Duration:

15 days / 14 nights

Itinerary:

(Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk) – Biysk — Srostki — Nizhnyaia Katun – Gorno-Altaysk – Artybash – Manzherok – Bkue Sky Katun — Chemal — Karakol – Chibit – Chagan-Uzun – Aktash — Denisov cave – Soloneshnoe – Sibiryachikha – Solonovka — Belokurikha – Barnaul (Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk),  2410 km (2910 km from Novosibirsk)

The number of people in the group – from 6 people. No age restriction. Children under 18 should be accompanied by adults.

Arrival dates:

April — October

Tour schedule:

Day 1

Meeting in Barnaul (Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk).  Transfer Barnaul — Biysk city (160 km) — a city built by the decree of the emperor of Russia Peter the Great in the 18th century. Biysk now has the status of the City of science and it is the main gateway to the Altai Mountains. Excursion «Old streets of Biysk» starting at the monument of Peter. Transfer Biysk — Srostki village (50 km) — the birthplace of the famous actor, writer, film director Vasily Shukshin. Photostop at the top of Picket hill with the beautiful view on the village and the valley of the Katun river. Every year in July “Shukshin readings” takes place here. In the last years these readings have turned into an all-russian event, where a lot of famous actors and actresses, artists, musicians, professional and amateur groups, museum employees, Shukshin’s relatives and fellow villagers as well as thousands admirers come to celebrate his Birthday. Transfer Srostki — Artybash (220 km). Accommodation in the tourist complex. Dinner.

Day 2

Breakfast. A cruise around Lake Teletskoе — the largest lake in the Altai and one of the largest lakes in Russia. The maximum depth of the lake is about 330 meters. The official name of the lake – Teletskoe – came from the name of Altai tribe – Teleuts – who lived here years ago. However local people called the lake Altyn-Kol, which means “golden lake”. Many rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one river – Biya — flows out. Visiting the Corbu waterfall, which is located at the foot of the Korbu ridge on the territory of the Altai State Nature Biosphere Reserve. The waterfall falls from a height of 12.5 meters. Lunch. Depending on the weather: visit to ethnopark in Artybash village, traditional cuisine degustation. OR Rafring down the Biya river (appropriate clothes and footwear needed, it can be wet on the boat). Dinner.

Day 3

Breakfast. Transfer Artybash — Gorno-Altaysk city (180 km). Excursion to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after A. Anokhin. The museum stores rich ethnographic collections of indigenous peoples of Altay, as well as a unique exhibit — the mummy of Princess Ukok. Lunch. Transfer Gorno-Altaisk city — The Sky Blue Katun (50+50 km). It is the largest center of tourism with a warm artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, tourist complexes, ski slopes, an extreme entertainment park, an art gallery, caves, an apiary. Visit to the Tavdinsky caves. Tavdinsky caves are an array of the large number of karst caves (about 30). The length of rocks with caves is about 5 km. The entrances to the caves are in steep cliffs however they can be easily reached thanks to wooden steps and artificial lighting. Visit to the apiary, tasting of Altay honey, sleeping on hives. Dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast. Excursion to Chemal (70 km): Chemalskaya hydro-electric power station and the Patmos Island. Patmos is one of the most beautiful places in the Altay Mountains. There are a restored church commemorating St. John the Evangelist and the monastic cell of St. Makary Altaisky behind which you can see the rock with the indented image of Holy Mother. There is also a priory located opposite the island. The only way to the island of Patmos is a suspension bridge that connects the rocks of the island with the rocks on the bank of the Katun river. Another attraction of Chemal is the old Chemal hydroelectric station. Walking there you can also see  the sources of «live» and «dead» water nearby. In the summer time thrill-seekers are attracted by the «bungee jump». Walking along the «goat» trail. Lunch. After lunch the program may depend on the weather: one option is a trip to the mountain area Che-Chkysh — a rocky canyon with waterfalls in the valley of the Katun river, located in the Gorge of Mountain Spirits, from where a magnificent panorama of the Katun river opens (30 km). As a second option we offer an excursion to the museum-gallery of Choros-Gurkin in the Anos village, where you can see the house, workroom and the yard of the artist and ethnographer, Shishkin’s learner, author of the famous paintings “Khan Altay”, “The Mountain Spirits’ Lake”, “The Crown of the Katun” as well as reproductions of other paintings. Transfer Chemal — Manzherok (70 km). Manzherok is the name of the village, the ski resort and also the lake with relict nut “chilim”. Dinner.

Day 5

Breakfast. Motorafting (25+25 km) down the Katun river. Visit to Kamyshlinsky waterfall of the Kamyshla river — the left inflow of the Katun; it has two cascades with the height of 12 meters. Lunch. Excursion to the enclosure for marals “Kaimskoye” (35+35 km). Marals are known for the miraculous properties of their horns (also called pants – nonossified antlers). A bath made with the water extracts of boiled antlers is a health-improving procedure. Pants are a complex of substances created by nature that has huge biostimulating power. Taking such bath and consuming other products made of pants’ extract raises body’s energy, improve blood circulation, support anagenesis and accelerate the recovery of muscular tissue after physical exertion as well as slow down aging process. Positive effect comes after 4-6 baths. Excursion to the kasino “Altay Palace” (hotel complex with open air swimming pool, karaoke hall, spa-center). Dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast. Transfer Manzherok — Karakol valley (150 km). Excursion to the botanic garden in the Kamlak village. Over 1000 of rarest plants of alpine, forest-steppe and taiga zones both wild and cultivated are represented at the exposition “Altay flora”. There are also medicine herbs and “ail” — traditional dwelling of Altay indigenous people are represented here. Lunch. Photostop at the famous mountain pass Seminsky. Accommodation in Karakolsky natural park “Uch-Enmek”. Dinner is accompanied by the folk traditional group (unique throat singing and playing on national musical instruments).

Day 7

Breakfast. Excursion to the Karakol Nature Park «Uch-Enmek» (20+20 km) – specially protected natural area.  It includes natural, historical and cultural, sacral complexes and objects, located on the total area of  60551 hectares at a height of 890-2900 meters. The natural park is famous for its burials and barrows, rock paintings and a complex of megaliths. Lunch. Transfer Karakol — Chibit (170 km). Excursion along the Chuysky tract. The history of the tract goes back though centuries, when this road was a pack road, a branch of the Great Silk Road, “Chinese pathway”. It is included in the TOP-10 of the most beautiful roads in the world according to National Geographic. On the way, we overcome one of the most beautiful and highest passes called Chique-Taman which in altayan language means “Straight foot”. This pass that looks like a steep and meandering road with sightseeing platform on top has been known since X century. And since 1996 it has been declared a natural monument of the Altay Republic.  Photo stop Chuy-Oozy. There is the confluence of the biggest rivers of Altay nearby – the Chuya river and the Katun river. This place is called Chuy-Oozy. Accommodation in a tourist complex. Dinner.

Day 8

Breakfast. Excursion to Kyzyl-Chin that tourists called Mars (80+80 km). Photosession against the North-Chujsky ridge on the way. Walk along the «Martian» mountains and kanyons of the Kyzyl-Chin stream. Exits of multi-colored clays on the surface evoke the sensation of another planet. Lunch.  Excursion to the Geyser lake – rare for its beauty and purity. The lake is nonfreezing even in the winter time. It is an “earth eye eternally watching the space” that has amazing turquois сolour. You can see the round or oval blotchiness on the mirror surface of the lake that reflect the processes that happen at the bottom, where geysers come to life and spurt out the mixture of bluish clay and sand to the surface. Dinner.

Day 9

Breakfast. Whole-day long trekking and excursion at the choice: «Stone Mashrooms» (extra fee 120$) or Glacier Aktru (extra fee 60$). «Stone Mashrooms» is a fanciful land form that appeared as a result of selective elution, erosion and rock weathering. These mysterious statues that are very high (up to 7 meters) but with narrow stipes (about half meter in diameter) are located in the canyon Akkurum, at the right bank of the Chulyshman river. One more interesting fact — these «mashrooms» are slowly moving downhill.

Glaciers of the Aktru valley are like-no-other unique natural phenomenon. Steady but mobile they constantly change mountain outlook, they give birth and nourish rivers… Here, at North-Chuysky ridge, they come really low allowing us to experience this wonder closer. Almost all types of glaciers are represented here: Big and Small Aktru are valley glaicers, Kupol and Vodopadny are plateau-shaped glaciers, Kar in Small Aktru is a corrie glacier. There are also a hanging glacier at the top of Kara-Tash («Tronov’s Pants») and a corrie-hanging glacier «Stagiaire» (co-called «Container»). Most of glaciers are hard-to-reach even for mountain tourists and mountaineers. However it is safe to walk to the galcier Small Aktru and to the Light Blue Lake on the Big Aktru. Return to tourist complex. Dinner.

Day 10

Breakfast. Transfer Chibit — Soloneshnoe (390 km). Visit to the rock-park Kalbak-Tash, viewing the rock paintings – petroglyphs: about 500 compositions, over 5 thousand drawings. Petroglyphs had been made during the period from the Neolithic to the Turkic era. Lunch in Ust-Kan. Excursion to the Denisov cave – the unique archeological monument of world importance, where the fossilated finger bone was found. It was discovered that this bone belonged to a unique human type (Denisov man) that is different from Neanderthal man and from modern human. Accommodation in a homestead. Russian traditional dinner.

Day 11

Breakfast. Folk and gastromonic excursion «Fiancee «twisting off»». A captivating visit to the local museum in the Sibiryachikha village with stepping into everyday routine and traditions of peasants who were back settlers. You can also try on traditional costumes of old-believers. The ceremony of fiancee «twisting off» (part of traditional wedding) of old-believers takes place in stylized house. Guests are invited to play the roles of bridegroom, fiancee, their parents and friends. Traditional wedding cuisine will impress all guests by originality and diversity of tastes. The exact copies of traditional costumes, songs and games produce effect of time journey. Dinner.

Day 12

Breakfast. Transfer Soloneshnoe — Solonovka (70 km). Visit to the goat farm and farm cheese tasting. Lunch. Transfer Solonovka — Belokurikha (50 km). The resort town of Belokurikha is famous for its healing air and radon-containing springs. Visit to the serpentinous road leading to the new resort Belokurikha-2. Hotel accommodation in Belokurikha. Dinner.

Day 13

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour around the town, ascent to the mountain Tserkovka by cable car, from where the splendid view over the town and outskirts opens. Lunch. Free time, buying souvenirs. Dinner. Visit to the health center «Water World» — swimming pool with water rides (water massages, air-massaging plateau, cascade shower, geysers etc), children’s zone, aqua aerobics, SPA, Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, thermae, Russian banya.

Day 14

Breakfast. Transfer Belokurikha — Barnaul (240 km). Barnaul is a capital of Altay kray that was established as a mining — plant city in 1730. Walking tour «Old Barnaul» along the streets of old part of the city terminates at the sightseen point in Nagorny Park. Lunch. Accommodation in a hotel. Dinner.

Day 15

Departure from Barnaul (Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk).

Tour price:

$/person

3-5 persons. 3493
6-9 persons. 2309
10-14 persons. 1862
15-24 persons. 1634
25-40 persons. 1452

Extra charge for accommodation in singe room: 430$

The package includes:

Transport services from Barnaul (Gorno-Altaysk, Novosibirsk) on a comfortable bus; accommodation — 2-3 persons per room in tourist complexes and hotels, standard rooms with shower and WC; in high mountains hotels — shower and WC are on a floor; food — full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner); excursions according to the program; entrance tickets; insurance; translations.

Additional expenses:

Extra food and drinks, extra excursions (from 10 currency units); personal expenses.

Accommodation:

Homestead «Andreevskoe», enclosure for marals «Iskra» (facilities on a floor) in Soloneshensky rajon.

Toursit complex «Uch-Enmek» (facilities on a floor) in Ongudajsky rajon.

Tourist complex «Kochevnik» (facilities in a room) in Ulagansky rajon.

Tourist campside «Altyn-Kol», «Gornoe Ozero» (facilities in a room) near the Lake Teletskoe.

Ski resort «Manzherok», «Pechki-lavochki» «Solnechnaya» (facilities in a room) in the lower reaches of the Katun river.

Hotel «Neo», «Orion» (facilities in a room) in the resort town Belokurikha.

Note:

Our company reserves the right to change the program leaving unaltered the amount of services. The duration of program components may be changed the day before the tour begins and during the tour. Some program elements that depend on organizations and services (road services, police, local administrations etc) that are beyond our control as well as on the weather conditions may be excluded.

Attention! The tour organizers don’t take responsibility for condacting the tour in its entirety if tourists are late or don’t come to the agreed meeting point. The cost of such tour day is not refunded.

Attention! When visiting acting churches and monasteries women should have their heads covered and not wearing trouses.

Recommended clothes: One complect of comfortable clothes for rest; wind and water-protected jacket; warm sweater; two pairs of comfortable footwear; slippers for hotels; sun protection (cream, glasses, head-wear), hygiene items.

Important imformation: There may be ticks and snakes in those areas where the tour will be carried out. So we strongly recommend to observe safety measures and to ensure anti-tick protection. We recommend you to have tickicide repellents, however there were no incidents of tourists catch tick-borne encephalitis in the last years in our company.