facebook vk livejournal ETC Home Contact us ETC Sitemap
ETC: ecological tourism in Russia. To homepage.  
Rambler's Top100
Eng  |  Rus

Altai - Listening to the sky

Region: Altai 

The Altaian Mountains is a beautiful part of wildlife on the Earth. If you are interested in birds and mountains you may join our Bird Watching trip Listening to the sky. During the trip we may observe about 120 species of birds. Here you will be able to meet such rare species as Imperial Eagle, Sacer Falkon, Demoiselle Crane, Whooper Swan, endemic species Altai Snowcock, Brandta Mountain Finch, Pallass Rose Finch. Besides, such species as Bar Headed Goose, Ruddy Shelduck nest on the shores of beautiful unique alpine lakes. A very rare hunter - snow leopard lives on the alpine mountain ranges. If you are lucky enough, you will see the prints of his paws on the snow. The trip doesnt require you to be perfectly fit. Excursions in the wilderness during the day, different landscape, spending some nights in a tent all these will certainly help you to become closer to nature.

Our guides Birds checklist

Photogallery of tour:

Open big photo in new window
Open big photo in new window
The beautifulness of Altai region
Open big photo in new window

View all photos of the tour


1 day

Early morning arrival to Gorno-Altaysk. Breakfast. We will drive throw the Chuiskii Road to Seminskii Pass. We will make a stops for observing birds. Pass the night in the camp in the wooden houses. There is ceder's taiga, where we will have opportunity to see Crested Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhyncus orientalis, European Scops Owl Otus scops, Ural Owl Strix uralensis, Green Woodpecker Picus viridis, Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopus major, Red-spotted Bluethroat Luscinia svecica, Red-flanked Bluetail Tarsiger cyanurus, Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes and others.

2 Day

During our trip we will see changing various landscapes from forest to high rocks. We will walk along the small river with thin forest. There is the good places for nesting Pine Bunting Emberiza leucocephalos, Mistle Trush Turdus viscivorus, Ciconia nigra. Pass the night in the wooden houses in the camp.

3 Day

Aktash. Will will make an excursion to mountain lakes or forest, explore rocks. We might observe Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis, Black Stork Ciconia nigra, Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus, Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca and others. Pass the night in the wooden houses in the same camp.

4 Day

Transfer Aktash - Elangash river. Along the road watching birds of prey and inhabitants of the lakes in the Chuya river valley. Bird species: gray shrike, wheatear, pied wheatear, horned lark, gray-necked bunting, whooper swan, black-throated diver, bar-headed goose, steppe eagle etc. Overnight in tents.

5-6 Days

Aktash- the valley of river Elangash (Sougth-Chuyskii Range) There will be interesting road to the bottom if high mountain (2300-2500 m. above the see). The river is going from glaciers and create green valley among the high pics. There are alpine meadow and stone steep, rocks. There are could be observed Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi, Blakiston's Pipit Anthus spinoletta, Eastern Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros, Gipaetus barbatus, Hieraaetus pennatus, Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius, Red-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Isabelline Wheatear Oenanthe isabellina. The most interesting meeting could be with endemic Altaian species Altaiskii Ular - Tetraogallus altaicus. Pass the nights in the tent.

7 Day

We will come back to the Chuyskii Steep and lodging wooden small local houses in the camp. There are will be opportunity to have a sauna, to recharge cameras. We will visit nearby rocks and forest for birding.

8 Day

Excursion to the Chuyskii Steep. There is one of the most spectacular place, millions years ago there was ancient big lake creating by glaciers. The steep is surrounded by high mountain rangers. A lot of small lakes are in the steep now. There are Mongolian and Siberian fauna combined and we can observed interesting species: Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni, Syrrhaptes paradoxus, Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, Chettusia gregaria, Gallinago solitaria, as well Hooper Swan Cygnus cygnus, Botaurus stellaris, Ardea cinerea, Black Tern Chlidonias niger, Gavia stellata, White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus, Himantopus himantopus, Recurvirosta avosetta, Eremophila alpestris, Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia. Excursion to the valley of river Buguzun. We can observe the landscapes with alpine meadow and bushes. There is good places for nesting Upland Buzzard Buteo hemilasius, Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, Lagopus lagopus, Ciconia nigra, Gallinago solitaria, Pallas's Rosefinch Carpodacus roseus and even Tetraogallus altaicus. Pass the nights in the wooden houses in the camp. It will be possible to visit local museum in the village Kokorya if it will be interesting.

9 Day

Full day in the Elangsh valley. Overnight in tents.

10 Day

We are coming back to Chuiskii Road and remove to Karakolskaya valley, camp Uch-Enmek. There are mountains more smaller ( 2000-2500 m) and we could see beautiful larch forest. For local people there is sacred place with ancient history, national park is organized here. There are a lot of petrogliphs ancient pictures on the stones. There we could meet Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus, Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis, Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, Emberiza buchanani, Turdus viscivorus, Phylloscopus inornatus. Pass the nights in the wooden houses in the camp.

11 Day

We will go on to remove to plaint part of Altai. Our next camp is situated near the river on the border of mountains, we could visit the rocks with colonia of Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni, Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus, Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo, Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus, Falco cherrug. We will summarize the trip and exchange our impressions. We will relaxe in the sauna and prepare to the last day of travelling.

12 Day

Departing to Gorno-Altaysk.


Number of PAX 4
PRICE, RUB per PAX 123 000
land transportation, accommodation, meals, rent of the equipment, insurance, private guide and driver.
Airtickets Moscow-Gorno-Altaysk-Moscow, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses



General info:


tents, guest houses






Dates Reserved Free

© Ecological Travel Center, 1998-2017
Rambler's Top100 @Mail.ru