The Big Altai. Comfort sightseeing tour of Altai to the border with Mongolia

Get to know Altai on a sightseeing tour. We will ride horses through the Tolmen Pass, visit caves and places of power. We will go to the valley of Sartakl, see the Chuisky Tract, the rarest mercury lake and many other legendary places of the Altai Mountains.

Location

Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 21 – 30 Jul
    • 28 Jul – 6 Aug
    • 4 – 13 Aug
    • 11 – 20 Aug
    • 18 – 27 Aug
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    9 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
6 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The extraordinary island of Patmos
We will walk along the suspension bridge, admire the confluence of two mountain rivers Chemala and Katuni – the color of the water in the rivers is different
Rafting or motor rafting on the Katun River
We will experience vivid emotions from a refreshing water walk
The confluence of the two great rivers Katun and Chuya
We will see a stunning panorama of the business card of Altai and the place of power
Altai Mars
Let's take incredible photos against the background of the unearthly landscapes of Kyzyl-Chin
Stone mushrooms
We will see an amazing creation of nature – stone mushrooms of the Ak-Korum tract
A walk on Lake Teletskoye
We will visit the famous waterfalls, see the protected villages, a beautiful rocky cape and the place where the meteorite fell

Itinerary

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

    08:10 - 09:30 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-Altaisk 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 that, we will take a walk from Patmos Island to the Chemalskaya hydroelectric power station. 

    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. 

    Events of the day:

    1. Accommodation: campsite, double accommodation (possible three or four, on request). Room amenities.
    2. Meals included: dinner.
    3. Excursions and activities: exploring Altai, Patmos island, goat trail, Chemalskaya HPP.

    By car: 540 km from Novosibirsk, 340 km from Barnaul, 95 km from Gorno-Altaysk. 

    Walking distance: 4 km

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  • Day 2 - Rafting or motor rafting on the Katun River. The Gorge of Spirits is a place of power
  • Day 3 - Horseback riding in the mountains or a walk through the valley of Sartakpaya (optional). Askat Village of Masters
  • Day 4 - A trip along the Chui tract (included in the Top "10 most beautiful roads in the world")
  • Day 5 - Geyser lake. Snowy peaks of the North Chui range. Altai Mars. The village of Kosh-Agach.
  • Day 6 - The land of a thousand lakes and waterfalls. The valley of the Chulyshman River. Observation deck over the abyss – Katu-Yaryk
  • Day 7 - Trekking to Kurkure Waterfall
  • Day 8 - Stone mushrooms. Teletskoye Lake. Boat cruise
  • Day 9 - The shore of Lake Teletskoye. A walk to the observation deck. Ethnographic tour. Tasting of national food
  • Day 10 - Teletskoye Lake. Return transfer
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    9 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at camp sites along the route (standard double occupancy).

The surcharge for single occupancy is 32,500 rubles.

With standard accommodation – shower and toilet are in the room along the entire route, except for the Chulyshman River valley, 6-7 day of the tour, on these days you will be accommodated in Altai villages or Russian-type houses with on-site amenities.

Be sure to ask the manager in advance in which hotels and camp sites listed in the tour program you will be accommodated on your arrival dates.

Possible accommodation options along the route are presented below. 

Campsite "Territory of Happiness" or similar 3 nights

A cozy campsite by a small mountain river, far from populated areas, many guests include it in the most vivid impressions of the tour. Excellent 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 2 nights
Katu-Yaryk camp site or similar 2 nights
The base "Manor in the mountains" or similar 2 nights

Tour conditions

Group
up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
6 years old
Duration
10 days 9 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • transfer from Novosibirsk/Barnaul/Gorno-Altaisk and back. All intra-route transfers and movements;
  • nutrition:
    • 9 breakfasts;
    • 9 dinners;
    • 1 lunch;
    • 1 dining tasting of national cuisine;
  • accommodation at camp sites, according to the program;
  • 23 excursions and activities according to the program;
  • rafting on the Katun river, equipment rental;
  • boat on Lake Teletskoye;
  • entrance tickets to all sightseeing sites specified in the program, except those marked "extra charge";
  • recreational fees (fees of nature reserves);
  • payment for driveways/passageways on toll bridges and trails;
  • luggage descent from the Katu-Yaryk pass;
  • the work of guides/guides;
  • sauna – 2 times.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk / Barnaul / Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • meals during the transfer on the 1st and 10th day
  • lunch – in a cafe (600-800 rubles)
  • horseback riding (optional) – 3,500 rubles.
  • rafting and a walk to the Tyul-Ozy waterfall (optional) – 1500 rubles.

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). 

Those who cannot 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. Altai has a very active sun, even in bad 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.

What should I take with me?
Features of interaction in a group
Route features
Medical care. Insurance. Ticks.
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Are plane tickets included in the price of the tour?
Is there a participant's weight limit for horseback riding?
Nutrition features
Availability of ATMs, shops and the ability to pay with a bank card
Features of accommodation

Dates and Prices

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    21 – 30 Jul 10 days 9 nights
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    28 Jul – 6 Aug 10 days 9 nights
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