Altai in pictures, nature of the region

Unique nature of Altai in wonderful photographs

The nature of the region, which includes the Altai Mountains, the Altai Republic and the Altai Territory fascinates with its beauty, attracting tourists from all over the world. The very center of Asia, including Russia, China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia. The nature is so varied, here you have taiga, forest, forest-steppe, and mountains. There are two subjects in Russia – the Altai Republic, with its capital in Gorno-Altaisk, and the Altai Territory, with its capital in Barnaul.

And now look at the pictures.

The land of legends and miraculous secrets. Under the canopy of the endless sky the Altai hides its heart. Cold dews In the mornings gentle grasses sparkle with tears, The wind tenderly kisses the slopes, Ancient mountains, guarding the peace. And mighty pines and cedars, Blocking the way with a wall Behind which a lost world, an unearthly world can be hidden… The eternal peaks are covered with snow The face of severe beauty attracts And mists swirl in the valleys, Filling all here with silence…

The Altai Mountains are a complex system of the highest mountain ranges in Siberia, separated by deep river valleys and vast intermountain basins. The Altai Mountains are the highest mountainous area of Siberia. For more than a century, the rugged and beautiful Altai peaks attract travelers, scientists, tourists, climbers, artists, photographers

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“Russian Tibet”, “Siberian Alps” – so foreign tourists call Altai which is known for its mountains.

For the native Altai people themselves there is no need to compare to other mountains, for them Altai is the first and unique. A lot of mountain ranges rise more than 3000-4000 meters above sea level, their tops are covered by snow during the whole year, and glaciers descend from their slopes.

Amazing beauty of the highest peak of Altai – it is, of course, double-headed Belukha, which can be found quite easily in almost all maps of the world. Altai is undoubtedly one of those places on our planet, which touches our souls, fills them with the energy of nature! And having been there we are transformed from inside in its beauty who more, who less, who realizes it and who even not suspecting it.

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Altai rivers are powerful mountain streams. Altai is considered one of the world centers of water tourism. This is confirmed by the fact that in August 2006 the World Rafting Championship was held on the Ilgumensky rapids (Katun river). Rafting on the rivers of Altai is rafting from the second, accessible to anybody, up to the sixth, highest, category of complexity.

Mountain river of Altai – Katun.

This is the largest river in the Altai Mountains and its main waterway. Katun means “kadyn” in Old Turkic, which means “mistress, mistress”. It flows out of the Gebler glacier on Mount Belukha. The glacier is at an altitude of about 2000 meters. The Katun rushes down in a noticeable stream and flows for 688 kilometers.

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Mountain Altai is also a country of caves! There are more than 430 karst caves. The caves of Altai Mountains are unique objects of nature, having peculiar underground landscapes, special microclimate, fauna and flora. Here you can find the deepest cave in Siberia – Ecological mine, which has a depth of 345 m. And such caves as Tutkushkaya and Museinaya will leave no one indifferent because of their underground decorations, stalactites, calcite flowers and unique underground galleries.

Denisova Cave

This is a unique sight of Altai, it is located in the middle course of the river Anui, 50 kilometers upstream from the village of Soloneshny and 4 from the village of Topolnoye. “Denisova Cave” is a unique archaeological and natural monument. It was formed 800 thousand years ago and in ancient times served as a good refuge for humans.

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In 1998 five Altai territories were included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.

That’s all. The tour of the Altai Mountains is over. I hope you enjoyed it.

Photo by request Altai

Mountain lake

Morning fog crawls in scraps through an autumn mountain forest covered in golden leaves.

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Tall trees in the forest in the mountains, covered with fog

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Mont Blanc mountain covered with snow, reflecting in water in the evening in Chamonix, France

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Beautiful panoramic shot of mountains and rocky cliffs and natural fog

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Brown bear in the natural habitat of Finland

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Nature with the Altai Mountains and the Katun River, Siberia in Russia

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Beautiful blond young female traveler in a fedora with a camera in her hands travels to the Altai mountains

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Beautiful smiling blonde female traveler in a white hooded sweatshirt on a trip to the mountains of altai

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Beautiful blonde traveler in white hooded sweatshirt on a hitchhiking trip to the mountains

Young female traveler in casual clothes with a backpack on a beautiful view of the mountains

Young female traveler in casual clothes with a backpack on a beautiful view of the mountains

Northern Lights over the mountain in winter

Northern Lights over the mountain in winter

Lake with fog in the mountains

Lake with fog in the mountains

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

Mountain lake

Mountain lake

Beautiful green of a small swamp, taken at close range

Beautiful greenery of a small swamp, taken at close range

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

Stormy river rapids in a picturesque forest in winter. magical landscape

The confluence of the Chui and Katun Rivers in the Altai Mountains

The confluence of the Chui and Katun Rivers in the Altai Mountains

Autumn mountains at sunset. View of the North Chuya Range in the Altai Mountains, Siberia, Russia

Autumn mountains at sunset. View of the North Chuya Range in the Altai Mountains, Siberia, Russia

Lake Kidelu in the Altai Mountains, Siberia, russia. snow-covered trees and mountains. aerial view from a drone. beautiful winter landscape.

Lake Kidelu in the Altai Mountains, Siberia, russia. snow-covered trees and mountains. aerial view from a drone. beautiful winter landscape.

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