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Hidden Altai Mountain Nature Tour

Overview

Have you always wanted to know what it feels like to be truly lost in nature? Well, wonder no longer with this hidden gem. Enjoy pristine lakes, sprawling forests, towering mountain peaks and the subtle sounds of nature passing you by in the remote region of Ust-Koksa.  If being out in the wilderness far away from civilization is your favourite place to be then this is the best tour for you.  This tour includes boat rides across clear lakes and rivers, scenic mountain treks, picnic lunches and plenty of time for a bit of relaxation and calm contemplation. 

  • Camping around Ust-Koksa

  • Overnight stay in the tranquil Altai Taiga Forest

  • Picnic lunch in the Red Mountains

  • Speedboat trip to the Katun River

  • Visit to the Nicholas Roerich Museum and the Museum of Religious Dissents

  • Visit to the scenic Multa Lakes

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 8-9-hour journey to Ust-Koksa. Along the way there will be plenty of stops to allow you to stretch your legs and see panoramic views of this beautiful region. You will also stop for a quick lunch at a roadside café.

  • Lunch & Dinner

  • Arrival Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Travel to

Ust-Koksa

Ust Koksa is a local village founded in the early 19th century and situated at the confluence of the Katun and Koksa rivers from which it derives its name ‘Blue Water’. It is the administrative centre of the Ust-Koksinky District of the Altai Republic in Russia. The village is close to the border with Kazakhstan and located at the foot of the Altai mountains. The nearby Saylyugemsky National Park is a popular destination with tourists.

Day 2

Visit the Museum of Old Believers

After breakfast in the hotel, you will set off on your first excursion to Verkhny Uymon, the oldest Russian settlement in the Uymon Steppe. In the morning, you will visit the Museum of famous Russian-born artist, Nicholas Roerich, before stopping for lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Verkhny Uymon Village

  • Guided History Tour

  • Cultural Immersive Experience

  • Museum-house of Nicholas Roerich

  • Museum of Old Believers

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 3

Trip to the Red Mountain

Today, you will explore the spectacular Red Mountain renowned for its beautiful lakes. Your day will start with a quick breakfast at the hotel before setting off by car to the Red Mountain for a morning of incredible views and terrific nature hikes. As part of this trekking tour, you will visit three lakes before stopping for a picnic lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Red Mountain

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Lower, Middle and Upper Lakes

  • Easy trekking

  • Free Time

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 4

Speedboat Experience on the Katun River

After a light breakfast, you will enjoy a speedboat trip to the head of the Katun River where you will experience stunning mountain and riverbank landscapes before stopping for a picnic-style lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Boat Trip

  • Katun river

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • local honey

  • Food & Drink Experience

  • Free Time

Day 5

Visit to the Multa Lakes

After breakfast at the hotel, your driver will take you on the perfect nature trip to the Multa Lakes and the pearl of the Altai Mountains. Here you will get the chance to trek alongside the lakes, taking in scenes that have inspired painters and photographers for decades.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Multa Lakes

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

  • Easy trekking

  • Free Time

Day 6

Free Time in Ust-Koksa

Today you will enjoy a full day of free time in Ust-Koksa. Have a leisurely breakfast, take a stroll in the nearby forests, meditate by the river or go fishing, the choice is yours! Your Lunch and dinner will be included at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Free Time

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 7

Car Transfer to Barnaul

Your penultimate day will involve lots of travelling. After having breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Ust-Koksa. Your driver will wait outside your hotel and you will begin the 8-9-hour long journey to Barnaul.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  • Transfer

  • Prominent Landscape

  • Scenic Surrounds

Day 8

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

  • 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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