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Exploring The Golden Mountains of Altai. Outdoor multiactivity.
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Exploring the Golden Mountains of Altai. Trekking, rafting, 4WD, sightseeing.

Region: Russia, Southern Siberia, Altai (Altay)
Activity: trekking, rafting, 4WD, etnographic tour, sightseeing, optional bicycling and horse riding.
Trip Category: regular
Difficulty: easy, no need of special skills or gear (kids from 10 years old are allowed).
Dates: July - August. Fixed dates (11 and 9 days):

Variant 1 Outdoor multiactivity tour 11 days

02.07-12.07
30.07-09.08
14.08-24.08

Variant 2 Excursion tour 9 days

07.07-15.07
15.07-23.07
12.08-20.08

Altai (Altay) - "The Golden Mountains" is the mountain land on the south of Siberia which keeps ecological purity and untouched wild nature so far. The communication with local people, many of whom are followers of exotic doctrines- pagans (Shamanists), followers of Roerikh and Old Believers ("starovery")- gives an unique social experience. A number of archeological artefacts (from 1,500,000 BC!), including rock arts (petroglyphs) and Paleolithical sits are en our route, it makes visit to Altai not only outdoor adventure but captivating trip as well!

In 1998 The Golden Mountains of Altai were included to UNESCO World Heritage list.

We offer 2 variants of tours which cover all the natural and human beauty of Altai mountains. 11 days outdoor multiactivity tour is for those who can try most of possible outdoors at once: hiking, 4WD trip, white water rafting. 9 days excursion tour is for those who prefer less strenuous activities such as car sightseeing, 4WD, horseride and rafting with not much hike but want to see as much as possible.

Rafting on the upper stream of Katun river - one of the sources of the great Siberian river Ob - and it's left tributary Koksa allows to see all the beauty of Altai mountains along with safe but adrenaline-taking adventure. This rafting take place in the area which was visited by Nicholas Roerikh expedition in 20s of XX century in a seeking of misterious Shambala Land. This area is populated partially of Starovery - "Old Believers" - the Christian sect who didn't accept the Patriarkh (Supreme Prist of Russian Ortodox Chirch) Nikon reformation in 17 century and therefore were managed to escape to the rare populated areas as was Altai that times to avoid hassle from the official chirch. Our trip includes the excursion to Verkhniy (Upper) Uimon village populated by Old Believers so far where we visit Nicholas Roerikh museum and Old Believers museum.

Both trips include visit to ancient Stone Ages rock art (petrogliphs) site.

Itinerary (Variant 1 Outdoor Multiactivity 11 days):
Day 1 Arrival to Barnaul. 12-hrs bus trip to Tungur village. Overnight in mountain base, tent camping near the bank of the Katun river. You can leave extra luggage here. There are also a cafe, sport ground, gear rental centre and Russian bania (sauna) available here.
Day 2 Acclimatization hiking to Mt. Verbluzhonok – 2...3 hrs. Preparation to 3 days trek to Mt. Baida: getting common equipment and food stuff. Rest time: if desired horse walks and rent of bicycles.
Day 3 Start of the trek. Tungur (850 m) – Mt. Baida (2070 m) – headstream of the brook Tungur. After breakfast – loading the pack horses. We hike through the Tungur village, then climb by a beautiful path to mount Baida. Stop at the rock “observation post” where we can enjoy the panoramic views of Katun and Kucherla valleys, villages of Tungur and Kucherla, snowy peaks and passes of wonderful Mt. Belukha (4506 m). There is ail (national Altai dwelling) en route. Hike through burned forest (fire in 1975) and go down to the next ail on the bank of the river Tungur, where we make a camp. Dinner on fire. 6 km, + 1200 m. 4...5 hrs.
Day 4 Tungur river– headstream of Dety-Kochek (2400 m) – Turgundinskoye Plateau. Hike from ail up to the pass where the Red Mountains are seen. Then hike along the river Dety-Kochek up to the Turgundinskoye Plateau. The cedar forest finishes and we come to the river Turgunda. Taking fire wood on the way. We camp nearby mountain Lower Turgundinskoye lake. 4...5 km. After lunch – radial trek to mount Kyzyl, such walk can be called “Walk under the clouds”. Overnight at Lower Turgundinskoye lake.
Day 5 Return to the base camp Tungur by the same way. Free time at BC, overnight in tents. 6 km. 4...5 hrs.
Day 6 4WD and foot trek to the rock art (petrogliphs) site in the Kucherla river valley. 12 km by car to the Elan site, 7-8 km on foot one way. Return to the camp.
Day 7 Transfer to the starting point of rafting - village Krasnoyarka, 100 km. Preparing the rafts, personal equipment, guides consultations. Rafting by the river Koksa: two fast-stream parts, then easy rapids – Doublesteped and Gromotukhinsky. Overnight stop near the village Koksa. 25 km, 4...5 h.
Day 8  Rafting downstream Katun river. In the beginning of the Uymonskaya valley Katun forks into many branches. Camp in the surroundings of the Multa village, excursion to the Roerich Museum in the village of Verkhniy (Upper) Uimon. 30 km, 4-5 hrs.
Day 9 Rafting on Katun Multa – Tiungur. The stream is very fast. There are some small rapids. Dinner in the cafe and overnight at a base. 30 km, 5-6 hrs.
Day 10  Drive to the city of Barnaul. Hotel accommodation. 12-13 hrs, 750 km.
Day 11 Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

Trekking and rafting conditions: The route is not difficult and doesn’t require any special skills. Hiking and trekking experience is an advantage. We travel in a remote and unpopulated area, and there are no conveniences. There may be precipitation. The day temperature is +10...+30, temperature at night 0... +10, sometimes downn to -5. The route for rafting isn’t difficult, I-II grade. The guide has the right to change the program due to bad weather and the other unfavourable circumstances.

Meals: We provide the participants with 3 meals a day. In the base camps meals are served in a cafe. On the trek the food is cooked on the open fire by a guide or cook. We also provide vegetarian meals upon inquire.

Equipment: We provide the group with tents, cooking pots, fire equipment, rafting gear (incl. life vests, helmets, waterproof bags), first-aid kit. You should have the following gear in private use: foam sleeping mat (available for rent), 3 seasons sleeping bag (available for rent); 3 seasons jacket, shorts, t-shirt for hot weather, warm clothes (in the night it gets cold), trekking boots, waterproofs, backpack of 60-100 liters, sun glasses, UVF cream, personal tin ware, usual sneakers and wooly socks will also do. For rafting: wooly tracksuit, footwear - special, neoprene slip-peers are ideal. One should have two complete sets of clothes, at the minimum. One - for rafting, which is prone to get wet, the other - for the camp (there can be a shirt, jeans, a sweater, etc.) .

Cost: for an offer!

Included: meeting and transfers in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accomodation (DBL), transportation to the Tungur (start point) and return, all permits, tent accommodation at base camp in Tungur for Days 1,2,5,9; FB (except meals in Barnaul and on the way Barnaul - Tiungur - Barnaul); rafting and camping equipment listed above.

Not included: Travel to and from Barnaul, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.
Options. Visa support. The arrival and departure point can be changed to Novosibirsk, Omsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk.
Additional excursions: Ust-Kan cave with paleolithic sit (600,000 BCE), Pazyrik burial mounds (Scythian culture, VII-II c. BCE), Kalbak Tash and Elangash Rock Arts sites (from Stone Ages to Turkish times). Helicopter flights from/to Gorno-Altaisk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk.

Itinerary (Variant 2 excursion tour 9 days):
Day 1 Meeting in Barnaul at 7 a.m. Transfer to Denisova cave – a unique archeological monument in the Northern Asia, the place where ancient human lived from the Paleolithic epoch (300 thousand years B.C.) to the Middle Ages. Excursion to the cave takes 1-1,5 hours. It’s necessary to have water and wind proofs in case of rain. Transfer to Tungur BC, village Tungur. 310 km, 5...6 hrs. Lunch not far from Ust-Kan in Oybok. Excursion to the cave with paleolithic seat (optional). Accommodation at the BC in the Tourist Shelter in rooms for 3-4 persons each. Dinner at a cafe. Rest.
Day 2 Excursion to Mt. Kyzyl slopes, to a panoramic observation point on the Katandinsky Pass: great panorama of Mt. Belukha! Excursion includes the lecture about history, culture, domestic life and traditions of the tribes settled in the Uimon valley, villages of Tiungur, Kucherla, Katanda: Altai people and Old Believers. The evening of legends and myths. 4...5 km, 3...4 hrs.
Day 3 4WD and foot excursion to the petrogliphs (stone arts) in the valley of the Kucherla river. By car pass through the village of Kucherla (the last populated area on the way to Mount Belukha, population is about 100 people, all the inhabitants are Altai people) via the valley of milky-green Kucherla river to the tract Elan (broad hay fields with berries). 12 km. Further hike 7...8 km to the Shaman rock with the petrogliphs. Lunch at the bank of the Kucherla. The valley of the Kucherla is very picturesque – it’s very vast and is surrounded by the slopes covered with primeval forests with some snow flowers. The return way is the same – on foot to Elan and then by car to Tungur BC.
Day 4 Excursion to the museum of the village Upper Uimon which is an ancient village of Old Believers (it’s older then 300 years), it’s situated in the valley of the river Uimon, at the river Katun at the distance of 60 km from Tungur. There are several museums in the village: the department of Gorno-Altaisky Regional museum, the museum of Old Believers arranged by a local school teacher from the family of Old Believers, the museum of Nikolay Roerikh which is situated in the house of the Old Believer Atamanov. The Asian expedition of Roerikh stayed in this house. Start is at 10 a.m. from the Tungur BC. It’s necessary to take wind and water proofs. The duration of visiting of every museum depends of the group’s wish. The guide organizes lunch between visiting of the museums. 120 km by car, 3..4 hours – whole excursion.
Day 5 Rafting to staging horse post by the river Antara. Loading horse. Pass by horses along the river Katun till the village of Inegen. Car transfer gathers tourists - duration 22 km. Transfer to the village of Inya, confluence of rivers Chuya and Katun, 12 km, 1 hour. Horseback riding tour goes through the most ancienst road of the Terektinskii Range above the Ak-Kem tube (the biggest rapids of the Katun river). Accommodation at the hostel in the village of Inya. There are quadruple rooms in the hostel. Outdoors facilities. Supper. Sauna is on request.
Day 6 Confluence of the Katun with its main tributary stream Chuya is considered to be an energy place. You can observe fascinating views and visit petroglyphs of Kalbak-Tash, including famous Giant Monster and The Aliens. Kalbak-Tash is petroglyphs of ancient carvings of Turk tribes. Lunch a the bank of confluence of the Katun and Chuya. Transfer to Chuyskii trackt (highway), which is the main way which connects Altai and Mongolia and China. You go through the Chiketaman Pass and enter to national nature park “Uch-Enmek”, distance is 110 km. Chuiskii trakt is a genius engineering project and it’s very wonderful and picturesque. You make stops to see and take some photos of old way and amazing views. Uch-Enmek Park. Accommodation in the ail, outdoor facilities. Lunch boxes during the way. Supper in the cafe. Folk program, throat singing, sauna are on request.
Day 7 Excursion in Uch-Enmek along the valley of the river Karakol, which is full of ancient relics – balbals (stone images), burial mounds, petrogliphs. Transfer Uch-Enmek – Tchemal village. Guest house. Accommodation in rooms with the facilities outside. Free time, walking in the surroundings, beach at the bank of the Katun. 300 km, 4...5 hrs.
Day 8  After breakfast – excursion to Tchemalskaya hidroelectro station (GES) and the chapel at the Patmos island which is in the center of the river. It is a very picturesque place with rich history. 5 km car, 2...3 km walking. Transportation Tchemal - Gorno-Altaisk, 100 km, 1...2 hrs. Visit to ethnographical museum and Handicraft centre in Gorno-Altaisk (with Princess Ukok hall). Transfer Gorno-Altaisk – Barnaul, hotel accommodation. 270 km, 3...4 hrs.
Day 9 Transfer to airport or railway station. Departure from Barnaul.

Trip conditions: The route is not difficult and doesn’t require any special skills. Kids of 10-18 y.o. a allowed only with a parents. Hiking and trekking experience is an advantage. The day temperature is +10...+30, temperature at night 0... +10, sometimes downn to -5. The route for rafting isn’t difficult, I grade. The guide has the right to change the program due to bad weather and the other unfavourable circumstances.

Meals: We provide the participants with 3 meals a day. In the base camps meals are served in a cafe. On the trek the food is cooked on the open fire by a guide or cook. We also provide vegetarian meals upon inquire.

Equipment: We provide the group with group canopy, foam mats, lunch boxes, rafting gear (incl. life vests, helmets, waterproof bags), horses and horseman, first-aid kit. You should have the following gear in private use: 3 seasons jacket, shorts, t-shirt for hot weather, warm clothes (in the night it gets cold), trekking boots, waterproofs, backpack of 60-100 liters, sun glasses, UVF cream, personal tin ware, usual sneakers and wooly socks will also do. For rafting: wooly tracksuit, footwear - special, neoprene slip-peers are ideal. One should have two complete sets of clothes, at the minimum. One - for rafting, which is prone to get wet, the other - for the camp (there can be a shirt, jeans, a sweater, etc.) .

Cost: for an offer!

Included: meeting and transfers in Barnaul, 1 night hotel accommodation (DBL), transportation to the Tungur (start point) and return and as per programme, all permits, 4-bed room accommodation at base camp in Tungur; 4 bed ail accommodation in Uch-Enmek; 4 bed hut accommodation in Chemal and at the base on Chuiskiy Trakt; tickets; FB (except meals in Barnaul and on the way Barnaul - Tungur - Barnaul); rafting and camping equipment listed above, horses and horseman; English-speaking guide service.

Not included: Travel to and from Barnaul, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.
Options. Visa support. Upgrade stay in Tungur to the hotel, folk programme in Uch Enmek. The arrival and departure point can be changed to Novosibirsk, Omsk, Biysk or Gorno-Altaisk.
Additional excursions: Ust-Kan cave with paleolithic sit (600,000 BCE), Pazyrik burial mounds (Scythian culture, VII-II c. BCE), Kalbak Tash and Elangash Rock Arts sites (from Stone Ages to Turkish times). Helicopter flights from/to Gorno-Altaisk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk.

Any possible tailor-made trips are available! Just us of fill in the request form!

Services in Tungur base (available separately):

  • meals served in national Altai dwelling- ail. Exclusive offer - cooking of the set of Altai national meals from the ram on demand!
  • Russian bania including cedar barrel option;
  • gear rental;
  • horse riding trips;
  • stay upgrade to permanent camp, hut or hotel
Altai (Altay) trekking. Tungur. Camping.
Camping in Tungur.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Tungur. Cafe - ail.
Cafe in Tungur shaped as ail- national Altai dwelling.
Russia. Siberia. Altai. Katun rafting.
Russia. Siberia. Altay. Katun rafting.
Katun rafting.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Koksu river.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Koksu river.
Koksu river.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Katun river.
Katun river.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Katun river.
Katun near Tungur.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Belukha trekking. Ancient rock painting.
Shaman Rock with petroglyphs (pre-historic rock arts).
Altai (Altay) rafting. Roerich museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altai. Roerich museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altay. Katun rafting. Roerikh museum.
Roerikh museum in Upper Uimon.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Starovery museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altai. Old Believers museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altay. Katun rafting. Starovery museum.
Altai (Altay) rafting. Old Believers museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altai. Old Believers museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altay. Katun rafting. Starovery museum.
Russia. Siberia. Altai. Old Believers museum.
Starovery (Old Believers) museum in Upper Uimon.
Siberia. Altai. Inia stellas.
Inia Stellas - eneolithic (about XXX c. BCE) burial monument. 1st attempt to figure out the man: 2 circular grooves devide "head" and "legs". Scythian king's burial mound on the background.
Siberia. Altai. Ancient rock art. Kalbak Tash. Alien.
"Alien" figure in Kalbak Tash rock art site.
Siberia. Altai. Ancient rock art. Kalbak Tash. Monster.
Famous giant monster figure in Kalbak Tash rock art site.
Altai (Altay) trekking. Ust-Kan cave. Paleolithic site.
Ak-Tash rock with the Ust-Kan cave. Down paleolith archaeological sit (600.000 BCE)
 
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