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Altai trekking ( June-September 2006 )

TRAVEL DATES for the group with English speaking guide :
03.07-16.07.05 ; 13.07-26.07.05; 07.08.-20.08.05;

FOR FOREIGNERS and RUSSIANS in the group without English speaking guide :
Travel dates
28.06-11.07, 03.07-16.07, 08.07-21.07, 13.07-26.07, 18.07-31.07,
23.07-05.08, 28.07-10.08, 02.08-15.08, 07.08-20.08, 12.08-25.08, 17.08-30.08

ITINERARY

Day 1 Departure from Moscow in the evening

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 change 600m.

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.



Price

420 Euro (in DBL)
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
- Accommodation at base camps and at HTL in Barnaul as in the programme, sauna (as in the programme)
- FB (except meals in Barnaul and on the way Barnaul- Tiungur - Barnaul)
- English-speaking guide
- cook on the trek
- communal equipment (tents, pots for cooking)
- transfers by bus as in the programme
- visum support,all permits and the registration fee
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
- Airfare Moscow-Barnaul - EUR 250 return (subject to change)
- Horses for the luggage transportation (EUR 15-17 p/horse p/day)
- rafting along the Katun river to the mouth of Ak-kem river (18km,2h) - EUR100 p/gr. up to 10 person. It is easier way then across the Kuzuyak pass (1513m)on Day 3.

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