federal subject of Russia

For other places with the same name, see Altai (disambiguation).

Altai Krai (Russian: Алта́йский край uhl-TIGH-skee krigh) is in a region Western Siberia. It is located immediately west of the semi-autonomous Altai Republic. Both regions are named after the stunningly beautiful Altai mountains and are home to the Altai people, an ethnically Turkic group living in the region for over 10,000 years. During Soviet times, Altai (both Krai and Republic) were very popular tourist destinations, particularly for adventure tourists interested in fishing, hunting, mountaineering and related mountain sports. In beauty, the Altai Krai is comparable to the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska or the Swiss Alps.

Altai Krai borders Novosibirsk Oblast to the north, Kemerovo Oblast to the northeast, the Altai Republic to the southeast, and Kazakhstan to the south and west.

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Chuysky Highway, a road from Novosibirsk to Mongolia
  • 1 Barnaul - the capital of the region.
  • 2 Biysk - the gate to Mountainous Altai.

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  • 3 Belokurikha   - locally renowned resort and health center.
  • 4 Srostki - the birthplace of Vasily Shukshin, Russian writer and actor.

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The winters in Altai are severe, with temperatures in the -30 (Celsius) not uncommon. In the summer months, Altai enjoys a continental mountain climate with hot dry air and cool nights.

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  • Chuysky Highway (Чуйский тракт) is a road from Novosibirsk to Mongolia, that goes through Berdsk, Biysk and down south to Altai Republic, where the landscape changes from steppes plain to scenic mountains covered with snow. The highway is very popular among motorist and cyclists.

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  • A variety of adventure resorts exist in Altai Krai. In Russian, these camps are affectionately known as Bazi Otdiha (Rest Bases). At most camps, the traveler can expect to rent horses, indulge in a banya, or rent fishing or river equipment. The bases are inexpensive and welcoming of Western-style backpackers. They offer campsites and can serve as a valuable resource for information about particular sites/passes and mountain locations.

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