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Best of Siberia Motorcycle Tour: Altay Mountains and Chuya Highway

Altay Mountains are located in the heart of Siberia, together with the Chuya Highway they are Top-10 places on the Earth for motorcycle riding. If it was your long dream to ride in Siberia this tour is definitely one of the best ways to do it 

From our point of view one of the best destinations in Russia for riding. Untouched nature, perfect roads with gravel segments, no cars, rivers, mountains. Its a round tour from Novosibirsk to the Altay region and back.

  • Dates 2024: 11-20 July (2 places left), 22-31 July (full group), 1-10 August (2 places left)
  • Dates 2025: 14-23 June, 11-20 July, 22-31 July, 1-10 August
  • Duration: 10 days (7 riding days + 1 rest days + 2 days arrival/departure Novosibirsk Airport)
  • Total mileage: 1750 km
  • Level of difficulty: Medium. There will be dirt roads and mountain passes.
  • Roads: 80% asphalt, 20% unpaved roads
  • Price: 3450 EUR (includes BMW F750/F850GS rent, extra charge for 1250GS - 300 EUR)
  • Deposit for the motorcycle: 1500 Euro for F750GS and F850GS, 1750 Euro for R1250GS
  • Price if you ride your own bike: 1950 EUR  
  • Extra price for the passenger: 1750 EUR
  • Single room supplement: 500 EUR

Key tour highlights: Siberia, Altay, Chuya Highway, local cuisine, gravel roads, Yenisei River, Stolby National Park, Russian banya

Included services:

  • Motorcycle rental (BMW F750/F850GS, extra charge for 1250GS - 300 EUR)
  • Petrol (for rented motorcycles only)
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels (based on sharing a double/twin room)
  • Welcome dinner
  • Meals (breakfasts and dinners during all days)
  • English-speaking guide on a motorcycle
  • Support vehicle assistance
  • Entry tickets to the places of interest and excursions with local guides
  • Souvenir pack (t-shirt, paper maps, etc.)       
  • Visa assistance

Services not included:

  • Air tickets to/from Russia
  • Personal medical insurance
  • Visa counsel fee
  • All services not mentioned as included

Possible connections:

  • Moscow-Saint-Petersburg + Altay Mountains Tour (10 + 10 days)
  • Best of Russia: Moscow-Saint-Petersburg-Karelia + Altay Mountains Tour (14 + 10 days)

Route: where we will go

Novosibirsk – Belokurikha – Iogach –Teletskoe lake – Aktach – Seminsky pass – Barnaul – Novosibirsk

Altay Tour Map

Day 1. Novosibirsk, arrival

Getting bikes, meeting team, making final arrangements and welcome dinner in the evening.

Important: to prevent any timing issues, please, make sure your arrival time is before 3 p.m.

Highlight of the day: welcome dinner

Day 2. Novosibirsk - Belokuriha, 420 km

We visit famous Black Afrikan bikepost, museum of Chuya Highway and arrive at one of the best resorts in Altay, located in Belokuriha. 

Highlight of the day: Chuya Highway museum

Day 3. Belokuriha - Artibash, 270 km 

Teletskoe Lake is one of the best places to visit in Altay, we will cross it by ferry tomorrow, but as it takes 5-6 hours to cross it and ferry departure is at 6:00 AM first we must reach the lake. Today we will ride some gravel roads and see fantastic scenery around.

Highlight of the day: local market

Day 4. Artibash - Teletskoe Lake, 200 km

Today we will cross the Teletskoye lake by ferry. Upon arrival, we will go further into the depths of the Chulyshman river valley, where we will stop for the night, with a rest in the Russian Banya (sauna) and BBQ. In the evening, we can visit the "Stone mushrooms".

Highlight of the day: crossing Teletskoe lake by ferry

Day 5. Teletskoe Lake - Aktach, 180 km

One of the best road segments that you will remember for long, excellent gravel road going into canyon.

Highlight of the day: Katu-Yaryk mountain pass

Day 6. Aktach, riding around, 100 km

One more rest day or we can do short detours around the venue, visiting Ulugan waterfalls, Geizernoe Lake, Aktach TV tower, The Tarkhatinsky megalithic complex, etc.

Highlight of the day: Mars-alike landscapes and geyzer lake

Day 7. Aktach - Chemal, 350 km

We will go back by the Chuya highway. Along the way, we will visit the confluence of the Katun and Chui rivers, the Adyr-Kan sanctuary, the Kalbak Tash petroglyphs, and several other interesting places.

Highlight of the day: Katun and Chuya rivers junction

Day 8. Chemal -  Barnaul, 350 km

Today is a big riding day on the Chuya highway. Along the way we will visit Bear mountain, as well as stop at the famous Black African bike post.

Highlight of the day: Black African bike post

Day 9. Barnaul -  Novosibirsk, 250 km

Road to Novosibirsk, releasing bikes, farewell dinner and final photos. At the entrance to Novosibirsk, we will visit the Museum of locomotives.

Highlight of the day: Museum of locomotives

Day 10. Novosibirsk, departure