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Discovering of the Space, Time and Everything

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Discovering of the Space, Time and Everything – Ukok Plateau & Chulyshman Сanyon

Wellcome to the deepest dive in Altai Nature, History and Nomand Life. For this expedition you need to be a real adventurer cause we're going to ride horses at the Ukok plateau, shower at the  mineral Djumala Springs, trekkings in Elangash and Chulyshman Valleys and so on to Discover the farest places of the mountain country Altai.

It takes three days to get to the most distant point of our route that we can reach by cars - the Dzhazator Village. On the way here we will pass almost all federal road М-52, which is about 1000 kilometers long and Altai's part of it which is called Chujsky Path.

It's a very famous road that goes through two picturesque Seminsky and Chike-Taman passes. Beyond Inya village, we will see petrogliphs of different ages and stone steles near the ancient barrow. Through the open distances of Kuray Steppe, we will get into unimaginable space of Chuya Steppe bordered with the snow line of high glaciers.

In Aktash we will receive entry passes to a frontier zone and the next day we're going to do the first trekking in the Elangash Valley. More than 30,000 petroglyphs were found here by scientists and we also have a chance to discover paintings of ancient people.

We are going to visit the Time Land - Ukok Plateau.

The Ukok Plateau is the high-mountainous plain located between Sailugem and South-Altai ridges at a height of 2200 – 2500 meters above sea level, and 500—600 meters mountain peaks tower above the plateau. The highest peak here is the mountain knot of Tavan-Bogdo-Ula (Five Sacred Peaks) which highest mountain is Najramdal — reaches 4 374 m above sea level. This is the second highest peak after Belukha Mountain in Siberia. The Ukok plateau is one of the hard-to-get to places of the Altai, it’s situated on a border of four states – Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. At the end of the last century, in one of plateau barrows, archeologists had been found a mummy of the young woman, her age is not less than 2 500 years, she’s got the second name – the Ukok Princess. 

To get there we leave cars in Djazator and will proceed further on the horses. In 5-6 days we will try to feel like the real nomads which needed to pass difficult mountain ridges to reach sacred Zone of Peace. Cars will meet us in Djumala Warm Srings where we' ll find a geothermal source.

Next point of our route is the magic Wind Land – the valley of Chulyshman River - a big canyon with more than 130 km length. This is the homeland of the wind Phoen – the warm strong wind which creates unimaginable landscape and unique climate of this region. Chulyshman valley is famous with its sights such as Stone Mushrooms and the biggest cascade falls of Siberia – Unchar. During this trip we’ll see them all, so we’re going to have two mountain trekking. The way to Unchar can’t be called easy way, but despite all the difficulties you’ll be awarded with  unforgettable emotions! 

Photorepot from 2012

Route Day by Day:

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1st day.  8:00 - Transfer Novosibirsk - Altai Republic 700 km. Overcoming two passes of Chuisky Pass - Seminsky and Chike-Taman. Overnight - River Mal. Yaloman - Dinner by the campfire.


2nd day.  Today, we have to overcome about 200 km, therefore, let us return to the M-52 and proceeded south to the new camping place – Tydtuyaryk. We’ll see the confluence of the two biggest Altaian rivers – Katun and Chuya. In the evening you’ll try Russian sauna and lamb for the dinner.


3th  day.  After breakfast we go to the Elangash Valley where will spend a day, walking along the valley, exploring the rock carvings - petroglyphs, and admiring the charm of the alpine meadows. Stay overnight  in Tydtuyaryk camp.

4th  day. Today we discover the Chuya Steppe Space, visit Kosh-Agach village and “Altaian Stonehenge”. Then go to the Highlands to the Dzhazator village where will stay overnight.

5th  - 9th days.  From now we change our cars for horses and starting the real adventure to the Altai Princess Home – Ukok plateau. We’ll pass many valleys, rivers and lakes on the way. First we visit amazing plush Samaha Steppe and along the Ak-Alaha river will reach Kara-Alaha river. At the Akalaha Lake you have an opportunity to go fishing. Through Chindagatuy and Mukyr rivers we’ll reach the Mukur-Tabata Pass conquered that we’ll see beautiful Kaldzhin-Kul-Bas Lake. From here we’re going to discover Bertek tract, Scythian burial mounds and burial place of the Altai Princess. We’ll see the majestic mountain Taban-Bogda-Ola, situated on the territories of Russia, China and Mongolia. From Ukok Plateau we go to the Warm Key Pass – one of the most difficult pass in this area with the highest point at 3100 m above sea level.

10th  day. The main place of interest of this point of a route, besides amazing panoramas of the Sajljugem rigde, is a geothermal source – «Dzhumalinskie Kluchi». This source is a local Relic and possesses salutary properties, it is not investigated yet by scientists, and its curative properties, are based on local people's Belief in power of the father - Altai. And this is the end of our horse ridding trip.

11th day.  Today we’ll return to our yurt camp Tydtuyaryk where enjoy beds and sauna.

12th -  day.  We go east direction to explore the central part of the Altai – Ulagan District. In Aktash we  turn to Red Gates Way where will find beautiful highland lakes and after Balyktuul village we’ll make 40 km off-road trip through the Paziric valley to the Katu-Yaryc Pass. Descended from the Pass, we find ourselves in the magic Wind Land – the valley of Chulyshman River - a big canyon with more than 130 km length. This is the homeland of the wind Phoen – the warm strong wind which creates unimaginable landscape and unique climate of this region.

13th  day.  Here we’re going to have the mountain trekking – to the biggest cascade falls of Siberia – Unchar. The way to Unchar can’t be called easy way, but despite all the difficulties you’ll be awarded with  unforgettable emotions!

14th day. After breakfast we go back to Chuya Tract to see its sights and stay overnight at the Kamlak village – one more wonderful place.

15th day.  Transfer to Novosibirsk. 

Dates and Price in Planner

  • Category: Includes hikes, horse ridding, suitable for moderate fitness people
  • Price excludes: International flights / Passport and Visa charges / Drinks / Items of a personal nature.

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