Barnaul –Belokurikha – Solonovka – Soloneshnoye – Iskra – Karakol – Chibit– Chagan-Uzun – B.Yaloman – rafting down the Katun river – Souzga – Barnaul, 1900 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. A combined journey that allows you to unite interest in the history, ethnography and culture of Altai with activities. Rafting on the Middle flow of Katun is not only crazy rowing and thrill of sensations at the rapids, but also relaxation and meditation on halts, a chance to enjoy an active vacation in the wild without unnecessary stress and hardship. Join a trip to the lost world!
May 5 (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 16, June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 8, September 15 (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).
Day 1 Tues.
Meeting in Barnaul: airport, railway station, hotels of the city (upon confirming). Transfer Barnaul – Belokurikha (240 km). The resort is known for its healing air and radon-containing springs 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 – 365 km.
Day 2 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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.
Price: EURO per Person
5. May, 23. June, 7. July
14. July, 21. July, 28. July, 11. August, 18. August, 25. August
1. September, 08. September, 15. September
Single room accommodation: extra 60 EURO
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), food – breakfasts and dinners plus field kitchen lunches, rental of equipment, excursions according to the programme, insurance, guide.
Museum entrance tickets (150-350 roubles/person); recreation fee (100-150 roubles/person); chair lift (450-500 roubles/person); Aquacenter (from 1000 roubles/person); Russian sauna (from 500 roubles/hour); additional food (lunches except the field lunches); additional excursions (from 500 roubles/person); private expenses.
Enclosure for marals “Iskra” (shared facilities on each floor) in Soloneshensky rajon.
Tourist complex “Kochevnik” (en suit) in Ulagansky rajon.
Tent camp in Ongudaisky rajon.
GLK “Manzherok” (en suit), “Pechki-Lavochki”, “Solnechnaya” or equivalent in the area of Lower Katun
Separate beds are not guaranteed. Triple accommodation – on request.
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.