Art-tour to the foot of Belukha Mountain (artistic and creative pictorial expedition)

 Dates: 4th - 16th August, 18th - 30th August  2019

Type of activity: trekking, plein Air
Area: Gorny Altai, Katunsky Ridge
Duration: 13 days (including transfer from Novosibirsk and back). Active tour - 10 days.
Tour cost: 39 900 RUB if you book before 30 st of June 2019. The price will be 41 800 RUB after that date. You will save 1 900 RUB if you book in advance.
Price includes: personal travel equipment: backpack, sleeping bag, tourist rug - free for promotions;  transfer from Novosibirsk to Tyungur village and back; cargo delivery by horses to the base camp Akkemskoye Lake and moving through the Kuzuyak pass - free for early booking; 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 art teachers; plen Air class (theory and practice); all permits and fees; group gear (tents, gas stove, gas, kitchen gear, kitchen tents, axe, saw); accommodation in Tyungur village; bathhouse 2 times in the village of Tyungur on day 2 and 12; accommodation in Extreme Time camp on Akkemskoe Lake. Branded T-shirt - free for early booking.
Price doesn't include: flight to Novosibirsk and back; food while transfer and in Tyungur village; individual gear renting; 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.



In each petal, a drop of morning dew, in each of the thousands of gray stones - a majestic and extraordinary palette of colors! The great masters of painting over the centuries have found inspiration in the wilderness. Our creative tour will open the door to an unusually beautiful, amazing world of the Altai Mountains.

During an exciting journey to the sacred Belukha we invite you to unleash your creativity! We invite:

  • all who are interested to undergo theoretical and practical training in the basics of painting and drawing;
  • professional artists wishing to reflect the magic of the mountains in his work;
  • indifferent to the beauty of nature and the snow-white mountain tops.


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


What you will get from the tour


Among the variety of magnificent mountain scenery you will find a rich program of art. From morning etudes, when you can smell the fog and touch more unblown flowers with trembling drops of dew, to evening plen air on a background of blue peaks, framed in gold of the setting sun.

Surrounded by snow-white mountains, pearly lakes, endless mosaics of grasses, inhaling the healthful mountain air makes the soul tremble - you'll discover a new talent!

You have to capture the extraordinary beauty of the brush through the sacred places and walk away with a piece of magic experienced on a sheet of paper. In addition to the classes in the visual arts you will find a number of interesting workshops on different types of needlework and creativity.

What you will see

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, shimmering cascades of amazing colors from purple to blue.


We also will visit the Lake of Mountain Spirits, which is associated with many legends. The famous artist of Altai GI Choros-Gurkin, student of Shishkin, made an amazing painting «Lake of Mountain Spirits» in this place which reflects a wonderful, mysterious way, of Altai Mountain.

Valley of Seven Lakes lies at your feet velvet mosaic of herbs, sparkling streams penetrated by a plurality of streams flowing into the serene expanse of alpine lakes.

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Basic concepts of painting: composition, tone, color.

A detailed study of the art of creating etudes in nature.

The whole process of painting from the beginning until the completion of the work: how to mix paint, take care of the 

brushes, how to draw and save your art.

Features of transmitting the light at different times of the day.

Select a composition, and the best location for the etudes.

Transmission of light and perspective.


Methods of images of water, transparency, reflection in the water.

Various objects drawing technique: receding shores, stones, rocks, glaciers, different types of clouds and how they write, vegetation of Altai (birch, larch and other trees, shrubs and herbs).

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).

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    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.

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    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.

  • We can issue a traveler's insurance policy for you and send it to you electronically. 

  • 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.

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    You will order tour by 30% deposit. In case of cancellation of the trip no later than two months before the start of the trip, the prepayment is not refunded, but remains in your "account" to pay for future hikes and ascents during the year from the date of the registration fee.

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

Day 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. Packing food and part of the gear on horses for carrying. Getting to know the basics of drawing: chapeau, chromatics, mixing paints and usage - theory and practice. Meeting members of the group near the fire.

Day 3. Breakfast in the cafe on the camp site. Start of active part of the tour. For saving your energy we recommend you to use off road transfer on 4x4 vehicle from Tyungur Village to «Tri Berezy» camp. It's real adventure! Trekking 10 km. Night in a tents near the creek. Class of drawing, etudes on a beautiful spring creek.

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

Day 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 chapel for the art class. This time for stunning views on Akkem Wall Mountain and Peaks of Beluka Mountain - East and West. 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. Popular Chinese painter GI Choros-Gurkin, student of Shishkin, made in this place amazing painting «Lake of Mountain Spirits», which reflects a wonderful, mysterious way, in its unexplored Altai mountains. 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. The most picturesque and long class on this tour - a great opportunity to show the incredible paint of Yarlu Valley slopes and fascinating story of the «Stone Town»! 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. The practice of painting - special attention to this point can be given to the work with the reflection in the water and transfer the depths of space. Back to the camp on Akkemskoe Lake.

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

Day 10. Extra day for the bad weather. Preparing for the way back.

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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