Altai - Golden Mountains
The Altai trek takes in the mountains which occupy the area where Russia in the north meets with Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China. Part of the region is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In it's description of the importance of the area UNESCO noted that "the region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, sub-alpine vegetation to alpine vegetation". Our trek explores the region in vehicles and on foot.
The spurs of the Katunsky Ridge are one of the most scenic places in all of Russia. The juxtaposition of the wild grandeur of the mountains with peaceful and picturesque landscapes is dramatic. The glacier-covered Belukha Mountain (4503m) is a towering feature. This is the highest peak in Siberia and in the rest of Russia outside the Caucasus. There are many mountain lakes with turquoise waters on the Katunsky ridge.
In July and August, the alpine meadows are in luxuriant bloom. In August and September the mating season for deer will be happening. In the Altai you can see Siberian wapiti (red deer), musk deer, brown bear, sable, Siberian weasel, squirrel, chipmunk, Siberian ibex (mountain goat). The elusive snow leopard and the Altai snowcock also make a home of these lands. The huge variety of flowers and flora too makes every day an enjoyable experience of the wilderness.