Day 1 Departure from Moscow in the
Day 2 Arrive in Barnaul early in
the morning. Meeting in the airport. Travel by bus to the
village of Tiungur( 750 km, 10 hours),accommodation in the
base camp "Vysotnik", which is situated in a picturesque place
on the shore of the Katun river near . A Russian sauna, followed
by a "welcome" dinner, helps us to relax after the long journey.
Accommodation is in two-story wooden cottage,in rooms housing
four people each. There are no showers and communal toilets
are in a separate nearby building. There is also a sports
ground ,parking and small hiking equipment rental center.
Clothes and items not needed for the trek can be left at the
check room. All meals are served at the canteen at a set time;
the organisation is very similar to a youth summer camp.
Day 3 Today we start our trek, passing
through Kucherla, last populated area on the way to the mountains.
We will follow a path through the forest and observe plenty
of mushrooms, berries, various kinds of trees and grasses,
and may even spot a hare or a deer. Today we have to overcome
the Kuzuyak pass (1513m). The pass isn't high but the walking
is pretty hard - it is a test of our stamina. We make camp
on a nice meadow on the banks of the Oroktoy brook (1100m).
6-8 hours hiking, 600 m. altitude change.
Day 4 We continue the ascending along the Oroktoi brook
to the Tukhman river (2000m). We can to see how the panorama
changes from taiga- deep Siberian forest to high alpine meadows.
Overnight at a picturesque place with great panorama of Mt.Belukha
- the highest mountain of Siberia -and surrounding peaks.
7-8 hours hiking, 900m. altitude change.
Day 5 The trail we are following
is nearly continuously level until the final moderate descent
to our campsite at the shore of Kulduairy lake. We may have
a chance to see a maral (a kind of deer) or a marmot. 7-8
hours hiking, altitude change 100m.
Day 6 The distance of our walking
is short today: a moderate ascent and then we find ourselves
at a plateau with some weirdly shaped rocks and stones. After
a short but steep descent we reach our campsite on the banks
of the Tekeliu River (1800m). In the afternoon we have an
optional hike upstream along the river to see two waterfalls.
3-4 hours hiking, altitude change 500m.
Day 7 After breakfast we are crossing
the Tekeliu river and climbing the Sarybel pass. After long
ridge traverse and steep descent we are coming to the Yarlu
valley. Then we should cross the Ak-kem river and in a half
of an hour we finally reach our permanent high camp (1950m)
where we have sauna, dinner and stay for one day. There is
a canteen, a sauna and a traditional Altai building - ail
(some kind of wooden yurt.) This camp boasts hypnotic views
of the huge snowy massif of Mount Belukha. 7-8 hours, altitude
Day 8 Excursion day to Ak-ojouk valley,
which is famous for its seven lakes all of different hues
(5-7 hours hiking, altitude change 400m), or to Yarlu valley
- the high energy place with "stones town" which was created
by people visiting Yarlu for a meditation.
Day 9 Today we leave our high camp
and start the second part of our trekking. We have to work
by climbing up the Karatiurek pass (3060m). The descend from
the pass is steep and goes on tallus. We camp in the the cedar
forest. 6-8 hours hiking, altitude change 1000m.
Day 10 Short ascent on a plateau
- and we are descending, through the taiga, to the incomparable
Kucherla lake (1760 m).The waterof Ak-kem and Kucherla lakes
calls "dead" and "alive" accordingly. There is a lot of fish
in Kucherla lake. The camp at the shore of the lake . 4-6
hours, altitude change 300m.
Days 11 -12 Gradual descent down
the Kucherla river. We make a stop to look at the ancient
petroglyphs on a rock. Return to base camp "Vysotnik". Rest
and sauna and festival dinner.
Day 13 Travel to the city of Barnaul.
Overnight at a hotel.
Day 14 In the morning transfer to
the airport and flight to Moscow.