Photo-tour to the foot of Belukha Mountain «Golden mountains inside your lens»

 Date: 26th August - 7th September 2018

Type of activity: trekking, photo class
Area: Gorny Altai, Katunsky Ridge
Duration: 13 days (including transfer from Novosibirsk and back). Active tour - 10 days.
Tour cost: 21 600 RUB if you book before 21st of November 2017. Price will be 28 800 RUB after that date. You will save 7 200 RUB if you book in advance.
Price includes: cook service on active part of tour; all food on active part of tour vegetarian priority (if you are not vegetarian, please let us know about it in advance); first aid kit; guides and photo teachers; photo class (theory and practice); all permits and fees; group gear (tents, gas stove, gas, kitchen gear, kitchen tents, axe, saw); accommodation in Tyungur village, sauna (1 time); accommodation in Extreme Time camp on Akkemskoe Lake.
Price doesn't include: flight to Novosibirsk and back; transfer from Novosibirsk to Tyungur village and back; food while transfer and in Tyungur village; individual gear renting; food carrying by horses to Akkemskoye Lake and off road transfer through Kuzuyak Pass (5400 RUB); extra sauna; insurance.
Attention for foreigners! Summit area is a pre border area with special permutation. All documents for permits must be sent two months before the trip. 

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Golden Altai Mountains. Here, a breath of wind envelops the vast expanses, majestic peaks of «floating» in the clouds, eagles circling placidly in the bottomless sky, rich colors of forests and meadows as if only the artist's easel, whose name - nature. In the ancient Turkic language «al» means «gold» and «tie» - «mountain». So it happened that the «Altai» - a «Gold Mountain».

Anyone who has ever in life been in mountains - tried to photograph them, shocked perfect beauty and majesty of the mountains! But most of all, coming home, we understand that the pictures did not remain that fascinated us when shooting. In this journey you will not only visit the unique place of the energy of the Altai Mountains, but also you will get the course of the art of photography in the mountains - in these majestic mountains. We invite everyone to the magnificent tour «Golden Mountains of the lens».

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We also want to invite you to our other adventures near Belukha Mountain: 

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Tour begins with a three-day trekking from the Tungur village to a legendary Akkemskoe Lake near the Belukha Mountain. From there, we will implement creative hiking routes.

You will get acquainted with the Yarlu Valley. It is famous for its unusual colors, because the mountains framing the valley is almost entirely made up of blue rocks - for this they are called «Blue Mountain». In this valley you will visit the «stone city» built by followers of Roerich.

On a Lake of Mountain Spirits associated with many legends that you will hear, standing on the shore of the mystical Lake located in the Kara-Oyuk Valley. It is believed that this valley is home to the mountain spirits.

0_9257b_bf31b3bd_orig.jpgLakes with different colors, waterfalls, alpine meadows - Valley of Seven Lakes bewitching stretches near the Ak-Oyuk Mountain.

Tour will be interesting for beginners and experienced. In the photo tour you go to Altai not only for bright frames. You will find a rich program of study, in particular, especially shooting in the mountains interesting trail hike, evening gatherings around the campfire, new friends, and vivid emotions!

Tour program 

  • Pack your backpack and yourself. Comfortable life-hacks for the joy of photographer while traveling. 
  • Features of shooting in the mountains (technology, places, events). «Himalayan and Alpine style» in the photos - all people think and shoot in different ways, permanently or during, get different results and different pictures. Who are you and where are you? Contemplation or participant? How far are you and why such different pictures? Hiking, backpacking, alpine schools - passion to photography in them, smoothed or not the situation.
  • Light, time of day and weather. We are looking for a light. Learning to see it, to understand and to use not only technically. Features different time of day, shooting in different weather conditions, which have to be accustomed.  
  • Screenplay, themes, techniques: how to diversify pictures. How can I see more to take a broader view and more interesting? About the composition of good layout point shooting. What is the golden ratio, the rule of thirds. What knowledge of the «theory» of close to pictures of art can help? Or maybe the rules are to be broken?
  • If there is nobody nearby, do not be afraid! Or how to do selfy, self-portraits  and just great shots with a fully autonomous. And also about shooting people.

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Teacher photo tour - Evgenya Markova.

Professional photographer, Altai traveler and climber, designer and illustrator.

«Each person has 10 fingers to find a way to dream, and 10 toes to reach for it! - This idea came to me when I was in the Everest base camp and became my credo. Behind were the Altai Mountains, including the top of Belukha mountain areas Kahastana, Kyrgyzstan, the base camp of Annapurna.

I love mountains, that allow you to breathe and appreciate the opportunity to show the world I see, to inspire people by my pictures to carry out their dreams. After all, every person who wants to do a photo - a small prism that refracts the light of the world and eventually produces its own, individual «rainbow». Our task is to catch a ray of light, to make its sincere facet prism and learn to bend it nicely. Then your pictures will be filled  with soul».

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Important details

  • Day routes from 7 till 24 km.
  • The chief will made a food on a trekking part of the tour. There will be also duty helpers from the members of the group (everyone will grab a wood for fire and will help with cooking).
  • People younger 18 years old can take the tour only with parents.
  • If you will pack your backpack smart, there will be no problem with the weight of your backpack. We can consult you about your gear list.
  • For beginners instructor will help with weight of the backpack and pace.
  • We will send you gear list, detailed information and member form receiving your tour request. Tour request doesn't understand you have to go. It is only we send you information for making decision.
  • If you want, you can rent all gear you need.
  • There will be medical insurance for all group. Also we will inform Ministry of Emergency Situations about the group and the route.
  • The price of the tour is set at a group of 6 people. When a group of 4 people the price is - 10% higher, with a group of 2 people - 20% higher.
  • You will order tour by 30% deposit. In case of refusal no later than one month before the start of the tour, deposit will no refund. It will remain in your  «account» to pay for future tours during the year.

In this adventure you will see (description and photos):

zVusya0ygJk.jpgDay by day description

Day 1. 18:00 local time meeting all members of the group in Novosibirsk. Depart to Altai Mountains.

Day 2. Pre border checkpoint crossing, arriving to Tyungur Village, staying in camping with 2-3 persons tents near the Katun River. In camp there is a woods for fire, rain shelter, water for drink, electricity, place for barbeque, luggage storage, souvenirs. Safety briefing. Gear checking. Allocation of gear and food between members of the group. There is option to get food for the group for 8 days to Akkemskoe Lake by horses (not including to price). Meeting members of the group near the fire.

Day 3. Breakfast in a camp (including to price). Off road transfer on 4x4 vehicle from Tyungur Village to «Tri Berezy» Camp. It's real adventure! Night in the tents near stunning Tekelu Waterfall.

Day 4. Trekking from the Tekelu Waterfall to Akkemskoye Lake (alt. 2100 m.) by the easy and comfort trail. We will see amazing landscapes of the Belukha Mountain. Distance 7 km. Building a camp on a Akkemskoye Lake shore. Meeting with carrying horses with food. Night in the tents near the lake. Trekking sauna available.

y_d96a9a0a.jpgDay 5. Hiking to Akkemsky Glacier together with the group of Belukha Mountain Summit tour. Crossing the Akkem River by the bridge. Visiting Chapel. Ascending by moraine slope. Visiting foot of the glacier where Akkem River is born. Walking on a glacier. Observing stunning views of East and West Faces of Belukha Mountain. Saying goodbye to the group of mountaineers. Back to the camp on Akkemskoe Lake.

Day 6. Hiking to the Mountain Spirits Lake (Gornyh Duhov Lake). Situated on alt. 2600 m. South-East of Kara-Oyuk Valley (Black Valley). Many legends and stories local knows about this place. Back to the camp on Akkemskoe Lake.

Day 7. Hiking to Yarlu Valley. This valley interesting not only bright colors of the slopes, specially bright after rain, but a holy stone. This stone is very important for admirers Roerich. Now there is a stone town around this stone. Back to the camp on Akkemskoe Lake.

Day 8. Hiking to the Valley of Seven Lakes. From this place you can observe stunning views of Belukha Mountain and Ak-Ojuk Peak with hanging glacier. In the valley you will see seven lakes with different colors - from deep blue to light pink. They represent the seven channels of human energy. Also notable Valley area of alpine meadows with blooming edelweiss. If you're lucky, the mountains will slightly open their wealth, and you are lucky enough to take home the raw natural rock crystal from the Valley of the Seven Lakes - is advised to use this as an amulet. Returning back to camp.

y_444ea3d7.jpgDay 9. Hiking to the Kara-Turek Pass (alt. 3060 m.). From there you will see all peaks of Belukha Mountain, Akkemskoye Lake, Yarlu Valley, Valley of Akkem River. This pass is not difficult but with ascending and descending. Yoga practice. Back to the camp on Akkemskoe Lake.

Day 10. Extra day for the bad weather.

Day 11. Trekking from Akkemskoye Lake to the Tekelu Waterfall (7 km.). Night in the tents.

Day 12. Trekking to Tri Berezy Camp. Off road transfer to Tyungur Village. Finish of the tour. Dinner with local food in a local style cafe (not including to price). Russian sauna. Depart to Novosibirsk.

Day 13. Arriving to Novosibirsk 15:00 - 16:00 local time. It is better to take a tickets from Novosibirsk back home at 19:00 or later.

Depending on weather conditions and the group guides can change the route. 

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