Trekking Maasha-Karakabak and rafting on Chuya and Katuni

If you like active extreme recreation, have experience of hiking and rafting, then a tour to the North Chui ridge of Altai is for you! 

There are amazing mountain lakes, powerful waterfalls, huge stone embankments, the purest mountain rivers, glaciers and snow-white peaks. 

Feel the power of the rapids of the wayward Chuya and the greatness of the mistress of Altai — Katun. Take a look at some of the most difficult Chui rapids of the Mazhoy cascade, which are known in professional aquatics circles as one of the most serious water obstacles of the highest complexity category.


Altai Territory, Biysk
US$ 959
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13 Days
12 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 26 Jun – 8 Jul
    • 16 – 28 Jul
    • 5 – 17 Aug
  • Tent
    12 nights
  • Basic
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Up to 24 people
Minimum age
16 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
110 kg
Group meet at
Altai Territory, Biysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The Kingdom of Ice
We will climb the valley of the Mazhoy River (Maashey) to the impressive glacier of the same name
Living in nature
Let's take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge surrounded by beautiful mountain lakes, stormy rivers, waterfalls, snow-white peaks and glaciers
Rafting on a mountain river
We will walk through the lower part of the Chuya River and a number of interesting rapids on the Middle Katun


  • Day 1 - Car transfer to the village of Chibit

    The meeting of the group depends on the place of arrival. 

    After the meeting, the group gets on the bus, today you will have a car trip to the village of Chibit. 

    From the city of Biysk, your path will run along the famous Chui highway

    A few hours after a long climb, you will find yourself at the Seminsky pass, the highest point of the Chui tract - 1717 m above sea level (9 km ascent and 11 km descent). 

    After the Seminsky pass, the Chike-Taman pass (1,460 m) will leave you with a lot of sensations, although it is lower, but the serpentine descents and ascents are much steeper. 

    The cedar forest and the wonderful view of the majestic Altai Mountains opening from the passes will not leave you indifferent. 

    After the confluence of Katun and Chuya, the road rushes along the valley of the Chuya River, where you will witness the fury of the rapids of the mountain river. 

    Dinner, an evening of acquaintances around the campfire. 

    Accommodation on the camping site in the village of Chibit, in tents.

    By car (from Barnaul): 630 km, on the road, excluding traffic jams and sanitary stops, 9-10 hours.

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  • Day 2 - Chibit village — Chuya River — Mazhoy River — mouth of the Karakabak River
  • Day 3 - Radial access to the Maasheisky Lake (disappeared), or to the glacier (according to phys. the state of the participants).
  • Day 4 - Radial access to the Karakabak lakes
  • Day 5 - The mouth of the Karakabak River — Chuya River — camping in the village of Chibit
  • Day 6 - S. Chibit — the "Petrel" threshold — the "Behemoth" threshold
  • Day 7 - Threshold "Classic" — threshold "Slalom" — threshold "Iodrinsky"
  • Day 8 - Threshold "Turbine" – threshold "Horizon" – the mouth of the Chuya River
  • Day 9 - Day of rest on the shore of Katun
  • Day 10 - The mouth of the Chuya River – "Wedding Meadow"
  • Day 11 - Wedding Glade – Petroglyphs parking lot
  • Day 12 - Petroglyphs parking lot – Kuyus village
  • Day 13 - Kuyus village — Gorno-Altaysk — Biysk — Barnaul — Novosibirsk
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Tour organizer's comments

There are no ascents to the passes on the walking part of the route, but there are two descents of medium difficulty: one from the Mazhoysky pass, the second from the Oroysky, both passes are not categorical. The climb will be gradual, except for local descents and ascents. 

The route runs at altitudes of 1500-2300 m above sea level. Hiking with a backpack takes two days, the first active day is 5 km and the last active day is 18 km. 

No special skills are required to participate in the walking part of the hike, except for good physical shape. 

To participate in the water part of the tour, it is desirable to have experience of water hikes of at least 2-3 k.s. The rafting area is difficult, with thresholds from 3 to 5 k.s. 

Good physical training is mandatory here, there should be no significant health problems.


  • Tent
    12 nights
  • Basic

Tourists are accommodated in 2-, 3-seater modern tents with an awning. 

When using cabins, barrel bars, stationary tents, shelters and winter quarters, it is necessary to coordinate accommodation with a guide. Payment for alternative accommodation — according to the price lists of the owners is paid additionally. 

Participants' use of personal equipment, including tents, is not compensated.

Tent camp 12 nights

Accommodation in 2-, 3-bed modern tents with an awning. 

Tour conditions

up to 24 tourists
Minimum age
16 years old
Maximum weight of the tourist
110 kg
13 days 12 nights
Group meets at
Altai Territory, Biysk

Included in price

  • transfer from Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk and back;
  • intra-route crossings according to the program;
  • guide-instructor services;
  • meals from dinner on the day of arrival to breakfast on the day of departure;
  • group equipment: tents, awning, campfire and kitchen equipment, first aid kit. On the alloy additionally: raft, carrot (saved the end), general dry runs, a barrel for food;
  • personal equipment: sleeping bag, sleeping mat (karemat). On the alloy additionally: life jacket, helmet, paddle, dry run, neoprene overalls, windproof jacket.;
  • medical insurance and accident insurance (insurance for foreign citizens and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age are paid additionally);
  • sauna according to the program, on the 5th and 12th day of the tour;
  • accommodation in tents on the camping grounds;
  • payment for the bridge over the Chuya, in both directions, on the walking part of the tour;
  • registration of the group in the Ministry of Emergency Situations;
  • guided tours according to the program.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk and back;
  • insurance for foreign citizens (including CIS countries) and citizens of the Russian Federation over 64 years of age;
  • meals at roadside cafes, during the transfer;
  • services offered at the base parking lots and not included in the program, including luggage storage, charging gadgets, etc.;
  • additional baths: on the first day at the campsite, at the confluence of the Maasha and Karakabak, on the eleventh day of the tour;
  • any changes to the program that entail additional costs.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour
  • backpack with wide straps, 80-100 liters;
  • trekking poles;
  • reliable waterproof liner, plastic bags (waterproof bag to protect especially valuable personal items – money, documents, camera, etc.) from the water;
  • hiking shoes for hiking, sneakers or trekking boots with ankle fixation are best suited. Avoid new shoes that are not worn out;
  • neoprene shoes (boots) for rafting; or sneakers with woolen, simple, or preferably neoprene socks. We do not issue neoprene shoes;
  • replacement shoes for camping (sneakers, slates);
  • comfortable clothing for hiking – sweatpants that do not restrict movement, made of a light, quick-drying material, a shirt or a long-sleeve T-shirt;
  • a neoprene wetsuit (half-overalls) of 3 mm is issued for the alloy. If you wish, you can take a neoprene jacket with you (not included in the price, we do not rent it). In case of bad weather, you can take a turtleneck, vest, shirt (not restricting movement) under the neoprene. We issue splash-proof jackets on top of the neoprene;
  • 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, 1-2 pairs 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 the 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;
  • a camera or video camera (optional) with hermetically sealed;
  • tourist seat (hob);
  • trekking poles (can be rented);
  • personal tableware (bowl, mug, spoon, knife), metal or plastic;
  • we give out sleeping bags, but it is better to have your own (comfort -5;0), since the sleeping bag is an object of individual use.

Recommendations for filling an individual first aid kit:

The group going out on the route is provided with a common first aid kit, which is located at the guide-instructor. However, each participant of an active tour must also have a personal first-aid kit, which must contain a supply of individual medicines (which you regularly take), as well as the following medicines:

  • patch for scratches, cuts and calluses (bactericidal (with "green") 6x10 cm is recommended, as it holds well on the skin and can be cut into pieces of different widths);
  • roll Band-aid (1 pc.);
  • a medium-sized bandage (1 pc.);
  • analgesic (in tablets) (1 pack);
  • Aspirin (1 pack);
  • Citramon (1 pack);
  • nasal congestion relief drops (1 pc.);
  • eye drops (Albucide) (1 pc.);
  • a remedy for cold symptoms (for example, Coldrex, etc.) (2-3 packs);
  • antiseptic ointment or cream (for example, Levomekol, Baneocin, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • sunburn remedy (for example, Lifeguard, Boro-plus, Panthenol, etc.) (1 pc.);
  • elastic bandage (1 pc.);
  • remedy for sore throat (1-2 packs);
  • fast-acting remedies for indigestion (for example, Loperamide, Imodium, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • enzyme preparation (for example, Mezim, etc.) (1-2 packs);
  • an antihistamine drug that does not cause drowsiness (for example, Kestin, Claritin, Zirtek, etc.) (1 pack);
  • multivitamins (optional).
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