Siberia: The Altai Mountain Range
Nearly 2,500 kilometers east of Moscow is a territory that even the Russians themselves hardly know. The local populations may seem very poor to Westerners, but the nature of these places offers them everything they need for sustenance. We are located in the Altai mountain range, where Russia meets Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China: here the purest and most evocative landscapes extend as far as the eye can see, and the people who have inhabited these areas for centuries live in total harmony with nature. Altaj represents the heart of Central Asia and, in a remote time, the unspoiled nature of these mountains was considered sacred by nomadic peoples and the local tribes venerated the spirits they saw on the mountains, along the rivers, on the trees, everywhere in the nature around them. Now sanctioned as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, the Altai Mountains are the perfect place for fishing or rafting on glacier-fed rivers, and of course for horse trekking. Our valiant four-legged friends will lead us through dense forests, plateaus, impervious high mountain passes and grasslands with grass so high that it is difficult to see beyond … perhaps with a little luck we will be able to see, camouflaged in the mountainous vegetation, Mongols hunting for small mammals. An authentic adventure, crowned by warm hospitality and great food prepared in the middle of nowhere with aromas wisely collected by our local guides, as well as the exciting rafting program on the Siberian-Chinese Katune river, which originates from the massive Belucha part of the Altai mountain range and which, except for the summer months, is always frozen.
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 2 MAX 8
Expect an arrival in the morning; transfer of about 45 minutes from Gorno-Altaisk airport, RGK (or on request with supplement, 4 hours from Barnaul - BAX airport). Arrival at the camp which is located about 200 km from the border with Mongolia. Time available for relaxation or a nice walk in the surrounding mountains. Presentation dinner and overnight at the camp.
Transfer of about two hours to the semi-mobile camp of typical yurt tents from where the beginning of our adventure on the saddle will start. Dinner and overnight at the camp.
We will leave for the mountains, where we will find ourselves in the midst of absolutely untouched nature. We may run into hunters or people with cattle. Every day we will do a different route and we will go to different heights up to 2300 meters, the terrain and temperatures will vary. The material for setting up the camp and transporting luggage will be loaded onto pack horses. We will traverse a multitude of different landscapes through the Sumultinski mountain range, from forests to tundra and in the background we will always see the beautiful snowy peaks. With a little luck, we will meet wild boars and even bears. At the end of the ninth day we will say goodbye to the horses and with the means we will continue to another side of the Altai mountains. Overnight stays in the mobile camp.
With a minibus we will go to the Chulyschmann river and return to “civilization”; in fact, in recent years this has become a very touristy area among locals and you can enjoy various outdoor activities on the shores of Lake Telezker, as well as visiting a traditional village. Possibility of a sauna, dinner and overnight stay in the lodge.
Day dedicated to visiting the Altai National Museum and time to do some shopping. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 11 June 2021 to 23 June 2021||€ 1,840|
|From 23 June 2021 to 22 August 2021||€ 2,080|
|From 22 August 2021 to 3 September 2021||€ 1,840|
(B / L / D): B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = Dinner
Shared guaranteed departure dates, minimum 1 person departing from Italy:
|Transfer from / to Barnaul airport – PAID||
Difficulty level: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 13 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY: °° (EASY)
ACCOMMODATION: Tented camp + lodge
EQUIPMENT: TYPICAL RUSSIAN SADDLE
HORSES: ALTAI SADDLE HORSE, small size, similar to Mongolian horses.
GAIT: FROM 2 TO 7 HOURS PER DAY ON THE SADDLE. A total of 110 km will be covered. The gaits are mainly the pace, due to the mountain terrain and the pack horses that accompany with the load.
TYPE : Itinerant with mobile tented camps + lodge.
“Tourist class” hotels are proposed for overnight stays in the city.
During the horse trekking you will sleep in mobile tented camps. While having the staff available, help is always welcome to set up tents and take care of the horses. You cook on the fire and there are no services available.
Including three meals a day, tea and coffee. Water collects on rivers. We recommend that you bring your own bottle of liqueur to warm up the evenings around the fire. On request it is possible to have a vegetarian menu.
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It could be subject to variations due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. The length of the rafting route also depends on the water flow of that period.
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