Captivating Altai Tour
Horseback Riding and Trekking Adventure to the Foot of Mount Belukha
in the Katon-Karagay National Park
Difficulty Level
7 / 9 days
Captivating Altai Tour
Horseback Riding and Trekking Adventure to the Foot of Mount Belukha in the Katon-Karagay National Park
Difficulty Level
7 / 9 days
Get ready to embark on an incredible journey to Eastern Kazakhstan, the Katon-Karagay National Park, and the Altai Mountains.
Visit this place of power to enjoy the beauty of untouched nature and the spirit of adventure in the mountains. You will encounter stunning landscapes, mountain lakes, waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks that will leave even the most experienced travelers in awe. The route is designed for people with moderate physical fitness. Riding skills are welcomed. The route is group-based, and joining the tour on guaranteed dates is possible.
*the guide may adjust the program based on weather conditions and the overall technical and physical readiness of the entire group.
Day 1
Meet the guide in Ust-Kamenogorsk. Drive to the village of Karaairyk (Yazyovka). We will pass through the villages of Katon-Karagay and Uryl, where we will get a border pass, and lose connection there.

Travel distance: ~450 km.
Meals: Roadside cafes.

Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 2
Early breakfast, departure to Lake Yazevoy via a dirt road, where the territory of the Katon-Karagay National Park begins. Saddle up the horses, and the path to the old winter quarters of Sarsenbay will pass along the lake, marshy terrain (200m), and the valley of the Belaya Berel River. After lunch at Sarsenbay's house, the road goes between fir and cedar trees, along the thickets of currants, blueberries, and honeysuckle bushes.

Along the way, we will stop near the "Devil's" bridge over the Belaya Berel River, a wooden bridge built in 1938.

For dinner, we arrive at the Kokkol waterfall in the Altay-pro Base Camp.

Horseback riding distance: ~34 km.
Altitude of the base camp: 1925 m.
Overnight stay in tents.
Day 3
Radial hike to the sacred place of Kyndyk-Tas (Prayer Stone), which many call Roerich's Stone. There we will have a stunning view of the Bolshoy Berelsky Glacier and, if lucky, Mount Belukha. All around is covered in red-listed flowers.

Along the way, we will pass through an easy ford and swim in Lake Tyoploye.

If desired, the length of the route can be increased.

Day trekking distance: ~10 km.
Elevation gain: +400 m.
Overnight stay in tents.

Day 4
In the morning, we will have a radial hike to Lake Ravnovesiya. We will pass through berry thickets and won't be able to tear ourselves away from the currants. Around us are mountains covered with coniferous forests, transitioning into alpine meadows. From Lake Ravnovesiya, we will have a unique view of Mount Belukha, which is reflected in the lake on clear days.

If desired, we can climb one of the three peaks around Lake Ravnovesiya - Vera, Nadezhda, and Lyubov.

After lunch, we will have a radial hike to the Kok-Kol waterfall near the Altay-pro camp. Kok-Kol is the largest mountain waterfall in Altai. The roar of the waterfall, the "golden hour" at sunset, and the forest behind us will create an unforgettable Altai experience.

There will be time to gather dry wood and branches that can be used for a bath or campfire. A guitar is available in the camp.

Day trekking distance: ~7-10 km.
Elevation gain: +300 m.

Overnight stay in tents.

Day 5
Radial hike to the Upper Camp (Molybdenum Mine).
We will cross the Malaya Kokkol River, walk along Lake Kokkol and an old road laid along moraine deposits.

We will come to a pass where there is an open-air museum - an ore enrichment plant, barracks, mining equipment, locomotive, diesel, ore carts, and the remains of a Ford car.

We will take a walk in the surroundings before returning to the camp for a final dinner and summary of the journey.

Day trekking distance: ~16 km.
Day 6
Horseback descent to Lake Yazevoy, and then by car to the village of Karaairyk (Yazyovka).

Horseback riding distance: ~34 km.
Overnight stay in a guesthouse.

Day 7
Return to the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Along the way, we can stop at the Berel Kurgans. In this kurgan, jewelry was found that later became the basis for the reconstruction of the "Golden Man," the third in Kazakhstan.

Travel distance: ~450 km.

Arrival in the city around 20:00.

700 $
— is the cost of a 7-day trekking tour. The 9-day tour is priced at 900$ per person. Spots are limited, and booking is confirmed with a 30% non-refundable prepayment.

The route is group-based, and it is possible to join on guaranteed dates. We can also develop a personalized program to fit your interests and needs.
The cost of the trip includes:
  • Meals and accommodation throughout the journey
  • Guiding services
  • Horse rental
  • Bathhouse (firewood for the bathhouse is prepared on site)
  • Electricity at the base camp
  • Satellite communication at the base camp
  • Entrance tickets to the Katon-Karagay National Park
  • Border zone pass
  • All transfers and transportation
The cost of the trip does not include:
  • Air tickets to and from Ust-Kamenogorsk
  • Personal expenses (such as souvenirs, cedar nuts, tea, honey, etc.)
  • Travel insurance policy for accidents and emergencies
  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Sleeping bag (comfortable to -10°C)
  • Trekking backpack (60-90L) with a waterproof cover to protect against rain
  • Waterproof bag for documents and valuables
  • Trekking poles
  • Pillow for horseback riding (40x60, up to 10cm high)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Power bank
  • Water bottle and thermos (0.7L)
Clothing and Footwear
  • Waterproof hiking boots (rubber boots or hiking boots)
  • Extra footwear for camp (sneakers)
  • Windproof and waterproof (membrane) clothing
  • Durable raincoat
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat and neck warmer
  • Thermal underwear
  • Warm clothing: jacket, pants (ski winter suit with insulation), warm gloves, insulated mittens
  • Socks for trekking (or sports)
Personal Hygiene and Medications
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, blister plasters
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Personal first aid kit (the guide carries a large group first aid kit, but tourists must have the necessary amount of medication for their chronic illnesses)
  • Towel
  • Toothpaste + toothbrush
  • Soap, shampoo, etc.
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Lighter
Documents and Other
  • Passport or identification card, money, medical insurance
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Swimwear
If you have any special dietary preferences (such as being a vegetarian) or allergies to certain foods, please let us know. We will take this into account when preparing the menu.

If you have any chronic illnesses, please inform us when booking the tour. Necessary individual medications should be included in your personal first aid kit, as our first aid kit may not have the medications you need.
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