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ROUTE TYPE: equestrian, ecological.

LENGTH: 1,600 km

DURATION: 14 days / 13 nights.

SEASON: June - August

CATEGORY OF TOURISTS: Adults, teenagers.

NAME OF MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL ITEMS: Ust-Kamenogorsk city - Katon-Karagai village - Akkaynar village (Chernovoe) - forest cordon Jambas – Maral Lake - forest cordon Zhailau Zhaysanbai - Yazev Lake - Kokkol Waterfall - Rakhmanov Lake - Berel village- Katon-Karagai village- Ust-Kamenogorsk city.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: Clothes for hot and cool weather, bathing accessories, backpack, tracking shoes, sunglasses, repellents, photo and video equipment, fishing tackle, lining on the saddle.

COST: From 3500 €

Altay forestry

DAY 1. Ust-Kamenogorsk - Katon-Karagai.

The journey begins in the administrative center of East Kazakhstan region - Ust-Kamenogorsk city. Guests are greeted with a welcome breakfast or lunch at the "Caravan" restaurant, located on the picturesque embankment of the main waterway of the region - the Irtysh River. After tasting dishes of national and European cuisine, tourists travel along the Zyryanovsk highway towards the Katon-Karagai district. On the way, they can enjoy the views of the mountainous landscapes of the Osinovsky Pass, the Coasts of the Bukhtarma Reservoir, expanse of the steppes that surround the village Ulken Naryn. For a five-hour trip, travelers will have the opportunity to see almost all natural areas, except perhaps the deserts and alpine meadows. After a long drive, all participants will have dinner and rest in the Katon-Karagai village.


DAY 2. Akkaynar - Zhambas.

After a delicious breakfast in Katon-Karagai, the travelers of the expedition go to the village of Akkaynar by cars, where the horse journey begins. Riding four-legged friends, tourists accompanied by the rangers of the Katon-Karagai National Park go to the forest cordon of Zhambas. The approximate distance to the cordon is twenty kilometers. Throughout the journey, the riders watch views of the mountain forests of the southern Altai. In the evening the caravan will reach a small house with a sunbed, table and stove. While the chef prepares dinner, and guides prepare lodging for the night (they set up tents, if guests want to spend the night in a tent, melt the stove, unload food and stuff), travelers will have enough time to capture the surrounding nature with photo or video equipment.

Maralye lake

DAY 3. Zhambas - The Maral Lake.

After breakfast, the horse group will continue the journey to the Maral Lake. From the cordon of Zhambas to the lake about 25 kilometers. All this time the riders will observe the grandeur of the landscapes of the Katon-Kargai region. Possible meeting with animals - the inhabitants of these magical places. After a day transition through the green thickets travelers will reach the lake, which is called the Maral Lake. There is also a forest cordon. While accompanying prepares all the necessary for rest, dinner and overnight, guests will have the opportunity to carefully explore the shores of a quiet Altaic reservoir. If they desired uncover fishing gear and try themselves as a fishermen. Or, if the weather permits, plunge into the cool calm waters of the Maral Lake.


DAY 4. The Maral Lake - the forest cordon Zhailau Zhaisanbay.

In the morning, after breakfast, tourists say goodbye to the lake and go on a long journey. On the way to the next forest cordon, which ready to take our group for the night, here opens an amazing view up to the queen of Altai - the Belukha Mountain. This will be the first acquaintance with a snow-white beauty. Every day the caravan will be closer to it, until, after a few day's journeys, we do not find ourselves at its foot. But it will be a little later. Meanwhile, the riders continue to admire the natural diversity and amazing peace that reigns in the Katon-Karagai Mountains. Upon arrival at the Zhailau Zhaisanbay cordon, tourists will have the chance again to spend the night in tents or in a small house that can protect them from any weather surprises.

Yazevoye lake

DAY 5. Zhailau Zhaysanbay - Yazev Lake.

What an adventure without a little bit of adrenaline? The transition between the forest cordon of Zhailau Zhaysanbai and the Yazev Lake is not an easy one, because there are steep slopes and swamps. For experienced guides who know perfectly safe paths, this is not a problem. But for a group of guests this transition can give a few exciting moments to the trip. But at the end of the transition the travelers will be rewarded. Upon arrival at the designated point, they are expected to get acquainted with the famous lake, which is called from the fish inhabiting these waters. On the lake travelers are waiting for two guest and garden houses, bathhouse, a nice dinner and walks on the lake.

Yazevoye lake camp

DAY 6. On the Yazev Lake.

All day the group of travelers will be able to the study of the vicinity of the Yazev Lake. Someone can try to catch yaz, someone decides to plunge into clean water. After lunch, tourists will be invited to take a short walk to the waterfall on the Yazev River. The waterfall is small, but the nature surrounding it compensates for all efforts spent on this small trip. Another evening on the shore of the Yazev Lake will allow you to admire the views of the majestic Belukha.

riding to White Berel

DAY 7. The Yazev Lake - Lower Camp.

Rest on the Yazev Lake is over. The equestrian group awaits a further path. The caravan moves north to the foot of Belukha. The road is long (about 65 km.), but interesting. Riders will move along the rocky slopes of the White Berel River, named so because of the color of the stream. For all time of transition tourists can see many traces of bears, marmots, wild boars. Travelers are waiting for transitions through the "milk" river, meeting with old structures, such as the bridge, which was built in 1938. The purpose of the journey will be reached in the evening twilight. Some time will be spent on the breakdown of the campground. Then a dinner and exciting gatherings at the campfire.

Lake of Equilibrium

DAY 8. The Kokkol Waterfall and the Lake of Equilibrium.

The day is devoted to exploring the natural sights surrounding the Kazakh slopes of Belukha. The first object of the visit is the waterfall on the Kokkol River. Before lunch, travelers will be impressed by the beauty of the rainbow spray, flying at the foot of the overflowing stream. These splashes saturate the air for many meters around, so that it's not only easy and pleasant to breathe here, but it's also good for your health. In the afternoon, the guests are waiting for three sisters - the mountains of Hope, Faith, Love and the quiet lake of Equilibrium stretched between them. From the shore of the lake travelers will discover in all their glory the beautiful Belukha, eternally covered with snow. It will be a good time to get your cameras and replenish albums with magnificent pictures of mountain landscapes.

old mining

DAY 9. The Kokkol Lake and the old mining camp.

On this day, travelers have to plunge into the history. After breakfast, the riders will go on a tour of the abandoned Kokkol mine. The path to it lies near the eponymous lake. Upon arrival, tourists will have the opportunity to examine in detail the old buildings of the mine, which at the beginning of the last century produced tungsten. As exhibits of an open-air museum come out the remains of the car "Ford" left here, carts, concentrating factory, miner’s barracks, canteen, crushers and many other interesting objects. Naturally, this historical monument is also surrounded by the magnificent natural beauty of the Katon-Karagai National Park.

White Berel crossing

DAY 10. Lower Camp - Rakhmanov keys.

On this day, riders go to the south. The first part of the route lies along already familiar places before the wintering of Sarsenbai. Here, after lunch, the road of tourists turns to another celebrity of the local places - the Black Berel River. Finally, the long transition ends on the approaches to the majestic Rakhmanov Lake. Surrounded by high mountains on three sides, this lake impresses with the beauty of its beaches. However, the Rakhmanov Lake is dead. There is no fish or other living creatures in it. If desired, for a small extra charge you can make a tour of the shores of this amazing water body.

Berel district

DAY 11. Rakhmanov Keys - Berel.

This is the last day of equestrian travel. From the Rakhmanov Lake, the riding group leaves towards the village of Berel. After parting with four-legged friends, who accompanied us for a long time, the travelers are transplanted to automobiles. Ahead of tourists waiting for a historical monument Berel mounds. In one of them an international archaeological group discovered burials of the Saka nobility and many interesting objects of everyday life, decorated in the famous animal style. A museum was erected on the site of the find, in the walls of which the burial of ancient rulers was reconstructed. The further way leads the travelers to the Katon-Karagai village, where they are expected to rest after a long journey through the wild nature.

Bukhtarma reservoir

DAY 12. Katon-Karagai - Ust-Kamenogorsk city.

Day of departure from the hospitable Katon-Karagai region. The car will take tourists to Ust-Kamenogorsk. This time the route lies to the Vasiliev crossing through the Bukhtarma reservoir. On the ferry the group will cross the largest artificial reservoir of the east of Kazakhstan, created as a result of the construction of several hydroelectric power stations on the Irtysh River. Next, the travelers will continue their journey to the regional center along the Samara highway. Mountain serpentines, forest-covered gorges, steppes, settlements, bizarre rocks and flash past the window. If time allows, the travelers will be able to visit the temple complex Akbaur, located near the Ust-Kamenogorsk city and including an ancient observatory and many petroglyphs.

Etno village

DAY 3. Ust-Kamenogorsk city.

The day is devoted to acquaintance with the administrative center of the East Kazakhstan region. In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, tourists will be able to travel to Ust-Kamenogorsk HPP. The majestic dam, built in 1959, bewitches the look. This hydroelectric power plant has been supplying electricity for many years to the city itself and to many of the region's facilities. Under favorable weather conditions, tourists will have the opportunity to take a tour on a small boat on the Ust-Kamenogorsk reservoir. The next object of the visit will be the confluence of the two waterways of the city of the rivers Irtysh and Ulba. There is also a memorial stele erected in memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War. After lunch in the cafe "Caravan" travelers will visit the ethno-park, where they will see samples of military equipment of the past, watch the animals of the East Kazakhstan region in the ZOO, look into the national dwellings of the peoples inhabiting the region in ethno-village. Also, the group will be able to make an exit to the shopping center for the purchase of memorable souvenirs.

Welcome to East Kazakhstan

14 ДЕНЬ. Departure.

Day fees and farewell to our dear guests.


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