Rafting on the Upper Katun'
upper reaches of the Katun' meet us as a wide, quiet, and very fast
river. The blue-green water carries the rafts down the wide open
valley surrounded by mountains. This trip down the Upper Katun’
will add about 50 km to the Lower Katun’
run and add some more difficult rapids as well.
You will feel power of the river in the first few
miles of the run. Smooth standing waves and whirlpools will demand
our attention on the first day and great camping spots are everywhere.
Once the Akkem River joins the Katun' from river
right we enter the most exciting part of the river. The class IV
Akkem Pipe rapids are a rocky corridor divided into eight
distinct stages. Enormous standing waves and huge whirlpools are
the main features of this canyon. After each stage you have a chance
to eddy out and prepare for the next. Running these rapids the pearl
of the trip as the rapids are very dynamic and emotional.
After the Akkem Pipe, the valley widens again but
remains very picturesque. There are several villages on the bank
between the Argut and Chuya
rivers. These two major tributaries add glacial sediments and make
the Katun’s water very similar to Grand Canyon of the Colorado.
Very fast and powerful water with huge smooth waves.
The Upper Katun' ends at the Inya bridge and Yaloman
village. This is the start of the Lower Katun’
run which you will enjoy for the next five days. The group will
be met at Moscow by our representative and will travel to Barnaul
from the Domodedovo Airport.
You can view pictures of our most recent Katun trip
on our Katun Pictures page.
Our guides will meet you early morning at Barnaul
Airport. A comfortable bus will take you on a 15 hour trip to the
river. A breakfast of sandwiches, dairy food, fruit, and juice will
be provided on the bus. You will be responsible for lunch in the
village of Sroskti where we will stop at a market where one can
buy pies, pancakes, hot boiled potatoes, pickled cucumbers, mushrooms,
honey, and shashlyk (pieces of mutton roasted on a spit) among other
local foods. We will camp at put-in in the village of Tyungur.
Rafting toward our first rapids. This is a great first day as we
will run very fast and simple rapids and will camp at big glade
on the right bank.
Rafting through the challenging Akkem Pipe rapids to
the mouth of the Argut River. At the confluence,
the turbid and whitish Argut flows into
the Katun. Our camp tonight is often referred to as Cafe Argut and
we will hike up the Argut River to see
its last rapid: Atlanty.
4 to 8:
The Katun’ River doubles its volume after its confluence
with the Chuya River and we will soon be
on Lower Katun'. Tonight we camp below the Ilgumen’ Rapid.
We are now rafting down the Lower Katun’
and will run many class IV rapids including ‘The pipe of Kadrinsk’
(Kadrinskaya Truba) and ‘Shabash’ with incredible whirlpools
This will be the last day of rafting includin the rapids Teldekpen’
and Yelandinskiy. There are no more tough rapids, but river is still
very fast. We will camp on a big glade upstream of the Chemal village.
Departure to Barnaul on
a comfortable bus and we will have lunch again in the Srostki village.
In Barnaul we will stay at the Hotel Barnaul (bar, restaurant, sauna,
stores, and laundry service). On-the-way and in-town meals are at
your own expense.
Departure to the airport.
to and from the Barnaul
night accomodation in Barnaul
Scheduled trip date: July 27 - August 5, 2008.
We can run an Upper Katun River trip at any time of the season
with a minimum of six participants. If a specific trip date has
fewer than six participants the tour price may be increased.
Meals to the put-in and from the take out are not included in
the tour price.