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Eastern Altai on Snowmobile

Destination: Altai
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
4 Days
March - April
Highlights
  • Visit of the breeding of deers Maral
  • Visit of the Karakokshinskaya cave
  • Discovery of a wonderful panorama
  • Driving the snowmobile
  • Activities for everyone
Tour Overview

Seven Karakolski lakes are located between 1820 and 2097 meters of altitude, characterize by each a unique color and link together by several canals and streams.You can't stay in the Altai without going to that spot. This Unesco world heritage site, will provide you the opportunity to discover the picturesque landscape from the Gorno-Altay region.With the help of our professional guides, this adventure throw the Eastern Altai will be unforgettable. After a snowmobile ride, enjoy good meals and a warm Russian wood-burning stove.It is preferable to have a drive experience, but that's not obligatory.Be ready to live an experience subject to changeable mountain weather which can be our allied or enemy. Don't be afraid and dare the adventure!

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Descent to the Karakolski Lakes
    Gorno-Altaysk — Karakolski Lakes
  • Day 2
    Karakokshinskaya cave
    Karakolski Lakes
  • Day 3
    Breeding of deers Maral
    Karakolski Lakes
  • Day 4
    Return to Barnaul
    Karakolski Lakes — Gorno-Altaysk
  • 09:00
    Arrival to Gorno-Altaysk in the morning
    Transfer to the office. Meeting with the groupe. Administrative formalities and equipment. Meeting with you guide. * If you arrive in Barnaul, we will meet you there but there is an itinerary of 250 km.
  • 10:00
    Transfer to the village Ulala
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    en toute, to pay on site
  • 14:00
    Start of the route
    Start of the itinerary in the direction of Karakolski Lakes.
  • 17:00
    Arrival to the resort
    Accommodation in the cedar house. The resort is situated near the biggest lake of the Karakolski Lakes.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Gorno-Altaysk — Karakolski Lakes
Note

snowmobiles  (35km)

transfer  (55km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Start of the route
    Excursion to the Karakokshinskaya cave, one of the highest in Altai. Its name comes from River Kara-Koksha. To reach the cave dare to climb up the "Bagatach" pass ("stony frog" in Altaic language) to the altitude of 2113 meters from where you will discover an exceptional view of the mountains. Don't miss the "Mountain spirits's castle". In reality, it's a pile of rocks comparable to a medieval castle giving rise to Altaic legends.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the itinerary
    On this day you still have two mountain passes to go throw: the Ak-kaya and the Ayryk. If the weather is good, you will take a thousand of pictures! Return to the resort.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Karakolski Lakes
Note

snowmobiles  (70km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Departure to the excursion on snowmobiles
    Excursion to the breeding of deers Maral, a vast enclosure, in which males can feed and females bring up and keep their babies safe from the predators.
  • 14:00
    Lunch in the resort
  • 15:00
    Tour goes on to Karakolskie Lakes
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Karakolski Lakes
Note

snowmobiles  (50km)

animal observation  (70km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Return to the village Ulala
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Transfer to Barnaul
    * Transfer to Gorno-Altaysk early in the morning. It's necessary to book an extra night in the hotel (not included). End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Karakolski Lakes — Gorno-Altaysk
Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Meals
  • Medical insurance
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Snowmobile and equipment rental
Price does not include
  • English-speaking guide
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Banya
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

Guaranteed departure from 4 participants. The price is indicated for two persons per snowmobile. Single supplement for snowmobiling is 11 000 RUB. The snowmobile driving is allowed for tourists above 18 years old. English-speaking attendant services 20 000 RUB. According to the weather conditions the itinerary can be changed on the similar one (in km). If you want to extend your journey in Eastern Altai or book an extra night, please, let us know of your preferences. The price includes breakfast on Day 2-4; lunch Day 2-4 and dinner on Day 1-3.

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Damien
From 16 August 2017 to 23 August 2017
Destination: Altai
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Daniel
From 10 July 2016 to 3 August 2016
Destination: Lake Baikal, Altai
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Nous avons apprecié le circuit du Grand Baïkal avec ses beaux paysages et son côté nature immense et presque intacte notamment dans la partie nord du lac et ce malgré le temps un peu trop long passé dans les transports mais nous comprenons que la dimension des lieux et l'éloignement géographique justifient ces dépacements un peu pénibles. Nous remercions notre guide Natalia qui fût parfaite en
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Nous vous remercions pour les remarques que vous portez à notre attention. Pour les inconvénients que vous avez eu lors des longs déplacements dans la région de l'Altaï, je voudrais vous expliquer que vue que les distances entre les destinations proposées par ce voyage sont assez grandes, alors pour découvrir toutes ces endroits dans un seul voyage il est nécessaire de parcourir plusieurs kilo
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Simon
From 23 February 2018 to 4 March 2018
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Anne
From 6 March 2018 to 11 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Le lac Baikal est une expérience formidable. Y passer une nuit sous la tente est intéressant mais pour y passer plusieurs nuits, il faut nettement améliorer la qualité de chauffage et des repas. Une journée sans rien faire sur le lac n'est pas intéressant. Trop d 'heures de transfert en minibus sans aucune activité. Je conseille vivement d'améliorer le rapport activités / temps en transfert. La nuit
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Anne, merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire! Vue les conditions spécifiques de la préparation des repas sur glace, nous continuons d'améliorer leur qualité pour chaque saison. En ce qui concerne la nuit supplémentaire sur la glace, nous l'avons ajouté selon les suggestions de nos touristes. Il y a des choses à faire: bania, patinage, Ice bar et bien sûr balades calmes sur les glaces et torosses. Ce
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Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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