Download GPX file for this article
52.766782.6167Full screen dynamic map

From Wikivoyage
This is an old revision of this page, as edited by Wrh2 (talk | contribs) at 18:34, 7 November 2015 (clean up, remove empty 'Talk' heading(s) per WV:Region article template using AWB).

Europe > Eastern Europe > Russia > Siberia > Western Siberia > Altai Krai
Jump to navigation Jump to search

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.


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

Smaller towns

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

Other destinations

  • Nature Park Aya
  • Countryside tourism



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.

Get in

  • From Mongolia: There is a bus from Tsagaannuur,Mongolia to Astana,Kazakhstan that passes through Altai Krai and the Altai Republic. The roads in Altai are excellent (as of July 2009) and travel by road is the preferred and most scenic option.
  • From Kazakhstan: The return leg of the above bus.

Get around



  • 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.


  • 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.



Stay safe

Go next

This region travel guide to Altai Krai is an outline and may need more content. It has a template, but there is not enough information present. If there are Cities and Other destinations listed, they may not all be at usable status or there may not be a valid regional structure and a "Get in" section describing all of the typical ways to get here. Please plunge forward and help it grow!