Touch the glacier
Experience the real off-road driving
Uncover thousands of years of history
On request (12 days)
from 1.499 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
In the evening you will meet the
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
Highlights: excursion in the valley, way of life in Altai
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.
In the evening we will enter the Kurai steppe, a very beautiful intermontane basin where you can admire, depending on the weather conditions, impressive views of the mighty North-Chuyskiy Ridge with eternal snow and glaciers. Besides, we will observe some interesting geological phenomena – the giant current ripple marks.
We will have our first camping night in one of the most picturesque places in the Kurai steppe.
Night: tents | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 200 km asphalt road| Walking: moderate
Highlights: excursion over petroglyphs rocks, a lot of stops at beautiful places, North-Chuyskiy Ridge
Day 4. Sunrise over snow-capped mountains and beautiful mountain lakes
We will get up early in order to see how first sun rays make snowy mountains pink and brighten the whole steppe. We do hope that the weather will allow us to have this experience.
The Kuektanar lakes are a whole system of lakes which flow from one into another, forming rivers, waterfalls or even disappearing under the huge stones. The first two lakes are surrounded by beautiful forest and taiga. Higher, a zone of bold mountains starts (more than 2000 metres high). It will take take about 2 hours to get to the first and second lake. But the next 1 km to the third lake will be a challenge. The path is rather steep, sometimes you will have to go through bushes and climb some rocks.
In the evening we will return to the guesthouses and will enjoy banya (
Night: houses | Meal: 3 times | Driving: 40 km asphalt| Walking: intense (10 km)
Highlights: sunrise in the mountains, mountain lakes
Day 5. Coloured mountains
In the morning we drive to another destination – the coloured mountains of Kyzyl-Chin. Some people call this place “Mars on Earth”. Clay layers of yellow, white, orange, red and burgundy colours make the hills really fantastic.
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 30 km | Hiking: intense (8 km) Highlights: Mars-1 and Mars-2
Day 6. Deeper to the mountains through the Moon
It is a good idea to get up early and see how first rays of
You will see the village Beltir which was damaged very badly by an earthquake in 2003. After
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 40 km mountain road | Hiking: moderate
Day 7. 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
After hiking we will pack and drive down to the Chuya steppe to have the night in the yurts and enjoy banya.
Night: yurts| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 55 km mountain road | Walking: intense (15 km)
Highlights: a path through moraine, lunch at the glacier
Day 8 & 9. Wildlife of Sailugem national park
In Kosh-Agach (district
This day and the next you will travel on the territory of
You will also have an opportunity to hike to several points with fantastic views of rivers, lakes and mountains. Together with a ranger of the
In the evening of the 9th
Night: tents/ houses| Meal: 3 times | Driving: ~50-70 km/day mountain road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: meeting wild animals and birds of prey, stunning viewpoints
Day 10. Tarkhata megalithic complex
Sorry to say – our way home begins. But you have a consolation as we will drive along a very beautiful road and still have enough interesting places to stop.
You will visit the Tarkhata megalithic complex.
We will stop for the night near the Katun River.
Night: tents| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 200 km asphalt road | Walking: moderate
Highlights: Ancient smelting furnace, megalithic complex
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 of this trip together.
Night: hotel| Meal: 3 times | Driving: 260 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.