A journey to the heart of Altai

You will go on a trip where in 10 days you will get acquainted with the most significant and energetically strong places of Altai. The expedition of the Roerich family in search of the mysterious Shambhala went this way, and the Old Believers who moved here many centuries ago. 

You will visit the main shamanic valley, if desired, you will sail on a raft along the Katun River and fly by helicopter over Belukha, visit the Multinsky and Krasnogorsk lakes, visit the settlement of Old Believers, see the snow-white caps of the Katun ridge and the valley of waterfalls.

Location

Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 17 – 26 Jun
    • 24 Jun – 3 Jul
    • 1 – 10 Jul
    • 8 – 17 Jul
    • 15 – 24 Jul
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    8 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
7 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Mesmerizing Multin lakes
We will spend a few days away from civilization relaxing or fishing on the shore of a picturesque mountain lake
The Sacred peak
We will admire from the observation deck the sacred Belukha Mountain, which is considered the umbilical cord of the earth, equidistant from the oceans
Energy of Altai
We will immerse ourselves in the culture, way of life and customs of the Altai people, visit the places of ancient shamanic rituals

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Getting to know Altai

    09:00-10:00 Meeting in the parking lot in front of the airport of Gorno-Altaisk. A guide with a sign "Going to the mountains" will be waiting for you.  

    There are also options for those who are comfortable traveling from Novosibirsk and Barnaul.

    5:00 Every Sunday meeting in Novosibirsk in the parking lot of the shopping center "Orange" at the address: Lenin Street, 84 (near the hotel "Marins Park"). Free transfer to the Altai Republic (460 km).

    We recommend staying in a hotel or hotel there, from where it will be easy for you to join the group the next morning.

    8.30 Every Sunday, a meeting near Barnaul in the parking lot of the Sea Buckthorn Group at the address: Novoaltaysk, Dorozhnaya str., 13. Free transfer to the Republic of Altai (260 km).

    There we recommend you to stay in a hotel or a hotel, from where it will be easy for you to join the group the next morning. 

    10:00 a.m. We will start our journey with a trip along one of the most beautiful roads in the world – the Chui tract

    Fascinating views outside the window and interesting stories from the guide are waiting for you. 

    Stop at the Seminsky pass, where we will walk along the forest trail, admire the Siberian cedars and views of Sarlyk Mountain. 

    Accommodation at the campsite. 

    Visit the observation deck overlooking the Ursul River

    Supper. 

    In the evening, we will get acquainted with the legendary art of throat singing and hear Kai (folk epic) performed by Kaichi (singer-storyteller). 

    Meals: dinner. 

    Accommodation: Belaya Chud/Ongudai Eco Village campsite, double accommodation, room facilities. 

    By car: 200 km from Gorno-Altaysk.

    Walking distance: 1.5 km.
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  • Day 2 - Karakol Valley, Uch-Enmek Nature Park
  • Day 3 - Belukha observation deck, optional helicopter flight or rafting along the Upper Katun River
  • Day 4 - Multin Lakes, Katunsky Nature Reserve, motorboat sailing
  • Day 5 - Recreation on the Multin lakes
  • Day 6 - Free day on the Multin lakes
  • Day 7 - Lower Multinskoye Lake, Roerichs House Museum, Museum of Old Believers, Strelka Koksa and Katun
  • Day 8 - Lakes of the Red Mountain
  • Day 9 - Return transfer, bison reserve, farewell dinner
  • Day 10 - Transfer to the airport
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    8 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at camp sites along the way.

All the camp sites for the route are located in picturesque places on the banks of rivers.

Campsite No. 1: 1-2 days (1 night). Belaya Chud campsite/Ongudai Eco Village, double accommodation, room amenities.

Campsite No. 2: 2-4 days (2 nights). Campsite "Ark"/ "Kamza tract"/ "Fazenda", double accommodation, room amenities.

Campsite No. 3: 4-7 days (3 nights). A tourist shelter (2-5 people in a house / village), there is no shower – there is a sauna, a toilet on the street. For some dates, rooms with amenities, please specify when booking.

Campsite No. 4: 7-9 day (2 nights). Ark campsite, double room amenities. There is Wi-Fi and a mobile connection.

Hotel No. 5: 09-10 day (1 night). Igman Hotel, double accommodation, room facilities.

Total: 10 days/09 nights.
 

Please specify details about possible accommodation options for a specific arrival date when booking.

The surcharge for single occupancy is 31,000 rubles (except for the Multin Lakes).

Single occupancy is not available on all dates. It is necessary to check with the manager for a specific check-in date.

The possible placement options are presented below.

The estate "Belaya Chud" or similar 1 night

The Belaya Chud estate is located in the village of Ongudai, a kilometer from the Chuysky tract. The estate is designed for family holidays with children, youth and corporate holidays. The small capacity of the estate allows one group of guests to stay here. At the disposal of vacationers is a comfortable wooden house, a sauna, picnic areas, a landscaped fenced yard. The estate is open all year round.

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Campsite "Zaimka Kamza" or similar 2 nights
The campsite "Multin lakes" 3 nights
Ark campsite or similar 2 nights
Igman Hotel or similar 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
7 years old
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • minibus transfers from Novosibirsk/Barnaul/Gorno-Altaisk and back;
  • all intra-route transfers and movements;
  • off-road car:
    • return delivery from the merger of Ak-Kem and Katun;
    • The Multin Lakes;
    • Krasnogorsk Lakes;
    • a trip to the observation deck with a view of the city of Belukha and Lake Bashtala;
  • nutrition:
    • 9 breakfasts;
    • 9 dinners;
    • 4 lunches;
  • accommodation at camp sites, double, according to the program;
  • guide support – 9 days;
  • public equipment rental;
  • bathhouse – 1 time;
  • recreational fees;
  • entrance tickets to sightseeing sites;
  • boat trip on the Lower Multinsky Lake;
  • all excursions according to the tour program, except those marked in "extra charge".

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk/Barnaul/Gorno-Altaisk and back.
  • meals not included in the program: 6 lunches, meals during transfers (1.10 days);
  • rafting on the Katun river, equipment rental – 2500-2700 rubles.;
  • helicopter flight – 115,000 rubles. (for the Robinson-66 helicopter), this cost is divided by the number of willing participants. The maximum capacity of the helicopter is 4 people. 

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The list of things for sightseeing tours for spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October):

  • Shoes: sneakers with thick soles;
  • replacement shoes: track. shoes (preferably a fixed ankle), comfortable, already worn, so as not to rub. If there is no such shoe option, you can replace it with non-slippery, comfortable sneakers (not mesh!). You can use rubber boots or comfortable warm boots;
  • for traveling along the route: any comfortable pants / jeans, a comfortable turtleneck or fleece jacket, T-shirt, jacket (ski or light jacket with sintepon is well suited), gloves (cotton, fleece);
  • a cap;
  • for bad weather: hat, gloves, fleece, windproof jacket or vest+ windbreaker, warm socks;
  • raincoat;
  • personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, washcloth;
  • bath accessories (if you want to order it separately): flip-flops, swimsuit, towel (not large towels are available at all bases, except in remote areas. Check with the guide or the route manager); 
  • If you can't do without a hair dryer, we recommend that you bring your own;
  • a personal first aid kit with the medicines you need. There are pharmacies along the route, but not everywhere and the choice of medicines is very limited;
  • a small backpack for radial walks. Where will you need for the day (raincoat, jacket, water, camera, etc.);
  • sunscreens and glasses. Altai has a very active sun, even in cool weather. Therefore, we recommend taking sunscreen -50;
  • of the useful, but not mandatory things: an individual small thermos, a hob or a tourist seat, a shoe dryer. This is optional, but it will be more comfortable to travel with them;
  • cash. Cards are not accepted at souvenir markets, and there may not be a connection for transfer;
  • important! in Altai, the tick season (April-June): repellent (it will be possible to buy it in Altai), long socks! We will tuck our pants into socks in places where there are ticks. There are practically no mosquitoes and midges in Altai.

The list of things for sightseeing tours for June-August:

  • Shoes: sneakers with thick soles, comfortable sandals or moccasins for a hot summer day;
  • replacement shoes: track. shoes (preferably a fixed ankle), comfortable, already worn, so as not to rub. If there is no such shoe option, you can replace it with non-slippery, comfortable sneakers (not mesh);
  • for traveling along the route: any comfortable pants/jeans – 2 pairs, a long sleeve T-shirt (to protect against burns), shorts, a light T-shirt, a swimsuit, a headdress (from the sun);
  • for bad weather: hat, fleece, windproof jacket or vest+ windbreaker, warm socks;
  • raincoat;
  • personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, washcloth;
  • bath accessories: flip-flops, swimsuit, towel (small towels are available at all bases, except in remote areas. Check with the guide or the route manager). 
  • those who cannot do without a hair dryer, we recommend you to bring your own, because there are not everywhere in the Altai bases;
  • a personal first aid kit with the medicines you need. There are pharmacies along the route, but not everywhere and the choice of medicines is very limited;
  • a small backpack for radial walks. Where will you need for the day (raincoat, jacket, water, camera, etc.);
  • sunscreens and glasses. The Altai has a very active sun, even in bad weather. Therefore, we recommend taking sunscreen -50;
  • of useful, but not mandatory things: An individual small thermos, a hob or a tourist seat. Shoe dryer. This is optional, but it will be more comfortable to travel with them;
  • cash. Cards are not accepted at souvenir markets, and there may not be a connection for transfer.
  • important! in Altai, the tick season (April-June): repellent (it will be possible to buy it in Altai), long socks! We will tuck our pants into socks in places where there are ticks. There are practically no mosquitoes and midges in Altai.

Basic things can be carried in a suitcase;

Items can be transported in any bags and suitcases. Do not take extra things with you. 

Altai hotels do not have a service for delivering things to the room, 90% of hotels are not equipped with elevators, you will carry things from the car to the room yourself.

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