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General tour to Altai

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Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 14 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
8 nights
Start date
2 July 2017
  • 2 July 2017
  • 30 July 2017
  • 13 August 2017
End date:
13 July 2017
82 900 RUB

The beauty of Altai hypnotizes and doesn't let go. Here the glittering mountain peaks are reflected in turquoise lakes, under the feet of alpine meadows, and every curve of the Chui tract opens to exciting landscapes. You will go by boat around the Teletskoye Lake, see archeological monuments, admire the scenery of mountains and the biggest river of Altai, be imbued with ancient culture of Altai folk through original performances of throat singing and musicians.

Most popular
Siberian holidays
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 14 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
8 nights
Start date
2 July 2017
  • 2 July 2017
  • 30 July 2017
  • 13 August 2017
End date:
13 July 2017
82 900 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Trekking and excursions in Altai

This great round tour will let you see the most of the significant historical places of Altai and its natural diversity. During the tour you will travel by a comfortable bus with an experienced guide and interpreter.
 

You'll go on a colorful journey through the historic sites and natural monuments of Altai. Touch the past in the Denisova cave, where they found traces of ancient human activity. You will see the exhibition of the Altai Princess mummy, which was found on the Ukok Plateau.


On the boat you will pass through the entire area of Lake Teletskoye, visit the Karakol valley, take a trek to the Altai waterfalls and stone mushrooms. Admire the views of the mountains with a height of over 2000 m and enjoy the beauty of the largest rivers of Gorny Altai — Katun.

 

Photo by Sergey Dolya

Itinerary

Barnaul — Chemal — Teletskoye lake — Gorno-Altaisk


The journey begins in Barnaul, which you must travel to on your own. We are ready to assist with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the order.

Day 1 Barnaul

Meet & greet at the airport. Transfer (20  km) to the Barnaul Hotel. Check in, breakfast in a hotel café, rest. 12 h 30 lunch in restaurant (optional), meet the guides. 

City tour with visits to local museums: Altai State History Museum and the Museum of Pharmacy of the Altai Mountains. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Barnaul Hotel. 

Day 2 Manzherok

 360 km by car


Check out. Meet the guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer to Manzherok village, where we switch from the bus to a cable car and go to Malay Sinukha Mountain (1196 m). Mineral water spring stop. 

Next transfer to Chemal, a village of 3000 people. 
Overnight in Chemal Hotel Usadba Kedr (full board). 

Day 3 Chemal Walk

85 km by car, 3 km by foot


Morning stroll in Chemal village and resort. Visit Chemal Hydroelectric Power Station, the first built in the region. Using the goat trail along the bank of the Katun River, walk (2 km) to the rock island Patmos. On Patmos stands the lonely church of John the Apostle of Barnaul's nunnery. The island is connected to the mainland by a suspension bridge. There are a couple of Virgin Mary images carved in the rocks nearby. 

Next we go to a settlement of indigenous people. Travel back in time to the 10th — 13th centuries; the pagan way of life, and the customs of the nomadic Altai tribes, will be presented to us. Lunch. Then we go to the Che-Chkysh tract. At the bottom of narrow gorge there is a clear mountain stream with a small waterfall. Overnight in Chemal at the Usadba Kedr Hotel (full board).

Day 4 Uch-Enmeck

170 km by car


Check out of the Chemal Hotel. Today we drive along the ancient Silk Road, seeing the Chuysk tract at its highest point — the Seminsky pass (1739 m). Then we visit the Uch-Enmeck Ethno-Park in the valley of the Karakol River. During dinner you will be able to taste traditional cuisine: archi, a cultured milk which tastes like yogurt, and Kurot, the Altai cheese. 

Late in the evening at the bonfire we will be invited to a folk program of throat singing. Some of the singers are winners of international festivals. Later, coming back to the yurt, you will feel like you've been in a time machine traveling back to ancient times. That's especially true if you do what the locals did: prior to going to sleep, make a fire in the center of yurt and watch the smoke streaming out through a hole in the roof. Overnight in the national park tourist complex Karakol, with its four-bed felt yurts or ails. Facilities are on the territory (full board). 

Day 5 Karakol Valley, Kalbak-Tash Hole

235 km by car 


The native Altai people believe the Karakol Valley is a sacred place. It is believed that the ancient monuments of the valley represent an informational code about laws of the universe. 
There are lots of archeological monuments around in this area: stelas, stone fences, tumuli (kurgans) with balbals (round stone images of ancestors) — most of them oriented to Uch-Enmek Peak. 

Departure to the Katun and Chyia rivers. Visit Kalbak-Tash Hole and see rock paintings — petroglyphs. More than 5000 pictures are drawn on 500+ formations. The most ancient ones date to the 8th century BC. Arrival at the tourist complex "Nomad". Overnight in quadruple Mongolian yurts. Facilities on the territory (full board). 

Day 6 North-Chuysky range — Geyser Lake

100 km by car, 4 km on foot
 

Drive on Chui Trakt towards the Mongolian border. On the way back a short hike to the picturesque Geyser Lake. This lake is the only one of its kind in the Altai — a rare beauty, clean, non-freezing even in winter, an amazing turquoise color. There, in the mysterious depths, geysers spring to life, throwing on the surface a mixture of bluish clay and sand that forms visible concentric circles at the bottom. 

Return to the tourist camp. Lunch. Walk in camp vicinities. Overnight in quadruple Mongolian yurts in the tourist complex "Nomad". Facilities on the territory (full board).

Day 7 Pazyryk Kurgans — Chulyshman River

120 km by car, 4 km on foot


After breakfast you'll make an excursion to Ulagan District. Pass the Red Gates, where the road goes through a narrow passageway between two rocks of reddish color. Visit the world famous Pazyryk Tumuli (kurgans) with ancient Scythian burial mounds, their excavated treasures now proudly displayed in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. The serpentine road here curves through steep cliffs several hundred meters high. We descend 4km on foot (altitude 1200m). Arrival at the tourist camp "Ezen" in the Chulyshman Valley. Overnight in tourist camp "Ezen" lodge houses. Facilities outside (full board). 

Day 8 Waterfall Kurkure

6 km on foot


Breakfast. Hiking to the 30m-high waterfall Kurkure ("violent" in Altaic), located on a tributary of the Chulyshman River. People living in the surrounding area worship this marvel of nature and consider it to be sacred. Therefore, no cattle are allowed in an area covering several kilometers! Hiking to and from the waterfall takes about 4 hours. Return to the camp. Lunch. In the afternoon, walking around, active outdoor games. Overnight in tourist camp "Ezen" lodge houses. Facilities outside (full board). 

Day 9 Chulyshman Valley — Teletskoe Lake

90 km by car, 5 km on foot


Early breakfast. Hike to the Karasu River ravine to see a unique natural object — "Stone Mushrooms". There are cones rising above the slope of the valley on top of which, as if by magic, lie huge rocky plates. Some "mushrooms" rise up to 10 or more meters. Comfortable trekking shoes advisable. Return to the campsite, lunch. 

Move to Teletskoye Lake and Cape Kyrsay. Arrive at the tourist camp Kyrsay. Overnight in tourist complex "Kyrsay", lodge house for two, facilities outside (full board). 

Day 10 Teletskoe Lake — Artybash

80 km by boat, 2 km on foot


Take a boat and sail along northern part of Teletskoye Lake (78km long). Teletskoye is the 20th deepest lake in the world (325m). About 70 rivers flow into the lake, which feeds the Biya and Ob rivers. Today we also visit the 12-meter-high Korbu Waterfall.We will lunch on the northern shore in a cafe. Walking around Artybash village. There will be an opportunity to purchase honey, local herbs, art, and items made of cedar. Accommodation in the Artybash Hotel, situated at the mouth of the Biya River (full board). 

Day 11 Artybash — Gorno-Altaisk — Barnaul

430 km by car

Breakfast. Departure to Gorno-Altaisk where we invite you to visit the National Museum with its mausoleum for the Siberian Ice Maiden, the Princess of Ukok, the Altai Princess. It is a mummy of a woman from the 5th century BC, found in 1993 in Pazyryk Kurgan in Altai. It was among the most significant Russian archaeological findings of the late 20th century. Lunch in the Gorno-Altai cafe. Arrival in Barnaul. Overnight in the Barnaul Hotel. 3*. (half board) 

Day 12 Departure

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

Most popular
Siberian holidays
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 14 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
8 nights
Start date
2 July 2017
  • 2 July 2017
  • 30 July 2017
  • 13 August 2017
End date:
13 July 2017
82 900 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

— Hotel "Barnaul" (1 night, standard Twin with all accommodation), 
— Hotel "Kedr" (2 nights), 
— Tourist complex "Karakol" (1 night), 
— Eco complex "Nomad" (2 nights, standard Qdrp room) with some facilities on the yard. 
— Tourist complex "Ezen" (2 nights), 
— Tourist complex "Kyrsay" (1 night), 
— Hotel "Artibash" (1 night) 

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What to bring +

— small backpack 
— trousers 
— t-shirts 
— light waterproof jacket with hood 
— long-sleeved shirt 
— sweater 
— wooly hat 
— wooly and cotton socks 
— footwear: trekking shoes, slippers 
— photo and video equipment 
— sunglasses 
— flashlight with a set of spare batteries 
— sunscreen and after-sun cream 
— personal first-aid kit 

Booking

Most popular

Siberian holidays

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 14 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
8 nights
82 900 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Transfer from and to the airport 

  • All tour rides in a comfortable off-road minibus 

  • 3 meals a day according to the program 

  • Program excursions 

  • A guide/interpreter 

  • Boat rental on Teletskoe Lake 

  • Folk entertainment with throat singing 

  • Museum tickets

  • Recreational meetings, russian banya (bath-house) 4 times

  • All permits and licenses, registration of foreigners, visa support letter

Extra charge:
  • International/domestic flights

  • Accommodation (single: 9145 rubles per person, double: 4480 rubles per person) 

  • Additional charges in tourist complexes 

  • Lunch, dinner on the 1st day, dinner on the 11th day; alcohol  

  • Souvenirs

  • Visa 

  • Travel insurance 

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Transfer from and to the airport 

  • All tour rides in a comfortable off-road minibus 

  • 3 meals a day according to the program 

  • Program excursions 

  • A guide/interpreter 

  • Boat rental on Teletskoe Lake 

  • Folk entertainment with throat singing 

  • Museum tickets

  • Recreational meetings, russian banya (bath-house) 4 times

  • All permits and licenses, registration of foreigners, visa support letter

  • International/domestic flights

  • Accommodation (single: 9145 rubles per person, double: 4480 rubles per person) 

  • Additional charges in tourist complexes 

  • Lunch, dinner on the 1st day, dinner on the 11th day; alcohol  

  • Souvenirs

  • Visa 

  • Travel insurance 

2 Jul 2017, Sun — 13 Jul 2017, Thu
82 900 RUB
30 Jul 2017, Sun — 10 Aug 2017, Thu
82 900 RUB
13 Aug 2017, Sun — 24 Aug 2017, Thu
82 900 RUB
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