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Great journey: the Katun Ridge

Great journey: the Katun Ridge

Great journey: the Katun Ridge

Great journey: the Katun Ridge

Great journey: the Katun Ridge

Great journey: the Katun Ridge

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Type of tourism:
hiking
Duration:
16 days
Number of tourists in a group:
5-15 persons
Duration of active part:
14 days
Total distance:
159 km
Group is accompanied by:
1-2 guides

This trekking is created for travelers who have a good idea of what awaits them in the mountains and have been there many times, for those who want to push the boundaries and horizons, to pass the road with the most beautiful places, to see the wildlife of Altai deeper and more consciously. Fourteen days, fourteen days stories,  incredible lakes, beautiful passes, mountain wind and silence, places where many people walk and gorges where you will not find a single soul. Part of the route passes through the Katun Nature Reserve. This will be a journey to remember.

The itinerary belongs to the mountain one of the first category of difficulty. It requires good physical training and experience of mountain hikes. The total length is 151 km of mountain trails, on the way you have to overcome two category passes 1A and two non-category. In some days, the height difference is of more than 1000 meters. The entire itinerary, in addition to personal belongings and a sleeping bag you will need to carry part of the equipment (tents, campfire equipment) and food, 3-5 kg per person. To ensure that the weight of food in your backpack is not too burdensome, we will make two food deliveries by horses where possible: to Kucherlinskoe Lake (day 5) and to the reserve ranger station (day 10).

524$ (30100)

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DAILY ITINERARY

NOVOSIBIRSK - UST-KOKSA

Departure from Novosibirsk at 20:00. Point of departure - Sovetskaya street, 65 (local time, UTC/GMT+7). Barnaul - Ust-Koksa. Departure from Barnaul at 23:50. Point of departure – “Tsentralnaya” hotel (local time, UTC/GMT+7).

WAY OF TRAVELLING

bus / minibus

Distance

825 km
 / 640 km

MEAL

at own expense

DEPARTURE FROM GORNO-ALTAYSK (AIRPORT) AT 10:00-11:00.

Uymon valley (Uymon steppe) is amazingly beautiful, an intermountain basin between the Terektinsky and Katun ridges located in the south of the Altai Republic. In 1926 it was visited by the Central Asian expedition of the great philosopher, artist and scientist N.K. Roerich. He believed that at this very place the city of the future should be built and the new civilization will rise here. Ust-Koksa is the largest settlement in the Ust-Koksinsky district, located at the confluence of the Katun and Koksa rivers, was founded in 1807. In the Ust-Koksa at the foot of the Terektinsky ridge there are burial mounds of Scythian time (VIII - V centuries BC) and two burial mounds of Afanasiev culture (IV - III thousand BC). Arrival in the village of Ust-Koksa. Accommodation in hotel. Lunch. Walk to the confluence of the rivers Katun and Koksa (place of power). Dinner.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

minibus

Distance

375 km

MEAL

lunch, dinner in cafe

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Start of trekking.

Transfer from Ust-Koksa to Tyungur village. Transfer to the camp "Tri beryozki" on the river Ak-Kem by GAZ-66 truck. Start trekking. The trail runs along the Ak-Kem river and on the first day you can see majestic Belukha Mountain. Overnight in the forest.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

car, GAZ-66, on foot

Distance

65 km car, 17 km GAZ-66, 20 km on foot – 6 hours

MEAL

breakfast in cafe, lunch, dinner – field kitchen

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Crossing to Ak-Kem Lake to the base camp

You can enjoy the view of beautiful Belukha Mountain and spend the night at its foot. Charming Belukha attracts thousands of tourists every year. The search for "Belovodye" takes place here. It is possible to reach the chapel and/or the Yarl valley. Chapel of the Archangel Michael is the most high-mountain chapel in Russia, built in memory of the dead. The Yarlu valley is a sacred city of rocks for the followers of Roerich. You will see amazing colored rocks. Overnight on Ak-Kem Lake.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

6 km – 2 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Radial hike in the gorge of the river Ak-Oyuk, in the valley of the seven lakes and the Yarlu valley (optional).

In the upper reaches of the Ak-Oyuk river there are beautiful lakes, each of which has its own unique shade: turquoise, green, milk blue and bluish-black. After the tour, descent to the base camp. Lunch. After lunch excursion to the Yarlu gorge (optional), where a whole city is built of rocks.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

8 km + 6 km

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Crossing the Kara-Tyurek pass 1A.

Crossing the Kara-Tyurek pass 1A (translated from the Altai as black heart). On the pass in good weather a fantastic view opens on Belukha Mountain and the Katun ridge. You will remember this incredibly beautiful day for a long time. Overnight at Kucherlinskoe Lake.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

16 km – 8 - 10 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Colored Lakes.

Crossing to the fork to Colored Lakes (4 km - 3 hours). Radial access to the Colored Lakes (3.5 km to the lower lake-6-7 hours). You will see the lower green lake with a height of 2300 m. and the upper blue lake with a height of 2500m.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

4 km - 3 hours +3,5 km to lower lake - 6-7 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Crossing to Darashkol.

Crossing to Darashkol along rivers Myushtu Ayry and Yoldo Ayry. Heavy path, 2 fords. The height of the camp is 2150 m.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

14 km - 12 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Darashkol.

Before lunch rest in the camp. In the morning light you will understand why the lake is called Darashkol (from Altai translated as "beautiful lake"). After lunch, going out to the camp by Creek Darashkol.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

2,5 km - 2 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Yoldo Ayry pass.

Crossing to camp Tyoplaya through the Yoldo Ayry pass. The way to the pass goes through the Nemytskogo glacier.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

16,6 km - 10 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Crossing to the Katun Natural Reserve ranger station.

Crossing to the Katun Natural Reserve ranger station. After lunch rest in the camp. The height is 2050 meters.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

10 km - 4 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Crossing to the camp near Alla-Askyr Lake.

Crossing to the camp near Alla-Askyr Lake through the mouth of the Eshtu river. Height 2000 m.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

14 km - 8 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Going out to Alla-Askyr Lake.

Going out to Alla-Askyr Lake (translated as “Steep cliff”) (4 km - 2.5 hours). Ascent from the lake to the pass (2850 m) in the Sarybel valley. From the pass, in good weather you can observe Sarybel Lake, the valley of Nine Lakes and Lake Kyrgyz, as well as the highest point of Siberia - Belukha Mountain. Descent to the camp by Say Rarty stream.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

16 km - 10 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Ascent through the Kyrgyz pass.

Ascent through the Kyrgyz pass and overnight in a cedar forest by Creek Sayrarty.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot

Distance

16 km - 8 hours

MEAL

3 meals a day cooked on fire

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Going out to the village of Maralnik. Return to Ust-Koksa.

Descent to the lower reaches of Akchan (Maralnik 2). Transfer to Ust-Koksa. Rest. Farewell party.

WAY OF TRAVELLING

on foot, car

Distance

12 km, 45 km

MEAL

breakfast, lunch – cooked on fire, dinner in cafe

ACCOMMODATION

tents

Departure to Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) / Novosibirsk.

Returning equipment. For those wishing, horse-riding tours or 2-hour rafting are organized (extra charge). After lunch tour to the village of Verkhniy Uymon, one of the oldest villages of Ust-Koksinsky district. The village was founded by old believers about 300 years ago. There are two museums in the village: the Museum of Local History named after N.K. Roerich and the Museum of Old Belief. After the tour departure to Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) / Novosibirsk at 17:00 (local time, the difference with Moscow +4 hours). Departure to Gorno-Altaysk at 21:00. (Part of the group, who leaves Gorno-Altaysk). Arrival in Gorno-Altaysk at 03:00 at the airport or hotel (hotel price 350 rubles per person).

WAY OF TRAVELLING

bus / minibus

Distance

375 km to Gorno-Altaysk, 640 km to Barnaul, 825 km to Novosibirsk

MEAL

breakfast, lunch in cafe, dinner on the way at own expense

Arrival in Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) / Novosibirsk.Arrival in Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) / Novosibirsk.

Approximate time of arrival in Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) - 07:00 (local time, the difference with Moscow +4 hours), Novosibirsk-10:00 (local time, the difference with Moscow +4 hours).

MEAL

at own expense

Dates & Prices

Cost of transfer:

Gorno-Altaysk- Ust-Koksa - Gorno-Altaysk - 4200 RUB
Barnaul (Novoaltaysk) - Ust-Koksa - Barnaul (Novoaltaysk)  - 5800 RUB
Novosibirsk – Ust-Koksa – Novosibirsk – 6000 RUB

Tour price includes:

- 3 meals a day (except meals on the way)
- program service 
- guide services 
- group and individual tourist equipment: tents, sleeping bags, mats, backpacks, campfire equipment, awning, medical kit
- medical insurance and accident insurance on the active part of the itinerary: MS-450000, SNS-50000 *
- medical insurance and accident insurance on the non-active part of the itinerary: MS-150000, SNS-50000 *

(Insurance policy is issued, for travelers under 65 years the cost is 2695 RUB)

(age up to 65 years. If the tourist is over the age of 65 years, extra payment is made by age rate) 

- transfer Ust-Koksa -Tyungur, Multa-Maralnik - Ust-Koksa
- excursion to the museums of Verkhny Uymon village (day 13)
- entrance tickets to the museums of the Old Believers and the Roerichs Family Museum
- recreational fees
- accommodation in a mountain camping near Ak-Kemsky Lake (3th day of itinerary) with cabins, tents, inflatable boat, gas equipment and toilet
- accommodation on the territory of eco-tourist complex "Altair "(days 1, 15)
- crossing the river Ak-Kem by boat for radial access to the Yarlu valley
- ride to camp "Tri berezy" by GAZ-66 truck (day 2)
- products delivery by horses to Kucherlinskoe Lake (day 5)
- food delivery by horses to ranger station of the Katun Nature Reserve (day 10)
- permits on the territory of the Katun Nature Reserve
- storage of personal belongings on t/c in the village of Ust-Koksa for the time of the active part of the itinerary
- border permit
- visa invitation

Tour price does not include:

- meal on the way
- bathhouse. On the route visit to the bathhouse is possible: day 2 (Ak-Kem Lake, from 1500 RUB per hour), day 5 (Kucherlinskoe Lake, from 2000 RUB per hour), day 10 (Nature reserve ranger station, 350 RUB per hour per person), day 14 (eco-tourist complex "Altair")
- transfer to Ust-Koksa
Novosibirsk - Ust-Koksa - Novosibirsk - 6000 rubles 
Barnaul - Ust-Koksa - Barnaul - 5800 rubles
Gorno-Altaisk - Ust-Koksa - Gorno-Altaisk - 4200 rubles
- tips to the guide (not required, but welcome)

 

Take with you:

- down jacket or warm jacket
- waterproof clothing (raincoat, jacket, pants)
- trekking boots
- high boots (preferably made of polyurethane foam)
- trekking poles (it is possible to rent in the tourist complex before the itinerary start)
- sneakers and flip-flops (light slippers)
- ground pad (karrimat)
- warm tracksuit and warm cap
- cotton gloves
- t-shirts 2-3 pсs.
- shorts
- wool socks 2 pairs
- 3-4 pairs of thin socks- sun hat
- sunglasses and sunscreen
- swimsuit / swimming trunks
- lantern
- folding knife
- matches
- small battery
- personal set of dishes
- personal care items
- medicines: corn plasters, bandage, elastic bandage, iodine, painkillers, cold

 

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