Duration:

12 days / 11 nights

Itinerary:

Barnaul – Solonovka – Soloneshnoye – Iskra – Karakol – Chibit– Chagan-Uzun – Manzherok – Sky-Blue Katun – Chemal – Lake Teletskoye – Gorno-Altaisk – enclosure for marals — Belokhurikha – Biysk — Barnaul, 2130 km.

Arrival dates:

April 27 (“The Blooming of maralnik”), June 1, June 22, July 6, July 20, July 27, August 9, August 31 (Sky-blue Katun).

Tour schedule:

Day 1

Meeting in Barnaul. Transfer Barnaul — Solonovka (270 km). Visit to a goat farm, cheese tasting. Transfer Solonovka — Iskra (80 km). Accommodation in a tourist complex, near the enclosure for marals. Excursion to Denisova Cave (30+30 km) — the unique archeological site acknowledged worldwide. The place where the fossil finger of an ancient human was found. This ancient human (the Denisov man) belongs to a peculiar branch of evolution, different from Neanderthal and modern people. Dinner. Optional: pants’ bath taking. Pants’ (nonossified antlers of marals) bath is a healing procedure where an aqueous extract from the boiled pants is used. Created by nature, they represent a complex of substances, possessing a huge biostimulating power. The usage of pants’ baths, as well as other products made of pants’ extracts, increases the vital power, improves blood circulation, promotes tissue regeneration, especially effectively accelerates the recovery of the damaged muscle tissue and also slows down the aging process. Positive effect is observed only after 4-6 baths (at additional charge from 20 $/person).

Day 2

Breakfast. Iskra — Karakol (220 km) trough the Keleysky Pass. Accomodation. Excursion (20+20 km) to the «Uch-Enmek» Natural Park. This park includes natural, historical, cultural and sacral complexes and objects: barrows, cave paintings, complexes of megaliths. This specially protected natural area occupies 60551 ha. Uch-Enmek Natural Park is located at the heigh of 890 — 2900m. Visit of the Museum of Altai Culture and Life in Kuluda village. The exposition of the museum displays the Altai culture and its cosmogony. Dinner. Cultural program where you can enjoy unique throat singing and traditional musical instruments.

Day 3

Breakfast. Transfer Karakol — Chibit (170 km). Travel along the Chuisky Trakt and the Katun and Chuya rivers to the Kuraiskaya Steppe. The history of the trakt stretches back through centuries, when it was a pack road, a branch of the Great Silk Road, a «Chinese path». The Chuisky Trakt is included in the TOP-10 of the best roads in the world according to National Geographic. On the way we cross one of the biggest passes — Chike-Taman Pass, which in Altaian language means ‘Straight foot’. The pass has been known since 10th century. Now it is an abrupt serpentine road with the view point on the top. From 1996 the pass has got a status of the natural monument of the Altai Republic. We make a stop at Kalbak-Tash mountain area and see the petroglyphic drawings (about 500 complexes, more than 5 thousands pictures). They had been made during the period from the New Stone Age to Turkic Age. The monument is situated on the right bank of the river Chuya not far from confluence of the biggest Altai rivers Chuya and Katun. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 4

Breakfast. Excursion to Kyzyl-Chin, which tourists called Mars (80+80 km). On the way – photostop  near North-Chuisky Range. Walking along the Martian mountains and the canyons of the Kyzyl-Chin Stream. The multi-colored clays on the surface create the sensation of another planet. Excursion to Geyser Lakethe unique one, rare in its beauty and cleanness. It does not freeze even in winter. It always looks like an «Earth eye» of an amazing turquoise color. On the mirror of the lake, you can see the streaks of round and oval shape, which are essentially a reflection of the processes occurring at the bottom of the lake, where the «geysers» spring to life, throwing out a mixture of bluish clay and sand. Dinner.

Day 5

Breakfast. Transfer to Manzherok (320 km). Stopping for pictures at Chui-Oozy Natural Park (the confluence of the Katun and Chuya rivers) and at the Seminsky Pass. Accomodation. Optional at extra cost: excursion to Altai Palace casino (the hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, karaoke club room and SPA). Dinner.

Day 6

Breakfast. Excursion to Sky-Blue Katun (40 km) — the largest tourist center, with an artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, hotels, ski slopes, extreme entertainment park, an art gallery, caves and an apiary. Visit to the Tavdinsky Caves (entrance ticket). The Tavdinsky Caves – are a mountain ridge, consisting of a large number of caves (about 30) of karst origin. The length of rocks with caves is about 5 km. The entrances to the caves are in steep cliffs, most of which are easily accessible thanks to the wooden steps and lightning. Excursion to the apiary, tasting of Altaian honey, sleeping on bee hives. Ascent by a chair-lift to Mount Sinyukha (optional at extra cost). Manzherok is the name of a village, a lake with the relict nuts chilim and a ski complex. Optional: rafting/motor rafting on the Katun river (at extra cost) with a visit to Kamyshlinsky waterfall. Dinner.

Day 7

Breakfast. Excursion to Chemal (90 km), Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station and Patmos Island are one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island is through the suspension bridge that connects rocks of the island with the rocks on the Katun River. 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. Another place of interest in Chemal is the Chemal Hydro-Electric Power 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». Lunch. Depending on the weather – either a trip to Che-Chkysh mountain area or an excursion to the Museum-Estate of Choros-Gurkin in Anos village. Che-Chkysh is a rocky canyon with waterfalls, which is located in the valley of Mountain Spirits. From this place the visitors can observe a magnificent panorama of the Katun River (30 km). The Museum Estate of Choros-Gurkin includes a house and a workshop of the artist and ethnographer, the learner of Shishkin, the author of the famous paintings — «Khan Altai», «Lake of Mountain Spirits», «Crown of the Katun». These painting reproductions can be found in the museum. Visit to the Village of masters in Askat, acquaintance with the works of local artists and artisans. Transfer Chemal — Manzherok (90 km). Dinner.

Day 8

Breakfast. Transfer Manzherok — Lake Teletskoye (200 km), the biggest lake in Altai and one of the biggest lakes in Russia. The maximal depth of the lake is 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. Accommodation. Walking tour to the Tretya River (depends on the weather). Optional: rafting down the Biya river (extra cost), visit to Ethno Park in Artybash village and tasting the national cuisine (extra cost). Dinner.

Day 9

Breakfast. Tour around the lake with a stop at Korbu Waterfall, which is situated at the foothill of the Korbu Range on the territory of the Altai Nature Biosphere Reserve. Waterfall is 12,5 m high (visitor’s tax). Seeing Kishte Waterfall. Dinner.

Day 10

Breakfast. Transfer Teletskoye lake — Gorno-Altaisk (180 km). Visit to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after Anokhin (entrance ticket). The Museum has large ethnographic collections of Altaian indigenous people and also displays the unique artifact – the mummy of Princess of Ukok. Transfer to Kaimskoye enclosure for marals (40 km). Getting acquainted with marals breeding. Transfer to Belokhurikha (120 km). It is famous for its healing air and radon-enriched springs. Accommodation. Dinner.

Day 11

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour including a trip to Belokhurikha-2 (30 km, serpentine road). Taking a chair lift to the top of Tserkovka Mountain, where you can observe a beautiful panorama of the town (optional at extra cost). Free time, souvenir shopping. Dinner. Visit to the Water World wellness center with a swimming pool with water attractions (hydromassage, aeromassage plateau, cascade showers, geysers, countercurrents, fast and slow river areas), children’s area, aqua aerobics, SPA, hammam, Roman thermae, Finnish and Russian saunas (optional at extra cost — from 20 $/person).

Day 12

Breakfast. Transfer Belokurikha — Biysk (80 km) – the town which was built in 18th century under the decree of Peter I. Now Biysk has the status of Science City and is the main gate to the Altai Mountains. We will take a walking tour with the stops at the historical and cultural monument — Pontifical Yard, Museum of the History of the Altai Spiritual Mission (entrance ticket).  Founded in 2008, the museum has a collection of over 10,000 exhibits. Among them is Oktoikh, one of the first printed books in Russia. Published in Moscow in 1618, this book is considered to be the oldest exhibit of the museum. Transfer to Barnaul (180 km). Walking tour «Old Barnaul» including visit to Nagorny Park, where you can see a panoramic view of the city. End of the program by 19:00 p.m.

Tour price:

1230 $/person        Single supplement: 300 $

The package includes:

Tranport services from Barnaul during the whole tour on a comfortable bus, accommodation in DBL/TRPL room: standard room with private facilities (shower, WC), in the highlands – rooms with shared facilities on each floor, HB, excursions according to the program, insurance, guide.

Additional expenses:

Museum entrance tickets (from 5$/person); visitor’s tax – 3$/person); chair lift tickets (10$/person); Water World entrance ticket (from 20 $/person); Russian sauna (from 10$/hour); additional food (lunch); additional excursions (from 10$/person); private expenses.

Accommodation:

Iskra (shared facilities on each floor) in Soloneshensky rajon.

Uch-Enmek (shared bathroom on each floor) in Ongdaysky rajon.

Kochevnik (en suit) in Ulagansky rajon.

Altyn-Kol (en suit) in the area of Lake Teletskoye.

Manzherok (en suit) in the area of Lower Katun.

Hotels «Neo», «Orion» (en suit) in Belokhurikha.

Note:

The Agency reserves the right to change the schedule with no changes in the volume of service provided. The duration of individual elements of tour program may change on the eve of departure and during the course of the tour. In case of the bad weather and climate conditions and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer (road, local administration services, etc.), the elements of the tour program can be excluded, based on the actual situation on the route.

Attention! In case the tourist is being late or does not appear at a scheduled time and a place for the group gathering, the Agency is not responsible for the full implementation of the schedule and no costs of this tour day are refunded. Attention! When visiting active monasteries and temples, women should avoid wearing trousers and shorts. A headdress is required.

Recommended clothing: A set of outfits for leisure and travel, a windproof and waterproof jacket, a warm sweater, two pairs of comfortable shoes, lightweight slippers for hotels, sun protection (cream, glasses, headdress), personal hygiene items.

Important information:

Attention!   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 (creams, sprays), however there were no incidents of tourists catch tick-borne encephalitis in the last years in our company.