Category: Excursion and ethnographic tours
The tour takes place in these regions: Altai
A great circular tour represents the majority of important historical places and natural diversity of Altai. You will have an opportunity to feel the mystery of Denis Cave, where signs of prehistoric human who lived there more than 300 thousand years ago were found; to visit Karakol Valley, the bunch of numerous archeological monuments, to enjoy beautiful view of mountains from the 2000m height; to see one of the most wonderful rivers of the world – Katun River, Pazyrykskie burial mounds (6 th century BC); to take trekking to the highest Altai waterfalls, to be imbued with ancient culture of Altai population, to hear traditional Altai throat singing and to meet a real shaman.
During the tour you ride on a comfortable bus with an experienced guide.
Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Period: June – August
Minimal group: 4
Maximal group : 14
Distance: bus 1600 km, boat - 80 km, on foot ~ 19 km
Day 1 Barnaul
Morning arrival in Barnaul. Meeting at the airport. Accommodation at hotel “Barnaul” (double rooms). Breakfast in a café, rest. Meeting with guides in the foyer of the hotel. Transfer to a restaurant, lunch*. Excursion around the central and historical parts of Barnaul. Visit to Altai State Local History Museum. Nowadays museum collection contains more than 150 thousand exhibits; among them is the only model of steam engine in the world, which was invented by I.I.Polzunov in 1763 in Barnaul. Archeological finds are of a special interest, they tell about history of ancient Altai; home appliances, embodying ethnical and social features of local people, as well as historical and technical (including military remnants), numismatic and mineralogical collections, natural-science collecting, representing biodiversity and natural resources of Altai. Then visit the museum of pharmacy of the Altai mountains. The exhibition includes medical items, glassware, tools for the preparation of medicinal tinctures and pills. Here everyone has the opportunity to use the shredder of plant materials for the processing of medicinal herbs. In the museum you can find also production of various biopharmaceutical Altai companies, medicine consists of the Altai honey, local herbs, sea buckthorn and products of reindeer antlers, which can be purchased. Dinner in a restaurant*.
*accommodation in hotel “Barnaul” 3*. Breakfast
* * Extra fee
Day 2 Manzherok, the source “Arzhan-Suu” ( 360 km by auto)
Morning meeting with the guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer on a comfortable bus through the old town of Altai-Biysk which is the symbol of the gateway to the Altai Mountains, as well as the start of the main artery-an ancient trade route - Chuyski tract. On the way of our trip we visit the village Manzherok where is the lake with the same name and ski-resort. In the lake grows the water nut –chestnut, preserved from pre-Ice Age. Lunch in the café. After lunch, walk by cableway on the Malaiya Sinukha Mount (1196 m. above sea level). From the top of the hill you can see a beautiful view of the valley Katun and the surrounding villages. Next stop is the source “Arzhan-Suu”. Water in the spring is full of silver, cooper and other mineral impurities that is why the water is stored for a long time and have a beneficial effect on the improvement of metabolic processes in the body. A large gift- market is located near the source where you can buy maps, books, art, articles made of cedar. Moving along the river Katun to the Chemal village located in the heart of the Altai Mountains. Accomadation in the hotel “Usadba Kedr” in a comfortable double rooms. Dinner at the café.
*accommodation in Usadba Kedr. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 Chemal (85 km by auto, 3 km by foot)
Breakfast. At the first part of the day we organize the excursion “Chemal walk”. During the tour we will visit Chemal Hydroelectric power which is located in the southern part of the village. Hydroelectric power is one of the first in the region, built in 1935. Then we go on the “goat trail” along the river Katun and appears on the rocky island –Patmos. On the Patmos- island we can visit little church of the femail monastery. The island is connected with the shore of the river with the help of suspension bridge. Next to the temple in the rock is carved image of the Virgin and Child. And at the end of the day the excursion to the national Altai dwelling-Ail. During the visit of Ail you can experience the atmosphere of 10-13 century, travel back in time and get acquainted with the way of life, traditions, customs , culture, history and pagan religion of Altai nomadic tribes. Lunch at the hotel “Usadba Kedr”. After lunch departure to Oroktoiski bridge to the narrowest and deepest place on the river Katun. On the way we visit the tract Che-Chkysh, take a short climb along the creek to the observe platform where we will see the shaman cave. Then return back to the hotel “Usadba kedr” for dinner.
*accommodation in Usadba Kedr.Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4 Tasting national dishes and Concert of throat singing (170 km by auto)
Breakfast. Moving along the ancient trade route - Chuyski tract through its highest point Seminskii pass
(1739 m above the sea level) to ethno-park “Uch-Enmeck”.
After it we move to a valley of the Karakol river. Accommodation in tourist complex “Karakol” four-bed felt yurts or ails. Facilities are on the territory. During dinner you will be able to taste traditional cuisine. Archi is cultured milk food which tastes like yogurt; Altai cheese Kurot; Talhan – specially processed wheat mixed with butter and honey in shape of balls. Late in the evening at the light of a fire and bright stars you will enjoy a folk program with throat singing and playing national musical instruments. This performance awakes deep personal background, helps to feel the spirit of Altai people, natural devotion, allows enjoy unsurpassed skills of musicians, some of whom are international festivals winners. And later, coming back to the ail, you will feel like traveling in a time machine back to ancient times. Before going to sleep, they make a fire in the center of ail and the smoke will go out through a hole on the roof. Ancient Altai household facilities, which decorate the habitation, create a special flavor and a spirit of the time.
*accommodation in tourist complex “Karakol”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 Karakol Valley –Kalbak-Tash Hole (235 km by bus, 1 km on foot)
Karakol Valley is believed to be a Sacred place among natives – Altai people. Whole groups of ancient Tumuli and a great number of rock carvings are situated here. It is believed that ancient monuments of the valley represent an informational code about laws of universe in the light of traditional culture of natives. People of the valley differ by its peculiar mentality and believe they are connected with the nature of this valley spiritually. Temple and funerary complexes Tuekty, Bashadara, Boochi, Karakol – where Afanasyev and Karakol people, royal Scythians and warrior Turkic people build their temples and altars, buried their chiefs and priests. Ride to Boochi. There are a great amount of archeological monuments around this place: steles, stone fences, Tumuli with balbals – the main part of them oriented to Uch-Enmek peak. Visit of Bashadar Tumuli group that is a special place, a sacral center. It is proved by systemacy of placing Tumuli and a detection of geomagnetic fields within the limits of this system, that response to the human stay in this zone. Departure to the head water of the Katun and Chyia river. On the way we pass Chike-Taman mountain pass (1295 masl). Then visit Kalbak-Tash Hole and sightsee rock paintings – petroglyphs. More than 500 formations with more than 5 thousand pictures are drawn on the rocky flattened elevation, situated across the valley of Chuya River. They all are carved with stone or metal tools mainly in a dotty way. The most ancient pictures are dated to the 8th century BC. Arrival to the tourrist complex “Nomad”. Accomodation in the four-person Mongolian yurts. Facilities on the territory. Dinner in tourist complex. Russian banya (bath-house). Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).
*accommodation in tourist complex “Nomad”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6 North-Chuysky range - Geyser lake(100 km by bus, 4 km on foot)
Excursion on the Chuysky Trakt towards the Mongolian border. From a vast intermountain basin a magnificent view is opened on the top of the North-Chuisky ridge, on the highest peaks: Actry-Bash (4075 m) and Karatash (3534 m).
On the way back short hiking to the picturesque Geyser lake. The lake is the only one of its kind in the Altai - a rare beauty, clean, non-freezing even in winter, amazing turquoise color. On the mirror of the lake can be seen divorces rounds or ovals in shape, which is essentially a reflection of the processes taking place at the bottom of the lake. There, in the mysterious depths, from time to time come to life "geysers", throwing on the surface of a mixture of bluish clay and sand that form visible concentric circles at the bottom.
Return to the tourist camp. Lunch. A foot walking in camp vicinities. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).
*accommodation in tourist complex “Nomad”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7 Pass Katu-Yaryk – the Chulyshman river (190 km by bus, 3,5 km on foot)
After breakfast you'll make an excursion to Ulagansky District. You’ll pass natural monument Red Gates, where the road goes through a narrow passageway between two rocks of reddish color, then reach Chjejbekkol (Dead) Lake and Uzunkol (Live) Lake, filled with plenty of fish. Descent from the Katu-Yaryk pass to the Chulyshman River. You will go down to a serpentine road, carved directly on the hillside. On the one hand – a slope, on the other – a break of several hundred meters height. Descent extent — 3,5 km on foot, luggage by car, altitude 1200 m. The magnificent view on the valley of Chulyshman and on a hundred meter waterfalls on the other side has been opened from the pass. The Chulyshman valley is one of the most beautiful places in Altai and also it is entered in the list of Objects of the World Natural Heritage. Arrival to the tourist complex “Ezen” in the Chulyshman Valley. Dinner.
*accommodation in tourist complex “Ezen”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8 Waterfall Kurkure (8 km on foot)
Breakfast. Hiking to the waterfall Kurkureis located on a River , a tributary of the Chulyshman river, on the opposite side of the camp. Kurkure is translated from the Altai means “violent" and this is consistent with the nature of the waterfall. It has an incredible power, strength, and at the same time defenseless natural beauty. The height of the falls more than 30 meters. People living in the surrounding worship this marvel of nature and consider it to be sacred. Therefore, a few kilometers around not cattle! The hiking to the waterfall crossing the river takes about 3 - 4 hours. After the tour, return to the camp. Lunch. In the afternoon walking around, active outdoor games. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).
*accommodation in tourist complex “Ezen”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9 Stone Mushrooms (6 km on foot, by bus 60 km)
Early breakfast. We will do a radial hike to a Karasu river ravine to see a unique natural object – “Stone Mushrooms”. “Stone Mushrooms” is a very interesting natural structure. There are cones rising above the slope of the valley on tops of which, as if by magic, lay huge rocky plates. The foundation of the cone is rather friable sandstone. Some “mushrooms” rise above the slope up to 10 or more meters. A beautiful view on the Valley opens here. A man is charmed by greatness and beauty of nature. You need comfortable trekking shoes for the excursion. Come back to the campsite, lunch. Move to the Teletskoye Lake to cape Kyrsay. Accommodation in the tourist complex of the same name. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).
*accommodation in tourist complex “Kyrsay”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10 Pearl of Altai Mountains (80 km by boat)
Excursion along the water area of the Teletskoye lake to the northern part by boat. The Teletskoye lake belongs to the 20 world deepest lakes. Length is 77,7 km. Average width is 2-3 km. Maximal width is up to 5 km. Its area is not large – 223 км². However, due to its depth (average depth is 175 m, maximum is 325 m) it contains huge amount (40 km³) of excellent fresh water saturated with oxygen, and transparent to the depth of 12-15 meters. About 70 rivers flow into the lake, though 70 % of all water is given by Chulyshman flown from south. Giving its waters to the Biya river (98% of drain) the lake feeds the Ob to a considerable extent. On the way we will visit Waterfall Korbu – the most picturesque waterfall in the surroundings of the Teletskoye lake. It is situated on the territory of Altai reserve in 100 meters from the mouth of the Big Korbu river flown into the Teletskoye lake in its eastern part. The waterfall height is 12,5 meters. In the middle of the Teletskoye lake opposite the waterfall is situated the deepest place – 325 meters. Old altai legend says that a gold sword of khan Tele fell down at exactly this place and because of this the lake appeared. Accommodation in hotel “Artybash” situated at the Biya river source. Walking around the village Artybash to the bridge over the river Biya to continue to souvenir shops. There will be an opportunity to purchase honey, local herbs, art, items made of cedar. Dinner in a cafe.
*accommodation in tourist complex “Artibash”. Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 11 National Museum of Altai Republic (430 km by bus)
Breakfast. Departure to Gorno-Altaisk where a visit to National museum named after Anohin A. V. with one of its main exhibits, mummy of “Altai Princess” found on Ukok Plateau, is waiting for you. Lunch in the Gorno-Altai cafe. Arrival to Barnaul, accommodation in twin rooms. Dinner in a restaurant*.
*accommodation in hotel “Barnaul” 3*. Breakfast, lunch
* * Extra fee
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.
Transfer from and to Barnaul airport, all tour rides on a comfortable off-road minibus, 3 meals a day according to a program, program excursions, a guide-interpreter, rent of a boat on the Teletskoe Lake, folk entertainment with throatsinging, museum tickets, recreational meetings, all permits and licenses, insurance (medical costs - 300.000 rubles), registration of foreigners, russian banya (bath-house) 4 times
additional charges in touristic complexes,
lunch, dinner at the 1st day, dinner at the 11th day, souvenirs,
alcohol,personal expenses, air tickets
Extra supplement for single accommodation 210 euro/person
Extra supplement for double accommodation (big-size bed) 105 euro/person