Legends of the Golden Lake/Journey to Teletskoye lake Altai

Lake Teletskoye is included into the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is the deepest lake of Altai and is one of the five deepest lakes in Russia (325 m). The lake is similar to famous lake Baikal.

You spend an unforgettable week on the shore of the lake, enjoy the freshness of mountain coniferous air, and travel on a private motor boat across the whole water area of Lake Teletskoye. We will visit local people and get acquainted with the life of the Siberian villages. Also you enjoy rafting on the Biya River. Finally you visit National Museum of the Altai Republic and see the mummy of Siberian Ice Maiden.

Airport of arrival – international airport in Novosibirsk, otherwise flight to Moscow and then domestic flight to Barnaul or Gorno-Altaisk (the last city is the nearest to Altai)

Accommodation – hotels of 3* level (hotel Artybash or Gornoye O at lake Teletskoye). 1 night in the Altaisky Natural Reserve in a guest house (room without en-suite facilities)

Fixed departure tours 

May, 23-29, 2020 June, 20-26, 2020 July, 4-11, 2020 August, 22-28, 2020 September, 5-11, 2020


Day 1

Transfer from the airport to the Teletskoye

Distance - depends on the airport of arrival (Gorno-Altaisk - 160 km, Barnaul - 410 km, Novosibirsk - 600 km)

Accommodation - hotel on the shore of Lake Teletskoye (room with facilities)

On arrival at the airport, our representative meets you and organize a transfer to the hotel on the shore of Lake Teletskoye. Arrival at the hotel, accommodation and rest 

Day 2

Voyage by motor ship "Pioneer of Altai" to the waterfall Korbu

Evening of the altai throat singing

Distance - by motor ship "Pioneer of Altai" - 65 km on the lake

Accommodation - hotel on the shore of Lake Teletskoye (room with facilities)

Today you sail on the legendary ship "Pioneer Altai" on the lake. The ship arrived on Lake Teletskoye in the 1960s and since then has transported more than 300 thousand passengers. During the 5-hour excursion on lake you learn about the legends of Altyn-Kel, moor to the Korbu Waterfall in the Altai Biosphere Reserve.

In the evening, you have a concert of Altai throat singing - a unique cultural esoteric tradition of the Northern Eurasia peoples (UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Site).

Day 3

Rafting and a visiting of Russian village

Distance -  by car - 50 km, by raft - 15 km

Accommodation - hotel on the shore of Lake Teletskoye (room with facilities)

In the morning, you make an uncomplicated rafting on the Biya River - the only river flows from Lake Teletskoye. We will overcome several simple and safe rapids. Then we visit a mountain apiary where we can taste and buy Altai mountain honey. Evening program - you are offered for a master class of making Russian ritual dolls. You take part in the folklore program - we sing and dance in a ring, learn folk ditties and dances.

Day 4

The warmest place in Altai

Distance - by boat - 160 km

Accommodation - hotel on the shore of Lake Teletskoye (room with facilities)

The day is dedicated to voyage on a boat on Lake Teletskoye. We cross the whole water area of ​​the reservoir (80 km), visit the southern point of Lake Teletskoye and moor to the terrace of Bele, the warmest place in Altai. Bele - one of the most beautiful places on Lake Teletskoye, part of the Altai Nature Reserve. Here apple fruit, pear orchards, apricot, almonds are grown. We meet local people who treat us delicious lunch.

Day 5


Distance - by boat - 35 km

Accommodation - guest house in the Yaylyu (facilities on the territory)

After breakfast, we sail to the cordon of the Altai Reserve - Yaylyu. In translation, the name means "fertile, having a pasture." According to legend, detachments of Siberian Cossacks, who are led by Peter Sabanskiy came Yaylyu in 1633. Perhaps this is the most sunny place on the lake - apple trees, canadian maples, and oaks grow here. Yaylu is the only place on the lake, from where a view of the southern and northern reaches opens simultaneously.

In the village we meet Evgeniy Veselovskiy - the old-timer of the Altai Reserve. Together with him we walk through the reserve, visit a weather station, see the engine of the oldest motor ship that worked on the lake, visit a spring, on the shore of fabulous snags and giant anthills, go down to Vaskina mountain.

Lunch in the manor house of Evgeny Veselovsky. Night at a guest house in Yaylyu.

Day 6


Distance - depends on the airport of departure (Gorno-Altaisk - 160 km, Barnaul - 410 km, Novosibirsk - 600 km)

Accommodation - Hotel in Gorno-Altaisk, Barnaul or Novosibirsk

After breakfast, we leave Lake Teletskoye and go to the city nearest to the airport. On the way, we visit the A. Anokhin National Museum, we see the rich archaeological and ethnographic collections of the museum, including the Ukok Plateau complex and the famous mummy of the Altai Princess. This is the mummy of a noble woman, possibly a shaman, who lived in the Scythian time (6-2 centuries BC). The people of Altai worship the Altai Princess as their patroness. In the souvenir shop of the museum you can buy works of Altai masters.

Day 7

Farewell to Altai

Early transfer to the airport and departure

Number of days: 7
Included services:
Accommodation (Hotel/Guesthouse)
Accommodation (Homestay)
Entrance tickets (e.g. museums, parks etc.)
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Car (with driver)
Fuel, Petrol
Bus/Train tickets
Domestic flight tickets
Not included: flight or train tickets, alcohol, personal expenses, purchase of souvenirs, additional services in hotels and lodges, which are not listed in the program
What to bring: warm cloths, waterproof clothes, sunscreen, hiking boots, photo camera, personal medicine if needed
Transport: Bus/Minibus
Tour season:
Tour categories:
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Cultural tours
Adventure tours
Offroad tours
Sightseeing tours
Winter tours
Special Event tours
Wildlife tours
Highlight tours
Photo tours
Hiking tours
Horseback riding tours
Circle tours
Short tours
Budget tours
Payment Method

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.

Cancellation Policy

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.