17 Spectacular Pictures of Siberia’s Altai Mountains

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Image: Andrew Kudrin

The end of the road, literally. From here on, Kudrin had to walk.

The Ukok Quiet Zone has a completely different landscape. Located on a high mountain plateau, it is dominated by hills and grassy steppe land with abundant streams and lakes. Like Mount Belukha, it has a special place in the religion and culture of the Altai people.

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Image: Andrew Kudrin

A winding road with telegraph poles as the only sign of human presence.

For millennia, the indigenous Telengits have grazed their animals here. One theory states that this long history of grazing may have contributed to the biological diversity of the Altai as much as, or even more than, natural factors.

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