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Ulagansky District is located in the mountainous area of the eastern part of Altai Republic away from the main thoroughfares. The area has a very small number of roads. Ulagan district center is located on the side of Chui tract, 56 kilometers away from the Aktash on Ulagansky tract.
Widely known Pazyryk mounds are located in Ulagansky district near the Balyktuyul village. The mummified bodies of ancient chieftains, their wives, horses and a variety of accessories made of wood, leather, felt and fabric, accompanying the dead to the other world were found there. In St. Petersburg Hermitage there is a whole room devoted to the culture and art of the Altai nomads of VI-IV BC, which presents the unique complex of archaeological finds discovered here in 1949-1950. The most impressive exhibits are the oldest well-preserved pile carpet in the world, four-wheel chariot, mostly made of birch, consisting of several parts and held together by leather straps and wooden nails. These unique products were preserved in permafrost. Currently, the creation of an archeological-ethnographic museum complex,"Pazyryk", is being planned .
Territory of Ulagan district includes the southern shore of Teletskoye Lake. Balykcha village is 5 km away from the confluence of Chulyshman to Teleckoyelake. The unique microclimate of this place lets grow different types of heat-loving plants. You have time to ripen(pick?) large varieties of apples, pears, cherries, and other horticultural crops(fruits?). There is a large orchard, giving excellent yields on the south shore of Teletskoye Lake, on the terraces of Chiri Tract. It is said that the first apple trees were planted almost on bare rocks covered with soil, transported by boat from the estuary of Chulyshman. Grown fruits are larger and tastier than, for example, in Yailyu village, where there are also orchards. There are several small tourist centers on the southern shore of the lake, but in general, the number of people here is much less than on the north shore.
A large part of the district is Altai nature reserve, which is under special control of the environmental authorities of the republic. Currently, only a few objects are open for regulated tourism in the reserve, including Corbu Waterfall, where all boats with excursionists stop for a while. In recent years, an equestrian route started operating in Teletskoye ridge from the mouth of Chiri river to cordon Chelyush, there are organized excursions, and walking tours on an eco-trail. Nowadays many of the previously planned walking routes and tourists camps on the protected shores of Lake Teletskoye (Karagai, Atkichu, Letnik) have been eliminated.
For fishing enthusiasts we can recommend a place in the lower reaches of the Chulyshman river and its delta with numerous channels, which are more abundant in fish terms. There are all opportunities to arrange good fishing for grayling.
It's possible to drive by car on a dirt road of Chulyshman Valley that connects Ulagan village with Teletskoye Lake. The road was paved through the Katu- Yaryksky pass a few years ago, which offers scenic views of Chulyshman valley, but before there were only trails. There are many waterfalls in the tributaries of Chulyshman, among which a huge cascading Uchar waterfall on the Chulcha river should be noted, which is located 11 km away from its mouth.
Here the river falls over 160 meters among giant fragments of rock. Akkurum tract is located downstream of the Chulcha river on the right bank of Chulyshman, to where there often are organized trips for tourists. Here on the mountain there is one of the famous natural places of interests, called "Kamenyegriby" (stone mushrooms), which are unusual landforms shaped by leaching of inhomogeneous rocks. There is a healing spring called Yak-Pash on the hillside of Tualokmoubtain, from the side of Chulyshmanrivers .
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Teletskoye Lake is the largest lake in Altai and one of the largest lakes in Russia. The maximum depth of the lake is about 330 meters, which was the main factor for the lake to occupy a place of pride among the 25 deepest lakes in the world!
The name of the lake came from the Altai Teleuts tribe. This lake is often called the younger brother of Baikal. As well as Baikal, the lake is very deep, located between the mountains and has a much greater length than width, many rivers and streams (about 80) flow into it, and only one river flows out, which is called Biya.
Uchar Waterfall (height: 160 m, located in Altay State Nature conservancy area, Chulyshman River) is the largest cascading waterfall in the Altai Mountains on Chulcha river which is the right tributary of Chulyshman river.
Geyser lake (Aktas village) - The lake is about 5 km away from Aktas and 1 km away from the Chui tract. Geyser (blue) lake is very unusual, with concentric stains on the surface (due to the geysers at the bottom).
KAMENYE GRIBY (Stone mushrooms)
Stone mushrooms (close to Chulyshman River Chulcha) are the unusual landforms shaped by selective leaching of inhomogeneous rocks. They are located in Akkurum tract (Ak-Korum), on the right bank of Chulyshman River in Karasu ravine.
KRASNYE VOROTA (Red Gate)
This wonderful place of interest is located between high cliffs with bright reddish hue a few kilometers away from Aktas village, along the road Aktas-Ust-Ulagan. This natural monument is a result of blasting in the 30’s of the previous century, when the road to Ulagan was paved. The mineral of which these rocks consists is called cinnabar ("dragon's blood"), it contains mercury. Rare veins of mercury mines were found Near Aktas, which began to develop in 1942.
CHEYBEK KOL’ LAKE (Dead Lake)
Dzhulukul lake (maximum depth of 7 m, Altai State Nature Reserve) is the second largest lake of the Altai Mountains, located in the Altai nature reserve on the territory of Ulagan area. Famous Chulyshman River originates from the lake and the ecosystem preserved since ancient times makes this place really unique.
Cheybek Kol Lake is located in the headwaters of Chibit river 1949 meters above sea level near the route Aktas-Ust-Ulagan (on the 12th kilometer of Ulagan tract), on the left side of the road after the Red Gate.
The lake is long and relatively narrow, flows along the road about two kilometers and a half. Cheybek-Kol Lake is a fresh water lake; it’s also a dammed lake, fed predominantly by precipitation, groundwater and meltwater, and Chibit River, which flows into and out of it. Due to the highlands, the lake freezes quite early and thawing is always late, so you can see ice on it even in the early summer.
Pazyryk mounds - The question of how Pazyryk culture appeared in Altai, for how long the culture existed, remains unanswered. Proponents of one of the youngest sciences - dendrochronology - believe that Pazyryk culture didn’t exist for a long time in Altai (only 40-50 years).
The pass Katu-Yaryk is the gateway to Chulyshman valley; it’s carved in a slope of 70º, 3.5 km long serpentine loops of 9 with a vertical drop of 800 m (descent from the Ulagan plateau to Chulyshman). Stunning views of the canyon appear in front of your eyes when you visit its observation deck.
Chulyshman River (length: 231 km, Altai State Nature Reserve) is an inaccessible river in Altai Republic. The river has 6 categories of complexity for alloys. Attractions of Chulyshman valley and its tributaries: the Chertov bridge (Devil's Bridge), Kamenye Griby (Stone Mushrooms), Katu-Yaryk pass, Uchar waterfall, the ancient irrigation system, etc.
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