Unusually beautiful and very rich tour in which you will see the pearls of Altai: Lake Manzherok, Karakol lakes, the famous Chui tract, the mysterious place of the fall of an ancient meteorite and the legendary Lake Teletskoye. You will cruise on a modern speedboat to the four most picturesque waterfalls - Chedor, Estyube, Korbu and Kisht, located on the lake, which can only be reached by water. Here you will taste the famous Altai grayling, maral meat and many dishes of national cuisine. The tour is full of various activities: horseback riding, rafting, excursions to the ancient places of power and landmark tourist sites. To get to the island of Patmos and explore the existing monastery, you will pass over the swirling mountain river on the suspension bridge, take a tour of the legendary, mystical Valley of the Spirits, as well as outstanding artisans living in the famous village of Masters Askat. We guarantee that this trip will not leave you indifferent!
06:30 - 07:00 Collection of tour participants in Novosibirsk, meeting with a guide and a group.
07:00 - 15:00 Transfer Novosibirsk - Artybash. The route passes along the famous Chui road, which is in the TOP-10 of the most beautiful roads of the world according to National Geographic. On the way, we will stop at the village of Srostki, the birthplace of the great Soviet writer, actor ,and director V.Shukshin. Here we have a hearty lunch at the famous Srostkinsky market and visit the museum of the great Soviet writer, actor and director. Having refreshed, we will go to one of the most beautiful lakes in the world - Lake Teletskoye.
17:00 - 18:00 Arrival in the village of Artybash, which is located on the shores of Lake Teletskoye, accommodation at the campsite, rest.
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast.
09:00 -13: 00 After breakfast, the group will go on a modern boat on a stunning cruise on Lake Teletskoye. From the boat, you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views of both banks of the lake, overgrown with dense taiga, reflected in the cleanest dark-blue waters of the lake. We will make an excursion to the very interesting place of meteorite falling into its energy, the mysterious Cedar Waterfall, Estyube Waterfall, located in a narrow mysterious gorge of a mountain forest, where from a height of about 300 meters water noisily falls on the stones, and in sunny weather a few brightest rainbows After admiring these waterfalls, we will sail further to see the most famous waterfall of Lake Teletskoye - Korbu. Thirteen-meter waterfall Korbu formed as a result of the natural collapse of the bed of the river Korbu, originating from the mountain range of the same name. The Korbu Ridge is a grandiose natural creation, towering over 2100 meters above the central part of Lake Teletskoye. It is clearly visible from the village of Artybash and makes the panorama of the northern reach of Lake Teletskoye particularly picturesque. Opposite the Corbu Falls is the deepest part of Lake Teletskoye - 325 m.
11:00 - 12:00 We are waiting for a fantastic lunch at the Corbu Falls. In the cafe you can taste a huge number of local dishes: the famous Altai harius and hot / cold smoked deer meat, amazing soup, delicious pancakes stuffed with wild berries, various natural cheeses, healing Altai honey, teas on taiga herbs, strong infusions, home-made moonshine cedar cones and lots of other food and drinks, from which first-class restaurant dishes will seem like easy cooking.
12:00 - 13:00 Refreshing on the waterfall, we move to the next waterfall - Kishte. Kishte Falls is located on the eastern shore of Lake Teletskoye, on the territory of the Altai Nature Reserve and is considered one of the largest waterfalls on Lake Teletskoye. You can see the waterfall only from Lake Teletskoye from the board of the boat since landing passengers on the shore is prohibited. A great place for photo shoots and unforgettable pictures. After inspecting the waterfalls, the group will return to the base.
14:00 - 16: 0 After returning to the base, those who wish can go for an additional fee on horseback riding or walk to the panoramic mountain, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of Lake Teletskoye, or take a dip in the lake. Lake Teletskoye is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site as part of the Golden Mountains of Altai complex. The name of the lake was given about 400 years ago by Russian pioneers since the Turkic tribes of the teles lived on its shores. Altaians call it Altyn-Kol (Golden Lake), the Mongols - Altan-nuur, in Chinese geography it is known as Altai or Artai. The lake is very transparent (you can distinguish the pebbles at the bottom of the lake at a depth of 15 meters) and quite deep. Its depth reaches 325 meters near the Corbu Falls (15th place in the world ranking of lake depths). Lake Teletskoye contains a huge amount of pure fresh water - more than 40 km³.
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner, rest.
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast.
10:00 - 13:00 After breakfast, we will pack up and go on to explore Altai. Transfer Artybash - Gorno-Altaisk - Manzherok - Elena. We will make the first stop in Gorno-Altaisk - the capital of Gorny Altai, where we will have lunch at a cafe of national cuisine.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch.
14:00 - 15:00 After lunch, the group will have an excursion to the famous Anokhin museum dedicated to the history of Altai and its animal world. Here is the famous mummy of the Altai Princess, which you can explore. In addition, in the museum, you will see a Russian-made hut with a farmstead and scrub, Altai dwellings - ayls, dwellings of primitive caveman, primitive weapons and ancient artifacts more than 3,000 years old. In the museum, a special place is given to the culture, life ,and attributes of the shamans.
16:00 - 18:00 We will take a tour of the famous Lake Manzherok, revered by the ancient Altaians and sung in 1966 by E. Pieha in the song “Manzherok” of the same name. Here we climb to the famous observation deck, offering stunning views of the lake below, the beautiful peaks of the mountains, the highest of which is Sinuha mountain. PHOTO SESSION.
19:00 -20: 00 Arrival at the Ålanda hostel, dinner, rest.
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 13:00 After breakfast, you can go on an exciting horse ride (paid extra) to the Tolman Pass, where you can enjoy scenic mountain trails and magnificent panoramic landscapes! Horse riding does not require riding skills since all horses are specially trained and prepared for such walks. Sitting astride a beautiful horse, merging with him, you will have a wonderful opportunity with all your being to feel the beauty of nature and the fullness of life.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch in the cafe.
14:00 - 18:00 Refreshing and gaining strength for new discoveries, we will go on an excursion to the beautiful gorge of the Mountain Spirits, where the ancient Altais prayed to their Gods, asking them for help, healing from ailments and the birth of children. This place is permeated with the strongest energy. During the tour, you will inspect the health stream, the Che-Chkysh waterfall, find the petroglyphs on the rocks and climb the observation platform, which offers a fantastic view of the valley and the beautiful Katun below. PHOTO SESSION.
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner in a cafe, return to the hostel, sauna, rest.
05:00 - 06:00 Early rise, breakfast.
06:00 - 22:00 Today we are waiting for an amazing, full of adrenaline journey to the unique Karakol lakes, which froze in the circus of an ancient volcano, which is the highest point on the northern tip of the Ilogo mountain range. Karakol is a group of seven picturesque mountain lakes, each lake has its own unique color and chemical composition of water. If the lower lakes are surrounded by thick cedar taiga, as they rise higher, the forests give way to alpine meadows, then the upper lakes are typical of the flora and fauna of the highland tundra. The lowest of the lakes is located at an altitude of 1,820 m. Above sea level, the highest one is at an altitude of about 2.097 m. The Altaians call these wonderful places of beauty and strength of the Altai Necklace! The first and the largest of the seven lakes is called the "Lake of the Spirit." It is believed that during the day the spirits lurk at the bottom of the lake, and at night they come to the surface and everyone who asks them is given a cure for all diseases. According to another belief, if the person who came here plunges into the lake with his head, then all his illnesses will go away because he will receive some of the power of the spirits. Karakol lakes is a real fairytale! There is such beauty, silence ,and purity of pristine nature around! Above all is the first lake, from which a stream flows, a waterfall flowing into the third lake. The first and second lakes among themselves are not reported. The second lake is bright turquoise in color, which is fed by the waters of a mountain glacier that does not melt even in summer. It flows into the third lake, around - dwarf trees, beautiful mountain flowers ,and the purest mountain air. This place is ideal for relaxing alone with nature, a quiet life in a tent, secluded admiring nature. In these places, even such familiar to modern man concepts as electricity is completely absent. He is not here at all!
The path to the lakes itself is not very easy. On the military off-road vehicle GAZ-66, we will climb steeply upwards of about 30 km in conditions of not just complete, but complete off-road! Rise, depending on weather conditions, takes from 2 to 3 hours and ends at the starting clearing, located approximately 8 km. below the lakes. Next - hiking or equestrian climb to the first lake. Hiking trail steeply upwards, the distance to the lake is 8 km.The Equestrian route is easier, but it is somewhat longer - about 12 km. When we go up, we assure you that, despite fatigue, you will be rewarded with an excellent view of the lakes, which will open before you all of a sudden. After completing the tour of the lakes, we have a snack sandwich, which here will seem to you the most delicious of all that you have ever eaten! Get some rest and start descending from the lakes.
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast.
10:00 - 13:00 After breakfast, under the guidance of an experienced instructor-athlete, the group will make an excursion to the Kamyshlinsky waterfall on a high-speed motor raft in the swift beauty of Katun. You will receive a generous portion of adrenaline, positive emotions and unforgettable impressions!
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch in the cafe.
14:00 - 17:00 Then the group will go to the village of Chemal to see the extraordinary beauty of the place - the island of Patmos. The steep, rocky shores of the island are washed by the fast-moving Katun River, which at this point merges with the River Chemal. The confluence of the two rivers is clearly visible - the color of the water in Katun is turquoise, in Chemale it is almost black. You can get to the island only by a suspension bridge. On the island is the active monastery of St. John the Divine. The island and the temple are named after the small Greek island of Patmos, where St. John the Theologian once lived and prayed. Russian Patmos was consecrated in 1855, and in 1915 the old St. John the Theological church was transferred to it. Next, we will have an excursion to the picturesque Chemal hydroelectric station, and after the excursion the group will go to the campsite for settlement.
19:00 - 20:00 Arrival at the Ålanda hostel, dinner, rest.
08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 20:00 Return transfer. After breakfast, we will pack our bags, leave our campsite and move back. On the way, we will take an excursion to the village of Masters Askat, where we will get acquainted with the amazing work of local artisans and musicians. You will enjoy the healthy and restorative music of singing bowls, learn to play national instruments and even create your own ethnic group!
20:00 - 21:00 Arrival in Novosibirsk (approximately). Our journey has come to an end. In a short time, you looked only at a very small part of the beauty, grandeur, strength ,and power of the nature of Altai, but we can show you much more! We are sure that you will fall in love with Altai, save its amazing nature, extraordinary mystical energy in your memory and will definitely come back here.