Three Brothers Peaks
The peaks are a symbolic landmark of the town of Ridder, located in the East Kazakhstan Province. They are visible from almost anywhere in the town, and are even represented on its coat of arms.
The route to the top of the Right Brother (the easiest one to access) is a weekend hike suitable even for inexperienced climbers. Despite the steep climb, the route is quite comfortable: you will pass through a birch grove, then a mixed forest, which will soon give way to coniferous forest, and then you will finally see alpine meadows. The breathtaking view of the surrounding area compensates for any difficulty of the climb. Mountain ranges extend to the horizon, while streams flow down from the slopes, gaining strength and turning into bustling rivers below. One can see the Dead Lake from here. In winter it freezes through to the bottom. Plants and animals cannot flourish here, hence its name.
Several climbing routes will lead you to the Right and the Middle Brothers, as well as to the Labor Reserves Peak or to the Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya Peak. The route to the Left Brother is for experienced climbers only. For hikers of all levels, there are mountaineering camps in the area.
The hiking routes are available from June to the end of September. In winter, the slopes of the Three Brothers are popular among skiers and snowboarders.
Useful tips for 2020-2021
How to get there
The beginning of the route is five kilometers away from the town of Ridder. Any taxi will bring you there, and a sign will show you the way forward from there. An unpaved road departs from the main road and leads to the Lesnova Campsite, which is also accessible via an SUV. From there, you will see a footpath to the peaks.
Food and accommodation
Buying food in Ridder is recommended, but there is water all the way up to the peaks until the end of August. After that, the streams dry up and you have to carry water with you.
If you contact the Lesnova Campsite in advance, you can spend the night there. However, the climb to the top of the Three Brothers and return to the starting point only takes a day , so after your hike, you can safely return and spend the night in the town or at one of the recreation centers near Ridder.