New Year's snowmobile safari to the peaks of the Northeastern Altai

What is a "Snowmobile Safari"? This is a hunt for impressions and an indefatigable excitement of adventure. There will be endless snowy expanses of the Altai Mountains around, the landscapes will change and surprise more than once. Just imagine that you will wade through the impenetrable and untouched wilds of the Altai taiga. Perhaps you will feel like a polar explorer in a storm, in a snowy desert. Are you ready to fight the winter elements?!

The advantages of this trip:

  • let's ride snowmobiles through the wild taiga expanses;
  • We will conquer mountain passes and ice-bound lakes;
  • we will see the immense beauty of the Altai mountains;
  • we will spend the night in the taiga winter quarters.

Location

Gorno-Altaysk
from
US$ 716
+ tickets to the starting point of the tour
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Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 28 – 31 Dec
    • 1 – 4 Jan, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Guest House
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
16 years old
Group meet at
Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - The beginning of the snowmobile route from the Kylai mane to the Karakol lakes

    Meeting in Gorno-Altaisk (it is necessary to arrive before 10:00). 

    Visiting the office, preparing for the route (changing clothes).

    Arrival at the starting point of the route at about 13:00.

    A little preparation for the route: instruction on safety and snowmobile management.

    Packing things into sleds and snowmobiles.

    We start climbing the Kylai mane on snowmobiles.

    The bizarre landscapes of deciduous forest, fir taiga, high-altitude loaches and, finally, cedar forest will replace each other.

    In the evening we arrive at the Karakol lakes.

  • Day 2 - Snowmobile route through the passes of the ridge and the mountains
  • Day 3 - Radial exit to Mount Albagan or to the Sarysaz plateau
  • Day 4 - Departure
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Guest House
    3 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation in taiga winter quarters in houses without amenities.

The cost of the tour for 1 person, depending on the number of seats on the snowmobile:

2 people on a snowmobile1 person on a snowmobile
62 95095 000

Double accommodation on a snowmobile is possible only by one request. If you are traveling alone, you need to choose accommodation – 1 person on a snowmobile.

Houses on the taiga winter quarters 3 nights

Houses without amenities with stove heating. There are beds or bunks inside.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
16 years old
Duration
4 days 3 nights
Group meets at
Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • transport delivery from Gorno-Altaisk to the route and back;
  • snowmobile rental and gasoline;
  • satellite phone (for emergency communication, tourist calls for an additional fee);
  • accommodation in taiga bases;
  • three meals a day (dinner on the day of arrival, three meals a day on the route, breakfast on the day of departure);
  • guide services;
  • rental of equipment provided by the program (sleeping bags, mats, dishes, etc.);
  • medical insurance.

Paid extra

  • air and railway to Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • meals not specified in the program;
  • bathhouse;
  • alcoholic beverages.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  1. Backpack or soft bag, 80-100 l (if not, please let us know, we will prepare large waterproof PVC bags).
  2. Shoes should be warm. Avoid new shoes that are not worn out.
  3. Warm clothes – a comfortable warm jacket, comfortable warm trousers that do not restrict movement, made of a lightweight quick-drying material that can keep warm at low temperatures.
  4. A sweater and a warm turtleneck or fleece jacket.
  5. Thermal underwear, you can have a couple of sets.
  6. The headdress is necessarily a fleece or woolen cap.
  7. Socks – 3-4 pairs of cotton or linen, 2 pairs of wool.
  8. Toiletry and hygiene supplies, including hygienic lipstick, comb.
  9. Sunglasses that protect your eyes from the bright sun in the mountains can be very necessary.
  10. A small flashlight powered by finger batteries, spare batteries.
  11. Individual medicines-if you need something special (we have a general first aid kit).
  12. Elastic knee pads or elastic bandages.
  13. A camera, a video camera, and spare batteries for them.
  14. Large pins – they help to conveniently dry things in huts in the taiga.
  15. A lighter or matches.
  16. Pocket folding knife.
  17. Flip-flops (for staying in cabins and baths).
  18. Gloves (preferably a couple of sets) + lightweight gloves.
  19. A thermos for tea is desirable, but optional.

When preparing equipment for the tour, think about what you will need, but do not take too much. The excess will really bother us with its volume.Pay special attention to:

  • Footwear. This is probably the most important part of the equipment. Shoes should be warm and not prone to getting wet. If you don't have your own snowmobile bots, you can take, for example, snowboard boots – they are very similar. (We can only give out simple chunis. They are dimensionless and warm. But not the most convenient ones).
  • Warm outerwear. Preferably warm suits with a membrane. You can use ski suits for cold weather. Attention should also be paid to this – since the routes run at high altitudes, snowstorms and low temperatures are possible on the passes.
  • Gloves. It's better to have a couple of sets, this part of the equipment gets wet the fastest. And lightweight gloves for parking periods.
  • It is advisable to pack personal belongings in plastic bags.
Route features
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Dates and Prices

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  • from US$ 716
    28 – 31 Dec 4 days 3 nights
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  • from US$ 716
    1 – 4 Jan, 2025 4 days 3 nights
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