Alex and Christina's honey moon
Russia - Siberia - The Altay
24th August 2004 to 12th
After an early breakfast, we met our new
driver, Jenia, and travelled through the village of Kalbak-Tash towards Ak-Tru along the
Chuiski Highway, which splits the Mountain Altai Republic in half. The highway
runs through beautiful Altai sights, such as panoramas of the Terektinski and
Seminski mountain ridges with sheer walls almost devoid of vegetation.
We passed by the sacred place of local people, the so-called “Cross of Spirits”,
and the sanctuary near Kalbak-Tash.
There is a unique collection of rock paintings dated from different epochs from
Neolite (VI-IV millennium B.C.) through Scythians (VIII centuries B.C. – III
A.D.) to Turkic (VII-X centuries A.D.).
We followed a route along the river Chuya
towards the Ak-Tru, but we got stuck crossing a ford that was about a metre
deep, so we pitched our tents and spent the night at our unscheduled campsite.
It was cold overnight with a heavy frost on the tents.
The camp forced by an impassable ford on
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