Altai:Treasures of the Katun River
Journey to the largest mountainous river of Altai - the Katun River. A week in the mountains with everyday hiking, immersion to nomadic culture, craft workshops and adventure activities. You will accommodate at one cozy 4* hotel (Klever Resort hotel) and have everyday radial excursions to main landmarks of Altai.
Airport of arrival – international flight to Novosibirsk. Otherwise flight to Moscow and then domestic flight to Barnaul or Gorno-Altaisk
Accommodation – Klever Resort Hotel 4*, ½ DBL on the bank of mountainous river
Fixed departures for 2020
May, 1-8 (special offer for rhododendron blooming season), June, 12-19, July, 10-17, August, 7-14, September, 11-18 (golden autumn colors)
Acquaintance with Altai
Arrival and Accommodation
Arrival at the airport (or railway station), transfer to the Katun River Valley.
Distance and duration of the transfer depends on the airport of arrival. From Gorno-Altaisk it will take approximately 40-60 minutes by car (160 km), the distance from Novosibirsk to Gorno-Altaisk is 450 km (6-7 hours by car), from Barnaul to Gorno-Altaisk - 260 km (4 hours).
Accommodation in the hotel and rest.
Klondike of Altai
Excursion to Chemal and a workshop in Askat craftsmen village
Today we travel to the village of Chemal - the famous mountain resort of Altai. This is the warmest place in Altai mountains. You can even taste some fruits growing here. The mountain air of Chemal is saturated with needful elements for human’s health, in this regard so many travelers come here every year.
We will visit the famous Patmos Island, the Orthodox Church of St. John the Evangelist. When we’ll have a hiking excursion to Chemal Hydroelectric Power Station - a cultural and historical monument. Walking by the goat trails along the Katun River's stream you will be surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Bespeltek Mountains.
So many artists and writers have been inspired by this place. Among the creators who were in love with Altai are: Choros-Gurkin - professional artist and student of Ivan Shishkin; Nikolai Rubtsov – the Soviet poet; Alexander Zguridi – the film director who shot in Chemal the famous pic "White Fang" and the American Klondike.
After lunch we will visit Askat craftsmen village. Each resident of this place have it’s own personality and talents. We will get acquainted with artists, potters, blacksmiths. We will visit their houses will be able to try ourselves at crafts and arts.
The Taming of the Shrew
Rafting on the Katun River (or motorafting) and a visiting the maral farm
An exciting adventure awaits you after breakfast. We will have a rafting on a mountain river with overcoming simple rapids. During the rafting we will make a stop and visit the Kamyshlinskiy waterfall.
In the afternoon we will go to the maral farm, where you will be offered a lunch. It’s a unique opportunity to taste the dishes with maral meat (vegetarians will be offered a special menu). After the lunchtime we’ll have farm tour. Altai Maral Bioproducts is a visit card of Altai. Young horns of maral (Siberian deer) have been used in medicine since the days of ancient China. You will see the marals and get aquatinted with the secrets of its breeding and how the antlers are harvested.
Tour of the Karakol Valley (archaeological and ethnographic program)
The journey along Chuysky tract – the most beautiful road in Russia – is awaiting us today. We will see the Seminsky mountain pass (1717 m) where Siberian pine tree taiga grows, when we will get into the sacred Karakol valley. From ancient times to the present days Karakol valley is considered to be "The Heart of Altai". The residents of local villages cherish the traditions carefully and will acquaint you with the customs of Altai folks. They will also invite you to visit their national home. Excursion to places of power is in our program afterwards. The Karakol Valley preserves the secrets of the ancient peoples of Altai: there are hundreds of ancient archaeological sites, such as burial mounds, rock drawings, stone steles of various historical ages. Many artifacts from the valleys are exposed in Hermitage Museum now.
At the end of the day you are invited to the Altai throat singing concert - a unique cultural and esoteric tradition of Central Asia, which is included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
Cableway, Tavdinsky caves and apiary
In the morning we will make a trip along the longest chairlift in Siberia to the top of Malaya Sinyukha Mountain to enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Katun River Valley. Our next aim is the complex of Tavdinsky caves. At the end of the day, we will visit the apiary in the foothills of Altai to learn about the secrets of beekeeping. The most courageous will be able to look into the hive and touch the bees.
Valley of the Mountain Spirits
Hiking along a mountain gorge and horse riding
The main purpose of the day is a visit to the Che-Chkysh gorge, where, according to ancient legends, shamans used to gather to convey esoteric traditions. We will climb to the spring with healing waters and will find a small waterfall and a group of cave paintings. At the end of the walk we will reach the observation deck to admire the Katun River Valley from a bird's eye view.
In the afternoon, we offer you to join a 3-hour horse ride through the mountains.
Farewell to Altai
A car transfer to the airports of Barnaul or Novosibirsk. City tour. Accommodation at the hotel in Barnaul or Novosibirsk/
For those who departing from Gorno-Altaisk - a day of rest in the hotel where you have been living during the tour.
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.