Travel in Siberia
Thursday, 13 March 2014 07:32

Travel off-road on a plateau Ukok (Gorny Altai) VIDEO

)

In a trip to Ukok ( Gorny Altai region ) we went to the machines. Better to go to a travel on vehicles intended for off-road , so as not to spoil your holiday .

Road after the exit of the Chui tract very severe , sometimes difficult passable . Therefore, the technique is necessary to prepare for this trip very carefully.

In a trip to Ukok ( Gorny Altai region ) we went to the machines. Better to go to a travel on vehicles intended for off-road , so as not to spoil your holiday .

Road after the exit of the Chui tract very severe , sometimes difficult passable . Therefore, the technique is necessary to prepare for this trip very carefully.

Of course, we stopped at the hot springs at the entrance to the plateau . The sun was shining , but the temperature of the highlands did not have to bathe . We still swim and continued on their way . The road was such that the actual distance to go faster ... Overcoming obstacles in the form of a bunch of countless stones ( including a very huge , lying on the road ) , enjoying the gorgeous views from the pass , we embarked on a plateau .

Little about Ukok

In the very south of the Altai, on the border of Russia , Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia , among the rocky mountains was lost Ukok Plateau . For locals Ukok means " the end of everything ." According to beliefs , pastures Ukoka lie in anticipation of the firmament . They are , as it were beyond human sight , scream here - sacrilegious insult powerful spirits .

Ukok severe. Height of more than 2000 m above sea level , extreme diurnal temperature swings , frequent rains with the wind and sometimes snow even in July . Deserted area here - only occasionally can be seen parked shepherd or a flock of sheep . We can say - and people godforsaken space. But it turns out it is not. Plateau has long attracted the pastoralists, nomadic and semi-nomadic lifestyle . Despite the harsh conditions , Ukok - perfect winter pasture. Strong winds take down the snow in gullies and ravines , giving the animals to forage for food is quite tolerable . In the spring , when the passes open , cattle herding all summer down into the valley. Seclusion and isolation from the world contribute to the fact that extremely rich Ukok animals, birds and fish. Summer lake ukokskie give shelter ducks, geese , cranes .

Plateau became especially famous after it was opened Scythian burial mounds with frozen burials . It is very important that the monuments came to researchers in completely undisturbed state. But perhaps the most important thing is that the harsh conditions Ukoka preserved in some permafrost mounds , this natural preservative , through which reached us unique items of the early Iron Age of leather, wood , felt and wool , which in other circumstances is simply not saved . But this is better to read books in the wonderful researchers themselves - Academician VI Molodin "Antiquities Ukok plateau : mystery , sensation, opening " and Ph.D. NV Polosmak " Riders Ukoka " published by the publishing house of Novosibirsk " INFOLIO Press " in 2000 and 2001 . Under their leadership, five field seasons (1991-1995 gg. ) Ukok worked on archaeological expeditions of the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography .

Ukok included in the UNESCO list of world natural heritage, and that part of it , where are the famous mounds declared zone of peace.

From itself: a huge mountain plateau surrounded by snow-capped peaks greeted us perfect peace . Maybe what we knew about the legend , about living there Spirits of Altai , can still , for some reason , it is felt that we live in a very sacred , requiring respect place. Did not want to make noise, irritated and even the sound of a chainsaw ax when sawing wood, brought with you . Bonfires burn impossible, but we enjoyed the hiking bath with a special stove , so the wood needed .

Beauty and the silence around mesmerizing . In the afternoon, when the sun shines , you can walk in the shirt , but in the evening without puffs do not ... Daily wind - a separate issue ... about 11 hours starts blowing very strong wind ( if someone clicks on a button "Start" , and in the evening , with the sun , the wind just stopped abruptly , and again there comes a perfect silence) .

Days spent on the plateau flew , should stay back ... From the plateau remained unexplainable experiences and emotions ....

Will come back to you, Ukok to meet you closer !

 

Our trip was organized by a tour company " White Stone " that knows the geography of the region and organizes our travels .

 

Phone firms : (3843) 72 03 37

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


CONTACTS

phone: (3843) 32-09-60; 32-09-50;
8-923-634-16-51
e-mail: manager@belykamen.ru

JOIN US

About Russia

Read all >>