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Alternative rounds / East Kazakhstan oblast / Emerald Ring Route

Route length: 105 km
Program Duration: 8 days.
Favorable season: June- September.
Route Difficulty: the route is not difficult but the participants should be physically fit.
The route includes 2 mountain passes (the highest one is 3210m), forests, alpine meadows, legendary Belovodie, crossing 7 mountain rivers.

Kazakh and Russian visas are obligatory (except CIS nationals)

Tour program:
Day 1. Travel from Ust-Kamenogorsk City to the initial rafting point – Yazev Lake. Car trip to the Katun River.
Day 2. The route goes along the Katun River to the Upper Kurgan River (12 km).
Day 3. The route goes up stream (22km).
Day 4. Ascent to the Yoldo Pass (2900m). Descent to the Darashkol Lake (18km).
Day 5. Wading the Yoldo Airy River. The route goes to the Koni Airy River (10 km).
Day 6. Ascent to the Kapchal Pass (3210m). Crossing the glacier center to the Kapchal River Valley. Descent to the Katun River (20 km).
Day 7. The route goes along the Katun River to the Yazev Lake.
Day 8. Departure to Ust-Kamenogorsk.

Each participant should have warm clothes, a raincoat, tracking boots, sleeping-bag and a rug. The weight of personal things is up to 15 kg.


The price includes:

  • Transportation throughout the program
  • A guide group
  • 3 meals throughout the route
  • Insurance
  • Bonfire outfit

The price excludes:

  • City transfer
  • Tent rent
  • Personal outfit rent
  • Special outfit rent
  • Border zone permit execution
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