ALTAI - EARTH OF SPIRITS, 8 Days
This is the most intense tour of the Altai Mountains.
This is the best tour to understand and feel the Spirit of the Great Altai - the land where people still live in unity with nature, preserving the ancient traditions of their ancestors.
This is the best tour to see all the beauty and diversity of the Altai Land: the tour will take you along all the roads of Altai - to the Mongolian and Kazakh borders; You will see all the variety of landscapes and climatic zones. High mountain steppes and snow-ice mountains, arrays of impassable taiga and alpine meadows, lakes and waterfalls of Altai. When crossing Altai from north to south, not only the animal and plant world, but also the lifestyle of the local population changes.
The tour combines a rich program and a fairly comfortable stay, and therefore is able to satisfy the most inquisitive traveler, does not require participants of excellent physical shape and has no age restrictions.
Departure of the group from Novosibirsk at 22:00. Local time, ahead of Moscow by 4 hours.
For tourists who order a transfer from Barnaul, departure on the first day of the tour at 8.00.
Transfer by taxi from the port of Gorno-Altaisk on the first day of the tour.
Accommodation at the recreation center in Mayminsky district of the Altai Republic. Relaxation.
Excursion in with. Chemal (car + pedestrian). The business card of the entire Chemal region is the Chemal hydroelectric power station, the first hydroelectric power station in Altai, built in 1935. Not far from the hydroelectric station is the confluence of the Chemal and Katun rivers. The best viewing point is the place named after the hero of the Altai epic, the Sartakpay Gate. In addition, you will visit the temple on the island of Patmos, where you will touch the history of the founding of the Christian mission in Chemal, you will see a self-renewing icon.
Excursion "Valley of mountain spirits." Excursion to the tract Chech-Kysh - a picturesque rocky canyon in the valley of the river. Katun You will hear the legend of the tract, climb the observation platform, from where a magnificent view of the Katun.
In your free time you can order excursions (optional, for an additional fee, 300 - 700 rubles per person): Tavda caves, horseback riding, rafting on the Katun river, etc.
Excursion to the Gorno-Altai Botanical Garden of the SB RAS. You will get acquainted with rare and medicinal plants of Gorny Altai. Experts will help you choose teas or medical fees.
Excursion along the Chuisky tract. Ust-Sema - Aktash.
In 2016, the Chuisky Tract, the main road of Altai, entered the top five most beautiful roads in the world according to the National Geographis: “Driving along the Chuisky highway is the same as crossing the whole of Russia”
But not only beauty and natural monuments of interest this road. For centuries, this land has been a crossroads. Hundreds of nations passed here, leaving signs of their stay in the form of rock paintings, stone sculptures, mounds, in the form of traditions and beliefs of local residents that still live.
Today we will overcome the passes of Seminsky and Chike-Taman, see the beautiful rivers Katun and Chuya, the place of their confluence (Chui-Ooza natural park) and some rapids (3-5 categories of difficulty) along which the water routes pass, we visit the ancient complex Petroglyphs of Kalbak-Tash. The complex contains more than 500 compositions consisting of more than 5000 drawings, the oldest of which date back to the 8th millennium BC. e. Moving along the Chuisky path deep into the Altai, we will see a change in the natural-climatic zones. The Chui tract “climbs” higher and higher, and with it, we find ourselves in the Kurai and Chuya steppes - one of the highest in the world (the height of the sea level is up to 2000 m). The majestic panorama of the North-Chuisky Range, steppes and semi-deserts ... - today we have many opportunities to see and capture the extraordinary landscapes!
Accommodation at the hotel, in with. Aktash.
Acquaintance with the sights of Ulagansky and Kosh-Agachsky districts. These are the most remote, high-mountainous areas of Gorny Altai. In addition, these are areas with their own, excellent culture. Most of the population of Kosh-Agach district are Kazakhs, and Ulagansky is one of the oldest ethnic groups inhabiting Altai - Telengits.
We will continue the journey along the Chuisky tract, having traveled almost to the border with Mongolia, we will visit the Geyser Lake and Mars, places with unusual “space” landscapes.
We are waiting for a visit to the "mixed" Kazakh and Telengitsky family, dinner with dishes of national Kazakh cuisine. We will take part in the preparation of the ancient drink of nomads - haan tea.
Excursion to kumysnuyu farm (or parking animal breeder, depending on the season).
Return along the Chuisky tract to the Ongudai region. Accommodation at the hotel of the Uch-Enmek ethno-natural park. Onguday district is one of the largest districts of Gorny Altai. The traditional beliefs and lifestyle of the Altaians are still preserved here.
Sightseeing car excursion to the ethno-natural park "Uch-Enmek", Karakol Valley: "Secrets of the sacred valley." You will be met with the specially protected natural territory of Altai - the Karakol Valley, which since ancient times has sacred significance for the indigenous population. During the tour, travelers will come into contact with the history of Altai, get acquainted with the archaeological complexes of the ancient Pazyryk culture, and rock paintings. A unique opportunity to discover the secret knowledge of the people who are entrusted with the preservation of the cultural wealth of Altai.
Folklore concert (throat singing), dinner with tasting of national dishes.
Transfer to Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Republic (380 km). On the way stop at the passes Kyrlyksky, Gromotuha, Yabogansky. Hotel accommodation.
Excursion in with. Top-Uimon, in the museum N. K. Roerich.
The Roerich Museum-Reserve was opened in the estate of V.S. Atamanov. Here, the famous scientist, traveler and artist Nikolai Roerich stayed during the Central Asian expedition. According to the results of the expedition, Roerich published a huge number of scientific articles, created hundreds of beautiful paintings and a project for the construction of the settlement of the future Zvenigorod in the Uimon Valley.You will be able to get acquainted with the cultural and scientific heritage of the Roerichs.
Excursion in the Uimon Valley. C XVIII in the old believers settled here on the outskirts of the Russian Empire. For centuries, the protected valley has attracted freedom-loving and dissident people who sought not only salvation from the persecutors of the faith, but also the legendary country Belovodye, where "everyone lived in justice and in the Divine law." Until now, in search of Belovodya and Shambhala, many people from all over Russia come to the Uimon valley, some of them remain here forever. Try to “touch” the secret of the Uimon Valley!
You will get acquainted with the nature and history of the valley, visit sacred places for local residents (Altai and Old Believers), meet interesting people, get acquainted with the folklore and life of Old Believers in the Museum of History and Culture of Uimon Valley, visit the apiary and much more
Free day. You can devote this day in the reserved Uimon valley to rest, walks, wellness procedures at the hotel or (if you wish, for an additional fee of 1500 rubles / person, pay on the spot) to go on an excursion to the Multinsky lakes or Red Mountain. All day (about 9 hours) you will spend among the picturesque nature of the Katunsky reserve. On off-road vehicles (GAZ-66) from the village of Multa we reach the Lower Multinsky lake. Walk along a simple path to the Srednyaya Multinsky lake. The trail passes through the "Noises" - a picturesque channel between the Lower and Middle Lakes, formed by huge boulders, this ridge of stones is the final moraine of the ancient glacier. Water breaks through this dam, forming a contrast with the quiet surface of two lakes.
17.00 Departure and return to the hotel in the Mayminsky district of the Altai Republic (320 km). Hotel accommodation. Relaxation.
End of the tour, departure to Gorno-Altaisk / Novosibirsk / Barnaul (in accordance with the ordered transfer). The approximate time of arrival in Novosibirsk / Barnaul is 22:00. Local time.
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.