Russians have begun planning summer vacations, and the growing interest in domestic tourism is already evident. One of the natural attractions of Altai, which attracts guests from all over the world, is the Katun River. And for those who decide to go on a raft along this turbulent river, it can also become the main local attraction. Alexey Saratovkin for numerous rafting on the Altai and Central Asian rivers at the beginning of the year received the title of Honored Traveler of Russia. He told how rafting in Altai originated, how it works and how much does adventure tourism on Katun cost.
- I have been doing commercial alloying since about 2000. And he started on the Peschanaya river. Then he studied at the Altai Center for Children and Youth Tourism. Sometime in 1996, the Altai traveler Alexander Provatorov opened the first school of guides there. He is my main teacher. Thanks to him, I became a water tourism instructor.
In the beginning, we almost didn’t fuse people. Basically, we had children's groups on foot, which walked from Ust-Sema to Aya for a week, and we sent their things along the lower Katun on rafts. Groups were 100 people, so we had about 10 rafts with things. None of them sank, things could only get slightly wet. Of course, there were no water bags then, of course, everything was wrapped in plastic bags.
People started rafting back in the late 90s, but it started to develop actively in the early 2000s. Then tourist centers began to appear en masse in the area of the lower Katun. At first, hourly or one-day rafting was popular, they were organized by the tourist complexes themselves. Then travel agencies joined in and began offering multi-day tours along the river. Today, the most popular rivers in this respect are the Katun and Chuya. There is a convenient delivery to them. Plus, both rivers make it possible to use different vessels.
- The most common vessel on these rivers is the raft. He came to us from the West. We also have catamarans and rafts from Soviet times. But from the rafts today, mostly "donut" is in use, it is intended for extreme sports tourism. The rest are gradually receding into the past, although at first they swam only on them. Outside of such rafts there is tarpaulin, inside there is a rubber fabric called "dutik". "Dutik" was inserted into a wooden frame. The rafts were knitted with rubber from car tubes cut into ribbons.
They, of course, were bulky, uncomfortable, weighed about 200 kg. The raft weighs on average 80 kg. Rafts appeared in our country at the end of the 80s at the Chuya-Rally international championship, in which the Americans took part. When they left, they left their ships here. They were the first with us.
Since the beginning of the 2000s, all commercial tourism has switched to rafts paired with a safety catamaran. Now many companies are replacing the catamaran with a kayak (narrow single boat). The advantage of the kayak is that it is small and manoeuvrable. If turned over - immediately rises back. This maneuver is called the "Eskimo coup" and it takes a split second. But there is a nuance here: a person must be conscious in order to grab the handles of the kayak. We still rely more on catamaran insurance.
Learning to kayak is difficult. This can only be done in small backwaters near the camp sites. Getting into a kayak is the same as getting on a bicycle for the first time, you can tip over out of the blue. Kayaker tours in Altai are conducted, but they gather professional athletes, not amateurs. They communicate via the Internet, among them there are many people from the USA, Germany, the Czech Republic - from everywhere. The lifestyle on such a rafting is usually "hippie": people live on Chinese noodles. Although if it is a commercial group, then the participants can contact us, the instructors, and hire a "donut" as a cargo raft. He carries things, and the kayakers go crazy, ride.
- Rafting is organized on the lower Katun, which takes from half an hour to eight hours. For example, if you are staying at Ae, but want to go from Chemal, the whole journey will not take less than eight hours. Along the middle Katun, rafting takes from one to five days.
In different types of tourism, there are six categories of difficulty, athletes have more subcategories. A category in water tourism is assigned depending on the slope of the river, the speed of the current, the presence of obstacles, and access to the bank. With the highest category, for example, it is impossible to insure a raft on the doorstep - only after it. And also sections of rivers of high complexity usually flow in canyons, that is, they are practically devoid of banks. Categories are assigned by the route qualification commission under the regional administration.
Peshe - water tours (hiking) in Gorny Altai
Altai is a real paradise for tourists, especially those who are attracted by outdoor activities. Not only come here from all over Russia, but also foreign tourists, calling the mountainous Altai "Siberian Switzerland". Untouched nature, magnificent landscapes of mountain slopes, lakes and waterfalls, glaciers and snow covers, unique rock-lichen deserts, alpine meadows, taiga and much more will definitely remain in your memory.
Hiking Schedule for Season 2021
June: 26. 6 - 08.7 July: 06. 7 - 18.7, 16.7 - 28.7, 26.7 - 07.8 August: 05. 8 - 17.8, 15.8 - 27.8, 25.8 - 06.9
July: 05.7 - 18.7, 25.7 - 07.8 August: 14.8 - 27.8, 24.8 - 06.9
This land leaves no one indifferent, it attracts and attracts like a magnet. For connoisseurs of the beauty of magical nature, hiking trips in Altai are suitable, in which you can go with the whole family, even with children from 12 years old. And thrill-seekers will appreciate the rafting in Altai along the mountain stormy rivers. Water trips on rafts take place on the famous rivers - Chuya and Katun. Rafting is a unique opportunity to really get to know this amazing region of Russia, to feel the full strength and power of mountain rivers.
Akkem-Tour pays great attention to the careful development of trekking and rafting. Therefore, your pedestrian and water trip will not only be exciting, but also completely safe. The tour price includes medical and accident insurance. But do not be afraid, because real professionals will be with you - our instructors. They will help make your stay comfortable and interesting.
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The route starts from Lake Dolgoe, the deepest lake in Belarus, then through a beautiful and wild channel, the Dolzhanka rivulet, we will begin to plunge into the Belarusian jungle. The entire route we will be in a lost world, the Shosha River will appear before us in all its wild beauty. At the end of the route, we will go through the beautiful lake Plisa and finish the route in the village of the same name, where we will be picked up by transport.
Meeting of the group by the instructor in Minsk on the first day of the hike at 07:00 at the station square, near the tower with the coat of arms. Transfer by ordered transport to the starting point to Dolgoe lake. We collect kayaks, repackage things. Before going out on the water, we will organize lunch and go. We pass the entire Dolgoe lake from north to south, its length is about 5 km. At the southern end of the lake we find a channel and go into it. The length of the channel is about 3 km - this is one of the smallest rivers in Belarus - the Dolzhanka River.
She is very beautiful, and the wilderness will completely swallow us. Today our target is Lake Sho. We go out into the lake and on the right bank we will stop for the night. We set up camp, prepare dinner, hang up. We will walk about 10 km in a day.
Today our day will be entirely devoted to the Shosha River itself. Wake up, have breakfast, pack up the camp and go. Let's walk a little along Lake Sho and find the source of the river from the lake. We enter the river and enjoy the wild and unspoiled nature. First, the river flows in high reeds, then we reach a small bridge. Here we will rest, stretch and move on. The nature of the banks will change, the river will enter the forest, and there will be simple blockages. Wild untouched nature will always be with us, only in front of the night camp we will see a settlement, behind it on the right bank we will stop for the night. We will walk about 20 km in a day.
Wake up, pack up the camp and leave. On this day, we will continue rafting down the Shosha River, if we are lucky, we will go to the right branch of the river. Here you have to move literally along the stream, a little more than the body of a kayak in a tunnel made of reeds. Then back to mainstream. We will reach the village of Germanovichi, here we will rest, then we will pass the railway bridge, under it a roll.
After a few kilometers we will enter the beautiful lake Plisa. We will stop for lunch at one of the stops on the lake. After lunch, we will walk the remaining kilometers of the lake and finish in the village of Plisa near the bridge.
Here we disassemble the kayaks and pack. We leave for Minsk by registered transport.
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Hello, I have been reading for a long time, writing for the first time. I have known kayaks, like many others, since childhood, but this was the first independent trip with my husband on the new Viking 4 kayak. The route was chosen for a long time, in the end we stopped on the Luga River, from Tolmachevo to Kingisepp, we thought it would be easy and calm for the first time (no). So, we planned to go through the route in five days, absolutely not in a hurry and enjoying the silence, but decided to put pressure on the first day, since we went down to the water only at two o'clock in the afternoon, and still rowed hard, after a couple of hours the expected happened, but entailed it is behind itself sudden, that is, the rain poured down. Rather, even a downpour. Well, as they say, you can't scare a hedgehog with a bare butt. The rain continued, and more, and more, and more, neither clothes nor skirts could withstand such pressure and just simply leaked. Six hours later, closer to eight in the evening, it was decided to get up for the night, even a place with more or less not steep banks was just in front of us, the camp of local fishermen, as we understood (they are there everywhere). As soon as we unloaded, tired and drenched, we saw a field, a continuous field, from which, as we assumed it would be cold, it turned out. Having woken up, we decided that we were not ready to sail like this, the weather forecast had lied, they would come back. Around the bend, turn. The current was against us, like all the same weather. We returned back for a day and a half, in the rain. As a result, we found out, when the Internet appeared, that we barely made it to Sabsk, and this is almost half of the way. tog. The places there are beautiful, friendly people, full of fish, but these twists and turns and monotony catch up with longing and boredom, we realized that together and without fishing gear it is very, very boring there. But still we liked it, we are ready to return there, but as part of fishing accessories, good company and more or less clear weather. in five days three, in the morning of the second day we left the route. it sounds more like internet nagging than reporting, but if you've read this, thanks. And a question to those who were there, did we choose the wrong time to hike along the Luga, or are those places rarely pleasing?
We need to fix the bugs.
Where you can get off the route earlier - you must definitely think over in advance, because you never know what.
Getting wet at the transition is a common thing, but clothes should be such that, even when wet, they do not freeze. Usually it is sports synthetics. I myself was soaked to the skin last weekend - but I didn't freeze. But swimming in the rain is still not a joy, so getting off the recreation route because of the rains seems normal to me.
But to keep it cold in the parking lot is a puncture. You never know what is "cold" there. Everything that ends up in the tent should be dry and warm. Sleeping bags should be selected with a margin of warmth and stored in sealed packaging. The sealed packs must contain spare clothes for the camp (especially, a "mattress" for five days - not so that it strains the weight of the equipment). But it is better to stop, if possible, in the forest, high above the river: it is warmer this way. Better to drag the boat ten meters up than to spend the night in the cold fog.
Everyone has their own good company, if you need a lot of people - well, then you do. But as far as I can see, the boring of the river depends on its width. The narrower the river, the more interesting it is. The meadows at the beginning of your route are already 50 m wide - already too wide. In general, I try to keep the river as wide as possible five to ten meters. The landscape of such a river changes more often, and the forest in uninhabited places is more beautiful than in populated ones.
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Summer 2016 began, vacation was approaching, and I wanted to raft in a beautiful place with a large but noisy company. Local rivers are great for such a family vacation, but they, and even the Volga, frankly, are bored. I wanted something new, unknown. maybe mountains. Or the sea. We stopped at the mountains. I wanted to splash and breathe myself and take out the children.
We arrived in Timirovo late in the evening, fell into the river (here it is happiness), as soon as we could have collected the canoes, had a quick supper (thanks to the girls), loaded the camp into the floating craft, and not wanting to find the darkness on the water, came out.
We found the parking lot not far away, walked only 3 km, and decided that there would be enough adventure for today. We set up a camp, bathed, cooked something, and fell on the tents. fell as if killed, after all that had happened. Although some said that at night someone walked around the camp and rang the bell. , as it turned out the next morning, he made cakes all over the clearing, especially intensively sweeping the fireplace, the dining area, and the path to the water. ) But there were so many wild strawberries around that some comrades there wanted to spend another week here, that I had to tell about the bears that were found here, and this immediately somehow brought the people into tone, yeah.
On this day, we went out on the water late, the first turns the people studied, thanks to Vasya, who has already gone through three rafts with me, Olga, and Alfiya, who is familiar with the kayak, jointly taught everyone to stick to the jet, to avoid obstacles, to snag where necessary, do not stretch and keep up. Everything is as usual in general. The alaya was full-flowing, the banks were deserted, the river flowed briskly, the landscapes changed for more beautiful ones, in general it seemed that life was getting better. Immediately pleased with the abundance, just an incredible number of springs. Friends. If you are going to raft to Belaya, forget about water supplies. yourself. There it is everywhere. Water amazing in taste and purity. Sharashit almost from under every rock, the pressure is such, mom do not cry. We decided to spend the night below Starosubkhangulov, in the evening we chose a clearing, set up camp. then it turned out that the Belaya is not at all such a deserted river, as it seemed upstream, near Timirovo. (I would have known what would be in Shulgan Tasha on the weekend!) Mattress mats of different stripes began to arrive at "our hut". In general, commercial and other rafting on Belaya is carried out for some reason in the overwhelming majority on catamarans, inflatable boats, and even on connected cameras. We saw only one kayak for the entire rafting, and also an inflatable one. On our fast Taimen, we looked like foreign bodies among these inflatable caravans loaded with belongings, children, dogs and even furniture (!). But even among the mattress makers there are interesting crews, just such a one is located nearby, politely asking permission to be deployed in our clearing. Rafters from the harsh Chelyabinsk on two kats brought with them so much cargo that three hours before dark they just dragged and placed everything. We got to know each other and started talking. they had been walking from Bainazarovo, on the river for a week already (.), tore into the trash a kat on the stones, glued it for two days, and now we got drunk. It turned out that above Timirovo to Kaga, the river is generally shallow, the rifts, the rifts cause torment. In general, we have decided on the starting point correctly. We made a joint dinner. "From our table to your table")), in general, we had a good evening. Since the night fell on Ivan Kupala, from 6 to 7 July, they jumped over the fire, and Chelyabinsk also through the gas burner. (Harsh people, figle) The next morning they got up, together with their neighbors, got together, quickly cooked milk porridge (bought milk in the village of the population), and after a couple of hours cheerfully dragged the canoes to the water, under the surprised looks of the sleepy Chelyabinsk residents and the swearing of their commander, who threatened his slow sailors with inevitable punishment. It was nice to hear - look at Samara, this is how you have to get ready. ) Tabor slowly became a team.
But the main tests were still ahead of us. In the group, at the start, a child was tempted. On the third day, the temperature rose to 39, 6. All the available supplies of medicines were used up, the fever could only be brought down for a while. The regional center of Starosubkhangulovo has already passed, there was no pharmacy in Mindigulovo, the local paramedic helped as best she could. By the end of the third day, it became clear that antibiotics were indispensable. And as soon as the question arose that it was necessary to leave the route, and return on foot along the coast to Mindigulovo, in order to take the child from there to the hospital in the regional center, here, according to the law known to all, it happened.
And the next morning I, waking up early, made coffee, glued the canoe, and went to the bank with a fishing rod to check in on Agidel not only as a tourist waterman, but also as a fisherman. The fog over the river dissolved and, frightened by the first rays of the sun, moved along with the current, you could watch this spectacle endlessly, yeah. The aod was already waking up, somewhere downstream the smoke of a fire appeared. I was already reeling in my fishing rod, when I suddenly saw that some people with a suitcase were walking right along the steep slope, along the shore, right over the crumbling stones in our direction. Obviously not tourists or fishermen. Two men and a woman. They came closer and asked if you had a sick child. From the beard of the owner of the suitcase, I guessed that this was the very same Pasha doctor. Word of mouth worked, and people weren't too lazy, let's go find us! To be honest, I was somewhat stunned. Accustomed to the callousness and cynicism of urban Samara medicine, such an act of a doctor in this wilderness looked like something out of the ordinary. The doctor examined Timokha, talked to him, the woman was also a doctor, felt the stomach, said that there was nothing critical, they gave medicine, calmed him down. When they started talking, Pasha said that he himself was from Moscow, and then asked where we were from. Learning that from Samara, he smiled, said that he studied with us, graduated from the medical university, lived in a hostel on Gagarin. ) In general, it's damn nice that in our time, which is not at all about love and compassion, there are such people, such doctors. Perhaps this was the most pleasant meeting not only in the campaign, but in general in life in recent years.
Well, and then we said goodbye to wonderful people, thanking them. We dined, climbed the surrounding mountains, while the skin was drying, the people discovered various medicinal herbs along the banks, which they rushed to procure for future use on an industrial scale. Barely managed to stop, yeah. Since the weekend had already begun, the people went down the river in just a continuous stream. Endless caravans of inflatable mattress boats. The number of children around has also increased significantly.
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