Isn't it dangerous to go for rafting in Altay?
It is not dangerous. If you follow all instructions and rules that you need to follow during active tours. Our guides and instructors have got a 20-year experience and are Masters of Sport in adventure tourism. They pay a thorough attention to the safety measures during tours and support tourists every minute of their rafting. Besides the main raft a supportive raft with instructors will be accompaning you. If you follow the advice and behave in the right way on the water you will enjoy rafting and will come back home full of emotions.
What is included in the tour's price?
In tour's price the following things are usually included: guides and instructors' work, equipment rental (raft, tent, helmet, paddle, life vest, drey bags). We usually charge money for a dry-suit and do not include it into the price because sometimes tourists take it with themselves. Meal prepared on fire with the help of the instructors is also included. It also refers to transfers from Novosibirsk/Barnaul-Altay-Novosibirsk/Barnaul and medical insurance that covers a tick's bite.
The following expences are usually not included into the price: flights to and back Novosibirsk or Barnaul (the starting points), accommodation in hotels before and after the tour, extra services such as individual sightseeing tours that are not included into the program or other services. A more detailed information you can find on our page Extra services.
Can you describe the payment way, please?
Let us talk about the payment ways and payment rules our company follows. As to the payment ways: we would like to offer you three types of payment: via our PayPal address , via our bank account that we send you in your correspondence or in cash in our Prague office. Any of the payment types are acceptable.
If we are talking about payment rules they are the following: when ordering a tour you need to make a prepayment. We need it because we need to book a tour for you and make all arangements. On the date you decide that you order a tour we sign an agreement with you and you make a 50% prepayment according to three types of the payment described above. 20 days before your tour starts we shall kindly ask you to make the second payment part - the rest 50% of the tour's price.
I need a Russian visa to get to Altay. How can I get it and is it diffucult?
In order to visit Russia every foreign tourist needs to get a Russian tourist visa. To get it will not be so difficult; the only thing is you thoroughly need to prepare all the documents that each Russian Embassy or Consulate requires. All tinformation you will be able to find on our page Visa to Russia.
Can I take my children with me?
You sure can. However their participation in active tours depend on the type of the tour and the age of your kid. There are tours for experience adventures, for instance, river rafting on Chuya river. This rafting demands a lot of experience because of the difficult IV-V grades rapids.
However there are tours that are appropriate for families with kids. River rafting on Lower Katun, 7 days/6 nights will allow you to take your children with you. The tour is not exhausting, not diffucult, contains rafting through easy rapids and comportable accommodation in campings' cottages.
There are also sightseeing or relaxing tours at cottages near Katun river's bank where you and your kids can have a nice time and enjoy your summer holidays in Altay Mountains.
Can I order a private escorted tour if I did not find any tour that suits my demands?
If you did not find any tour that you like to participate in then it is the high time you ordered an individual tour either for you alone or for a group you are coming with. Individual tours might be the most interesting and suitable tours for your needs. We can make them combined - combined tours are the most interesting. You can experience different types of emotions: take part in river rafting and feel Altay from water; take a hourseback riding tour to rise up in the mountains; you even can order a helicopter that will take you to the peak of the highest mountain Belukha. In a word you can order everyhing you want - we shall meet all your requirements because we want you to fall in love with Altay.
What is it that attracts people in Altay?
Have you ever dreamt of visiting Tibet? Or Nepal? We are sure you have. Altay is the same piece of cake but it is closer and it is in Russia - double experience. Altay is the favorite place of Nikolay Roerich - a Russian mystic, painter, philosopher, scientist, writer, traveler, and public figure known all over the world.
Altay is power, spirit, health and freedom. Each human being looks for these components of harmony and happiness. Visit Altay - you will find them here.
Besides Altay region is a very beautiful place and is full of sightseeing. If you are not fond of places of interest participate in active tours: river rafting, horseback riding, treking and climbing. Please, visit our pages to get more information: about Altay, places of interest, tours to Altay.
What is the best season of visiting Altay?
I am a little bit scared because I would like to go but I do not speak Russian at all.
If we invite you to see Altay it means that we take a responsibility for you and will make our best to make you feel very comfortable. Professional translators will be accompaning you from the starting point to the final minute of your travel. They will meet you at the airport, accompany you to the hotel or to the departure place; they will be with you during your transfer to Altay; they will take care of your accommodation, meal and rest; they will be together with you during the tour doesn't matter what kind of tour it is - rafting on the water or flying in the helicopter. They will be your shadow and your helpers.
How far is it from Novosibirsk or Barnaul to Altay Mountains?
It usually takes about 6-7 hours to get to Altay from Novosibirsk by car and about 3-4 hours to get there from Barnaul. "How will I get there?" - you might ask. Here you should not worry because once you decide to go to Altay Mountains you will not get lost - we shall be meeting you at the airport either in Novosibirsk or Barnaul and from that time you will feel comfortable and save during the whole time of your recreation.
How can I get to Altay?
You can get to Altay by several ways: either by plane, or by train or even a car. The starting point to go to Altay is either Novosibirsk - the capital of Sibir - or Barnaul - the center of Altay region. Nowadays there are straight flights from Europe to Novosibirsk or Barnaul. You can easily get to Novosibirsk straight from Frankfurt-on-Main (S7 airlines) or from Prague (Czech airlines). From Asia China Southern Airlines will take you from Urumchi to Novosibirsk.
If you prefer visiting first the capital of Russia Moscow or spend a couple of days in the most beautiful city St. Petersburg then you will have to arrive in these cities first and then buy an air ticket that will take you directly to Novosibirsk or Barnaul.
- The flight "Moscow-Novosibirsk/Barnaul" will take you 4 hours;
- The flight "St. Petersburg-Novosibirsk/Barnaul" will take you 5 hours;
If you are fond or travelling by trains then you can also buy train tickets that will take you from Moscow or St. Petersbutg to the starting point - Novosibirsk or Barnaul. Be aware that this type of tavel will last not less than 48 hours.
What is Altay? Where is it located? I have never heard of this place before.
The Altay Mountains are a mountain range in central Asia, where Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan come together, and where the rivers Irtysh and Ob have their sources. The Altay Mountains are known as the original locus of the speakers of Turkic as well as other members of the proposed Altaic language group.The name, in Turkic Alytau or Altai, means Al (gold), tau (mount). The proposed Altaic language family takes its name from the mountain range.
The main and the largest city from which there is a road to Altay is Novosibirsk - the capital of Sibir. The second largest city is Barnaul. From this place you can also get to Altay.