Group size: min. 2 persons
Excursion tour with rafting. A water trip down the middle part of the Katun river is not only a crazy rowing and exquisite feelings when passing the rapids, but also fishing in the halts, the beauty of the nature of Mountain Altai and a chance to enjoy active rest in the wildness without unnecessary pressure and hardships, a journey to the lost world!
Holiday "Blooming of Maralnik". Maralnik is a mountain rose, or Ledum, or Altai cherry tree, Rhododendron Ledeburii - the plant has many names. It is a symbol of coming spring. When sakura blossoms in Japan, the slopes of the Altai mountains are covered with lilac carpet of a mountain rhododendron. Fotostops are planned exactly in those places where this miracle of nature is best presented, so that photographers have an excellent opportunity to take unique photographs of blooming mountains. Sky Blue Katun: in the autumn the water of the mountain river Katun becomes unusually turquoise in color with golden mountains on background. Greenish sandstone and clear water without impurities and sediment with mainly spring feed causes this unique phenomenon.
Day 1, We
: Barnaul – Srostki – Manzherok
Meeting in Barnaul
. Transfer Barnaul - Srostki (210 km), a birthplace of Vasily Shukshin, the famous writer, actor and film director (15 km). Visit to the Shukshin Memorial Museum - Reserve. The museum consists of 3 buildings: the house-museum of Shukshin’s mother, the building of the former school where he studied and the house where the writer spent his childhood. Visit to the mountain Picket, where the annual festival "Shukshin's Readings" is held. Transfer Srostki - Manzherok (100 km). Manzherok is the name of a village, a lake with relict nuts chilim and a ski complex. Accommodation. Ascent by a chair-lift to the Mount Sinyukha (optional at extra cost). Dinner.
Day 2, Th
: Manzherok – Chemal – Che-Chkysh – Barangol
Breakfast. Travel to Chemal (90 km), Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station and Patmos Island – one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The only way to the island is through the suspension bridge that connects rocks of the island with the rocks on the bank of the Katun river. There are a restored church commemorating St. John the Evangelist and the monastic cell of St. Makary Altaisky behind which you can see the rock with the indented image of Holy Mother. Another place of interest in Chemal is the Chemal Hydro-Electric Power Station. Walking there you can also see the sources of "live" and "dead" water nearby. Depending on the weather – either a trip to Che-Chkysh mountain area or an excursion to the Museum-Estate of Choros-Gurkin in Anos. Che-Chkysh is a rocky canyon with the waterfalls, which is located in the Valley of Mountain Spirits. From this place, the visitors can observe a magnificent panorama of the Katun river (30 km). The Museum Estate of Choros-Gurkin is a house and a workshop of the artist and ethnographer, the learner of Shishkin, the author of the famous paintings - "Khan Altai", "Lake of Mountain Spirits", "Crown of the Katun". The reproductions of these and other paintings can be found in the museum.
Transfer to the museum of Natural history of Altai ( entrance ticket). Large collection of fossil findings during archeological expedition to Altai is exhebited in the museum. Sceleton of mammoth, remains of great Trilobita, footprint of gigantic pangolin and many unique stones and minerals can be seen in the museum.
Transfer to Barangol (25 km). Optional: rafting/motor rafting down the Katun river (at extra cost) with a visit to the Kamyshlinsky waterfall - the left inflow of the Katun river. The waterfall consists of two cascades with the height of 12 m. Transfer Barangol (40 km). Dinner.
Day 3, Fr
: Nijnyaya Katun – Gorno-Altaisk – Teletskoye Lake
Breakfast. Transfer to Gorno-Altaisk (40 km). Visit to the National Museum of the Altai Republic named after Anokhin (entrance ticket). The Museum has large ethnographic collections of Altaian indigenous people and also displays the unique artifact – the mummy of Princess of Ukok. Transfer to Teletskoe lake (170 km),the biggest lake in Altai and one of the biggest lakes in Russia. The maximal depth of the lake is 330 meters. The official name of the lake – Teletskoe – came from the name of Altai tribe – Teleuts – who lived here years ago. However local people called the lake Altyn-Kol, which means “Golden lake”. Many rivers and streams flow into the lake, but only one river – Biya - flows out.
Visit Ethno park in Artybash. Tasting of national dishes is available for the extra payment. Dinner.
Day 4, Sa
: Teletskoye Lake
Breakfast. The tour around the lake. Today we will visit Altai Nature Biosphere Reserve and see Korbu waterfall. Waterfall is 12,5 m high (visitor’s tax). Later we will see Chedor waterfall. On our way back we will have a chance to see Ayran cape, Kamginskiy bay and Yaylyu village.
Walking tour to the Tretya river (depends on the weather). Optional: rafting down the Biya river (extra cost), visit to the Ethno Park in Artybash village and tasting the national cuisine (extra cost). Dinner.
Day 5, Su
: Teletskoye Lake – Sky Blue Katun – Belokurikha
Breakfast. Departure to “Sky Blue Katun”(220 km) the largest tourist center, with an artificial lake for swimming and fishing, restaurants, hotels, ski slopes, an extreme entertainment park, an art gallery, caves and an apiary. Visit to the Tavdinsky Caves (entrance ticket). The Tavdinsky Caves are a mountain ridge, consisting of a large number of caves (about 30) of karst origin. The length of rocks with caves is about 5 km. The entrances to the caves are in steep cliffs, most of which are easily accessible thanks to wooden steps and lightning. Excursion to an apiary, tasting of Altaian honey, sleeping on bee hives. Transfer to Altaiskoe village (80 km). En-route stop the higher point of Biryukinskiy pass. Visit to the unique arboretum “Altaiskoe kholmogorye” and gastro-botanic dinner “New Altai cuisine. Transfer to Belokurikha
Breakfast. Sightseeing tour including a trip to Belokurikha-2 (30 km, serpentine road). Taking a chair lift to the top of Tserkovka Mountain, where you can observe a beautiful panorama of the town (optional at extra cost). Free time, souvenir shopping. Dinner. Visit to the Water World wellness center with a swimming pool with water attractions (hydromassage, aeromassage plateau, cascade showers, geysers, countercurrents, fast and slow river areas), children's area, aqua aerobics, SPA, hammam, Roman thermae, Finnish and Russian saunas (optional at extra cost - from 1000 rub/person).
Day 7, Tu
: Belokurikha – Solonovka – Soloneshnoye – Iskra
Transfer to Solonovka village. Visit to a private goat farm and cheese factory, where more than 20 varieties of cheese are produces from goat and cow's milk, as well as Altaian sweets. If you wish, you can buy cheeses you liked. Transfer Solonovka - Soloneshnoye (65 km). Excursion to the Soloneshensky Local History Museum (entrance ticket), which presents the detailed history of the archaeological site "Denisova Cave", the culture of the Russian (Old Believers) and the Altai peoples. Transfer Soloneshnoye - Iskra (20 km). Accommodation in a tourist complex, near the enclosure for marals. Dinner. Optional: pants' bath taking. Pants' (nonossified antlers of marals) bath is a healing procedure where an aqueous extract from the boiled pants is used (at additional charge from 1200 rub./person).
Day 8, We
: Iskra – Denisova Cave – Chibit
Breakfast. Transfer Iskra - Denisova Cave (35 km) - the unique archeological site acknowledged worldwide, it is the place where the fossil finger of an ancient human was found. This ancient human (the Denisov man) belongs to a peculiar branch of evolution, different from Neanderthal and modern people. Transfer Denisova cave - Chibit (350 km) through the pass Keleisky (1313 m), Yabogansky (1492 m) along the Bashchelak Ridge through the Ust-Kansk hollow towards the famous Chuysky tract. Further along the Chuysky tract, up the Katun and Chuya rivers to the Kuraiskaya Steppe. The history of the tract stretches back through centuries, when it was a pack road, a branch of the Great Silk Road, a "Chinese path". The Chuysky tract is included in the TOP-10 of the best roads in the world according to National Geographic. On the way we cross one of the biggest passes - Chike-Taman Pass (1460 m), which in Altaian language means ‘Straight foot’. The pass has been known since 10th century. Now it is an abrupt serpentine road with the view point on the top. From 1996 the pass has got a status of the natural monument of the Altai Republic. Accommodation in a tourist complex. Dinner.
Day 9, Th
: Chibit – Kyzyl Chin – Chibit
Breakfast. Excursion to Kyzyl-Chin, which tourists called Mars (80+80 km). On the way – photostop near North-Chuysky Range. Walking along the Martian mountains and the canyons of the Kyzyl-Chin Stream. The multi-colored clays on the surface create the sensation of another planet. Excursion to Geyser Lake - the unique one, rare in its beauty and cleanness. It does not freeze even in winter. It always looks like an "Earth eye" of an amazing turquoise color. On the mirror of the lake, you can see the streaks of round and oval shape, which are essentially a reflection of the processes occurring at the bottom of the lake, where the "geysers" spring to life, throwing out a mixture of bluish clay and sand. Dinner.
Day 10, Fr
: Chibit – Chui-Oozy – Big Yalonam River
Breakfast. Transfer Chibit - Chui-Oozy (70 km). We make a stop at Kalbak-Tash mountain area and see the petroglyphic drawings (about 500 complexes, more than 5 thousands pictures). They had been made during the period from the New Stone Age to Turkic Age. The monument is situated on the right bank of the river Chuya. Visit to the Historical and cultural complex Chui-Oozy, possibility to test Altaian traditional cuisine (optional at extra cost - kaan - blood sausage, kurut - cheese, boorsaki). Photostop in the Northern part of geopark "Altai", Chui-Oozy - the confluence of the biggest Altai rivers Chuya and Katun. Transfer to the starting point of rafting tour (25 km) - outflow of the Bolshoi Yaloman river. Accommodation in tents, dinner - field kitchen. Preparing boats for rafting. Fitting personal equipment: life vests, wet suits and helmets. Safety orientation and guidance on actions on the water.
Day 11, Sa
: Big Yalonam River – Katun – Nijnyaya Katun
Breakfast - field kitchen. Rafting down the Katun river, passing the rapid Ilgumensky (3-4 category of complexity), "Kadrinskaya Truba" (3-4 cc). Lunch - snacks. Passing the rapid "Shabash" (5-4 cc) with safeguarding. Transfer to to Nijnyaya Katun’ district (170 km). Dinner. Overnight.
Day 12, Su
: Nijnyaya Katun – Biysk – Barnaul
Breakfast. Transfer to Biysk (130km). Biysk is a former fortress city which was built by Peter the Great. Overview excursion. Departure for Barnaul (180km).
The Agency reserves the right to change the schedule with no changes in the volume of service provided. The duration of its individual elements may change on the eve of departure and in the course of the tour. In case on the weather and climate conditions and due to circumstances beyond the control of the organizer (road, local administration services, etc.), the elements of the schedule can be excluded, based on the actual situation on the route.
Attention! In case the tourist is being late or does not appear at a scheduled time and a place for the group gathering, the Agency is not responsible for the full implementation of the schedule and no costs of this tour day are refunded. Attention! When visiting active monasteries and temples, women should avoid wearing trousers and shorts. A headdress is also required.
Recommended clothing: A set of outfits for leisure and travel, a windproof and waterproof jacket, a warm sweater, two pairs of comfortable shoes, lightweight slippers for hotels, sun protection (cream, glasses, headdress), personal hygiene items, a dress code for photo shoot - clothes or accessories of purple color.
Attention! There may be ticks and snakes in those areas where the tour will be carried out. So we strongly recommend to observe safety measures and to ensure anti-tick protection. We recommend you to have tickicide repellents (creams, sprays), however there were no incidents of tourists catch tick-borne encephalitis in the last years in our company.
Nijnyaya Katun (Lower Katun)
Manzherok, hotel “Pechki-lavochki@, «Solnechnaya» or similar
Altyn-Kel, hotel “Mountain lake”,”Istok”,”Artybash” or similar
«Neo», «Orion», «Blagodat»
Tourist complex «Nomad» (en suit)
- Transport services from Barnaul during the whole tour on a comfortable bus;
- Accommodation in DBL/TRPL room: standard room with private facilities (shower, WC), in the highlands – rooms with shared facilities on each floor;
- Excursions according to the program;
- Belokurikha fee 50 rub./person per night;
- Entrance fees to the museums (150-400 rub./person);
- Recreational fee (100 rub. person);
- Chair lifts (450-500 rub./person);
- Visit to aqua center (1000 rub./person);
- Visit to russian sauna (starting 500 rub./hour);
- Additional food (lunch);
- Additional excursions (from 10$/person);
- Private expenses.