Ski touring in the powder of Altay, Siberia
The Kemerovo region of southern Siberia, is just a few hundred km from the borders with Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia. The slopes of the Altay Mountains are well suited to ski mountaineering and freeride, especially for the lovers of powder snow, whis is here particularly abundant already in november. We propose a week based in Luzhba, a remote village with no ski lifts, offering beautiful lines from the forest to the open slopes, in total wilderness. This is a very special experience, to be done at least once, and accessible to many since there are no technical difficulties. Mountains in Luzhba are not high; skiing vertical is 400 -800 m on average, but with the possibility of several runs in a day or traverses. The itineraries are many and varied, there is only the limit of imagination … Overnight stay is in lodges or bungalows, with sauna available. Average winter temperatures are -10 ° C with minimum of -25 ° C.
day 1: Arrival Novokuznetsk or Akaban with donestic flight from Moscow. Transfer by minivan to Biskamzha or Mezhdurechensk (approx. 2 hours), overnight in hotel.
day 2: ransfer by train to Luzhba (aprox. 120 km). The lodge is reached on foot or skies, whereas baggages are transported by snowmobiles. Accomodation in one lodge or more huts, with common kitchen and banya (russian sauna).
day 3- 8: Ski touring from the hut; we will make two or more runs and/or traverses in the forest and open slopes.
day 9: A last run in the morning; in the afternoon, transfer by train to Biskamzha or Mezhdurechensk, then continuation by minivan to Akaban or Novokuznetsk. Overnight in hotel.
day 10: Transfer to the airport and return flight
Note: The above programme is indicative. The definitive programme will be decided in relation to the team’s requirements and according to the local conditions of snow and wheather.
*** POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS OR VARIATIONS OF THE PROGRAMME***
- freeride a Sheregesh (45 km of ski slopes plus off-piste, 4 m of snow pack on average)
- ski touring or cat-skiing at Priskovya;
- ski touring in the Baikal Lake region/li>
Other trips with similar features:
- ski touring in the Baikal Lake region
- artcic ski touring in the Kola peninsula, Murmansk, Russia
- ski touring with yurta camp, Kyrghyzstan
Other trips in the Altay mountains:
- Ski or trekking expedition to Belukha 4506 m, the highest peak of Siberia
- Ski expedition to the glaciers of Tavan Bogd, southern Altay, Mongolia
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Trip dates, Duration, Departure
The period of time given in the trip description sheet is indicatively the most recommended for optimun conditions for the planned activities. Different periods are possible, especially during season with special climate situations. Duration is referred to the “standard” programme as per description sheet, however it could change according to the local conditions and/or the team’s requirements. If the trip is included in the Scheduled Trips list (yearly planner), the departure date is the one given in the planner; otherwise it will be decided according to the requests we have received. In any case we suggest to contact us for more precise information. In customized trips, departure date and duration are established according to customer’s request
By means of the scores given in the trip decsription sheet we wish to provide an indicative assessment of the challenges to be expected, divided in the following three categories:
Grade 1: adult performing a minimum sport activity (4-8 hours/week), or teenager in medium fitness conditions
Grade 2: adult performing sport activity (8-16 hours/week) or teenager in good fitness conditions
Grade 3: adult performing regular sport activity (16-20 hours/week) or teenager in very good fitness conditions
Grade 4: adult only, regularly performing sport activity and intense training (more than 20 hours/week)
Grade1: no prior experience in the activity is required, just a natural predisposition
Grade 2: prior experience in the activity as beginner to medium level
Grade 3: prior experience in the activity at medium to high level, with regular practice since min. 3-5 years
Grade 4: excellent technical skills with long experience in the activity (more than 5 years)
Grade 1: no prior experience in adventure travel id required, just a positive attitude to adapt
Grade 2: prior, yet limited, experience in adventure travel, with a strong attitude to adapt and determination
Grade 3: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding
Grade 4: prior experience in adventure travel including remote area and wilderness, or extreme wheather, or uncertainty in route finding, strong determination to overcome unforeseen events
The type of accomodation as planned is indicated in the trip sheet (hotel, lodge, tents, etc..).
The means of local transfers are indicated as planned (flight, bus, 4WD vehicle, ferry, etc.). Some changes are possible in relation to the actual availability on site and/or the terrain and wheather conditions.
Service included and Prices
We do not have a price list. Quotes are sent on request only. Details of services included, excluded, or optionally available, will be specified in the quote and confirmed at the time of booking. Prices depend on number of participants and on the specific requirements of the group. They will be definitely set at the time of booking after definiton of all trip details and confirmation of dates. Special prices can be granted according to number of participants, and/or for pre-established groups, clubs and associations, guides with own clients, active athletes, tour operators and travel agents, journalists, physicians, rescue operators, schools, staff of organization running an humanitarian or research project.