One of my clients Lesley and I travelled to Altai Mountains in Russia in August 2018.
We have been on a 10-day Altai Overview Tour Starting and finishing in Novosibirsk (Capital of Siberia in Russia).
We have had an amazing time. It was a guided tour, we used Tour Basis for overnights, moved every 2 nights to another Tour Base (usually moved across the mountains to another river valley ) and had radial hiking tours from each Base.
We have chosen to stay in a tent, there was a choice of staying in a hut as well. Last stop we had at Lake Teletskoye or Golden Lake (largest in Altai). All the sites we have seen are magnificent.
Here is Lesley’s account of our wonderful trip:
We were collected for our adventure by a small tour bus and then travelled overnight before arriving at our first tour base along the Chusky Tract in the Altai Region.
Surrounded by glorious mountain and river scenery, our tour base provided basic facilities, as did the other tour bases we encountered. Other equipment provided was basic. Meals were very basic camp fare.
The activities planned daily were far from basic. We were treated to magnificent sights at every turn. Soaring , snow-capped mountains. Huge, rushing rivers. Waterfalls. Glaciers. Rock structures. Fascinating local towns. Animal life. Vegetation of every type.
Our cook, tour guide and driver looked after us every step of the way. Some challenging hiking tested us, but also brought us to yet more wonderful places to see.
Our small group of travel companions became our second family, a very enjoyable feature of the tour.
Our tour ended at the beautiful Lake Teletskoye. The old hotel accommodation here seemed like 5 star and we enjoyed having shower and bathroom facilities after our camping.
Our return coach trip was relatively comfortable, allowing us to see different parts of the countryside and some of the other interesting larger cities.