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10 Days Nature tour itinerary for russia: Embark On Journey To The Wonders Of These Mountains

Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Altai Mountains

Boating Tour
Nature Tour
Trekking Tour

Travel more than 2000 km across the whole Russian Altai, hiking to visit must-see places, natural wonders and cultural attractions to return to your luxurious accommodation and relax around a bonfire or in a bathhouse. 

DAY 01

Welcome to Altai

  • Upon Arrival at the Barnaul (Novosibirsk or Gorno-Altaisk) Airport, take a short tour of the city which introduces you to the history of the city with your Russia guide.   

  • After breakfast, ride a shuttle bus to the Altai Mountains.

  • On the way to the Altai Mountains, visit the oldest city of the Altai Region - the Biysk, that is also the birthplace of the Russian writer, actor and director, Vasily Shukshin. The foot ascent to mount Picket that is located over the Katun River.

  • Make a visit to the Museum of V. M. Shukshin. Souvenir market in the Srostki village.

  • Check-in at Klever Resort hotel for dinner and rest.

Accommodation at a 4-Star hotel 

DAY 02

Valley of the Katun River

  • After breakfast, go for motor rafting down the Katun River. 

  • Afterwards, have an excursion to the Maral deer breeding farm and have 1-hour horse riding.

  • Have breakfast and then, in the afternoon go to the village of Chemal to visit Patmos Island and the Orthodox Church of St. John the Evangelist. 

  • Walk by the goat trails along the Katun River's stream.

  • Head on to Chemal Hydroelectric Power Station, to see places where The White Fang (movie), based on the novel of Jack London, was shot. 

  • Buy souvenirs in numerous house shops in Chemal HPS.

  • At the end of the day, go on a hike to the Che-Chkysh Valley of Spirits. The order of excursions can be changed according to weather conditions.

Overnight at a 4-Star hotel

DAY 03

The Mysteries of the Sacred Valley Tour of the Karakol Valley and the night of Altai culture

  • After breakfast, leave the hotel and travel to Chuysky Tract, the most beautiful mountain highway of Russia, which connects the South of Western Siberia and Mongolia. 

  • Overcome the Seminsky Pass (1717 m), where Siberian pine tree taiga grows and get inside the sacred valley of Central Altai. From ancient times to the present days Karakol valley is considered to be "The Heart of Altai". In the Bronze Age, there were placed mysterious megaliths; during the Scythian time tribal chiefs were buried here; in current times, the locals perform shamanic rituals. 

  • While making the excursion along the valley, see ancient monuments, modern sanctums and wonderful natural landscapes, including the Edelweiss glade. 

  • Visit the Altai Culture Museum and learn traditions of the modern inhabitants of this mountainous country. 

  • See a live performance of throat singing and have lunch at the Altai villa and taste the local cuisine.

  • After dinner, enjoy overnight in a hotel with a common shower.

DAY 04

To the snowy peaks of Altai Continuation of the tour along Chuysky Tract

  • Get acquainted with the most interesting sights of the Chuysky Tract. 

  • Visit "Kalabak-Tash" sanctuary (a complex of ancient cave paintings); The Monument to the builders of Chuysky Tract; the Chuya River valley's waterfalls and Lake of Geysers. 

  • At the end of the day, get into Kurai Steppe, where you could see a breathtaking panorama of the North-Chuisky ridge with the peaks of Aktru and Kurckureck (over 4 thousand meters). Mountain peaks are adorned with snow and glaciers.

  • In the evening arrive at "The Chuysky Alps" camping, who's owner was well acquainted with Mikhail Tronov and she often accompanied him in the mountains. Mikhail Tronov was a professor of Tomsk University, who (along with his brother) was the first to conquer Belukha (at 1914), and then devoted his life to the study of the glaciers of the Altai. 

  • Dinner and go to the bathhouse.

Overnight at a lodge with common wooden toilet and sauna outside

DAY 05

Canyon of the Chulyshman River

  • If you can wake up before dawn, make an automobile excursion to the Chui Steppe (not far from the border with Mongolia) and visit a unique geological monument in the valley of the Kyzyl-Chin River. Due to an unusual landscape and painted in various shades of red colour rocks, among tourists this place is called Mars. The monument was formed before the formation of the modern Altai mountainous country.

  • After breakfast, go for a long drive to the canyon of the Chulyshman River. On the way, see Pazyryk burial mounds - the necropolis of tribal chiefs of the Scythian time, who glorified Altai with the ice lenses in which were found the unique artifacts, including the most ancient Persian carpet of our time.

  • At the top of the Katu-Yaryk Pass, contemplate the panorama of the Chulyshman canyon and numerous waterfalls.

  • Walking descent from the pass and placing in the camping "Ezen". 

  • Enjoy dinner around a bonfire in the evening.

Overnight at a lodge with common wooden toilet and sauna outside

DAY 06

Waterfalls of the valley of Chulyshman Walking tour to Uchar Waterfall (or Kurkure Waterfall)

  • Admire the waterfalls of the Chulyshman Valley. If you want, trek to the Uchar waterfall; this 160-meter giant is considered to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Altai Region. But if you want to reach the waterfall, you are to set from the camping early (about 5 am) and cope with 20 km of mountain paths (there and back).

  • If the trip to Uchar seems complicated to you, replace it with a walk to the Kurkure waterfall (about 30 m high) - about 3-4 hours (4-6 km), which is near the camping on the opposite bank.

  • In the evening - relax around a traditional bonfire and go to a bathhouse.

Overnight at a lodge with common wooden toilet and sauna outside

DAY 07

Stone Mushrooms and Golden Lake

  • In the morning, take a walk to the stone mushrooms. These are unusual formations, preserved since the Ice Age reminiscent of giant mushrooms.

  • Then, enjoy a drive along the valley of the Chulyshman River to the southern tip of Lake Teletskoye.

  • Picnic on the lake bank.

  • Transfer to the northern tip of>

Accommodation in a 3* hotel. Dinner

DAY 08

Day of rest on the bank of Lake Teletskoye

  • This day is for silent and leisurely rest in a hotel on the bank of the lake. You can walk, do the shopping and visit the medical center and swimming pool (on your own) in the hotel.

  • Visit an apiary and walk towards a small waterfall.

Overnight at a 3-Star hotel

DAY 09

Farewell to Altai

  • Transfer to the airport of Barnaul (Gorno-Altaisk or Novosibirsk). At the airport, you can send postcards from Altai to friends.

Overnight at a 3-Star hotel

DAY 10

Flight to Moscow

  • Take the early flight to Moscow or another city.

  • 1920 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation according to the program (double occupancy).

  • Full board meal, including tasting the local cuisine

  • Land transportation

  • Motorboat at Lake Teletskoye

  • All the excursions and fees according to the program

  • English-speaking Russia tour guide

  • Visiting bathhouse or Russian banya (3 times)

  • Horseback riding

  • Whitewater rafting

  • Visa supporting documents

  • Water in the bus and other facilities for transportation

  • Air tickets

  • Personal souvenirs and expenses

  • Alcohol

  • Visiting medical centres and swimming pool in the hotel at Lake Teletskoye

  • Helicopter excursion to Mt Belukha

Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Altai Mountains

Boating Tour
Nature Tour
Trekking Tour

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