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The Altai Republic

The Big Chulchinsky Waterfall

Большой Чульчинский водопад
Министерство экономического развития и туризма Республики Алтай
Большой Чульчинский водопад
Министерство экономического развития и туризма Республики Алтай
Большой Чульчинский водопад
Министерство экономического развития и туризма Республики Алтай
Большой Чульчинский водопад
Министерство экономического развития и туризма Республики Алтай

The biggest cascade waterfall in the Republic of Altai — Chulchinsky (or Uchar) — is located at one of the largest tributaries of the Chulyshman river (the Chulcha river). In the span of half a kilometer, the river drops more than 250 meters of height — a really impressive view. The waterfall's thunder is equally impressive. It can be heard long before you can even see the Uchar, and if you get very close, you will not even be able to hear a person screaming beside you.

The waterfall appeared only 100-150 years ago as a result of a landslide when the falling rocks dammed the turbulent Chulcha river.  

To reach the waterfall, you need to go to Artybash village in the Turochaksky region, cross the Teletskoye lake by boat, then take a right to the mouth of the Chulcha river, traverse the river (after paying), and then walk several hours to the waterfall. Every traveler should take a safety rope and, better yet, employ the services of a guide.

Another option is  to go to Aktash village in Ulagansk district, then move in the direction of Ulagan and Balyktuyul. After the Katu-Yaryk pass, you will arrive in the Chulyshman valley at the mouth of the Chulchi river. A mountain trail leads fr om the Chulyshman valley to the waterfall. It is not a especially technical trail, but requires a certain level of caution, especially in wet weather.

The trail does crosses rock slides and scree, and in one place, there is a small cliff wh ere organized excursions usually use a safety rope. On the way to the waterfall, sometimes it is necessary to cross turbulent streams flowing down the mountains to the Chulcha river. In case of high water, these crossings can be difficult, especially in spring, when logs used by hikers the previous year are washed away.



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Address: The Republic of Altai, Ulgan region


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