Horse riding tour to Shavlin lakes and Srednyaya Katun

The Shavlin lakes are the most inaccessible in the Altai Mountains. There you feel peace from the beauty and mystery of the landscapes. In addition to the lakes, there is also a deep river – Katun. Translated from Altai, "Kadyn" – the hostess is the largest river of the Altai Mountains. It originates on the southern slope of the Katun ridge at Mount Belukha (4506 m) at an altitude of about 2000 meters. The length of the river is 688 km. 


Novosibirsk, Barnaul
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13 Days
12 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 26 Jun – 8 Jul
    • 6 – 18 Jul
    • 16 – 28 Jul
    • 26 Jul – 7 Aug
    • 5 – 17 Aug
  • Tent
    12 nights
  • Basic
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Up to 16 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
120 kg
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Alpine lakes
We will see one of the most picturesque places in the Altai Mountains – the Shavlin Lakes
Thirst for extreme sports
We will raft along the Middle Katun River and overcome thresholds of varying difficulty
Living in nature
Let's take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge


  • Day 1 - Auto transfer Novosibirsk – Barnaul – Biysk – Gorno-Altaisk – Chibit

    Transfer to Biysk and further to the Chuya River (600 km by car).

    Our journey begins with moving along the legendary Chui highway.

    This is the most interesting road in Altai, crossing all climatic zones.

    The location of the Chui tract in many areas repeats the line of an ancient road – a mountain trail along which merchant caravans, foot and horse troops of nomadic peoples moved.

    Overnight at the campsite, in tents. Supper.

    Power is included: dinner.

    By car (from Barnaul): 620 km. On the road for 9-10 hours (excluding traffic jams and sanitary stops).

  • Day 2 - Chibit village – Chuya River – Oroy creek
  • Day 3 - Oroi Creek – Oroi Pass (2040 m) – Yeshtykel plateau – confluence of the Shabaga and Shavla rivers
  • Day 4 - The confluence of the Shabaga and Shavla rivers is the Shavla River
  • Day 5 - A day's rest. Radial walking access to the Shavlin lakes
  • Day 6 - Parking on the Shavla river - Teldiskel plateau – parking on the Karakabak river
  • Day 7 - A day's rest. Radial hiking access to the Karakabak lakes
  • Day 8 - Parking on the Karakabak river – Maashey river – Oroi creek – Chuya River – Chibit village
  • Day 9 - The village of Chibit is the mouth of the Chuya River
  • Day 10 - The mouth of the Chuya River – "Wedding Meadow"
  • Day 11 - Wedding Glade – Petroglyphs parking lot
  • Day 12 - Petroglyphs parking lot – Kuyus village
  • Day 13 - Kuyus village – Gorno-Altaysk – Biysk – Barnaul – Novosibirsk
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

The equestrian route is difficult, it passes through mountainous, difficult terrain. In addition to horse crossings, there are two radial pedestrian exits to the lakes, up to 12 km per day. The age limit is strictly from the age of 14. You must be in good physical shape and ready to overcome difficult sections of the route, there should be no health problems. The water part of the tour will appeal to fans of adventure and thrills. During the rafting we will pass such difficult thresholds as "Ilgumen" "Kadrinskaya pipe" and "Sabbath" (thresholds from 4 to 5 categories of difficulty). To complete them, you will need attentiveness and well-coordinated teamwork.


  • Tent
    12 nights
  • Basic

Tourists are accommodated in 2-3-seater modern tents with an awning. On the 1st, 8th, 12th day of the tour, accommodation in tents on the camping site. 

Tent camp 12 nights

Overnight in tents on the route.

Tour conditions

up to 16 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
120 kg
13 days 12 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul

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 additionally: raft, carrot (saved the end), general dry runs, a barrel for groceries;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 eighth and twelfth day of the tour;
  • camping in tents on the first, eighth and twelfth 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 more than 100-110 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;
  • additional baths, on the first day at the campsite, on the lakes and on the eleventh day of the tour;
  • 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 the 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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