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Altay. Ak Oyuk

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Altai, Russia. Katunskie Belki
Climbing Mount Ak Oyuk (2a Russian grade). Season: June - September (Best time - July-September)

Information intended for evaluation purposes only. In order to avoid surprises and possible dangers and complications, we recommend to take part in the organized program of the MCS AlexClimb "Altai Russia, climbing Mount Ak Oyuk" - by well known route, accompanied by experienced guides. This will significantly increase the probability of success and safety of your climbing in Altai.

Ak Oyuk - that is quite a nice mountain, and if your Altai schedule permits, you can climb on Ak Oyuk before climbing Belukha as an acclimatization. From upper part of Akkem lake turn right (if moving upwards) from the main trail and in 1.5-2 hours walk to the moraine plateau at the foot of mount Ak Oyuk. It is recommended to camp near the lake directly under the route.

There are two possible ways of climbing the Summit of Mount Ak Oyuk.

Variant 1 - 2a Russian grade. Recommended.

Walk around the lake and start climbing the scree slope of the North East Ridge of Ak Oyuk, in the direction of the most shallow part - your task is to get to the top of the ridge. After getting to the top of the ridge  follow it first up first by large rock slabs, then by snow. In some places belaying can be required - you can organize it using iceaxe, but in overall climbing the Ridge presents no difficulty. The final section before climbing the summit plateau - a steep snow fase at the top of the Ridge - where it is attached to the Summit of Ak Ouyk -  is to be climber directly up, medium difficulty climbing - 15-20 meters. After reaching the summit plateau - turn left and move towards the Summit of Ak Oyuk marked by cairn made of rocks. Descend the same way using one rappel from the summit to the flattening part of the ridge. Using ropes on that route is obligatory. Even if it is not needed on the Ridge, coming out from Ridge to the Summit would be very problematic without organized belaying.

Variant 2. 3b Russian grade, not recommended. Recently, it was many cases of ice avalanches on the Face of Ak Oyuk, the avalanches go just the line of this route - to attempt it means to play Russian roulette.

From the Camp at the foot of Ak Ouk start early, climbing up the glacier by not steep ice slopes, keeping away from the hanging seracs. Climb roped, in places it is necessary to organoze belay with icescrews. The lower part of the route requires many maneuvers between the seracs, the middle part can be climbed faster as it is flatter. When there is snow on the glacier - the avalanche danger is present. Navigation on the route is not very complicated - it follows the most gentle central part of the glacier. The upper part of the route, as you get closer to the Summit, is becoming more steep (50-60º), from that part you must be even more careful - the ice becomes loose, sometimes turns into firn (no use of icescrews - belay with snow stacks or iceaxe). The top part of the wall before getting to the Summit Plateau may be complicated by the snow cornice. The Real Summit of Ak Oyuk is located at the most distano part of the summit plateau, to which it is necessary to walk on snow 300-400 m - there is no more climbing - it is perfectly flat. From the bivouac on the lake, on average it take 4-6 hours to the Summiot of Ak Oyuk . The descent by the easier route - North East ridge (which is the recommended as the normal route of ascent of Ak Oyuk).

To climb Ak Oyuk is worth at least because of the fact that from its Summit there is most spectacular, fantastic panoramic view of Mount Belukha - the Pearl of Siberia. The better veiw point of Mount Belukha does not exist.

We wish you good luck and good weather!

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