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Altai // The Ukok plateau. Snowshoes tour to the Zhumalinski Springs 2019 (The autonomous snowshoes tour)

The Ukok Plateau is a hard reach terrain in the southeast of Altai. In winter this area is almost not visited by tourists. Snowshoes tours to the famous Zhumalinskie Springs is a great opportunity to ventilate your head, get aesthetic pleasure and work outdoors actively in a team with professional guides.

EXPEDITION OBJECTIVES
  • Acquaintance with the Ukok Plateau – "The pole of cold of Altai";
  • Visiting the famous Zhumalinski Springs;
  • Experience the spirit and the body in a ten-day snowshoes marathon, the reward of which is a lifelong experience;
  • Teamwork with professional travel guides.
DURATION: 14 days / 13 nights

Attention: foreigners must have a permit in the frontier zone. It takes 60 days!

  • Snowshoes tour to one of the most inaccessible areas of Altai – the Ukok Plateau;
  • Overnights in winter expedition tent with the stove;
  • Snowshoeing with touristic sled «Arctika».
The period: mar - apr
1150 per person
Members in a group:
min  4 max  7
E-mail ask your questions
Project manager Dmitry Yurochkin
ABOUT THE ROUTE

The Ukok Plateau is a hard reach terrain in the mountains of Southern Altai: in the north, like an irresistible wall, rises the South-Chuiskiy Ridge covered with glaciers, in the south — the Tabyn-Bogdo-Ola Ridge and the mountain range Saylughem with heights of more than 4000 meters. The weather in Ukok is unpredictable: even in summer can begin snowfall which can transform into a strong showstorm. In winter this area is harsher, difficult to reach and unfrequented — it is a time of «special» beauty and silence. Snowshoes tour to the Ukok Plateau is an opportunity to see the nature without people, bright sun, pure snow, to hear silence, in this tour you’ll feel a sense of complete freedom and test your strength. This route gives positive emotions to the participants, the opportunity to look around and enjoy the views of nature. An important element of the snowshoes tour on the Ukok plateau is an ecological component, because the participants don’t disturb the natural balance and travel on the principle of «everything with me and nothing leaving».

ROUTE:
  • DAY
    Route
  • 1
    Arrival in Barnaul. Meeting at the Airport. Transfer to Aktash on the Chuiski tract, overnight in a guest house;
  • 2
    Transfer to Kosh-Agach. The first snowshoes moving. Overnight in a winter tent;
  • 3
    Snowshoes moving to the Zhumalinski springs. Overnight in a winter tent;
  • 4
    The day of rest, walks, bathing in healing springs;
  • 5
    Crossing the Zhumala River to the confluence of the Sary-Tas River. Overnight in a hunter hut;
  • 6
    Moving through the Akkol Pass. You can see the panorama of the Ukok plateau. Overnight in a winter tent;
  • 7
    Moving through the Bugumujuz Pass (2940 m). Get down to the Akkol Valley. Overnight in a hunter hut;
  • 8
    Crossing through the picturesque canyon of the Akkol River, access to the Akkalaha valley. Overnight in a small house;
  • 9
    Trekking along the frozen river Akalaha. Around the picturesque mountain taiga. Overnight in a small village house;
  • 10
    Moving down through the valley to the confluence with the Karaalaha river. Beautiful view. Overnight in a hunter hut;
  • 11
    Moving to the Jazator village. Rest, banya, dinner. Overnight at the campsite;
  • 12
    Tour completion. Short transfer by car to the Kosh-Agach. Overnight in hostel;
  • 13
    Transfer to Barnaul, accommodation in a hotel;
  • 14
    Transfer to the airport.
EXPEDITION VIDEO 2015
Snowshoes tour to the hot Springs

INCLUDE IN THE PRICE
  • expedition moving on SUVs;
  • meeting at the airport of Barnaul;
  • food in expeditionary conditions;
  • services of professional guides;
  • medical insurance.
The organizer provides:
  • winter expedition tent with a stove;
  • sleeping bag Bask MILD-20C;
  • touristic sled «Arctika» for each participant;
  • individual set of dishes;
  • gas burners;
  • snowshoes for each participant and trekking sticks;
  • first-aid kit;
  • heat insulating mats;
  • satellite communication «Iridium».
Additional expenses
  • souvenirs;
  • use of satellite communication (3Euro/1minute of your talk);
  • alcohol drinks;
  • individual snack (nuts, marmalade, energy bars, dried fruits, chocolates, candies);
  • accommodation in a hotel in Barnaul.
Equipment for personal use (you should take it with you):
  • warm boots for mountain trekking+warm socks (woolen and thermal);
  • backpack (80 or more liters);
  • thermos bottle;
  • headlamp+2 battery sets;
  • snow protective leggings;
  • warm jacket with a hood with a down or synthetic filler;
  • a set of storm clothing: jacket and trousers;
  • warm sweaters and trousers from Polartec;
  • thermal underwear;
  • windblock warm cap or helmet;
  • 2 pairs of gloves;
  • suncream (protection factor is not less than 30);
  • individual first aid kit with a set of specific medicaments;
  • sunglasses.
Warning!

All the equipment you are interested in can
be purchased from us with 15% discount or rent.

Weather

March is a period when sunny stable weather on the Ukok plateau sets. In the afternoon -10-15C, very intensive sunshine, light wind. High probability of snowstorm, wind. It is windy in the evening, night temperatures of -20° C. During the clearing, the temperature may drop to -30 -35°C.

Requirements

The expedition is conducted by the guidance of experienced travelers - guides. The route of the expedition passes through inaccessible mountain-taiga territory, the group moves on the basis of weather conditions and a daily plan outlined by the head of the plan. Members of the group should be in a good fit. All tourists should help with campsite. Everyone should have a consultation with a doctor. Expeditionary conditions. Good mood is important!

Note

The expedition is conducted by the guidance of experienced travelers - guides. The route of the expedition passes through inaccessible mountain-taiga territory, the group moves on the basis of weather conditions and a daily plan outlined by the head of the plan. Members of the group should be in a good fit. All tourists should help with campsite. Everyone should have a consultation with a doctor. Expeditionary conditions. Good mood is important!

Participant's travel report
|Елена Алзамаева

Лёгкий и красивый! Особенно запомнилась ночевка в палатке! Раньше для моего воображения это было очень дико-ночевать в палатке зимой! Теперь я с радостью готова это повторить! Незабываемые эмоции! Хочу упомянуть красоту зимнего леса и гор, и конечно же все великолепие Телецкого!

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Date: 18.10.19