KAZAKHSTAN ALTAI HORSE RIDE, 15 days, from 2590 USD, Kazakhstan

Visiting Altai regions, you come to Ancient Shamballa's Kingdom. Shamballa is the centre of high evolutionary energies, so it is the source of all our religions.The most beautifull landscapes of Altai can tell you many secrets about Shamballa's Kingdom.

The Belukha is the highest snowcapped peak of the Altai Mountians area consisting from divided saddle Western (4440м) and East White whale (4506м). Glaciers on its slopes, a total area 70 sq.km, initiate sources of surprisingly beautiful rivers on Altai like Katun, White Berel. Since 1995, Belukha is object of the Worldwide heritage of UNESCO.

On one of legends occuring in Asia, mountain the Belukha is future Northern Shamballa. We suggest you to make unforgettable travel to bottom of this majestic, possessing special magnetism and bewitching beauty, top, where step by step on the front of you will open extremely rich and unique natural world with elements of a cultural heritage of ancient and modern epoch.Kazakhstan Altai Mountians, with its blue open skies and its magnificent mountains, really is the quintessential land of the horse trek. This is a region of dramatic landscapes - of snow-capped mountains, turquoise rivers, beautiful lakes in the great meadow of Land of Shamballa-Altai Mountians. A trip that will inspire and open your eyes to the uninterrupted wilderness of a beautiful country dotted with beautiful and generous people.

  • 1

    Arrive Almaty

    Meet in Almaty airport and transfer to 3* hotel. After lunch, the tour route will take you to the Medeo Gorge, where you will have a brief stop on the huge Medeo dam, which protects the city from destructive mudflows formed on the tops of the western Tien Shan. On the top of the dam, at the altitude of 1733 meters above sea level, you will enjoy an amazing panorama of the largest high mountain skating rink in the world – Medeo, surrounded by wonderful mountains of Trans-Ili Alatau.Overnight in 3* hotel.
  • 2

    Fly to Oskemen-Kazakh Altai

    After early breakfast, transfer to airport and take a flight to Oskemen (about 2 hrs) (Eastern Kazakhstan-Altai). Transfer to 3* hotel .Some logistic things through Immigration office and Border Policy.Free day.(B,L,D)
  • 3

    Drive to Katon-Karagay Nat.Park (350kms, 6-7hrs)

    Today we start our driving in small comfortable bus towards Katon-Karagay Nat.Park by paved road. After few hours drive by small hills with some forest area(180kms), we reach the water basin-Buhtarma, where Russian big old boat will take us with our cars to bring other side of water basin. It is grade opportunity to enjoy with beautyfull views. The water basin formed by Bukhtarma dam for hydroelectric power station on river Irtysh. It's filling has begun in 1960 and in 1966 carries out long-term regulation of a drain. The area - 5500 sq.km, the greatest width is 35 kms and average depth is 9,6 m. After 30 min traveling with big boat,we drive to west(180kms). Reach BW-Altai camp and meet local horserangers. Overnight in wooden house.(B,L,D) Overnight in BW-Altai camp.
  • 4

    Horse Ride to Tarbagatai Mountian

    Early the next morning we will begin preparations for our journey. It will take some time to load the pack horses and to allocate horses to everyone. All expedition tents and food including personal baggage will be carried by pack horses. Clients are asked to pack as lightly as possible to lessen the burden on the animals. It is also a good idea to have waterproof packs in case of rain. The ride itself is over some difficult areas but the scenery is spectacular. And we start our riding to south by Tarbagatia Mountian. Our horses will take us by snowcapped high mountain area with Siberian forest. Overnight in wooden house. (5-6hrs)(B,L,D)
  • 5

    Horse ride along river Kara Koba

    Today we turn to east by valley of Kara Koba river. On the left side,Tarbagatia Mountian.Tarbagatai means “with Marmot". Ride between the forested hills and the crystal blue expanse of water and reach the pass (2868m),where Kara Koba(to west) and Archat (to east) rivers begin. Overnight in tent. (40kms), (B,L,D)
  • 6

    Horse ride down river Tautekeli

    Trek down a valley with patches of larch forests and reach the meeting place of Tautekeli and Bukhtarma rivers, where we pitch camp. Overnight in tent. (15kms), (B,L,D)
  • 7

    Horse ride to lake Bukhtarma

    Full day trek up through the dramatic steppe valley along the river that drains from the Bukhtarma lake. Our impressive horse caravan comes out to the open mountain steppe valley of this lake . We pitch camp on the shores of Bukhtarma Lake. On the south you can see the beautifull snow capped Ontustik Mountian,which is border line between Kazakhstan and China. We are now a mere 10km from the Russian border on the east. A fishing rod comes handy here. The largest subspecies of Altai Grayling (Thymallus arcticus) is easily fished here. The numerous Great Cormorants in the vicinity are a good indicator that there is plentiful of fish in the lakes and rivers. Overnight in tent.(25kms), (B,L,D)
  • 8-9

    Horse ride by Ush-Kol area and reach Belukha glaciers

    We have allocated two full days for the crossing of the Altai Mountain range, which is a total of a mere 62km. First day, we will pitch camp before the Ush kol area. For sure, big game such as Snow Leopards and its prey species, live here, but they are extremely difficult to get to see. Perhaps there are Brown Bear, Elks and Altai Snowcock, the highest living bird. Next day, we will do our trek and have the broad views of famous Belukha Peaks (4506m). Pitch camp just on the front of Belukha glaciers and remain two nights. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)
  • 10

    Rest day

    It is a stunning setting with the awe-inspiring massif of high snow capped peaks. For a full day we will make day hikes to the Belukha glaciers. Overnight in tent. (B,L,D)
  • 11

    Come down lake Yazovoe

    Today we ride horses down towards lake Yazovoe. On the right side-high steep mountain is border line between Russia and Kazakhstan. Beauty and magnificence of taiga lake amazes. The name of lake has happened from the name a fish - Yaz. This fish lives in the lake. Overnight in wooden house or in tent near lake. (B,L,D)
  • 12

    Drive back to BW-Altai camp

    Today we send back a horses and drive to BW-Altai camp (60kms, 3-4hrs). On the way we visit the waterfall on Yazevoya river. Overnight in wooden house. (B,L,D)
  • 13

    Drive to Oskemen

    After breakfast, our car takes you to small local airport in Katon-Karagai village. And we will fly by small airplane AN-12 few hours and reach centre of Kazakhstan Altai- Oskemen. Flying on Russian aircraft over Kazakh Altai land, you have a chance to see and enjoy by beauty of landscapes with wild big lakes like Zaisan and Bukhtarma. Have a lunch and city sightseeings. Visit local museum and mosque. (B,L,D)
  • 14

    Fly to Almaty

    Transfer to Oskemen airport and take a flight to Almaty.Transfer to 3*hotel. After lunch, we will see city major attractions: Central State Museum, Palace of President, Republic Square and Monument of Independence, Astana Square, and Central Mosque. Dinner in Kazakh Traditional restaurant. Overnight in 3* hotel. (B,L,D)
  • 15

    Depart Almaty

    After breakfast, transfer to Almaty airport and depart Almaty.

Some recommendations Summer months in Russian Altai are from early June to mid September. Although summers are hot and dry with occasional rain, the temperature can fluctuate as much 20 degrees centigrade between day and night. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
What to bring Binoculars, sunscreen, a hat, gloves, long underware for travel in the high mountains, comfortable footware, lip balm, sanitary hand wipes, sunglasses, prescription medications (if needed), rain gear, flashlight.
Staff A local guide who speaks English, Russian and Kazakh will accompany the group at all times. A cook will follow, with an assistant.In addition, the services of the local herdsmen will be hired along with their animals. The horsemen follow a traditional lifestyle in the areas where we will be riding.
Meals Our cook will prepare the meals. We pride ourselves in having cooks adapt to both western and local cooking on our trips. There are always vegetables available, and we have no problem accommodating vegetarians on our trips.
My price is from 2590$ (min 2 people)
Includes English speaking guide, 3 meals per day. All overnights in hotel, camp and tents, camping equipment and all local transport / ALA-Oskemen-ALA flights /, riding and packing horses, all Border and National park permits.
Excludes Drinks, lunch and dinner in Almaty, airport tax on departure, laundry. Single room/tent/ger supplement is USD 30 per night.
DATES 2017

If there is enough participants, this expedition can be done any time during the period from the beginning of June through early October.