There are certain stereotypes
about Siberia and most of them are true. It is a cold place, indeed, with the
lowest temperature recorded at −68° Celsius (-90° Fahrenheit). But it is also a
very special place that is full of magic and natural beauty.
The Altay mountains have
become a milestone of attraction for those who have a craving for nature.
Bright Side invites you on a breathtaking journey. Are you ready for a trip to
Shambhala?
1. Meet the locals



The most widespread
stereotypes about Siberia are severe cold, never-smiling people, and gloomy
weather. But in fact, tourism is a big part of the locals’ income, so you can
be sure that they will do their best to help you and make you happy. Authentic
impressions are guaranteed!
2. Dare to take a leap of
faith.

There are plenty of activities
you can entertain yourself with. Challenge yourself and start with bungee
jumping!
3. Befriend shamans and
artists.

Apart from the numerous annual
festivals and markets dedicated to ethnic culture, music, and crafts, there is
also a village of craftsmen and artists. The village is called Askat and it’s a
community of people who long for a life of harmony with nature.
4. Discover mythic Shambhala.



The total area of Siberia is
compared to the territory of Canada, which is the second largest country in the
world. Siberia’s nature and climate are both very diverse.
The Altay region is located in
the southern part of Western Siberia, which is sometimes called Shambhala. Shambhala
is a mythical land of harmony and universal knowledge where all dreams are said
to come true.
5. Take a break from areas
overflowing with tourists.




The development of civilized
tourism here is just enough to not get lost and still get the most out of the
surrounding wilderness. The way of life that local people lead here is
harmoniously intertwined with nature, making it heaven for adventurous
travelers.
6. Breathe in the unique air.


The combination of rare
blooming plants, optimal humidity, and the altitude makes the air here so
enriched that you will want to eat it with a spoon. The close location of
thermal radon springs makes the air here very healing and that’s why the Altay
Mountains are often compared to resorts in Switzerland.
7. See animals of the Red List
with your own eyes.




There is a lot of wildlife to
see in Siberia. For example, the maral is a wild red deer who is truly
magnificent. You will have a chance to see these animals in their natural
habitat.
8. Visit ancient Ukock Plato.



The charming beauty of this
place speaks for itself.
9. Take in the beauty of the
Siberian rivers.




The rivers of Siberia are the
longest in Russia. One of the main rivers of the Altay region is the Katun
River. It is almost 700 km long and its curves are very picturesque.
10. Cross the hanging bridge.

The river is so loud here that
you will have to shout if you want to say something to someone. Even though the
bridge is safe, be sure to be careful while taking selfies!
11. Try extreme rafting.



International canoeing and
rafting competitions are regularly held on the Altay rivers.
12. Enjoy hiking incredible
routes.

The highest mountain of the
region is Belukha (4509 m.) It’s quite easy to find a guide to lead you to the
foot of the mountain to step on ancient glacier ice.
13. Become an experienced
horse rider.

You can also go up the
mountain paths and explore Siberia on horseback which is sure to be an
unforgettable experience.
14. Admire nature.



The serpentine roads along the
mountains will leave you speechless.
15. Chase your game.



If you enjoy hunting, here you
will have the chance to participate in hawk hunting.
16. See Siberia from above.



If you want to know how it
feels to glide through the Siberian sky, you can go for a helicopter ride and
observe the splendid landscapes from above.
17. Hang out at ethnic
festivals.




You can participate in all of
this fun and try new activities at no cost.
18. Learn crafts



You can join the villagers and
spend some time among the community. Just imagine how cool it is to live among
shamans and artists! You’ll be sure to learn some secrets of the magical Altay
herbs or how to make leather belts, for example.
19. Bring home fascinating
gifts




Souvenirs are gorgeous here.
Instead of postcards, magnets, and plates, you can find healing herbs,
spiritual stone amulets, honey, pine nuts, straw pictures, and traditional
cutlery made of birch-tree bark.
20. Try on “pimy”



Moreover, you can buy unique
handmade stuff, such as special Siberian winter felt boots made from wool
called “pimy.”
21. Explore hidden corners of
the world

There’s so much to see in
Altay that there’s no doubt that you’ll return with incredible stories!
Have you ever met someone who
has visited these amazing places? Or would you like to explore Siberia
yourself? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
SOURCE:
BRIGHTSIDE
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.