ALTAI ULTRA-TRAIL® is the first mountain trail ultramarathon in Siberia, and the most wild of all the trails in Russia: the nearest town is 450 km from the starting point, and because the route does not cross any terrain touched by civilization, intermediate checkpoints/aid stations can only be reached either on foot, on horseback, or by helicopter.
If you take part in the 105 km race, you will enjoy the run following a popular hiking route of Altai: start along the valley of the river Akkem and go uphill to the foot of Mt. Belukha (the highest point of all Siberia); then cross the ridge and descend to the lake Kucherla to return following the valley of the Kucherla river. There is quite some rugged terrain at the altitude of 850 through 3060 m, while the total expected positive ascend is up to 4000 m. Along the trail you can expect heaps of fallen trees, stone runs, marshes, log crossings and fords, and chances are, you will get snow on the mountain pass.
The 55 km race isn't much easier either: you get to run all the way up to the ridge that separates the valleys of the rivers Akkem and Kucherla, to reach Kara-Turek, the highest mountain weather station of all Russia built at the altitude of 2600 m.
And finally the 30 km race that was added upon the requests of those who feel themselves not ready for the “ultra” but desire to attempt a real mountain trail in Altai. They get to run up to the mount Baida (2070m) with amazing view over the Katun` valley and Mt.Belukha against the skyline.
All the 3 routes will immerse you into the very heart of Altai mountains, and enjoying this lavishness of nature at full speed – is there a worthier challenge?