Excursion tour «A week in the mountains»

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Welcome you to make a road trip and spend a week in the Altai mountains.

See the unique and world-famous sights such as Chuyskiy Tract, mountain passes Seminsky and Chike-Taman, the confluence of the Chuya and Katun rivers, steep cliffs and picturesque valleys. Sparkling waterfalls, clear springs, colorful Lake Geyser and many other sights. The guides will tell you about the historical and archaeological features of the region.

You will have a chanse to visit another planet «Altai Mars». It is an alien kind of landscape: the mountains are coloured with bright colors: orange, burgundy, yellow, red. 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

fascinating automobile trip in Altai mountains

interesting excursion program

motor boat trip on Lake Teletskoye

visiting Tavda caves

excursion to the honey apiary

Chuisky tract and famous passes

unique Patmos Island

landscapes of Altai Mars

mysterious Lake Geyser 

beautiful waterfalls

Red Gate

hiking

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 6 pax
Participation with children: from 7 years old
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: House — 6 nights

Tour dates:

from 29 July to 04 August 2024

from 12 August to 18 August 2024

from 26 August to 01 September 2024

from 09 September to 15 September 2024

83 000 RUB / person

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1. Meeting in Barnaul / Gorno-Altaisk. Kamyshlinsky waterfall

Meeting in Barnaul / Gorno-Altaisk city.

Transfer to Barangol village (auto 300/40 km). Accommodation in a guest house.

Meals are paid on spot.

Walking through a pine forest to picturesque Kamyshlinsky waterfall. It consists of two cascades, the total height of 12 meters, it is small but very beautiful, at the foot of the rock jets break into thousands of splashes of all colors of the rainbow.

Returning to the guest house.

Electricity available

Good mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 2. Trip to Lake Teletskoye

Breakfast.

Today we will have a trip to LakeTeletskoye (auto 190 km) and a walk on a motor boat.

Somewhere in the heart of the Altai country lies the golden lake «Altyn-Kel». Its waters are like pure emerald, its shores are large diamonds, taiga around is like feathers of malachite, the sky above it is a scattering of sapphires. How many fairy tales are told, how many songs are sung about its beauty and greatness...

A trip on a motor boat along Lake Teletskoye will allow you to see all the charm of the Pearl of Altai, to learn its secrets and mysteries, to admire the beauty of the shores surrounding the lake, to get unforgettable impressions and purest energy.

Duration of the excursion is about 14 hours.

Returning to the guest house.

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 3. Tavda caves. Visit to apiary

Breakfast.

Excursion to Tavda (Tavdinskiye) caves.

People are always attracted by the unknown, mysterious, hidden by darkness. Caves are probably the brightest example of the mystery created by nature. When a man gets into the narrow or wide passages of «underground palaces», he can be possessed either by anxiety and fear, or indomitable curiosity – both attracts, makes you return again and again to solve this mystery.

Caves are quite a rare geological phenomenon. They allow a man to look deep into the earth, to know the contents of its bowels, to look at the grandiose, impressive work of water. During the whole excursion you will be accompanied by legends, legends and true stories about Tavda caves.

Next we will visit the apiary «Honey Paradise».

This is a magical place! The apiary is located deep in the mountains, on the bank of the pond, is a breeding farm of the breed of bees «Karpatka», which is characterized by a non-evil character. Honey produced at this apiary is distinguished by its exquisite flavor and rich bouquet. The apiary offers unique products of beekeeping: honey in honeycomb, propolis and, of course, mead, the recipe of which is kept in deep secrecy.

Duration 4 hours.

Returning to the guest house.

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 4. Excursion to Chemal village. Chechkysh gorge. Patmos Island

Breakfast.

Departure to the Chemal village along the Chemalsky tract – one of the most popular places in the Altai Mountains. In its vicinity there are a great number of sights that deserve the your attention: hydroelectric power station, water reservoir, the confluence of the rivers Chemal and Katun, springs of Living and Dead water, rock of love, crying rock, Sartakpai gate, goat path and others. A great number of legends and true stories connected with these objects will be heard during the excursion.

Then we will go to the island of Patmos. This is an amazingly beautiful place of the Altai Mountains. In 1915 a wooden temple built in 1849 in Chemal was moved here, which was destroyed with time. By 2001 the temple was restored and consecrated again. The temple is undergoing a gradual renovation of old icons. On the stone of the island, the nuns carved an image of the Mother of God with a baby in her arms. Next to the temple there is a skete of St. John the Theologian.

Plunge into the unique beauty of Altai mountains, rivers and waterfalls. Taste spring water and take a bird's eye view of the surroundings. Katun flows below, you can see the Chemalsky tract, Chechkysh tract. The foothills covered with a green carpet stretch behind the river. Here you can see only a tiny piece of Altai splendor, but feel its power and strength.

Duration 5 hours (auto 60 km).

Returning to the guest house.

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 5. Chuisky trakt. Seminsky pass. Chike-Taman pass

Breakfast.

Transfer along the famous Chuisky tract (auto 300 km).

Its history goes back to the depth of centuries. Once this road was a pack trail, a branch of the Great Silk Road, «Chinese road», as it was called. Nowadays it is the main transportation artery of the Altai Mountains, which has preserved numerous traces of the peoples who lived here. Seminsky pass – Dyal-Menku («Eternal Mountain») 1894 meters above sea level – the highest point of the Chuisky tract.

The next pass on our way is Chike-Taman («Flat sole»). The height of the pass is 1460 meters, but because of its steepness it seems much higher.

There are a lot of interesting places to see all along the Chuisky tract: Katun terraces, Yaloman settlement, Tsaplin's suspension bridge, stone sculptures, rock paintings, burial mounds, the confluence of Chuya and Katun, Katun and Chuisky bomas, sanctuary Kalbak-Tash, White Bom.

Legends, tales, historical and archaeological facts, ethnographic details in addition to unusually picturesque natural riches are waiting for you.

Arrival to the camping, twin accommodation in hotel rooms (facilities in a room or on the floor).

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 6. Lake Geyser. Martian landscapes. Waterfalls

Breakfast.

We continue driving along the Chuisky tract (130 km) and we are lucky to observe a magnificent picture of snow-white peaks and sparkling glaciers – the panorama of the North Chuisky Squirrels.

A short drive across the Kurai steppe and we are on another planet. These places are called «Altai Mars», and all because the valleys of Kyzylchin and Chagan-Uzun rivers can be rightfully considered real natural reserves of the recent history of mountains. Rocks of different time epochs are well exposed here, which gives an opportunity to explore them.

Walking to Lake Geyser, which will reveal its mysteries to you and may reveal the secrets of your future.

Walking to Chibitsky and Vucharakh waterfalls.

There are two picturesque waterfalls in the tributaries of the Chuya River, the way will be along the left bank of the Chuya River. We admire magnificent landscapes. The waterfalls are located in very interesting places among steep rocks and huge boulders, surrounded by triangular dark coniferous fir-trees and smart light-green larches.

Returning to the camping.

Electricity available

Bad mobile signal

Shower available

Accommodation in guesthouses

Day 7. Final day of the tour. Red Gate. Returning to Barangol village. Departure to Gorno-Altaisk / Barnaul

Breakfast.

Today we visit the famous Red Gate – a rocky passage between Aigulak and Kurai ranges.

The rocks have a reddish tint, giving a special color to the surrounding area. We continue our way to Ulagansky pass, the height of which is 2080 meters.

Return to Barangol village by Chuisky tract (auto 300 km) with short stops near springs and observation places.

Dinner (included in the tour price). Bath (Russian banya).

Departure to Barnaul (22:00, auto 300 km) / Gorno-Altaisk*.

The end of the tour.

* Departure to Gorno-Altaisk airport next morning (40 km). It is necessary to book accommodation in Barangol village for one night. The cost of accommodation is not included in the tour price.

* The route and schedule can be adjusted depending on weather conditions and for safety reasons.

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+ What is included in the price

  • English speaking guide service
  • visa support (invitation letter for Russian visa)
  • transport services from Barnaul/Gorno-Altaisk and back
  • meals: breakfasts, dinner on Day 7
  • twin accommodation in guest houses according to the program
  • entrance tickets to museums
  • excursions according to the program
  • recreational fees

- What is not included

  • tickets to/from Gorno-Altaisk
  • transfers from Barnaul, Novosibirsk  
  • meals not included in the program (lunches and dinners, except dinner on Day 1)
  • services not included in the tour program
  • porter services
  • alcohol drinks
  • tips

Price clarification

The price of the tour:

83 000 rubles per person – twin accommodation in guest houses/rooms (facilities on the territory)

95 000 rubles per person – twin accommodation in guest houses/rooms with facilities 

Tour map

How to get there

Please send us your arrival details in advance – flight or train number and time of your arrival in Barnaul or Gorno-Altaisk.
Local time is differs with Moscow time +4 hours (when in Moscow 12:00 – in Barnaul 16:00).

Meeting of the group:

At the airport of Barnaul from 07:00 to 08:00 local time.

At the railway station in Barnaul from 08:00 to 09:00 local time.

At the airport of Gorno-Altaisk until 11:00 local time.

In case of the delay of the plane, train, bus or car and possible late arrival in Barnaul, be sure to inform the tour operator about the situation.

Boarding is organized by the bus driver according to the list, not earlier than 07:00. Backpacks and oversized equipment are loaded either in the trunks or in the cabin, depending on the capacity of the vehicle.

Return transfer at the end of the tour:

Departure to Barnaul/Biysk: in the evening (22:00) of the last day of the tour, arrival in Barnaul around 03:00–04:00 am, in Biysk around 01:00 am of the next day. In Biysk the passengers can be dropped off only on the route of the bus, the bus does not enter the bus and railway station. Thus, return tickets should be purchased for the next morning.

Departure to Gorno-Altaisk is carried out on the next day after the end of the tour at 07:00–08:00 am (depending on the time of departure). In this case it is necessary to book accommodation for one night in Barangol. The price for accommodation from 1000 rubles per person. Accommodation is not included in the cost of the tour, booked in advance on full payment.


There are several ways to get from Moscow to the starting point of the tour:
the most convenient way is by airplane to Gorno-Altaisk (about 4,5 hours from Moscow: Aeroflot, Pobeda, S7 and other airlines).

You can also get there:
– by flight to Barnaul (4 hours from Moscow, Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and others);
– by train to Barnaul (2,5 days from Moscow);
– by flight to Novosibirsk (3,5 hours from Moscow, Aeroflot, S7 Airlines and others);
– by train to Novosibirsk (2 days from Moscow)
Flight tickets to Novosibirsk are often cheaper than to Barnaul, but transfer from Novosibirsk takes longer.

Flights from Moscow to Barnaul or Gorno-Altaisk usually depart in the evening and land the next morning. Flights from Barnaul depart to Moscow in the morning and land in Moscow the same morning. There are day flights from Moscow to Novosibirsk, which are convenient to arrive at the time of the tour start. There are evening and morning flights from Novosibirsk to Moscow.

Meals

Tour price includes: breakfasts and dinner in Day 7.
Other meals are paid on spot independent.

Essential equipment list

Must-have
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F.A.Q.

Answers to popular questions
Are flight tickets included in the tour?
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. You can book them individually, or we can help you with it.
Who can participate in the tour?
There are no special requirements for participants. Everyone can take part in a tour.
Children from 7 years old accompanied by an adult are allowed on the route.
Who will accompany the group on the tour?
The group of up to 12 people will be accomponied by 1 instructor and driver.

TOUR DATES

from 29 July to 04 August 2024

83 000 RUR /person

from 12 August to 18 August 2024

83 000 RUR /person

from 26 August to 01 September 2024

83 000 RUR /person

from 09 September to 15 September 2024

83 000 RUR /person

from 23 September to 29 September 2024

83 000 RUR /person

Difficulty: to everyone
Group size: from 6 pax
Participation with children: from 7 years old
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: House — 6 nights

Tour dates:

from 29 July to 04 August 2024

from 12 August to 18 August 2024

from 26 August to 01 September 2024

from 09 September to 15 September 2024

83 000 RUB / person