This 15-day Mount Belukha ascent in Siberia will take you up to the highest peak in Siberia and one of the most importants in Russia!
Mount Belukha (4506 m) is part of a massif that lies along the border of Russia and Kazakhstan. In 1998 it was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Golden Mountains of Altai. It has several glaciers on different spots, which are beautiful to see.
So I’ll guide you through the classic climbing route via Berelskoye saddle to the highest peak of this amazing mountain: The eastern peak. This is the easiest route to the summit, but you need to be in good shape and have some previous mountaineering experience to accomplish it.
It will be a demanding 2 weeks hiking schedule. The first few days will be a hiking approach to the more difficult ascent that will come later on. But the scenery and views will make it totally worth it.
Plus, you’ll get the real taste of Russian mountain landscape and traditions. We’ll eat local food cooked at the fire or stove during the trip. And you’ll be able to relax with Banyas (Russian national wet sauna).
Sounds like an amazing trip? It is! so please contact me now and we’ll start planning this amazing 15-day Mount Belukha ascent.
And if you want to check some other adventures in Russia, please take a look of my 9-day Elbrus North Face ski mountaineering expedition.
Arrival and transfer
Meeting in Barnaul airport. Transfer to Tungur, 10 h drive, 700km. In the way we’ll stop in different spots to take pictures and have lunch. Night at the private refuge.
Vysotnik base camp (850 m) – Kucherla village – Kuilyu river– Meteostation camp (1600 m). Overnight in tents. Dinner cooked on fire. Distance: 25 km, 7-8h.
Meteostation Camp (1600 m) – Kamennaya izba camp (2700 m). Overnight in tents. Dinner cooked on fire. Distance: 25 km, 7-8h.
Kamennaya izba camp (2700 m) – Kara-Turek pass (3060 m) – Ak-kem base camp (1950 m). Big 15-20 places eating tent for rest time. Dinner cooked on stove by cook. Distance: 18 km, 6-7h.
Rest or trekking day
Depending on the weather: a) rest day and a bit of training. b) trekking from Ak-kem base camp – Tomskie Nochevki camp (3000 m). Dinner cooked on stove. Distance: 17 km, 7-8h.
Ice training day
Ice training on the Arbuz glacier. If the weather is favorable hike to Delone pass (3400 m). Night in Tomskie Nochevki camp site. Dinner cooked on stove. Distance: 7 km, 7-8h.
Tomskie Nochevki – Delone pass (3400 m) -Mensu glacier – Berelskoye Saddle mountain pass (3520 m) – the plateau (3800 m). Descent to the Mensu glacier and further ascent to the plateau over the Berelskoye Saddle mountain pass (3520 m). Overnight in tents on the glacier. Dinner cooked on a stove. Distance: 12 km, 7-9h.
Backup day in case of bad weather.
Summit ascent to East (Main) Belukha (4506 m). Start at 4 am. 3 hours climb to the summit. After small rest descent by same way to the Tomskie Nochevki Camp (3000 m). Dinner cooked on a stove. Distance: 20 km, 10-12h.
Descent to base camp
Tomskie Nochevki Camp – Ak-kem base camp (1950 m). At Ak-kem you’ll be able to take a Banya (national wet sauna). Distance: 17km, 5-6h.
|Day 11 to 12|
Ak-Kem base camp- Three birches camp – Kuzuyak pass (1340 m) – Tungur village. Descent along the Ak-kem river and a forest. Dinner cooked on fire. Distance: 45 km
Arriving to private mountain hut in farm place. Another Banya to relax. Night at the mountain hut.
|Day 14 to 15|
Transfer and departure
After breakfast transfer to Barnaul airport. On the way we’ll visit the Old Believers village museum. Barnaul hotel accommodation by request. Distance: 10-12h, 750km.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
- Group equipment
Skill level required
Fitness level required
- Price will depend on group size
- Help with daily bivouac works and cooking would be an asset.
- Vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis is obligatory.
IMPORTANT: To visit of Mount Belukha area (border zone) you will need to file a documents for permits not less than 2 months before the visit.