Maashey - the peak, the glacier, the lake, the river?
- a bus ride along the Chuisky highway
- excursions to alpine lakes and biggest glaciers of Altai
- beautiful mountain landscapes
The ideal time is from the middle of June to September, 20.
We can organize tours ANY TIME you want (you should send applications 10 days before the tour).
The tour takes place in one of the most beautiful places of Altai. The Chuya Alps form a mighty chine with motley-coloured, snow-covered mountain peaks, picturesque glaciers and crystal-clear lakes, which give rise to the current rivers with cascades of rapids. The routes which cross this region are exotic for many reasons. The Southern Altai has specific features resembling neighbouring Mongolia and it isn"t well-explored. This region is still far from industrial progress ? one of few places in the world avoided man"s intrusion. That is why even the automobile part of the tour, as well as trekking in the mountains, gives a wonderful opportunity to observe practically all climatic zones. There you"ll see pine or deciduous forests, which form a narrow line along the Katun river valley, Mongolian-type dead-wood forests in the Kuray hollow, alpine taiga forests and deserts covered with snow and ice in really high mountains.
As the most of our tours, this one also starts in Barnaul. Then we take a trip southwards by comfortable minibus, in the direction of Mongolia along the ancient trade way - the Chuisky highway (Chuya road). The Chuisky highway has been a silent witness of many historical events in different epochs. One can see burial mounds, stone images, rock paintings (petroglyphs), as well as historical and archaeological monuments of less distant times. A short automobile trip goes along the rocks of the picturesque Chuya river valley. You will enjoy the bird"s eye view of the famous part of the river, which is called "the Breakthrough". It is a cascade of small waterfalls. Then you will have a minibus ride to the camping place. It is located near the junction of the Maashey and Chuya rivers. The following days will be rich in treks and excursions to glaciers and crystal-clear alpine lakes. The region of Shavlinskiye lakes is one of the most beautiful places in the Altai Mountains. The bright carpet of alpine meadows, majestic cedars, blue lakes in a frame of mountain peaks covered with sparkling snow make a unique picture. The dream of many travellers who have not yet visited this place is to see three peaks - Dream, Beauty and Fairy Tale, reflected in mountain lake at the moment of full calm. WE WISH NICE HOLIDAYS TO YOU!
The number of participants: from 4 to 10 persons.
- The mountain climbing according to the tour program
- During excursions the clients are accompanied by the licensed instructors (tour guides).
- Cross-country vehicle GAZ-66.
- All transfers, full board, accommodation at the Barnaul hotel, farewell dinner, insurance (the insurance covers a rescue mission, a helicopter fare is included).
Price (EURO): 280 - 6-8 Pers; 390 - 3-5 Pers; 460 - 2 Pers; 760 - 1 Pers;
Soft and alcoholic drinks are not included in the price.
The participants should have some experience of trekking in the mountains, but it is not a must. Excursions will be supervised by experienced guides. Help in putting up tents is welcomed. Be ready to the lack of comfort.
Personal equipment: trekking boots of good quality, a warm winter coat, a waterproof wind-breaker with a hood, a sweater, gloves, a knitted woolen hat, a 90 - 110 liters rucksack, a sleeping-bag, an insulation mat.
The travel agency provides: double/triple sleeping carcass tents of good quality, a camp fire-set, an awning, kitchen utensils. Trekking outfit can be provided by the agency (order beforehand). There is a detailed list of personal equipment in the tourist manual.
Arrive in Barnaul. Transfer to the travel agency office. Breakfast. A brief discussion about the tour. The unnecessary luggage can be left in the office. A 6-hours bus ride to the recreation center Seminsky Range (1800 m). The accommodation at wooden cottages (double apartments, a shower/toilet). The cottages are surrounded by cedar forest.
An 8-hours road trip to Chibit village. It is 120 km away from the Mongolian border. A stop for lunch in the native village on the way. There the tourists will have an opportunity to taste local cuisine. The next 20 km of the road are unforgettable. The route goes along the Chuya river canyon surrounded by picturesque rocks. Accommodation in tents (120 m above the sea-level). Dinner. Camp-fire. Food is cooked by the tour guides on the camp-fire.
Breakfast. The transfer to Kurai village (140 km from Mongolian border). The first trekking day. Climbing up the Maashey river valley. A little rest in the cedar forest of the Kara-Kabak river valley. Putting up tents. Climbing up a pretty sharp path. You?ll be delighted with the magnificent sight of the neighbouring ridges. Climb-down. Rest and dinner by the camp-fire.
An exciting excursion to the upper course of the Kara-Kabak river. There you will enjoy a picturesque view of several lakes and a glacier. Come back to the camp. Rest.
A hiking trip to Lake Maashey. Camping out.
After the day spent by the lake, we go to the Maashey glacier. The path goes along Maashey lake, then bends around a moraine and leads directly to the Maashey glacier. It is one of the biggest glaciers in the Altai Mountains.
We come back to our first camping place on the bank of the Chuya river. The bus waits for us.
We take a bus trip along the Chuisky highway to Barnaul. We arrive in Barnaul about 7 or 8 o?clock p.m. Accommodation at the hotel Barnaul (double apartments, a shower / toilet, a TV-set). Last dinner.
Transfer to the airport. 08:50 (local time) ? a flight to Moscow.