Hiking to Belukha with pack horses

Belukha got its name due to its color – all year round its three peaks are covered with bright white snow. This mountain is the highest point in Siberia, its height is 4509 m. 

According to legend, the sacred country of Shambhala is located here, which can only be reached in a special meditative state. According to another belief, Belukha is a place of power through which earthlings receive the energy of the Cosmos.

On this tour, you will travel through the picturesque Altai passes to the beautiful Belukha. 

Location

Altai Territory, Biysk
from
US$ 660
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Duration
9 Days
8 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 25 Jun – 3 Jul
    • 5 – 13 Jul
    • 15 – 23 Jul
    • 25 Jul – 2 Aug
    • 4 – 12 Aug
or
Accommodation
  • Tent
    8 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Altai Territory, Biysk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The main peak of Altai
Let's take a trip to the highest mountain of Altai — Belukha
A real hike
We will spend the night in tents away from the city and have dinner by the campfire
The beauty of the Altai Mountains
We will walk through the cedar forest and alpine meadows, see the Valley of the Seven Lakes and the Blue Mountains

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Car transfer to the village of Tyungur

    Today you will take a minibus trip to the village of Tyungur.

    The path lies along the Chui tract, the highest point of which is the Seminsky pass.

    During a significant part of the route, you will be able to observe the Katun River, the largest waterway in Altai, from the window.

    After the Seminsky pass, the road goes to the right of the main highway and will soon lead travelers to the Ust-Kansk steppe, through the Yabogan pass.

    After that, the small Kirlyk pass, the Abai steppe and another Gromotukha pass will sweep through the windows.

    Then we will meet the Katun River flowing through the Uymon valley again, and at the end of the day we will arrive at the village of Tyungur.

    Dinner and overnight in tents are waiting for you at the camp.

    Meals included: dinner.

    By car (from Barnaul): 680 km, 12 hours on the road (excluding traffic jams and sanitary stops).

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  • Day 2 - Tyungur village – Elan tract – Saltonian keys
  • Day 3 - Salton Keys – Stone Hut
  • Day 4 - Kamennaya izba – Karatyurek Pass – Akkemskoye Lake
  • Day 5 - Radial exit to Yarlu Valley
  • Day 6 - Radial walking tour to the "Valley of the Seven Lakes"
  • Day 7 - Akkem Lake – Akkem River
  • Day 8 - Ak-Kem River – Kuzuyak pass – Tyungur village
  • Day 9 - Transfer from Tyungur village – Barnaul – Novosibirsk
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

The route is difficult, but does not require special physical training. A tourist should be ready to travel, not be afraid of hiking conditions and the adversities of the weather.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    8 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Tent camp 6 nights

Overnight in tents on the route. In the active part, tourists are accommodated in 2-, 3-seater modern tents with an awning. Tents are set up and removed by the participants themselves (unless additional maintenance is agreed). 

If you do not know how to set up a tent, ask the guide to give instructions. 

We do not compensate participants for the use of personal equipment, including tents.

Camping 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Duration
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at
Altai Territory, Biysk

Included in price

  • transport delivery to the tour from Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • intra-route crossings according to the program;
  • all-terrain drop-off on the 2nd and 8th day of the tour to the Elan tract and from the parking lot "Three Birches". Due to weather conditions, vehicles may not travel the entire section of the road;
  • rent of pack horses for 2, 3, 4 days of the tour. One horse for two tour participants;
  • services of guides, instructors, grooms;
  • meals from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure;
  • group equipment: tents, awning, campfire and kitchen equipment, first aid kit;
  • personal equipment: sleeping bag if necessary (preferably have your own), sleeping mat (karemat);
  • medical insurance and accident insurance (insurance for foreign citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age are paid additionally);
  • passes to the border area, for foreigners;
  • admission to the reserve;
  • registration of the group in the Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  • sauna according to the program, on the eighth day of the tour;
  • accommodation in tents on the camping site on the first, eighth day of the tour;
  • guided tours according to the program.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • insurance for foreign citizens (including CIS countries) and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age;
  • rent a personal horse for casting on 2, 3, 4 days;
  • meals at roadside cafes, during the transfer;
  • accommodation in rooms (cabins), in basic parking lots, where possible;
  • services offered at the base parking lots and not included in the program;
  • additional baths, on the first day at the campsite and on the lake. Accem;
  • any changes to the program that entail additional costs..

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • backpack with wide straps, 80-100 liters;
  • trekking poles;
  • reliable waterproof liner, plastic bags (waterproof bag to protect especially valuable personal items – money, documents, camera, etc.) from the water;
  • hiking shoes for hiking, sneakers or trekking boots with ankle fixation are best suited. Avoid new shoes that are not worn out;
  • replacement shoes for camping (sneakers, slates);
  • comfortable clothes for hiking – sweatpants that do not restrict movement, made of a light, quick-drying material, a shirt or a long-sleeve T-shirt;
  • a set of clothes for moving in the car and relaxing in the camp – trousers, shirt, shorts, T-shirt;
  • thermal underwear. Either tights, warm tights with a vest or turtleneck (for sleeping);
  • a warm sweater;
  • warm jacket (sintepon or down jacket), at temperatures of 0, -5C;
  • warm hat (fleece or wool);
  • a cap or a panama hat;
  • gloves (even simple cotton ones will do);
  • socks – 2-3 pairs of cotton or linen, 1 pair of wool;
  • a waterproof raincoat or suit that can withstand heavy rain is a must! The raincoat should be durable, not made of thin polyethylene;
  • bathing suit;
  • toiletries and hygiene products, a towel. Including hygienic lipstick and sunscreen with a high protection factor;
  • sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays in the mountains;
  • small flashlight (headlamp);
  • individual medicines;
  • a small water flask. You can use a plastic bottle with a capacity of 0.5 liters;
  • a camera or video camera (optional) with hermetically sealed;
  • tourist seat (hob);
  • trekking poles (can be rented);
  • personal tableware (bowl, mug, spoon, knife). The dishes must be made of metal or plastic;
  • we give out sleeping bags, but it is better to have your own (comfort -5;0), since the sleeping bag is an object of individual use;
  • it is mandatory to have a passport (birth certificate), a medical insurance policy and money for souvenirs, additional baths, etc.

Recommendations for filling an individual first aid kit:

The group going out on the route is provided with a common first aid kit, which is located at the guide-instructor. However, each participant of an active tour must also have a personal first-aid kit, which must contain a supply of individual medicines (which you regularly take), as well as the following medicines:

  • patch for scratches, cuts and calluses (bactericidal (with "green") 6x10 cm is recommended, as it holds well on the skin and can be cut into pieces of different widths);
  • roll Band-aid (1 pc.);
  • a medium-sized bandage (1 pc.);
  • analgesic (in tablets) (1 pack);
  • Aspirin (1 pack);
  • Citramon (1 pack);
  • nasal congestion relief drops (1 pc.);
  • eye drops (Albucide) (1 pc.);
  • remedy for cold symptoms (for example, Coldrex, etc.) (2-3 packs);
  • antiseptic ointment or cream (for example, Levomekol, Baneocin, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • sunburn remedy (for example, Lifeguard, Boro-plus, Panthenol, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • elastic bandage (1 pc.);
  • remedy for sore throat (1-2 packs);
  • fast-acting remedies for indigestion (for example, Loperamide, Imodium, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • enzyme preparation (for example, Mezim, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • an antihistamine drug that does not cause drowsiness (for example, Kestin, Claritin, Zirtek, etc.) (1 pack);
  • multivitamins (optional).
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 660
    25 Jun – 3 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 660
    5 – 13 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 660
    15 – 23 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 660
    25 Jul – 2 Aug 9 days 8 nights
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  • US$ 660
    4 – 12 Aug 9 days 8 nights
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