Right now we are going to see some photos of the Altai region, its south-west area, to be more precise. That’s exactly the area so hard-to-get-to. We’ll start from Ust-Kamenogorsk not far from the border with Russia. Pure land of mountains and lakes, wild vegetation and impassable roads. Small hills surround fields with blooming buckwheat and sunflowers.
Ridder is a quiet and cosy city. It has always been like that, since the Soviet time. It was founded in 1786 and named after Philip Ridder who opened a deposit of complex ore there.
These roads are for jeep lovers.
The Altai region is very photogenic. It’s rich in complex ore which contains gold, silver, copper, rare metals like cobalt, indium, selenium etc.
Yazevoye lake and Belukha mountain that is the highest peak of all Altai (4056 m). It is often hidden in clouds and does not show itself for days…
Chipmunk is the symbol of Altai, these fearless animals can be seen almost under each cedar. They are not afraid of people at all.
Like a huge lake
Local creepers are not afraid of people as well. They live near rocks.
The road was built by Austrian war prisoners after WWI in 1914-16.
The region is rich in minerals and vegetation.
Altai is in blossom in July.
After rain forests give a lot of tasty things: wild strawberry, bog bilberry, various mushrooms…
Nearly all houses in Altai are made from wood
Passing different villages you see how people live in settlements of 10-15 houses practically without any modern welfare many kilometres away from civilization.
Some say that one of the entrances to the mighty mystical Shambala is located somewhere in the Altai mountains. This fact always attracted the truth seekers from Russia and beyond, but none up to date reported any significant findings.