The Ust-Koksa region in the south Altai mountains near to the borders with Mongolia, Kazakhstan and China, are full of natural beauty and very remote. Accommodation is in local family run hotels and the option to stay one night in the taiga forest in a wooden chalet. There are opportunities for fishing, trekking, horse riding, meditation and relaxation, as well as boating on the Katun river and maybe tasting local honey fresh from the bee hive. From Mongolia you can reach the city of Barnaul in the Altai region of Siberia by taking an onward train or a flight from Irkutsk.
North of Mongolia, set in the vast space of Central Asia, lies the Siberian wilderness. It is an area of taiga forests, fast flowing white water rivers, mirror-like mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks that were the inspiration for the paintings and spiritual teachings of Nicholas Roerich who was a dedicated activist for the cause of preserving art and architecture during times of war. Enjoy a week exploring this exquisite natural expanse.
Arrive in 'Barnaul' by train or air and drive to Ust-Koksa, a journey of approximately 9 hours, stopping on the way for panoramic photos and lunch at a roadside café. Overnight hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the 'Verkhny Uymon' settlement and visit the museum of Nicholas Roerich, a famous Russian-born artist. After lunch visit the museum of Old Believers. Overnight hotel.
After breakfast transfer to the 'Red Mountain', a former volcano where there are picturesque lakes which originated in its craters. Hike to the three lakes: Lower Lake, Middle Lake and Upper Lake, with a picnic lunch on the way. Evening traditional Russian sauna. Overnight local hotel.
Speed boat trip to the head waters of the 'Katun River' to enjoy the stunning views of mountain peaks and river landscapes. Try local honey right from the bee’s cells at a local apiary. Overnight hotel or option to stay in wooden chalet in the Altai Taiga forest.
Transfer to 'Multa Lakes' the true pearls of the Altai Mountains. Afternoon easy hiking and / or horse riding. Overnight hotel in Ust-Koksa.
Free day for relaxation. You can stroll in the forest nearby, fish at the 'Katun River', or meditate in the rotunda near the river bank.
Transfer to airport or railway station for departure.
The tour begins with a full days' drive south to Ust-Koksa through varied and picturesque scenery. Using this village as a base, take day trips to nearby areas of outstanding beauty that are suitable for hiking and other activities.
Please note: Ust-Koksa National Park is a restricted area and foreigners require a special permit to enter, which has to be applied for 60 days before the start of the trip.
Altai Mountain tour description:
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The things you will see along the way:
The mirror-like surface of these three majestic crystal-clear lakes reflects the surrounding snow-covered mountain peaks. Sub-alpine meadows and chains of picturesque hills in this remote part of the Altai are within the Katun Nature Reserve.
Speedboat trip on the Katun river – the Katun river is 688 kilometers long and originates in the Katun glaciers on the southwestern slope of Belukha Mountain. The village of Ust Koksa is located near the pine forests that line the river.
Gentle hiking and picnic with spectacular views of the mountains, alpine meadows and 3 mountain lakes, the lower, middle and upper lake, which originated in a volcanic crater.