Admire fascinating sceneries
Enjoy sunrise on Mars
Photograph birds of prey
Learn local traditions
5 – 17 August 2018 (13 days)
1.549 EURO (from Gorno-Altaisk)
min. 4, max. 9 participants
Day 1. Welcome!
In the morning we will meet you at the airport in Gorno-Altaisk.
First, we will get acquainted and transfer you to the hotel. You will have time to rest as we do understand that the night flight is quite exhausting. In the afternoon you will visit the National Museum of the Altai Republic. It exhibits the famous “Siberian Ice Maiden” and other interesting items about the past in the Altai Republic. We will end the day with a dinner together.
Night: hotel | Meal: 3 times | Driving: no | Walking: in the city
Highlights: excursion to the museum and around the city
Day 2. To the sacral Karakol valley
Next, we will travel along the famous road – Chuiskiy Tract – which connects Russia with Mongolia. The National Geographic magazine named Chuiskiy Tract as one of the world’s most beautiful roads. During our
In the evening you will meet the
This night we will stay in the national houses – ails.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 200 km asphalt road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: excursion in the valley,
Day 3. Along one of the most beautiful roads in the world
Today we continue driving to our main destination and will have a lot of interesting places to visit, enjoy the views and make wonderful pictures. After packing we will go to the Chiketaman pass, followed by the confluence of the Chuya and Katun rivers, the river Katun terraces and the Inya Bridge.
While lunch is being prepared, you will have an excursion around the famous Kalbak-Tash rocks with petroglyphs.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 245 km asphalt road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: excursion over petroglyphs rocks, a lot of stops at beautiful places
Day 4. Coloured mountains and high-altitude lake
After an early
After making exclusive pictures we will start driving across the Chuya Steppe to its north-west border surrounded by severe rocky mountains of Chikhachev Ridge.
We will stay for the night at the bank of the high-altitude and very beautiful Kokkol Lake.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 56 km asphalt, 54 km mountain road| Walking: moderate
Highlights: sunrise in the
Day 5. Mongolian landscapes and severe rocks
Today our tour will lead us deeper to wildlife. We have only a short drive to the beginning of the hill, and from there we will go up the hill on foot. To get as high as possible we will have to walk the whole day. But while we get higher and higher, we will enjoy a fantastic view of the black rocky mountains with green lakes on one side and endless steppes on the other. It is only several kilometers to the border between Russia and Mongolia from this place.
A little bit deeper in the mountains Snow Leopards and Pallas’s cats live. After our
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 10 km| Hiking: intense (10 km)
Highlights: going to the top of the hill, fantastic view from the top, Kindyktykul lake
Day 6. Ancient geometric stone settings and acquaintance with the national park
Today we will cross the Chuya Steppe in the other direction. We are heading to the south of the steppe, to the Sailugem national park, the center of wildlife tourism of the region.
We will pass along River Yustyd where many ancient burial mounds are situated. We stop and will have a look at stone “pictures” – rectangulars, circles and other figures made by people centuries ago, the purpose of which is still unknown to scientists. If the level of the water in the river is ok, we will cross it and stop in Tashanta, the border checkpoint with Mongolia.
After accommodating in the houses of the visit center, we will walk up the hill next to the visit center. From the top we will delight an astonishing view over the park.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 50 km asphalt, 57 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: archeological sites, Sailugem national park
Day 7 & 8. Wildlife of Sailugem national park
These two days we will make wildlife day trips with the guide from Sailugem park towards Sarjematy and Bayan Chagan valleys. The park is the habitat of many wild animals. We have a great chance to observe and take pictures of argali, marmots, ground-squirrels and birds of prey.
Together with our guide we will check one of the wildcams. It is a unique opportunity and we are allowed to watch the pictures.
We will also hike to several points with fantastic views of rivers, lakes and mountains.
In the evening we will return to the visitor center of Sailugem national park in Chagan-Byrgazy, where we spend the night.
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: ~40-70 km/day mountain road | Walking: intense
Highlights: meeting wild animals and birds of prey, stunning viewpoints
Day 9. From dry brown steppe to green valleys
After breakfast we drive to the remote village Jazator which is situated in the conjunction of 3 great ridges. During our driving you will notice how landscapes are changing – from yellow steppe hills to green valleys covered with forests.
On our way we will visit the Tarkhata megalithic complex. The megalithic complex is a place where huge rocks are put in a circle with a diameter of 60 meters. Some of them are engraved with petroglyphs. Most of the scientists consider it as an ancient astronomic observation and sacral place.
In the village of Jazator we will have an excursion in the local museum where we get acquainted with the traditions of Kazakhs who live in this territory together with Altaians.
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 125 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Altaian Stonehenge, museum of Kazakh culture, village Jazator
Day 10. Off-road driving, Samakha steppe
Today we will follow a scenic route by car deeper to the mountains. We will enjoy a real off-road and wildlife adventure. From the top of the pass we will admire a magnificent view to the Samaha Steppe. It is a small high-altitude steppe decorated with the stripes of green forests and edged with 2 beautiful mountain rivers.
We will have lunch just on the top of the pass and after exploring this nice place, we will return to the houses in Jazator.
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 30 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Pass Camel’s neck, Samakha steppe
Day 11. Kurai steppe and outstanding geological phenomena
Sorry to say – our way home begins. But you have a consolation as we will drive along a very beautiful road. In Kosh-Agach you visit the market where you can shop for souvenirs and goods from Mongolia.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 120 km mountain road,150 km asphalt | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Ancient smelting furnace, giant current ripple marks, North-Chuya Ridge
Day 12. Back to Gorno-Altaisk
Today we continue the drive along the Chuiskiy trakt back to Gorno-Altaisk. There we will enjoy the last dinner together.
Night: hotel| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 330 km asphalt road |
Highlights: botanical garden, dinner in the restaurant
Day 13. Farewell
After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home or your next destination.
If you want to join us or have questions, please send us this message, and we will contact you as soon as possible.
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