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The Golden Ring of Altai
The Golden Ring of Altai

Comfortable sightseeing tour

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The Golden Ring of Altai
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.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 16 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
20 June 2024
  • 20 June 2024
  • 4 July 2024
  • 18 July 2024
  • 1 August 2024
  • 15 August 2024
  • 5 September 2024
  • 19 September 2024
End date:
29 June 2024
1 226 EUR

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

Most popular
The Golden Ring of Altai
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.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 16 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
20 June 2024
  • 20 June 2024
  • 4 July 2024
  • 18 July 2024
  • 1 August 2024
  • 15 August 2024
  • 5 September 2024
  • 19 September 2024
End date:
29 June 2024
1 226 EUR

Experiences you'll have

Tour to the Altai Mountains

There are numerous tours to Altai, but we suggest this journey is the best for the acquaintance with the region. The program combines minibus routes to Altai's iconic locations with a varied excursion program. 

You will explore Altai in comfort, without tedious hikes. If you wish, you can try your hand at challenging trekking and take a 16-km route to the Uchar waterfall.

Highlights of the journey:

  • you will travel along the Chuysky tract, one of the most beautiful roads in the world
  • cross picturesque Teletskoye Lake, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • have a trek to the bizarrely shaped pillars resembling giant mushrooms
  • raft on the turquoise Katun River, the major waterway of Altai
  • see ancient burial mounds and rock paintings in Karakol Valley and the Kalbak-Tash Complex
  • capture fanciful patterns at the bottom of emerald Geyser Lake
  • feel yourself like on Mars, walking along the red-colored mountains of Kyzyl-Chin Valley
  • enjoy an excellent view of Chulyshman Valley from a high mountain pass
  • visit the Yailiu Nature Reserve: due to the unique microclimate giant plants grow here
  • listen to a throat singing concert and join a cheese-making master class

The base rate is in RUB. The price in dollars (1,295 USD) depends on the exchange rate of the Central Bank of Russia minus 2% and is valid as of February 22, 2024.

First-hand Experience: our colleague Alena Chudanova went on this tour in 2018. Find out about her impressions in our blog.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Gorno-Altaisk, where you should get to on your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the application.

 

This is a general plan of the tour, the route may vary depending on the weather conditions.

Day 1 Botanical garden and a cheese-making master class

After meeting at the airport of Gorno-Altaisk, you will be transferred to the botanical garden. More than 2000 species of plants from different natural and climatic zones of Altai, as well as other regions of Russia and the world grow on its territory. On the way, you will have breakfast in a cafe (extra charge). 

 

Then you will be taken to Ust-Sema village, where you will check in at the tourist base. After a short rest, you will go to the cafe for lunch. Then a cheese-making master class awaits you: you can choose fillings and create your own recipe. Dinner will take place in the cafe.  

 

Stage length: 90 km by bus, 1 km on foot.

Day 2 Che-Chkysh gorge and the waterfall on Katun river

After breakfast, you will travel up the Katun River. You will see the narrow, hidden from prying eyes Che-Chkysh gorge. In ancient times, Altai tribes hid here. Surrounded by cliffs, a mountain stream flows here and forms a tiny waterfall. Up the trail, at the observation point, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Katun Valley.

 

After lunch in a cafe, you will come to Cheposh village. Here you will start rafting down the Katun River. You will be instructed and given the necessary equipment. You will pass the Seminsky rapids and make a stop at the picturesque Kamyshlinsky waterfall (12 m).

 

In the evening you will return to the base and have dinner.

 

Stage length: 145 km by bus, 15 km on rafts, 1 km on foot.

Day 3 Chuysky Tract and Karakol Valley

After breakfast, you will continue the journey along the Chuysky Tract, one of the most beautiful roads in Russia. 

 

There are many famous natural and historical sights along the Chuisky Tract. On the way, you will overcome its highest point, the Seminsky Pass (1717 m), and admire the panorama of the Altai Mountains. Then you will reach the Uch-Enmek Natural Park and have lunch in a national cuisine cafe.

 

Then you will have a tour of the Karakol River valley. It is one of the largest historical sites in the region, where traces of many Altai cultures have been preserved. There are groups of ancient burial mounds and a large number of rock paintings in the valley.

 

You will continue to travel along the Chuisky Tract and overcome the Chike-Taman pass (1295 m). You will also visit the Kalbak-Tash Complex, where more than 3000 rock paintings named petroglyphs are preserved. The oldest of them belongs to the 8th millennium B.C

 

Stage length: 345 km by bus, 1 km on foot.

Day 4 Geyser Lake and Altai Mars

After breakfast, you will drive along the Chuysky tract toward the Mongolian border. On the way you will make a stop in the Kurai steppe, where you can see snowy peaks of the North-Chuysky mountain range: Aktru-Bash (4075 m) and Karatash (3534 m).

 

Then you will reach the Kyzyl-Chin River valley, called Altai Mars. Due to the high mercury content, the surrounding mountains are colored in various shades of red: from bright orange to dark brown. A picnic lunch will be organized on the route.

 

On the way back you will walk to the famous Geyser Lake. It has an amazing bright turquoise color and does not freeze in winter. At the bottom of the lake, geysers draw bizarre patterns with bluish clay and sand, forming visible circles.

 

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

 

Stage length: 180 km by car, 4 km on foot.

Day 5 The Chulyshman Valley

In the morning, you will have breakfast and then move to the Chulyshman River past a picturesque place called Red Gates. The road here passes between reddish-colored rocks and lakes of the Ulagan plateau.

 

You will visit Pazyryk Kurgans, an ancient burials of noble nomads and tribal leaders dating back to 7-6 centuries BC. Then the road will run through the Katu-Yaryk mountain pass, which you will climb on foot. From there you will have an excellent view of the Chulyshman Valley and a waterfall falling from 100 meters height. The Chulyshman Valley is listed as a World Natural Heritage Site.

 

A picnic lunch will be held in nature. Then you will be accommodated at the tourist base in the Chulyshman Valley. In the evening you will have dinner and a folklore program: a throat singing concert with playing traditional musical instruments.

 

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

Day 6 Uchar waterfall or rest day

Today after an early breakfast, you have an opportunity to make a long trekking to Uchar waterfall (11-13 hours). 

 

The waterfall is located on the Chulcha River. It is the largest cascade waterfall on Altai, height of 160 meters. On the way, you will overcome several fords. The total length of the route is 16 km in both directions. A picnic lunch will be organized near the waterfall. 

 

Then you will return to the base, have dinner, and go to the sauna.

 

In case you do not want to trek, you can stay at the base and just relax. There is also an opportunity to join motorized rafting along the Chulyshman River (extra charge). 

 

Stage length: 16 km on foot.

Day 7 The Stone Mushrooms and Teletskoye Lake

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Karasu River valley, from where you will go on a radial trek to Kamennye Griby (Rus. for Stone Mushrooms). This is another natural wonder of Altai: high limestone pillars of bizarre shapes, resembling giant mushrooms. Please note that you will need comfortable trekking shoes for this walk.

 

You will have an outdoor lunch and then move to the southern part of Teletskoye Lake to Kyrsay Cape. Here you will get on a boat and go along the whole water area of the lake to its northern part. On the way, you will see the southern and northern shores of Teletskoye Lake and its most beautiful waterfalls.

 

Teletskoye Lake is among the 20 deepest lakes in the world. Its length is 78 km and its average depth is 175 m. During the trip, you will visit the Korbu waterfall 12 meters high. It was formed as a result of a failure of the Korbu riverbed, originating from the mountain range.

 

In the evening you will be accommodated at the tourist base on the lake shore and have a rest. Dinner will take place in a cafe.

 

Stage length: 90 km by bus, 80 km by boat, 6 km on foot.

Day 8 Yailiu Nature Reserve

After breakfast in the cafe at the base, you will visit the Yailiu Nature Reserve.

 

Yailiu is one of the warmest places in Siberia. The unique relief and proximity of Teletskoye Lake created here a soft humid microclimate, therefore giant plants grow in this part of the lake. The excursion will be conducted for you by a reserve expert. You will also visit the extensive orchards.

 

Lunch and dinner will be held in a cafe at the tourist base.

 

Stage length: 10 km by boat, 2 km on foot.

Day 9 Altai Republic National Museum

In the morning after breakfast, you will have a water transfer to Artybash village. From there you will be driven to Gorno-Altaisk, where you will visit the national museum of the Altai Republic.

 

There you will be told about the ancient and modern history of Altai, its inhabitants, their language, and religion. You will also see expositions devoted to nature, ethnography, and the fine arts of Altai. The guide will give you a tour, and tell you about the mysterious Ukok princess and the Altai legends associated with her.

 

Lunch will be held in a Gorno-Altaisk cafe. Then a transfer to the tourist complex in Manzherok village will be organized. There you can have a rest before tomorrow's flight home. Dinner in a cafe is paid additionally.

 

Stage length: 190 km by bus, 5 km by boat.

Day 10 Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Gorno-Altaisk airport for your return flight.

Most popular
The Golden Ring of Altai
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.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 16 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
20 June 2024
  • 20 June 2024
  • 4 July 2024
  • 18 July 2024
  • 1 August 2024
  • 15 August 2024
  • 5 September 2024
  • 19 September 2024
End date:
29 June 2024
1 226 EUR

Accommodation during the trip

Days 1-3 you will spend at the Chygysh Hotel, located in a pine forest near Ust-Sema village. You will be accommodated in the comfortable twin or double rooms with a wardrobe, a TV, a fridge, and a bathroom. There is a sauna with a font and a restaurant on the territory of the hotel.

 

Days 3-5 will be spent in the Podgornaya tourist base in Aktash village. You will be accommodated in wooden two-person cabins with double or twin beds. Each house has a TV, a kitchen area with a fridge and a kettle, a bathroom with a shower, and a panoramic river view. There is a cafe and a summerhouse on the territory. 

 

On days 5-7, you will stay in Dolina Vodopadov tourist base (Rus. for The Waterfalls Valley). It is located in the Chulyshman Valley. There are 12 warm houses, a cafe, and a Russian sauna with a small swimming pool on the territory. Each house has 3 twin beds, a stove, and a toilet with a sink. 

 

8 and 9 days will be spent at the Estyuba tourist base on the shore of Teletskoye Lake. Here you will stay in double rooms with double or twin beds in wooden cottages with showers and toilets. On the territory of the base, there is a cafe, a volleyball court, a table tennis, and a sauna with cedar font.

 

The final night you will spend in the Manzherok tourist complex. You will be accommodated in private cabins of 20 m² with panoramic windows and a spacious veranda. The cabins have double or single beds, toilet and shower, fridge and kettle.

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What will the weather be like +

Altai has a continental climate. The temperature in any summer months is from +10 to +40 °C, the usual daily summer temperature is about +25 °C. Predominantly sunny, rain is possible.

What to bring with me +

Clothing and shoes for hot and sunny weather:

  • T-shirts and shorts
  • cap or bandana
  • lightweight, breathable pants for hiking in the mountains
  • windproof vest (Windstopper or Windblock)
  • light shirt or long-sleeved T-shirt
  • sandals for mountain hiking (preferably with a Vibram sole and closed toe)
  • light sneakers
  • swimsuit 

 
Clothing and footwear for rain and cool weather:

  • windproof and waterproof hooded storm jacket and pants
  • thermal underwear
  • fleece jacket 
  • warm fleece pants
  • hat and gloves
  • trekking socks
  • wool socks
  • thick-soled boots with tread
  • rubber shoes
  • rubber slippers (for the sauna)

 
Personal items:

  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen with 50 SPF
  • lipstick
  • personal first aid kit
Meals +

The tour price includes 3 meals a day, except for breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 9. You will have breakfast and dinner at the places of accommodation, and lunch as a picnic in nature or in cafes along the route.

What transport is used on the route +

All transfers are organized by comfortable minibusses. Part of the route along the Chulyshman Valley will take place on cross-country vehicles (UAZ).

 

Water trip on the Teletskoye Lake will be organized on small boats (up to 8 persons capacity). During rafting on the Katun River, 8-seater rafts are used.

Who will be my guide +

Experienced tour guides will be with you throughout the tour.

Booking

Most popular

The Golden Ring of Altai

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.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 6 to 16 person
Duration
10 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
7 nights

Languages

EN
guide
1 226 EUR
What's included in the price:
  • double accommodation per the program 

  • 3 meals a day (except breakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 9)

  • transportation service per the program

  • guide service

  • excursion to Yailiu Nature Reserve

  • boat rental on Teletskoe Lake

  • all excursions per the program

  • museum tickets and recreational fees

  • personal accident insurance

Extra charge:
  • airfare to Gorno-Altaisk and back

  • breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 9

  • English and German interpreter

  • single accommodation (+23,600 rub/pp)

  • visa fees

  • additional charges in tourist complexes

  • sauna

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • double accommodation per the program 

  • 3 meals a day (except breakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 9)

  • transportation service per the program

  • guide service

  • excursion to Yailiu Nature Reserve

  • boat rental on Teletskoe Lake

  • all excursions per the program

  • museum tickets and recreational fees

  • personal accident insurance

  • airfare to Gorno-Altaisk and back

  • breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 9

  • English and German interpreter

  • single accommodation (+23,600 rub/pp)

  • visa fees

  • additional charges in tourist complexes

  • sauna

20 Jun 2024, Thu — 29 Jun 2024, Sat
1 226 EUR
4 Jul 2024, Thu — 13 Jul 2024, Sat
1 226 EUR
18 Jul 2024, Thu — 27 Jul 2024, Sat
1 226 EUR
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Testimonials

Kristine Helen Bolt
Kristine Helen Bolt 14 Июня 2021

A wonderful introduction to Altai! I did the 11-day Golden Ring of Altai tour. It was excellent! I enjoyed every bit of it. It was the perfect introduction to this absolutely stunning republic of Russia. Every day we saw something amazing. After the beauty of Altai itself, the next best parts of this tour were our tour guide (Vladimir) and our driver (Zhenya). They both ensured that our entire group enjoyed our experience, and did so with a warm, friendly demeanor. I liked most of the places (hotels, hostels, cabins) where we stayed overnight. Finally, we were well fed every day (I may have put on some weight!). 
 
I highly recommend this tour to anyone who's thinking of visiting Altai for the first time. These 11 days will fly by as you immerse yourself in this beautiful place.

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!