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General tour to Altai

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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

5 nights
6 nights

Languages

EN
guide
DE
guide
Start date
14 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 28 June 2020
  • 12 July 2020
  • 26 July 2020
  • 9 August 2020
  • 30 August 2020
  • 13 September 2020
End date:
25 June 2020
104 276 RUB

If you have never been to Altai and want to see all the most picturesque places during the one trip, we recommend you to choose this route. Turquoise lakes and rivers, vast plains and mountain tops, one of the most beautiful roads in the world and even the valley similar to Mars are waiting for you here.

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

5 nights
6 nights

Languages

EN
guide
DE
guide
Start date
14 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 28 June 2020
  • 12 July 2020
  • 26 July 2020
  • 9 August 2020
  • 30 August 2020
  • 13 September 2020
End date:
25 June 2020
104 276 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Tour to Altai mountains

There are a lot of tourist routes to Altai, but we are sure that this trip will be the best for the first acquaintance with the region.

If you prefer comfort conditions during travelling, than you will appreciate this tour to Altai. Every day you will have hiking without backpacks. And you will spend the night in comfortable hotels or tourist bases located at the picturesque places.

In 12 days you will cover about 1700 km on a comfortable minibus, another 80 km will travel by boat and about 25 km will go on foot. During this time you will visit almost all the main places of interest of the Altai Mountains:

  • see the famous turquoise Katun river
  • drive along the Chuysky tract, which is in the top 10 of most beautiful roads in the world, according to National Geographic
  • take a photo on the Geyser lake's bank
  • feel yourself like on the Mars
  • go down from the picturesque Katu-Yaryk mountain pass to the Chulyshman river valley
  • see snow-capped mountain peaks over 4000 m high
  • walk to three mountain waterfalls
  • cross on a boat the huge Lake Teletskoye, which is called «the younger brother of Lake Baikal»
  • climb the hill where the «stone mushrooms» grow
  • visit the world-famous Pazyryk mounds
  • understand how traditional dwellings of the Altai inhabitants are created
  • learn the history of the Altai Princess found on the Ukok plateau
  • play the national musical instruments at a throat singing concert.

 

Photo by Alena Chudanova

Itinerary

The journey begins in Barnaul, where you should travel to on your own. We recommend you to choose flights of Aeroflot, Ural airlines or S7 airlines arriving to Barnaul before 7 a.m.

 

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Day 1 Excursion programm in Barnaul

Early in the morning you will be met at the airport and taken to the Barnaul Hotel, located in the city center, where you can relax after a night flight.

 

At 1 p.m. you will meet with the guide in the hotel's lobby. After that you will go for lunch (paid by yourself).

 

Next, you will have an excursion programm in Barnaul. You will visit the Altai State History Museum, which houses more than 150 thousand exhibits. Visit the private Museum of Pharmacy of the Altai Mountains. Take a walk through the Nagorny park and the Ob river embankment, which offers great city views.

 

In the evening you will return to the hotel, where you will have dinner and rest before the trip.

 

The route length: 40 km by car, 2 km on foot.

Day 2 Biysk and maral breeding complex

After breakfast you will pack your bags and take a comfortable minibus to the side of the Altai Mountains. Along the way, you will make a stop in Biysk. It is the old merchant town, founded by Peter the Great's decree.


Continuing the route along the Chuysk tract, you will stop at the Arzhan-Suu wellspring. The water here is saturated with silver, copper and other minerals. You can taste it and get water.

 

Then you will visit a maral breeding complex, which is located in the gorge of Katun river. Here you will see marals and wild horses grazing on meadows, and will learn the process of preparing velvet antlers.   

 

In the evening you will reach the hotel, located on the bank of the Katun river in Uznezya village. Here you will gave dinner and rest.

 

The route length: 340 km by car.

Day 3 Chemal and Che-Chkysh

After beakfast you will set off to the Chemal village, from where will walk along the bank of the Katun river to Chemal hydroelectric power station, which was built in 1935 and greatly damaged during the floods in 2014.

 

Further you will take a walk along the hanging bridge to the Patmos island, where the women's skit of the Barnaul Znamensky monastery is located. Near the temple you will see the image of the Blessed Virgin with the baby, cut down in the rock.

 

Ahter that you will visit a traditional Altai dwelling, called «ail». You will immerse into the atmosphere of X-XIII centuries and get acquainted with the nomads' culture and life.

 

After lunch you will go the Che-Chkysh canyon. Go up to the waterfall and to the view point, which offers a beautiful panorama of the Katun river. Then you will drive to the Oroktoiskiy bridge. It is a picturesque, very narrow and deep place on the river. By the evening you will return to the hotel, where you will have dinner and rest.

 

The route length: 125 km by car, 3 km on foot.

Day 4 The Karakol valley

After breakfast you will pack your bags and continue your journey along the Chuysk tract. You will pass through its highest point — the Seminsky mountain pass (1739 m high).

 

Then you will reach the Uch-Enmek ethno-natural park. Here you will stay at the tourist complex and taste the traditional Altai cuisine for lunch.

 

In the afternoon you will walk through the Karakol valley, where you will see the ancient mounds and a large number of rock paintings.

 

In the evening you will return to the tourist complex and take a part in the concert of throat singing. You will see how to play the traditional musical instruments, and will be given an opportunity to try it yourself.

 

The route length: 170 km by car, 1 km on foot.

Day 5 Kalbak-Tash Hole

After breakfast you will pack your bags and go further to the south of the Altai Mountains. During the way you will make a stop at the picturesque Chike-Taman pass at the altitude of 1295 m. And then at the confluence of the Chuya and Katun rivers.

 

You will have lunch outdoors and then you will visit the Kalbak-Tash Hole, which is famous by its ancient rock paintings named Petroglyphs. The oldest of them belong to the 8th millennium B.C.

 

In the evening you will reach the tourist base on the banks of the Chuya river, where you will have dinner, go to the bathhouse and relax.

 

The route length: 175 km by car.

Day 6 The Geyser lake and Mars

After breakfast you will drive along the Chuysk tract towards the Mongolian border. From a huge intermountain Kuray hollow you can see a magnificent view on the glaciers of North Chuya Range with the highest peaks Aktru-Bash (4075 m), Karatash (3534 m).

 

You will continue the trip to the Chagan-Uzun settlement where you will visit the unique valley of the Kyzyl Chin river. Here you will see the unusual colored mountains, which called the "Altai Mars: by all the locals. The nature here has created unreal landscapes of different shades of red – from bright orange to dark brown. You will have a few hours to walk, take pictures and have lunch outdoors.

 

On the way back you will have a walk to the picturesque Geyser Lake, which has an amazing bright turquoise color. There, in mysterious depth, "geysers" come to life from time to time, throwing out mix of bluish clay and sand on the surface which form visible concentric circles on the bottom of the lake.

 

In the evening you will return to the tourist base, have dinner and go to the bathhouse.

 

The day route length: 180 km by car, 7 km on foot.

Day 7 The Katu-Yaryk mountain pass and the Chulyshman river valley

After breakfast you will continue the car route. You will pass through the Red gates, where the road goes through a narrow passageway between two reddish colored rocks. Also you will cross the Ulagan mountain pass, the highest one in Altai (2080 m high).


Then visit the world famous Pazyryk Tumuli (kurgans) with ancient Scythian burial mounds.

 

You will have lunch outdoor and then you will see one of the famous Altai landscapes – a great view from the Katu-Yaryk pass top to the Chulyshman river valley. The car with your bags will go down the mountain serpentine, and you will walk after it on foot.

 

In the evening you will arrive to the tourist camp, located on the bank of the Chulyshman river, where you can rest, have dinner and bath.

 

The route length: 120 km by car, 3,5 km on foot.

Day 8 Waterfall Kurkure

After breakfast you will cross the Chulyshman river by boat and then walk to the Kurkure waterfall, its height is more than 30 metres. The hiking to the waterfall crossing the river takes about 3-4 hours

 

You will be back to the base in the afternoon. Have lunch and rest. If you wish, you can walk to another waterfall. In the evening you will have dinner and go to the bathhouse.

 

The route length: 6 km on foot.

Day 9 Stone mashrooms

After breakfast you will drive along Chulyshman to the mouth of the Karasu river.

 

Нere your hiking to the Stone mushrooms will start. Climbing up the mountainside will not be easy, so you should be prepared for it and have comfortable shoes. But the views are worth seeing: these amazing natural stones reach a 10 meters high.

 

After lunch you will continue travelling to the southern bank of lake Teletskoye to cape Kyrsay. From here you will cross the lake by boat to the opposite bank, where you will stay at the tourist camp. In the evening you will have dinner and visit the Russian sauna.

 

The route length: 90 km by car, 5 km on foot.

Day 10 Lake Teletskoye and waterfall Korbu

After breakfast you will pack your bags and take the boat. During the boat-trip across Lake Teletskoye you will reach its northern part.

 

You will make a stop at the Korbu waterfall 12,5 meters high. And then drive to the Artybash village, located in the north part of the lake. You will have lunch here and stay at the hotel. 

 

After lunch you will have free time to walk around the village and buy some souvenirs. In the evening you will have dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

 

The route length: 80 km by boat, 2 km on foot.

Day 11 National Museum of Altai Republic

After breakfast you will go to Gorno-Altaysk for visiting the National Museum of Altai Republic. It possesses an excellent collection, telling about the Altai nature, history and culture.

 

One of the main Museum's values is the mummy of the Altai Princess, found on the Ukok plateau. Its sarcophagus is open only on certain days according to the Museum's schedule. We hope you are lucky to see it.

 

After lunch you will return to Barnaul and check in at the hotel about 7 p.m. You can have your own dinner and rest after the trip.

 

The route length: 430 km by car.

Day 12 Departure

You will have breskfast, after that transfer to the airport will be organized.

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

5 nights
6 nights

Languages

EN
guide
DE
guide
Start date
14 June 2020
  • 14 June 2020
  • 28 June 2020
  • 12 July 2020
  • 26 July 2020
  • 9 August 2020
  • 30 August 2020
  • 13 September 2020
End date:
25 June 2020
104 276 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

On the first and last day of the trip you will stay at the "Barnaul" Hotel.  Аt your service standard twin room with TV and Wi-Fi. The hotel is located in the city centre, within walking distance of cafes and shops.

 

The second and third nights you will spend at the "Salute" Hotel, located on the banks of the Katun river. It offers double rooms with shower room and a TV. There are also a billiards table, a ping-pong table, a living room with a fireplace, a children's Playground and pergolas at the hotel's area.

 

On the fourth day you will stay at the "Karakol" Tourist compleх, which is located in the center of the Karakol ethno-natural Park «Uch-Enmek». Standard double rooms are waiting for you. Shower and toilet are located on the floor.

 

The fifth and sixth nights will spend at the "Kochevnik" Tourist base. You will be accommodated in double houses on the banks of the Chuya river. Toilet and wash basins are located on the base area, and you can visit the bathhouse in the evenings.

 

On the seventh and eighth days you will stay at the "Ezen" Tourist base. It is located on the banks of the Chulyshman river, near the Katu-Yaryk mountain pass. You will stay in double wooden houses. Facilities are located at the base. In the evenings you can visit the bathhouse.

 

The ninth night will be held at the "Altyn-Tuu" Tourist base, located on the southern bank of  Lake Teletskoye. You will be accommodated in double houses —  bungalow with facilities at the base. In the evening you will visit the bathhouse.

 

The tenth night you will spend at the "Artybash" Hotel, located on the bank of the Biya river and surrounded by ancient pines. The double room offers a TV, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom.

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Who will be my guide +

Experienced tour guides will be with you throughout the tour.

Meals +

The program includes three meals a day, except for lunch and dinner on day 1 and dinner on day 11.

Mobile communication and Internet +

On the 7th, 8th and 9th days of the trip you will not have any mobile communication and Internet. Please keep it in mind and tell your relatives and friends about it.

What kind of transport is used +

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter and FIAT Ducato minivans (suitable for 17-20 people) are used during the routes. You will travel to the Chulyshman river's valley by the vans  Mercedes-Benz Istana, Hyundai Starex or Toyota Hiace. 

 

On lake Teletskoye you will move on motor boats (Yamaha) with canopies (up to 10 people).

Fishing +

Fishing for grayling is possible on day 8 in the Chulyshman river valley. If you are interested in it, please let us know at the time of booking. We will make sure that the guides have all the necessary gear.

Tick-borne encephalitis vaccination +

We highly recommend to get a tick-borne encephalitis vaccination, especially for May-June arrivals. In Russia vaccination is done in 2 parts. The first vaccine is made 45 days before arrival to Russia. The second vaccine — 7-14 days before arrival to the Altai region.

 

The vaccination process might differ in your country. For details, please contact your doctor. If you are not willing to go through vaccination process, please, be assured that your medical insurance covers tick-borne encephalitists.

What to bring +
  • small backpack 
  • trousers 
  • T-shirts 
  • light waterproof jacket with hood 
  • a long-sleeved shirt 
  • sweater 
  • a 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 
What will the weather be like +

Daytime temperature ranges from +10 to +30°C, at night can drop to 0°C.

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

5 nights
6 nights

Languages

EN
guide
DE
guide
104 276 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation in hotels and tourist bases (11 nights)

  • FB (except lunch and dinner on the 1st day, dinner on the 11th day)

  • transfer from/to the Barnaul airport 

  • all tour transfers on a comfortable minibus and a cross country car

  • a guide/interpreter service

  • excursions according to the program, including Folk throat singing concert 

  • boat rental on Lake Teletskoe 

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

  • museum tickets and recreational fees

  • Russian sauna (5 times)

Extra charge:
  • international and domestic flights to Barnaul (starting at 17 000 RUB for a round-trip ticket )

  • lunch and dinner (day 1), dinner (day 11)

  • single accomodation (+200 EURO), double bed (+90 EURO) per person, optionally

  • travel insurance 

  • visa 

  • additional charges in tourist complexes 

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation in hotels and tourist bases (11 nights)

  • FB (except lunch and dinner on the 1st day, dinner on the 11th day)

  • transfer from/to the Barnaul airport 

  • all tour transfers on a comfortable minibus and a cross country car

  • a guide/interpreter service

  • excursions according to the program, including Folk throat singing concert 

  • boat rental on Lake Teletskoe 

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

  • museum tickets and recreational fees

  • Russian sauna (5 times)

  • international and domestic flights to Barnaul (starting at 17 000 RUB for a round-trip ticket )

  • lunch and dinner (day 1), dinner (day 11)

  • single accomodation (+200 EURO), double bed (+90 EURO) per person, optionally

  • travel insurance 

  • visa 

  • additional charges in tourist complexes 

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104 276 RUB
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104 276 RUB
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104 276 RUB
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Testimonials

Elisa Nygaard
Elisa Nygaard 19 Сентября 2019

The ALTAI trip beautiful, the last mountain`s pass and river through like one of world wonders.

Your company´s information very useful and the local guides very friendly.

Thank your very much.
 

Sven Eggert
Sven Eggert 11 Сентября 2019

This Altai Tour was just simply amazing!

Everything was well organized and our guides as well as the drivers did a great job and took care of everything.

The tour itself was great. We had great and comfortable accommodation. The days were well structured, including some nice hiking trips.

The landscape and the scenery speak for themselves. Truly amazing and made me speechless.

All in all I can highly recommend this tour!