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Bukreyev Peak Hiking Tour (1 day)

November 1, 2019

Trekking & Hiking | Simple circular trekking route in the foothills of Trans-Ili Alatau mountains with a length of 17 kilometers and duration of one day. Starting point is Almatau tourist base in Kotyrbulak gorge, from where you can see a magnificent view of the peak on which you will ascend - Bukreyev peak.
Tour Route: Almaty - Besagash Village - Kotyrbulak Village - Beskainar Village - Almatau Tourst Base - Bukreev Peak - Hope Point - Forest" Pass - Elik-Sai Tourist Base - Almaty (Almaty Region, Kazakhstan)
Season: January-December
Best Period: November-January, June-September
Route Complexity: Circular and not difficult route in the style of easy trekking. It requires good physical fit, as the length of the route is quite long - 17 km. The main goal of this trekking is Bukreyev Peak with an altitude 3010 m a.s.l.
Height Difference: 1150 meters, lowest point - 1860 m a.s.l., highest point - 3010 m a.s.l.
Bukreyev Peak is located in the northern extremity of Small Almaty spur, in the upper reaches of Butakovka gorge and it is the ultimate peak of the spur. Its altitude is 3010 m a.s.l. The northern slope refers to Kotyrbulak gorge, the western slopes descend to Butakovka gorge, the eastern slopes - to Left Talgar. Some time ago peak was called "Pioneer Peak", because technically the peak is very simple and even children can climb to the top. This is the reason why in surroundings there are so many kid’s camps located in the gorges of Kotyrbulak and Elik-Sai. It is possible to climb to the peak all year round. In winter and spring, for example, this mountain is popular with fans of off-piste skiing and snowboarding. In 2007, the peak was renamed in honor of the legendary Soviet mountaineer Anatoly Bukreyev, and memorable nameplates were also made on the top of the peak. The merit of Bukreyev in the world of local and world mountaineering was great. He was a mountaineer who climbed 11 of 14 eight-thousanders without using an oxygen mask. His ability to stand enormous loads and incredible physical endurance are admired by many world climbers and mountaineers even nowadays. Bukreyev lived in the village of Gornyi Sadovod (now Kotyrbulak) and trained in the nearest foothills, so the peak was like home spot for him. He often liked to run on it's top straight from home. The mountaineer died in tragic circumstances in December 1997 during the ascent to Annapurna peak (8091 m a.s.l.).
Departure from Almaty at 07:30. After passing Besagash village, you will move further up the road to the Beskainar village. After reaching Kotyrbulak gorge, you will enter the territory of Ile-Alatau National Park. Passing the camp "Almatau", you will reach the children's camp "Pioneer", where the route begins. Water can be taken at the spring on the road. Almost on the entire route there will be no water, therefore it will be better to take more.

Start of the route at 08:30. From the cable car you will move to the left along the path that goes up to the nearest ridge. Further along the ridge through the forest you will get to a small pass, from where panorama to Bukreyev peak will be opened. It will take about an hour. There you will make a stop, drink some water and have a snack. From this spot you will clearly see the further route - the path line, gradually gaining altitude on the opposite slope. You will go there. The climb will be not difficult, so within 40 minutes you will make the next stop. This place will give you a great view of the large rocky peaks and glaciers, view on the highest point of the Trans-Ili Alatau - Talgar peak (5017 m a.s.l.) will be opened. Easy snack, rest. Last effort before reaching the peak. This part of the route will be the most energy-intensive and long, the trail all the time will go up, you will have to sweat on the way. In some places you will have to pass over large stones, here you must be very attentive and focused on ascent, despite the fatigue. A little bit more and you will be at the top.

At approximately 12:00 you will reach the top of Bukreyev peak. Here you will see more snow peaks and eternal glaciers of the region - the mighty peaks of Talgar and Small Almaty gorges. In all its glory you will see Nursultan peak, as well as the peak of the Athlete and Til glacier. You will have about an hour to rest, eat and enjoy the views from the top of the peak.

At 13:00 the descent from the peak starts. You will descend by the other ridge, towards the "peak" or "ness" of Hope - a small rocky ledge located at the foot of Bukreyev peak. Then you will go along wide field and start to descend into the forest, a big fallen tree will be the landmark. Passing the forest, you will go to the Forest Pass. The final part of the descent will pass along narrow gorge along the creek, from which it will be possible to drink plenty of fresh mountain water. Coming out of the gorge, you will cross the ski slope of Elik-Sai tourist base, and reach the final point of the way - the territory of the tourist base, with a large wooden ship that serves as a guest house for tourists and participants of the «Mowgli» children's camp. From here you will go back to the city by car. Arrival to Almaty at approx. 17:00.

Private Tour Rates:   

160 USD for one person     
170 USD for group of 2 persons traveling together    
240 USD for group of 3 persons traveling together 


1. Hotel pick-up/drop-off
2. Professional guide service
3. All admission and environmental fees
4. Lunch (picnic) at nature

Tour reservation and payment should be done at least 24 hours before the tour. Accepted methods of payment: cash in local currency, wire transfer, bank card. 
50% of the total tour price is not refundable in case of tour cancellation less than 24 hours before the tour.
Recommendations for Clothing: 
For comfortable trekking you need clothing that will not restrict movement – shorts, pants, leggings and t-shirt or light shirt with long sleeve. The shoes should be without high heels, can be used in hiking along rugged terrain: tourist trekking boots or similar, with a good sole and high lacing or sneakers. It is also desirable to take warm clothes, warmer than you normally wear; during the cold season – warm hat and gloves. Cap or panama hat for sun and heat protection. Water container or camelback, thermos with hot tea. Don't forget sunglasses and sunscreen! Trekking poles will be also appropriate.

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