Day 2. Wonders of Chuisky Trakt (continuation)
After crossing the Ulaganskoye Plateau and the Kuraisky Ridge, we'll land in the Chuiskaya Steppe
- the coldest and most arid location in Altai. Its semi-deserts and highlands are more typical for neighboring Mongolia rather than Altai mountain ridges with stretches of coniferous forests and cascading rivers. In the outskirts of the steppe we'll visit the Kyzyl-Chin River valley
. Due to its surreal geologic features embracing a various kind of red hues and extremely similar to Mars landscapes, this site is also called Mars
. Sculptured by powers of nature millions of years ago these formations originated long before the birth of the Altai Mountains. Here we'll start our bus route along the Chuisky Trakt
, the famous mountain road in the Altai, appeared long ago as a caravan road between Siberia, Central Asia and eventually China and Middle East.
Moving further along the Chuisky Trakt we'll arrive to the Kuraiskaya Steppe.
This location provides the astounding scenes of Altai. Snow capped Severo-Chuisky mountain ridge,
ascending to the 4,000 m (13,000 ft) above the see level, and winding silver band of the Chuya River will evoke your heart. This extremely magnificent site will be the very appropriate place for the lunch.
Afterwards we'll explore small mountainous Geizernoye Lake
in forest. It has unusual patterns on turquoise surface due to air bubbles on its bottom.
We'll immerse into history and mythology of ancient inhabitants of the Altai Mountains while exploring rock drawings of Kalbak-Tash site.
We'll need to have a stop to admire with confluence of two grandiose rivers of Altai - the Katun and Chuya merging
Precipitously rocks so-called boms
will ascend above the road on the whole itinerary of our trip along the Chuisky Trakt.
The final point of the bus route will be Inegen Lodge
situated not far from the confluence of the Katun and Chuya rivers in a scenic valley. We will descend to the lodge from the top of a breathtaking windswept pass.
After check-in into the lodge you will immerse in nomadic culture and lifestyle. You will enjoy the traditional Altaic cuisine
based on cereals, meat and milk products. Later you will guest in the ail
- national dwelling of Altaians. The gripping concert of Altai throat singing
will be a fitting end of the day, full of adventures and emotions.
Deep vibrating sounds of various intensity and hues performed by a kaichi
- master of throat singing in front of the fire, will evoke transcendental feelings in your soul and make you realize soleness and unlimited eternity of this Universe.
Overnight at Inegen