Spring in Altai. The flowering of the maralnik and the place of power of Altai, 5 days

Spring in Altai is a stunningly beautiful time of the year when the mountains are covered with flowers of the Altai maralnik. 

At this time, the air smells of the freshness of young leaves and flowers, hundreds of clear streams and waterfalls flow down from the mountains, and everywhere there is a special energy of joy of waking Altai from winter sleep.

Location

Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 26 – 30 Apr, 2025
    • 27 Apr – 1 May, 2025
    • 7 – 11 May, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Patmos Island
We will walk over the suspension bridge, admire the confluence of two mountain rivers Chemala and Katuni, see the picturesque Chemala hydroelectric power station and drink water from a living and dead source
Tavda caves
We will see one of the 30 karst caves — the largest and most spectacular, inhabited by ancient people
Boat trip
We will make a dizzying motorboat voyage along the main river of Altai — Katuni
Amazing marals
We will see herds of marals — noble Altai deer, which graze on a large fenced territory of the maralnik
Horse riding
If desired, we will climb to the top of the Elandinsky pass, which offers a magnificent view of hundreds of kilometers of mountain ranges

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Transfer. Getting to know Altai. Patmos Island and Chemalskaya HPP

    09:00-10:30 Meeting in the parking lot in front of the airport of Gorno-Altaisk. 

    A guide with a sign "Going to the mountains" will be waiting for you. 

    There are also possible options: 

    • 05:00 Meeting in Novosibirsk in the parking lot of the shopping center "Orange" at the address: Lenin Street, 84, near the Marins Park hotel.
    • 08:30 Meeting near Barnaul in the parking lot of the Sea Buckthorn Group at the address: Novoaltaysk, Dorozhnaya str., 13 Transfer to the campsite (1.5–2 hours from Gorno-Altaysk airport, 5 hours from Barnaul, 9 hours from Novosibirsk), lunch (extra charge, can be ordered and paid in a cafe). 

    Check-in and rest after the flight. 

    After lunch, we will take a walk from Patmos Island to Chemalskaya HPP. 

    This route, of course, can be called one of the most popular — "must see" in Altai.

    You will walk over the suspension bridge to the monastery on the island right in the middle of a mountain river, walk along the picturesque goat trail, from where you will admire the confluence of two rivers — Chemala and Katuni, see the first hydroelectric power plant built in the Altai Republic in the 30s of the last century. 

    Meals included: dinner.

    Accommodation: campsite, double accommodation (possible three or four, on request). Room amenities.

    Excursions and activities: exploring Altai, Patmos island, goat trail, Chemalskaya HPP.

    The length of the road: By car: 95 km from Gorno-Altaysk. Car: 340 km from Barnaul. Car: 540 km from Novosibirsk. Walking distance: 4 km.

  • Day 2 - Tavda caves. Apiary. Rafting or a motorboat ride on the Katun River. Kamyshlinsky waterfall
  • Day 3 - Mountain Spirits Gorge. Places of power. Orocto Bridge. Maralovedcheskaya farm. Dry waterfall
  • Day 4 - The village of Askat craftsmen. Horseback riding in the mountains or walking along the ecotrope
  • Day 5 - An observation deck from Sinyukha. Souvenir markets. Return transfer
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    4 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at a tourist base.

Please specify the details of the accommodation when booking, closer to the date of the trip.

The surcharge for single occupancy is 13,500 rubles.

Recreation center 4 nights

The campsite depends on the date of travel. If accommodation at any particular campsite is essential for you, then it is possible to coordinate this with the organizers in advance.

You will be accommodated at the same campsite in Chemalsky or Maiminsky districts. 

Possible options are stated in this tour: Base No. 1: "Territory of happiness"/"Altai Siesta"/"Cedar"/"Yav"/"Chemalsky district"/ "Territory of Happiness".

Accommodation is double (possible triple or quadruple on request). Shower, toilet in the room. 

All the camp sites are located in picturesque places overlooking the mountains, on the banks of rivers. 

All camp sites have baths, which can be ordered additionally. 

There are sockets in the cabins/rooms. But almost the entire Altai Republic is a rural area where electricity is often cut off. We recommend that you take a powerbank with you. 

Most camp sites do not have a hair dryer. If you need it, you'd better bring it with you. 

As a rule, the housing for accommodation is made of wood. You will stay in rooms at some bases, and in separate cabins at some camp sites.

Bed linen and towels are provided everywhere. 

Hygiene kits are not provided. 

If you decide to go to the sauna, then you may need your own towel — not all baths give them out.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
5 days 4 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • Transfer and the entire itinerary of the program;
  • meals (breakfasts, dinners);
  • accommodation at the campsite for 2 people in a room;
  • 15 excursions according to the tour program and entrance tickets, except for those marked "extra charge";
  • the work of a guide, 1 person.;
  • motor rafting or rafting on the Katun River.

Paid extra

  • Air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk / Barnaul / Gorno-Altaisk and back;
  • meals (lunches) in the cafe — 450-650 rubles. average check;
  • meals during the transfer;
  • the surcharge for single occupancy is 12,500 rubles.;
  • all additional services not included in the tour program;
  • horse riding — 3,500 rubles.;
  • the lift to the lake. Cuffs — 1,200 rubles.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Shoes: sneakers with thick soles;

Replacement shoes:

Track.shoes (preferably a fixed ankle), comfortable, already worn, so as not to rub. If there is no such shoe option, you can replace it with non-slippery, comfortable sneakers (not mesh!). You can use rubber boots or comfortable warm boots;

For traveling along the route: any comfortable pants / jeans, a comfortable turtleneck or fleece jacket, T-shirt, jacket (ski or light jacket with sintepon is well suited), gloves (cotton, fleece);

Hat;

For bad weather: hat, gloves, fleece, windproof jacket or vest+ windbreaker, warm socks;

Raincoat;

Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, washcloth;

Bath accessories (if you want to order it separately): flip-flops, swimsuit, towel (not large towels are available at all bases, except in remote areas. Check with the guide or the route manager); 

If you can't do without a hair dryer, we recommend that you bring your own;

A personal first aid kit with the medicines you need. There are pharmacies along the route, but not everywhere and the choice of medicines is very limited;

Basic things can be carried in a suitcase. Items can be transported in any bags and suitcases. Do not take extra things with you. Altai hotels do not have a service for delivering things to the room, 90% of hotels are not equipped with elevators, you will carry things from the car to the room yourself;

A small backpack for radial walks. Where will you need for the day (raincoat, jacket, water, camera, etc.);

Sunscreens and glasses. Altai has a very active sun, even in cool weather. Therefore, we recommend taking sunscreen -50;

Of the useful, but not obligatory things: An individual small thermos, a hob or a tourist seat. Shoe dryer. This is optional, but it will be more comfortable to travel with them;

Cash. Cards are not accepted at souvenir markets, and there may not be a connection for transfer;

important! in Altai, the tick season (April-June): repellent (it will be possible to buy it in Altai), LONG socks! We will tuck our pants into socks in places where there are ticks. There are practically no mosquitoes and midges in Altai.

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  • US$ 567
    26 – 30 Apr, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 567
    27 Apr – 1 May, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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  • US$ 567
    7 – 11 May, 2025 5 days 4 nights
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