Duration:

12 days/11 nights

Itinerary:

Barnaul – Srostki – Manzherok – Turquoise Katun – Chemal – Teletskoye Lake – enclosure for marals – Belokurikha – Solonovka – Soloneshnoye – Iskra – Chibit – Chagan-Uzun – Karakol – B.Yaloman – rafting down the Katun river – Souzga – Barnaul, 2700 km.

The number of people in a group – minimum 2 people. Age limit – 14+. Children under 14 years must be
accompanied by adults.

Excursion tour with rafting – an excellent combination of cognitive and outdoor activities. Culture, ethnography, history and mind-blowing landscapes! Crazy rowing and thrill of the rapids! A trip to the lost world without unnecessary stress and hardship!

This tour is a powerful combination of the brightest Altai colors. In 12 days you will be able to see them all: from turquoise lakes and white foam by rafting, to amber honey from apiaries and purple maralnik carpets on the slopes. Perfect for those who want to try everything!

Arrival dates:

April 29 (Festival “Blooming of Maralnik”. Maralnik is a mountain rose, or Ledum, or Altaian cherry tree, Rhododendron Ledeburii – this plant has many names. It is a symbol of coming spring. When sakura blossoms in Japan, the slopes of the Altai mountains are covered with lilac carpet of a mountain rhododendron. Photo-stops are planned exactly in those places where this miracle of nature is best presented, so that photographers have an excellent opportunity to take unique shots of blooming mountains), June 10, June 17, July 01, July 08, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 05, August 12, August 29, September 2, September 9 (Turquoise Katun: in autumn the water of the mountain river Katun becomes unusually turquoise in color with golden mountains on background. Greenish sandstone and clear water without impurities and sediment with mainly spring feed causes this unique phenomenon)

Tour schedule:

Day 1 Wed.

Meeting in Barnaul: airport, railway station, hotels of the city (upon confirming). Transfer Barnaul – Srostki (210 km), a birthplace of Vasily Shukshin, the famous writer, actor and film director. Visit to the Russian national Memorial Museum-Reserve, where the expositions are presented: “The house in which V.M. Shukshin spent his childhood”, “The school where V.M. Shukshin studied and worked”, “Country estate bought by V.M. Shukshin for his mother”. Pedestrian walk to Mount Picket – local attraction – the monument to the writer, where the annual Russian national festival “Shukshin readings in Altai” is held. Transfer Srostki – Lower Katun, Manzherok (100 km). Manzherok – the name of a lake with relict nut chillim, a village and a ski resort. Accommodation. Riding up to the mount Sinyukha by chairlift (optional at extra charge). Dinner.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 310 km.

Day 2 Thu.

Breakfast. In case the weather is sunny, an excursion to Chemal (90 km), to the Chemal hydroelectric station and the island of Patmos – one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island of Patmos is the suspension bridge connecting the cliffs of the island with the cliffs on the banks of the Katun. On the island itself was restored a temple in honor of John the Theologian and the cell of St. Macarius of Altai. Opposite the island is a monastery. Behind the cell of the saint is a rock with the face of the Mother of God. Another attraction of Chemal is the Chemal hydroelectric station. Next to it you can see the water springs with “living” and “dead” water. Driving up to the boundary Che-Chkysh – a rocky canyon with a waterfall, cave paintings, an observation deck, which offers a magnificent panorama of the Katun river. (30 km).

In case the weather is rainy, an excursion to the museum-gallery of G.I. Choros-Gurkin in the village Anos (30 km). The house, workshop and country estate of the artist and ethnographer, student of Shishkin, author of the famous paintings “Khan Altai”, “Lake of Mountain Spirits”, “Crown of Katun”. You will see the reproductions of his paintings. Visit to the Paleopark Museum – the museum of natural history of Altai. A fascinating, breathtaking journey of 500 million years backwards, when the Paleo-Asian Ocean was raging in Siberia (entrance ticket). Transfer Elekmonar – Barangol (30 km). On request: moto-rafting on Katun with a visit to the Kamyshlinsky Waterfall – formed on the Kamyshla River – the left tributary of the Katun, consists of two cascades 12 m high (extra charge). Transfer Barangol – tourist complex (40 km). Dinner.

On foot – 4 km, auto – 240 km

Day 3 Fri.

Breakfast. Transfer Lower Katun – Gorno-Altaysk (40 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. In the museum, a special place is given to the culture, life and attributes of shamans. Transfer Gorno-Altaysk – Teletskoye Lake (170 km) – is one of the largest and cleanest fresh lakes in Russia. The maximum depth of the lake is about 330 meters. The name “Teletskoye” comes from the name of one of the tribes of Altaian people – the telos, who live in this area. Altaians themselves call the lake “Altyn-Kol” – “Golden Lake”. Many rivers and streams flow into the lake, and only Biya river flows out. Excursion to the Altaian national ail, where we will be introduced to the life and customs of the native people and try local cuisine (extra charge). Dinner.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 210 km

Day 4 Sat.

Breakfast. Boat trip around the Teletskoye lake. Visiting the territory of Altaian State Biosphere Reserve. Stop at Korbu Waterfall, which is 12,5 m high (visitor’s tax). And picturesque Сhedor Waterfall (visitor’s tax). On the way back – viewing from the water of the Kishte waterfall, Cape Airan, Kamginsky Bay, the reserved village of Yailyu. Trekking along the Eco-Trail “Third River” (depends on the weather). Optional: rafting down the Biya river (extra charge). Dinner.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 20 km

Day 5 Sun.

Breakfast. Transfer Artybash – Turquoise Katun (220 km) – the largest tourism center, which includes a warm artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, tourist complexes, ski slopes, an extreme entertainment park, art gallery, an array of Tavdinsky caves, an apiary. Visiting Tavdinsky caves (entrance ticket). Taldinsky caves – a bright attraction of the Altai Territory. The entire cave complex has several dozen caves, many of which have several entrances and are connected to each other, forming a large interconnected system in which it is easy to get lost. Tavdinsky caves are known for the fact that at different times they served as housing for humans. During excavations, pottery and other archaeological findings dating back to the early Iron and Bronze Ages were discovered in them. Excursion to the apiary, tasting Altaian honey, sleeping on the hives. Transfer Turquoise Katun – v. Altaiskoye (80 km). The photo-stop on the Biryuksinsky Pass – a low pass in the Seminsky Mountain Range, from which opens a picturesque panorama to the forest-steppe foothills of Altai. The top point of the pass, according to local beliefs, is considered to be a “place of power.” A visit to the arboretum park “Altaiskoye Kholmogorye” (entrance ticket). Arboretum park contains a rich collection of exotic herbs, deciduous and coniferous shrubs and medicinal plants, which are used for the manufacture of cosmetics and dietary supplements. Gastro-botanic dinner “New Altaian cuisine”. Transfer v. Altaiskoye – Belokurikha (50 km). The resort is known for its healing air and radon-containing springs. Accommodation.

On foot – 4 km, auto – 350 km.

Day 6 Mon.

Breakfast. Sightseeing tour around the resort-city Belokurikha with a visit to the new resort Belokurikha Gornaya (40 km) – the neighboring resort, which is under construction, but already offers the most unique road in Russia: 12 serpentine rings over 8 km. At the top of the road are several art objects (a five-meter chair with a thinker, a cart with pencils, a stupa of Medicine), the estate-museum of Andreevskaya Sloboda, the tavern named Gogol. Trekking to Ogorodchiki or Ambarchiki – a picturesque rock complex, unique geological features with excellent panorama for photo-shooting. Driving back to Belokurikha (40 km). Taking a chair lift to the top of Tserkovka Mountain, where you can observe a beautiful panorama of the town (optional at extra charge). Dinner. Visit to the “Water World” or a swimming pool with a thermo complex “Terra SPA” – 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 charge – from 1000 rub/person).

On foot – 3 km, auto – 80 km.

Day 7 Tues.

Breakfast. Free time shopping for souvenirs. Transfer Belokurikha – Solonovka (40 km) – a village founded by Old-Believers and Russian back-settlers, known as a point of attraction for paragliders and a private cheese factory. Lunch in Kerzhak traditions “Lenten cuisine of the Old-Believers”. Transfer Solonovka – Soloneshnoye (65 km). Excursion to the Soloneshensky Local History Museum (entrance ticket), which presents the detailed history of the archaeological site “Denisova Cave”, the culture of the Russian (Old-Believers) and the Altai peoples. Transfer Soloneshnoye – Iskra (20 km). Accommodation in the enclosure for marals. Dinner.

Altaian maral is a shy, cautious, majestic animal from the deer family. Antlers – not ossified horns of maral – a complex of substances created by nature itself with a huge biostimulating force. One of the most effective methods of antlertherapy are antler baths – this is a wellness procedure with the use of an aqueous extract from boiled maral antlers. The use of antler baths, as well as antler products, increases the energy of the body, improves blood flow, promotes tissue regeneration, especially accelerates the restoration of muscle tissue after its damage as a result of physical exertion, and also slows down the aging process. A positive effect is observed no earlier than after 4-6 baths (at additional charge from 1200 rub./person).

On foot – 3 km, auto – 125 km.

Day 8 Wed.

Breakfast. Transfer Iskra – Denisova Cave (35 km). Tour to the cave – the unique archeological site acknowledged worldwide, it is 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. Transfer Denisova cave – Chibit (350 km) through the pass Keleisky (1313 m), Yabogansky (1492 m) along the Bashchelak Ridge through the Ust-Kansk hollow towards the famous Chuysky tract. Further along the Chuysky tract, up the Katun and Chuya rivers to the Kurai Steppe. The history of the traсt stretches back through centuries, when it was a pack road, a branch of the Great Silk Road, a “Chinese path”. The Chuysky tract 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 (1460 m), which in Altaian language means ‘Flat foot’. The pass has been known since X-th 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. Accommodation in a tourist complex. Dinner.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 385 km.

Day 9 Thu.

Breakfast. Excursion to Kyzyl-Chin, which tourists call “Mars” (90 km). On the way – photo-stop with the North-Chuysky Range on the background. 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. Transfer Kyzyl-Chin – Geyser Lake. Excursion to Geyser Lake – the 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. Returning to the tourist complex. Dinner.

On foot – 5 km, auto – 180 km.

Day 10 Fri.

Breakfast. Transfer Chibit – Karakol (170 km). On the way a stop at Kalbak-Tash boundary, where we will see the petroglyphic drawings. About 500 complexes, that count more than 5 thousands pictures. These drawings were made during the period from the New Stone Age to Turkic Age. The monument is situated on the right bank of the river Chuya. Visit to the Chui-Oozy Natural Park, possibility to taste Altaian traditional cuisine (optional at extra charge). Photo-stop in the Northern part of geopark “Altai”, Chui-Oozy – the confluence of the biggest Altai rivers Chuya and Katun. Transfer to the starting point of rafting tour (25 km) – outflow of the Bolshoi Yaloman river. Accommodation in tents, dinner – field kitchen. Preparing boats for rafting. Fitting personal equipment: life vests, wet suits and helmets. Safety orientation and guidance on actions on the water.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 195 km.

Day 11 Sat.

Breakfast – field kitchen. Rafting down the Katun river, passing the rapid “Ilgumensky” (3-4 category of complexity), “Kadrinskaya Truba” (3-4 cc). Lunch – snacks. Passing the rapid “Shabash” (5-4 cc) with safeguarding. Transfer outflow of Ursula river – Lower Katun (170 km). Overnight in a tourist complex. Dinner.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 170 km.

Day 12 Sun.

Breakfast. Transfer Lower Katun – Biysk (130 km). Biysk is the town, which was built in 18th century under the decree of Peter The Great. Now Biysk has the status of Science City and is the main gate to the Altai Mountains. Transfer Biysk – Barnaul (180 km). City tour around Barnaul with the visit to the museum and restaurant “Gornaya Apteka”. End of the program at 20:00 p.m.

On foot – 3 km, auto – 310 km.

Tour price:

Tour price: EURO/person

April 29, June 17, June 10, July 01  1070
July 08, July 15, July 22 , July 39, August 05, August 12 1130
August 29, September 2, September 9 1070

Single room accommodation: extra 282 EURO
Children under 12 – 10% discount

The package includes:

Transport 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, field kitchen lunches, rental of equipment, excursions according to the program, insurance, guide.

Additional expenses:

Resort fee in Belokurikha (50 rub/person/day); museum entrance tickets (150-350 rub/person); recreation fee (100-150 rub/person); chair lift tickets (450-500 rub/person); Water World entrance ticket (from 1000 rub/person); Russian sauna (from 800 rub/hour); additional food (lunch); additional excursions (from 500 rub/person); private expenses.

Accommodation:

GLK “Manzherok” (en suit), “Pechki-Lavochki”, “Solnechnaya” or equivalent in the area of Lower Katun.

Tourist complex “Altyn-Kol” (en suit), hotel “Gornoye Ozero”, “Istok”, “Artybash” in the area of Teletskoye Lake.

Hotels “Neo”, “Orion”, “Blagodat” (en suit) in Belokhurikha.

Enclosure for marals “Iskra” (shared facilities on each floor) in Soloneshensky rajon.

Tent camp in Ongudaisky rajon.

Tourist complex “Kochevnik” (en suit) in Ulagansky rajon.

Attention!

Separate beds are not guaranteed. Triple accommodation – on request.

Note:

The Agency reserves the right to change the schedule with no changes in the volume of service provided. The duration of its individual elements may change on the eve of departure and in the course of the tour. In case on the weather and climate conditions and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer (road, local administration services, etc.), the elements of the schedule 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 also 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, a dress code for photo shoot – clothes or accessories of purple color. 

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.