Gorny Altai is called "Russian Switzerland", because the local landscapes are not inferior in beauty to the Alpine ones. The region is located at the junction of several natural zones: taiga, steppe and semi-desert, taking from each of the most picturesque views. Prices for tours in Altai are available to almost everyone, in contrast to holidays in the mountains of Europe. The tourist flow in this direction is steadily growing, new routes appear.

All hikes in Altai differ in the main type of movement: walking and water. The latter are designed for experienced and hardy tourists, in whose blood adrenaline boils. Hiking tours also vary in difficulty. In 2020, auto tours to the Altai mountains were added, where tourists cover the main part of the path on powerful off-road vehicles. Some autotravels combine elements of hiking and water tours - there are river rafting and mountain trekking. For lovers of equestrian tourism, there is a separate tour of the steppe Altai on horseback.

This page contains all active tours to Altai.

Hiking Trails: Popular Destinations

The Multinsky Lakes are the pearls of the Siberian taiga. A cascade of reservoirs at the foot of the Katun ridges. Local landscapes are very reminiscent of alpine ones. The crystal clear water reflects the sapphire sky, contrasting with the bright green grass, and the bulk of the mountain peaks fascinate with their monumentality. We have several tours with a stop at the Multinsky Lakes, including winter ones.

Mount Belukha. One of the most famous and mystical mountain peaks of Altai, the beauty of which was inspired by Nicholas Roerich. Local shamans believe that this is where the entrance to the mythical land of Shambhala is located. Tours in Altai with an ascent to the top of Belukha are included in the collection of our best routes. At an altitude of 4500 m above sea level, the world seems completely different, and everyday problems are far-fetched and so small, compared to the greatness of pristine nature.

Shavlinsky lakes. Another picturesque lake cascade, which is very beautiful at any time of the year. In summer you can swim and sunbathe here, in winter you can skate on ice and admire the snow-covered taiga. A popular location for family and romantic hikes.

Chuisky ridge. Hiking along the snowy highlands rejuvenates and cleanses spiritually. Majestic mountains in a gray haze of clouds, green meadows strewn with bright flowers, lakes and waterfalls - all this will be in abundance. Tourists will climb Mount Pyramida (3150 m above sea level), spend the night in tents on the shores of lakes and exits to glaciers.

Katunsky Nature Reserve. A unique location in terms of landscape, flora and fauna, which has received the status of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Water routes: popular destinations

Car and horseback tours

These routes are longer than walking routes. They include trips to the most popular tourist locations in the mountainous and steppe Altai. Such trips are ideal for everyone who first came to Altai and wants to see the maximum of the region's attractions.

We have routes for tourists with completely different levels of training. Some hikes are designed for a wide range of travelers, as a rule, these are car and hiking tours on flat terrain. Other routes include rafting and climbing steep trails. Such trips are suitable for tourists with hiking experience and good physical fitness.

Active recreation: varieties and types of water recreation

For those who ride!

Winter tours in Gorny Altai, Sheregesh, Luzhba

May holidays in Altai! Climbing peak Irbistu in ski-mountaineering format.

In winter 2020/21, the Altai-Pokhod team will organize weekend trips in the vicinity of Belokurikha for one day! We walk in snowshoes and ride on untouched slopes!

I HAVE a dream to ride in the BIG mountains. Do you like Mountains and Virgin SNOW? Do you ski/board confidently? But YOU lacked company? You got to the right place!

Ski touring in Luzhba! Freeride week surrounded by picturesque mountains, fabulous cedars, far from civilization. We will walk and ride on untouched virgin soil in a friendly company of freeriders under the guidance of an experienced guide.

Mountaineering climbing the highest peaks of Gorny Altai

The dome is a relatively uncomplicated peak located in the Aktru gorge. Recommended for beginners looking to get started in mountaineering.

May holidays in Altai! Climbing peak Irbistu in ski-mountaineering format.

Signature route Altai-Hike. U to the top of Chenel (3888 m). An excellent alternative to climbing Belukha, the mountain is located in a remote area of ​​Gorny Altai, so there are practically no tourists there.

Mount Aktru is one of the four-thousanders of the Altai Mountains (4044 m). Climbing to the top includes gradual acclimatization in the Aktru gorge and training in mountaineering techniques.

Climbing categorical peaks 1B Suvorov and Geodezicheskaya peak 2A of complexity category on the Severo-Chuysky ridge

Altai-Pokhod offers to make a classic ascent to the western summit of Elbrus 5642 meters!

Varieties and types of water recreation. What are the categories of boating? What kind of swimming aids are used? What is such a vacation?

Winter Holidays Mountain Shoria

Mountain Shoria is a small mountain taiga region in the south of Western Siberia, at the junction of Altai and Sayan. It got its name from a small original people - the Shors, whose ancestors throughout Siberia were famous for their ability to smelt iron.

Siberia Altai offers accommodation in the best hotels and holiday homes of Gornaya Shoria with many years of experience and colorful traditions, in the spirit of active tourism, with unforgettable impressions of communicating while traveling with like-minded people.

Sheregesh is a popular ski center with the best snow slopes in Siberia. The magnificent slopes of Sheregesh are waiting for beginners and experienced skiers and snowboarders. Sheregesh today is freeride, extreme skiing, jumping from rocks, paragliding, as well as excursions on snowmobiles.

We offer only the best hotels and holiday homes in Mountain Shoria and Sheregesh!

Treatment in Gorny Altai in the Belovodie sanatorium

Treatment in the Altai Mountains in the sanatorium "Belovodie". Traditional (folk) methods of treating chronic diseases under the qualified supervision of specialists.

Altai camp sites

Tourist bases located in the Chemal region, on Lake Teletskoye and on Lake Aya will provide a comfortable rest and exciting excursion programs for lovers of healthy and active recreation.

Winter and summer holidays in Gorny Altai from the Siberia Altai company are represented by a wide selection of tourist centers.

Belokurikha Rest in summer and winter

I choose this tour most often, for the comfort and the most beautiful places in Altai:

- All inclusive - you take a minimum of personal belongings and come

- Saturated - you will see the most beautiful and beloved places of Altai - more than 20 objects!

- Comfortable - accommodation in cottages at tourist centers, comfortable transport!

What you need if you are in Altai for the first time!

In this tour you will find a fascinating journey along the legendary Chuisky tract, through the entire Altai, acquaintance with the culture of the peoples of Altai, their traditional cuisine.

You will see the legendary Pazyryk burial mounds and the man-made Katu-Yaryk pass. The mighty snow-covered North-Chuisky ridge and the rarest "Stone mushrooms". Here we will visit a truly paradise place - the Chulyshman valley. Valley of waterfalls, mild and warm climate. A visit to the Red Book places and a boat trip on Lake Teletskoye await you.

The tour is suitable for light relaxation. Differs in an abundance of excursions and a comfortable environment. Accommodation in cottages at tourist centers. In it you will forget about the time and the world outside the Altai.

These are unforgettable events. Great impressions for the year ahead, comfortable rest in Altai at an affordable price.

For more photos of the tour, see the album of our group VK Reviews about the tour can be found in the Reviews section.

You will see more leading objects of Gorny Altai:

It is very popular among our compatriots to rest in Gorny Altai by savages by car. We will tell you where to go and what you can see, as well as list the recreation centers where you can conveniently stay overnight if you get tired of living in tents in the middle of nature.

Ecotourism is developing quite actively and there are many people who prefer real nature without embellishment and civilization to snow-white beaches and luxury resort hotels. Indeed, it is in this case that you can put things in order in your own thoughts, achieve harmony and balance, know yourself and enjoy the natural beauty of this world.

Why come here?

Altai is the name given to the entire Altai Territory in geographic terms, and the Republic with the same name is also referred to it. Although, in fact, these are two different regions. In any case, it will appeal to those who want to relax away from noisy cities, civilization and learn the culture of this wonderful place.

In addition to the amazing nature, people come here to get in touch with shamanic magic rituals, to see extraordinary ancient actions, to get to the fabulous land called Belovodye, which is associated with many mystical stories and legends. It is here that old superstitions, belief in magic, service to gods and spirits, communication with nature at an energetic level remain in force. It is not surprising that Altai attracts curious tourists more and more every year.

Most of the region's attractions are natural sites included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. These include Belukha Mountain, Lake Teletskoye, Ukok Quiet Zone, Altai and Katunsky Nature Reserves. Some plants and animals are considered rare and can only be seen in this area.

How to get there?

Altai Territory is located in the south of Russia and borders on Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. The climate is continental. Summers are hot but short and winters are long and frosty. The geographic relief is distinguished by high mountain ranges, river valleys, intermontane basins. There are more than seven thousand lakes and even more rivers on the territory. There are often earthquakes here, the strongest happened in 2003. Therefore, before going to Altai, check the weather forecasts and check the level of seismic activity in the region.

To get to the desired natural sites, you can use different types of transport:

  • By plane - direct flights from Moscow and other cities of Russia fly to Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk and Novosibirsk. Airlines such as S7 and Pobeda operate in this direction. From each settlement it is possible to get further by buses or cars to any recreation center. Some of them organize bus tours (Busfor) and pre-booked transfers (Kiwitaxi). You can check the price of air tickets on Aviasales.
  • By train - it is convenient and cheap to travel from Moscow to Novosibirsk, Barnaul or Biysk. The cost of the trip in this case depends on the destination. So, it will be inexpensive to travel to Novosibirsk - only 5500 rubles, and to Biysk - 12 300. But remember that trains may not run every day, so it is important to clarify the timetable, for example, on tutu. u. Further, the road is also crossed by local buses, transfers or by car.
  • By car is the most popular way to relax in Gorny Altai with a company or with children. This will be not only more profitable financially, but also much more convenient. You can choose any direction, not depend on the availability of rooms in the hotel, schedules and schedules, excursion offers, etc. If you wish, you can get to any natural site and the most beautiful places in the region using your own transport.

In order to get to the recreation center by a personal or rented car, you need to adhere to the only road - Chuysky tract. Its condition and coverage is considered perfect. At any exits to third-party roads, be prepared for the fact that they will be broken and even impassable. The only drawback is the renovation work carried out here occasionally in the summer.

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