National Park Repose zone of Ukok and the gorge of Karagem-Argut

TRIP DESCRIPTION: The Ukok plateau is a dive into the world of the virgin nature and the powerful energy. To reach the Plateau the road runs along the beautiful highway of Siberia – Chuisky highway. The journey impresses with its elegant landscapes, splendid countryside and mysterious places.

The Ukok plateau is a high, beautiful mountains with a maximum height of 4 374. Tour to Ukok plateau by ATV will begin with safety instructions and distribution of equipment. The route starts from Kosh-Agach to the village of Dzhazator (140 km). Tour to Ukok plateau is along  the border area and participants will pass the check on the way.

The assistance of our team will manage all the duties of the day from navigation to camp preparation and any other need in such situation. The trip is indicated for real explorers in good health conditions that can adapt to the virgin area totally wild and with no human establishment on the way. Not extreme conditions but good capacity to adapt to this kind of trip.

JOURNEY to Ukok Plateau – ALTAI mountains by ATV

Journey by ATV   15/6-26/6 * 06/7-17/7 * 10/8-21/8

General information Time difference is 4 hours
Flight: Moscow – Gorno-Altaisk and Gorno-Altaisk-Moscow
Number of days: 12 days
Number of participants5-10 ATV + 2 ATV tour leader, interpreter and chef
Equipment:ATV (QUAD)
Price: 2 pax on ATV 2500 euros per person 1 pax on ATV 2780 euros per person
The price includes:- Transfer airport-hotel-airport in Moscow - Accommodation in 3* hotel in Moscow - Flight Moscow- Gorno-Altaisk-Moscow - All transfers - All activities by the itinerary - Full board - ATV - Group equipment (tents, kitchen equipment) - Chef - Professional instructors - Interpreter - Insurance - Satellite phone

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Day 1
Arrival in Moscow. Transfer to the hotel. Accommodation in 3* hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Meeting and acquaintance with the participants of the expedition.

Day 2
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, a city tour around Moscow with a visit to the Red Square, Kremlin area, and the Sparrow Hills observation platform. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, transfer to the airport and flight to Gorno-Altaisk.
Day 3
Meeting the group at the airport in Gorno-Altaisk. The trip starts with a journey along the main traffic route of the Altai Mountains – the Chuisky highway. Overnight at the tour base on the bank of the river Chuya.
Day 4
Chuya river – the village of Kosh-Agach – river Tarkhata source of Teplyy Klyuch
Moving to the village of Kosh-Agach where the participants get safety instructions, distribution of products and equipment. The beginning of the active part of the journey on Quad bikes. The group leaves Kosh-Agach and starts moving along the dirt road toward the village of Dzhazator. The road passes through the border area, where it is mandatory to have a passport and permit check. While travelling, we will be passing a number of beautiful lakes: Tarutinskoye, Perlukah-Nur, Karakul, Tunguru. Overnight stop at the Tepliy Kluch (Warm Springs). In the evening we will take a walk and you’ll have a marvelous view of the Saylyugem ridge in glow of the setting sun. Nearby, among the mountain ranges, lies the pass of Tsagan-Daban, were you can get to Mongolia. Overnight in a camp prepared by the staff.
Day 5
Teply Kluch (Warm springs) – Teply Kluch pass (2900 m) – river Kalguty- Goose Lake
In the morning there is the opportunity to take a bath in the spring water (+12 to +20 degrees). We continue the journey through a beautiful panorama landscape. Ahead stretches a hilly plateau. Ukok Plateau is covered with hundreds of lakes with water ranging from turquoise to bluish-black in color and a web of milky rivers. The water shimmers in the sun and the plateau seems to be golden. Descending the pass, we move along the mountain pass of Tabyn-Bogdo-Ola, which means “Five Sacred Peaks”, the name that, according to legends, was given by Genghis Khan. One of the peaks, mount Nayramdal (4374 m), is the second highest in Siberia, after Belukha. Many locals believe that at the foot of the Tabyn-Bogdo-Ola is the entrance to the legendary Shambhala. Overnight in a campsite on the bank of Goose Lake. Dinner around a campfire.
Day 6
Goose Lake – the river AK-Halacha – the White lake
In the morning we continue along the plateau. On the way, we get to inspect the archaeological monuments of different eras. Examination of the burial place of the “Princess of Altai” – a unique and sensational finding from the Pazyryk culture. Then the path will take us past the frontier to the extraordinary beautiful White Lake. With sufficient experience of group members, in the morning, you will be able to travel for a photo-shoot to the gorge of the Kara-Chad and feel the breath of the mountains and power of the glaciers. In the gorge is the Nayramdal mountain (4374 m), on the right side of the valley – snow-capped peaks of the southern Altai ridge height to 4000 meters. Overnight in the basecamp on the bank of the White Lake. Dinner around the campfire.

Day 7
The White Lake – the river Ak-Alakha – lake Kaldzhin-Kul
You will find a fascinating wilderness with numerous fords and various obstacles. The path runs past the border, to the lake Kaldzhin-Kul. In summer, the gentle green grass surrounds the lake, which reflects the snow-white mountains, blue sky and clouds.
Day 8
Rest day
Hiking to a nearby lake, Kaldzhin Kul-Bas, or a viewing from a height of 2624 m. Option to stay by the lake. On the river flowing into the lake is an excellent fishing spot. On a hot summer day you can swim.
Day 9
Lake Kaldzhin-Kul lake – the river AK-alakha – tract Tashan – river Akkol
Rest day is over and our journey continues again. Again cross the heart of the Ukok Plateau, and the river Kalguty. You will get to see the ancient Bertekskoy petroglyphs, which are over 4700 years old. It is necessary to overcome the steep and difficult ascent to the observation altitude (2600 m) to get a wide view of the plateau. The effort is worth it. The observation height offers a magnificent panorama of the Ukok plateau; a plateau with peaks of snow that pierce the sky. The descent to the meeting point of the Ak-Alakha and Akkol rivers. Overnight on the bank of the river Akkol. Dinner around a campfire.
Day 10
The river Akkol – Bigamous pass (2843 m) – the river Ilderem river Dzhazator village Dzhazator
In the morning, we leave the valley of river Akkol and climb towards the pass Bogomaz (2843 m). Along the way we can meet the friendly herders, the Kazakhs, with flocks of sheep, goats and yaks. The ascent is not difficult, but long. Throw a farewell glance at the Tabyn-Bogdo-Ola and begin the descent. Descend from the pass along the picturesque banks of the river Ilderem, covered with a carpet of flowers and herbs, to the river Dzhazator. We travel along the river, down to the village of Dzhazator. Overnight in tents at the basecamp.
Day 11
Gorno-Altaisk
Car transfer to Gorno-Altaisk. On the way, sightseeing of historical and natural attractions. We will arrive late. Accommodation in hotel with all amenities included.

Day 12
Early morning transfer to the airport and flight to Moscow. Flight home.