Altai golden ring
Enjoy real Siberia nature
Tour price: 1210 €;
Group size: 4 - 10 pax;
Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights
road trip / trekking / boat trip
950 kilometers - by car
80 kilometers - by motorboat
You'll have a wonderful travel through the real nature area of Altai Golden Mountains. The first part part of this travel goes along the famed Chuya highway - one of the most beautiful roads of the world (according to National Geographic). Here you'll see:
- panorama of Kurai steppe and snowy mountains of the North-Chuyskiy ridge;
- colored mountains of Kyzyl-Chin, called Martian because of it colors;
- the Confluence of Chyia and Katun rivers;
- ancient sanctuary of Kalbak-tash area;
- the Geizer lake.
The second part goes along the Ulagan plateau and in the Chulyshman river valley. Here you'll have some days without mobile communication at all.
- the Stone Mushrooms of the Chulyshman valley;
- the Uchar waterfall (the second name is Chulchinsky waterfall);
- the KatuYaruk pass;
- the Chulyshman river canyon;
- the Uchar waterfal (160 meters);
At the 6th day of the tour you'll have an excursion along the Teleckoe lake (the biggest, the deepest and the most famous in Altai) by motorboat. Lake Teletskoye is called the younger brother of lake Baikal because of the very clean water, unique nature and the same origin.
Enjoy some of the highlights in the video below
The author of the video is Kirill Osipov
The tour program depends on the ferry schedule. Therefore, the tour should start on Monday or Saturday.
Day 1 (Monday or Saturday). Chemal area
8.00 - Group gathering at the railway station of Biysk. 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 near the Katun river bench, next to Ust-Sema village.
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. Chuya highway
This day we will drive you to the Aktash (high mountains area). This day you'll see glacier mountains. A rout of this day goes along the Chuya highway.
Chuya highway is amazing road. It is collect many picturesque places where we will make stops:
The first one will be at Seminsky mountain crossing.
Next one is Chike-Taman mountain crossing (it isn’t as high as Seminsky mountain-crossing, the landscapes are much more impressive).
Then, we will make a stop to look at The Chuya and Katun’s confluence (big rivers of Altai Mountains).
Near the confluence you'll visit The Kalbak-tash - place where were found thousands prehistoric rock art pictures of an ancient human, who inhabited this part of Siberia thousands of years ago. Among these pictures there is a map of the starry arch and water lens (the first simplest telescope); the calendar, displaying the main light events of the year; 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.
Day 3. Multicolored Kyzyl-Chin
This day you will have a circle road trip and come back to the same hotel. During the trip:
— you'll see the Geizer lake, the surface of which is decorated with colorful moving circles.
— visit the view point near Kurai village, from where you'll see a panorama of Kurai steppe and snowy peaks of the North-Chuya range.
— enjoy the unique Kyzyl Chin – colored mountains, which are rightly called Martian because of bright red and bright yellow and green loam, covering its sides.
— visit Cuehtanar ancient melting furnaces.
This night you'll stay in the same hotel. Drive distance: 170 kilometres.
Day 4. Chulyshman valley
After an early breakfast at the hotel, we setting off from Chuya highway to the Ulagan plato. From this point paved road ends and starts a dirt road. Drive distance for a day 130 kilometers.
Main travel point are:
— Katu-Yaru Pass - one of the most beautiful places in this tour. We can't describe the beauty of this place. It's beyond words. (The descent from the pass is carried out on foot. It will take about 40 minutes).
— The Stone Mushrooms - an amazing natural phenomenon. In a narrow canyon the crowd of several dozen 5-7 meters "mushrooms" (massive blocks of stone – "hats" of these "mushrooms" lays on feet of sand and small gravel without any cement). For look it, you have to climb the steep slope. The excursion will take about 1 hour and a half one way.
This night you'll stay in a wooden tiny house, located in Chulyshman valley, on the foot of Katu-Yarik pass, right in front of a waterfall.
Day 5. Uchar waterfall (trekking day)
We leave all staffs in a camp and make trekking to the Uchar waterfall. You'll walk along the mountain path about 11 kilometer one way (4 hours one way). At the evening we will come back to the same camp.
Day 6. Teleckoe lake
Road trip / Boat trip
After the breakfast we will drive to the South bench of the Teleckoe lake through the Chulyshman canyon. The road will take about 3 hours.
There will stay a motorboat and a ferry (for a car).
You'll visit some places on the left bench of the lake (the right one is an nature reserved area).
At the evening you arrive in the hotel in Artybash village.
Day 7. Teleckoe lake - Biisk
At morning we say good bye to the Teletskoye lake and drive to the Gorno-Altaisk direction. There you'll have an excursion in the Anokhin museum where the mummy of the Altai Princess and many other interesting exhibits.
At the evening we will drive you to the Biisk railway station (you will be on time for the evening train).
In a case you have a flight from Gorno-Altaisk airport, we will drive you to the hotel in Gorno-Altaisk (this night accommodation doesn't include in the cost).
A Cabin house near Ust-Sema village
A Cabin house located on the Katun river bench. It has 2 floors. There are 3 rooms and a bathroom on each floor, also, there is 1 hall with a kitchen.
On request, we can offer you an improved accommodation for these days (available as an extra option).
Hotel near Aktash village
The hotel located on the Chuya river bench.
You'll stay 3 nights in a twin/ double room with a bathroom inside.
A typical tiny house
There are many different tiny houses there. They are pretty the same (wooden house with twin/double bed, without a toilet), toilet there is in outhouse (dry toilet).
Sometimes we change house for accommodation. On photos above there is an example of the house. The real house could be the different one.
Also, in some places it could be yurts
Gornoe Ozero Hotel
Gornoe Lake hotel placed on the Teleckoe lake bank - the famost one in Altai area. You'll stay here in a twin/ double room. Toilet and shower are in the room.
The cost 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.