This itinerary perfectly suits not just for whitewater rafting fans but also for trekking fans. Trekking goes through the Katun range, the main and the highest massif of the Altai mountains. The Itinerary shows you picturesque localities of Belukha mountain – the highest mountain of the Altai and Siberia. Lake Kucherlinskoye is full of iced very beautiful blue-green color water. The peaks of the main range rise above water surface of the lake.
Nicholas Roerich loved this place and devoted many pictures to the Altai. But you will learn more about it in Nicholas Roerich Museum in the village Verh-Uimon. Some people think that mysterious Shambala is hidden somewhere in these places.
The Katun is equal in its beauty and power to other floating rivers of Russia. Whatever reach of the river you choose you will be captivated by power and beauty of these places. You will overcome III-IV class rapids Akkemsky proryv, Ilgumen, Shabash, Kadrinskaya truba and others. The professional guides will help you to overcome all these obstacles, to enjoy and experience adrenaline buzz. You will remember all the moments of risk, team cohesion, triumph of victory and will become a fan of whitewater. Rafting on the Katun is unforgettable experience, which will boost your energy and health.
Several horses accompany the group to carry heavy load (tents, products etc). Itinerary doesn’t require special training but you should be ready for some work loads, you go with camera and small backpack.


The 1st day Meeting at the airport or at the railroad station. Transportation by bus Barnaul – Ust-Kan, distance 650 km, trip takes about 10 hours. The road goes through the famous Chuysky and Uimon Highways, one can admire a glorious landscapes of the Altai mountains. The route goes through two picturesque Seminsky and Chike-Taman passes. Several breaks for lunch and in Srostki village, homeland of V. Shukshin, are provided. Camping
The 2nd day The Auto tour continues. The road goes along the river Cox with crystal water, and overcomes the Gromotuha pass. Visiting Nicholas Roerich Museum. Lunch. Arrival in the Tungur village. Camping on the Katun banks, base Uch-Sumer. Accommodation in little houses is available.
The 3d day Start of the active part of the tour. Transportation by car (UAZ) to Elan. Here the road ends and hiking path starts. Loading of horses. The path goes through the Kucherela river. Overnight at the specially equipped stop on the bank of the river.
The 4th day Trekking to lake Kucherlinskoye. From moraine one can admire glorious view of lake Kucherlinskoye which is surrounded by mountains with sharply white snowy peaks and dense softwood forests. Overnight on the picturesque bank of the river.
The 5th day Rest day. Swimming. Banya is available.
The 6th day Early climb. Trip down to the lake. Returning to the camp
The 7th day On the bank of the river the group prepares for the rafting, listens safety instruction, learns how to use equipment. Guides fully prepare all the equipment. There are no serious obstacles during first 10 km so that enables tourists to learn how to control the raft. Overnight at the mouth of the Akkem river.
The 8th day Team overcomes one of the most difficult rapids of the Katun – Akkemskiy proryv. Reconnaissance and obligatory insurance are provided. Stop at the mouth of the Argut where one can visit the Museum of water tourism in the open air.
The 9th day The day of calm rafting on the M. Yaloman river. Beautiful views of the mountains, joining the Chuya river.
The 10th day Big day, just in an hour there is the Ilgumensky rapid (IV class.), it is 500 meters long and its water-wave is up to 3 meters high. Then the extended rapid Kadrinskaya truba follows (IV class) rafting distance is 23 km.
The 11th day There is a serious obstacle – Shabash rapid. You have an option to go round the rapid down the river bank. This adventure will make team’s blood boil! Several powerful riffles go further. Rafting distance is 20 km. Overnight is near crystal river. Visiting the rock engravings.
The 12th day This day rafting will take 4 hours. Passing the Ajulinsky rapid III class. Itinerary ends not far from Kujus village. Transportation to Barnaul.


June – September

Tour Price

80 000 rub (not less than 8 people)
Prepayment 20% not later than 30 days before beginning of the tour. The full amount is due on the first day of the tour at the latest

In case of refusal from the tour within 7 days before its beginning, the deposit won’t be returned

Extent of itinerary

Auto – 800+450 km

Rafting – 50 km, trekking 40 km

Weather conditions

The temperature +12- +30 precipitations are possible

Tour Price includes

  • Transport: all transfers according to the program
  • A 3-course meal
  • The lease of specific rafting outfit (raft, helmets, life jackets, paddles, water resistant bags for personal staff, Tents)
  • Professional guides, cookers
  • Rental payment of the horses
  • Medical insurance

Tour Price doesn’t include

  • Meal during the trip to the beginning of rafting and return journey in Barnaul.
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Accommodation in hotel and tourists complexes
  • Personal expenses

Personal equipment

Each participant should have sports bag, shoes and wetsuit for the rafting, windproof suit, jogging suit, raincoat, a couple of T-shirts, thermal underwear, sweater, jogging shoes, three - four pairs of socks, caps, sunglasses, swimsuit, shorts or tights, personal hygiene items, cameras, torch, specific medications, etc.


  • Professional Cooking is provided. Only fresh vegetables are used.
  • Raft, equipment, camping (fire pits, tents, tables) are provided by guides.
  • Reconnaissance of rapids, providing of insurance and safety, rescue operation are performed by guides
  • One can lease necessary additional equipment – wetsuit, shoes for rafting.
  • Satellite-link communication and radio set are provided
  • During the trip carrying of load and equipment down the river bank is available, depending on weather conditions and skills of group
  • The schedule of the tour can be changed in accordance with group requests before the beginning of the tour
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