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Altai Mountains with the Siberian shaman Ahamkara

Bus trip to Siberia

11.07.2024 - 13.07.2024
We will visit Karakol — 7 mountains lakes.

14.07.2024 - 15.07.2024
We will travel to a place with many petroglyph. Learn more

16.07.2024 - 18.07.2024
We will visit Tyungur and Belukha Mountain. Learn more

19.07.2024
We will leave Altai. In the morning we will be taken to Barnaul. We will arrive at Barnaul airport later in the evening.

20.07.2024
Early morning flight from Barnaul.

Price: € 1350


Petroglyphs
Altai, without exaggeration, can be called a country of petroglyphs. In Altai they are found almost everywhere.

Petroglyphs have been known to the local population as "bichiktu-kai" or "bichiktu-Boom" - painted by a rock. Often the "bichiktu-kai" which have been preserved not only show drawings but also inscriptions, usually rune. A similar petroglyph name as "inscriptions" were distributed in Siberia in the 18th and 19th century.

Kalbak-Tash
The petroglyphic complex Yalbak-Tash (Kalbak-Tash) is one of the largest concentration of rock paintings in the Altai Mountains, from different periods (Bronze Age till the period of ethnographic age). Studies in the 70/80-ies of the complex generated enormous interest throughout the scientific world for this monument.
Researchers estimate "Kalbak-Tash" has ca. 8000 figures and inscriptions. Among them are shapes of various animals as ungulates and predators carved on the smooth rock surface with runic inscriptions, drawn by the migrating, ancient Turkic. Under a large rock monolith with pictures apparently the altar of sacrifice was placed. These days, this place is still a cult object. The complex runic inscriptions are the largest within Russia.

Chuya and Katun rivers
Two majestic rivers, two shrines of the Altai Mountains, Chuya and Katun, they must have met, and this happened exactly here.
The confluence of these rivers since ancient times is a holy and revered place in Altai. This place even got its own name - “Chui-Oozi”, which is translated from Altai language “the estuary of the Chuya River”.
Since ancient times, people have been drawn to this place, majestic rivers inspired and fascinated.
And in our time it remains one of the most popular attractions on the Chuysky tract. Easy accessibility contributes to this, a river confluence is located a few hundred meters from the highway, you can drive directly to the observation deck by car.
On the nearest mountain ledge near Katun, through which the Chuysky tract passes, there is a gazebo, around which ritual white ribbons — dyalamas are tied on trees, and stones are laid nearby in small slides — obo tash. Everything suggests that even now this place is especially revered among the indigenous people
Tyungur
The village of Tyungur is located on the left bank of the Katun River, opposite the confluence of the Kucherly River, 60 km from Ust-Koksa, 894 km from Novosibirsk. The distance from Biysk to Tungur is 572 km.

At the beginning of the village there is a suspension road bridge over Katun. The village is a fairly large tourist center.
Tyungur is the nearest settlement on the way to Belukha Mountain and the starting point of numerous mountain, hiking, horse and water tourist routes.
There are several tourist centers in the vicinity of Tungur, from which hiking trips to the Kucherlinskoe and Akkemskoye lakes, horseback riding, rafting and trekking to the foot of Belukha can be reached, which can be reached on foot, passing the Kuzuyak pass and then climbing up the Akkem river. Or on horseback and on foot - up the river Kucherla and over Karatyurek pass to Akkem Lake and the foot of Belukha. In the village you can rent horses for horseback riding or cargo delivery. Mountain honey from local apiaries are sold in Tungur shops.

At the entrance to the village of Tyungur, to the right of the highway on the banks of the Katun, there is a monument to Peter Sukhov, commander of the Red Guard detachment, defeated by the White Guards in August 1918. There is a post office in the village, mobile communications are working.

On the right bank of the Katun River, opposite the village of Tyungur, the Vysotnik camp site and the Tyungur camp site, which is part of the Kucherla tourist complex, are located. Experienced instructors specializing in a specific type of tourism (rafting, horseback riding, hiking, climbing) work at all camp sites.

The village of Tyungur is known far beyond the borders of the Altai Republic. From here begin hiking and climbing routes to the highest peak in Siberia — Belukha. Mount Baida rises above the village, on which you can take a sightseeing tour.

In the village, on the street Zarechnoy, d. 5, is the Directorate of the State Institution «Natural Park Belukha». Toponymy: The name of the village «Tunur» is translated from the Altai language as a shamanic tambourine.

Mount Belukha
We will stay near the village Tungur (translated from the Altai language: shamanic drum). We will see Belukha Mountain from a distance.

By Altaic legends, Belukha is the umbilical cord of the earth. Not accidentally, in Hindu mythology is precisely the Belukha mountain (Meru), on which rests the whole world.

There is a legend that tells that during a period on earth of earthquakes and floods, a war is going on, and many people will die. But in front of Belukha everything stops. From the mountains comes a woman. She will stop the war, and then the «golden world» begins. Interestingly, the Belukha is a mountain of a woman with a child.
According to the ecological traditions of the Altai, Russian, Kazakh population, all sources under Belukha are healing springs. Medical fields are yellow, gray, blue, white and red clay in the surrounding Belukha spurs. In the eyes of the local population has a belukha an aesthetic value. From it originated the most beautiful rivers of the Altai, here are the most popular natural features — lakes and waterfalls.

Modern mystics in the continuation of the teachings of Roerich believe that between the highest peak of Altai and the Himalayas is a certain energy bridge. They argue that it is energizing the people, contributing to longer life, youth, and even the attainment of immortality.
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