NEW YEAR FAIRY TALE - 8 days tour in Altai Russia
Have a fairy New Year celebration!
What can be better, than meeting New Year in nature, in one of the preserved sights of Russia! We invite you to the unforgettable journey across Altai! You will climb the mountain passes, from the height of which you can enjoy fantastic views of the snow-capped peaks, ancient pines and cedars sheltered by fluffy snow caps; walk along the legendary Silk Road; you will visit places of Power and ancient historical monuments; you will see icy waterfalls and non-freezing blue lakes where swans spend winters. Fans of outdoor activities will love the ski slopes and ascents with horse riding. And on the New Year’s Eve we will make a huge bonfire and decorate a great shaggy fur-tree right there in the forest, under the stars. Comfortable cedar house, fragrant mulled wine, friendly atmosphere and an entertaining quest will make it a real and fabulous adventure that you will remember for a lifetime!
Day 1. Transfer from Novosibirsk. Introduction to Altai.
Meeting of the group in Novosibirsk. Transfer from Novosibirsk to Chibit. The road goes along famous Chuysky tract across two magnificent highland passes – Seminsky (1717m) and Chike-Taman (1295m). Chuysky tract is one of the 10 most beautiful world roads according to the UNESCO version. On arrival we will arrange accommodation at Kochevnik(Nomad) camp site. Then follows rest, preparation for the holiday, gathering together and dinner.
Day 2. Journey across Chuysky tract. Kalbak - Tash Archeological Complex.
Today we will visit Kalbak-Tash archeological complex, which holds more than 5000 cave drawings from the Neolithic to the ancient Turkic epoch. The monument territory has the biggest collection of Rune text in Russia - 30 lines of unique inscriptions that belong IX-Xth centuries. Kalbak-Tash was considered by ancient people a sacred site, they used it as observatory and temple. In the evening we will have an archery competition, festive dinner and the New Year program (on Christmas arrival, the program will be moved to the Christmas Eve night). At night we will perform the ritual of desires accomplishment; so that in the New Year all your dreams would have Power and Intention. It is well-known that the places of Power have ability to make even impossible dreams come true, as the most powerful spirits of Altai Mountains will be helping you!
Day 3. North-Chuysky Mountain Range, a Day of Rest.
Today is a day of rest after the festive celebration. You can admire the raging Chuya river in a deep canyon or take a horse ride to the waterfall along the North-Chuysky Mountain Range. After dinner – you can have Russian sauna with a dip into the ice-water for those who is are interested. In the banquet hall you will find a hookah, a warm Russian stove, hot grog / mulled wine, the ancient Altai rites.
Day 4. Pazyryk Burial Mounds. The Kathu-Yaryk Pass. The Valley of the Kings. Kalbak-Tash Comlex. Chulyshman Valley
After breakfast we will be back on the road again. We will make our way across the most beautiful route along the Krasniye vorota (Red Gate) - the narrow gorge between the red cliffs, behind which we will see the unusual geyser lake.
Overcoming the Ulagansky Highland Pass we will get to the Pazyryk Burial Mounds - a burial place of ancient Scythian kings. Scientists estimated that the age of some mounds is more than 20,000 years. According to the scientists’ researches some of the burial mounds are more than 20 000 years old. Pazyryk Mounds are one of the most enigmatic and mysterious places of the Altai Mountains, filled with powerful energy. According to the ancient legends, only chosen ones - kings and shamans- had access to it.
Then we will have lunch on the Katu-Yaryk Highland Pass. Further our road goes to Chulyshman River Valley, famous for the numerous famous waterfalls located there.
Chulyshman is a popular place for rafting; the complexity of the water hazards bariers here reaches 5-6 categories. The river flows from the Shapshalsky Mountain Range of the Dzhulukul alpine lake at an altitude of 2200 m above sea level and runs into the famous Teletsky Lake. It opens up fantastic views of the mountains. Nowhere else in the Altai you will find a place, so rich in waterfalls and lakes, the largest of which are Dzhulukol, Terenkol, Tadinkol and others. More than 300 lakes are scattered around Dzhulukol like a necklace. All in all, Chulyshman River Basin has more than 1,200 lakes! Even in summer the water temperature in rivers and lakes does not rise above 10 degrees. In the evening - dinner, sauna.
Day 5. Ski Resort.
Today we leave the Kochevnik camp site and go to the Seminsky highland pass ski complex. This complex was founded in the USSR for the Olympic reserve team trainings. The complex has a rope tow ski lift, ski and snowboard rental. The slopes are suitable for beginners and for experienced skiers as well as for snowboarders and freeride fans.
On this day we offer you a free program: you can take a walk on the Seminsky highland pass slopes, enjoy the sparkling snow, admire silence and magnificent views of the mountains or go conquer the ski slopes. The price includes three meals a day in the camp site cafe.
Day 6. Chuya River Canyon. Rafting. Horse riding.
A day of rest. Today we'll take a walk to the waterfall to enjoy the magnificent views of the raging Chuya River in the deep canyon. For those who want, we can organize rafting.
Day 7. A Day of Rest. Free Program.
Day 8. Return transfer.
Excursion to the Swan nature reserve. This is an amazing place where wild swans stay for the winter. Shuttle transfer to Novosibirsk. Along the way you will visit souvenir market, where you will be able to get a small piece of the Great Altai as a keepsake!
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
·Transfer Novosibirsk – Chibit – Novosibirsk
·Transfer throughout the route
·Accommodation at the camp site
·Russian sauna 2 times
·Service of guide and instructors
THE PRICE NOT INCLUDES:
·Meals during shuttle Transfer
·Meals in cafe
·Rent of horses
PLEASE, DON’T FORGET:
ABOUT THE TOUR:
·The tour type: tracking
·Length: 1880 km
·Accommodation: camp site, tents
·Group: 20-150 people
EXTRA SERVICES AVAILABLE:
·Maral extract baths
·Medicinal herb teas
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.