Trekking to Maashey and Karakabak lakes. Rafting on Chuya

On this route you will not only see the most beautiful mountain lakes, stormy rivers, waterfalls, snow-white peaks and glaciers, but also feel the power of the rapids of the wayward Chuya. 


Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk
US$ 776
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9 Days
8 Nights
  • Group departures
    • 26 Jun – 4 Jul
    • 16 – 24 Jul
    • 5 – 13 Aug
  • Tent
    8 nights
  • Basic
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.
Up to 18 people
Minimum age
16 years old
Group meet at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

The beauty of the mountains
We will visit the very heart of the North Chui ridge
A unique valley
We will climb the valley of the Mazhoy River (Maashey) to the glacier of the same name
We will cross the lower part of the Chuya River by water and overcome a number of technically difficult thresholds
Away from the city
Let's go on a real camping trip


  • 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.

  • 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. status of 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 - Thresholds "Classic", "Slalom", "Iodrinsky"
  • Day 8 - Threshold "Turbine" – threshold "Horizon" – the mouth of the Chuya River
  • Day 9 - The mouth of the Chuya River – Gorno-Altaysk – Biysk – Barnaul – Novosibirsk
Does not require special skills, but tourists must be physically fit: expeditions, long rafting, etc.


  • Tent
    8 nights
  • Basic
Tent camp 8 nights

In the active part, tourists are accommodated in 2-3-seater modern tents with an awning. On the 1st and 5th day of the tour, accommodation in tents on the camping site. 

Tents are set up and removed by the participants themselves (unless additional maintenance is agreed). If you don't know how to set up a tent, ask the instructor to give you an instruction.

Tour conditions

up to 18 tourists
Minimum age
16 years old
9 days 8 nights
Group meets at
Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Biysk, Gorno-Altaysk

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 if necessary (preferably have your own), 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 old is paid additionally);
  • sauna according to the program, on the fifth day of the tour;
  • accommodation in tents on the camping grounds according to the program;
  • payment for the bridge over the Chuya, in both directions, during 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 and at the confluence of the Maasha and Karakabak;
  • 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; sneakers with woolen, plain, and preferably neoprene socks. We do not issue neoprene shoes;
  • replacement shoes for camping (sneakers, slates);
  • 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 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 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 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);
  • personal tableware (bowl, mug, spoon);
  • 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:

A group going on a hiking and boating trip in Altai is provided with a common first aid kit, which is located at the instructor guide. However, each participant of an active tour of the Altai Mountains 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.);
  • 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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Dates and Prices

  • US$ 776
    26 Jun – 4 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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    16 – 24 Jul 9 days 8 nights
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    5 – 13 Aug 9 days 8 nights
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