To the Multinsky lakes

To the Multinsky lakes

Most of the Altai Republic lies in the highlands. The republic lives on tourism: it has ecologically clean and diverse nature (Gorno-Altaysk is officially recognized as the cleanest city in Russia), and excellent opportunities for recreation. It is here that the highest mountain in Siberia, Belukha, is located.

Eco-paths of Altai

In winter they go to Altai to go downhill skiing, and in summer they go horseback riding and, of course, go for trekking. Most of the tourist routes pass through protected areas. The "Golden Mountains of Altai" are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List: two reserves - around Lake Teletskoye and on the Ukok plateau, and the Belukha peak.

  • Not so long ago, a funny sight appeared in Altai, which gained immense popularity, it is so well located. This is the "Pyramid of the Golden Section" in the Chemal region. The pyramid is made of greenish polycarbonate and is placed here as a place for mediation: many believe that pyramids of such proportions have a special health-improving effect on the surrounding space. A staircase of 440 steps leads to the pyramid with several seating areas. But be careful - the staircase ends long before the end of the ascent, at the end you just have to climb the slope. But from the observation deck, magnificent views open, and inside the pyramid itself a place for meditation is prepared, and even instructions are hanging. The length of the route is about 250 m, but it is a steep climb.
  • "Tevenek" - a path along the shore of Lake Teletskoye near the village of Artybash. The lake is located in the north-east of Altai, here it is called "Altynkul" - Golden. It is somewhat reminiscent of Baikal in miniature - narrow, long and very deep. This is the most popular holiday destination in the whole Altai - from here long-distance travel routes begin, along the shores of the lake there are many shelters, tourist centers and hotels. The eco-trail takes you to the waterfalls of the Tevenek mountain river, which flows into Lake Teletskoye. This is the very first full-fledged ecological trail that appeared in Altai. There are two viewing platforms over a low but rugged and picturesque cascade of waterfalls. The length of the route is 6 km.
  • Bear Trail - it takes 3 days to complete and it has a rating of 14+ because it is quite difficult. The road passes through the Chinetinsky reserve in the foothills of the Western Altai, begins and ends in its administrative center, the village of Generalka. The route is always accompanied by armed huntsmen, because on the way you can meet both marals and wild boars. Bears can also meet, although, most likely, the huntsmen will simply show how to recognize the traces of the presence of this beast. The route will pass not only through the forest, but also along a high-mountain plateau, from where beautiful views of the Altai Mountains open. The length of the route is 17 km.
  • "Stone mushrooms" is another popular natural attraction in the vicinity of Lake Teletskoye. These are "kurums" - rocky outcrops, similar to mushrooms, in the Akkurum tract. The highest of them reaches 7 meters. These rocks also "move", constantly change their appearance, so the place is really amazing. You can get to them from the village of Balyktuyul, across the Chulyshman River (here you will need to negotiate with the locals about the crossing). The length of the route is 10 km.

Multi-day routes

Routes for multi-day trips in Gorny Altai were formed back in Soviet times, there are many of them. and they are well-trodden and landscaped. A new service offered by many organizers of such routes is a hike accompanied by horses carrying backpacks and other equipment. There are many horses in Altai, and equestrian tourism is very common.

  • The Katunsky Nature Reserve, which lies in the southern part of Altai, has its own variants of multi-day routes. The road "To the Land of Lakes and Waterfalls" begins at Lake Srednemultinskoye and leads along the valley of the mountain river to the Poperechnoe and Verkhnee Multinskoye lakes. If you go only to Lake Poperechnoye, then you can keep within the day, but it is best to spend the night there and go further to the next lake - Verkhnye. On the shores of the lakes, plants listed in the Red Book grow, on all lakes there are waterfalls (the height of such a high one is 47 m.) The length of the route is 20-30 km.
  • "77 All-Union" is the most popular multi-day route, which can take 9-12 days depending on the pace. It starts from the village of Edigan in the Chekmal region and ends with Lake Teletskoye. First, there is a long, non-steep ascent through alpine meadows to the high-mountain tundra of the Tamanel pass, then through the valleys of the Chemal and Toguskol rivers, the Soigonosh pass, to the sources of the Malaya Sumulta river, through the picturesque lakes Goluboe and Uymen. The highest pass on this route is Tripod, its height is 2400 m above sea level. The path here is pretty steep. On the slopes of this pass, there is only one full-fledged place to spend the night, where you can't spend the night here, you will have to complete the day's mileage. Then there will be three more passes: Synyrlu, Kyzyltash and Tanys, from which the vastness of Lake Teletskoye is already visible. The final point of the route is the Kyrsay camp site or any other on the shore of the lake. The length of the route is 200 km.
  • "To the foot of Belukha." There are routes for climbers leading up to the mountain, but its foothills are a popular place for walking enthusiasts. There are many options for such routes, they start mainly from tourist centers around Tungur. The most famous path will lead through the Kuzyak pass, the Ak-Kem river, along a mountain serpentine with an ascent of almost a kilometer, to the lake Kulduayry. There is an opportunity to swim, and for overnight stays there is a well-groomed parking in a cedar forest on the shore of the lake. Further along the road there will be the Skynchak cliff, on which mountain goats usually graze - they do not care about any steepness of the rocks, and the Ak-Kem Shelter, where you can get a rest not in tents, but more or less civilized. Then there will be two lakes, "dead" and "alive": Ak-Kem and Kucherlinskoe. It is believed that these places have a special energy, so lovers of esotericism will have something to do here. The circular route ends again in the vicinity of Tungur with a survey of the cave with rock carvings of deer left by primitive man about 12 thousand years ago. The length of the route is 155 km.


If your route passes through the territory of the reserve, you will need permission from its administration and payment of an environmental fee. The Altai Republic borders on Kazakhstan and Mongolia, while traveling through the territories of the Katunsky Reserve, you need to keep this in mind - there are border areas.

It should also be remembered that the nature of Altai is really completely untouched. Here, however, you can meet wild animals - bears or large deer. There has never been a single case of an attack in Altai - animals are usually cautious, but the basic rules of behavior are worth knowing. In the habitats of bears, it is better to have a full break and walk noisily, and pack odorous food supplies as tightly as possible and keep them not in tents, but at a distance from the camp.

Remember also that Altai is a tick-infested area, so anti-tick drugs are required!

With cellular communication and the Internet in the mountainous regions of Altai, there is more likely nothing than anything, but in the villages the network catches (differently for different operators, so it is better to have several SIM cards), and in the most advanced camp sites sometimes have wi-fi.

Hiking trails in Gorny Altai

This is an adventure for the experienced hiker. We have to do a really long way through the Mountains, rivers and off-road of Gorny Altai.

We will raft along the majestic Katun, go deep into the mountains, overcome the passes, see the truly wild and untouched nature of the Altai Mountains with crystal clear rivers, lakes, mesmerizing waterfalls and “forest inhabitants”.

And we will also have an incredibly starry sky, clean air, gatherings by the fire, swimming in lakes, picking berries and mushrooms, great photos and a lot of impressions.

We will visit the Katunsky nature reserve, Multinskie lakes, Shavlinsky lakes, climb a mountain peak, ride the Gaz-66 all-terrain vehicles and raft along the Katun.

Passes. For Russians, the registration of a pass is not required, for citizens of other countries, the period for issuing a pass is at least 2 months. Choose your trip dates in advance!

Features of the hike:

  • in one trip we cover as much as possible in order to get as many emotions and impressions as possible.
  • a combined tour, including walking and rafting.
  • for participants with hiking experience, who understand what it is like to walk 12-15 km (and on some days more) in the mountains, overcoming passes "under a backpack" and cold nights.
  • all participants of the hike take part in the arrangement of life and cooking.

Daily program


Meeting of the group in Barnaul. Transfer to the village of Ust-Koksa. The road takes all day, food on the way to the cafe (not included in the price), we also recommend having a snack and water with you. The first stop for lunch is 3-4 hours later.

In the evening we will be accommodated at the recreation center in tents. We have supper and rest.


Breakfast, briefing, camp collection. We sit down in a GAZ-66 all-terrain vehicle and drive to the beginning of the cascade of lakes - to the Lower Multinskoe Lake. There are impressive views along the way. Well, then the walking part of the adventure begins!

Description of hiking routes in Gorny Altai, TOP routes, eco-trails of Altai, multi-day routes - on vacation. at

Main impressions

Hiking tour along the most interesting paths of Altai. We go light without backpacks. Incredible landscapes are waiting for you. We will visit the foot of the sacred peak - Aktru, go to the glacier.

What will we do on the tour

Excursions and walks in the most beautiful places of Altai are waiting for you. During the day you can sunbathe in the sun, at night you can burn a fire. Take a steam bath and swim in icy lakes!



Meeting guests in Barnaul at 8:30 local time (MSK + 4) on the Sovetov Square. We load things, leave at 9:00. Travel time will take about 10 hours. We can pick you up from Biysk or Gorno-Altaysk.

Today we will go on an exciting trekking to the Devil's Finger rock. An incredible view of the beautiful Katun opens from the cliff.

After the hike, we will go to the Seminsky pass, which is the longest in Altai. We will walk among the tall cedars to the observation deck.

At the pass, you can stroll through the stalls and take souvenirs as a keepsake.

Accompanied by pack horses

Home • Travel • Trekking to the foot of Belukha

We will publish dates and prices for this trip soon

What is this

Hiking to Mount Belukha - the highest point of Siberia

Packhorses will carry general equipment part of the route

We will reach the Akkem glacier

We will see the Chuisky tract - 5th place in the rating of the most beautiful roads in the world according to National Geographic

Let's conquer the Kara-Turek pass at an altitude of 3,060 meters!

And we also promise many mountains, waterfalls, cedar forests, rivers and lakes!

daily program

Meeting and transfer to the village of Tungur

We will meet you at the airport of Barnaul or Gorno-Altaysk. Then - transfer to the Barangol village, it is 300 or 40 kilometers, depending on which airport you arrive at. And from there there will be a transfer to the village of Tungur, it is still about 400 kilometers and 7-8 hours on the way.

A real backpacking hike

We will publish dates and prices for this trip soon

What is this

Hike in one of the most amazing places in Gorny Altai

Let's walk 60 kilometers!

Let's admire mountains, lakes, waterfalls, forests and rivers

Let's drive along the Chuisky tract, it is included in the top 5 most beautiful roads in the world according to National Geographic

Tents can be replaced with cabins with a small surcharge!

You can fish and pick mushrooms/berries

We guarantee real active rest and adventure :)

daily program

Arrival and transfer to the route

400 kilometers by car, 7-8 hours on the road

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