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Novosibirsk, capital city of Siberia, is the starting point of this over 2,000-kilometer 4WD exploration trip. This recce was done mid-August 2004. The road going from Novosibirsk to Kosh-Agach is called "Chuysky Trakt" and goes through Biysk, Gorno-Altaisk, Onguday, Inya, Chibit, Aktash and Kurai. The search for the endangered snow leopard was done in the Tapduair Massif (3,505 m — 11,500 ft), not far from Mongolia.
The south of the Altai Republic is covered with beautiful mountains and is one of the rare locations to offer the unique opportunity to observe the endangered elusive snow leopards. Rafting is also an outdoor activity that can be practiced.


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Russia Map
Russian Federation map

Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk Lenin Square
Novosibirsk: Lenin Square

Novosibirsk Lenin Square Opera House
Novosibirsk: Lenin Square and Opera House

Novosibirsk Altai
Novossibirsk: departure for the Altai Republic

Altai Republic
Arrival in the Altai Republic

Altai Road
Along the road to the south

Altai Village
Village

Altai Mass Transit
Mass transit

Altai Church House
Church and typical house

Altai Village
Village

Altai Chuysky Trakt
"Chuysky Trakt" road

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Last page update on January 25, 2005.
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