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8 Days Tribal Experience tour itinerary for russia: Make Telescopic Observations And Try Spotting Snow Leopards

Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Altai Mountains

Astronomy Tour
Tribal Experience Tour
Wildlife Tour

Travel to the "Places of Power" situated near the border with Mongolia, watching the starry sky and trying to follow snow leopard trails accompanied by professional scholars (astronomer, archaeologist and wildlife researchers from Sailyugemsky National Park).

DAY 01

Meet the Altai

  • Upon arrival at the airport of Gorno-Altaisk, participate in meeting according to the Altai traditions. Artists in traditional costumes give a performance of good wishes and treat you with national bread that is called "baursak".

  • Transfer to the Inegen agro touristic complex, accommodation and rest.

DAY 02

Russian Mongolia Journey along Chuysky Tract to the Mongolian border

  • Continue our journey along the Chuisky Tract. Today you get acquainted with unique monuments in the valley of the Chuya River.

  • Visit Lake of Geysers, see waterfalls on the Upper and Lower Karasu rivers, admire the snow and glaciers of the majestic North-Chuisky ridge, get acquainted with the blast furnaces of ancient nomads.

  • In the afternoon, arrive in Kosh-Agach village, located near the Russian-Mongolian border. Kosh-Agach is situated in the Chuya steppe, which surprisingly resembles Mongolia. There is a low precipitation level here. The village itself is located at an altitude of 1800 to 1900 m. above sea level and surrounded by four thousand mountain ridges on all sides. Due to the natural and climatic conditions, the starry sky over Kosh-Agach is the most suitable for astronomical observations. It is the place wherein following days we will plunge into the riddles of the universe.

DAY 03

Is there Mars in Altai?

  • After breakfast, make a trip to Mars. This is the name of the geological monument in the valley of the Kyzyl-Chin River. Being on the line of the Charysh-Terekty tectonic fault, on the surface of the Earth there appeared the most ancient rocks of the Altai - the weathering crust formed long before the formation of the modern Altai mountainous country. The landscapes of the valley, which for millions of years have taken bizarre shapes, are painted in a variety of shades of red, and due to this feature, the territory is called Mars.

  • After landing on Mars, go on a journey to the banks of the ancient lake, which in the glacial age filled the entire Chui valley.

  • Follow the traces of the existence of a huge water reservoir of Ice Age. Clays had been brought by the water of the ancient glacial lake for thousands of years.

  • In the evening, return to the hotel.

  • Then, observe the night sky through a telescope.

DAY 04

Snow Leopard Land

  • On the border with Mongolia, on the territory of Sailyugemsky National Park, climb to the top of the mountain, to see rare animals such as argali which are also called mountain sheep, and also check photo traps for the snow leopard. In the territory of Altai, there is the largest population of these rare animals that live exclusively in the highlands. There is also the northernmost distribution of snow leopards.

  • In the evening, get an opportunity to enjoy a concert of throat singing and watch a shamanistic rite.

  • Enjoy traditional treats of the nomads of Altai for dinner as well.

  • Then, observe the night sky through a telescope.

DAY 05

Ancient observatory and mysterious writing

  • Visit the top of Zhalgyz-Tobe mountain, where we can see petroglyphs. On Kurgak mountain, see the longest runic inscription found in Altai. It is known that the Turks (6-11 centuries AD) were not only excellent warriors but also created the first written language among the peoples of northern Eurasia.

  • In the afternoon, visit one of the most ancient and mysterious observatories of Altai - the Tarkhatinsky megalithic complex (the Aeneolithic - Early Bronze Age). It is proved that all the objects of the sanctuary are strictly oriented to the cardinal directions and have a different magnetisation and composition of rocks than stones located nearby. To construct this ritual complex, the ancient builders had to deliver enormous blocks for tens of kilometres. How and for what purpose the sanctuary was built is still a mystery.

  • In the evening, return to the hotel and go for starry sky observation.

DAY 06

Temple Mount and the Valley of the Kings

  • After breakfast, make a trip to the most fantastic ritual complexes of Altai.

  • Visit the valley of the Yustyd River, where there is the necropolis of the ancient nomads. The valley is replete with mounds; there are many deer stones and petroglyphs. In the old days, a sizeable metallurgical area was located here, as evidenced by the remains of forged and ancient smelting furnaces. The Yustyd Valley can be compared to the Nazca Desert in South America because from a height you can see that the stone constructions of the kerexurs (mounds with an external framing of stones) intertwine into a single unique pattern.

  • Further, go to the temple mountain of the Turu-Alty sanctuary. This structure occupies the whole ridge of Turu-Alty. The ancient complex was a temple of sun worship. On the slopes of Turu-Alty Mount and at its foot there are numerous mounds, ritual fences and petroglyphs. At the highest point of the mountain ridge, there is the altar - a stone slab facing south with multiple images of deer, symbolising the sun. It is possible that in ancient times not only rituals were performed here, but also luminary observations. On the days of the vernal and autumnal equinox, as well as the winter and summer solstices, the sun sets at the horizon in strictly defined places. The mountain also has a unique acoustic effect. From the highest point, you can hear the prayer offering from the Kosh-Agach Mosque, which is located more than 40 km from here.

  • In the evening, return to the hotel, starry sky observation through a telescope.

DAY 07

Return to the Lower Katun

  • Concentrate on the return transfer to the vicinity of the airport of Gorno-Altaisk.

  • As an option, offer to take a helicopter flight to the mysterious Ukok Plateau. It is located in the heart of the Altai Mountains at the intersection of the borders of China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Russia. It was through the Ukok Plateau where the civilizations of the ancient empires of China, India, Asia Minor and the nomads of southern Siberia got in contact with each other. The mummy of the Ice Maiden, a noble lady who lived in the 6th-2nd centuries BC, was discovered here. It was preserved in the lenses of ice in the mound and is considered to be the patroness of Altai. At the end of the tour, make a helicopter transfer to the tourist complex on the Lower Katun.

DAY 08


  • Early breakfast and transfer to the airport for a departure to Moscow or another city.

  • 1950 USD Per Adult
  • Accommodation according to the program: Inegen Lodge (cottage with shower and WC, ½ DBL) – 1 night; hotel of Sailugemsky National Park and Rasul Hotel (single accommodation, standard room with shower and WC) – 4 nights; wooden national dwelling of nomads on the border with Mongolia (5 persons in one house, common toilet outsides) – 1 night; Sokol Lodge – wooden cottage in Russian style (with shower and WC, ½ DBL) – 1 night

  • Full board meals

  • Land transportation;

  • Professional astronomer and professional archaeologist;

  • Russia tour Guide + interpreter;

  • All the excursions according to the program;

  • All permits and individual documents for visiting the national park and border territories;

  • Installing photo traps for snow leopard;

  • Altaic throat singing concert;

  • Medical insurance against tick-borne encephalitis;

  • Bottled water for land transfers

  • Souvenirs

  • Sauna in Chagan-Byrgazy (2 hours, in the 4th day)

  • Avia/ railway transportation to Altai

  • Alcohol and personal expenses

  • visiting sauna if it is not included to the program

  • helicopter excursions

  • We need to receive all the passport details at least before 30 days of the tour beginning as we need to arrange special permits to Russian-Mongolian border zone and permits to Sailyugemsky National Park.

Barnaul, Novosibirsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Altai Mountains

Astronomy Tour
Tribal Experience Tour
Wildlife Tour

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Type of Tour

Private Tour


The tour is available from 01 Jun to 31 Aug on the following days of the week.

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