Mt. Belukha (4506m) Ascent
of difficulty: IFAS
PD+ (NCCS III;
RUS 2B; 35-45Â°; 1300m)
July to September
cost: 6 pax $1240 per
The price includes: all the meals, accommodations,
transport, wranglers and guides services, interpreter, tents
en route, camping and kitchen stuff.
Domestic flight airfare; Over luggage if any;
Personal gear rent; Personal expenses; Tips; Medical insurance
are not included.
are some days of moderate to strenuous hiking on varied
terrain and some days of mountain climbing which requires
good physical condition and mountaineering skills (using
ropes, crampons, etc.) Mt.Belukha climb is of 3A rate (In
Russian climbing route rating system the overall grade of
a route is defined within a scale of 1 to 6, with subdivisions
A and B).
Maximum altitude gain is 1000 m. a day.
guests either carry all their personal belongings plus 4-5
kg. of communal equipment (tents, cooking pots, gas) and
food for 4-5 days. Another option is to hire horses for
the luggage transportation.
days, 13 nights
1. Arrival to Barnaul, transfer to Tiungur
village, at Vysotnik base camp, 850 m. Sauna, a welcome dinner
with "Wild Russia" guides.
Overnight at cottadge.
2. Trekking to Ak-kem base camp (1900 m).
The route is along the path via Kuzuyak pass to Ak-kem river.
Overnight at the tents. Food is cooked on the fire.
3. Trekking to Ak-kem base camp (1900 m).
Along Ak-kem river (1100 m) to Ak-kem base camp (1900 m).
climb. Ice-and-snow training. Return to base camp Ak-kem.
ascent to Mt. Ak-ojouk (3400 m) (2A). Return to base camp Ak-kem.
the ascent of Mt. Belukha. Trekking base camp Ak-kem – “Tomskie
Nochevki” (3000 m) (it takes 6-7 hours). We walk in the forest
along the Ak-kem river and then along the waterlogged flood-lands
of Ak-kem lake. We proceed further and reach the moraine and
then the glacier. Overnight in tents at the place named “Tomskie
Nochevki”. The two mountain tops – Eastern Belukha (4506 m)
and Western Belukha (4400 m) serve as the reference-points.
start. Climb to Delone pass (3400 m). The mountain pass Delone
represents a snow-ice slope of 40° steep with the length of
300 m, (5-6 fixed ropes). Descent to Mensu glacier and then
ascent to the plateau over Berelskoye Saddle mountain pass (3520
m). Overnight in tents on the glacier.
attempt. Mount Belukha (4506 m), with its impressive two-crest
body, abundance of snow, severity and steepness of ice and snow
walls, is undoubtedly the most beautiful and interesting mountain
top of the Altai range. The start is at 6 in the morning. We
fix 6 ropes to the Belukhinsky pass (3A) and climb the pass,
then passing 350 meters along the ridge we are at the summit.
The way back is the same with fixed ropes.
days in case of bad weather.
10. Descend to "Tomskie nochevki"
is the same way of ascent. Descend the Delone pass using fixed
11. Return to the base camp Ak-kem. Rest
at the base camp.
12. From base camp Ak-kem trek to the base
camp Vysotnik, via Karature pass. Descent to Tekelu river. (Option:
extra day trek to Kucherla Lake).
13. Along Kucherla river trek to the base
camp Vysotnik. We have the opportunity to take the sauna, to
unpack our luggage and to prepare for the departure.
14. Transfer to Barnaul city.
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