This tour leads to the foot of the main peak of Siberia - the mount Belukha (4506 m). People living in Altai say that Belukha is a sacred place; this mountain was worshipped as a deity. According to the legends here is the entrance to the legendary land of spiritual purity and prosperity - Shambhala, or Belovodye and old believers call it Uimon valley. We’ll pass along the extremely beautiful and rich route to the energetic center of Altai - mount Belukha, radial trips to the valley of 7 lakes, in the city of the sun - valley Yarlu, acquaintance with waterfalls, Edelweiss and the strongest power of these places.
Day 1. CITY TOUR OF NOVOSIBIRSK
Meeting at the airport of Novosibirsk. Transfer to hotel, overlooking one of the main attractions of the city - Opera house. Lunch. Rest after the flight. Sightseeing tour of the city of Novosibirsk + walk at the best zoo in Russia.
Auto - 70 km; walk - 2 km
Transfer- Novosibirsk – Ust-Sema – Tungur – Elan - Izekeru.
Departure from Novosibirsk at 06.00.
The road passes by the famous Chuisky highway (the most beautiful road of Russia)r. Overnight on site of t/b in the rooms (2 persons, shower on the floor).
Auto - 590 km
Day 4. BEGINNING OF HORCE RIDING.
06.00 - Wake up, breakfast, training, delivery of equipment.
08.00 - departure to the village of Tyungur. At 10.00 – the assignment of horses. We’ll ride our pathway along the river Kucherla which is gradually stretching upward on the ridges. The river Kucherla (from Altai Kujur-ly, "saline") has a total length of about 50 km and on its way it cuts through the many mountain ridges and moraines, beats in the narrows forming an almost continuous chain of complex thresholds. Overnight is in tents on the river bank.
364 km - auto; 17 km - UAZ; on horce - 11 km.
Day 5. THE SITE OF THE STONE HUT.
07.00 - Wake up, breakfast, check-out, packing.
Today we’ll have a steep climb and stunning views from the tops of mountain ranges. Beautiful photos and video. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy extraordinary views of the Kucherla lake from a height of more than 2300 m. the Transition to the pass of Kara-Turek. The camp is on the site of the stone hut. In a good weather this site is best place to watch ‘’milky way’’ and lots of falling meteors and traditional UFO.
On horse - 18 km.
Day 6. PASS BLACK HEART
07.00 - Wake up, breakfast, packing. Today we will overcome the most difficult part of the route - the pass of Kara - Turek (complexity 1A, 3060 m, the nature of the obstacles - talus), which offers magnificent panoramic views of mount Belukha and endless peaks of Katun’s ridge. Here is a great opportunity of taking nice photos and video. We’ll spend the night by the lake. AK-Kem (the height above the sea level is about 2010 m). Then comes the discussion of the day and summing up the results of the passage.
On horse - 14 km.
Day 7. VALLEY OF SEVEN LAKES
09.00 - Wake up, Breakfast. A day of rest. We’ll fulfill easy radial access in the valley of the Seven lakes (here are clear lakes like the entrance to the underworld which full of the myths and legends). There is a tradition to have a bathe in each of them. Bathhouse. Then comes fire ceremony (walking barefoot on hot coals) and evening of stories.
Hike - 8 km.
Day 7. AKKEM GLACIER.
06.00 - Wake up, Breakfast, the preparation of equipment.
Today we’ll have a radial trip to the foot of Belukha to the icy Kingdom and the famous AK-Kem wall. Today you will have disparate feelings and even more acutely you’ll feel the power and attraction of the mountain. We’ll visit the chapel of Archangel Michael. We’ll have lunch at AK-Kem glacier. It’s an incredibly beautiful and challenging route. We’ll have hot cakes for dinner.
Hike - 22 km.
Day 8. YARLU VALLEY AND THE STONE OF STRENGTH
09.00 am - Wake up, breakfast. A day of rest. We’ll fulfill easy radial access in the city of the Sun - Yarlu valley or the valley of Edelweiss. It is a place of an unusually strong energy, colorful mountains, white river and pristine waterfalls. This place will not leave anyone indifferent. Bathhouse. It’s the last evening on the lake Akkem. The rite of wish fulfillment.
Hike - 7 km.
Day 9. THE WAY BACK ALONG THE RIVER AKKEM.
07.00 - Wake up, breakfast, packing. Farewell to Belukha mountain and lake AK-Kem. We’ll climb down along the river AK-Kem. "AK-Kem" in Turkic is "White water". The river originates from the AK-Kem glacier and carries in its waters small pieces of lime’s stones from the slopes of Belukha. We’ll visit the waterfall Tekelu. On the way there are a few difficult sections over a mountain stream. We’ll pass the night on the hillside next to the creek.
Hike - 25 km.
Day 10. THE FINAL DAY OF HIKING.
07.00 - Wake up, breakfast, packing. In the afternoon we’ll pass the famous "3 birches" point where anyone can take GAZ-66 and the others will continue their walking route. We’ll make the ascent to the pass Kusuyak (height 1513 m) where occurs some shaman-trees hung with ribbons - djalma. Then we’ll climb down to the village of Tungur. We’ll pass the night in tents on the site of "Vysotnik". In the evening we will have the farewell dinner. Bathhouse. 20 km
Hike - 10 km.
Day 11. RETURN TRANSFER
06.00 - Wake up, breakfast, packing. Transfer is from Tungur to Novosibirsk (950 km). On our way we’ll make a tour in Verh-Uimon one of the oldest villages of Ust-Koksinsky district, which preserved the traditions of old believers. In the village there are 2 museums of local history and old traditions and we’ll stop off for the souvenirs on the Seminsky pass. The arrival is at 02.00 the next day.
Auto - 900 km
The type of tours - horse or hiking; location – Katun’s ridge; category of difficulty - 1 c/d; the size of the group 6-18 people; service: 1-2 guides; this tour is for physically trained people; the age limit: from 12 years, from 12 to 16 years accompanied by an adult, public goods are transported on horseback during the route.
1. Transfer Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa - Novosibirsk
2. The work of English speaking tour guides-instructors (1-2 people)
3. Three meals a day - a field kitchen, lunch type - lunch box
4. The rent of group and individual equipment
5. All inside transfers during the trip
6. Getting by UAZ/tractor to Parking "Elan"
7. Horses rent (days 2,3,4,5)
8. Work 1-2 grooms
9. Accommodation in recreation center (1,9,10 day) 10. Bathhouse - 4 times
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
1. Lunch in the cafe during the transfer Novosibirsk-Ust-Koksa-Novosibirsk
2. Dinner in the cafe, day 9. Lunch, dinner in the cafe on the reserve day 10. The average check - around 2,5-5 USD.
3. The transportation by GAZ-66 from the Parking "3 birches". It’s possible only when the weather is fine. The price is negotiable, average 15 USD/person. We recommend you to plan this costs for people with low physical training.
4. The crossing through AK-Kem the price is negotiable - 5 USD maximum.
Attention!!! The tour passes the border area of Ust-Koksinsky district and during the route there is a check of identity documents.