Altai hiking in May?

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Altai hiking in May?

Postby chrissid358 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:51 pm

Hi,

I will be in Astana by the 12th of May and was thinking of heading to the Altai Mountains for a few days of hiking in the Taiga forest. I've seen that the best time to go is July onwards. Is it worth/possible to hike in this region in mid-May?

Is it also reasonably easy to find local/guides transport once I'm in the region? I don't speak Russian but hope to have some basics by then.

Thank you

Chris
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Re: Altai hiking in May?

Postby boats.and.bikes » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:14 am

Hi Chris,

I have just cycled down the M52 .. Chusky Tract (sp?) From Mongolia to Barnaul ... It was stunning down to Gorno-Altaysk but consider getting the tick vaccination and any repellant that works for them..They are everywhere!!

Enjoy!!

Rae
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Re: Altai hiking in May?

Postby steven » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:55 pm

chrissid358 wrote:Is it worth/possible to hike in this region in mid-May?


The snow should have cleared in most places. Watch out for floods though. Atm it is a disaster in Kazakhstan.

chrissid358 wrote:Is it also reasonably easy to find local/guides transport once I'm in the region? I don't speak Russian but hope to have some basics by then.


No. Very difficult. The region has not seen tourists since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We have found 1 company that can help you http://caravanistan.com/operator/valeriya/

Good luck! It is very beautiful, but not very easy yet.
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