Rest in the Altai Mountains
Everything in Altai! To the Altai Mountains! Perhaps, it is with such an appeal that this article should begin. Here there is almost everything for relaxation – mountains, forests, lakes, rivers, cozy hotel complexes and houses in the forest, as well as the fertile nature, which gives vacationers health and harmony.
Gorny Altai is a unique natural and recreational complex of Russia. This is a wonderful combination of picturesque mountain landscapes and diverse climatic zones, a journey through which will give a lot of impressions and enrich your horizons.
We found at least three reasons to visit Altai Mountains. So …
Extreme entertainment and eco-tourism
Mountain Altai offers excellent conditions for various types of recreation – rafting, caving, mountain climbing, multi-day trekking tours (hiking).
Rafting or boating, one of the most popular types of recreation in Altai. Clear, business, nature favors – rivers of the lake, lakes and rivers. There are more than 20 thousand of them in the Altai Mountains! The most famous are lakes – Aya, Teletskoye, Manzherok, rivers – Katun, Charysh, Biya. As part of water activities and rafting, guests are offered river rafting and boat trips on Lake Teletskoye, which is known as the pearl of Gorny Altai.
Rafting in the Altai Mountains
The variety of rivers in the Altai Mountains allows you to go on multi-day rafting tours of various difficulty levels (up to 5th grade).
The most common rafting on the Katun River and its right tributary – Chuya. Wonderful mountain scenery, clean air and adrenaline await you.
Also in the Altai Mountains speleotourism is developed: in the territory of the region there are more than four hundred caves. You can choose an underground route of any complexity, from simple to extreme, combined with mountaineering and speleological diving.
For those who want to enjoy the untouched nature, the region offers many hiking trails. So horse trails allow you to explore remote areas of the Altai Mountains, access to which is almost impossible by road, for example Karakol lakes.
Hunting and fishing
Mountain Altai has long attracted hunters and fishermen.
The duration of hunting tours is from one to ten days. Hunters live in tents, hunting lodges or camper vans, and move on horses or on foot. If you don’t have your own gun, you can rent it. As a trophy you can get deer, mountain goat, bear, wild boar, wolf, fur-bearing animal. By the way, the cost of such tours is usually already included primary processing of trophies.
Fishing in the Altai Mountains
The most humane and modern type of hunting is, of course, Photohunting – a type of bloodless hunting acceptable for lovers of fauna. Quite an interesting form of recreation in view of the fact that rare species of animals are found on the territory of Gorny Altai. Throughout the tour, a photo hunter is accompanied by an experienced huntsman who knows the habitats of rare animal species. The duration of such tours is from 4 to 10 days.
The Katun River, Chulyshman, Biya, Lake Teletskoye, as well as alpine lakes are famous for their fish wealth. Among valuable fish in the Altai Mountains, taimen, grayling and burbot are common. The best time for fishing is from August to October. In late June – early July, you can catch grayling in Katun, in its estuaries – tributaries. All equipment – fishing equipment, a boat, fishing rods, tents, can be rented.
Do you like fishing, but is it far to the Altai Mountains? Then choose one of the fishing bases in the Astrakhan region and the problem is solved. We advise you to choose the Penny base, conveniently located in a picturesque place in the Volga delta.
In Altai Mountains, excellent conditions have been created for equestrian tourism. Most routes pass through picturesque places where riders enjoy the most beautiful mountain and forest landscapes.
It is possible to understand how rich and diverse Gorny Altai is only on horseback routes – dwarf birches are adjacent to mighty cedars, and colorful flower meadows with mountain snowfields are immobile accumulations of snow in places protected from wind and sun.
Horse tours in the Altai Mountains
Horse hikes, passing through the Altai taiga, are perfect for lovers of excursion holidays with elements of extreme sports. Equestrian horseback riding tours are offered for beginner riders. For experienced – tracks of increased difficulty.