MOUNTAIN CENTER "ALTAY-AKTRU"
Trips, family holidays and holidays with
friends at the highland campsite "Altay-Aktru",
active tours on horses to the most picturesque
areas of the Altai Mountains rarely visited
by tourists (mountain ranges: Katunskiy,
Severo-Chuyskiy, Southern Altai). Ascents
on the highest peaks of Siberia (mountain
groups of Belukha, Aktru, Karagem, Maashey)
ranked from 2A to 5A category of difficulty.
Training courses in mountaineering and rock
climbing are available. Airlift by Mi-8 helicopter.
Video filming, making of video about your trip (or an ascent).
|Location: Severo-Chuyskiy mountain range (2150m. above sea level), 30 km. from village Kuray in the Aktru river valley, Kosh-Agach region, Altay Republic.
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Only professional guides and mountaineering instructors work in Mountain
These people devoted many years of their
lives to Altay mountains. They perfectly
know all the routes, weather, equipment etc.
There is a highland campsite in Altai Mountains
in the valley of Aktru, at the height of 2150 m, nearly at the
foot of the glacier. This is the place which
you can get to by an off-road vehicle and
therefore there is no need to transport travelling
cargo by yourself.
The geographic station of Tomsk State University has been functioning in the valley over sixty years. Glaciologists, geomorphologists, hydrologists, botanists work there. After having a talk with them you can learn a lot about the nature of the mountains, the landscape areas and the history of scientific and sport exploration of Altai. Students-geographers of Tomsk, Altai and Gorno-Altaysk universities undergo practical training there. Conferences, including international ones, are conducted regularly there.
If you are over 18 and full of energy, you want to be a mountaineer,
a rescuer, a mountain guide, or you just
eager to learn to understand and plunge into
the unique, severe and magnificent world
of mountains, glaciers then give a shot at
our Aktru campsite. The first (and the only
in the Altai Mountains) mountaineering camp
was set up there, which was successfully
functioning from 1952 to 1970. Many famous
Russian climbers started their careers in
this mountaineering camp, in Altai.
The mountaineering camp was restored to life
in 1997, and during its functioning (up to
2005), many Russian climbers underwent special
training from the basic mountaineering skills
to the level of the mountaineering instructors.
Now it is conducted annual training sessions
of Russian Mountaineering Federation of Siberian
Region in Aktru Valley (Tomsk, Novosibirsk,
Omsk, Kemerovo, etc.) both in summer and
We will include you in a practice training team then you have a chance to pass the basic level of training and improve your mountaineering skills.
If you are already over 30 (40, 50, 60), but you are young at heart, and you feel
a yearning for learning something new ...
If you want to try your strength in severe
environmental conditions and learn not only
to survive in the mountains, but also help
others ... If you want to make new friends
and learn to appreciate simple things that
stayed unnoticed and underestimated in the
vanity of the world...
If you want all this and even more, but you
are not sure of your strength (... I am not
young, I'll drop behind), if you are not
interested in mountaineering as a sport,
however you are attracted by the mountains
and their spirit, then you will find people
holding the same views in the Aktru campsite.
You will gain self-confidence and believe
in your strength with our help. You will
open new vista, discover previously unknown
sides of human soul and character and of
course you will reach new heights.
If you are over 30 (40, 50, 60) and you are not interested in mountaineering
and rock climbing or you just can't do it
because of your health, but you love nature
and you want to get rid of worlds vanity,
just get away from civilization then the
magnificent landscapes of mountains, glaciers,
relict cedars in Aktru valley are just for
you. Crystal air, crystal clear springs,
salubrious teas made of mountain herbs, walks
for pleasure, hot-heated Russian sauna and
a pleasant chat, all this will bring you
to complete peace of mind and quiet.
If you have bad luck not to get summer vacation. We can organise pleasant holidays for you
at any time of year. Moreover, we recommend
you to visit Aktru at different seasons (summer,
autumn, winter, spring), because each of
the seasons has its unique beauty and inimitable
charm. And those who have been under mountaineering
training during the low season and have had
winter ascents can truly consider themselves
as people who have passed serious life examination.
You won't find luxury hotels in Aktru valley, there are no comfortable rooms with a shower
and a toilet. However, there is a plenty
of hotels, wonderful campsites and tourists'
centers for those who are only interested
in the "civilized" holidays in
the Altay Mountains. Many of them are our
partners, and we will be glad to help you
to organize comfortable holidays, book a
room according to your wish, we will help
to work out an interesting and various tour
of any Altay region (Katun Valley, Teletskoye
Mikhail Tronov (1892-1978) - soviet climatologist and explorer of glaciers,
Honoured Science Worker of USSR, professor
of Tomsk State University (1927-1978), Ph.D
in geography. All his life long M. Tronov
explored the wild nature and glaciers, he
discovered more than half of well-known Altay
M. Tronov set up and ran a research laboratory,
the only in the Soviet Union, under Tomsk
State University. The laboratory investigated
the climate and the origin of glaciers; it
still exists in the 21st century.
Tronov led scientific expeditions to the
Altay Mountains for 50 years. He was the first who reached the Belukha
During his expeditions in Altay, Tronov stayed in a small hut, specially built for harsh winters. Nowadays, you can find this hut with the roof made of bark during your walking tours to the summits of Aktru. It is a memorial place of a great man and great explorer.