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Altai Assistance Project
Visit to Altai Republic, Russia, September-October, 2005

(Photos by J.Gibbs, K.Page, and R.May.)

A team of conservation professionals from the Adirondack Park and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry visited the Altai Republic in the Russian Federation in September-October, 2005. The Altai Republic lies in SW Siberia, bordering on Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia. To get there, you fly to Barnaul from Moscow and then drive southward to Gorno-Altaisk, the capitol of the Altai Republic (see maps here). Within Altai, we traveled southeast from Gorno-Altaisk (1) through the Seminsky Pass (2) and a series of beautiful river valleys to Kosh Agach (3), a regional center on the Chuisky Steppe, southwest from there to Dzhazator (4), a mountain village. We then returned through Kosh Agach to Kurai (5) and a nearby base camp for hikers and rock climbers visiting the glacial mountains there. Before heading back to Gorno-Altaisk and Barnaul, we stopped in the village of Kupchegen (6).


River valleys

Altaian culture


Seminsky Pass

The people


Association of Altai Nature Parks