Houses, light, cows, sheep and simple mode of lifeExactly so. For a tourist it is amazing and beautiful area: a bit wild, with weak infrastructure, huge, interesting, various and uncrowded.
Way to Ulagan village. Nobody's hereAltai is the nature itself and so there are natural touristic routes, not urban ones. Having as big territory as Slovakia, Altai is populated with 200 thousand people (a number which may live in just a district of a city). 70 thousand of them live in the capital town, the rest are spread out for thousands square kilometers. These are hundreds kilometers without connection, without hotels, without roads to many sightseeings.
Blossom of MayIt goes without saying - Altai is full of splendid views. That might be the first thing noticed by tourists here. Of course, views differ from season to season, but the contrast with the urban life, amazing impressions can be noticed by everyone.
The Middle Katun: one of the best sectors for commercial raftingYou know, sometimes you come somewhere and feel like 'Hmm... Same as "N" city...' But many touristic routes in Altai are so unique that you can't compare them to some other places (example - comparing Switzerland and Altai).
Ancient cultures' remainsLiving an urban life, we take for granted such things as laws, IT, electric cars, iphones and the 21st century itself.There are places in Altai where people kept old-fashioned mode of life: cows, harvesting hay, horse as an everyday transport. Some may have VK and Instagram accounts but their houses may not be electrified or even supplied with water.
The nature of Altai is various. These are - rocks and marals, wild steppes and camels, mountain plateaus, snow-covered peaks, glacial lakes, waterfalls, rough rivers, the Martian valley and thick forests — you can see all that within a week.
We do have Internet and modern shops but we don't have plants and factories. Population of Altai Republic is around 200 thousand people: just as one district in a city. Lifestyle in Altai is slow and quiet: adults ride horses and go hunting, children go to the local schools, shepherds take their herds to the alpine meadows.
People come to Altai to have rest from stir and city rush - to switch off from all that and to clear their minds. Methods are various: meditation on the Chike-Taman Pass; a horse ride wherever you like; rafting down the Katun river; go hiking to Belukha or make a bike journey on Chuysky trakt.
All that matters is what remains inside. Excitement, harmony, light and willing to come back again. Altai leaves no one apathetic.
Have you ever known that Altai contains the entrance to a secret place, Shambhala, home of humans' masters? Ages have passed - still, it is not found. Or found but never revealed. You may search it for somewhere around the Teletskoye Lake or Belukha)
By the way, Altai gave the world 5 objects of heritage. It didn't leave a choice to UNESCO - to give it or not such a high status.
Mountain Altai (officially - the Altai Republic) is located at the South East of Russia and borders with Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia.
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