Altai adventures with Gabriela & Aleksander

Updated: May 18, 2021

WE ARE Alexander (Russia) and Gabriela (UK). We met on a 10 day trekking and white water rafting tour in the Altai back in 2012. I had just graduated from university, was gung-ho for adventure, and equipped with little more than a dozen memorized Russian phrases and expedition training dating back to my British RAF cadet days.

Aleksander, a rough and ready Russian wearing the standard Russian army issue telnyashka (stripy blue and white vest top), was one of my guides. I instantly took a liking to his sharp sense of orientation and fell into step with his military-like march. Eight years and many more experiences later, we’ve reunited to continue exploring what is colloquially known as the “Russian Alps” or “Siberian Switzerland” to share this with those equally afflicted by wanderlust; those wishing to experience real, rugged adventures and the sheer expanse and beauty of some of Russia's wildest nature.

Aleksander has over 15 years experience as an outdoors instructor, which includes mountain, water, horseback and caving, among other activities. He has 9 years experience leading white water rafting tours along rivers in the Altai. Me — Gabriela — I’m slowly qualifying for my outdoor instructor training. In the meantime, I’m the team’s virtual and on-the-ground interpreter, as well as online presence-pusher 🤙🏿 We are able to organize group and individual tours by foot, raft, horse, 4x4 or rope.

Here’s a taste of upcoming tours we have: 🌊MAY 🌊 — All month long we’re christening the start of the active tourism season and ice thaw with white water rafting! Our remaining tour dates this month: 23-25 & 28-30 inclusive. Rafting of the lower and/or middle part of the Altai Republic’s main artery — the longest and widest river –– Katun. For those who have never white water rafted, we recommend the slightly less challenging lower stretch. Prices range from 12-18,000 rubles.

1-7 June, June 25-July 2

Aktru (4044 m; 4 radial hikes — near the border with Mongolia; the third highest peak in the Republic) — 35,000 rub up to 6 people; 45,000 individual/couple (i.e. personalized tour)

1-7 JuneValley of Maashei (Its highest peak standing at 4177 m — the second highest peak after Belukha; the latter is otherwise colloquially referred to as the Everest of Siberia) — 25,000 rub 4-6 people; 35,000 personalized

1-7 June Shavlinskie Lakes (2164 m above sea level — among Russia’s Top 10 most gorgeous lakes) — 30,000 rub 4-6 people; 40,000 personalized.

1-7 June Combined tour: Seminsky Pass. Climbing to the highest point; Mount Sarlyk at 2507 m (3 days - a more accessible peak that is also less populated with other trekkers) 10,000 rub in a group; 12,000 personalized + 🚣🏻‍♂️ rafting of Lower Katun (3 days) — 12,000. Combined price: 18,000 rub in a group; 20,000 personalized. 11-14 June 🌊White water rafting (lower and/or middle Katun) 12-18,000 rub — BY DEMAND. 17-23 June 🕉️Yoga Escape 🕉️ Seven days of Hatha yoga. Accommodation in yurts, daily yoga sessions. Excursions: Mendur-Sookon village, Museum of History and Life of the Altai People (or to the local history museum of Ust-Kan village). Hike up to the “White Stone” cave, an archeological site. Excursion to the River Kumir. Camping in tents, yoga, mini rafting (1 rapid) experience. 55,000 rub in a group; 70,000 personalized

📍All routes are registered with the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. 📍 As part of the tour price, we can provide tents if necessary. 📍The tour price includes travel from the village of Ust-Muny and back, accommodation at camp(s)/hostel(s), meals on the route, the instructors’ guidance, excursions, and equipment. Participants should make their own way to Novosibirsk or Gorno-Altaysk. From there, we can arrange to collect you.

📍 For all tours, participants should be fairly active in everyday life. Email us at, DM us via our Instagram page @siberianadventurers or WhatsApp📞+7 968 740 00 99 for more details! Also follow us on IG to stay tuned on further tours coming up (July and August)!

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