Rating in Russia
$ 570

Trekking tour Towards the Aktru valley

min $ 570
Per person
Tour details
Destinations: Barnaul
Guide language: German, English, Russian
Price: min $ 570
Group size: min 6 — max 15
Duration: 8 days
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The destination of the Southern Altai is a poorly researched and virgin region which largely bears the characteristics of neighboring Mongolia. Bus part of the trip and staying in the mountains - it's a great opportunity to explore almost all natural zones of the Altai, from pine-hardwood forests reaching a narrow strip along the valley of the Katun River, the Mongolian steppe landscapes in the Kurai basin, to mountain taiga and snow and ice deserts in alpine zone.

The starting and ending point of our trip is Barnaul. Hence, we keep a road traveling to the south to Mongolia along the Chuysky tract, ancient trade route, through two passes to the Altai village Kurai (Altai Republic). Then, crossing the Kurai basin (1700m asl), we reach the valley of Aktru (North-Chuysky ridge). We rise to the ancient moraine, cross the glacial valley, reach the Aktru camping (2150m asl). This campground is located near a glacier Aktru surrounded by pine forest. You will stay in this welcoming mountain-glacial valley.


Total duration: 8 days/7 nights

Season: June-August

Tour mileage: 1360 km by bus, 44 km trekking

Number of people in a group: 6-15 pax

Age: 14+ (accompanied by adults)

Level of physical training: the tour is suitable for both experienced and non-experienced travelers


Day 1.

Arrival to Barnaul, meeting in the airport close to the arrival hall at 7 am, at the railway station close to the arrival/departure desk at 8 am. If you arrived on previous day, you will meet the group in the company office at 8.10 am (the address will be sent you personally).
Brief discussion of the tour. In case participants happen to have extra baggage they can store it in the office.

Transfer by bus (10 hrs) to the camp along Chuysky Tract via Seminsky and Chike-Taman Passes till Kurai Valley, crossing Kurai Basin (1700 m above the sea level) to reach moraine swel.

Accommodation in tents at the camp Perevalka


680 km by bus

*Breakfast and dinner not included


Day 2.

After breakfast the trekking part is starting, uphill along the river Aktru. Accommodation in tents close to the camp of rescue team (2150 m above the sea level).

At night to your service banya, on the bank of a small lake Sachki, covered by ice not rarely till Middle June, it's a great chance to cool down after steaming.

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast, lunch, dinner

9 km on foot


Day 3.

Trip to the Small Aktru glacier. 
Glacier length is about 3 km and an area is about 3 km2 in the valley between the peaks Kara-Tash and Kupol, a steep slope descending into the gorge. Ice thickness is about 92 meters. The glacier tongue is snowless, descends to an altitude of 2235 m, streams flow underneath uniting to a bigger stream flowing into Aktru river, it's sometimes called Little Aktru.

Light meal on the glassier. Descent to the campsite. 
Dinner by the camp fire. Free time

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

8 km on foot


Day 4.

After breakfast the participants leave for the Goluboye ("blue") lake. The route lies past the "ram foreheads" (vertical rocks). The Blue Lake (2900 m. asl) is dammed up by moraine. If the weather is good, Aktru Peak is visible. The ascent takes from 2 to 3 hours. Descent to the campsite.

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast and dinner on the fire, lunch snack

12 km on foot


Day 5.

Ascent to the Uchitel Pass (3100 m asl). At first the route goes across a pass, then along a rock crest, and then across huge snow bank to the peak. The group rests. Beautiful view on the Kurai hollow and adjacent ridges. Descent to the campsite. Russian banya. Party by the camp-fire.

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

6 km on foot


Day 6.

Free day to rest.
Outdoor games.

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast, lunch, dinner on fire


Day 7.

After breakfast the participants leave the hospitable Aktru gorge. Descent back to the camp Perevalka. Farewell camp-fire. Visit to a banya is possible.

Accommodation in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

9 km on foot, 80 km by bus


Day 8.

Back transfer by bus, arrival to Barnaul at about 7 pm.

Onwards stop at the spring Arzhaan-Suu. Water in the spring is filled with silver, copper and other mineral impurities, that's why it is stored for a long time and, most importantly, has beneficial effect on the metabolic processes in the body.

Near the spring there is a large market with souvenirs, where you can buy maps, books, art objects, items of cedar.

Breakfast on fire

600 km by bus

*Hotel, lunch and dinner not included


Tour price per person
500 € Price includes:

  • meeting in Barnaul airport
  • 1-2 instructors (tour guides, English or German speaking)
  • all transfers according to the program
  • meals according to the program
  • excursions according to the program
  • medical and accident insurance
  • equipment rent

Price does not include:

  • meals during transfers
  • transfer hotel – airport
  • transportation of luggage to Aktru camp by GAZ – 66
  • banya
  • accommodation in Barnaul hotels
  • personal expenses
  • alcohol drinks

Important Info

The tour is suitable for both experienced and non-experienced travelers. Daily routes (about 5 - 15 km) in a calm tempo require a normal physical form. From tourists expected: endurance, willingness to neglect the usual comfort and assistance in organizing the camp. We don't recommend the tour to people in need of constant medical supervision.

The program may change due to weather and other adverse conditions. The decision to change the route will be made by guide.

Provided equipment: Frame 2-3 person tents, rainfly, camp fire set and camp utensils, first aid kit; sleeping bags (on request), backpacks (on request), sleeping pads (on request). Equipment on request should be noted in application form.

Equipment for the tour: durable, warm, waterproof boots for hiking, sleeping bag for temperatures of 0˚ C, outfit for trekking (approximate list: fluff coat with hood, vest, waterproof windbreaker with hood, sweater, mittens, knitted wool hat), 90 - 110 liters rucksack, alpine mat. Vitamins are recommended. It is welcomed if the clients have their own equipment, but our equipment will be also available for them.

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Sayan Ring
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