- 360 km by helicopter, hiking - 3-5 km Accommodation
Lodge, cozy cabin with en-suite WC&showerFull board meal
- breakfast at the restaurant of TurSib
Hotel, packed lunch at the Akkemskoye Lake near Mt Belukha, dinner at the cafe of Inegen
Lodge (indigenous cuisine of Altai people)
Please, notice that Mt. Belukha is located on the Russian-Kazakhstan border. We need to prepare special permit to visit the border zone.
Documents should be submitted not less then 60 days before the visit date.
Helicopter excursion to the highest mountain of Siberia, Mount Belukha
(4506 meters, or 14783 ft), would be the highlight of the whole trip without any doubt. We'll cross the vast ocean of the Altai Mountains by helicopter towards the summit of the Altai - Mt. Belukha. It is included into UNESCO World Heritage List as a part of Golden Mountains of Altai nomination. We will observe crowned by glaciers peaks from the bird's eye view and finally land at the bank of Lake Akkemskoye.
This lake was formed by one of the glaciers descending from the slope of Mt Belukha. The two glittering peaks of Mt Belukha reflect in the lake surface like in a mirror.
We'll explore the picturesque banks of Lake Akkemskoye and hike towards the Chapel of Archangel Michail
near the Akkemsky Glacier (2,5 hours round trip).
Please note that Mt Belukha is situated in the alpine zone (more then 2000 m). There is high probability of low temperatures and even sudden snow storm. It is highly recommended to take warm and waterproof clothes, warm hat and gloves. Also you will need sunglasses and sunscreen.
On way back to the lake we will have a packed lunch or picnic. Afterwards we'll be transferred to Inegen Lodge
, located on the bank of the Katun River. Your late afternoon could be devoted to various optional activities such as leisurely walking along the river bank or horse riding.
The evening will be marked by acquaintance with native culture
. A special dinner will be served with traditional Altaic meals
based on cereals, milk and meat products. You will taste boorsok
- fried dough pieces, kurut
- smoked and dried cheese, archi
- soft cheese, buur
- skewers of lamp liver, kan
- blood sausage and other traditional meals. Afterwards you will enjoy gripping transcendental throat singing
of a kaichi
, a skillful performer of native epic songs.