15-day Trekking Tour in Siberia Altai Mountains

Altai, the so-called Russian Tibet or Heart of Siberia, is a unique place, ideal for active holidays! The purity of the mountain air and the crystal-clear water of numerous lakes and rivers will make your trekking in Altai unforgettable!

Our route crosses the area of lake Ak-Kem, which rests at the heart of the Altai mountains. Here you will find one of the most beautiful spots for trekking in the world – breathtaking views of mountains and lakes, green forests and valleys covered with blossoming wild flowers.

Located on the border of Europe and Asia, Altai holds the secrets of the many ethnic groups who have inhabited this area since the times of Egypt’s pharaohs.

per adult from

$2,006

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Duration

15 days

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Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 14x Breakfast
    • 11x Dinner
    • 10x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 14 nights
    • Russian visa service
    What's excluded :
    • Personal travel insurance
    • Excursions not mentioned in the itinerary. Can be provided on spot, fees apply
    • Internal flight from / to Moscow. Can be quoted if required. Average price 200 eur per person.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the Hotel

    Pass By: Moscow, Moscow, Central Russia
    Our driver will be waiting for you at the pick-up point ready to transfer you to your hotel. No activities are planned for the arrival day.

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a central 3* hotel: Ibis Bakhrushina 3* or similar.

    Day 2: Moscow City Centre Walking Tour. Departure to Barnaul

    Stop At: Moscow, Moscow, Central Russia
    During the tour we will walk around major cultural and historical points in Moscow. We will visit the Red Square and take a stroll along the nearby pedestrian zone.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight flight (not included in the price of the tour, can be quoted upon request).

    Day 3: Transfer to Altai by Bus (750 km, 12-13 hours). “Welcome” Dinner

    Stop At: Barnaul, Barnaul, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    Transfer by bus (750 km, 12 – 13 hours) to the base camp “Vysotnik”. We travel by coach from the airport to the base camp “Vysotnik”, situated in a picturesque place. There are no highways on most of the territory of the Altai, therefore we have to use ordinary roads through the mountains. The coach trip takes approx. 12-13 hours. On arrival, a “welcome” dinner will help you to relax after this long journey.
    Duration: 13 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 4: Base Camp - Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m)

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    In the morning we start trekking from our base camp (850 m). The path goes through Kucherla, the last populated area on our way to the mountains. Then we will follow a path through the forest where we can see plenty of mushrooms, berries, and various kinds of trees and grasses. Today we explore the Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m). The pass isn't high but the going is quite challenging - this is the first test for our stamina. Camping on the banks of Ak-Kem, a mountain river whose cool waters will help you to relax. Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, 19 km, ascent 656 m, descent 524 m.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 5: Continue Ascending along the Oroktoi Brook to the Tukhman Brook (2,000 m)

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    We continue ascending along the Oroktoi brook to the Tukhman brook (2,000 m). We will observe how the panorama and the vegetation changes from the taiga - deep Siberian forest - to high alpine meadows. Overnight at a picturesque place with a great view of Belukha, the highest mountain in Siberia, and surrounding peaks. Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, 11 km, ascent 1,224 m.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 6: Trekking up to Lake Kulduairy

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    This day could be called a walk under the clouds. We will follow a trail until the final moderate descent to our camp site on the shore of lake Kulduairy. We may even catch sight of a hare or a deer along the way. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 15 km, ascent 334 m, descent 438 m.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 7: Tekeliu River. Optional Hike to the Highest Waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu Waterfall

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    We have a short distance to walk today – just a moderate ascent and we find ourselves at a plateau with a panoramic view of the Katunskii range with its strangely shaped cliffs. After a short but steep descent, we reach our campsite on the banks of the Tekeliu river. In the afternoon we have an optional hike upstream along the river to see the highest waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu waterfall. Daily route of approx. 3-4 hours, 10 km, ascent 233 m, descent 544 m.
    Duration: 4 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 8: River Tekeliu - Sarybel Pass Ascend - Base Camp (2,000 m)

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    We cross the river Tekeliu and start ascending the Sarybel pass (2,300 m). Tekeliu in the Altaic language means "a place where mountain goats live" and we may indeed see some goats here if we are lucky. You will never forget the special moment of discovering the beauty of lake Ak-kem for the first time. Walking across the Ak-kem river, we will cross a shaky bridge, and in a half an hour we'll reach our base camp (2,000 m). There is a canteen, a Russian banya and a traditional Altai building - Ail (a type of wooden yurt) there. This camp offers you breath-taking views over the huge snowy majestic Mount Belukha. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 15 km, ascent 532 m, descent 553 m.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 9: Day Hike to the Mysterious Ravine Yarlu

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    A day hike to the Ak – Ojouk valley which is famous for its beautiful seven lakes or a day hike to the mysterious ravine Yarlu. The unreal colours of the ravine will remain etched in your memory forever. There is a strong belief that the area around lake Ak-Kem has a powerful energy. Here you may meet very different people - from hermits to people believing in UFOs. There is a stone town here being built by people who have come to this place from all over the world to meditate near the sacred mountain Belukha. Return to the base camp. Daily route of approx. 5-7 hours, 7 km, ascent 227 m, descent 227 m.
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 10: The Karatiurek Pass Ascend (3,060 m). Camping in a Virgin Cedar Glade (2,000 m)

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    Today we ascend the Karatiurek pass (3,060 m). There may be some snow on the pass. After a while we’ll start our descent. The temperature will rise and the vegetation become rich again. Another bewitching ravine appears on the way – the Kucherlinskoe ravine. Camping in a virgin cedar glade (2,000 m). Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, 11 km, ascent 1,000 m, descent 750 m.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 11: Camping on the Shore of one of the Most Beautiful Lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    We continue descending through the mountain taiga forest. Camping on the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla. Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, 8 km, descent 523 m.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 12: Trekking Through the Kucherla Ravine

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    Trekking through the Kucherla ravine. Daily route of approx. 7-8 hours, 14 km, descent 451 m.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 13: Gradual Descent down the Kucherla River to the Base Camp. Farewell Dinner

    Stop At: Altai Krai, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    Gradual descent down the Kucherla river. On our way we’ll make a stop to see an ancient grotto and petroglyphs (prehistoric drawings) on a rock, which are several thousand years old. We cross a seemingly endless field and finally reach our base camp “Vysotnik”. Our last opportunity to experience a Russian banya (sauna, optional) during the tour. Farewell dinner. Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, 19 km, descent 350 m.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Accommodation in tents.

    Day 14: Transfer to Barnaul

    Stop At: Barnaul, Barnaul, Altai Krai, Siberian District
    Transfer to Barnaul (750 km, 12-13 hours)
    Duration: 13 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight in a 3* hotel.

    Day 15: Departure to Moscow

    Pass By: Moscow, Moscow, Central Russia
    Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We provide pick-up transfer from any airport, railway station, accommodation in Moscow. Our driver will pick you up at the specified time, he will hold a sign-board.Airports
    • Domodedovo Moscow Airport, Gorod Domodedovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia
    • Sheremetyevo - A.S. Pushkin international airport, Khimki, Moscow Oblast, Russia, 141400
    • Vnukovo International Airport, Vnukovo, Moscow Oblast, Russia
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 8/1/2020 - 9/15/2020
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    8/1/2021 - 9/15/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • We operate only small groups.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Language

English

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

14

Organised by Go Russia Travel Company

Activity ID: V-269522P21

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