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11 Day The Ukok Plateau Guided BMW Motorcycle Tour in Altai Mountains, Siberia, Russia

Barnaul, Barnaul Urban Okrug, Altai Krai, Russia

Mysterious Motorcycle Tour Russia

Locals say that Tableland "Ukok" in Altay is a place of power and one of the most mysterious places in the Altay Mountains, the West Siberia region of Asian Russia. The Ukok is located just between the borders of Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and China. It is recognized as part of the UNESCO as an important environmental treasure. The itinerary is designed for well-trained pilots and is estimated at the fourth-fifth level of difficulty (out of six). The tour is worth riding because it combines the beauty of nature, the history of this region and, of course, great motorcycle experience. In the tour, you will bathe in a radon spring, see cave drawings that are almost 14,000 years old, visit the shores of the purest lakes, where you will have a chance to catch a grayling. But what is more important, you will explore the most beautiful and inaccessible places in the world. We are looking forward to seeing you on the mysterious Ukok Plateau!

Key information

  • Bike: rental (BMW G650GS)
  • Terrain: 30% asphalt and 70% off-road
  • Mileage: 2,140 kilometers / 1,330 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 to 440 kilometers / 37 to 273 miles
  • Meals: all meals included

Meet the guides

Viktor
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Barnaul
  • Visit mysterious Ukok Plateau
  • Experience breathtaking mountain roads and passes
  • Service of two guides and a chef
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Visit numerous waterfalls
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Russian
Group size: 5-9 participants
Airport transfer included: Barnaul Airport
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Accommodation

The accommodation will be in hotels, guest-houses, and in tent-camps (four night). The basic price includes shared double or triple room. Single rooms are also available for an extra fee.

You will stay in Barnaul on nights one and 10.

Relax in Manzherok on night two.

Doze off in Ortolyk on night three.

Unwind in Dzumalinskiye Springs on night four.

Settle along the Ak-Alakha River area on night five.

Get comfortable in Dzhazator on nights six and seven.

Cozy accommodations wait for you in Chibit on night eight.

Have a well-earned rest in Belokurikha on night nine.

Program

Ukok means “the end of everything.” It is situated in the Russia, Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia borders’ cluster. You will visit the area between the borders of four countries which does not belong to any of them. However, it is obligatory to register long in advance to enter the area. It was included in the UNESCO list because of the absence of any human activity that kept the nature in its virginity.

Day 1: Arrival day

Toursmoto will meet you at Barnaul Airport (BAX) and transfer to the city of Barnaul. Then you will have time to be accommodated at the hotel and have some rest. After lunch, you will have an opportunity to see the city and walk down the embankment with your guide. In the evening, you will have a welcome dinner with all tour participants including guides and the mechanic.

Day 2: Barnaul – Biysk – Manzherok (320 kilometers / 199 miles)

After breakfast, you will get your bikes and at 9 a.m. you will start. This day, you will approach the beauty of Altai, the place where mountains begin to appear. You will climb up to the famous mountain Picket and visit the museum of the prominent Russian writer, M.Shukshin. After lunch, the local Altai Shaman will wait for you. He will tell you about the culture of the region and how local tribes turned to be included in the Russian Empire. In the evening, you will get to the guest-house, where the Russian Banja (sauna) will be prepared for you. You will stay next to the river, so late in the evening an indescribable sunset awaits you.

Day 3: Manzherok – Seminsky heights – V. Ortolyk (430 kilometers / 267 miles)

Today you will be riding the most beautiful asphalt road in Altai. On the Seminsky Pass, you will have a chance to buy local souvenirs; Altai honey, nutritious herbs, felt boots and so on. This day, you will be camping. And of course, Russian Banja (sauna) awaits for you in the evening.

Day 4: V. Ortolyk – Dzumalinskiye Springs (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

This day we will ride along the Chuya Steppe, which is located between majestic mountains. Then, you will enter the “quiet zone,” the area between China, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Mongolia. This area does not belong to any of the mentioned countries, that is why people rarely go there. The nature appears in the pristine beauty. But you will have a chance to be in this zone, and more than that, you will spend a night there. You will need to provide passports to enter the area. In the evening, you will bathe in warm radon springs. The accommodation will be in summer houses.

Day 5: Dzumalinskiye Springs – Ak-Alakha River (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

This is special and most difficult day in your trip. You will overcome the Tyoply Klyuch Pass for several hours, at the height of 2,970 meters. From Toursmoto's experience, it took from 40 minutes to 4 hours for different groups to ride this pass. However, the biggest difficulty will be experienced by the supporting van. The pass consists of huge stones. And finally you will reach your goal, The Ukok Plateau. This day, Toursmoto suggests you to sleep in a field night next to the purest river Ursul. This will be a great evening with a romantic bonfire and starry sky. Temperatures may fall below zero level, so do not forget to take warm clothes with you.

Day 6: Ak-Alakha River – Dzhazator River (80 kilometers / 50 miles)

The morning begins with a breakfast and putting together the camp. Then you will continue riding along the plateau. Halfway, you will stop and experience a hiking trip to the cave drawings. Then you will ride another difficult part of the road, Bugumuyuz Pass (2,844 meters). The pass consists of high-mountain swamps, that is why the bikes may be stuck there. But no worries! You will manage it. Today, you will be accommodated in the comfortable guest house after a long, but memorable journey. Tired, you will enjoy a steam bath in the evening.

Day 7: Rest day

Day 7 is a free day. Your will service your motorcycle and then if you wish, you may ride a radial trip to the Karagemsky breakthrough in the Argut River. On this day you should relax and enjoy the magnificent nature.

Day 8: Dzhazator River – V. Chibit (250 kilometers / 155 miles)

You are moving back toward Barnaul via the familiar road. On the way, you should cross the border with Russia. Today, you will be accommodated in a guest house next to Chuya River. In the afternoon, you will be able to experience rafting. As usual, today you will be having Russian Banja in the evening. This will be one of the best Banjas in Altai Region.

Day 9: V. Chibit – Belokurikha (440 kilometers / 273 miles)

Today you will ride 440 km (273 miles)! You are riding Chuya highway. It will be the longest daytime trip. On this road, you will ride through two beautiful passes. You will be provided with two lunches in road cafes. Our goal is the resort town Belockuricha. Today, you will stay for a night in a comfortable resort.

Day 10: Belokurikha – Barnaul (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

Today, you are moving back to Barnaul. After the lunch, you will be accommodated in a hotel. Tourmoto suggests you have a rest because early wake up awaits you tomorrow. In the evening, you will have a closing dinner in the bike-bar, where you will be able to spend a pleasant evening and share your thoughts about the tour. All participants will be awarded certificates and special souvenirs from the head guide of Toursmoto Company.

Day 11: Departure day

After early breakfast and goodbye, you will be transferred to the airport. Toursmoto Company wishes you a good flight.

Requirements

  • Driving license with motorcycle category
  • Quite a long driving experience to participate in this tour. It is designed for well-trained riders.
  • Sports Medical insurance (including riding motorcycles)

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Climb to Piket Mountain and enjoy the view
  • Trip to the Chuya Highway Museum
  • View ancient cave drawings
  • Visit the memorial of Vasily M. Shukshin

Guides

Viktor Pantykin

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in Barnaul, Biysk, Piket Mountain, Manzherok, Seminsky, Ortolyk, Chuya Steppe, Dzumalinskiye Springs, Tyoply Klyuch, the Ukok Plateau, Ak-Alakha River, Dzhazator, Bugumuyuz along the Kazakhstan border, Chibit River, and Belokurikha in the Altai Republic of Russia.

Ukok Plateau

Ukok is also an "area of peace". That means that the bordering countries (Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan) forbade any people’s movement to save the magnificent nature and numerous Kurgan tombs which are several thousand years old. So, in order to get there, you have to cross the border post. The flora and fauna of the area have not been fully learned yet. There are no reptiles there. Many species of animals and plants are enlisted in the Red List. Climate is quite harsh on the plateau, as it is situated at more than 2,000 meters above the sea.

The sun may shine, but then, suddenly, the whole sky is covered with clouds and rain starts. Another bright page of local history is the famous Scythian kurgans. Due to ever-frost, tombs and tiny details managed to survive in frozen graves. It was in one of the kurgans where a mummy of a young woman was found, beautifully kept through the times. She got the name, The Ukok Princess. Monks, sorcerers, and shamans come there to find answers to their questions. Even shouting there is considered to be sacrilegious.

Six horses with saddles and a woodblock with bronze nails were found in the Kurgan. The treasure is considered to be as early as the Eighth Century B.C. The locals called the mummy the “Altay Princess” as the pro-mother of the human race, ambassador of the heaven. Altay shamans consider that she has to be buried in the previous grave, in mortuary kurgan, to prevent natural disasters.

It turned out that after the princess was discovered, several disasters happened in Altay, including an earthquake. The epicenter of which was in the tomb disturbed. Local shamans think that it was the ghost who came out of the ground and avenged. Who knows how many secrets and mysteries lie in the Ukok Plateau?

Food

During this motorcycle tour, you will be provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. A chef will cook for you during the field camps.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • A trip to Argut River on the rest day
  • Rafting
  • Spa

What's included

  • Motorcycle rental BMW G650GS
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers from and to Barnaul Airport (BAX)
  • Gas
  • Supporting van with an extra motorcycle, mechanic, spare parts, and storage for client's belongings
  • Services of two guides
  • Services of a chef to cook during the field camps
  • Entrance tickets to parks and museums

What's not included

  • Airline tickets to Barnaul
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses (extra dishes in restaurants)
  • Motorcycle insurance deposit of 350 EUR
  • Extra activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa support

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Barnaul Airport (BAX). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Airport: Barnaul Airport Airport transfer included: Barnaul Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Start: Thursday July 29, 2021
End: Sunday August 8, 2021

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