Rafting on the rivers Malaya and Bolshaya Sumulta, and Katun


Katun is the main river of Gorny Altai and a place of attraction for all water tourists, both beginners and experienced. And all because in its course the Katun has a completely different character. There are rapids of the 5th category of difficulty, which pose a serious challenge even to experienced rafters, especially in high water, and there are more calm and safe ones - just right for beginners. Learning to drive a raft or catamaran, feel the elements, adrenaline, get pretty wet - all this can be done on Katun without much risk to life and health, if you follow the safety rules.

Good transport accessibility is also important. No helicopter transfers and multi-day crossings with all the rather big equipment on your shoulders. Most of the starting points of the rafting can be easily reached even by car, walk along the river, moor and just as easily leave.

Which section of the river to choose for rafting?

It is generally accepted among tourists-rafters to divide the Katun into upper, middle and lower. The upper and middle sections are the most difficult, the lower one is relatively simple.

From the village of Tungur to the mouth of the Bolshoy Yaloman River. Most of the rafting on the upper Katun starts from the village of Tungur. The main obstacle on the way is the threshold called Akkem Breakthrough, difficulty category 4-5. By and large, beginners have nothing to do here. Unless there is only one newbie, and everyone else in the team is experienced pros. The rapids descend in several steps, all this happens in the gorge, all around are fragments of rocks, barrels (areas on the river, where water is reflected from the bottom, swirls in the opposite direction), countercurrents.

How to get there: it's not that difficult, but you will have to leave the comfortable Chuisky tract near the village of Ust-Sema and move through Ust-Kan and Ust-Koks along roads of not the best quality to your destination. This is about 300 kilometers more.

From the mouth of the Bolshoy Yaloman River to the village of Elanda. The start comes from the village of Maly Yaloman or Inya. Tourist groups complete this section in 2-3 days. On the way, there are a dozen rapids, the difficulty of which varies from 2 to 4 categories, depending on the water level. The names of some of the rapids speak for themselves, for example, Toadstool, Sabbat or Enema. In general, beginners here, too, have nothing to do, or, as in the case of the upper Katunya, only in the company of experienced watermen.

How to get there: it is very convenient to get to the starting point along the Chuisky tract. Disembarkation also presents no problems - we finish either in Elanda, or in Chemal, and we calmly leave along the Chemal tract. Also, it is not at all necessary to go all the way along the middle Katun exactly along the water. Tourist groups often come specially to pass two or three certain thresholds, after which they return to camp sites or to their homes. But the lower Katun is ideal for such short alloys.

Section from the village of Elanda to the village of Souzga. Geographically, the lower Katun continues further until its confluence with the Biya, but this part of the river is no longer of interest to water workers, since there it acquires a flat character.

Rafting on the lower Katun is exactly where you should start your acquaintance with water tourism in Gorny Altai. In principle, this is what happens. The lion's share of offers for rafting for tourists falls on the lower Katun. The rapids are for the most part 3 categories of difficulty and this is quite enough to feel the full drive from this type of rest. Plus, the organizers are allowed to take children for such rafting, starting from 12 years old, which is also important.

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Rafting of increased difficulty along the Chuya and Katun will help you improve your oar skills and see all the beauty of the Altai protected areas. Rapids up to the fifth category of difficulty, walking radial exits to the mountains, a breathtaking view from the observation deck to the confluence of two mighty Altai rivers, training in the technique of water tourism from a professional instructor are waiting for you. This is a unique journey for the strong in spirit. We will see the real Altai!

Rafting on the rivers will take place only on 4 and 2-seater sports catamarans (catamarans Belraft and Raftmaster). Instructors will teach everything during the rafting, but the experience of rafting will be very useful to participate in this trip. There are three 4-seater and two 2-seater catamarans in the group, you should indicate your preferences for ships in the application for the trip, but the final decision will be made by the instructor based on your skills and your shape.

During the rafting down the Chuya, we will go on empty catamarans, and all your things will be carried by the escort car. Rafting on the Katun will be in an expedition format, unaccompanied.

The senior instructor will meet you in the city of Barnaul (the exact time of the meeting and the local phone number of the instructor will be communicated to you by the coordinator of the hike, he will also answer your application for participation in the hike).

All participants must have personal belongings with them according to the list of equipment, everything else will be waiting for you with an instructor in the minibus trailer. For this trip, it is very important to RESPONSIBLY approach the choice of personal equipment: water in rivers

Before rafting on the Katun, we recommend visiting our catamarans training on the doorstep in Losevo! (Leningrad region)

Altai is very cold even in summer, and the weather is very changeable. Illiterate equipment can turn a trip into a struggle for survival in difficult conditions and badly affect your health! Therefore, we again recommend that you carefully read our recommendations for equipment, as well as go to one of the organizational meetings in our offices, talk to one of the instructors, ask about equipment and the route. About equipment >>>

The water temperature in Chuya and Katun varies, but it rarely rises above 15 degrees, in July. On average, the water will be no higher than 10 degrees. In September, the water temperature is 2-4 degrees. The air temperature in summer can be from 15 to 30 degrees, in September from 5 to 20 degrees, at night the summer temperature can drop to 5-10 degrees, and frosts are possible in September.

At many parking lots the phone is caught by the operator MTS and Megafon (you can call every 2-3 days). But not always where there is a connection there is also the Internet.

Mosquitoes and midges are practically absent in Altai. Ticks are also rare. In August-September, they are practically absent. But when in the woods, it's best to always follow simple precautions to keep yourself safe from ticks.

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When describing routes along the river. Katun 'authors proceeded from the criteria for assessing the category of difficulty recommended by the "List of classified tourist routes". It is impossible to list absolutely all the routes along the river, so the most characteristic interesting routes were chosen for each category of difficulty.

If the description does not mention the seasonality of the route, then it is optimal: May - September.

I category of difficulty: route length - about 150 km; duration - 6-7 days; alloy means - all without exception. The route starts from. Fishing, options for starting the route from the villages of Souzga and Dubrovka are possible. Rafting on the lower Katuni is characterized by the power of currents, complex dynamics of jets, especially among the islands and at river bends. There are no difficult obstacles on the lower Katun. The route can be recommended to all beginners. Of the most difficult obstacles, a small rift can be distinguished between the village. Dubrovka and s. And I. Landmark - rocky island, which must be passed on the right. Below p. There are many islands in Platovo. In big water, it is possible to bulk on the islands, in small water - shoals and rifts. The route ends at the confluence of the Katun and Biya in the village. Sorokino, connected by bus with Biysk.

II category of difficulty: route length - about 200 km; duration - 8-10 days; all alloying agents can be used. Rafting is characterized by the power of currents, complex dynamics of jets, especially among the islands and at river bends. On the section of the river from the village. Chemal to s. Aya has a number of simple obstacles. These are the rapids: Chemal pipe, Cheposh, Seminsky, Munsky, Manzherok, Aiskaya barrel. Beginners should have extra attention. As for the passage of this section in kayaks, we advise you to carry out such trips with the participation of a catamaran - two or four, which carries out insurance on difficult areas. There is a danger of overturning into high water, mainly due to the fact that in some places instead of the former huge stones in the river bed, huge "barrels" appear. The route also ends at the confluence of the Katun and Biya in the village. Sorokino, connected by bus with Biysk.

III category of difficulty: route length - about 260 km; duration - 10-12 days; rafting facilities - catamarans, rafts, rafts, kayaks. The route can start at the mouth of the river. Bol. Yaloman, at the mouth of the river. Chewie both on the right bank and on the left. Rafting on this section of the Katun requires the participants to have experience in self-belay and the ability to set the vessel on an even keel. It is advisable for each participant to have a wetsuit. The route ends in with. Chemal, which has a bus connection with Gorno-Altaysk, Biysk, Barnaul, Novosibirsk.

IV category of difficulty (with elements of V category of difficulty): route length - about 300 320 km; duration - 14-16 days; rafting facilities - catamarans, rafts, rafts. The route can start from. Ust-Koksa. This route is designed for experienced athletes with experience in rafting II – II, categories of complexity. The route can be ended in with. Chemal.

V category of difficulty in low water level (VI in high water level); route length - 480 km, duration - 15-18 days; rafting facilities - catamarans, rafts; seasonality: June-August. The route can start from. Yazevka (Kazakhstan). This route is designed for experienced water workers. The route can be ended in with. Chemal.

Various river links, which are the main tributaries of the Katun, are interesting for sports tourism. For example, p. Ursul - b. Katun (low water level - IV, high water level - V category), r. Sumulta - r. Katun (low water level - V category), r. Kadrin - b. Katun (low water level - V – VI grade), r. Chuya - r. Katun (low water level - V, high water level - VI, c. S., With the passage of the Mazhoi cascade - VI, c. S.), R. Cox - p. Katun (low water level - V, high water level - VI, c. S.), R. Argut - r. Katun (low water level - VI class).

To the technical description of the passage of obstacles and rapids, we can add that the Katun is of great interest for rafting along its entire length. Numerous tributaries of the Katun are interesting. When rafting, you should definitely stop in those places that are advised by experienced and seasoned tourists. One of such places is Argut's arrow. This place has an open-air museum of wooden figures. In the meadow there are sculptures carved by tourists-watermen from the roots and trunks of trees. Every year the museum is replenished with new exhibits.

The exit threshold of Argu-ta is interesting. One of the most difficult water routes in Altai passes through the arrow - rafting along the river. Argut.

The mouth of the river is beautiful. Kadrin. There is an interesting threshold at the very mouth. If you have free time, then the right bank of the river. Kadrin can be walked upstream.

At the mouth of the river. Sumulty is a vast, flat glade. Several stone women are standing there. Who set them up and at what time? Riddle. It remains only to imagine the story of their appearance on the banks of the Katun.


Along the banks of the Katun you can drive or walk a fairly long distance: from the confluence of the Katun with Biya to the village. Kuyus, from the confluence of the river. Bol. Ilgumen to the confluence of the Chuya into the Katun, from the confluence of the river. Koksy in Katun up to the village. Tungur. But there are sections on the Katun that cannot be seen from a road or dirt road due to their great remoteness or even inaccessibility. Such areas are the section from Kuyus to the confluence of the Katun river. Bol. Ilgumen, Katun from the village. Inegen to the village. Tungur and the upper reaches of the Katun - from the village. Maralovodka to its origins. The greatest interest among readers, as we assume, is the description of the sources of the Katun and its upper course.

Many people want to know where the Katun originates from, what mountains it flows from, what snow and ice feed it, what rivers add their waters to the majestic Katun before it spills into a wide ribbon in the Uimon steppe.

These places - varied in natural landscape, with numerous tributaries - are practically inaccessible to those traveling by car or hikers. The trail along the Katun 'is difficult to pass. Perhaps, hunters, researchers, workers of the Katunsky Reserve and water tourists come here most often. If you look at the map of the Altai Republic, you can see that only a path leads to the sources of the Katun, the road along the Katun ends in Maralovodka. Maralovodka is the last village, above which there is not a single settlement on the Katun, only apiaries and huts and hunters' houses. It is problematic to walk along the path on foot - elevation changes, clamps, deep Katun tributaries will make it difficult for a hiker to walk to the sources of the Katun. On horseback from Maralovodka you can get to the sources of the Katun in two days. You can also get to the sources of the Katun by a special boat. It should be taken into account that above the p. Ozernoy, which flows into the Katun, is the border of the Katun reserve. You need a special permit to enter here.

Delivery to the upper reaches of the Katun and rafting on catamarans or rafts along the Katun can be arranged by phone. (388-48) 2-22-80.

Here is a description of the Katun in its upper reaches from the book of V. Sapozhnikov. Many researchers and travelers followed the same paths that V. Sapozhnikov, but his merit is that he strove to convey to the audience all the beauty of alpine meadows, glaciers, forests of Altai.

His books describe many short routes, from which you can, if you wish, make up a whole series of routes of any length, the main equipment is indicated. These descriptions are interesting to the general public and are popular these days.

“While giving a significant share of the attention to the snowy area, I was also aware of the need to explore the river valleys and arranged my routes in such a way as to capture various parts of the Katun valley and its main tributaries. For the sake of completeness of the study, I limited my task to the Katun system, especially since it occupies a central position in Altai and is connected by its sources with the highest ridges. The Katun is taken from the Gebler glacier by two sources; the right one, somewhat larger, flows out from under the ice twenty fathoms from the end of the glacier and flows violently between the ice wall on one side and the heaps of the terminal moraine on the other. The left tributary is also taken from under the glacier at its end, but closer to the left side. Both streams pour out noisily in rocky channels until they merge together on the southern side of Gebler's Hill, which is a small hill of boulders - a clear remnant of an old eroded moraine. From here the off-white stream flows with a noticeable slope in one channel up to the confluence of the Rassypny stream on the right, that is, about a mile away. The loose waterfall begins from the Black Glacier and, having walked two versts along a high hollow with a calm river, before flowing into the Katun, it is overthrown by a noisy waterfall and continues to rumble like foamy cascades in a narrow hollow until it merges with the Katun. There is so much mighty beauty in the roar of a waterfall, in the glitter of a silvery squirrel, in the blue strings of a mountain stream, in the bright coloring of the inhabitants of high rocks, that it is somehow offensive to realize that all this disappears for most people, willingly or unwittingly, chained to the stuffy city streets and so who have consumed themselves with the need for impressions of untouched nature, that their most admiration for it causes them only a condescending smile. The bottom of the narrow valley is covered with drifts with gravel and small stones, among which are bushes of fireweed, kopeck, alpine poppy and other mountain plants. Bushes of low-growing willows appear somewhat lower.

A verst below Loose, the Katun gradually narrows. Before the confluence of the Kapchala, that is, six versts from the glacier, the Katun valley is blocked by a rocky mane, on the left side of the valley the mane suddenly breaks off, leaving a narrow gorge with rocky walls, where the Katun breaks through with a noise to connect with Kapchpal (rocky gorge). Before the confluence with the Katun, Kapchal falls for half a mile in a continuous foamy cascade in a narrow channel littered with huge boulders, and calms down a little in front of the Katun.

Four versts from the mouth of the Kapchala through it there is the first pass - Straight saddle, which goes down to the mouth of the river. Travel card, and about ten versts - almost opposite the right tributary of the Katun - r. Helen-chadyr (a hut made of grass, a tent on the lawn) - there is a second pass - Low Saddle, which is usually used to pass from Uimon to Rakhmanovskie springs. The low saddle rises above Katun 'by only 150 m and is covered with dense forest. From the mouth of the Yelen-chady-ra, the Katun valley expands into a marshy plain up to one verst wide; the river itself becomes completely calm and flows lazily in wide bends in the low-lying banks, overgrown with sedge and reeds. Ducks, varnavki and cranes reproduce here, complementing the picture of the swamp. This landscape of a silted lake stretches for ten versts, to the confluence of the right tributary of the Uzun-Kara-su. Near the mouth of the Uzun-Kara-su, a small light stream, the Katun valley narrows between the steep slopes of the left bank and high terraces of the right one and again begins to make noise on the underwater rocks of the inclined channel. Bolshaya Uskuchevka flows in two versts from here on the left side, and Upper Kuragan five versts on the right. The Katun water is still muddy, which is especially emphasized by the perfectly clear water of Kuragan. From the mouth of the Upper Kuragan to the mouth of Turgen-su, the fall of the Katun increases, to the mouth of the Turgen-su a new expansion begins, occupied by well-developed three-tiered terraces on both sides of the Katun. Here Ka-tun is divided into two streams and is a convenient ford.

The transparent Turgen-su (Bystraya) flows into the Katun 40 versts from the source of the Katun. A convenient trail runs along Turgen-su to Lake Taimen and Uimon. From Turgen-su, the Katun on the left receives a small river - Ognevka, and on the right there are several insignificant streams.

About twenty versts from Turgen-su, on the right side, behind a stream hidden under a rocky scattering, stretches a high terrace covered with such large grass that no horse can be seen in it, after seven versts it leads to a gorge, where the Katun zigzags between the rocky outcrops of the coast. At 75 versts from the source, the Katun turns sharply to the north and takes a northeastern direction for a long time. After the bend, the Katun valley widens considerably; terraces appear, and five versts from the turn on the right a light tributary - the Verkhnyaya Zaychikha flows into the Katun, then Ozernaya on the right and Tikhaya on the left flow into the Katun. The Katun itself noticeably calms down in this space and forms channels between the islands. There are fords, two paths from the Bukhtarma valley lead here and, crossing the Katun, go up the river. Ozernoy to Lake Taimen and further to Uimon. R. Ozernaya begins from Lake Taimen. Taimenye Lake is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Altai. It lies at an altitude of 1450 m. The slopes of the northern coast are steep and treeless. At the lower end of the lake there is a flat area between the sources of the Ozernaya and the mouth of the small river Khairyuzovka, covered with a meadow and groups of trees and bushes; this is the best place to stay, from here the lake can be seen in full length, together with the rear mountains, from where the river flows into the lake. Thunderbolt and other shallow streams. The residents of Uymon come here; Uksuch and Kharyuz are mainly caught. Ozernaya flows out of the lake in a wide, calm stream, but then rushes into a narrow sloping valley. Having formed a wide bow to the west below the mouth of the Ozernaya, Katun takes the river on the left. Quiet, with a new turn to the northwest, it enters a narrow valley and begins to make noise on the rocks. 10 versts from Tikhaya river flows to the right. Maralya. Further on the right flows into the river. Big (In Uymon it is called Tikhaya). Below the Bolshoi, at a steep turn of the Katun, on the right bank, a high bom protrudes; the path leads to a rocky stepped cornice, hanging high above the river. Further beyond the river Lukovka - the second bong. From the second bomb on the left side of the Katun, a wide and bright valley of the river. Zelenka, which is pleasing to the eye, diversifies the landscape.

From the Zelenka estuary, the Katun valley is getting closer and closer. The Katun valley near the mouth of the river is especially crowded. Slanichnaya on the right and Bystrukha on the left, flowing almost against each other. Overhanging barely accessible rocks, steep placers stretch continuously for whole miles, showing that here one of the main spurs of the Katun ridge approaches the Katun. It is possible to pass, and then with great care, only high above the rocks along the cornices and placers. Behind the bom river. The slate versts stretch for 10 versts along the slope, so you can only ride along the coastal edge littered with large stones. It becomes easier only closer to the mouth of the right tributary - the Dog, where the slopes are not so steep. Doggy (136 verst) is a bright, noisy river. Below Sobachya river flows on the left. Biryuksa, and slightly below her on the right - Zaychikha; the latter is slightly smaller than the Dog's. Below the mouth of the Zaychikha, the valley of the winding Katun is still narrow; The rock, slopes and small groves of dense fir-tree stretch for eight versts. Before the confluence of the insignificant Tekel River on the right, a wide flat terrace with a beautiful park of larch trees and meadows between old trees immediately opens. The valley becomes more open; coastal cliffs are less common; wide coastal terraces are well developed. There is a small bom above Bolshoy Sugash and another below Malyi Sugash, and further on the right bank opens the wide Saksabaev steppe between the northwestern slopes of the Katunsky proteins and Katunya. This small steppe is the gateway to the wide Uimon valley. The Katun itself, below the Small Sugash, is broken up by islands into channels and has a calm current that is characteristic of it within the Uimon steppe. "

This will be a real expedition along the legendary rivers of Gorny Altai! Due to their inaccessibility, these places are very rarely visited by tourists by water workers. Throughout the rafting along Bolshaya and Malaya Sumulta, there are no settlements, only untouched taiga and amazing mountain landscapes!

For two days there will be a pedestrian and horseback ride along the mountain trails. All things will go on horseback, and we will go on foot and admire the mountain landscapes. And then we will have 6 days of rafting with rapids of the 5th category of difficulty! We will finish the rafting on the Katun, where we will make a luxurious bathhouse.

Upcoming hikes

How to get there

On the first day of the hike, the instructor meets the group at the airport in Barnaul. Take tickets for flights that arrive before 8:00 local time !! Then the instructor with the participants who arrived, goes to the railway station to meet those who are on the train or arrived a day earlier. Take tickets for the train from which arrival no later than 9.0 local time !!

You can also fly to Gorno-Altaysk airport. The group drives through it at about 13:00 on the first day of the hike.

We are completing the route in Barnaul. Departure home by plane or train starting at 23.00 local time on the last day of the hike.

You can also fly from Gorno-Altaysk airport. The group passes through it at about 17:00 on the last day of the hike. You can also fly away the next morning after spending the night at the hotel.

If you arrive early, you can spend the night in Barnaul. From the railway station in Barnaul to the familiar hotel "Tourist" - 20 minutes walk, inexpensive rooms (prices on the hotel website: . U /)

Feedback from participants

A reconnaissance hike full of the unknown. We very roughly imagined the key points, but the reality exceeded expectations. This alloy will definitely be remembered for a very long time. In the best way! It was hard, but like any difficult one.

I spent this vacation in Altai, discovering new rivers: Malaya and Bolshaya Sumulta. I was lucky, I got into the rezvedka!) The two-day transfer divides the hike into a walking and water part.

Agree with the previous authors! Passages along the river, rapids, you remember from photos and videos. And here are the carry-overs. Remembers the body. Every stone that slipped on, every fallen tree, under which only on.

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