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Altay

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Wonders  of Altay

Altay Region is the island of primeval beauty in the ocean of machines, factories and city noise. This island is filled with the fresh air of alpine meadows, the hot breath of steppes, twittering of forest birds, the coolness of spring water, splashing of fish on the quiet surface of lakes. There are villages that can’t be reached by car most part of the year, and the residents carry water with a yoke and bake their own bread. This is the perfect place for anyone who wants to escape from the world of progress for a short time and find themselves in a wild environment.

short region information

LOCAL TIME
UTC+7
CLIMATE
Severe
CAPITAL
Barnaul
HOW TO GET
4,5 hours by plane from Moscow
HIGHLIGHT
Mountain Belukha, Teletskoye Lake

types of tourism

Winter

A volcano and the sea

Nature

A man riding a quad

Active

A man hiking in beautiful nature

Eco

Two people wearing traditional clothes

Ethno

Things for sauna: wooden barrel, hat, towel

wellness

Taiga, Steppes & Mountains

Altay’s   Diversity

It’s a unique area on the territory of Siberia with more sunny days than in the countries of Central Europe. One can find various landscape features in this blissful region. In the east, it is plentiful Siberian taiga. In the west, there are sweeping steppes of Central Asia with the towering mountains that form the barrier along their southern edge. For a modern person, Altay is the paragon of purity.

Freshwater, salt and mud

Lakes and  Springs

There are over 2 thousand lakes, the three most popular are the Bolshoe and Maloe Yarovoye Lakes, and the Kulundinskye lake. Their flat bottoms and shores are covered with miry silt, black or greenish-grey, knowing for its healing properties. Teletskoye lake, located among the mountains in the Altay, is considered one of the most popular places for tourists and is included in the list of UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage sites.

There are over 35 million mineral springs in Altay. The best known of them are radon springs of the federal health resort Belokurikha. Belokurikha is famous for its ski slopes for novices and professionals alike.

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Siberian Switzerland

Altay Mountains

The Altay mountains are a place with incredible energy. The highest point of Siberia — Belukha mountain (4509 meters) is located here. Belukha is a sacred place for Altaians. They believe that it is impossible to climb it. Locals call the mountain Uch-Sumer, which translates as “Three peaks”. But the climbers are very fond of Belukha and regularly try to conquer it.

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