17 Spectacular Pictures of Siberia’s Altai Mountains

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Image: Andrew Kudrin

Heading through the forest towards the snowy mountains.

Mount Belukha is the highest mountain in Siberia at 4,506 m, and according to local folklore it is the gateway to the mythical “Shambhala” kingdom. Not hard to understand considering the heavenly beauty of the surroundings.

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Image: Andrew Kudrin

The clouds reflected in a stream close to the Aktru Glacier, Kudrin’s prime destination.

Near Mount Belukha, the Katunsky Zapovednik and buffer zone is home to many important relic plant species – that is, ancient species that have survived from earlier ages, as well as an abundance of flora not found anywhere else on earth.

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