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Horse Riding Tour - Exploring West Altai

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You will be spending 5 days on horseback visiting one of the most beautiful nooks of Kazakh Altai: The West Altai Nature Reserve and its surroundings. Seldom visited due to the simple fact that no . .
Country: Kazakhstan
City: Ust Kamenogorsk
Duration: 6 Day(s) - 5 Night(s)
Tour Category: Adventure Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99
Package Itinerary

You will be spending 5 days on horseback visiting one of the most beautiful nooks of Kazakh Altai: The West Altai Nature Reserve and its surroundings. Seldom visited due to the simple fact that no one knows about it, this is a place of spectacular natural treasures like the high-altitude wildflower heaven of Radon Lake, and the sculptural Stone Fairy Tale formations right on the border with Russia, a sight that even locals rarely get to visit

Day 1. Ust-Kamenogorsk Kazakhstan

The arrival of the flight. Meeting and transfer to Klimovka eco-hotel. Dinner. Overnight (Klimovka).

Day 2. Klimovka Kazakhstan

Breakfast. Hit the road. The trail passes through two high-altitude zones from deciduous forest to Alpine meadows. Length of the hike - 13 km. Camp will be stay in the upper zone of the forest, among the age-old cedar on the shore of a small mountain creek. At an altitude of 1900 m. – dinner cooked on fire, overnight in tents.

Day 3. Ozerny pass Kazakhstan

8.00-9.00 Breakfast cooked on the fire.

9.00 -The radial route to the Ozerny pass (2300 m). Horse riding along the trail in the area of rocks and glaciers, at the beginning of the route Alpine and subalpine meadows, then the trail goes on the stone slopes.

We will pass two small lakes. Next, the trail takes us to the pass, which overlooks the valley of the river Gromotuha. We will reach Fish Lake. This is the only lake in the Ivanovo range in which fish is found, hence the name. On the left side, we will see the lake of Meteorites with its steep dry shores.

From the lake, the fish originates the river of the lake, and behind it, we will see the Golden Mount, which is the main benchmark in Maloulbinskoe reservoir. It will open to us from a bird's eye view. Lunch on the way. In the evening we stay at the camp. Dinner is cooked over a campfire. Night in camp. Length of the hike - 17 km

Day 4. West-Altai Reserve Kazakhstan

Breakfast. Taking off on the route through the West-Altai Reserve to the cordon 'Black Uba'. The total length of the route is 28 km. The elevation range is 1021 meters – 1600 meters – 1021 meters

Today, we will get to conquer the Lineyskiy Ridge, the natural watershed between the rivers Black and White Uba.

The pass is covered with dense cedar-spruce forests hiding noisy mountain rivers and marshy valleys. We will see the unique contrasts of natural landscapes. Then, though afar, we will see the amazing granite ensemble 'Stone Fairy Tale'. With their quaint sculptural forms, the stone blocks of up to 35 meters resemble magical people and animals. Lunch cooked over a campfire

We go out into the valley of the river Black Uba and approach the reserve inspector's house. Now it is time to cook hot lunch, make some tea, and relax. This time, we will have our dinner cooked on the stove. In the evening we stay at the camp. Rest.

Day 5. Klimovka Kazakhstan

Breakfast. Today we again storm the Lineysky pass overlooking the Koksinsky ridge (marking the border of Kazakhstan with the Russian Federation). Lunch is cooked over a campfire.

We descend into the valley of the Belaya Uba River and return to the hospitable Klimovka. Dinner. Rest

Day 6. Klimovka Kazakhstan Breakfast. Getting ready for the road. Transfer to Ust-Kamenogorsk


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1. Accommodation - 2 nights at eco-hotel Klimovka, accommodation in guest houses and hunting lodges on the route (please note the availability of minimum amenities; somewhere instead of beds there will be wooden flats and sleeping bags) or accommodation in the camp

2. Transportation according to the program

3. English-speaking guide-driver services

4. Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges), pass to the border zone

5. Full board

6. Potable water 1L per person per day

7. Horse rental


1. Accommodation in Ust-Kamenogorsk, if required

2. Meals not indicated in the program and/or not included in the tour price

3. Photo and video charges

4. Visa support and registration on the territory of Kazakhstan, if required

5. Personal expenses and other expenses not indicated in the program

Please Note:

• Price of the tour may vary depending on the number of tourists;

• The time of departure from Ust-Kamenogorsk and arrival in Ust-Kamenogorsk is indicative and cannot be considered a mandatory item of the program;

• The time and procedure for providing tourist services declared in the program may vary with the preservation of their volume and quality;

• The company reserves the right to change the itinerary, as well as the time of tourists' stay on the route under unfavorable weather conditions in order to ensure the safety of tourists

• Entering this region requires a pass since this place is a border area. The registration process takes 14 days. Please consider this when submitting an application

What to Bring:

Shoes- tough sole trainers, mountain boots, a cap or Panama, hat, sun cream, sunglasses.

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