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Altai: Argut Cluster
September 23, 2015 23:57


(Source: http://ecodelo.org/rossiyskaya_federaciya)

“Saylyugemsky” National Park has been organized in the Kosh-Agachsky District of the Altai Republic, in the centre of the Altai-Sayan mountainous country, only recently. The decision to create it was made in 2010; and the work began in 2013. 

The Saylyugemsky park is adjoined by the cluster of the Silkhemin Nuur National Park from Mongolia; this National Park also protects the places where argali live. The parks have signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of cross-border group of argali. The first autumn international record was conducted in October 2014.

Another purpose of the “Saylyugemsky” National Park is to create conditions for controlled tourism, taking into account the characteristics of the protected area. The most interesting thing is the wildlife of the Argut cluster. Here you can feel its whole wilderness, with your own eyes see the wild steppe and taiga, mountain tundra and alpine meadows, lakes and waterfalls, mountain rivers and inaccessible gorges. Another opportunity is to watch animals in the wild, under natural conditions. It is available both in the Argut cluster and the Saylyugem cluster. If you want to take a photo of the Altai mountain sheep - argali, you need to come in the summer or autumn.

Another promising type of tourism is ethnographic one, with the immersion into the traditional life of the Altai. Indigenous Altai people -Telengits believing in Burkhanism (an alloy of paganism, Lamaism and Tengriism) live in Kosh-Agachsky District, side by side with Russian Orthodox Christians, and Kazakh Muslims.

The main activities of the locals are grassland farming and agriculture. Ancient crafts - carpet weaving, production of wooden and leather goods, saddlery, felt, metal processing, joinery and carpentry, sewing of national clothes – are still alive in Kosh-Agachsky District.

The following sights are located in the district of the park:

- Natural monuments of federal significance: Dzhumalinsky and Buguzunsky springs, Ustuu-Gimatskaya (Yustigimatskaya) cave-temple, Chagan-Uzunskaya erratic boulder, as well as the geological section of coal-bearing sediments of Kosh-Agachskaya formation and Chagan-Uzunskie stromatolites; 

- the ridges of Saylyugem, Yuzhno-Chuisky, Severo-Chuisky, Katunsky; - the glaciers: Sophiysky, Taldurinskiy, Bolshoi Aktru, Maly Aktru; 

-UNESCO World Heritage sites - the Ukok plateau where the monuments of the Scythian epoch are located, unique flora and fauna; 

- the rivers: Argut, Shavla, Karagem, Karagemsky Rush on the river of Argut (a five-kilometer canyon), Chuya;

- the burial mound complexes of the plateau of Ukok, Chuiskaya and Kuraiskaya steppes, petroglyphic complexes of Elangash and Dzhuramal, Yustydsky archaeological complex, Tarkhatinskaya ancient observatory, runic inscriptions of Kurgak, Kyzyl-Kabak, Zhalgys-Tobe. 

The History Museum of the Kazakhs of Chuiskaya Steppe is open in the village of Zhana-Aul. There is another museum in the administration of the Dzhazator village and a local history museum in the village of Kokorya.


Sources: http://strana.ru 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian National Parks Altai Ecotourism   

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