Horse riding tour to Karakol lakes and Nizhny Katun

Karakol Lakes are one of the most attractive places in the Altai Mountains. The lakes are located in the upper reaches of the Karakol River (a tributary of the Elekmonar River) in the pre-alpine part of the western slope of the Iolg ridge. The absolute height of the lowest of the lakes is 1820 m, the highest is 2097 m. The Karakol Lakes are a system of 7 lakes connected by channels and streams and having different water colors. The decoration of the lakes is the surrounding landscape: cedar forest with an admixture of larch, smoothly turning into meadows. The tour also includes rafting on the lower Katun River.

Location

Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk
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Duration
12 Days
11 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 30 Jun – 11 Jul
    • 10 – 21 Jul
    • 20 – 31 Jul
    • 30 Jul – 10 Aug
    • 9 – 20 Aug
or
Accommodation
  • Tent
    11 nights
Comfort
  • Basic
Difficulty
Challenging
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Group
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
12 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
110 kg
Group meet at
Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Altai waters
Let's watch the Beltertuyuk and Kamyshlinsky waterfalls, and see a system of 7 mountain lakes
Petroglyphs
We will take part in an excursion to the ancient rock paintings
Interesting places
We will visit the Tavdinsky caves and the Chemalskaya hydroelectric power station
A surge of adrenaline
We will raft along the lower Katun and overcome thresholds of varying degrees of difficulty

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Auto transfer Novosibirsk – Barnaul – Biysk – Gorno-Altaysk – village of Elekmonar – horse base

    We meet in Novosibirsk and Barnaul, go to the city of Biysk, where we get acquainted with the instructor.

    From Biysk, we continue our minibus trip to the village of Elekmonar, on the way we pick up the tour participants from Gorno-Altaysk.

    This is followed by a transfer by SUV from the village of Elekmonar to the Karakol tract, where the equestrian base is located.

    On the way, we admire the forest road and the mountain rivers Elekmonar and Karakol.

    Upon arrival at the equestrian base, we are instructed about the safety rules for hiking, after which we receive equipment and distribute food.

    At the end of the day, you will have a sauna and an overnight stay in a tent camp.

    Power is included: dinner.

    By car (from Barnaul): 370 km, of which 20 km is off-road. On the road, 6 hours on asphalt, 2-3 hours on a broken primer (excluding traffic jams and sanitary stops).

  • Day 2 - Equestrian base — Castles of mountain spirits – Muekhta tract
  • Day 3 - Muekhta tract – Bagatash Pass – Turov Valley – Muekhta waterfall – Muekhta tract
  • Day 4 - Muekhta River — Akkaya Pass — Ayryk pass — Ayryk tract
  • Day 5 - A day's rest. Horse riding to Karakokshinsky caves
  • Day 6 - Ayryk tract – Ayryk pass – Akkinsky pass – Cedar parking lot
  • Day 7 - Cedar parking lot — Bagatash pass — Karakol Lakes — horse base
  • Day 8 - Equestrian base – S. Elekmonar – S. Kuyus
  • Day 9 - S. Kujus – S. Chemal
  • Day 10 - S. Chemal – S. Cheposh
  • Day 11 - S. Cheposh – P. Limy
  • Day 12 - Izvestkovy settlement – Gorno-Altaysk – Biysk – Barnaul – Novosibirsk
Difficulty
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Tent
    11 nights
Comfort
  • Basic

Throughout the entire route, tourists are accommodated in 2-3-seater modern tents with an awning. 

Tent camp 11 nights

Overnight in tents on the route. Tents are set up and removed by the participants themselves (unless additional maintenance is agreed). If you don't know how to set up a tent, ask the instructor to give you an instruction.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
12 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
110 kg
Duration
12 days 11 nights
Group meets at
Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk

Included in price

  • transport delivery to the tour from Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk and back, within the route crossings according to the program;
  • horse rental;
  • services of guides, instructors, grooms;
  • meals from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure;
  • group equipment: tents, awning, campfire and kitchen equipment, first aid kit. On the alloy: raft, carrot (saved the end), general dry runs, a barrel for food;
  • personal equipment on the horse part: sleeping bag, sleeping mat (karemat), archimaki, UGC raincoat. On the alloy additionally: life jacket, helmet, paddle, dry run, neoprene overalls, windproof jacket;
  • medical insurance and accident insurance (insurance for foreign citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years old is paid additionally);
  • sauna according to the program, on the first, seventh, eleventh days of the tour;
  • accommodation in tents on the territory of the campsite on the first, seventh, eighth and eleventh day of the tour;
  • registration of the group in the Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  • guided tours according to the program.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • An additional cargo horse is required for participants weighing 120-130 kg;
  • insurance for foreign citizens (including CIS countries) and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age;
  • meals at roadside cafes, during the transfer;
  • services offered at the base parking lots and not included in the program;
  • any changes to the program that entail additional costs.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • if there is a backpack, but not necessarily, all things in the campaign are carried by horses in special "archimacs". You can leave the house with any convenient bag, suitcase, in which you will put all your things;
  • sleeping bag (up to -5), it is advisable to have your own, as it is an object of individual use. In case of absence, we issue (request in advance);
  • warm jacket (vest) for temperatures up to 0, -5;
  • a windproof (splash–proof) raincoat jacket (raincoat), preferably trousers. Made of durable fabric that can withstand heavy rainfall;
  • warm suit (tights + sweater), for camping;
  • tracksuit, for the active part (horse crossings and radial exits);
  • thermal underwear. Either tights, warm tights with a vest or turtleneck (for sleeping);
  • a pair of T-shirts (shirts);
  • a neoprene wetsuit (half-overalls) of 3 mm is issued on the alloy. If you wish, you can take a neoprene jacket with you (not included in the price, we do not rent it). In case of bad weather, you can take a turtleneck, vest, shirt (not restricting movement) under neoprene. We issue splash-proof jackets on top of the neoprene;
  • sports hat;
  • shorts;
  • lingerie;
  • bathing suit;
  • three or four pairs of plain socks;
  • a pair of wool socks;
  • two pairs of shoes one pair of shoes should have a hard sole, for horseback riding and hiking tours in rocky terrain. Another pair of light shoes, for camping. Absolutely! Rubber boots (not lower than the middle of the shin);
  • neoprene shoes (boots) for rafting; sneakers with woolen, plain, and preferably neoprene socks.  We do not issue neoprene shoes;
  • a baseball cap or a bandana (a light headscarf);
  • tourist seat (hob) (a piece of a tour mat with an elastic band);
  • sunglasses;
  • personal - cup, mug, spoon, knife - metal or plastic;
  • washing accessories including a towel;
  • personal hygiene items;
  • work gloves 1 pair;
  • optional - photo, video, flashlight with hermetically sealed;
  • hermetic packaging for documents and money;
  • personal thermos (optional) and a hiking water flask (or a 0.5-1.5 L plastic bottle);
  • it is mandatory to have a passport (birth certificate), a medical insurance policy and money for meals on the road, souvenirs, additional baths, etc.

Recommendations for filling an individual first aid kit:

The group going on an equestrian and water tour in Altai is provided with a common first aid kit, which is located with the instructor guide. However, each participant of an active tour to Altai must also have a personal first-aid kit, which must contain a supply of individual medicines (which you regularly take), as well as the following medicines:

  • patch for scratches, cuts and calluses (bactericidal (with "green") 6x10 cm is recommended, as it holds well on the skin and can be cut into pieces of different widths);
  • roll Band-aid (1 pc.);
  • a medium-sized bandage (1 pc.);
  • analgesic (in tablets) (1 pack);
  • aspirin (1 pack);
  • citramon (1 pack);
  • nasal congestion relief drops (1 pc.);
  • eye drops (Albucide) (1 pc.);
  • remedy for cold symptoms (for example, Coldrex, etc.) (2-3 packs);
  • antiseptic ointment or cream (for example, Levomekol, Baneocin, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • sunburn remedy (for example, Lifeguard, Boro-plus, Panthenol, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • elastic bandage (1 pc.);
  • remedy for sore throat (1-2 packs);
  • fast-acting remedies for indigestion (for example, Loperamide, Imodium, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • enzyme preparation (for example, Mezim, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • an antihistamine drug that does not cause drowsiness (for example, Kestin, Claritin, Zirtek, etc.) (1 pack);
  • multivitamins (optional).
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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 884
    30 Jun – 11 Jul 12 days 11 nights
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    10 – 21 Jul 12 days 11 nights
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    20 – 31 Jul 12 days 11 nights
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    30 Jul – 10 Aug 12 days 11 nights
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    9 – 20 Aug 12 days 11 nights
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