batteries
- personal tableware
- personal hygiene utensils

Please keep in your mind!
For entry in the Ust-Koksinsky district, foreign citizens must provide some relevant documents to cross the border zone, 60 days prior the proposed date of entry!
Foreign citizens should submit the following documents to travel agency:
- copy of passport
- address
- phone number
- information on the work site (name, address, phone number)

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