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SOUTH AFRICAN ALTAY - 2002 EXPEDITION

The expedition was organized by Mrs. Jenny Paterson with the help of ERSH TRAVELS and worked from August 11 until September 02. It included eight South African trekkers and climbers, Mrs. Jenny Paterson was the expedition leader, three Russian guides - Mr. Alexey Shalaev, Mrs. Marina Ershova and Mr. Alexandr Parshin accompanied the group. The expedition was served by ERSH TRAVELS (St. Petersburg) and PLOT (Barnaul).

The expedition started from Moscow and after flight to Barnaul and long enough drive reached the Tyungur Village on the bank of the Katun River in the Altay Mountains. With pack-horses the group went up along the Kucherla Valley, crossed the Karatyurek Pass (3060 m) and pitched Base Camp near Akkem Lake. From that point they did several treks along the beautiful surrounding canyons and glaciers, climbed Bronya Peak (3260 m) and Mr. Paul Stoddart with Russian guides successfully summited Mt. Belukha (4506 m). Mr. Paul Stoddart became the first South African climber who reached the highest summit of Siberia. Then the group did a trek along the wild Akkem Valley and after the mountain programme spent several days in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

South African trekkers on the Red Square, Moscow
South African trekkers on the Red Square, Moscow

Siberian village
Siberian village
with horses along the Kucherla Valley
with horses along the Kucherla Valley

Mt. Belukha, Akkem Wall and Akkem Glacier
Mt. Belukha, Akkem Wall and Akkem Glacier

Akkem Valley
Akkem Valley
Paul Stoddart and Russian guide Alexey Shalaev on the top of Mt. Belukha, 4506 m
Paul Stoddart and Russian guide Alexey Shalaev on the top of Mt. Belukha, 4506 m

bivouac on the trek
bivouac on the trek

photos: Jenny Paterson, Tony Kirk and Paul Stoddart

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