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Altai trekking to Shavla lake

Dates: 20-29 July 2023
(per person)
60000 rub
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
Excludes:visa fees
accommodation in Barnaul
renting of personal equipment
travel insurance
drinks and extra charges in hotels
cafe and personal expenses in city and on the road
Length: 1200km by car, 100km on foot
Start from Barnaul
level: 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:
trekking 2018
trekking 2017

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 comfort temperature to 0+5 celsius), sleeping pad
- 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

day description km
1 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. 600
2 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. 12
3 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.
4 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. 7
5 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. 17
6 Return to Shabaga river. Hiking in the valley of coniferous trees. 10
7 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. 18
8 Day hike in Karakabak valley. 12
9 Hiking along Maashey river to Chuya valley, views to glaciers of Maashey-bashi mountain. 15
10 Hiking to the road, crossing Chuya river on bridge. Transfer to Chibit. Accommodation in lodge. Banya. 10


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