Explore Altai’s beautiful and diverse landscapes and people. View some of our hands-on projects and travel with Altaian partners around the world.
For every Picasso and Rembrandt, there are many more lesser-known artists; this is the case with Grigoriy Choros-Gurkin (1870-1937). He is one of Altai’s greatest artists and most important cultural figures. The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Choros-Gurkin’s birth and an ideal time to draw attention to the man and his work. Regarded…
Ukok is unlike any other place in the world…pristine, magical, and spectacular.
Read about our recent initiative to protect the cultural and natural heritage of Greater Altai
Enjoy this video created by The Altai Project’s 2016 intern, Audrey Jost. In it, she documents her collaboration with a local snow leopard expert and his team at Altaisky State Nature Reserve. You can read her article about her time in Altai here.
Here are a few pictures from the beautiful expedition The Altai Project participated in along with SUNY-ESF, Altaisky Nature Reserve, and WWF-Altai-Sayan. We hiked down the stunning but isolated middle Argut River to visit cabins frequented by local herders, hunters, and poachers and to investigate the area’s potential for hiking tourism.
These are the first images of wild snow leopards in the central southern Argut region of Altai Republic. In an area that was previously home to dozens of cats, just a handful of snow leopards remaining due to intense snare-poaching.
Images of snow leopards and a manul (Pallas) cat photographed using camera traps in Altai Republic –
A variety of local indigenous culture and history photos, with a few shots of traditional Russian culture as well.
These pictures were all taken using camera traps during the winter months in 2010-2011 in the lower (northern) half of the Argut River watershed.
Pictures of the Ukok Plateau taken during a 2005 visit.
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