Touch the glacier
Search for snow leopards' marks
Explore shamans' valley
Uncover thousands of years of history
19 - 30 August 2018 (12 days)
1.349 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: tents | 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
With the first rays of the Sun you will explore the coloured mountains of Kyzyl-Chin. Clay layers of orange, red and burgundy colours in morning light make the hills really impressive.
After breakfast we pack our stuff and drive to another destination – Kamtytygem Valley. On our way you will visit the local museum in Kokorya village. Here you will get to know the history of the area and look at very interesting archeological findings. The name Kamtytugem is translated as shamans’ valley. Many years ago shamans gathered here for performing their rituals. As it is known, shamans chose very specific forceful places in the world for such purposes.
Besides this, the valley itself is really beautiful. 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.
Kamtytygem Valley is the habitat of a very rare animal – snow leopard. You will search for scratchings on the trees – through territorial marking methods they communicate with one another.
Night: tents | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 56 km asphalt, 38 km mountain road| Walking: moderate
Highlights: sunrise in the coloured mountains, looking for snow leopards’ scratches, local museum
Day 5. Checking wildcams, high montanious lake
Today we have a day trip up to Kamtytygem river. People are rare guests to this area. We will also check wildcams which are installed on the snow leopard’s paths and maybe will be lucky to have a new picture or video of this gorgeous animal. We will hike up to the mountainous lake and beautifull waterfall where the zone of bald mountains already starts.
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: no | Hiking: intense (10 km) Highlights: checking wildcams, waterfall and lake in the uppers reaches of river
Day 6 & 7. Wildlife of Sailugem national park
We start the day driving across the Chuya Steppe to another destination – Sailugem national park. On our
This day and the next you will travel on the territory of Sailugem park towards the Sarjematy and Bayan Chagan valleys where you again have the possibility to see beautiful landscapes and wildlife. The park is the habitat of many wild animals. You have a great chance to observe and take pictures of argali, marmots,
You will also have an opportunity to hike to several points with fantastic views of rivers,
In the evening of the 7th
Night: tents/houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: ~50-70 km/day mountain road | Hiking: intense
Highlights: meeting wild animals and birds of prey, stunning viewpoints
Day 8. Deeper to the mountains, ancient megalithic complex
Today you will cross Chuya Steppe and go deep to the mountains, up to the South- Chuya Ridge. First, you will visit the Tarkhata megalithic complex.
You will see the village Beltir which was damaged very badly by an earthquake in 2003. After
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 75 km mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Altaian Stonehenge, remote village, white and black lakes
Day 9. Hiking to the glacier
It is a day of a very interesting hiking up towards the snow mountains and glacier (7 km one way). On our
Night: yurts| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 55 km mountain road | Hiking: intense (15 km)
Highlights: path through moraine, lunch at the glacier
Day 10. 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: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 190 km asphalt road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Ancient smelting furnace, giant current ripple marks, North-Chuya Ridge
Day 11. Back to Gorno-Altaisk
Today we continue the drive along the Chuiskiy tract back to Gorno-Altaisk. There we will enjoy the last dinner together.
Night: hotel| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 270 km asphalt road |
Highlights: botanical garden, dinner in the restaurant
Day 12. 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.