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Discover The Wild Beauty Of The Siberian Part Of Russia By Trekking (AL-04)

Group size
2-10 people
Season
Summer
Duration
15 days
Departs
As per schedule
Starts
Moscow
Ends
Moscow
Countries
Russia
Cities
Moscow, Barnaul, Altai
Price
from £1,095
Reservation
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Altai, the so-called Russian Tibet or Heart of Siberia, is a unique place, ideal for active holidays! The purity of the mountain air and the crystal-clear water of numerous lakes and rivers will make your trekking in Altai unforgettable! Our route crosses the area of lake Ak-Kem, which rests at the heart of the Altai mountains. Here you will find one of the most beautiful spots for trekking in the world – breathtaking views of mountains and lakes, green forests and valleys covered with blossoming wild flowers. The delicious honey collected in this region is famous for its healing qualities.
The mystical tranquility and the local beauty gave rise to the numerous legends of Altai: about the mysterious treasures of Skifs, and Genghis Khan, part of whose army settled here exhausted after years of long raids into Europe. Located on the border of Europe and Asia, Altai holds the secrets of the many ethnic groups who have inhabited this area since the times of Egypt’s pharaohs. It is bursting with natural treasures – 5 natural phenomena in the region are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

This existing trip does not require any special skills; however you need to be prepared to spend a few hours a day trekking. The land of Altai is too beautiful to miss!

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IncludedServices included in the package price.
  • Hotel in Moscow
  • Accommodation in tents
  • Breakfasts in Moscow
  • Full board meals in Altai
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Tour staff & support
  • Group equipment and gear
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas: checking service
  • Consular fees: Russia
Not includedServices not included in the package price.
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Moscow
Day 1
Transfer from the airport 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.
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Moscow
Day 2
Moscow City Centre Walking Tour
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
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
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Domestic flight: Moscow - Barnaul
Day 2
Flight to Barnaul: Moscow - Barnaul
Overnight flight to Barnaul.
Barnaul / Altai
Day 3
Coach: Barnaul - Altai
Arrival at the base camp “Vysotnik” (750 km, transfer duration 12-13 hours). “Welcome” dinner
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 4
Base camp - Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m)
Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, 600 m altitude change
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 5
Continue ascending along the Oroktoi brook to the Tukhman brook (2,000 m)
Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, 14km
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 6
Continue trekking up to our camp site on the shore of lake Kulduairy
Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours hiking, altitude change 100m
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 7
Tekeliu river - optional hike to see the highest waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu waterfall
Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, altitude change 500m
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 8
River Tekeliu - Sarybel pass ascend (2,300 m) - base camp (2,000 m)
Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, altitude change 600m
Overnight in tents
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 9
A day hike to the mysterious ravine Yarlu. Return to the base camp
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 10
The Karatiurek pass ascend (3,060 m). Camping in a virgin cedar glade (2,000 m)
Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, altitude change 1,000 m
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 11
Camping on the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla
Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, altitude change 300m
Overnight in tents
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.
Day 12
Trekking through the Kucherla ravine
Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, altitude change 300m
Overnight in tents
Trekking through the Kucherla ravine. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 14 km, descent 451 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 13
Gradual descent down the Kucherla river. Trekking to our base camp “Vysotnik”. 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.
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Altai / Barnaul
Day 14
Coach: Altai - Barnaul
Transfer from camp Vysotnik to Barnaul.
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Barnaul / Moscow
Day 15
Transfer from the hotel to the airport
Flight to Moscow: Barnaul - Moscow
Transfer from the local airport to the international airport
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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Dates and prices
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Year of travel
2021
Travel dates Flights Excluding / Including Single supplement Book
20/06/2021 - 04/07/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
30/06/2021 - 14/07/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
10/07/2021 - 24/07/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
20/07/2021 - 03/08/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
30/07/2021 - 13/08/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
14/08/2021 - 28/08/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now
03/09/2021 - 17/09/2021 £1,095 / £1,645 £165 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in British Pounds. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the section “Included” in the tour description.
  2. Price “Including flight” is subject to airfare availability and will be reconfirmed upon your booking. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights.
  4. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  5. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
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