Trekking through Shavlinskiye Lakes

One of the most surprising places of Altai Mountains is Shavlinskiye Lakes. This place is hidden in the depths of the North Chuysky Ridge but you can watch it after passing along the path, climbing and descending, crossing rivers and passes.
  • Activity
  • Culture
  • Comfort
  • Avaliable: June – September
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Group: from 4 people
  • Border permits: no needed
Languages: English German French Italian
  • Transfer time: 6 hours, 350 km
  • Trekking distance: 80 km + 12 km radial routes
  • Trekking time: about 6-7 hours per day
  • Baggage transport: horses
  • Accommodation: tents (10 nights), tourist base (2 nights), hotel (1 night)
  • Flight to: Barnaul/Gorno-Altaisk
Day 1
Meeting at Gorno-Altaisk Airport. Transfer to Chibit Settlement – a starting point of our route. Camp arrangement.
Day 2
Preparation of rucksacks, safety rules instructing, getting details of the route. Transfer to Oroy Bridge over the Chuya River by UAZ. After the bridge, crossing it will be a sharp slope up and it will take about 2-3 hours to climb. We arrange a camp on the top.
Day 3
Eshtykol Plateau, view on Aigulaksky and Kuraysky Mountain Ranges. This day is devoted to a monotonous walking on the high mountain plateau to Oroy Pass (2230 m) and a gentle long descent along the Eshtykol River.
Day 4
The path goes among numerous ridges and finally takes us to Shavlinskoye Lake. Night in the picturesque place on the shore of the lake.
Days 5-7
These days are occupied by radial outings i.e. one day light hikes and coming back to the camp. One of days — hiking to the 3146 m high view mountain, which opens to the unbelievable mountain landscape. Another day — a radial outing to the higher Shavlinskiye Lakes. The third day you will be able to contemplate the mountains, to enjoy fresh air and just to relax doing nothing.
Day 8
Trekking down along the Shavla River. We return to the camp on the river Shabaga on the usual taiga trail. Fully known path, repeat the day 4.
Day 9
We go first on a familiar path, and from the plateau we go towards the Karakabak river. Simple trail among “dwarf” vegetation and alpine meadows, around the open space and mountain panoramas, in the end the descent from the plateau to the river Karakabak. Overnight on the river.
Day 10
In the upper reaches of the Karakabak river there are several blue ice lakes. Then walk up the valley, we will reach the upper lakes, hidden in the moraines.
Day 11
The route to the river Maashey. Then hike to the former lake maash. A few years ago there was a moraine Maashe lake. Here Maashey glacier and snow-capped peaks of Maashey-Bash (4175 m) and Ceragem-Bash (3950 m) are seen. Return back. Descent along the river to the hut of the grooms. Overnight in a field camp near the hut.
Day 12
Descent to Chibit through the valley of the Maashey river, from above you can see the river and panoramas of the mountains, under the feet of Alpine meadows. We go to the bridge over Chuya river. From the bridge to Chibit - "Siberian jeeping" by UAZ again. Accommodation at the campsite, dinner (Russian cuisine), banya.
Day 13
Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk/Barnaul. Accommodation at hotel.
Day 14
Transfer to the airport of Gorno-Altaisk. Flight to Moscow.
  • Invitation for a tourist visa
  • English speaking guide
  • All transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Horse support
  • 3 meals a day
  • Entrance ticket to the reserve
  • All group equipment rent
  • Russian bath-house
Not included
  • Flights to Gorno-Altaisk and return tickets
  • Tourist visa fees
  • Individual equipment (rucksack, sleeping bag, trekking boots, hiking poles etc)
  • Additional paid services
  • Souvenirs
Price for request
Options Per (persons / group) Price
Comfortable accommodation at the guest house (1st and 10th days) per person for request
Horse riding per person for request
Additional sauna per person for request
Moscow excursion tour per person for request
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