12 days / 11 nights

Barnaul – Manzherok – Chemal – Karakol Valley – Kalbak-Tash Hole – North Chuya Range – the valley Kyzyl Chin – Geyser Lake – Katu-Yaryk – the Chulyshman river   – Waterfall Kurkure – Stone Mushrooms – the Teletskoye lake – Artybash – Gorno-Altaisk – Barnaul

Experiences: 1

Ages: 10 – 75+

Starting Point: Barnaul

Ending Point: Barnaul


It is the Great round tour letting you see the most of indicative historical places of Altai and its nature diversity. You will have an opportunity to go by boat around the Teletskoye Lake water area; to visit Karakol Valley, where hundreds of archeological monuments are situated; to admire the scenery of the mountains at a height of 2000 meters; to enjoy the beauty of the biggest river of Altai Mountains – The Katun; to get acquainted with Pazyrykskie Tumuli (6th century BC); to be imbued with ancient culture of Altai folk through original performers of throat singing and musicians. During the tour you go by a comfortable bus with an experienced guide and interpreter.


Morning arrival in Barnaul. Meeting at the airport. Accommodation at the hotel in the center of the city. Breakfast in a café in the restaurant of the hotel (for extra charge*). Meeting with guides in the foyer of the hotel. Transfer to a restaurant, lunch (for extra charge*). Excursion around the central and historical parts of Barnaul. Visit to Altai State Local History Museum. Nowadays museum collection contains more than 150 thousand exhibits; among them is the only model of steam engine in the world, which was invented by I.I. Polzunov in 1763 in Barnaul. Archeological finds are of a special interest, they tell about history of ancient Altai; home appliances, embodying ethnical and social features of local people, as well as historical and technical (including military remnants), numismatic and mineralogical collections, natural-science collecting, representing biodiversity and natural resources of Altai. Then visit the museum of pharmacy of the Altai mountains. The exhibition includes medical items, glassware, tools for the preparation of medicinal tinctures and pills. Here everyone has the opportunity to use the shredder of plant materials for the processing of medicinal herbs. In the museum you can find also production of various biopharmaceutical Altai companies, medicine consists of the Altai honey, local herbs, sea buckthorn and products of reindeer antlers, which can be purchased. Dinner in a restaurant (for extra charge*).

Morning meeting with the guide in the lobby of the hotel. Transfer on a comfortable bus through the old town of Altai-Biysk which is the symbol of the gateway to the Altai Mountains, as well as the start of the main artery - an ancient trade route - Chuyski tract. On the way of our trip we visit the village Manzherok where is the lake with the same name and ski-resort. In the lake grows the water nut – chestnut, preserved from pre-Ice Age. Lunch in the café. After lunch, walk by cableway on the Malaiya Sinukha Mount (1196 m. above sea level). From the top of the hill you can see a beautiful view of the valley Katun and the surrounding villages. Next stop is the source “Arzhan-Suu”. Water in the spring is full of silver, cooper and other mineral impurities that is why the water is stored for a long time and have a beneficial effect on the improvement of metabolic processes in the body. A large gift - market is located near the source where you can buy maps, books, art, articles made of cedar. Visit the wild deer house “Karim”. The farm is located in a beautiful gorge of the Karym river in 5 kilometers from the Chui tract. The closed and protected area of the farm is located on the slopes of picturesque massifs: here wild deer and wild horses graze freely. You will get an idea about the life and habitation of wild deer, demonstrate the process of harvesting antlers. You will have the opportunity to purchase natural products from antlers: balms, cosmetics, herbs, etc. Moving along the river Katun to the Chemal Village located in the heart of the Altai Mountains. Dinner at the café.

  • “Usadba Kedr”
  • 340 km by auto

Breakfast. At the first part of the day we organize the excursion “Chemal walk”. During the tour we will visit Chemal Hydroelectric power which is located in the southern part of the village. Hydroelectric power is one of the first in the region, built in 1935. Then we go on the “goat trail” along the river Katun and appear on the rocky island –Patmos. On the Patmos- island we can visit little church of the female monastery. The island is connected with the shore of the river with the help of suspension bridge. Next to the temple in the rock is carved image of the Virgin and Child. And at the end of the day the excursion to the national Altai dwelling - Ail. During the visit of Ail you can experience the atmosphere of 10-13 century, travel back in time and get acquainted with the way of life, traditions, customs, culture, history and pagan religion of Altai nomadic tribes. Lunch at the hotel “Usadba Kedr”. After lunch departure to Oroktoiski bridge to the narrowest and deepest place on the river Katun. On the way we visit the tract Che-Chkysh, take a short climb along the creek to the observe platform where we will see Katun valley. Then return back to the hotel for dinner.

  • “Usadba Kedr”
  • 85 km by auto, 3 km by foot

Breakfast. Moving along the ancient trade route - Chuyski tract through its highest point Seminskii pass (1739 m above the sea level) to ethno-park “Uch-Enmeck”. After it we move to a valley of the Karakol River. Accommodation in tourist complex “Karakol” four-bed felt yurts or ails. Facilities are on the territory. During dinner you will be able to taste traditional cuisine. Archi is cultured milk food which tastes like yogurt; Altai cheese Kurot; Talhan – specially processed wheat mixed with butter and honey in shape of balls. After lunch excursion `` Secrets of the Sacred Valley”, during which you will get acquainted with the archaeological and astronomical structures of the valley of the Karakol River. Karakol Valley is believed to be a Sacred place among natives – Altai people. Whole groups of ancient Tumuli and a great number of rock carvings are situated here. It is believed that ancient monuments of the valley represent an informational code about laws of universe in the light of traditional culture of natives. People of the valley differ by its peculiar mentality and believe they are connected with the nature of this valley spiritually. There are a great amount of archeological monuments around this place: steles, stone fences, Tumuli with balbals – the main part of them oriented to Uch-Enmek peak. Late in the evening at the light of a fire and bright stars you will enjoy a folk program with throat singing and playing national musical instruments. This performance awakes deep personal background, helps to feel the spirit of Altai people, natural devotion, allows enjoy unsurpassed skills of musicians, some of whom are international festivals winners. (Master class on playing national instruments.) Dinner.

  • “Karakol”
  • 170 km by auto, 1 km by foot

Departure to the head water of the Katun and Chyia river. On the way we pass Chike-Taman mountain pass (1295 masl). Picnic lunch in nature. Then visit Kalbak-Tash Hole and sightsee rock paintings – petroglyphs. More than 500 formations with more than 5 thousand pictures are drawn on the rocky flattened elevation, situated across the valley of Chuya River. They all are carved with stone or metal tools mainly in a dotty way. The most ancient pictures are dated to the 8th century BC. Arrival to the tourist complex “Nomad”. Accommodation in the four-person Mongolian yurts. Facilities on the territory. Dinner in tourist complex. Russian banya (bath-house).

  • “Nomad”
  • 175 km by bus

Excursions along Chuysky trakt towards the Mongolian border. From a huge intermountain Kuray hollow you can see a magnificent view on the glaciers of North Chuya Range with the highest peaks Aktru-Bash (4075 m), Karatash (3534 m). This is an excellent place for making photos and video filming. We continue our trip to the settlement Chagan-Uzun where we will visit the unique valley of the Kyzyl Chin river. Fantastic landscapes which remind Mars in the color. Because of a high content of mercury in the stones, they have various shades of red: from light-orange to dark- brown. The valley is located at the start of Chuya steppe, there is practically no vegetation here. Mountains are low, hummocky and with different crevices. And all this creates surprising landscapes. Picnic-lunch outdoors. On the way back we will have a walk to the picturesque Geyser Lake. The lake is a unique one in Altai - rare on beauty, clean, nonfreezing even in the winter with a surprising turquoise color. On a mirror of the lake it is possible to notice stains of a rounded or oval shape which in fact are only reflection of the processes happening at the bottom of the lake. There, in mysterious depth, ``geysers`` come to life from time to time, throwing out mix of bluish clay and sand on the surface which form visible concentric circles on the bottom. Returning to the camp site. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house)

  • Campsite
  • 180 km by car, 7 km on foot

After breakfast you'll make an excursion to Ulagansky District. You’ll pass natural monument Red Gates, where the road goes through a narrow passageway between two rocks of reddish color, then reach Chjejbekkol (Dead) Lake and Uzunkol (Live) Lake, filled with plenty of fish. Descents from the Katu-Yaryk pass to the Chulyshman River. You will go down to a serpentine road, carved directly on the hillside. On the one hand – a slope, on the other – a break of several hundred meters height. Descent extent — 3,5 km on foot, luggage by car, altitude 1200 m. The magnificent view on the valley of Chulyshman and on a hundred meter waterfalls on the other side has been opened from the pass. The Chulyshman valley is one of the most beautiful places in Altai and also it is entered in the list of Objects of the World Natural Heritage. Picnic lunch in nature. Arrival to the tourist complex in the Chulyshman Valley. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).

  • “Ezen”
  • 190 km by bus, 3,5 km on foot

Breakfast. Hiking to the waterfall Kurkureis located on a River, a tributary of the Chulyshman River, on the opposite side of the camp. Kurkure is translated from the Altai means “violent`` and this is consistent with the nature of the waterfall. It has an incredible power, strength, and at the same time defenseless natural beauty. The height of the falls more than 30 meters. People living in the surrounding worship this marvel of nature and consider it to be sacred. Therefore, a few kilometers around not cattle! The hiking to the waterfall crossing the river takes about 3 - 4 hours. After the tour, return to the camp. Lunch. In the afternoon walking around, active outdoor games. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).

  • Camp
  • 8 km on foot

Early breakfast. We will do a radial hike to a Karasu river ravine to see a unique natural object – “Stone Mushrooms”. “Stone Mushrooms” is a very interesting natural structure. There are cones rising above the slope of the valley on tops of which, as if by magic, lay huge rocky plates. The foundation of the cone is rather friable sandstone. Some “mushrooms” rise above the slope up to 10 or more meters. A beautiful view on the Valley opens here. A man is charmed by greatness and beauty of nature. You need comfortable trekking shoes for the excursion. Come back to the campsite, lunch. Move to the Teletskoye Lake to cape Kyrsay. Accommodation in the tourist complex of the same name. Dinner. Russian banya (bath-house).

  • Tourist complex
  • 6 km on foot, by bus 60 km

Excursion along the water area of the Teletskoe lake to the northern part by boat. The Teletskoe lake belongs to the 20 world deepest lakes. Length is 77,7 km. Average width is 2-3 km. Maximal width is up to 5 km. Its area is not large – 223 км². However, due to its depth (average depth is 175 m, maximum is 325 m) it contains huge amount (40 km³) of excellent fresh water saturated with oxygen, and transparent to the depth of 12-15 meters. About 70 rivers flow into the lake, though 70 % of all water is given by Chulyshman flown from south. Giving its waters to the Biya river (98% of drain) the lake feeds the Ob to a considerable extent. On the way we will visit Waterfall Korbu – the most picturesque waterfall in the surroundings of the Teletskoe lake. It is situated on the territory of Altai reserve in 100 meters from the mouth of the Big Korbu river flown into the Teletskoe lake in its eastern part. The waterfall height is 12,5 meters. In the middle of the Teletskoe lake opposite the waterfall is situated the deepest place – 325 meters. Old Altai legend says that a gold sword of khan Tele fell down at exactly this place and because of this the lake appeared. Accommodation in hotel situated at the Biya river source. Walking around the village Artybash to the bridge over the river Biya to continue to souvenir shops. There will be an opportunity to purchase honey, local herbs, art, items made of cedar. Dinner in a cafe.

  • “Artybash”
  • 80 km by boat

Breakfast. Departure to Gorno-Altaisk where a visit to National museum named after Anohin A. V. with one of its main exhibits, mummy of “Altai Princess” found on Ukok Plateau, is waiting for you. Lunch in the Gorno-Altai cafe. Arrival to Barnaul, accommodation in twin rooms. Dinner in a restaurant (for extra charge*).

  • 430 km by bus

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to the airport.

What's included

  • Accommodation

    Hotels and tourist complex according to the itinerary

  • Meals

    3 meals a day according to a program

  • Transport

    Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary
    Rent of a boat on the Teletskoe Lake

  • Excursions

    Interesting sightseeing tours with professional English-speaking guides
    Entrances fees
    Folk entertainment with throat singing

  • Visa

    Visa support service (invitation)
    All permits and licenses

  • Support

    Emergency line support during the trip
    Registration of foreigners

  • Other

    All taxes and fees
    Russian banya (bath-house) 5 times, (only where there are no shower in the room and on the floor)


  • Flight

    International and domestic flights

  • Meals

    Other meals what not include in the program

  • Drinks

    All beverages not included in the program

  • Insurance

    Your insurance

  • Transport

    Additional transport what not include in the program

  • Optional Excursions

    Optional tours and services

  • Other

    All personal expenses


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Optional Costs

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