The Altai region is a complex territorial entity, which included the western regions of the Altai-Sayan Mountains and the southern regions of the West Siberian Plain. Gorny Altai is an amazing and very beautiful region, about which a lot of enthusiastic words have been said and written. Because of its striking similarity with the Swiss Alps, it is called the Siberian Switzerland. And it’s often compared with Tibet.
According to many legends, somewhere here there is an entrance to the mystical Shambhala – the country of touching the Secret, the knowledge of truth and enlightenment.
Altai is a land of contrasts. There are many unique and completely dissimilar natural climatic complexes. Here is the highest peak of Siberia – Belukha Mountain (4506 m) and the first in depth cave of Russia – Ecological (345 m), and also the third in depth lake of Russia – Teletskoye.