Katun is one of the major rivers at Altay, it’s 688 km long and starts at the height of 2000 m at south Altay mountains, being fed by melting glaciers, smaller rivers, and Chuya river (along which passes Chuysky Trakt – the road to Mongolia).
From far, Katun looks like a green river, that is because there’s a lot of limestone in the water, so the light is reflected in a strange way. Katun is not very wide: closer to Gorno-Altaysk it is just 20-30 meters wide and up towards the stream it may be 50 meters wide.
The stream in the river is quite strong, but it is possible to walk in at some places and swim a little bit, especially that the water during summer is not very cold. Katun is also great for fishing.
The main attraction of Katun is that for years, since the Soviet times, it has been a mecca for water tourism and rafting trips. Katun has a wide range of rapids of all kinds and complexities. It is a good place both for beginners and advanced rafters. There are a few annual rafting championships taking place at Katun.

Dimitry Paranyushkin
Photos : Azhykmaa

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun river, Altay mountains, Russia,shepherd

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

Katun &Chuya River , Altay mountains, Russia

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