The Treasures of Altai
of difficulty: moderate
July to September
temperature in the summer is: 20-30 in the forest
zone, 15-20 in alpine meadow zone, 0 and below at the glaziers.
cost: $1870 per personin
a grous of 6 pax
covered by vehicle: 1500 km.
Distance covered by water: 80 km.
Accommodation in the tents. In some places
the cabins are available at the extra charge.
special physical training required.
price includes: 1 night of accommodation in
Barnaul, hotels “Barnaul” or “Tsentralnaya”; all transfers
according to the itinerary on the private minivan, airport
transfer; camping gear (double occupancy tents, mats, light
portable furniture, lights, kitche utensils), including the
transfer of those with the separate vehicle; local guides
along the route; the “Wild Russia” tour leader along the route;
FB on the route, from the Cherniy Anuy village (day 1) to
the Artybash village (day 10).
The flight to and from Barnaul (from $520); overweight
in the plane; medical and accident insurance; encephalitis
and other vaccinations; extra alcohol; the changes to the
itinerary, that would cause the raise of the price; other
items not listed in “cost includes” section are
special itinerary designed for those who want to maximize
the experience in the short time period. The route shows
all climate zones of Altai from the pine forests to the
high ranges and glaciers. Over the short time you’ll see
the Katun, Chuya and Chulyshman rivers valleys, Kuray alpine
prairie, North-Chuy range glaciers, “The Red Gate”, Ulagan
pass, and the gem of Altai – Teletskoye lake. We shall visit
the ancient artifacts: petroglyphs, the world known Pazyryk
barrows, the burials of the ancient Turk people, Denis cave
– the unique archeological site. All the best of Altai in
just 11 days.
days, 11 nights
possibilities: Rafting at the low Chulyshman river.
The program will be 2-4 days longer.
1. Arrive Barnaul early in the morning. Breakfast.
Minibus transfer to the Chernyi Anuy village. The tour of the
Museum cave in the evening. You need to have the flashlights
and the extra batteries set. The Museum cave is a usual “wild”
cave, but unlike the other it can be visited by the non-professionals.
You’ll see the magnificent stalactites and stalagmites surrounded
by the wild bats. The cave has two entrances 0,8 to 2,6 meters
wide and 0,5 meters high. It is 33 meters deep and 850 meters
long. The tour is 4 hours long.
near the museum cave the Dennis cave is located. It has the
artifacts of the ancient people who lived over 300 000 years
ago. If desired, you may visit the Shinok waterfall, with cascades
3 to 70 meters high. On the way you’ll have to cross the shallow
of the river 16 times. The tour is 6 hours long.
3. Minibus transfer to the mouth of the Maliy
Yaloman river. The road passes the spectacular landscapes with
the numerous photo and video opportunities. On the way we’ll
go through the Keley, Yabogan and Chike-Taman passes. The Russian
banya in the evening.
4. The transfer from the Malaya Yaloman river
– the Chuya river – the Aktru gorge. On the road between the
Inya and Iodoro villages you can see about 10 km of petroglyphs,
over 3 000 drawings, from the bronze age to the middle ages,
including 20 runic ancient turk inscriptions. This place is
called Kalbak-Tash. After the road passes the beautiful Chuya
river valley. The rocks of the gorge are of the different colors.
Many of them, like the Beliy Bom have their own history. On
the way you’ll have the time to see the petroglyphs and the
ancient stone monuments, called the stone Molly.
5. Depending on the weather the trip to the
Small Aktru glacier (6 km) of the high moraine mountain Blue
Lake (12 km). You’ll see the spectacular snow covered summits
and glaciers. The bottom of the Small Aktru glacier is at 2215
m, so it can be seen from the valley. The Aktru range has the
thickest ice in Altai – at the Big Aktru ice is up to 350 m
thick. The highest point is the Aktru-Bash summit (4100 m).
Overnight in the base camp. Banya.
6. Transfer to the Chulcha river. In the
beginning we’ll decent from Ak-Tru, after the pink cliffs will
surround the road. They are called the Red Gate. In the evening
we’ll see the Cheybekkyol lake (also called the Dean Lkae, since
in has no fish and the wild birds never land there, and few
other nice lakes on the plateau; and the valley with the Pazyryk
barrows. Those are the ritual burials of the tribe leaders,
dating to the 5-3 century BC. Over about 3 km we’ll have to
walk, since the road is not very safe for the car, and descent
to the Chulyshman valley, that looks like the canyon with many
waterfalls on the sides.
7. The walk to the Chulcha river waterfall.
Uchal is the biggest waterfall in Altai, it is over 160 m high.
The waterfall is really strong and magnificent. The way to it
is not easy at all. You’ll have to cross three fast rivers,
the Chulcha feeders, over the log bridges.
8. The transfer to the Chebdar and Bashkaus
rivers merger (23 km). The rivers merge in the narrow gorge.
The road from the Bashkaus river valley to the Chebdar river
valley passes through the high mountain crest, from there you
can see the spectacular panorama of the gorge. Overnight in
9. The last day in the van. Transfer to the
Kyrsya cape at the south coast of the Teletskoye lake. The lake
was names after the telets tribe that use to live at the coat.
It also has another name – Altyn-Kel, which means the Golden
lake. This name originates from the Altai legend.
10. Fast boat transfer from cape Kyrsay to
the Artybash village (78 km). Teletskoys lake is often called
the younger brother of Baikal. The size of the lake is 230,8
sq. km, the depth is up to 325 meters. About 300 rivers feed
the lake and only one – the Biya, is fed by it. On the way the
visit to the Stone Bay and Korbu waterfall (12 m). Banya. Dinner.
11. After the breakfast the minibus departure
to Barnaul. Arrive about 19.00. Overnight in the hotel.
12. Transfer to the airport. Departure to
Saint Petersburg, Fontanka embankment, 59