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We are heading for the Ukok Plateau – to the worlds’ crossroads, to the lost lands that originated before the Altai Mountains were born, to the lands of nine months’ winter, where you can easily reach China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan, to the world of blooming meadows, tundra, lakes, rivers and snow-white peaks, in the place of fogs and winds, slanting rains and July snows. One of the most famous archaeological finding in Russia was made here – an incredible Ice Princess was discovered.
During our expedition, we will meet not only amazing landscapes, deep fords and a bottomless sky full of stars, but we will visit the National Museum of the Altai Republic, have tea in the aile, listen to the unearthly sounds of throat singing and taste the famous Altai honey. We will drive along the most beautiful road in Russia – the Chuysky tract, wave the Chuya Alps with our hands, inhale the astringent smell of wormwood in the Kurai steppe and see thousands of Kalbak-Tash petroglyphs.
And do not forget about night gatherings around the campfire accompanied by other brave travelers, as you, a guide and professional drivers, masters of their crafts, being the champions of Russia, vice world champions and masters of sports, who have been wheeling the mountains for years.
We will stay in the best hotels enroute, spend three nights in tents in Ukok, where the food will be cooked for us by chef.
Season – from July 10 to September 20
Group – optimal up to 6 people, up to 3 people in a car. Not more than 10 people.
Start point – Barnaul airport – 5.55 am flight Moscow Sheremetyevo – Barnaul (Aeroflot) SVO-BAX SU1430
Finish point – Barnaul airport – – 6.55 am flight Barnaul – Moscow SU1431
Our vehicles – Toyotа LC 105, Nissan Safari
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Getting to know AltaiToday is our arrival to Altai, transfer to Gorno-Altaysk, where we visit the aile, listen to the throat singing, go to the museum and walk along the Katun River.
Oroktoy PassToday we cross the Oroctoy Pass on an uphill road with tracks, the taiga and pastures. We move along the Chuysky tract, visit the Ilgumensky threshold on the Katun River, the Chuya-Oozi sanctuary - the junction of the Chuya and Katun rivers, spend the night on an agricultural farm.
Altai MarsToday we visit the Stone Spoon - the Kalbak-Tash sanctuary with thousands of petroglyphs, go to the unique Geyser lake, walk along Mars and come to Russian Tibet – the Chuya steppe - Kosh-Agach village, where the temperature difference from the absolute maximum to the minimum is one hundred degrees, and the terrain itself is an highland semi-desert.
Mysterious UkokToday we cross the Chuya steppe, visit the unexplored megalithic Tarkhata complex - an observatory of the Eneolithic era, then we check in at the border and go to the difficult Teply Klyuch pass, where snow lies until early July. The first night in the Ukok, a sacred place for local people.
BertekToday is dedicated to moving around the Ukok - fords, tracks, stones, snowfields and ice hummocks. We admire the white peaks, blooming meadows, and if it is July, we spend the night in a mystical place at the junction of two large mountain rivers.
Tents with China viewWe visit the sacred place, where the Princess of Ukok has been found. We set up our camp on the shores of a beautiful lake - Kaljin-Kel, overlooking the Southern Altai ridge (China).
BugumuyuzWe cross the most difficult ford through the Akalakha River and Bugumuyuz Pass. If the water is very high or the pass is impassable, we move along the main road of the Ukok and the Teply Klyuch Pass. Descent from the Ukok Plateau to the Valley.
MegatransferToday, we just drive to Barnaul along the Chuysky tract
Farewell to AltaiEarly transfer to airport and flight to Moscow
The tour price includes full board meals (except for the farewell dinner at Barnaul hotel), double accommodation in hotels according to the program, tent rental (2 people each), rugs, kitchen equipment, table, benches, common tent, jeep transfers , guide service, registration and excursion fees, bottled water on the route.
International and domestic flights, alcohol, insurance, souvenirs, personal expenses are not included in the tour price.
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