Less is More in Altai is a unique camp hotel surrounded by wild nature. Our campsite is located far from the bustle of popular tourist routes on a meadow overlooking the Yedygem mountain river surrounded by boreal forests.
Set in a unique and beautiful location, the camp offers comfortable accommodations in wild nature with extensive opportunities for trekking, including a wide range of tours of varying difficulty.
We have comfortable accommodations that can simultaneously accept up to 14 guests. There are a total of 6 canvas tent cabins built on wooden platforms with comfortable distance between the cabins.
The tents have a cozy design and come complete with wood burning stove, king size bed and everything necessary to accommodate 2-3 adults. Each tent features magnificent views of the Kurkure waterfall and the Belukha and Delone mountain peaks.
In addition to sleeping accommodations, the camp features a spacious lounge area under a marquee tent for our guests to enjoy, a restaurant, and an area for relaxation and entertainment. We have our own chef and support staff. A cozy fireplace for get-togethers has been set up in a nearby forest.
Just imagine how after a long hard day of trekking you can relax in a cedar barrel hot tub enjoying the sunset and the star-filled night sky.
Our tour starts when the tourist group arrives at the Gorno-Altaysk airport. After a short ride to the helicopter depot, a helicopter will take you to the camp.
The flight aboard an MI-8 helicopter lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes. On your way you will be able to see stunning views of alpine peaks of the Katunsky mountain ridge and the Belukha peak. Upon arrival, the group will be greeted by the manager of the camp who will show you your accommodations.
During the second part of the day you can rest after the long trip or take a look around the camp and its surroundings. At dinner, your guide will tell you about the schedule for the following day.
For the first trek, we selected an optimum route of 10 km with moderate difficulty. The group will have time to get used to the mountainous environment and can appreciate spectacular sights along the way.
We will travel through the Altai taiga, and there will be an opportunity to go horseback riding.
The route takes you through forests and meadows, and you will have a chance to pick mushrooms and wild berries, such as honeyberries, blackcurrants, and woodland strawberries.
The trail will lead you to a scenic location with a majestic view of the Belukha peak and the Yedygem River Valley.
This is the day of the first major 16-km hike that will take you through mountainous taiga, meadows, and old moraines with low-growing trees and shrubs.
At the end of your trip, you will arrive at the spectacular Mensu waterfall. You will be hypnotized by the force of the water falling from a height of 15 meters; the sound of the waterfall can be heard from a distance. You will have time to relax by the waterfall; later we will stop for lunch at the edge of the forest and then head back to the camp.
You can go horseback riding near the camp or take a short horseback tour to the lower meadow; you can try your skills in archery using a competition bow, or play other outdoor games.
The second major trip will take us to the Kurkure River Valley. It is a 10-km hike that is considered the toughest trekking route of our entire journey.
After crossing the bridge over the Mensu River, we start our ascent taking wild animal trails in the direction of the mountain pass leading to the Kurkure Valley. From the top of the mountain pass we will have a splendid view of the entire Yedygem Valley sprawled beneath, and, naturally, our camp will also be visible.
After the descent, we will find ourselves in the closed-off Kurkure Valley. There is practically no human presence here, and for this reason the valley is inhabited by a range of different animals, including red deer and Siberian ibex. In spring, the river overflows creating a number of lakes. Our aim is to reach the second lake where we make a stop for a delicious lunch. We will take the same trail back to the camp to arrive by dinner time.
Idle day after a demanding hike.
This is the time to take a walk through the surrounding territory, pick berries, medicinal plants, and mushrooms. You can visit the Kurkure waterfall or, if you prefer to stay at the camp, enjoy the view of the waterfall from a hot water tub. A specially equipped observation area is set up near the camp where you can meditate, enjoy the views of Belukha Mountain, and watch the sunset.
The last major trek of our tour is the ascent to the nearby peak that offers new magnificent views of Belukha Mountain. On this day hikers will have a sample of a trekking experience similar to mountain climbing.
The ascent to the 500-600 m peak will take several hours. At the peak, we will enjoy magnificent views of the Yedygem Valley and the Mensu waterfall. Once we reach the top, we will have time to rest and have something to eat; the descent back to the camp will take the second part of the day. In the evening, there will be a festive dinner that will conclude your tour of Altai.
A helicopter will pick the group up at approximately 12:00 noon and take everyone to Gorno-Altaysk. On arrival, we will take you to the airport for a flight back home. If there are no connecting flights on that day, we will provide hotel accommodations at Gorno-Altaysk for one night.
Pickup at the airport of Gorno-Altaysk and convenient transfer by helicopter to the camp and back
Accommodation at the camp in comfortable tent cabins (max. 2 adults and 2 children under 16)
Kids under 7 stay free of charge
Young people traveling with their parents get a 50% discount
Meals from our chef
Daily trekking tours with a professional guide
You will not need money during your stay at the camp
* — The tour price does not include helicopter transportation
Kids under 16 get a discount
Free choice of dates.
We can arrange either a fixed-date tour or a custom tour with dates of your choice that offers a number of benefits.
Fill out the form or call us, and we will plan your custom tour together.
The camp is located in a remote and rarely visited area. The coordinates of the site: