Lakes of Altai

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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
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.
  • Hiking in the picturesque Altai hills
  • Explore mountain lakes with crystal clear water and cruise on Teletskoye Lake, largest lake in Altai
  • Visit to a gigantic Maral Stag reserve
  • Getting acquainted with local people and their traditions
Tour Overview

The Severo-Chouiski crest is one of Altai's largest mountains. Its most important peak is the Maashey-Bach summit (4177 m). This mountainous region is rightly considered as one of the most beautiful and fascinating in Altai. There you can see amazingly beautiful moutain lakes, powerful waterfalls, rivers with extraordinarily pure water, glaciers and snowy summits. 

Altai is not only a land of mountain, but also a land of lakes. Nature gave to this region very generously, so much that it is considered as the land of blue lakes. There are more than 20,000 of those lakes in the region. Some may think that all lakes are the same, but visiting Altai and its many lakes will make anyone realise that each of them has its own world, its own colors and poetry. With this tour you will hike up to lake Maashey and Karabaraskye's five lakes located in the middle of a preserved nature. You will cruise on Altai's greatest lake: Lake Teletskoye, or Golden Lake, you will also get to visit an authentic village on its bank called Yaylu.

Visiting one of the Maral Stag reserves will be a real eye-opener. Created at the end of the nineteenth century so as to increase the Red Stag population, these fenced parks allow the animals to feed and reproduce safely and aaway from predators. From the end of May to the beginning of July, the reserves' wardens cover the parks to take the males back to the farms and cut their young horns which blood is precious as it is recognized for its medicinal qualities. You will get to visit these farms, buy their products and with some luck see some of these majestic animals.

Amonb other places you will travel through the Chulyshman Valley, Altai's wildest region. The river's water feeds 70% of Lake Teletskoye. You will hike along the Chuya River, one of Katun River's largest tributary. 

Discovering the "Stone Mushrooms", picturesque waterfalls, tumulus from the Scyths' era and just hiking in the untouched nature will make your trip unforgettable. 

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    BARNAUL-BIYSK Arrival in Barnaul. Welcome at the airport. Transfer to Biysk (163 km), one of Altayis biggest cities. Check-in at the hotel. Walk through the city. Visit to the Ethnographic museum and to the Museum of Chuyski high road (linking Altai to Mongolia).
  • Day 2
    BIYSK - LAKE TELETSKOYE Transfer to Lake Teletskoye's mountaines (Altyn-Kol). On the way excursion in a gigantic Maral Stag reserve. In Altai these stags are not raised for their meat but for their antlers. Each spring the farmes cut their antlers so as to make a very popular aphrodisiac that is sold all around the world. You can buy products in the reserve. Arrival to Lake Teletskoye (or Altyn-Kol) surrounded by picturesque mountains. Night in bungalows on the banks of the lake.
  • Day 3
    LAKE TELETSKOYE Cruise on the lake in the middle of an untouched nature. Visit to Yaylu, a meteorologist village. There you will meet autochtonous people. Lunch in a local family, you will taste the delicious local cooking. Navigation towards the picturesque Korbu waterfall, a moment to enjoy Altai's nature. Arrival to the southern end of the lake. Night in a touristic complex.
  • Day 4
    CHULYSHMAN VALLEY Very early wake up call so as to be able the take pictures of the "stone mushrooms" before 7 am while they are in the sunlight. Crossing to the right bank of the Chulyshman River, 30 minutes-long walk to the 9 meters high "mushrooms". Back on the left bank of the river, you can try and fish. Night in a tent.
  • Day 5
    UCHAR WATERFALLS Hike all the way to tthe Uchar waterfall, the greatest one in Altai, it is 160 meters high. Night in a tent.
  • Day 6
    CHULYSHMAN VALLEY - CHUYA VALLEY This day will be spent on the road to Chulyshman River. The journey will take you through the "red doors" between two mountains, you will discover the Dead Lakes, and then you will arrive the Ulagan plateau. There you can explore the Pazyryk tumuli. It is a chain of 5 tumuli, representing the graves of noble nomads and tribes' chiefs from the 6th and 7th centuries BC. You will go over the Katu-Yaryk pass.The road goes all the way to 1600 meters high and offers tremendous panoramas on the Chulyshman River and valley. You will hike over the pass (3 km). Night on Chuya River's bank.
  • Day 7
    SEVERO-CHUYSKI CREST This marks the beginning of the trekking part of the trip. You will walk alongside the Maashey River all the way to the mouth of Karabak River. The Maashey River lies in a canyon. From the canyon you will see Severo-Chuyski crest's main summits: Karagueme-Bash, Maashey-Bash and Kurkure, and behind you the Chuya valley will offer an amazing view. Setting up of the bivouac. Night in a tent.
  • Day 8
    MAASHEY LAKE Trekking to lake Maashey at an altitude of 1984m. The lake is 1,5 km long and 400m wide. It formed about a hundred years ago after a landslide blocked the river bed. Walk towards Maashey glacier, one fo the biggest in Altai.Excursion to Alioniny lakes. You will climb up a moraine so as to admire a fantastic panorama on a small mountain lake and waterfalls. The climb is difficult and tiresome but definitely worth it. Back to the bivouac. Night in the tent.
  • Day 9
    KARAKABAK LAKES Trekking towards high Karakabak and its five picturesque lakes. Bakc to the bivouac. Night in the tent.
  • Day 10
    CHUYA VALLYEY You will take the now familiar hiking trail to the Chuya River. Night in the tent.
  • Day 11
    BARANGOL VILLAGE Transfer to Barangol, located on the bank of one of Altai's most important river: Katun. You will get there on the Chuyski road. Banya and goodbye dinner. Night at the inn.
  • Day 12
    BARNAUL Transfer to Barnaul. Night at the hotel.
  • Day 13
    DEPARTURE Transfer to the airport or train station. End of provided service.
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                            Price includes
                            • English-speaking guide
                            • 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
                            • Tent rental
                            • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
                            • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
                            • Banya
                            • Letter of invitation
                            • Camping outfit rental
                            • Sleeping bag rental
                            Price does not include
                            • Administrative registration
                            • Personal expenses and tips
                            • Visa fees and travel insurance
                            • Photo and video permit at visited places
                            • Airline tickets
                            For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.

                            The meals in Barnaul are not included.

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