Rock climbing in
Bektau

29 April - 5 May /
6 - 12 May 2024
About the program
  • Location - Bektau Ata, Kazakhstan

  • Cost - 850$ / 1250 $ per person. Cost includes our work, accommodation and meals, all transfers.
We will learn how to climb cracks, wedge hands and feet, set protection. The first two days we will work on techniques on simple routes, then we will switch to more difficult and long ones. During the days of rest from climbing, we will walk a lot, look at the area, choose routes for the next days.
The course is divided into 2 blocks (a week for every block).

You can come only for one block if you want to see the area and find out what crack climbing is. With those who come to both blocks, we will climb multipitches routes, work on complex projects and new lines.

In total, there are several hundred TRAD lines (with a rope and its own protection points) from very short and simple to difficult and long for several sections. Most of them are unclimbed yet.
Bektau Ata is a mountain tract 70 km to the north from Balkhash. It is a mountainous area in the middle of the steppe, about 13 by 18 kilometers in size. Bektau-Ata has a mesmerising geological history. The place is a highly eroded granite intrusion massif that came to the surface after tectonic uplift and erosion of the soft rocks surrounding it.
The highest point is Bektau-Ata (1214m above sea level). Entire massif splits into several ridges: Bektauata, Sarykulzha (Yellow argali), Konyrkulzha (Brown argali) – with Apar Su pass between them, Karashoky, Zhaltas. They are separated by fairly wide canyons with forests and lakes.
The terrain around is flat granite hills with edges and canyons radiating from the main peaks. There are many remains of the most bizarre shapes here. Here you can find cranes and waders, rare argali and gazelles.
  • Programm / Schedule
    • April 29: Transfer from Almaty to Bektau (about 11 hours, 700km). Accomodation

    • April 30: Intro to crack climbing/ climbing day
    • May 1: Climbing day
    • May 2: Rest day
    • May 3: Climbing day
    • May 4: Climbing day

    • May 5: Departure of the 1st group. For those who stay on the 2nd block - rest day
    • May 6: Arrival of the 2nd group. For those who stay on the 2nd block - rest day

    • May 7: Climbing day
    • May 8: Climbing day
    • May 9: Rest day
    • May 10: Climbing day
    • May 11: Climbing day

    • May 12: Departure

    The program can be changed due to the weather or the desire of participants to climb certain routes.
  • Equipment
    • Harness
    • Lanyard
    • Belay device
    • 3 carabiners
    • Helmet
    • Crack climbing gloves (if you dont have any, we can teach how to make them from adhesive bandage)
    • Climbing shoes
    • Cams
    • Quickdraws
    • Dynamic rope (60-70m)
    • Backpack
    • Headlamp

    • Sneakers
    • Clothing appropriate to the season
    • Membrane jacket and pants
  • Terms of participation
    • Dates of the course: April 29-May 5, May 6-May 12
    • Group size: 3-4 people
    • Cost:
    - $850 per person - if you participate in a half of the program (from April 29 to May 5 or from May 6 to May 12).
    - $1,250 per person - if you participate in the whole program.

    • To participate in the course, prepayment ($300) is required. The rest of the payment is made before the start of the course.
    • The cost includes our work, transfer from Almaty and back, accommodation and meals in Bektau, all special general equipment.
    • The cost does not include personal equipment, accommodation in Almaty, snacks, insurance.
    • Participants are advised to carry sufficient medical transportation insurance (for active recreation).