Probably deserves to be included in the list of the world’s most remote destinations. The Republic of Altai, annexed by Tsarist Russia 250 years ago in order to make a border with China, is surrounded by Mongolia and Kazakhstan and only this year have there been completed runways at Gorno-Altajsk, the capital Altai.
The name of the Russian Tibet was given to it thanks to its high mountains such as Mount Belukha which reaches 4,500 meters, ranking first among the mountains of Siberia. These territories are not easily accessible since there is no railway line that crosses the region due to the capital being situated in a glacial basin and only recently hasthe layout of the track Chuisky has been completed, a 600 km long road which makes it less problematic to reach. Chuisky reaches the border with Mongolia, which bisects the Altai Republic and flows through a series of changing landscapes. The highest point is the step of Seminsky, at 1600 meters, offering the visitor a stone circle, a handful of bars, souvenir shops and sports facilities.
Investments in Altai, especially around the capital is part of the project of the Russian Federation to create a tourist and recreational area called “The Valley of Altai”. The mountains are classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and fans of bizarre fauna can watch the world’s largest wild sheep and even snow leopards here: they are both endangered and it will be difficult to see them together.
If you felt the urge to take a quiet walk in Altai, know that to reach these remote regions requires some perseverance. Travelers can reach autonomously the northern part of the region which is more accessible but to get to the heart of the Altai it is necessary to have a means of transportation and guides.