Altay Mountains and Adventures

Altai mountains

Altai mountains

In the Western Siberia are the Altai mountains which you can reach there by plane. It is about three to five hours to get there, but if you go by train, you will need at least two days. The nearest cities are Barnaul, Gorno-Altaysk and Novosibirsk. If you enjoy rafting, trekking, horse-riding and climbing, you will surely love this place. The name itself simply means golden and it has a lot to offer naturally. It is one of the marvelous gems due to its beauty and diversity. The eco-region is as big as 845 thousand square kilometers and it is very near to Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. Here you can see boundless views of steppes, they are broad views that you will definitely be amazed immediately. There are also charming deserts, taiga thickets and snowy peaks. Tundra, the landscapes here are so diverse and rich, its climates and great abundance of wildlife makes it totally a natural beauty. Historically, it is the Mongolian and Kazakh ethnos nomadic home. Only living on tourism other than agriculture.

So what’s there to do and see?

Altai mountains 2

Altai mountains 2

Rafting, trekking, speleo and skiing, these adventurous activities amongst the arid steppes of Mongolia and rich taiga of Siberia. Kosh-Agach village and you can also see the Swiss Alps along Chuysky Trakt. Adventure tourism in particular rafting on the many rivers, like Katun, Chuya and Biya. If you like fishing and other recreational activities, there are also smaller mountain rivers fed by the Altay’s glaciers. So it means even if you like camping, it is possible anywhere you choose and desire. There are wonderful fauna, such as lynx, Siberian stag, bear, glutton, camel, yak, reindeer as well as snow leopard. Bird watchers will love to see the many two hundred and thirty species of small birds and twenty species of fishes. For example, you can see white fish, umber and loach. Unique plants are also for you to explore. Cedar is one of them, it is the pine-like tree which pines contain little nutritious nuts. The dry leaves of Badan can be made into tea and also the Kuril tea that yields positive effects. If you want to get there, choose the summer time that is from May until September, amongst these months, July and August are the best. The coldest time is January and February, so if you want to see the winter version of this place, do go in November and December for its good weather.

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