Hiking and horse riding tour of Altai to the foot of the highest point of Siberia - Mount Belukha (4506 m). Belukha is a sacred place among the Altaians, the mountain was worshiped as a deity. According to legends, it is here that the entrance to the legendary country of spiritual purity and prosperity - Shambhala, or Belovodie, as it is called the Old Believers of the Umonsky Valley
What to expect
We are waiting for an unusually beautiful and rich trekking tour to the energy center of Altai, radial trips to the valley of 7 lakes and to the city of the sun - the Yarlu valley.
What is included in an offerThe program of a trip across Altai to the Belukha "Roerich's path":
First dayTransfer - Novosibirsk - Pos. Ust-Koksa As usual in all our tours around Altai, we leave Novosibirsk at 6am. Place of departure - Art. m. River station, from the embankment side of the river. Ob, under the bridge. Our path passes along an unusually beautiful path - through the Chuy tract and the Seminsky Pervale. Kanskaya steppe and Umonskaya valley - unusual in their colors, all the fields are covered with flowers - pink, yellow, blue. Late in the evening we arrive and are accommodated on the tour-base "Uymonsky Ark". Dinner. Evening of acquaintances. 2 DAY . 06.00 - lifting, breakfast, briefing, delivery of equipment 08.00 - departure to the village of Tungur. At 10.00 - loading of horses, delivery by passable car (UAZ) to the start of the route, parking "Elan". On the first day of our horse trip we are to get acquainted with a very stormy and beautiful river Kucherla, along which we will ride on our horses. Our way will gradually go up, to the mountain ranges of the Altai Mountains. From here we can already see snowy peaks, to which we keep our way. Overnight in tents on the river bank.
3 DAY07.00 - getting up, breakfast, charging, picking up the camp. In the present day of our trek to Belukha we will have a steep ascent and stunning views from the peaks of mountain ranges. Somewhere far below there are rivers and lakes of forests and valleys. In the afternoon we will have an unusual view of the Kucherlinskoe lake from a height of over 2300 meters. Overnight at the parking lot "Stone hut". With good weather, it is from this place that the best way is to see the Milky Way, dozens of falling meteors and traditional UFOs.
4 DAY07.00 - rise, breakfast, camp collection. Today we will overcome the most difficult part of the route of our equestrian tour across the Altai - the Kara-Turek Pass (difficulty category 1A, 3060 m, the nature of the obstacles - scree), from which a panoramic view of the Belukha mountain and the endless peaks of the Katunsky Range. Good photo and video. Overnight at the lake. Ak-Kem (height above sea level is about 2010 m). Discussion of the day, summarizing the transition.
5 DAY09.00 - rise, breakfast. Day of rest. A light radial approach to the valley of the "Seven Lakes" (transparent lakes, like an entrance to the other world, are covered with myths and legends), according to tradition it is necessary to swim in each of them. Bathhouse. Fiery ceremony, evening of stories.
6 DAY06.00 - rise, breakfast. Today we have a radial exit to the foot of Belukha, to the realm of ice, ice caves and grottoes. Here Belukha's power engineering is felt even more strongly. If the mountain leaves, then we will be able almost to approach the Ak-Kemsky Wall. On the way, visit the chapel of Michael the Archangel. A very interesting route.
7 DAY09.00 - rise, breakfast. Day of rest. A light radial outlet to the city of the Sun is the Yarlu valley, or the Edelweiss valley. An unusually strong place in energy, multi-colored mountains, a white river and the purest waterfalls - this place will not leave anyone indifferent. Bathhouse. Last evening at the lake. Akkem. Rite of fulfillment of desires.
8 DAY07.00 - rise, breakfast, camp collection. Farewell to Mount Belukha and Lake. Ak-Kem. Descent along the white river Ak-Kem. Survey of the Tekelu waterfall. On the way there are several difficult sections of the route above the mountain river. Overnight on the mountainside, next to a stream.
9 DAY07.00 - rise, breakfast, camp collection. In the afternoon we pass the famous "3 Birch" parking lot. Where interested persons (under favorable weather conditions) can change seats for gas-66 (paid separately), and the rest continue on foot. Passage pass Kusuyak (1513m). Descent to the village. Tungur. Overnight in tents on the territory of t / b "Vysotnik". Farewell dinner in the cafe (paid separately, the average check is 300 rubles.). Bathhouse. Our trek through the Altai to Belukha is completed.
10 DAY Reserve day of trekking.
11 DAY06.00 - rise, breakfast, camp collection. Transfer to the village of Tungur - Novosibirsk (950 km). Check in for souvenirs at the Seminsky pass. Arrival at 02.00 the next day.