The Big Altai. 7-day sightseeing tour

We will make an exciting journey through the territory of the Altai Republic, reach the border with Mongolia along the Chui highway (included in the "Top 10 most beautiful roads in the world").

In 7 days you will not only enjoy the rich and diverse nature, but also get acquainted with the national culture, hear folk legends, taste local dishes, attend a concert of traditional throat singing in a real Altai village and even see ancient rock paintings.

Location

Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 1 – 7 Jun
    • 8 – 14 Jun
    • 15 – 21 Jun
    • 22 – 28 Jun
    • 29 Jun – 5 Jul
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
5 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekdays: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Gastronomic interest
Let's try the dishes of the national Altai cuisine
A surge of emotions
Let's cheer up on rafting or motor rafting on the Katun River
Cosmic landscapes
Let's go to Altai Mars and take fantastic photos for memory

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Getting to know Altai. Tasting of national food. The valley of the Katun River. Throat singing concert by the campfire
    • 08:00-09:10 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 at Barnaul in the parking lot of the Sea Buckthorn Group at the address: Novoaltaysk, Dorozhnaya str., 13 (meeting at the Barnaul airport is impossible due to the complex logistics of the route).

    Transfer to the campsite (1.5–2 hours from Gorno-Altaisk airport, 5 hours from Barnaul, 9 hours from Novosibirsk), lunch (extra charge).

    Check-in and rest after the flight.

    Next, we will go on an excursion to the island of Patmos and the Chemalskaya HPP.

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

    You will walk over a suspension bridge to the chapel on the island right in the middle of a mountain river, walk along a picturesque eco-trail, from where you will admire the confluence of two rivers — Chemala and Katuni.

    A festive dinner in the national style (vegetarian type of food is possible).

    Throat singing by the campfire in the Altai village.

    Meals included: gala dinner.

    Accommodation: campsite No. 1.

    Excursions and activities: Katun River Valley, Patmos Island and the eco-trail over Katun, tasting of national cuisine, throat singing concert.

    Car: 95 km from Gorno-Altaysk / 340 km from Barnaul / 540 km from Novosibirsk. Walking distance: 3 km.

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  • Day 2 - Sights of the Chui tract
  • Day 3 - The land of a thousand lakes. The valley of the Chulyshman River. Katu-Yaryk Pass
  • Day 4 - Panorama of the North Chui ridge. Altai Mars. Geyser Lake
  • Day 5 - Ilgumen. Place of Power — Uch-Enmek Nature Park
  • Day 6 - Rafting or motor rafting on the Katun River. Askat Village of Masters
  • Day 7 - Departure
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Tour organizer's comments

The length of the route: 1160-2024 km (depending on the city of the start of the tour). 

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at camp sites along the way (double accommodation with amenities).

The surcharge for single occupancy is 19,500 rubles.

Please specify details about possible accommodation options for a specific arrival date when booking.

You will be stationed at two different bases in different regions of Altai. Possible options:

Base No. 1: "Territory of happiness"/"Chegysh"/"Cedar"/"Fortune".

Base No. 2: "Nomad"/"Rasul"/"River lands"

Campsite "Territory of Happiness" or similar 3 nights

A cozy campsite near a small mountain river, far from populated areas, many guests include it in the most vivid impressions of the tour. Great dishes made from local products, the opportunity to sit around the campfire, spend time in a noisy company and be alone.

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Rasul tourist complex or similar 3 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
5 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • transfer and the entire itinerary of the program;
  • meals: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners, including a festive dinner in the national style;
  • accommodation at camp sites according to the program:
    • campsite No. 1: 1-2 days (1 night);
    • campsite No. 2: 2-5 days (3 nights);
    • campsite No. 1: 5-7 days (2 nights) ;
  • 20 excursions and activities according to the tour program + all entrance tickets;
  • the work of a guide-guide is 1-2 people.;
  • throat singing concert;
  • motor rafting or rafting on the Katun river + equipment rental.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk / Barnaul / Gorno-Altaisk and back;
  • meals (lunches) in the cafe — from 600-800 rubles. (average check for the complex);
  • the surcharge for single room accommodation is 16,500 rubles.;
  • all additional services not included in the tour program.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

The list of things for sightseeing tours for spring (April-May) and autumn (September-October):

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.

The list of things for sightseeing tours for June-August:

Shoes: sneakers with thick soles, comfortable sandals or moccasins for a hot summer day;

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);

For traveling along the route: any comfortable pants/jeans – 2 pairs, a long sleeve T-shirt (to protect against burns), shorts, a light T-shirt, a swimsuit, a headdress (from the sun);

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

Raincoat;

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

Bath accessories (for programs where there is a sauna included. Or you will 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). 

Who can not do without a hair dryer, we recommend you to bring your own, because there are not everywhere in the Altai bases;

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. The Altai has a very active sun, even in bad weather. Therefore, we recommend taking sunscreen -50;

Of the useful, but not mandatory 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 available 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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Dates and Prices

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    1 – 7 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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    8 – 14 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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    15 – 21 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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    22 – 28 Jun 7 days 6 nights
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    29 Jun – 5 Jul 7 days 6 nights
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