Along the northern route of The Silk Road
6 days/ 5 nights
Along the northern route of The Silk Road
815 EUROS per person. Group size: 4 - 10
From the 3rd millennium BC caravans have been going from Tibet and China to the Altai and Mongolia area.
The road ran along the paths of animal migration.
Merchants transported Persian rugs, mirrors and jewellery there. This road became the Northern part of The Great Silk Road. The current name of this road is “Chuya highway” and this is one of the most beautiful roads of the world (according to National Geographic).
We will drive you along this road to the border of Mongolia and show you the most amazing places in the Altai area.
Nature has endowed this corner of Siberia with countless big and little wonders: mountains, waterfalls, geyser and mountain crystal-clear lakes, turquoise-coloured rivers, caves, pictures of ancient people, mountain crossings, from where marvellous landscapes show up- one’s look stretches the dozens of kilometres.
Our guide will tell stories and legends for you to be able to understand and feel the character of the places you’ll visit.
In our opinion, this is one of the simplest and the most interesting road trips in Altai.
The tour is suitable for children and elderly people.
The tour program
Group gathering at 8.00 at the railway station of Biysk, at 9.40 at the airport of Gorno-Altaisk city (if requested, we can meet you at the international airport of Novosibirsk or Barnaul). We will drive you to the campsite, located on the Katun river bench, next to Ust-Sema village. You'll stay in a new wood cabin (toilet and shower are on the floor).
After lunch, you'll have an excursion to the Chemal area, where you'll visit the picturesque Island of Patmos and walk along the Goat trail.
Drive distance: 210 kilometres.
Day 2 We are setting off for Chuya highway. The first stop will be at Seminsky mountain crossing-the highest one in Gorny Altai. The real Altai starts right onwards. After that, we will drive up Chike-Taman mountain crossing. Although it isn’t as high as Seminsky mountain-crossing, the landscapes, revealed from there are much more impressive.
Then, we will make a stop to look at The Chuya and Katun’s confluence (big rivers of Altai Mountains). A lot of people think it’s the most beautiful place on Chuya highway, however, few people know about its historical significance: there is the stele «the place of the first Turkokaganate’s formation».
Then there will be an excursion to the ancient sanctuary of Kalbak-tash area. The pictures of an ancient human, who inhabited this part of Siberia thousands of years ago, remain unchanged there. Among these pictures there is a map of the starry arch and water lens, which was used as the first simplest telescope; the calendar, displaying the main light events of the year (the days of solstice etc.);the notion of the ancients about the world order – the diagram of the world, hell and paradise.
This night you'll stay in a hotel near Aktash village in a double/twin room with a toilet and shower inside.
Drive distance: 350 kilometres.
Day 3 After an early breakfast at the hotel, you'll have a radial road trip to the Katu Yaruk pass (Drive distance each way: 100 kilometres.).
A road to the Pass goes through the Ulagan Plato, where placed many beautiful lakes.
Katu Yaruk is most picturesque pass in Altai. From the pass, you'll see the canyon of the Chulyshman river, the Karasuu waterfall.
On the top of the pass you'll have lunch and after that, we will drive you back to the hotel near Aktash village.
Approximal time of arrival in the hotel is 6 - 7 p.m.
Day 4 The program of the day will start with visiting Geyser lake, its surface is decorated with colourful moving circles. After that, there will be a transfer to Kurai heath and a panorama of the snowy peaks of the North-Chuya range.
Then you’ll visit the unique Kyzyl Chin – colored mountains, which are rightly called Martian because of bright red and bright yellow and green loam, covering its sides.
As an extra option, in the evening we can offer a concert of Altai throat singers in the evening. We’ll spend the night at the same hotel near Aktash village.
Drive distance: 170 kilometres.
Day 5 After an early breakfast at the hotel, we will start a back journey along Chuya highway. During the way, we'll turn off the road and visit: Ilgumen rapid. Rapids are the places of cliffs and water power’s oppositions, which began hundreds of thousands years ago and still continue. The cliffs cut the water making it «boil», seethe, whirl, producing deathful swirls. You will arrive in the campsite, placed on the Katun river (the same as on the 1st day). Drive distance: 370 kilometres.
Day 6 After an early breakfast we will drive you to the airport of Gorno-Altaisk.
Drive distance: 50 kilometres.
As an extra option, we can drive you to the railway station of Biysk on the evening train (the price is 35 EUROS per person. drive distance: 150 kilometres).
Wood cabin near Ust-Sema village
The cabin located on the Katun river bench.
You'll stay in this place 2 nights (1st and last) in a twin/ double room.
A toilet and shower are on the floor.
On request, we can offer you an improved accommodation for these days (available as an extra option).
The cost of the tour includes:
- Transfer en-route from Biysk,
- tour-guide services,
- 3 time meals,
The international flights arrive in Novosibirsk- the biggest city of Siberia. In case you arrive there, you will need to have one day before the tour and one day upon its completion for the transfer. Our staff members in Novosibirsk will meet you, arrange the excursions, order the meals and the accommodation for you. Biysk and Novosibirsk are cities, connected by a branch of Trans-Siberian railway. We can organize a transfer by train or by car to the starting endpoint of the tour.
Altai Touristic. Adventure travel in Siberia