Lake Talmennoe. Horse riding tour to Altai

A horse-riding tour to the upper reaches of the Katun River to the Talmenye protected lake passes through places where tourists rarely visit. On the trails of the route, there are mainly rangers of the Katun Biosphere Reserve, one of the cordons of which is located on the shore of Lake Talmen.

The tour takes you through the wild places of Ust-Koksinsky district. It has amazing panoramas of mountain ranges and valleys, is practically not mastered by tourists, will be especially interesting to lovers of wild, pristine nature, rare plant species, as well as fishermen.


Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk
US$ 803
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9 Days
8 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 7 – 15 Jul
    • 22 – 30 Jul
  • Tent
    8 nights
  • Basic
Tourists require hiking experience or special skills, such as: climbing, extreme rafting, etc.
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
14 years old
Group meet at
Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Equestrian adventure
We will pass fords and mountain passes riding on faithful horses, enjoying the primeval nature of the wild
Hot bathhouse
Before and after the hike, we will steam in a real Siberian bathhouse, recharge our batteries and wash away fatigue
A rich catch
Fishing enthusiasts will be able to try their luck in the mountain lakes and cook their delicious catch, there are a lot of fish in the lakes
The stormy Soloukha Waterfall
We will walk to the picturesque waterfall with a drop height of about 40 meters
With the breeze on the boat
We will race along the water surface of the beautiful lake Talmenye – with greenish-turquoise water and protected shores


  • Day 1 - Taezhnik tourist complex – Kaitanak village – Maly Sugash tract

    Tourists will have a day trip with a length of about 380 km, part of the way runs along the famous Chui tract, then the road goes south-west towards Ust-Koksa and then about 30 km to the small village of Kaitanak. 

    The group will overcome a number of passes (Seminsky, or Chakyrsky, as well as Yabogan), including the breathtaking Gromotukha Pass just before entering Ust-Koksa. 

    At the end of the trip, tourists will find a winter quarters – a parking area equipped with a wooden house and a sauna. 

    Tourists will travel the last 8 kilometers from Kaitanak to the parking lot on the Maly Sugash River by tractor. 

    On the way, parking lots are supposed to be taken in the most picturesque places, as well as lunch and a snack.

    In the evening, tourists will find a sauna and a bonfire of acquaintances.

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  • Day 2 - Maly Sugash tract – Vorovskoi klyuch – Kholodny Belok Pass – Valakchet tract
  • Day 3 - Valakcheta tract – Zalavok Pass – Zaychonok tract – Quiet Dog River – Travel Dog River
  • Day 4 - The Travel Dog River – Bolsherechensky Pass – Khariuzovsky pass – Lake Talmenye
  • Day 5 - A day's rest. Walking around the lake. Ascent to the observation deck
  • Day 6 - A day's rest. Radial access to the Soloukha Waterfall
  • Day 7 - Lake Talmenye – Khariuzovsky Pass – Bolsherechensky Pass – Quiet Dog River
  • Day 8 - Quiet Dog River – Zaychonok tract – Cheltugash Pass – Bolshoy Sugash River – Maly Sugash tract
  • Day 9 - Transfer to the tour complex "Taezhnik". Departure
Tourists require hiking experience or special skills, such as: climbing, extreme rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

The route is difficult, for tourists to participate in it, it is advisable to have experience of horseback riding in the Altai Mountains, or a good level of physical fitness (if in doubt, we recommend for beginners to first try their hand at the routes of the Karakol Lakes, a trip to the Red Lakes, Diving into the Altai, you can also consult on the selection of a tour).

The peculiarity of this horseback hike is that most of the route is laid through 7 passes, crossing the ridges across. Part of the active route is on foot, since the slopes along which the trail is laid are quite steep.


  • Tent
    8 nights
  • Basic

The tour includes accommodation in tents.

Tent 8 nights

Tour conditions

up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
14 years old
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at
Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk

Included in price

  • transportation, according to the tour program; 
  • payment for camping sites (payment for a place for tents in equipped camping sites); 
  • sauna according to the tour program; 
  • horse rental; 
  • payment for the work of instructors, grooms; 
  • payment of recreational fees; 
  • payment of accident insurance and medical insurance;
  • payment for three meals a day;
  • equipment rental.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Gorno-Altaysk, Baranul, Novosibirsk;
  • transfer to the Taezhnik tourist complex and back from any cities except Gorno-Altaysk (airport, on the day of the start of the tour);
  • Antiklesh insurance, it can be purchased separately, the cost of insurance is 400 rubles, its validity period is 365 days, it is issued for each tourist separately, and insurance can also be purchased at any insurance agency independently.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

1. A backpack, a suitcase or a large travel bag, that is, something in which it is convenient to carry things to the base, special means are issued on the route for transporting things (archimak (saddlebag) and a dry run).

2. Hiking shoes you need to have boots that can be leather, rubber, or birch, the main thing is that they do not get wet and cover the boot from rubbing against the stirrup strap (putlishche), in extreme cases high boots (boots). But rubber boots are preferable, because they do not get wet from the outside, and if water gets inside, they are quite easy to dry by the fire, while they do not deform if you follow the small drying rules.

3. Running shoes or trekking boots for radial exits. Avoid new, unworn shoes. If you choose trekking boots, keep in mind that not all of them can really be dried in field conditions, and when drying by the campfire they can deform and become practically unusable.

4. Replacement shoes for camping (slates).

5. Comfortable clothing for horse crossings and radial pedestrian crossings –trousers made of dense soft fabric that do not restrict movement, without rough internal seams, made of light quick-drying material, preferably cotton. A shirt or a long sleeve T-shirt. A windbreaker made of thick material. A suit for hunters or fishermen, or something similar, is suitable, the main thing is that it is comfortable and does not rustle.

6. A set of clothes for camping and overnight stays – trousers, shirt, shorts, T-shirt, thermal underwear is ideal for overnight stays, it will also help out if the weather deteriorates.

7. A warm sweater or hoodie (preferably fleece or wool material).

8. A warm jacket (synthetic or down jacket). Keep in mind the fact that the sintepon is much easier to dry. If someone thinks that warm clothes will not be needed in July, I assure you that this is not the case. The weather in the mountains is extremely unpredictable.

9. A warm hat (fleece or wool).

10. A cap or panama hat that covers the face and eyes from direct sunlight, or a bandana.

11. Gloves (even simple cotton ones will do).

12. Socks – 2-3 pairs of cotton or linen, 2 pairs of wool

13. A splash-proof raincoat or suit that can withstand light rain. On the equestrian route, UGC (Combined Arms Protective Kit) is issued to protect against rain - a long rubber raincoat with a hood

14. A bathing suit to enjoy sunbathing or take a dip in a mountain pond.

15. Toilet and hygiene supplies. Including hygienic lipstick and sunscreen with a high protection factor (UF 50). Towels, shampoo, soap are required.

16. Sunglasses that protect the eyes from ultraviolet rays in the mountains.

17. A small flashlight (headlamp).

18. Individual medicines, the instructor takes the main first-aid kit with him, but if you have an individual intolerance to any standard drugs or need for specific or strictly prescription medicines, take your own.

19. A small water flask. You can use a plastic bottle with a capacity of 0.5 liters., but it is very desirable to have a flask that can be attached to a belt or fastened to a saddle with a carabiner, or otherwise secured.

20. A camera or video camera (optional) with hermetically sealed packaging. and do not forget a spare battery for it, or an external energy storage device, because there will be a lot of species that you want to capture, but there is nowhere to recharge!.

21. Tourist seat (hob).

22. Personal tableware (plate, spoon, mug)

23. For the convenience of packaging, it is recommended to have small bags or garbage bags, and for additional splash protection of things and protection from dirt in archimacs, I recommend having dense plastic bags with a volume of 160-180 liters in the amount of 4 pieces.

The requirement for a set of personal items. Nothing superfluous or sharp (without appropriate packages, which can damage the hermetic packaging).

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