Great Altai - 10 days tour in Altai Russia
View the entire Altai to the border with Mongolia
Dates: 26 August - 04 September, 01-10 September, 08-17 September, 15-24 September, 22 September - 01 October, 30 September - 09 October, 07 - 16 October.
Great Altai is a true journey which will allow you to feel all the mystery of the Old Altai world. You will try rough mountain river rafting, horse ascension of the Tolmen highland pass (2100m), guided tour trough the ancient people caves, places of mystery Forces and ancient Altai people stamping grounds, waterfalls and river canyons. You will make an unforgettable journey to Sartakpay valley where all ancient places of Altai ghosts warships are. You will also visit Oroktoyskiy maral hatchery where all wishing to could take antlers extract bath. You will climb two famous highland passes: Semininskiy (1717m) and Chike-Taman (1295m) and gaze its transcendent beauty. The majestic Teletskoe lake won’t leave you indifferent and rocky mushrooms will let you forget all the physical laws. Now let’s get started.
EХPOSURE TO ALTAI. THE PATMOS ISLE. CHEMALSKAYA HEPP (Hydro-electric power station)
Meeting of the group takes place in Novosibirsk, transfer Novosibirsk – Elanda. Camping site accommodation. Dinner. After it we will go to Chemal to see singularly beautiful place – Isle of Patmos surrounded by gushy mountain streams of the Katun river flowing over the rapid rocky sides of the Isle running into Chemal River. Here you can clearly see the place where the waters meet because the colour of Katun water is turquois and Chemal is dark brown coming near to black. Suspension bridge is the only way to reach the Isle. There is a working nunnery on it. Then we will look at Chemalskaya HEPP, return to camping site and have an evening meal.
Auto - 560 km, hike - 4 km
RAFTING. KAMYSHLINSKIY WATERFALL. ANCIENT PEOPLE CAVES. BEE-GARDEN.
There is no time to be bored today! After the dinner we will go to the staged waterfall of Kamyshlinskiy in a fast motorboat. You will be able to take some colourful shots and taste some famous altai cold-smoked grayling. After that Tavdinskie caves will bring us back to the neolithic age where about 1000 years ago ancient people lived. Then we will go to the world-famed bee-garden «Zolotoy uley» (Golden beehive) where you will observe how honey is made up. We also uncorked a surprise for you – health-giving rest on beehives! In the evening we will have tasty evening meal around bonfire and will compare notes.
Auto - 40 km, hike - 5 km
THE CITY OF CRAFTSMEN. HORSE RIDING TOUR. This day starts with trip to the city of Craftsmen where you can meet work of the local craftsmen. After dinner we will take horse riding tour where everyone can enjoy the horseback riding and we will build our castle to please the mountain ghosts. In the evening we will take banya (Russian sauna) and tasty evening meal.
Auto - 30 km, horse - 16 km, walk - 4 km
JOURNEY TO CHUYA HIGHLAND. KALBAK-TASH ARCHEOLOGICAL COMPLEX.
We are leaving camping site and proceed into the heart of Altai to the new journey! After climbing up the mountains we will get to know one of the most difficult mountain roads – Chike-Taman highland pass from where the astonishing view appears. We will find legendary Silk Road which was used by the merchants from China and Mongolia. We will visit the greatest landmark of cave art in Altai counting more than 5000 cave paintings.
Auto - 280 km, hike - 2 km
THE CHUYA RIVER CANYON. SPRING LAKE. ALTAI MARS.
Today we will hike to waterfall to see stunning view of the wild Chuya river hiding in the deep canyon. Everyone wishing to raft can go rafting as well. After lunch you will tour in a very unusual place. Because of the rocks painted in yellow and red colors of this place received the name Altai Mars.
Auto - 120 km, hike - 7 km
THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS. PAZYRYK BURIAL MOUNDS. KATU-YARLYK HIGHLAND PASS.
After dinner we will start our trip. Our way lies trough gorge between rocks. We will visit Krasniye Vorota (Red mountain gate), unique mercurial lake and mystery Pazyryk burial mounds in the Valley of the Kings where Scythian graves are. According to the scientists’ researches some of the burial mounds are more than 20 000 years old. Pazyryk burial mounds is one of the most mystical and mysterious places of Altai Mountains. According to the ancient myths only chosen ones could come here: kings and shamans. Katu-Yarlyk skydeck is considered to be the most beautiful place in Altai mountains.
Auto - 140 km, hike - 3 km
JOURNEY TO THE GREATEST UCHAR WATERFALL.
Today we will go to the greatest staged waterfall in Altai – Chulchinskiy (160m). Such a wonderful view is impossible to ignore! We should put on comfortable shoes as we will hike among the mountains (11 km). The tour will take the whole day but the views which will be discovered on our way will make you forget all the difficulties. If the weather changes we will replace the tour with a ride to Kurkure waterfall. In the evening you will have an evening meal, banya and night at camping site.
Hike - 18 km
ROCKY MUSHROOMS. THE TELETSKOE LAKE.
Forget about all the physical laws! You will see unique creation of nature – rocky mushrooms of Ak-Korum mountain area. You will also see stunning landscapes of the Chulyshman river valley. We will cross the valley and reach to the southern coast of the famous Teletskoe lake by motorboat. You will see Korbu waterfall, air stome impact location and will enjoy wonderful views of Altai nature. Accommodation in the camp site of Artybash village.
Auto - 60 km, ship - 78 km, hike - 3 km
TELETSKOYE LAKE. BEACH. THE WALK TO THE OBSERVATION DECK.
Today You can enjoy a relaxing day on the sandy beach one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in the world (15th place). Optionally, you can visit the petting zoo, go to the observation deck, which offers stunning views of lake Teletskoye.
Auto - 15 km
Transfer to Novosibirsk. On our way we will visit souvenir market from where you will be able to bring with you a piece of Altai!
Auto - 620 km
10 days/9 nights
Seminskiy Highland pass, Chike-Taman highland pass, Sartakpay valley, Ghosts gorge, Askat, Tavdinskie caves, Petroglyphs, Uchar, the Teletskoe lake, Rocky Mushrooms
Difficulty category – 0
1. Transfer during all the tour
2. Camping site accommodation
4. Equipment rent
5. Banya (Russian sauna) – 2 times
6. All the tours
The price does not include:
1. Offtrack vehicle services
2. Meals during transfer
3. Meals in the cafeteria
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.