Explore Altai’s beautiful and diverse landscapes and people. View some of our hands-on projects and travel with Altaian partners around the world.

Happy 150th birthday to Grigory Choros-Gurkin!

December 14th, 2020

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…

Multiple glacier tongues leading up to craggy mountain peaks. A small brilliant turquoise lake is visible.

Conservation of the sacred Ukok Plateau

December 4th, 2020

Ukok is unlike any other place in the world…pristine, magical, and spectacular.

Camel nomads walking past in Mongolian Altai

Preserving Altai Cultural & Natural Heritage

December 1st, 2020

Read about our recent initiative to protect the cultural and natural heritage of Greater Altai

Graduate internship in snow leopard research

November 15th, 2016

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.

October in the Argut River valley

October 31st, 2012

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.

Snow leopards in Argut

September 22nd, 2012

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.

Snow leopards on camera in Altai Republic

July 10th, 2012

Images of snow leopards and a manul (Pallas) cat photographed using camera traps in Altai Republic –

Altai Culture & History

August 5th, 2011

A variety of local indigenous culture and history photos, with a few shots of traditional Russian culture as well.

Camera-trapping in the Argut River watershed

August 4th, 2011

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.  

Ukok Plateau

May 22nd, 2011

Pictures of the Ukok Plateau taken during a 2005 visit.  

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