We put in where the road ended. We just did the lower gore as an overnighter, 4 days. We ran the upper part the day before and it was good. We put in for the lower where the river goes through a realy tight vertical gorge, about 40 ft wide. Our group ran some other rivers in the area. A first descent(I think) on the Chulcha a good 2 mile continuous V you hike up from the confluence. Then our group ran the Chebdar, 2 day hike in and 4 days on the river, not recommended, 24 hr portage involved, confluences at take-out of Bashkaus. We ran some other run I forget the name, it was flooding so it was intense and we did'nt run the lower gorge. They raft the lower stretch of that one. If you want to go Russia whitewatering, Kyrgystan would be the best experience. Tons of epic stuff there and incredible scenery. We found more quality stuff in Kyrgystan than Siberia, but nothing as good as the Bashkaus. Kyrgystan for 6 weeks is the best bang for the buck hands down. Same season as the rockies but with 15-20,000 foot peaks all over the place. Kyrgystan is better than Nepal too because there are only a few nomadic Mongolians around instead of natives popping out of every nook and cranny.