Getting there & away
From Gorno-Altaisk the 11.05am bus (R137, 5½ hours) detours via Turochak, where you spend over an hour for lunch. In summer a faster direct service should run most afternoons. Returning to Gorno-Altaisk, a few direct shared taxis leave between 6.30am and 7.30am (R200, 2¼ hours). Biysk to Artybash is only 168km but timetables mean that public transport will leave you stranded overnight in Turochak, where the very basic Hotel Lyzhny Baza (22730; ul Nagornaya 1; beds R100) is an awkward 2km walk from the bus stop.