The Great Altai

Sakhalin Island is the largest island of Russia. Included in the Sakhalin region, along with the Kuril Islands. It is washed by the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan. Sakhalin Region is the only region in Russia completely located on the islands. About 500 thousand people live on Sakhalin. Russians are the most numerous nationality (more than 85%), then Koreans, Ukrainians and Tatars. The native inhabitants of the island, the Nivkhis, also live in the northern part.
8 day-tour
1 city
From 1 person to a group
No special physical training required
Hundreds of fabulously beautiful photos
The price includes: accommodation, professional guide, admission fees to all the museums according to the program
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Day 1, Rafting down the Katun river.
Meeting in Barnaul/Biysk/Gorno-Altaisk. Transfer to Uznezya village.
We accommodate in double rooms of standard category in the hotel Salyut. Lunch.
Rafting down the Katun river. The experienced instructor steers the raft. On the rafting trip we will pass over two cataracts –
Iradash and Seminskiy, at the end we will visit Kamyshlinsky waterfall.
Dinner in the hotel. Acquaintance party. The guide tells guests about the forthcoming travel.
Day 2, The Tour of Chui tract.
Breakfast at the hotel. Journey to Aktash village – travelling all day.
The route runs through the Chui tract which is famous for its beautiful views. This route hit the top 10 most beautiful roads in
the world by National Geographic Russia in 2016.
On the way we will get acquainted with the ancient culture of Altai visiting different archeological sites – nomad graves, rock
paintings and ancient obelisks – monuments to the ancient warriors.
Also we will have to go through 2 mountain passes: Seminsky (1850m high) and Chike-Taman (1200m high). There we will have
half-hour rest. There are giftshops on the both mountain passes.
Accommodation in the hotel "Rasul" in Aktash village. Tasty dinner at the best cafe of Aktash.
Day 3, Travel along the Chuya river. Hike along the Maashey river.
Breakfast in the hotel. This is the start of the hiking part of the tour.
We go by UAZ vehicle to the mouth of the Maashey river, where we met the guide with horses. Then we put our bags on the
Hike along the Maashey river will take about 5 hours including picnic. Setting up the camp in the mouth of the Karakabak river,
having a dinner and talking in front of campfire.
The real Russian bath house with ice cold water from the Karabarak river. Lodging in the tents.
Day 4, Day trip to the Maashei glacier.
Getting up early in the morning and having a breakfast.
This day our primary goal is to reach one of the biggest glaciers of Altai – the Maashei glacier.
Its surface is almost deprived of stones; the ice is white, foamy and dense.
On the way we will meet spectacular views of wild nature and mountain magnificence of the Maashei river canyon.
What we should do at least: reach the moraine – a naturally formed accumulation of stones where we can watch amazing view
of the former Maashei lake valley. It is about 4 ml one way. There we will have a picnic and will make some great photos or
meditate. If the weather permits we will go to the glacier to see it close and touch it (4 ml more).
Returning to the base camp, having a fireside dinner.
The real Russian bath house with ice cold water from the Karabarak river. Lodging in the tents.
Day 5, Day trip to the Karabarak lakes.
The path to the lakes winds along the Karabarak river through the larch-trees and honeysuckle, then through the pine forest and
afterwards the path leads to the mountain tundra zone with bushes of dwarf burch.
Five lakes of the Karabarak valley amaze by unreal turquois color, there are colorful meadows of bloomy gentian, globeflowers
and columbine around the lakes. At the end of August the gorge of the Karabarak river assumes tawny red colours – the first
signs of autumn in the highlands! Having a picnic on the shore of one of the lakes.
Returning to the base camp, having a fireside dinner.
The real Russian bath house with ice cold water from the Karabarak river. Lodging in the tents.
Day 6, Hike along the Maashei river. Moving to the Aktru gorge.
Getting up early in the morning and having a breakfast.
Descending on already known track to the valley of Chui river, to the mouth of the Maashei river. Moving to the mountaineering
camp in the Aktru gorge. On the way stopping by the geyser pool.
Wonderful view of the Kurai steppe. We do a stop and we rise to the survey place to make photos of the valley and the North
Chui ridge with its snow-capped mountain tops.
In the Kurai village we take UAZ or GAZ vehicle. 15 miles on mountain road lie ahead – amusement ride of Altai!
Accommodating in the mountaineering camp of Aktru in the 4-bedded rooms.
Dinner at the base. Hot shower or bath on your request.
Day 7, The day trip to the Aktru glacier.
Having a breakfast.
This day we can choose a trip according to our preferences and abilities: going to the Small Aktru glacier or the Big Aktru glacier
with a guide.
The main aim is to reach the Blue Lake (2840m).
Picnic on the way. Returning to the base camp.
Having a dinner in the dining room at the base. Hot shower or bath on your request.
Day 8, The day trip to the Uchitel pass, View on Kuray steppe.
Having a breakfast.
This day we will take a final trip upwards the steep path, kind of exam.
We will reach the Uchitel pass, 3050 meters high! To climb to the top point is possible in one case - if the weather is fine.
There is a wonderful view on Kuray steppe on the top of the pass. There you will get a feeling that you are surrounded by clouds
because the height is about one mile there! And on the other side you will see a great view on the Aktru gorge and other
mountain tops: for example the Peak Aktru 4044m tall.
Having a picnic on the top of the pass.
Returning to the base. Having a dinner in the dining room. Hot shower
Day 9, Altai Mars. Return by Chui tract.
Having a breakfast. Checking out and going down from the Aktru gorge by real UAZ or GAZ offroaders.
In the Kurai village we change offroader to a comfortable car.
Passing Chui tract through Kurai steppe, enjoying views of the snow-covered North Chui ridge. Reaching Kyzyl-Chin known as
Altai Mars located near the village of Chagan-Uzun.
We will have a hour-long trip up to the Martian landscapes. On the way back we go down through the small gorge made by
spring floods.
Going back to the Uznezya village by Chui tract. Return trip will bring many exciting emotions – this road impresses with its
distinctive variety. On the way it will be several stops.
Having a lunch at the café in Aktash.
On arrival accommodating in the hotel "Salut".
The farewell dinner. Talking about recent journey!
Day 10, Airport transfer.
Getting up early. Checking out and getting lunchboxes with breakfast for the trip.
Departure to Gorno-Altaisk / Biysk / Barnaul.
Arrival at 8:00 / 11:00 / 15:00 respectively.
The program includes:
  • Accommodation with breakfast;
  • Registration fee at the hotels;
  • Admission fees to all museums according to the program;
  • English-speaking guide;
  • Transportation with A/C;
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums;
  • All local taxes;
  • Head sets;
  • Visa support letter.
The program doesn't include:

  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Porterage fee

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