6 amazing sights of Altai
Comfort travel along the Chuya highway - the northern route of The Silk Road
Tour price: 1028 €;
Group size: 4 - 10 pax;
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
- Kalbak-Tash - the open-air museum where thousands of rock-arts of ancient human;
- multicolor mountain of the Kyzyl-Chin, named Martian;
- the astonishing confluence of Chuya and Katun rivers;
- the Geizer lake painting ornaments on its surface;
- panorama of Kurai steppe and glacier mountains of the North-Chuya range;
- panorama the Chulyshman river valley from the top of the Katu Yaruk pass;
The first 5 sights lie down along the Chuya highway. The amazing road, that has a title one of the most beautiful roads in the world. This road has been paved along the route that hundreds years ago been the Northern part of The Great Silk Road.
From the 3rd millennium BC caravans have been going from Tibet and China to the Altai and Mongolia area. Merchants transported Persian rugs, mirrors and jewellery there.
Our guide will tell stories and legends for you to be able to understand and feel the character of the places you’ll visit.
The tour is suitable for children and elderly people.
Day 1. Chemal
Group gathering at 8.00 at the railway station of Biysk, at 9.40 at the airport of Gorno-Altaisk city (if requested, we can meet you at the international airport of Novosibirsk or Barnaul).
We will drive you to the hotel, located on the Katun river bench near Ust-Sema village.
After check-in and short rest, you'll have the first meeting with Altai. 43 kilometers from the hotel placed Chemal village. This is one of the most visited areas in Altai mountain. People travel to this place to visit picturesque the Patmos island, where a small, beautiful Orthodox church, and walk along the goat trail that goes above the Katun river.
Drive distance: 210 kilometres.
Day 2. Chuya Highway - Aktash
Today we leave touristic Chemal district and setting off for Chuya highway.
We go through Seminsky mountain pass and Chike-Taman mountain crossing. The second one is not very high but landscapes from its steep hillside are impressive.
60 kilometers after Chike-Taman is waiting for us the confluence of Chuya and Katun rivers. They colours are different and before they are totally mixed, you can relish picturesque paints of turquoise whirls. We are going to arrive in Aktash village somewhere about 7 p.m.
This night you'll stay in a hotel near the village.
Drive distance: 350 kilometres.
Day 3. Kyzyl Chin (colored mountains)
The program of the day is vivid. 3 amazing sights are waiting for you today.
The first one is the Geyser lake. Surface of the lake is decorated with colourful moving circles.
After that, we head off to Kurai steppe to enjoy panorama of snowy peaks the North-Chuya range.
And the last main sight of the day is unique Kyzyl Chin mountains, which are rightly called Martian because of multicolor loam, covering its sides.
After the Kyzyl-Chin we will drive you back to the hotel.
As an extra option, we can offer a concert of Altai throat singer.
Drive distance: 170 kilometres.
Day 4. Katu Yaruk pass
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you'll have a radial road trip to the Katu Yaruk pass (Drive distance each way: 100 kilometres.).
A road to the pass goes through the Ulagan Plato, where located many beautiful lakes (very beautiful and the famous one is Kidelu lake)
Katu Yaruk is the most picturesque pass (available for reaching by car) in Altai. From the top, you'll see the canyon of the Chulyshman river, the Karasuu waterfall.
On a back way, we will make a stop near the Pazyryk burials, here you learn about Pazyruk culture.
Approximal time of arrival in the hotel about 6 p.m.
Day 5. Aktash - Chuya highway
Today we start a back journey along Chuya highway.
There are few discoveries, that we have missed at the first meeting with a the Chuya highway, are waiting for us.
The first one is rock-art of ancient human who inhabited here thousands years ago. During the excursion, you'll see: sky map: water lens, which was used as the first simplest telescope; the calendar, displaying the main light events of the year (the days of solstice etc.); philosophy of ancient author about the human soul, about hell and paradise.
The second stop will be for visiting the Ilgumen rapid. Rapids are the places of cliffs and water power’s oppositions, which began hundreds of thousands years ago and still continue. The cliffs cut the water making it «boil».
At the evening we will arrive to the Altika hotel. Drive distance: 370 kilometres.
Day 6. Depart.
Today is finishing your adventure in Altai mountains.
After an early breakfast, we will drive you to the Gorno-Altaisk airport.
Drive distance: 50 kilometres.
As an extra option, we can drive you to the railway station of Biysk on the evening train (the price is 35 EUROS per person. drive distance: 150 kilometres).
Altika hotel located on the Katun river bench.
You'll stay in this place 2 nights (1st and last) in a twin/ double room.
A toilet and shower are in the room.
This is one of the best hotels in surrounded area.
Hotel near Aktash village
The hotel located on the Chuya river bench.
You'll stay 3 nights in a twin/ double room with a bathroom inside.
The cost includes:
- Transfer en-route from Biysk,
- tour-guide services,
- 3 time meals,
The international flights arrive in Novosibirsk - the biggest city of Siberia. In case you arrive there, you will need to have one day before the tour and one day upon its completion for the transfer. Biysk and Novosibirsk are cities, connected by a branch of Trans-Siberian railway. We can organize a transfer by train or by car to the starting endpoint of the tour.