Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the hotel.
Moscow City Centre Walking Tour. Departure to Barnaul
During the tour we will walk around major cultural and historical points in Moscow. We will visit the Red Square and take a stroll along the nearby pedestrian zone. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to Barnaul
Barnaul - Altai
Transfer to Altai by Bus (750 km, 12-13 hours). “Welcome” Dinner
Transfer by bus (750 km, 12 – 13 hours) to the base camp “Vysotnik”. We travel by coach from the airport to the base camp “Vysotnik”, situated in a picturesque place. There are no highways on most of the territory of the Altai, therefore we have to use ordinary roads through the mountains. The coach trip takes approx. 12-13 hours. On arrival, a “welcome” dinner will help you to relax after this long journey. Overnight in tents.
Base Camp - Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m)
In the morning we start trekking from our base camp (850 m). The path goes through Kucherla, the last populated area on our way to the mountains. Then we will follow a path through the forest where we can see plenty of mushrooms, berries, and various kinds of trees and grasses. Today we explore the Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m). The pass isn't high but the going is quite challenging - this is the first test for our stamina. Camping on the banks of Ak-Kem, a mountain river whose cool waters will help you to relax. Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, 19 km, ascent 656 m, descent 524 m. Overnight in tents.
Continue Ascending along the Oroktoi Brook to the Tukhman Brook (2,000 m)
We continue ascending along the Oroktoi brook to the Tukhman brook (2,000 m). We will observe how the panorama and the vegetation changes from the taiga - deep Siberian forest - to high alpine meadows. Overnight at a picturesque place with a great view of Belukha, the highest mountain in Siberia, and surrounding peaks. Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km, ascent 1,224 m. Overnight in tents.
Trekking up to Lake Kulduairy
This day could be called a walk under the clouds. We will follow a trail until the final moderate descent to our camp site on the shore of lake Kulduairy. We may even catch sight of a hare or a deer along the way. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 15 km, ascent 334 m, descent 438 m. Overnight in tents.
Tekeliu River. Optional Hike to the Highest Waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu Waterfall
We have a short distance to walk today – just a moderate ascent and we find ourselves at a plateau with a panoramic view of the Katunskii range with its strangely shaped cliffs. After a short but steep descent, we reach our campsite on the banks of the Tekeliu river. In the afternoon we have an optional hike upstream along the river to see the highest waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu waterfall. Daily route of approx. 3-4 hours, 10 km, ascent 233 m, descent 544 m. Overnight in tents.
River Tekeliu - Sarybel Pass Ascend - Base Camp (2,000 m)
We cross the river Tekeliu and start ascending the Sarybel pass (2,300 m). Tekeliu in the Altaic language means "a place where mountain goats live" and we may indeed see some goats here if we are lucky. You will never forget the special moment of discovering the beauty of lake Ak-kem for the first time. Walking across the Ak-kem river, we will cross a shaky bridge, and in a half an hour we'll reach our base camp (2,000 m). There is a canteen, a Russian banya and a traditional Altai building - Ail (a type of wooden yurt) there. This camp offers you breath-taking views over the huge snowy majestic Mount Belukha. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 15 km, ascent 532 m, descent 553 m. Overnight in tents.
Day Hike to the Mysterious Ravine Yarlu
A day hike to the Ak – Ojouk valley which is famous for its beautiful seven lakes or a day hike to the mysterious ravine Yarlu. The unreal colours of the ravine will remain etched in your memory forever. There is a strong belief that the area around lake Ak-Kem has a powerful energy. Here you may meet very different people - from hermits to people believing in UFOs. There is a stone town here being built by people who have come to this place from all over the world to meditate near the sacred mountain Belukha. Return to the base camp. Daily route of approx. 5-7 hours, 7 km, ascent 227 m, descent 227 m. Overnight in tents.
The Karatiurek Pass Ascend (3,060 m). Camping in a Virgin Cedar Glade (2,000 m)
Today we ascend the Karatiurek pass (3,060 m). There may be some snow on the pass. After a while we’ll start our descent. The temperature will rise and the vegetation become rich again. Another bewitching ravine appears on the way – the Kucherlinskoe ravine. Camping in a virgin cedar glade (2,000 m). Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, 11 km, ascent 1,000 m, descent 750 m. Overnight in tents.
Camping on the Shore of one of the Most Beautiful Lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla
We continue descending through the mountain taiga forest. Camping on the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla. Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, 8 km, descent 523 m. Overnight in tents.
Trekking Through the Kucherla Ravine
Trekking through the Kucherla ravine. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 14 km, descent 451 m. Overnight in tents.
Gradual Descent down the Kucherla River to the Base Camp. Farewell Dinner
Gradual descent down the Kucherla river. On our way we’ll make a stop to see an ancient grotto and petroglyphs (prehistoric drawings) on a rock, which are several thousand years old. We cross a seemingly endless field and finally reach our base camp “Vysotnik”. Our last opportunity to experience a Russian banya (sauna, optional) during the tour. Farewell dinner. Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, 19 km, descent 350 m. Overnight in tents.
Altai - Barnaul
Transfer to Barnaul (750 km, 12-13 hours)
Transfer from camp Vysotnik to Barnaul.
Tour Dates & Prices
Barnaul - Moscow
Departure to Moscow
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
We highly recommend you to review all the information following the links below before your tour.
Please be aware that Altai is a remote destination where the grade of accommodation and infrastructure in general may be lower than those which would be expected to be found in western countries. Our Altai tours are first of all an opportunity to see wildlife and explore a unique flora and fauna. So please be prepared to some discomfort and varied weather conditions.
Showers and Toilet Facilities
There are no showers in camps only at the hotels. While camping there will be washstands. Hot water will be provided by your guides. Toilets in base camps (Vysotnik
) will be in a separate simple wooden structure (WC toilet).
The tour may include short days of strenuous activity. These routes also may involve ascent and descent and the occasional difficult day, and therefore it is important for all participants to be reasonably fit. As long as you are confident of your physical condition, previous experience is not essential, although it is desirable.
Note: no porters are provided on a trek. You will need to carry:
- your personal belongings
- food – approximately 7 kg
- group equipment – approximately 4 kg
HORSES FOR YOUR TREK
For your convenience you can hire horses for the whole trek. We do not include this in the price of a tour as the cost depends on the number of horses required for a group. Each horse can carry up to 55 kg. and costs 25 eur per day. A horseman is also required and must be paid (the same price per day). One horseman can lead up to three horses.
What goes on a horse
- Personal belongings (personal load)
- Common equipment: tents, common tent, cooking equipment, first aid box
Recommended number of horses on the trek
Depending on how much personal load you put on a horse you can choose a number of horses required.
- With a minimum personal load on a horse (4-5 kg per person)
- 2-3 participants: 1 horse + 1 horse man
- 4-5 participants: 2 horses + 1 horse man
- 6-7 participants: 3 horses + 1 horse man
For example for 7 participants: 3 horses + 1 horse man. Trekking 10 days: 4 horses * 10 days * 25 EUR = 1000 EUR per group
- With a maximum personal load on a horse (10-12 kg per person)
- 2-3 participants: 2 horses + 1 horse man
- 4-5 participants: 3 horses + 1 horse man
- 6-7 participants: 4 horses + 2 horse men
For example for 7 participants: 4 horses + 2 horse men. Trekking 10 days: 6 horses * 10 days * 25 EUR = 1500 EUR per group.
Please note that despite limited alternatives we use the best available accommodation options. Your main accommodation while trekking will be tents
. You can upgrade your accommodation at our base camps and stay in wooden shelters during your tour. Please see the detailed description in the "Accommodation" tab.
If you are a single traveller, you will be staying in:
- A single room at a hotel;
- A single tent while trekking;
You will need to bring your Personal Trekking / Camping Equipment
on a tour.
Please read these important sections for your tour: