New Year holidays in Altai

Altai is very beautiful in winter. The slopes of all the mountains are covered with snow, but the coniferous trees remain green, and the larch acquires a brown color contrasting with the white snow. Mountain rivers almost do not freeze. They turn emerald green and appear malachite against the background of snow-white shores. Frost begins to sparkle in the sun, steam rises from the water and it seems that Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden are about to appear. All these colors combined with the beauty of Altai turn these places into a real fairy tale. 

On the tour you will drive almost the entire Chui tract – it is one of the most beautiful roads in the world. You will see 4 passes at once: Seminsky, Chike-taman, Ulagan and Katu-yaryk. Admire the landscape of the Kurai steppe with breathtaking views of the North Chui Ridge. You will also admire the Martian colors of Kyzyl-Chin and the panorama of the South Chui ridge, explore the ancient Ina steles and rock paintings of the Kalbak-Tash sanctuary.

You will fully enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the winter Altai!

Location

Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk
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Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 2 – 7 Jan, 2025
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 8 people
Minimum age
6 years old
Group meet at
Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk
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Tour highlights

Snow-covered Altai Mars
The Kyzyl-Chin tract will surprise you with its Martian red landscapes, similar to the surface of an alien planet
Swan Lake
Admire the incredible beauty of the ice-free lake, where several hundred whooper swans winter
The delightful Chuisky tract
You will drive along the most picturesque road in Russia and take with you a whole gallery of impressive pictures

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Altai. Excursion to the Swan Nature Reserve

    We meet with the group at the Gorno-Altaisk airport, most flights from Moscow arrive early in the morning.

    A good option is to fly in the day before to spend the night and sleep before the start of the tour.

    If you arrive in Barnaul, then morning flights from Moscow also arrive early in the morning, from about 6 to 7 in the morning. We will meet you and arrange a transfer, but you will additionally have to drive about 270 km, a boring road.

    After meeting all the participants of the tour, we get acquainted, drink a cup of coffee, have breakfast – if necessary and start our tour.

    On this day, our goal is the Swan Nature Reserve. 700-900 whooper swans and many ducks winter here on Lake Svetloye.

    The water in the lakes does not freeze even in severe frosts. The "whoopers" live up to their name, the cackle and noise is over the entire lake.

    Birds are used to people, they swim very close, but still they are absolutely wild representatives of the animal world, who will fly north in the spring to reproduce their offspring.

    You can take pictures, just watch, or even feed.

    We feed, photograph the swans and move further towards the Chuisky tract.

    We spend the night at one of the tourist bases in a picturesque place on the banks of the Katun River.

    After dinner, you can walk along the shore, which is cluttered with emerald-colored ice hummocks.

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  • Day 2 - Lower Katun: Kamyshlinsky waterfall, Blue Lakes, Patmos Island, Chemalskaya HPP and Oroktoysky Bridge
  • Day 3 - A trip along the Chui tract: the Seminsky Pass, the Chike-Taman pass and the confluence of the Chui and Katuni
  • Day 4 - A trip along the Chui tract: Geyser Lake, Altai Mars and the North Chui Ridge
  • Day 5 - "Red Gate", Katu-Yaryk pass and Chulyshman Valley
  • Day 6 - Completion of the program. Waterfalls of the Ular tract, Kalbak-Tash, waterfall "Maiden's tears" and ancient Indian steles
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    5 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at tourist bases along the way.

The cost of the tour for 1 person is 65,000 rubles.

Now there is a discount of 7000 rubles for the tour, the cost of the tour with a discount of 58,000 rubles.

Tourist base in the village of Manzherok 2 nights

A modern tourist base, on the banks of the Katun River. Accommodation in 2-bed rooms with all amenities.

The photos of the placement are approximate.

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Tourist base in the village of Aktash 3 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 8 tourists
Minimum age
6 years old
Duration
6 days 5 nights
Group meets at
Altai Republic, Gorno-Altaisk

Included in price

  • accommodation during the tour in warm guest houses or hotels in 2-bed rooms with amenities in the room or on the floor;
  • meeting at the airport;
  • the entire transfer along the route;
  • guide support;
  • meals – breakfasts and dinners (for lunch we stop at the cafe between excursions);
  • all cash fees and payments during excursions.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Gorno-Altaysk or Barnaul and back;
  • lunches (the average check for a 3-course lunch is 650 rubles.);
  • personal expenses (souvenirs, alcohol, etc.).

It's important to know

Is it cold in Altai in winter?

Winter in Altai is very diverse. There are usually frosts in December and January. They are not constant and alternate with relatively warm weather. Usually, on frosty days, the weather is clear and sunny, and on the contrary, with warming, snow is actively falling and winter winds with blizzards and blizzards are blowing. In February and even more so in March, spring is already approaching. Daytime temperatures can approach the plus and the brightness of the sun is already felt in spring. All this is a very approximate and conditional picture. Year after year, it is not necessary, and even more so to say in advance that, for example, in the second half of December there will be a severe frost, neither the Altai shaman nor the hydrometeorological center will be able to. At best, the forecast can be viewed for a week, plus it must be borne in mind that these are mountains and the temperature can vary greatly depending on the altitude.

Now about the most important thing! Is it comfortable or not in winter in Altai? We have been conducting winter tours in Altai for a long time and of course we have been in completely different weather. The most important thing is that we travel by car, it is always nearby and it is warm in any weather. No matter how cold it is, you can always get back in the car and keep warm. But usually our guests are happy to make small radial exits in the most beautiful and interesting places. Ordinary winter clothes, or better winter sportswear, such as ski suits, will protect you from any frost for 30-40 minutes, and as a rule in winter we have just such short radial exits. That is, we drive up to an interesting place as much as possible, go out for a short time, take pictures, enjoy a winter fairy tale and, if it is very cold outside, return to a warm car. But this is only for severe frosts, and as a rule they are rare, and the usual winter weather allows you to stay outside much longer.

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    2 – 7 Jan, 2025 6 days 5 nights
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