LEISURE Newsletter, February 2019

Altai – the precious pearl of Russia, the land of colossal mountains, great rivers and lakes, authentic traditions and beliefs. UNESCO declared it as Nature World Heritage site. We are pleased to introduce you to this magnificent region where you can find the program meeting any of your interests and wishes – whether you would like to rest and relax, or get an active tour, or meet local tribes for cultural experience.

Helen Isaeva

Altai Region

Altai Region Altai region is famous for its rolling foothills, grasslands, lakes, rivers and mountains. The region’s climate is severe, with long cold dry winters and with hot, usually dry, summers. The confluence of two important rivers in Altai – Biya and Katun, form the region’s main waterway and one of the largest rivers in Siberia – Ob. The biggest lakes in Altai are Lake Kulundinskoye, Lake Kuchukskoye, and Lake Mikhaylovskoye.
Altai RegionAltai Republic is located in the very center of Asia at the junction of Siberian taiga, the Kazakh steppes and semi-deserts of Mongolia. It is a mountainous terrain with an extremely picturesque landscape, the "Russian Tibet" in the center of Eurasia, where several states, natural zones and cultural worlds meet.
Altai RegionAltai region has abundant amounts of raw materials, especially those used in construction, as well as it has significant mineral reserves. These include nonferrous metals, lead and iron ores, manganese, tungsten, molybdenum, bauxite, and gold. Forests cover about 60,000 km² of the region’s land.
The Altai region is one of the wildest and most interesting parts of southern Russia. It is a varied region with forest, steppes, wild river, lakes, deserts, snow capped mountain and abundant wildlife.
Altai RegionThe Altai bees (Apis mellifera) are endurant towards the cold climate of Altai and are renowned for producing some of the world’s finest organic honeys. Historically, the people of Atai used honey as a method of payment to the Russian Tsars.
Altai has cultural and national traditions that may be of interest for such fields of science as archaeology, folklore, linguistics, history and others.
UNESCO has listed such unique natural sites as Lake Teletskoye, Belukha Mountain, Altai and Katun Natural Reserves, as the World Heritage site.

«Altay Village Teletskoe» - the best one of the beautiful eco-resorts in Russia

Altai Region Luxury Resort – «Altay Village Teletskoe» is located on the shore of the famous Teletskoye Lake, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The territory of the natural-health complex is surrounded by an endless mountain range, filled with pure coniferous air, a territory that combines untouched taiga, high-mountain meadows and turbulent mountain waterfalls. Due to the uniqueness of its location and high level of service Altay Village Teletskoe - this is surely the best 5 stars hotel in the Altai Mountains.

Altai RegionThe Resort has a fitness centre, a terrace and a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
The wellness area at the accommodation is comprised of a sauna and an indoor pool. A continental breakfast is available each morning at Altai Village Teletskoe.

Altai RegionAt the resort, rooms have a desk. All rooms are fitted with a coffee machine, while some have a balcony. The rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle.
All 20 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and 24-hour room service. Comforts include premium bedding and pillow menus, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches such as bathrobes and slippers.

Altai Region«Altay Village Teletskoe» offers its guests individual programs of active recreation. Amazing excursions (hellicopter ride, boat tour) and walks through the boundless expanses of Altay, fascinating fishing, climbing the peaks of the mountains, rafting along the mountain rivers, and in the winter riding on quad bikes, buggies and snowmobiles, Skating, Hockey, skiing, visit to Maral Nature reserve - observation of the life of red deer in their natural habitat.

Altai RegionDiscover the most inaccessible places of Altai and Teletskaya taiga. Conquer with us the reserved world of wildlife: crystal-clear rivers and lakes, picturesque waterfalls and shining mountain peaks, powerful taiga and ancient mounds, lush meadows and caves with rock paintings.

The unique health resort «Altay Village Teletskoe» is a combination of a pristine nature, its beauty and harmony.

Itinerary "Siberian Express" - Tour to the landmarks of the Altai Mountains for 10 days / 9 nights

Altai Region Day 1 - Welcome to Atlai.
Arrival at the Barnaul Airport, a short tour of the city. Visit to the State Museum of the history of literature and culture of Altai.
A shuttle bus to the Altai Mountains. A visit to the Museum of V. M. Shukshin. Souvenir market in the Srostki village.
Arrival at the tourist complex "Tursib". Dinner and rest.

Altai RegionDAY 2 – Valley of the Katun River
After breakfast you go for rafting down the Katun River or make a hiking to the Che-Chkysh Valley of Spirits (one of the programs for your choice). Picnic.
In the afternoon we go to the village of Chemal.
In the evening - live guitar campfire songs.

Altai RegionDAY 3 – The Mysteries of the Sacred Valley
After breakfast travel to Chuysky Tract - the most beautiful mountain highway of Russia.
In the afternoon- transfer to agro-tourist complex "Inegen". Dinner.

DAY 4 – In the valley of the snow leopard
In the morning – we ride horses. A small trekking to the mouth of the most inaccessible rivers of Altai - the Argut River. Picnic on the riverbank and fishing.
Return to the touristic complex, dinner and going to the bathhouse.

Altai RegionDAY 5 – To the snowy peaks of Altai
Today you are to get acquainted with the most interesting sights of the Chuysky Tract.
In the end of the day we will get into Kurai Steppe, where you could see a breathtaking panorama of the North-Chuisky ridge with the peaks of Aktru and Kurckureck (over 4 thousand meters).
In the evening we arrive to "The Chuysky Alps" camping. Dinner and going to the bathhouse.

Altai RegionDAY 6 – Canyon of the Chulyshman River
In the morning will be excursion to the Chui Stepp and visit a unique geological monument in the valley of the Kyzyl-Chin River.
After breakfast we make a long drive to the canyon of the Chulyshman River.
Walking descent from the pass and placing in the camping "Ezen". Dinner. Evening bonfire.

Altai RegionDAY 7 – Waterfalls of the valley of Chulyshman
Today we admire the waterfalls of the Chulyshman Valley. Walking tour to Uchar Waterfall (or Kurkure Waterfall).
In the evening - sitting around a traditional bonfire and going to the bathhouse.

DAY 8 – Stone Mushrooms and Golden Lake
In the morning we take a walk to the stone mushrooms. These are unusual formations, preserved since the Ice Age reminiscent of giant mushrooms.
Picnic on the lake bank.
Transfer across the entire area of Lake Teletskoye on a motorboat to its northern tip. Accommodation in a tourist complex. Dinner.

Altai RegionDAY 9 – Day of rest on the bank of Lake Teletskoye
This day is for silent and leisurely rest in hotel on the bank of the lake.

DAY 10 – Farewell to Altai
Early transfer to the airport of Barnaul.