Altai Krai

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

Smaller towns

Other destinations



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.

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