Altai World Tour

meeting with Altaian people
picturesque Aktru valley
Kuray steppe - amazing view of the North Chuysky Ridge
Teletskoye lake - the Baikal Lake's “little brother”
average temperatures:
+22°C in the afternoon,
+12°C in the night
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort

Sightseeing tour with visiting mostly liked highlights of Altai Republic. The route covers the most picturesque places of Altai Mountains: Chuya Highway, Inegen village, Aktru valley, Chulyshman valley, Teletskoye lake. The hiking program includes breathtaking trekking to Lake Goluboye (2840 m) and 3 Lakes Kupol summit (3556 m), hike to the Kamennye griby (Mushroom rocks). One of the highlights is night in a yurt in the middle of the Kurai steppe. All accommodation is comfortable, without overnights in tents. The important feature of this tour: border permits isn't required. Hiking about 4-6 hours per day.

from 1650
Agency commission: 25%
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  • Languages: English German French Italian
  • Avaliable: June — September
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
  • Accomodation: guesthouse x 2, tourist base x 6, yurt x 1, hotel 3* x 1
activities:
  • Boat trip
  • Ethno
  • Hiking
  • Local cuisine tasting
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What's the plan?
Day 1
Meeting at the airport Gorno-Altaisk/Barnaul. Transfer by van to Chemal region. Check in to the hotel. After lunch, excursion in Chemal: walk to Patmos Island, the observation deck of Che-Сhkysh Gorge. Hiking 5-6 km
Day 2
Riding along the famous Chuya Highway to the southern part of Gorny Altai. On the way: Seminski Pass – the highest pass in Chuya Highway (1717 m), Chike-Taman Pass (1295 m). Short hiking in the neighbourhood of Chike-Taman Pass: the place where the Chuya River and the Katun River confluence. Accommodation at the Inegen agricultural farm. In the afternoon 2h visit to springs around Inegen. Hiking 2-6 km
Day 3
Drive 20km to Argut river (1h), 4 hours excursion to a viewpoint, lunch there. When the weather is fine, Mount Belukha and Aktru can be seen well. Options afternoon: horseback riding or rafting. Dinner and additional with assortment of Altayan dishes. Hiking 4 km
Day 4
At the morning transfer to Kuray. Stop in Kurayskaya steppe. Panoramic view of the snow peaks of the North Chuysky Ridge up to 4000 m high. Boarding 4x4 car and transfer to Aktru mountain camp (2150 m). In the evening walk in the territory of the camp or to a first viewpoint. Accommodation in huts in the mountain camp. Hiking 8-10 km, ↑ 450m
Day 5
Breakfast. Hiking along the Aktru River, past the sheep-like rock, up to the glacier Bolshoy Aktru to Lake Goluboe (Blue Lake) 2840 m. Return to the mountain camp. Evening banya. Hiking 10-15 km, ↑↓ 700m
Day 6
Breakfast. Outing to the glacier and climbing 3 Lakes Kupol peak (3556 m). The peak opens into the North Chuya and South Chuya Ridge. Return to the mountain camp. Optional: Banya in the evening. Hiking 8-10 km, ↑↓ 850m
Day 7
Start the hike to the summit of Uchitjel. Customers get their luggage ready. After returning to Aktru, short coffee and snack and afterwards 1,5h transfer to Nikolai. Dinner in the Nikolai's yurt. Russian banya. Overnight in yurt. Hiking 8 km, ↑↓ 940m
Day 8
Leaving from Nikolai. Transfer to Kuray village. Meeting with local guy Andrey, who makes 1 h presentation about Altaian people and their culture. Walk with Andrey throught the village of Kuray. Optionally (extra pay): Altaian throat singing concert around fire (with demonstration national instruments, stories and legends). Transfer to the Chulyshman Valley. On the way – visit to Geyzernoye Lake, ”Pazyryk burial mounds” – small hiking (1,5-2 km). Stop at Aktasch for puchase. Lunch near Ulagan. Transfer to the Katu-Yaryk Pass which is one of the most picturesque passes in Altai. Arrival in the Chulyshman Valley. Accommodation in the huts for 2 person in the tourist camp. Hiking to the Kurkure Falls 5-6 km (upon wish).
Day 9
Breakfast. Optionally: 7km rafting form the campsite along Chulyshman River. Transfer to Kamennye griby tourist camp by car. Crossing the Chulyshman River by boats, hiking to the rocks called Kamennye griby (Mushroom rocks) (1,5 km). Return to the camp and coffee break. Continuing the way to the shore of Teletskoye Lake. Lunch at the beach of Teletskoye Lake. Crossing of the Teletskoye Lake from the south to the north by motor boat. On the way – visiting the Korbu Falls. Accommodation at the guesthouse/tourist base on the Teletskoye Lake in Artybash. Dinner with Maral (altaian deer) shashlik. Hiking 3-4 km
Day 10
Rest at Teletskoye Lake. Hiking in the neighborhood of Artybash, visiting the observatory point on Tilan-Tuu Mount or buying souvenirs. After lunch transfer to Gorno-Altaisk. Museum in the afternoon if the time is enough. Accommodation at the hotel. Hiking 5-6 km
Day 11
Transfer to the Gorno-Altaisk airport.
Included / Not included
  • invitation for a tourist visa
  • guiding services (EN, DE, FR)
  • all transport services
  • accommodation according to the program
  • full board
  • rent of boat at Chulyshman River and at Teletskoye Lake
  • farewell dinner with Maral-shashlyk
  • Russian banya 2 visits
  • breakfast on the first day
  • flight to Gorno-Altaisk and back
  • tourist visa fee
  • individual equipment (sleeping bag, trekking poles)
  • souvenirs and tips
  • additional pay services
Options
single supplement for 7 nights, besides 2 nights in Inegen and 1 night in yurt 170 EUR/pax
horse riding in Inegen 12 EUR/ pax/ 1 hour
extra banya in the mountain camp Aktru 20 EUR/ group
rafting in Inegen about 140 EUR per group
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