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Wonders of Mountain Altai - auto tour with Pavel Ageychenko

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
9 Days
May
Highlights
  • All significant places of Altai in one tour
  • Exciting kayaking on the main river of Altai - Katun
  • Travel by car with comfortable accommodation
  • Circular itinerary along the legendary Chuysky tract
  • Visit of the most picturesque waterfalls in Altai
  • An opportunity to discover the "Eye of the Earth"
  • Trekking to the giant stone mushrooms
  • Water cruise on the pearl of Altai - Teletskoye lake
  • Discovery of the pristine nature of Gorny Altai
Tour Overview

Altai has a spectacular variation in scenery that encompasses high mountains, stunning lakes and waterfalls, forests and endless steppes as well as an extraordinary number of nature wonders. What more could one ask for? Its wildlife and natural landscapes combined with exciting activities will ensure that it is all you need. 

Most part of our journey lies through the Chuya highway that hits the top 10 of the most beautiful roads in the world! Traveling along it, you can see all the geographical areas of Altai, from the steppes to the mountain ranges. We head for every corner of Altai and cater to your travel style, whether it be a slow paced nature trip for individual travellers, an adventurous  weekend with friends or that joyful family trip you’ve always wanted to take! From the main and single city of Altai to the wild nature without crowds of people it will be full immerse in nature. Experience kayaking on the main river of Altai, discover the greatest waterfalls by boat trip, see the magic Geyser lake and lose yourself the cosmic landscapes of the Chulyshman valley. 

This tour around Altai can be a once in a lifetime adventure for most people. We aim to make sure that this tour is everything that you want it to be by offering a guidance of Pavel Ageychenko, the founder of BaikalNature and expert in nature travel throughout Russia,  comfortable cozy accommodation and number of activities so that you can really enjoy the trip.

If you really dream of seeing the wild and pristine Altai, this trip is it. Take airline tickets book the tour and cross off the Golden ring of Altai from your bucket list!


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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    The Queen of Altai Rivers - Katun
    Gorno-Altaysk — Chemal
  • Day 2
    Along the beautiful highway of Siberia
    Chemal — Inegen
  • Day 3
    Wonders of Altai
    Inegen — Aktash
  • Day 4
    Road to Chulyshman valley
    Aktash — Chulyshman valley
  • Day 5
    The most beautiful waterfall
    Chulyshman valley
  • Day 6
    Giant Mushrooms
    Chulyshman valley — Teletskoye lake
  • Day 7
    The pearl of Altai - Teletskoye Lake
    Southern shore of Teletskoye Lake — Northern coast of Teletskoye Lake
  • Day 8
    Waterfall Korbu
    Teletskoye Lake
  • Day 9
    The end of the tour
    Gorno-Altaysk
  • 10:00
    Arrival in Gorno-Altaysk
    Welcome to the capital and the only city of the Altai Republic - Gorno-Altaysk. Acquaintance with the group at the airport. * If you arrive in Barnaul, we can order transfer to Gorno-Altaysk (extra charge).
  • 10:20
    Departure to the village Chemal
    Chemal is located 100 km from Gorno-Altaysk on the coast of the Katun River. The village is located in the valley of the same name and сlaims to be one of the most popular resorts in Gorny Altai. On the road to Chemal we visit the the maral breeding complex
  • 11:30
    Excursion to the maral breeding farm
    The Altai wapiti (Altai maral) can be considered as a symbol of Altai. The antlers of the Altai wapiti are a very valuable substance collected from the animals (staghorns) once a year. In Altay there are a lot of the maral breeding farm that not only bred, but also make various balms from staghorns. We can't miss the chance to visit one of the farms located among the picturesque mountain ranges on the banks of the Muna River. There you can learn about the benefits of maral breeding products, the technological process of production panto-containing balms. If you wish, you can buy something .
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local cafe Not included
  • 14:00
    Accommodation in the hotel
    We spend two days at a cozy hotel in the center of the village of Chemal.
  • 15:00
    Patmos Island and Chemal hydroelectric power station
    Let's head for an exciting excursion to the confluence of the Katun and Chemal rivers. Nearby you can discover the Chemal hydroelectric power station, built by prisoners in 1935. After the accident in 2011, the hydroelectric power station has been closed; but now it has become a tourist mecca because of scenic views. Then, we go to the island with the Greek name "Patmos" located in the middle of the Katun River on the outskirts of the village Chemal. It is connected to the mainland by a pedestrian suspension bridge 15 metres high over Katun! On the island there is a convent and the temple of St. John the Divine.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
    Dinner in any cafe at your choise
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Gorno-Altaysk — Chemal
Accommodation
Accommodation at the hotel "Chemalskoe Podvorie"
Standard twin
Note

1 h transfer  (98km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Rafting on the Katun river
    Like all mountain rivers , the Katun has a wild temper. Depending on the relief of the area, it can be calm, roaring or violent. For all rafting lovers, the Katun is a must-visit place. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or an experienced rafter, we offer an option for everyone: from a enjoayble calm boat trip to extreme rafting through the most difficult rapids of Katun (Teldekpen-1 and Teldekpen-2) to hone your skills.
  • 12:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 13:00
    World-famous Chuisky highway
    After lunch, departure from Chemal. Our way lies through the famous Chuisky highway connected Russia and China centuries ago. Going further, we will get acquainted with the history of the Chuisky tract and discover the most picturesque landscape of Altai. In 2014, National Geographic included this federal highway on the list of the top-10 most wonderful roads in the world! And you will believe that's absolutely true. After driving along the Chuisky tract, you can discover all the main natural zones of Altai. From the queen of the Altai rivers - Katun we cross the low mountains with birch and pine forests. Our path lies through the Seminsky pass (1717 m) with a long descent and ascent. Here, we will make a stop to enjoy beautiful views of the cedar taiga and mountains. After that, the Chuisky highway will lead us to the endless steppes of Altai ...
  • 15:00
    Chike-Taman Pass
    The next sight on our way is the Chike-Taman pass translated as “Flat (straight) sole”. The pass belongs to protected natural objects and is considered as a natural monument of republican significance. From the top of the rocky serpentine road of the Chike-Taman Pass you will enjoy views on Altai. After the pass we will have a stop at a symbolic and sacred place for the Altai people at the confluence of the Katun and Chuya (Chui-Oozy) rivers.
  • 16:00
    Accommodation at the tourist base
    The tourist base is located on the bank of the river Katun. Accommodation in wooden houses with a view of the Katun and the picturesque valley. You can do a horse ride at the base (800 rubles / person, price of 2020).
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the tourist base
  • 20:00
    Russian banya
  • Overnight at the tourist base
Photo of the day
Route
Chemal — Inegen
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house Inegen
Wooden house for 2 people
Note

3 h transfer  (260km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Petroglyphs Kalbak-Tash and Shirlak waterfall
    Our journey along the Chuisky highway continues further. Today you find must-visit places near the Chuya River, after which the tract got its name. We should definitely discover the secrets of the largest rock monument “Kalbak-Tash”, that preserved more than 7000 rock carvings, enjoy the scenery of the Shirlak waterfall (height 20 meters), as well as see the White Bom rock massif and the Kolka Snegirev monument.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the local cafe Not included
  • 15:00
    Discovery of Geyser Lake
    After lunch we do trekking to the geyser lake. It is the unique lake - rare in beauty, clean, non-freezing even in winter. Sometimes, the geyser comes to life, gushing a mixture of bluish clay and sand onto the surface, which form visible blue circles at the bottom of the lake. If you are lucky, you become a witness of this rare phenomenon. * If the weather conditions are favorable, we go to conquer the Martian landscapes of Altai. The Kyzyl-Chin tract was named "Mars" because of red-brown surroundings.
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the guest house
  • Overnight in the guest house
Photo of the day
Route
Inegen — Aktash
Accommodation
Accommodation in the guest house "Rasul"
Twin room
Note

2 h transfer  (179km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Pass Katu-Yaryk and Ulagansky
    Today we overcome the most difficult part of our route, but the dizzying landscapes are worth to do it! On our way we can see the Red Gate, Dead Lake, Pazyryk mounds, which represent a chain of burials of the 6-7th centuries BC. One of the most interesting points is the unique man-made pass Katu-Yaryk. There is no usual symmetry of passes: ascent and descent. The pass is a descent from the Ulagan plateau to the Chulyshman valley - 3.5-kilometer zigzag of 9 loops. Be ready to capture the amazing pictures!
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the tourist base
  • 14:00
    Discovery of Chulyshman valley
    When we overcome the difficult road, it is time to relax and enjoy leisurely walks along the Chulyshman River. That is an isolated place with amazing landscapes where you can feel true nature. * Mobile network is not available in this area, electricity is produced by generators.
  • 18:00
    Dinner at the tourist base
  • Overnight at the tourist base
Photo of the day
Route
Aktash — Chulyshman valley
Accommodation
Camping "Stone Mushrooms"
Wooden house for 2 people
Note

2 h transfer  (130km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Trekking to the waterfall Kurkure
    Start of trekking to the waterfalls of the Chulyshman river valley. The Chulyshman valley can be easily called the valley of 1000 waterfalls. A huge number of streams and rivers fall along the steep, slopes of the valley, forming waterfalls of various heights and power. One of the famous waterfalls of the Chulyshman valley is the Kurkure waterfall, which falls from a height of about 60 m.
  • 13:00
    Lunch - picnic
  • 14:00
    Waterfall Chil-Oozy
    The waterfalls of the Chulyshman Valley are extremely stunning. We invite you to visit one more picturesque waterfall - Chul-Oozy or also Dol-Oozy. The cascading waterfall is located on the right bank of the Chulyshman River, 5 km from the Katu-Yaryk pass. Way lies on a good trail throught a pedestrian suspension bridge over the Chulyshman River.
  • 19:00
    Dinner at the tourist base
  • Overnight at the tourist base
Photo of the day
Route
Chulyshman valley
Accommodation
Camping "Stone Mushrooms"
Wooden house for 2 people
Note

2 h trekking  (10km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the tourist base
  • 10:00
    Trekking to Stone Mushrooms
    One of the amazing sights of Altai is the giant Stone Mushrooms, bizarre stone blocks. This wonder was created by nature as a result of weathering of rocks many years. Stone mushrooms are hidden in the Karasu gorge, where we can discover it today. Сrossing to the right bank of the river by boat we do hiking to the Stone Mushrooms.
  • 13:00
    Lunch at the tourist base
  • 14:00
    Departure to Teletskoye lake
    Lake Teletskoye is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stretching from south to north for 75 km. Like Lake Baikal just in miniature! Seventy mountain rivers flow into it, and only one deep river Biya flows out. The water in the lake is purely clean and fresh. Today you will discover the pearl of Altai from the southern coast, which is isolated and wild, unlike the northern one, where settlements and tourist bases are located.
  • 15:00
    Accommodation at the tourist base and rest
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Accommodation at the tourist base
Photo of the day
Route
Chulyshman valley — Teletskoye lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the tourist base "Kyrsay"
Twin room
Note

1 h trekking  (2km)

1 h transfer  (48km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Crossing Lake Teletskoye by ferry
    Let's go the kind of cruise to the northern part of Lake Teletskoye. On the way you will enjoy the picturesque Altai landscapes, clean air and clear water. The lake transparency is so high, with the visibility of the lake water ranging from six to fourteen meters.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (lunch boxes)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of Navigation
    The Altai people have a legend about the name of the lake in their language, which means Golden Lake. According to this story, once, a rich man had an ingot of gold, which he wanted to use to buy food. He travelled around Altai, but could not find anyone who would sell him any food. Eventually, he threw the gold into the lake. This legend is the origin of the name
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the restaurant
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Southern shore of Teletskoye Lake — Northern coast of Teletskoye Lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the tourist base "Gornoye Ozero"
Twin room
Note

5 h transfer  (78km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Excursion to the waterfall
    Today we go the most famous waterfall of Lake Teletskoye. 12-meter Korbu waterfall was formed as a result of a natural failure of the Korbu river, which originates from the mountain range of the same name. Nearthe Korbu waterfall is the deepest part of Lake Teletskoye - 323 m. On the way to the Korbu waterfall, we will also visit thel romantic Love Island and the adventurous Kishte waterfall.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
    Lunch in the local cafe on your own choise. Payment on site.
  • 15:00
    Departure to Gorno-Altaysk
  • 18:00
    Accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Teletskoye Lake
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel Igman
Twin standard
Note

3 h transfer  (160km)

  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Transfer to the airport
    The end of the program. * If you need to get to Barnaul, please let us know. We can organise additional trasnfer (extra charge).
Photo of the day
Route
Gorno-Altaysk
Departures
May, 01 2021
Start
-
May, 09 2021
End
Available: 4
Status
1,330 $
Basic price per person
Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price given is for a group of 4 people (for one car). If there are less than 4 persons in the car, the price of the tour will be recalculated. *If the group of 5 people, the price will be 91 600 RUB. Meals not included: breakfasts for the days 1 ; lunches for the days: 1, 2, 3, 8 ; dinners for the days: 1 and 8.

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PRONCHANA
From 19 July 2019 to 26 July 2019
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
the arrangement for the trip was well organized and reliable.
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Lingyun
From 28 April 2019 to 4 June 2019
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
We had a wonderful time trekking through the Altai mountains and definitely rank it among one of our best travel experiences. While we knew we'd be sleeping in tents, we didn't realise how "wild" our experience would be - i.e. drinking water from streams, washing your hands with snow and very few showers. Although this was a surprise, it was actually a lot of fun to see how much we could adapt
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Hanoch
From 28 April 2019 to 5 May 2019
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
The best tour that i had in my all life. Ones in a life time. We took a transletor but she was'nt good enough.
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Alessandra
From 8 August 2018 to 15 August 2018
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
I had one of my best holiday experience!
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Damien
From 16 August 2017 to 23 August 2017
Destination: Altai
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