East Kazakhstan Tour: "Flora of the West Altai", 4 Days

4 days/3 night

The tour program includes visiting Altai Botanical garden, walking in the forest, and hiking in the West Altai Mountains.

You will get to know the rich flora of the West Altai and see the most common plants of the region, as well as endemic plants and plants listed in the Red Book.

You will visit Poperechnoye village, which had been founded in XVIII century, and become a guest in a typical peasant house with Russian sauna (banya), a garden, horses, a cow, chickens, and cats. All the ingredients used for cooking meals are natural, grown in own gardens of local villagers. 

General information:

  • Type of the route - hiking and exploring
  • Average time on the route – 9 hours a day
  • gth of the route – 400 km
  • gth of the hike   - 8 km (with frequent stops)
  • Height difference – up to 900 m
  • Height above the sea level – 700 m -760 m
  • Recommended physical preparation – medium, weak
  • Recommended time – May 10 – August 10


Please note:

  • Cost of the tour may vary depending on the number of tourists;
  • The time of departure from Ust-Kamenogorsk \ arrival in Ust-Kamenogorsk is indicative and can not be considered a mandatory item of the program;
  • The time and procedure for the provision of tourist services declared in the program may vary with the preservation of their volume and quality.
  • The company reserves the right to change the itinerary, as well as the time of tourists staying on the route under adverse weather conditions, in order to ensure the safety of tourists.

Necessary things:

  • Hiking boots
  • Windproof and waterproof clothes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • First Aid Kit
  • Means of personal hygiene
  • Specialized equipment – cameras, binoculars, etc.
  • Other personal items that may be required during a trip.


Day 1

•           9.00– Transfer to Ridder
•           11.30 – Ridder city tour
•           13.00 -  Lunch at a cafe in Ridder(optional)
•           14.00 -  Excursion to Altai Botanical Garden. Botanical Garden, which has gathered unique and relict plants of Altai. The scientific staff of the garden will tell in detail about plants and work of scientists - florists. You will be surprised at the results of their work. For about 80 years, scientists have been bringing rare and relic plants from the expeditions and growing them on the specially protected natural territory of the garden.
•           16.30- Excursion to local Regional Museum
•           18.30- Check-in at the hotel
•           19.00- Dinner at a cafe in Ridder (optional)
•           Rest in Altai Hotel


Day 2

•           8.00 - Breakfast
•           9.00 - Start of the route
•           We use a car to move along the route with frequent stops without leaving the road at more than 300-meter distance to explore various types of plants. The road passes through several high-altitude zones, which makes it possible to see the plants of different zones within one day. The guide (a scientific worker and a florist) will tell in detail about plants and share some of their legends.
•           The route starts from Konovalovka village, runs along a gravel road along the picturesque foothills of the Ivanovskiy Ridge to Poperechnoe village. Considerable remoteness from the ocean and open seas causes the continentality of the climate with pronounced differences in daily temperatures.
•           Most part of the route is passed by car with some stops that offer a magnificent panorama of the eastern part of the Ivanovsky Ridge (the Three Brothers mountain range, Krestovayamountain, Broad Log). During the excursion you can see forests of Siberian firs (Abies sibirica) and relict plants, such as Wintergreen - Pýrola

Resurrection plant  - Lycopódium clavátum

Ferns - Polypodiópsida

As well as the main forest-forming species, namely

Warty birch  - Bétula péndula

the furry Siberian pines, spruces, and firs  - Pínus sibirica.

In the undergrowth, you can see Siberian mountain ash (Sorbus sibirica),

Siberian red currant (Ríbesrúbrum),

Yellow acacia (Caragána arboréscens),

Altai honeysuckle (Lonícera altaicum).

At any time of the year the plants of Altai astonish visitors with the variegation of the grass stand, including primroses, such as Siberian Trout LilyErythrōnium sibīricum

Altai 'crested lark' - Corydalis,

Altai and Blue Anemones - Anemonoides,

Spring Primrose - Primula vulgaris,

and plants of the forests and meadows, namely

Alpine DelphiniumDelphínium elátum

Allium Microdictyon, Meadow GeraniumGeránium pretense

Aconítum leucostómum, Goldenrod- Solidágo gebler

Tuberous Jerusalem SagePhlomoídes tuberósa

Thalictrum - Thalictrum and other species. Damp glades among the forests may surprise you with sign plants of the Altai flora, such as Trollius Altaicus.

Also, we can see:

Herbaceous plants:
European feather grass (bluegrass family) – Stipa pennata
Alpine Onion, Crescus, Calba (leek family) – Allium microdictyon
Altai Rhubarb (buckwheat family) – Rheum altaicum
Golden Daisy (buttercup family) – Adonis villosa
Eastern Pasqueflower, prairie crocus (buttercup family) – Pulsatilla patens
Herbaceous perennial peony (peony family) – Paeonia anomala
Tuberous flowering plant (barberry family) – Gymnospermium altaicum
Golden Root (Crassulaceae family) – Rhodiola rosea
Siberian Altai Plant (Rosaceaefamily) – Sibiraea altaiensis
Maral Root, Russian Leuzea (Composite family) – Rhaponticum carthamoides

Altai onion - Allium altaicum

Asian species of wild onion- Allium ledebourianum
Marsh-marigold, KingcupCaltha palustris

Siberian columbine - Aquilegia glandulosa
Alpine sweetvetch - Hedysarumtheinum

Altai viola - Viola altaica
Large-flowered Gentian - Gentianagrandiflora
White hellebore - Veratrumlobelianum

Siberian Fawn Lily or Siberian Trout Lily Erythronium sibiricum (Fisch. etMey.) Kryl.
Altay globeflowerTrollius altaicus C.A.Mey
Herbaceous Perennial Peony Paeonia anomala L
Meadowsweet or measwort Filipendula ulmaria (L.) Maxim
Fireweed or Willowherb (Rosebay Willowherb) - Chamaenerionan gustifolium (L.) Scop
Lathyrus Gmelini - Lathyrusgmelinii Fritsch
Lungwort - Lungwort PulmonariamollisWulf. ex Hornem

Woody Plants:

CUPRESSACEAE Rich.etBartl. - the Cypress Family the Siberian juniper- Juniperus.sibiricaBurgsd.

BETULACEAE S. F. Gray - the Birch family Warty birch- Вetula  pendula Roth (В.verrucosaEhrh.)
GROSSULARIACEAE DC – the Shrub family
Blackcurrant- Ribes nigrum.
ROSACEAE Juss. – the Rose family
the Spirea- Spiraea media Franz Schmidt 
the Siberian Mountain Ash- Sorbus sibirica Hedl.
Red Raspberry- Rubus idaeus L. (R. sericeusGilib.)
Sakhalin Raspberry- R. sachalinensis Levl. (R. matsumuranus Levl. Et Vaniot.) –
Shrubby cinquefoil, tundra rose – Pentaphylloides fruticosa (L.) O.Schwarz

the Prickly wild rose or the Bristly rose - Rosa acicularis Lindl.
Scotch (Burnet) Rose- R. spinosissima L. (R. pimpinellifolia.)
Bird cherry (hackberry) - Padusavium Mill. (Р. racemosa (Lam.) Gilib.) –

Altai Siberian plant- Sibiraeaaltaiensis (Laxm.) Schneid. (S. laevigata (L.) Maxim.)
SAMBUCACEAE Batsch ex Borkh. – the Flowering plants
Siberian elderflower
- Sambucus sibirica Nakai
CAPRIFOLIACEAE Juss. – the Honeysuckle family
Altai honeysuckle - Lonicera altaica Pall. ex DC.
Tatar honeysuckle - L. tatarica L.

•           Lunch  (lunch box provided)
•           Next part of the route in Poperechnoye village
•           17.30 Arrival at the Poperechnoye village. Check-in at guest houses
Poperechnoye is an ancient taiga village with a rich 250-year history. This cozy one-street village stands across the White Uba river, hence its name, and surrounded by picturesque landscapes – mountain ridges, hills covered with thick deciduous and coniferous forests, an abundance of fragrant herbs, and several sparkling rivers. The nature here is breathtakingly amazing.
•           19.00 Be ready for a warm welcome and hot homemade dinner
•           Banya
•           Rest


Day 3

08.00 Slow breakfast made from natural farm products will fill you with power and energy for the whole day ahead
•           09.00 Special off-road transport equipped with minimum comforts will take you to West Altai Nature Reserve, which is one of the pearls in the crown of East Kazakhstan
•           The West-Altai State Nature Reserve covers an area of more than 86 000 hectares. Even though it is not the largest one in Kazakhstan, it does have many interesting places and mysterious phenomena on its territory.
•           It is going to amaze you with its beauty, enchant with furry firs and the singing of rare birds.
•           1-hour ride along the gravel road will take us to the Reserve.
•           At the beginning of the route, we find ourselves in a magical coniferous forest. Century cedars, spruces, firs, and larches hiding bushes and grasses under their canopy.
•           Here, we will have a 5-km walk and a 300-meter climb
•           Today, we will see the plants of alpine and subalpine zones. Member of the scientific staff of the Reserve will tell us about unique plants typical of West Altai and share the methods of their exploration and preservation.

We will also get to see some herbaceous plants:

Martagon lily or Turk's cap lily- Lílium mártagon

Meadowsweet or mead wortFilipéndula ulmária

Leopard's bane - Doronicum

Buttercup - Ranúnculus  

Marsh grass or ParnassusParnássia palústris

White cloverTrifolium repens

Meadow clover - Trifolium  pratense

Lousewort - Pedicularis

Leopard plant - Ligularia


•           Lunch in the forest (lunch box provided)
•           18.00 Returning to Poperechnoye
•           Dinner (based on your preferences)
•           Banya
•           Rest


Day 4

•           A large breakfast before our departure to Ust-Kamenogorsk
•           Transfer to Ust-Kamenogorsk
•           Transfer to the airport



Tour price per one person:

  • 2 pax – 485$
  • 3 pax – 370$
  • 4 pax – 315$
  • 5 pax – 280$
  • 6 pax – 255$

The price includes:

  • Transfer UstKamenogorsk – Ridder – Ust-Kamenogorsk 
  • Off-road transport on the route
  • Accommodation in Altai Hotel in Ridder – 1 night
  • Accommodation in a guesthouse in Poperechnoye village (Russian sauna (banya), outdoor facilities). Please note the village does not have WC blocks. The toilets are long drop allowing for natural decomposition.
  • Guide services
  • Meals according to the program (FB)
  • Let us know if you have any food preferences (like being a vegetarian) or are allergic to certain ingredients. We will certainly take this fact into account when compiling the menu.
  • Light snacks during the hike – dried fruits and nuts (150g per person a day)
  • Drinking bottled water – 1.5 liters a day
  • Registration in the Ministry of Emergency Situations (the route takes place in the border area and requires special registration of tourists). 
Number of days: 4
Covered regions:
East Kazakhstan
North Kazakhstan
South Kazakhstan
West Kazakhstan
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: English-speaking translator, Medical insurance (if required)
What to bring: Hiking boots, Windproof and waterproof clothes, Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen, First Aid Kit, Means of personal hygiene, Specialized equipment – cameras, binoculars, etc., Other personal items that may be required during a trip.
Transport: SUV 4x4
Tour season:
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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.