The "Fire Ring" route

Grade of difficultymoderate

Season: July to September. The best time to visit is July -August.

Group: 6 pax

Land cost:  6 pax $1240 per person

Weather:: +15 +25 C, continental climate, occasional rains up the valleys.

Accommodation: during trekking - comfortable tents, on the way - comfortable lodges, in Barnaul - hotel.

Transport: minivan, horse.

Staff: horses with Russian cavalry saddles, 2 wranglers, luggage horses, trek leader, kitchen crew, interpreter.

The price includes:
all the meals, accommodations, transport, horse rent, wranglers and guides services, interpreter, tents en route, camping and kitchen stuff.

Domestic flight airfare; Over luggage if any; Personal expenses; Tips; Medical insurance are not included.


Real feeling of nomadic life and understanding of ancient local traditions in this remote corner the most mystic and spiritual place in Russian Asia and Siberia. Russian philosopher Nicolas Roarich, famous as a founder of a new religion, believed that the Altai was the place of the sacred Shambala.


12 days, 11 nights


RECOMMENDATIONS: no special riding skills are required, medical injection against enciphalitum is strictly recommended.



Day 1. Arrival to Barnaul from Novosibirsk via Moscow/Khabarovsk. Transfer to the hotel "Tzentralnaya". Check-in. Welcome dinner with "Wild Russia" guides.
Day 2. Coach transfer to the Seminskiy Pass Lodge by highway (6 hours). Stopovers at "Arzhan-Su", a holy spring, and in Gorno-Altaisk, where we have lunch. Overnight in the lodge.
Day 3. Continue drive to Tyungur village (4 hours). On the way visiting a museum of petroglyphs in Mendur-Sokon village and Scythian barrows. Overnight in the lodge "Vysotnik" in Tyungur.
Day 4. Acquaintance with horses and wranglers. Horse back trek begins along the Akkem river gorge till Tekkelyu camp site (17 km). Overnight in tents.
Day 5. Continue to the lake Akkem (11 km). Overnight in tents at the lake. Experiencing Altaian Sauna.
Day 6. Hike to the Yarla Rocks and to the Belukha Glacier. Second night at the lake.
Day 7. Trek down the valley and turn to the left toward Kara-Tyurek Pass (3050 m). Overcrossing the pass and camping at the Kucherla river.
Day 8. Hike to the Kucherla Lake and return down the Kucherla gorge to the river Kuilyu junction. Overnight in tents.
Day 9. Return down the gorge to Tyungur. Overnight in the lodge "Vysotnik".
Day 10. Coach transfer to the Denisov's Cave (a site of ancient people 500 000 years ago) at the village Chernyi Anui. Overnight in a wooden lodge.
Day 11. Return back to Barnaul. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 12. Day of departure.
General information
Getting there







Mt. Belukha ascent.
Horse back trekking in the area of Mt. Belukha.
The Treasures of Altai.






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