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‘Best of’ Altai Mountains Nature Tour

Overview

Discover the amazing sights and sounds of the Altai mountains first-hand with this incredible 10-day nature tour. Explore this remote picturesque location by boat, foot and even horseback. Perfect for anyone who wants to escape the busy city life and enjoys the challenges of the great outdoors. This 10-day Altai nature tour offers the ultimate camping experience with campfire dinners, thrilling sunsets from ‘Devil’s Finger’ hill, an overnight stay deep in the Altai mountains, and plenty of photo opportunities. 

  • Camping experience at Teletskoye Lake

  • Horse riding experience to the ‘Devil’s Finger’

  • Rafting on the Katun River

  • Spectacular views of the glaciers in the Chuya Alps

  • Trip to Uch-Enmek National Park

  • Visit to the Legenda Park of Wooden Architecture

Itinerary

Barnaul

An industrial city situated at the confluence of the Barnaulka and Ob Rivers in the West Siberian Plain, Barnaul is the administrative center of Altai Krai, Russia. It was founded in the 18th century by the wealthy Demidov family, who intended to use the abundance of silver in the area to increase the production of copper and silver goods. It is the closest major city to the Altai Mountains and near the border with Kazakhstan.

Day 1

Arrival in Barnaul

After arriving at Barnaul airport or railway station you will meet with your guide before starting out on the journey to Lake Aya. Along the way you will stop for lunch in Biysk.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Private Tour

  • Lake Aya

  • Devil’s Finger Mountain

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Altai Mountains

The Altai Mountains are situated in Central Asia between Russia, China, Kazakhstan, and Mongolia. They are best known for their unique scenic views from mountain landscapes to the Gobi Desert. The Altai region is home to a spare but diverse population consisting of native Altai people, Mongols, Russians, and Kazakhs. The area supports a rural economy of husbandry, forestry, and mining.

Day 2

Visiting a Local Apiary

After a light breakfast you will head over to a local apiary where you will get to try honey straight from the hive along with some delicious honey wine. You will then continue to Maralnik farm for lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Local Apiary

  • honey wine

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Maralnik farm

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

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Chuysky Trakt

Hailed as Siberia’s most beautiful road for its breathtaking mountain landscapes and quaint village stops along the way, the Chuysky Trakt is a road in Novosibirsk Oblast, Altai Krai and Altai Republic of Russia. The road is a length of 953km and extends across the Altai Territory to Russia’s border with Mongolia.

Day 3

Trip to Uch-Enmek National Park

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Lake Aya and head south towards the Mongolian border. You will continue through Seminsky Pass and Chike-Taman Pass where you will stop for photos before visiting a local bison farm.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Seminsky and Chike-Taman Pass

  • Prominent Landscape

  • local bison farm

  • Uch-Enmek National Park

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 4

Travelling along the Chuysky Trakt

After having breakfast at your hotel, you will continue travelling on the Chuysky Trakt to a remote part of the Altai region where you will get to see the geyser lake, Chuya Alps and the spectacular glaciers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Chuysky Trakt

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Geyser lake

  • Chuya Alps

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

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Chemal

A popular domestic tourist destination in Russia, Chemal is a rural area and the administrative centre of the Chemalsky District in the Altai Republic, Russia. The settlement is located on the junction of the Chemal and Katun Rivers and is popular with thrill seeking tourists looking for rafting, zip-line and scenic hiking routes.

Day 5

Travelling to Chemal

After breakfast, you will leave you hotel and continue your trip to the lower Katun area where you will visit the Chemal region. You will have several chances to stop and take photos along the way as well as a stop for lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Chemal region

  • Katun river

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 6

Rafting on the Katun River

Enjoy a change of pace with a rafting experience on the Katun River! After breakfast, you will travel to the banks of the Katun River where you will have a 3-4-hour rafting session ending with a picnic lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Katun river

  • rafting experience

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

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Teletskoye Lake

A scenic location nestled in the Altai Mountains, Lake Teletskoye is found between the mountain ridges Korbu and Al-tyntu, on the junction of the Sailughem Mountains and the Western Sayans. The lake forms part of the Altaisky Nature Reserve, and, along with the Katun Nature Reserve and the Ukok Plateau Nature Refuge, has been attributed as one of UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites under the name “Golden Mountains of Altai”.

Day 7

Walking Tour to the Third River or Tilan-Tuu Mountain

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Chemal and continue along the road to Teletskoye Lake and stop for a picnic lunch on the way.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Teletskoye Lake

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Walking Tour

  • Tilan-Tuu Mountain

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

  • Camping experience

Day 8

Boat Trip on Teletskoye Lake

Enjoy the ultimate camping experience! Breakfast at your campsite followed by a relaxing boat trip across the lake. You will stop for a campfire lunch before heading out to the Biya River for a spot of fishing.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Teletskoye Lake

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Fishing experience

  • Biya River

  • Camping experience

Day 9

Visit the Legenda Park of Wooden Architecture

After breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Teletskoye. Your driver will wait outside your hotel and you will begin the long journey to Barnaul. On the way, you will stop for lunch before visiting the Legenda Park of Wooden Architecture, where you will get the chance to see a variety of architectural styles found across the Altai region.

  • Breakfast & Lunch

  • Transfer

  • Legenda Park of Wooden Architecture

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Free Time

Day 10

Departure from Barnaul

After waking up bright and early, you will have a quick stop for breakfast before checking out of your hotel. Your driver will meet you outside of your hotel once you have checked-out and will take you to your chosen point of departure (airport or train station).

  • Breakfast

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Departure Transfer

Where you can stay

A hotel can be the make or break of any experience, and we understand that choosing the right hotel is important to our travellers. Check out our range of hotels ahead of time, and learn more about our standard 3-star options and the luxury 5-star upgrades that are available in the destinations you will be visiting.

Please note that the selection of hotels included here are examples of where you may stay on your tour, we will pick the best option for you based on your travel requirements.

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