Belukha (4506m), an extremely beautiful, shapely snow peak in Altai Mountains (South Siberia, Russia) is one of the very few peaks of the globe veiled with mystery and a touch of mysticism. Until now the Akkem valley is the Mecca for the worshipper of the famous Russian painter and mystic Nicholas Roerich (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Roerich) who held the place as one of the sacred “Centers of Energy” on Earth. A visit here is a must for them. Belucha has always been one of the climbing magnets in the former USSR (together with Elbrus and Kazbek in Caucasus and Klyuchevskoi volcano in Kamchatka)
The approaches are two days of easy trekking supported with horses carrying all the group gear plus food and fuel for camping. The clients, who have not opted for renting a horse, will carry their own belongings (we advise to sort these carefully and take only the absolutely necessary). The landscapes are varied (delicious South Siberia forests) and the climb itself, even though demands a reasonably good physical form, will not present any problems even for novices in climbing: all the “technical” places will be provided with fixed ropes.
There are some days of moderate and strenuous hiking by varied landscapes and some days of mountain climbing which require good physical condition and mountaineering skills (using ropes, crampons, etc.). Mt. Belukha climb is of 3A rate (In Russian climbing route rating system the overall grade of a route is defined within a scale of 1 to 6, with subdivisions A and B). Maximum altitude drop is 1000 m a day. The trekkers carry both all their personal belongings, 6-7 kg of complete set of communal equipment (tents, cooking pots, gas) and food for 2 days. You can also hire pack horses for the luggage transportation.