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Discover The Wild Beauty Of The Siberian Part Of Russia By Trekking (AL-04)

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Discover The Wild Beauty Of The Siberian Part Of Russia By Trekking (AL-04)

Altai, the so-called Russian Tibet or Heart of Siberia, is a unique place, ideal for active holidays! The purity of the mountain air and the crystal-clear water of numerous lakes and rivers will make your trekking in Altai unforgettable! Our route crosses the area of lake Ak-Kem, which rests at the heart of the Altai mountains. Here you will find one of the most beautiful spots for trekking in the world – breathtaking views of mountains and lakes, green forests and valleys covered with blossoming wild flowers. The delicious honey collected in this region is famous for its healing qualities.
The mystical tranquility and the local beauty gave rise to the numerous legends of Altai: about the mysterious treasures of Skifs, and Genghis Khan, part of whose army settled here exhausted after years of long raids into Europe. Located on the border of Europe and Asia, Altai holds the secrets of the many ethnic groups who have inhabited this area since the times of Egypt’s pharaohs. It is bursting with natural treasures – 5 natural phenomena in the region are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

This existing trip does not require any special skills; however you need to be prepared to spend a few hours a day trekking. The land of Altai is too beautiful to miss!

Day 1
Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2
Moscow
Moscow City Centre Walking Tour. Departure to Barnaul
During the tour we will walk around major cultural and historical points in Moscow. We will visit the Red Square and take a stroll along the nearby pedestrian zone. In the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight to Barnaul
Day 3
Barnaul - Altai
Transfer to Altai by Bus (750 km, 12-13 hours). “Welcome” Dinner
Transfer by bus (750 km, 12 – 13 hours) to the base camp “Vysotnik”. We travel by coach from the airport to the base camp “Vysotnik”, situated in a picturesque place. There are no highways on most of the territory of the Altai, therefore we have to use ordinary roads through the mountains. The coach trip takes approx. 12-13 hours. On arrival, a “welcome” dinner will help you to relax after this long journey. Overnight in tents.
Day 4
Altai
Base Camp - Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m)
In the morning we start trekking from our base camp (850 m). The path goes through Kucherla, the last populated area on our way to the mountains. Then we will follow a path through the forest where we can see plenty of mushrooms, berries, and various kinds of trees and grasses. Today we explore the Kuzuyak pass (1,513 m). The pass isn't high but the going is quite challenging - this is the first test for our stamina. Camping on the banks of Ak-Kem, a mountain river whose cool waters will help you to relax. Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, 600 m altitude change. Overnight in tents.
Day 5
Altai
Continue Ascending along the Oroktoi Brook to the Tukhman Brook (2,000 m)
We continue ascending along the Oroktoi brook to the Tukhman brook (2,000 m). We will observe how the panorama and the vegetation changes from the taiga - deep Siberian forest - to high alpine meadows. Overnight at a picturesque place with a great view of Belukha, the highest mountain in Siberia, and surrounding peaks. Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, 14 km. Overnight in tents.
Day 6
Altai
Trekking up to Lake Kulduairy
This day could be called a walk under the clouds. We will follow a trail until the final moderate descent to our camp site on the shore of lake Kulduairy. We may even catch sight of a hare or a deer along the way. Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours hiking, altitude change 100 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 7
Altai
Tekeliu River. Optional Hike to the Highest Waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu Waterfall
We have a short distance to walk today – just a moderate ascent and we find ourselves at a plateau with a panoramic view of the Katunskii range with its strangely shaped cliffs. After a short but steep descent, we reach our campsite on the banks of the Tekeliu river. In the afternoon we have an optional hike upstream along the river to see the highest waterfall of Altai - the Tekeliu waterfall. Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, altitude change 500 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 8
Altai
River Tekeliu - Sarybel Pass Ascend (2,300 m) - Base Camp (2,000 m)
We cross the river Tekeliu and start ascending the Sarybel pass (2,300 m). Tekeliu in the Altaic language means "a place where mountain goats live" and we may indeed see some goats here if we are lucky. You will never forget the special moment of discovering the beauty of lake Ak-kem for the first time. Walking across the Ak-kem river, we will cross a shaky bridge, and in a half an hour we'll reach our base camp (2,000 m). There is a canteen, a Russian banya and a traditional Altai building - Ail (a type of wooden yurt) there. This camp offers you breath-taking views over the huge snowy majestic Mount Belukha. Daily route of approx. 6-7 hours, altitude change 600 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 9
Altai
Day Hike to the Mysterious Ravine Yarlu
A day hike to the Ak – Ojouk valley which is famous for its beautiful seven lakes or a day hike to the mysterious ravine Yarlu. The unreal colors of the ravine will remain etched in your memory forever. There is a strong belief that the area around lake Ak-Kem has a powerful energy. Here you may meet very different people - from hermits to people believing in UFOs. There is a stone town here being built by people who have come to this place from all over the world to meditate near the sacred mountain Belukha. Return to the base camp. Overnight in tents.
Day 10
Altai
The Karatiurek Pass Ascend (3,060 m). Camping in a Virgin Cedar Glade (2,000 m)
Today we ascend the Karatiurek pass (3,060 m). There may be some snow on the pass. After a while we’ll start our descent. The temperature will rise and the vegetation become rich again. Another bewitching ravine appears on the way – the Kucherlinskoe ravine. Camping in a virgin cedar glade (2,000 m). Daily route of approx. 6-8 hours, altitude change 1,000 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 11
Altai
Camping on the Shore of one of the Most Beautiful Lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla
We continue descending through the mountain taiga forest. Camping on the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in Altai – lake Kucherla. Daily route of approx. 4-6 hours, altitude change 300 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 12
Altai
Trekking Through the Kucherla Ravine
Trekking through the Kucherla ravine. Daily route of approx. 5-6 hours, altitude change 300 m. Overnight in tents.
Day 13
Altai
Gradual Descent down the Kucherla River to the Base Camp. Russian sauna. Farewell Dinner
Gradual descent down the Kucherla river. On our way we’ll make a stop to see an ancient grotto and petroglyphs (prehistoric drawings) on a rock, which are several thousand years old. We cross a seemingly endless field and finally reach our base camp “Vysotnik”. Our last opportunity to experience a Russian banya (sauna) during the tour. Farewell dinner.
Day 14
Altai - Barnaul
Transfer to Barnaul
Transfer from camp Vysotnik to Barnaul.
Day 15
Barnaul - Moscow
Departure to Moscow
Our driver will meet you in the hotel lobby. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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Hotel Katerina City Moscow 4*
Katerina City is located in the picturesque district of the Russian capital, on the bank of the Moscow River, just two metro stations to the Red Square. A wide range of facilities makes the guests' stay comfortable and pleasant and modern European architecture and fresh interiors in a Scandinavian style combined with the home-like atmosphere make this hotel a perfect holiday retreat. The hotel rooms feature elegant and modern design, comfortable furniture and superb amenities. Your accommodation also includes free drinking water and tea / coffee making facilities. Sauna and fitness center are free of charge: 07:00 – 23:00.Learn more
Tents while trekking in Altai
While in Altai your accommodation will be in tents. We normally use Red-Fox, Talberg or Husky tents. The tents are mosquito proof, they offer a large entrance, comfortable tent height, ridge ventilation and are very quick and easy to pitch and take down. If you are a single traveller, you will get your own tent and will not have to share with others.
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Basecamp Vysotnik
Base camp Vysotnik is situated on a picturesque bank of the Katun River in a forest area with birches, cedars and larch trees, near the village of Tiungur, 750 km by car from Barnaul. There is a three-storied wooden guest house, two-storied wooden tourist shelter, café, banya (Russian sauna), parking zone, camping place, storage room, volleyball and badminton grounds, outdoor facilities: wash-stands and lavatories.
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Basecamp Ak-Kem
Basecamp Ak-Kem is situated in Altai Mountains on the bank of the Ak-Kem River in a forest area at the height of 1.950 m. There are wooden tourist shelters, administrative building with a canteen, banya, camping place with 4-persons big tents, volleyball ground. This is the basic camp for Belukha ascents.
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Moscow
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Moscow City Centre Walking Tour A guided walking tour around major cultural and historical points in Moscow. We will visit Lubyanka Square – the world-famous KGB centre of the Soviet epoch, Teatralnaya Square next to Bolshoi Theatre. Then we will continue our walk through the small central streets and lanes where every building has its own unique and interesting story. Most of them currently represent Russian theatres, hotels, museums or state institutions. We will also visit Tverskaya Street – the main and the busiest street in Moscow – with lots of shops, restaurants and unique combination of old, Stalin and modern architecture. After the guided tour you will have some free time to take a stroll along the pedestraian zone, browse among the shops selling merchandise and enjoy various cafes or restaurants.

$65

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4 hours

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Moscow City Tour by Car A city as great as the Russian capital requires your undivided attention. Our guided city tour by car affords the opportunity for you to sightsee without concerning yourself with getting around, as well as enabling you to cover sufficient ground to get a sense of place. Here in Moscow, more than anywhere else in Russia, you’ll sense the presence of the Russian Renaissance; the city, like the country as a whole, has altered immensely over the past two decades. 

$95

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5 hours

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Moscow City and Novodevichy Convent Tour by Car Start your discovery of Moscow with a guided city tour by car. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Sparrow Hills observation platform, visit Poklonnaya Hills a monument in honour of a Russian victory in the Great War (World War II), see the famous Red Square and the Bolshoi (Big) theatre or explore modern Moscow’s busy streets and discover the rich history of this magnificent city. Visit one of the oldest convents in Russia, the Novodevichy Convent.

$100

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4 hours

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Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.

$85

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3 hours

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Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour Guided tour to the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It's got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". Each building here is a legend: you will see brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the world - renowned Lenin Mausoleum, expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers. Today, Red Square is a popular tourist attraction and it is often used for rock and pop concerts including high-profile participants like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and others.

$65

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4 hours

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Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour You will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. The Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. We will also visit the Armoury to see a unique collection of ancient state regalia: the ceremonial vestments and coronation dress of the Tsars, gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, and ceremonial weapons and arms (optional).

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5 hours

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Diamond Fund Guided Tour The Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.
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2 hours

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Moscow Underground Guided Tour Explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. Moscow Metro with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures looks like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it’s still beating many other European underground system with its extremely reliable services. During our guided tour we will explore the most sensational underground stations where the guide will show architectural masterpieces and also explain the history of metro construction.

$65

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2 hours

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Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.

$75

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4 hours

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Old Arbat Street Guided Tour Your guide will take you to the Old Arbat street, famous for its architectural masterpieces and souvenirs. This street became a favorite place of walk of the Muscovites. You will see many improvised shows, poets and entertainers. After the guided tour you will have some free time to browse among the shops selling merchandise and enjoy various Arbat cafes or restaurants.

$65

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3 hours

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided Tour This temple was originally constructed on a vow given when banners and keys from conquered cities were brought to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 meters. In December 1931, the temple was blown up. Subsequently, the foundation ditch was used for the construction of a swimming pool. In 1994, the pool was closed and in January 1995 the reconstruction of the temple took place. Today the construction is completed and features both a working church and a museum, where excursions are regularly held.

$65

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3 hours

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Izmailovo Kremlin - Wooden Architecture Complex, Arts & Crafts Centre Kremlin in Izmailovo was created on the basis of the world famous “Vernisage in Izmailovo” souvenir market. Here you will have a unique opportunity to broaden your perception of Russian national traditions and artistic crafts and see unique examples of wooden architecture.  You can visit Museum of Bells, Russian Toys, Russian Costume and Way of Life, Museum of Russian Fairytales and Vodka History Museum (entrance fees are not included). You can also take part in various master-classes on Russian dolls painting, pottery, toy making, cooking and much more.

$75

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4 hours

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Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided Tour Guided tour to Kolomenskoye - a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). We will also visit the stunning, recently reconstructed Wooden Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov (17th century) often referred to as ‘an eighth wonder of the world’. Here, you will have a unique chance to see the way of life of the Russian Tsars. Famous for its fairytale roofs, the Wooden Palace was constructed without using saws, nails, or hooks.  Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy.

$85

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4 hours

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Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.

$115

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7 hours

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Poklonnaya Hill and WWII Victory Park Guided Tour Poklonnaya Hill is the most significant monument constructed in honour of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The solemn opening of the Victory Memorial in Moscow was held on May, 9, 1995. On February 23, 1958 on this site, a memorable granite sign was established with the inscription: "Here there will be a monument to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War." The Victory Park and the Square of Victors are important parts of the outdoor museum with many tanks and other vehicles used in the Second World War.

$75

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4 hours

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Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command Center We invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.

$95

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3 hours

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Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided Tour Guided visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia which contains 24 exhibition halls. The strength of the Museum’s historical collection is in its collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army and personal belongings of Soviet and Nazi leaders (including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler). The Museum has a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations. The outside exposition of the Museum presents many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.

$75

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4 hours

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Memorial Museum of Astronautics Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow is a unique museum devoted to space exploration and development of rocket science. It is located in the basement of the monument "Conquerors of Space" erected in honor of the launch of Sputnik by architects M. Barshch, A. Kolchin and sculptor A. Faydysh - Krandievskiy and opened on 4 November 1964. The monument is made of polished titanium, used in rocket production, its height is 110 meters, and the angle is 77 degrees.

$75

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4 hours

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Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino Guided Tour Guided tour to the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino - one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Russian aircraft. You will see the famous "Ilya Muromets", Soviet "Concorde" (Tupolev-144), Ivan Kozhedub’ s La-7 (during the WWII he brought down 62 German airplanes), Tupolev-95 Bomber (NATO classification - Bear), Tupolev-22Ě (Backfire) and other legendary aircraft... The museum also features collections of weapons, uniforms and air-related artwork.

$115

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6 hours

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Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.

$205

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6 hours

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