The Katun River is a famous Altai river, originating at the Gebler glacier, 2,000 meters above sea level.
The river's water may change color, depending on the season. The bright leaves of trees and bushes along the banks serve to complement the beauty of the Katun. The time to see the Katun in all its splendor is before the real cold season sets in.
In spring and summer the river is fed by rains, thaw water, and glaciers. The water at this time is muddy and gray, losing its blue-green color. In fall and winter the river is fed by groundwaters and looks totally different.
The Katun has many trubutaries: the Chuya, Sumulta, Koksa, and Akkem. The Katun has a volatile character, like all rivers that begin in the mountains. In some places it is violent and rough, in others it flows calmly, all depending on the relief. After the Sumulta, the Katun loses its mountain-river appearance and continues on its way among the mountain spurs that become lower and lower.
The river's middle part and its tributaries are used for rafting of difficulty grades 4 to 6. The lower part offers great rafting opportunities for novices and families with children. At the same time you can feel the strength and power of the Katun at its every part.
There are also fishing opportunities. The river is home to the sterlet, Siberian white salmon, ide, pike perch, grayling, burbot, and other fish. You can fish with an regular fishing rod or spinning reel.
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