Admire fascinating sceneries
Enjoy sunrise on Mars
Search for snow leopards' marks
Learn local traditions
On request (13 days)
From 1.649 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 then 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 in a national yurt and will enjoy a concert of
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
This night we will stay at the home of a local woman, where you can get acquainted with the way of life in Altai and customs of modern Altaians.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 200 km asphalt road | Walking: moderate
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: yurts | 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 shamans' valley
After an early
After making exclusive pictures we will start driving across the Chuya Steppe. We will stop in Kosh-Agach, the district centre, and visit the market where you can shop for souvenirs and goods from Mongolia.
Not long ago locals found a sarcophagus with very well preserved items in one of the caves. There were a uniquely decorated quiver and arrows with iron tips, utensils made from the roots of trees and the remnants of silk ribbons.
The valley itself is really beautiful and differs very much from landscapes of the Chuya steppe.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 56 km asphalt, 40 km mountain road| Walking: moderate
Highlights: sunrise in the coloured mountains, local museum
Day 5. Checking wildcams, high mountainous lake and waterfall
Today we have a day trip up to Kamtytygem river. People are rare guests in this area.
Kamtytygem Valley is the place where a route of a very rare animal – a snow leopard – passes. You will search for scratchings on the trees – through such territorial marking methods they communicate with each other.
We will also check
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: no| Hiking: intense (12 km)
Day 6. To the border with Mongolia
In the morning 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 which is only 5 kilometres to the border with Mongolia.
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 80 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Day 7. 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.
A little bit deeper in the mountains Snow Leopards and Pallas’s cats live. After our
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: ~10 km | Walking: intense (10 km)
Highlights: going to the top of the hill, fantastic view from the top, Kindyktykul lake
Day 8. Ancient megalithic complex and acquaintance with the national park
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 visitor
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 90 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Altaian Stonehenge, Sailugem national park
Day 9 & 10. Wildlife of Sailugem national park
These two days we will make wildlife day trips with the guide from
Together with our
We will also hike to several points with fantastic views of rivers, lakes and mountains.
In the evenings we will return to the visitor
Night: houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: ~50-70 km/day mountain road| Walking: moderate
Highlights: meeting wild animals and birds of prey, stunning viewpoints
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.
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
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.