Altai Golden Ring

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11 Days

Chemal Valley
Chalet in the mountains Altai
Altai Multinskie Lake

What you will do

Discover Altai Golden ring and its magnificent landscapes. From Mount Beloukha to Lake Teletskoye, you cross mountains, plains and valleys, including the famous Tchuya road, one of the most beautiful roads in the world. An intense nature getaway at the crossroads of Russian, Kazakh, Chinese and Mongolian cultures.

What's included

Stay

Food

Transport

Your itinerary

Day 1
Altai

 

Welcome to Altai!

Arrive at Barnaul airport early in the morning…

Arrive at Barnaul airport early in the morning (if necessary, it is possible to meet at Gorno-Altaisk or Novosibirsk airport). Meet your guide and your driver. Breakfast in a café, then guided tour of the German Titov Space Museum.

Transfer to the Altai Republic (520km from Novosibirsk). Lunch on the road. You reach the Tchemal valley and visit the picturesque monastery on the island of Patmos, in the middle of a mountain river, then the Tchemal hydroelectric power station.

Installation in a comfortable tourist base. Diner and night at the place.

Day 2
Katun Altai

 

Katun – Askat

Rafting excursion on the turquoise waters of the Katun…

Breakfast at the inn.

Rafting excursion on the turquoise waters of the Katoun: you are accompanied by a certified instructor. The difficulty of the course may vary. Lunch in a cafe.

You then reach the artisan village of Askat: You take a short hike to Mount Menjelik, visit different art galleries and get to know the work of local masters. You will discover in particular the sound therapy of Tibetan bowls and traditional Altai instruments.

Dinner and overnight at the inn.

Day 3
Chemal Valley Altai

 

Chemal Valley

You go for a day of horse riding in the mountains

Breakfast at the base.

You go for a day of horse riding in the mountains (alternative in quad possible): you enjoy a breathtaking view of hundreds of kilometers of mountain ranges. A little further, in the heart of the mountains, you will discover a sublime gorge and a round stone called “dragon’s egg”. Lunch on the road.

Visit of the “Throat of the spirits”: you discover an unusual place where the locals pray to their gods. You climb the mountain from cascade to cascade, until you have a breathtaking view of the valley and the Katoun river.

Return to the hostel. Dinner on site, and overnight at the inn.

Day 4
Chuya Path Altai

 

Chuya Path

You set off on the Tchuya road…

Breakfast at the inn.

You set off on the Tchuya road, one of the most beautiful roads in the world according to the National Geographic ranking. You’re going through it entirely over the next couple of days. You also cross the Seminsky pass (1,717m) and enjoy sublime views on your route. Lunch on the road.

Dinner and overnight at the inn.

Day 5
Geyser Lake Altai

 

Geyser Lake – Koche-Agatch

The Kara-Turek pass offers you a magnificent view of Mount Beloukha…

Breakfast at the inn.

You set off for an excursion to Altai’s famous turquoise lake, Lake Geyser, before continuing as close as possible to the surrounding mountains. Lunch on the road.

Then you join a region one of a kind in the region, nicknamed the “Mars of the Altai”. You visit the very unusual village of Koche-Agatch, and walk through the Kazakh-Mongolian market, where you can find local products and souvenirs.

Dinner and overnight at the inn.

Day 6
Pazyryk Altai

 

Pazyryk – Kathu-Yaryk

reach the graves of the Pazyryk culture…

Breakfast at the inn.

You take the road again in the morning to reach the graves of the Pazyryk culture: according to legend, only the elect could go to this sacred valley where warriors and shamans were buried. Lunch on the road.

You then visit the observation platform on the Kathou-Yaryk pass. On the edge of a kilometer deep precipice, you can admire the emerald river flowing below, and the impressive surrounding landscapes.

Installation in a traditional campsite. Diner and night at the place. Banya in the river.

Day 7
Utchar Waterfall Altai

 

Utchar Waterfall

Chose between two options…

Breakfast at the camp.

OPTION 1 / You go for a day hike (18 km) in the mountain trails. You go to the Utchar Waterfall, the largest in Altai (160m). Lunch on the way.

OPTION 2 / You go for a hike to the magnificent Kurkuré waterfall (8 km). Afternoon of rest near the Tchulychemane river.

Return to camp at the end of the day. Russian banya. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Day 8
Lake Teletskoye Altai

 

Tchulychmane – Lake Teletskoye

In the morning, you set off to discover the “stone mushrooms”…

Breakfast at the camp.

In the morning, you set off to discover the “stone mushrooms”, one of the natural wonders of the Altai, resulting from the weathering of rocks. You continue with the fascinating landscapes of the Tchulychmane river. Lunch on the way.

You then arrive south of Lake Teletskoye and embark on a 78 km cruise, to reach the northern end. Along the way, you make a few stops to admire waterfalls and preserved villages.

Arrival at the village of Artybash. Installation at the hostel. Dinner and overnight at the inn.

Day 9
Lake Teletskoye Altai

 

Lake Teletskoye

Morning rest at the edge of Lake Teletskoye…

Breakfast at the inn.

Morning rest at the edge of Lake Teletskoye, one of the deepest and cleanest in the world. Lunch in town.

In the afternoon, your guide accompanies you on an ethnographic excursion, you get to know the local traditions. Tasting of traditional local dishes.

Dinner and overnight at the inn.

Day 10
Gorno Altaisk

 

Gorno Altaisk – Barnaul

Free morning to enjoy the pleasant shores of Lake Teletskoye…

Breakfast at the inn.

Free morning to enjoy the pleasant shores of Lake Teletskoye for the last time.

Transfer to Gorno Altaisk. Lunch in town, and guided tour of the National Museum where the mummy of the “Princess of Altai” is exhibited. Free time to explore the village.

Transfer to Barnaul (420 km) and installation at the hotel. Festive farewell dinner, and overnight at the hotel.

Day 11
Altai from Sky

 

Departure

Transfer to the airport

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free time according to flight schedules. Transfer to the airport. Return flight.

The price includes
The price does not include
General terms and conditions
  •  30% deposit upon reservation
  • Balance payment one month before departure
  • The order of the excursions can be modified according the touristic sites or for any other technical reasons 
  • Non-binding pictures 
Cancellation Policy
  • If the cancellation is made more than 30 days before departure, the fee is 100€ 
  • Between 30 and 20 days before departure, cancellation fee equals 25 % of the total amount of the trip price
  • Between 19 and 13 days, the fee equals 35 %
  • Between 12 and 9 days, the fee equals 60 %
  • If the cancellation is made less than 9 days before departure, the cancellation fee is 100% of the total amount
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