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Trekking the Altai Mountains
Our trek lies entirely in Russia, in the autonomous region called "Altai." The region is inhabited by both Russians and the local Altaians, the latter of Mongoloid origin and Buddhist by their confession. The Altai Mountain system covers a vast region located in four different countries: Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia. The highest part, called the High or Central Altai, is in the Russian territory and reaches 4506m at Mt. Belukha, the highest point of Siberia. Much of this region is glaciated. In summer, the Altai, with its cold, high plateaus, high ranges with permanent snow and deep, moist, forested valleys, stand out as a cool island among the hot steppe plains.
"Free" your mind. Gain physical and spiritual strenght.
"Fly" your soul over pristine Altai mountains.
"Blind" yourself with unbelievable views of glaciers & lakes.
"Swim" in alpine meadows made of rare flowers & herbs.
Visit museum dedicated to Rerich in the village Uimon.
Explore Altai caves full of enigma, charm and mystery.
See ancient rock drawings in the sacred Karakol valley.
Experience culture and food of local Altaians.
Itinerary: Schematic Map of the Route
Day 1: Arriving to Barnaul city. Our driver and the guide will meet you at the aiport or train station. Drive for ~ 350km (219mi) until the Seminsky Pass. Full board. Lodging in tents.
The road from Barnaul city to the main camp "Visotnik" is called "Chyiskyi Trakt". It is paved and is always in good condition.
Day 2: Breakfast. Continue driving (~ 400km/250mi) to the village of Tyungur. Arrive at the lodge in the evening. Dinner. Lodging in wooden cottages of the "Visotnik" camp.
Day 2-5: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 20km (12.5mi) towards Kucherla and Tekeliushka rivers. On the way, short stop by the Tegeyek waterfall (50m high). Full board. Lodging in tents.
Day 6: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 16km (10mi) along Tekeliushka river to Kucherlinskoye lake. Magnificent sightseeing. Picnic at the lake. Free time around the lake. In the evening, return to the tent camp. Full board. Lodging in tents.
Day 7: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 10km (7mi) towards the Karatyurek pass. Meals on the hike. Overnight in tents.
Day 8: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 10km (7mi) across the Karatyurek pass to Akkem lake. Enjoy spectacular views of Belukha mountain. Meals on the hike. Lodging in tents.
Day 9: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 8km (5mi) to Ak-Kayuk mountain until the meteorological station. Free time upon arrival. Feel free to experience the Russian Banya . Meals on the hike. Lodging in tents.
Day 10: Breakfast. Today we will trek (ascent) for 15km (9mi) to the foot of the Belukha mountain to see Akkem glacier, one of the largest in Altai area and Katunsky ridge particulary. Meals on the hike. In the evening, return to the tent camp. Lodging in tents.
Day 11: Breakfast. Today we will trek for 8km (5mi) to the valley of Yarla river. Great sightseeing. During the day we will cross the Akkem lake (by boat). Later in the evening, we will return to the lodge. Free time. Meals on the hike. Lodging in tents.
Day 12: Breakfast. Today we will trek (descent) for 15km (9mi) along Akkem valley. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Tekeliu waterfalls (60 m high). Meals on the hike. Lodging in tents.
Day 13: Breakfast. Continue the trek for 15km (9mi) along the Akkem river towards the Kuzuyak pass. Meals on the hike. Lodging in tents.
Day 14: Breakfast. Continue the trek for 15km (9mi) toward the main camp "Visotnik". Today we will cross the Kuzuyak pass and descent to Kucherla village and finish our day in Tyungur village. Meals on the hike. Overnight in wooden cottages.
Day 15: Breakfast. Depart to Barnaul city by bus. All day drive (750km/469mi). On the way we will visit the botanical garden of Kamlak village. Lunch. Overnight in Barnaul (2-3 star hotel).
Day 16: Depart Barnaul city to your next destination.
Included:Bilingual guides during trek, cook, porters;
All transfers as described;
Horse for carrying bags and gear;
Accommodations ad described;
Not included:Personal expenses (including medical);
Visa and Registration cost;
Intl & domestic air/train fares from/to Barnaul city;
Special tour-related note:The trek will be porter-supported; they will carry all communal equipment including food and tentage. You will be expected to carry your own belongings. You will need to carry a 60 liter rucksack to take your spare clothes, waterproofs, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. Average daily trekking of about 4 to 5 hours, with one or two days as long as 7 hours. Guides are responsible for setting up ropes to protect some of the mountain river crossings;
Be prepared to take a "shower" in the lake or river if needed, fight mosquitoes and share mutual "body inspections" with the guide or your team for ticks.
If personal hygiene is an issue-bring your own sleeping bags.
All meals are cooked on the open fire.
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