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Trip Schedule • Altai - Russia
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Chuya / Katun Whitewater Kayak Expedition

Duration: 6-8 days
Difficulty: Class 2-3 (4)
Timeframe: July-August
Location: Altai, Southern Siberia, Russia
Expedition style: Multiday partially self-support run
Accommodation: Camp
Start from/return to: Barnaul or Novosibirsk

Day 1-2. Arrive Barnaul/Novosibirsk, drive to the Altai Mountains.
Day 3. Paddle down the Chuya River (Class 3). One class 4/4- rapid (The Hippo) can be portaged if necessary. Light boats run, road is along the river.
Day 4. Paddle down the Chuya River till Katun confluence (Class 3). Two class 4/4- rapids (The Turbine and The Horizon) can be portaged if necessary. Light boats run, road is along the river.
Day 5-7. Paddle down the big and playful lower Katun River to Chemal village (Class 2-3). Partially self-support run (at least one night without road alongside).
Day 8. Drive back to Barnaul/Novosibirsk.

Shavla / Argut / Katun Whitewater Kayak Expedition

Duration: 8-10 days
Difficulty: Class 3-4
Timeframe: July-August
Location: Altai, Southern Siberia, Russia
Expedition style: Multiday self-support run
Accommodation: Camp
Start from/return to: Barnaul or Novosibirsk

Day 1-2. Arrive Barnaul/Novosibirsk, drive to the Altai Mountains.
Day 3. Warm up on the Chuya River (Class 3/4- ). One-day run, light boats, road is along the river.
Day 4. Drive to the Shavla River. There will be a few kilometers trek down to the river from the road head.
Day 5. Rest & Relax. A trek to see famous Shavla Lakes is highly recommended.
Day 6-7. Paddle the Shavla River till Argut confluence (Class 3-4) and then the lower stretch of the Argut River till Katun confluence (Class 3). 2-day self-support run in a narrow uninhabited gorge.
Day 8-9. Meet the car at the Katun River near Chuya confluence. Paddle down the big and playful lower Katun River to Chemal village (Class 2-3).
Day 10. Drive back to Barnaul/Novosibirsk.

Karagem / Argut / Katun Whitewater Kayak Expedition

Duration: 12-14 days
Difficulty: Class 4-5
Timeframe: July-August
Location: Altai, Southern Siberia, Russia
Expedition style: Multiday self-support run
Accommodation: Camp
Start from/return to: Barnaul or Novosibirsk

Day 1-2. Arrive Barnaul/Novosibirsk, drive to the Altai Mountains.
Day 3. Warm up on the Chuya River (Class 3/4-). One-day run, light boats, road is along the river.
Day 4. Drive to the Karagem River. Depending on the road conditions, there may be a few kilometers trek down to the river.
Day 5-6. Paddle the Karagem River till Argut confluence (Class 4-5). 2-day self-support run in a narrow uninhabited gorge.
Day 7. Meet the car at the Argut confluence. Rest & Relax. Can be topped with a trek to see the class 6 Karagem Breach of Argut.
Day 8-10. Paddle down the gorges of the powerful Argut River till Katun confluence (Class 4-5). 3-day self-support run in some of the most remote gorges of the Central Altai.
Day 11-12. Meet the car at the Katun River near Chuya confluence. Paddle down the big and playful lower Katun River to Chemal village (Class 2-3).
Day 13. Spare day.
Day 14. Drive back to Barnaul/Novosibirsk.

Chulyshman / Bashkaus Whitewater Kayak Expedition

Duration: 12-14 days
Difficulty: Class 4-5
Timeframe: July-August
Location: Altai, Southern Siberia, Russia
Expedition style: Multiday self-support runs
Accommodation: Camp
Start from/return to: Barnaul or Novosibirsk

Day 1-2. Arrive Barnaul/Novosibirsk, drive to the Altai Mountains.
Day 3. Warm up on the Chuya River (Class 3/4-). One-day run, light boats, road is along the river.
Day 4. Warm up in the canyons of the upper Bashkaus River (Class 3/4-). Half-day run, light boats, but no road along. Drive to the Chulyshman River.
Day 5-6. Paddle Yazula gorge of the Chulyshman River (Class 4-5). 2-day self-support run. While self-supported, the road head is still a few hours walk away.
Day 7. Drive to the Bashkaus River. Rest & Relax.
Day 8. Paddle down the middle Bashkaus River (Class 2-3), reaching the Lower Gorge. This starts a 4(5)-day completely self-support run.
Day 9-11. Paddle the Lower Gorge of the Bashkaus (Class 5). 3(4)-day self-support run in an almost inaccessible and extremely impressive and beautiful gorge.
Day 12. Spare day.
Day 13-14. Drive back to Barnaul/Novosibirsk. If there's some spare time, it might be possible to run Majoy gorge of the Chuya River on the way back (one-day light boats run, high volume Class 5/5+).

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