Altai trekking to Shavla lake
||5 - 15 July 2018
|Includes:||all transfers during the tour
meals during hiking
all permits and passes
one night in lodge after trekking
banya after trekking
horse support for food and tents
accommodation in Barnaul
renting of personal equipment
drinks and extra charges in hotels
cafe and personal expenses in city and on the road
1200km by car, 100km on foot
Start from ||Barnaul|
moderate (trekking experience needed)|
Altai trekking tour to Shavla and Maashey valleys
Altai is a pearl of Siberia, one of the most beautiful and scenic places in Russia. One told trekking in Altai is impressive as trekking in Himalaya. Majestic snow-capped mountains rise above green valleys of Chuya river.
During this tour we will see variety of landscapes: steppes, forests, mountains, glaciers and lakes.
We will meet in Barnaul, then we will drive along Chuensis road to Chibit village. Picturesque surroundings changes from woodland scenery to mongolia-like deserted mountains. Chibit is a small village lost in the hills.
Pictures of Altai trekking are available here:
Please note, personal stuff will be carried in backpacks. Food and tents will be carried by horses. Participants have to be able to walk to 7 hours per day, sometimes on uneven terrain.
Cooking on fire, participants are taken to be involved into process - gathering woods, carrying water for cooking.
List of equipment
- backpack, warm sleeping bag (with extreme temperature to -15 celsius), sleeping pad
(warm sleeping bag, sleeping mat and backpack can be rented, if you write us in advance).
- trekking shoes, light shoes for river wading and day's rest
- rain jacket, pants, fleece pullover, thermal underwear, socks (2 pairs of cotton and 1 pairs of warm trekking socks), cap, raincoat
- the dishes (mug, spoon, bowl and knife)
- forehead lamp
- matches, personal first-aid kit, dental paste with tooth brush, tissue
5 July. Transfer Barnaul - Chibit.
We will pass through two passes - Seminskiy and Chike-Taman. View to confluence of Chuya and Katun rivers.
We will arrive in the evening to Chibit, small village in the mountains.
Accommodation in tent close to Chuya river.
6 July. Start of trekking. Path goes up with impressive view to Chibit and Chuya river, crossing Chuya by bridge. Then we will go up valley of Oroy.
Overnight at Oroy pass with view to Kurayskiy mountain range. Altitude of campsite is 2100m.
7 July. Oroy brooklet - Oroy pass - Yeshtykkel highland-Shabaga river.
Hiking over the highland, descent to Shabaga river. Camp at Shavla river. Altitude of campsite is 1700m.
8 July. Reaching Shavla lakes. There are two lakes, big one and small one. Big Shavle lake has intense turquoise color. Beautiful view to glaciers and mountains. Altitude of campsite is 2000m.
9 July. Hiking to glaciers. Terrain is uneven and you have to go carefully. There are ibexes sometimes in that place. Impressive view from top to Shavla lake.
10 July. Return to Shabaga river. Hiking in the valley of coniferous trees.
11 July. Ascend to highland, walking on plateau (altitude is 2300m), descent to Karakabak valley. This valley is closed by moraine.
Campsite is in picturesque place surrounded by streams.
12 July. Descent to Maashey valley, views to glaciers of Maashey-bashi mountain.
Campsite is supported by locals offering round breads and milk products. Altitude of campsite is 1800m.
Hike to plateau with view of glaciers. There is Kara-Kel lake which means «Black» on altitude 1950m.
14 July. Hiking to the road, crossing Chuya river on bridge. Transfer to Chibit. Accommodation in lodge. Banya.
15 July. Transfer to Barnaul.