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

Preserving Altai Cultural & Natural Heritage [2020]

December 18th, 2023

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

Camera-trapping in the Argut River watershed [2011]

December 18th, 2023

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 [2005]

December 18th, 2023

Pictures of the Ukok Plateau taken during a 2005 visit.  

Snow leopards on camera in Altai Republic [2012]

December 18th, 2023

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

US, Spain, and Russian biologists survey Altai’s argali population [2011]

December 18th, 2023

And along the way, they encounter incredible landscapes as well as argali. The survey took place in Altai’s Kosh-Agach District, immediately adjacent to the borders of Mongolia and Russia’s Tuva Republic. Read the trip’s press release.

Wild Altai Expedition 2013

December 18th, 2023

A sampling of images taken during our 2013 Wild Altai Expedition

Mountain pass sacred offering spot en route to Ulagan

October 2014 trip to Altai

December 18th, 2023

Jennifer’s photo journal of her October trip to Altai provided some excellent insight into the culture.

October 2014 – Argut River valley

December 18th, 2023

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.

Gathering of Indigenous Leaders in Hawaii [2016]

December 18th, 2023

Traveling from deep in the center of the Eurasian landmass to the Hawaiian Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean

2015 Field report and photos

December 18th, 2023

Sergei Spitsyn and his team returned from a field expedition with new snow leopard evidence, incredible photos, and the successful removal of poachers’ snares.

On Our Mind in May 2015

December 18th, 2023

We all love Altai dearly, and this is why…

Lake Kindyktykul [2015]

December 18th, 2023

Lake Kindyktykul (“Kin-dik-tik-kool”) borders Chikhachev Ridge in southeastern Altai and is home to over 20 species of endangered birds.

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

Conservation of the sacred Ukok Plateau [2020]

December 18th, 2023

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

Snow leopards in Argut – 2012

December 18th, 2023

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.

Altai Culture & History [2011]

December 18th, 2023

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

Happy 150th birthday to Grigory Choros-Gurkin! [2020]

December 18th, 2023

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…

Altai Places [2011]

December 18th, 2023

Snapshots taken around Altai Republic  

Altai Natural Building and Alternative Energy [2011]

December 18th, 2023

Pictures of Altai architecture in general as well as pictures of two strawbale construction projects led by The Altai Project in 2005 and 2009.

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