The Golden Ring of Altai. The flowering of the maralnik

The Golden Ring of Altai is a great opportunity for a seven—day tour to visit the confluence of rivers, climb high and dangerous automobile passes, visit Altai Mars, refresh yourself in the spray of waterfalls and enjoy magnificent mountain landscapes. And also to explore ancient rock carvings, mounds and stone mushrooms.

But the main value of the tour, of course, is the Altai nature itself! Travelers from all over the world try to come to Altai in May, because the maralnik blooms at this time. It is a real magic when the mountains, barely freed from snow, are covered with delicate pink-purple flowers, as if awakening Altai from winter sleep.

A car trip gives you maximum impressions in a short time. Every day of this tour is full of the brightest emotions!

Location

Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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US$ 920
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 4 – 10 May, 2025
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Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Easy
For any person
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
10 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

Altai Mars
We will see a fantastic natural phenomenon — mountains and valleys painted in red, we will feel like we are on another planet
The Pulsating Lake
We will visit the Geyser Lake, on the surface of which a colorful show is played out, thanks to the emissions of blue clay
Boating
Let's take a ride on the water surface of Lake Teletskoye
Bathhouse
After the eventful excursions, we will take a steam bath
Rafting on the river
We will get vivid impressions and admire the Altai landscapes from the water
Stone mushrooms
Let's admire the unusual stone remnants: for many years, rocks have been weathered and washed away, forming bizarre structures

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Novosibirsk — Barnaul — Biysk — Gorno-Altaisk — Chibit

    The first day of the trip begins with a meeting of the tour participants. We meet you in the city of arrival and begin the journey.

    In Biysk, you will get acquainted with the guide and arrange the documents necessary for the trip. 

    Next, we begin our journey along the most beautiful highway in the country — the Chui tract. 

    After a few hours we get to the highest point of the tract — the Seminsky pass

    Next, we cross the Chike-Taman pass.

    We will stop at the confluence of the Chuya and Katun rivers, which is revered by the Altaians as a sacred place. 

    We will visit the archaeological complex of Adyr-Kan.

    We stay overnight at a recreation center in the Chibita area. 

    Accommodation in cabins.

    Auto (from Barnaul to Chibit): 620 km, 9-10 hours (excluding traffic jams and sanitary stops). Walking distance: 2 km, 1.5-2 hours.

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  • Day 2 - Kurai Steppe — Altai Mars — Kosh-Agach — Geyser Lake
  • Day 3 - Red Gate — Pazyryk mounds — Katu-Yaryk — Kurkure Waterfall
  • Day 4 - Excursion to the "Stone mushrooms"
  • Day 5 - Teletskoye Lake — Korbu waterfall — Artybash village
  • Day 6 - Rafting on the Biya River — chairlift to Mount Kokuyu, observation deck
  • Day 7 - S. Artybash — Gorno-Altaisk — A. V. Anokhin Museum of Local Lore — Barnaul — Novosibirsk
Difficulty
For any person

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    6 nights
Comfort
  • Basic+

Accommodation during the tour at the recreation centers along the way.

Recreation centers along the route 6 nights

Accommodation in cabins, 2-4 people per room, only on separate beds. 

Married couples are accommodated without moving in. 

Boys and girls traveling alone are accommodated with a check-in, girls with girls, guys with guys for 2-4 people in a room. 

Toilets are shared, located on the territory of recreation centers. 

In the valley of the Chulyshman River, electricity is provided only in the evening from the generator. 

Some bases have shared showers. There are baths at all bases.

Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
10 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk

Included in price

  • transport delivery to the tour from Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk and back;
  • intra-route crossings according to the program;
  • accommodation in cabins, separate, for 2-4 people, facilities on the territory of the recreation center; 
  • Meals: from dinner on the first day of the tour to breakfast on the last day of the tour. Breakfast and dinner are hot, lunch is a snack from the lunch box (sandwiches, fruits, sweets). The guide is preparing;
  • guided tours according to the program;
  • guide services;
  • rent a cross-country car;
  • boat on Lake Teletskoye;
  • boat crossings through Chulyshman, 2 times (Kurkure waterfalls, Stone mushrooms);
  • rafting on the Biya River;
  • Kokuya Mountain Chairlift;
  • sauna according to the program, twice;
  • entrance tickets to all sightseeing sites specified in the program;
  • recreational fees (fees of nature reserves);
  • medical insurance and accident insurance (insurance for foreign citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age are paid additionally).

Paid extra

  • air or railway tickets to Gorno-Altaisk/Biysk/Barnaul/Novosibirsk and back;
  • meals at roadside cafes during crossings and cafes of accommodation places, the average check is 500 rubles.;
  • insurance for foreign citizens (including CIS countries) and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age;
  • additional baths, paid showers at the bases;
  • throat singing concert;
  • services offered at the base parking lots and not included in the program;
  • any changes to the program that entail additional costs.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • athletic shoes for hiking. Shoes (sneakers, sneakers) should be sturdy, with a hard sole. Avoid new shoes that are not worn out;
  • replacement shoes for recreation at the base (simple sneakers, flip-flops);
  • comfortable clothing for walking radial crossings – sweatpants that do not restrict movement, made of lightweight quick-drying material, a shirt or a long-sleeve T-shirt;
  • a set of clothes for moving in the car and relaxing in the camp – trousers, shirt, shorts, T-shirt;
  • thermal underwear. Either tights, warm tights with a vest or turtleneck (for sleeping);
  • a warm sweater;
  • warm jacket (synthetic or down jacket);
  • warm hat (fleece or wool);
  • a cap or a panama hat;
  • gloves (even simple cotton ones will do);
  • socks – 2-3 pairs of cotton or linen, 1 pair of wool;
  • a waterproof raincoat or suit that can withstand heavy rain is a must! The raincoat should be durable, not made of thin polyethylene;
  • bathing suit;
  • toilet and hygiene supplies. Including hygienic lipstick and sunscreen with a high protection factor;
  • sunglasses that protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays in the mountains;
  • small flashlight (headlamp);
  • individual medicines;
  • a small water flask. You can use a plastic bottle with a capacity of 0.5 liters. Thermos is optional;
  • a camera or video camera (optional) with hermetically sealed;
  • tourist seat (hob);
  • personal tableware (bowl, mug, spoon);
  • it is mandatory to have a passport (birth certificate), a medical insurance policy and money for souvenirs, additional baths, etc.
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    4 – 10 May, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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