Altai Mountains 2013 – a trip to remember
A large gallery of photos from the near-a-month trip to Russia, which I made in August 2013.
It was not one of these adventures during which we were drove over rivers of a meter deep, where I pulled myself on a winch through a kilometer-long swamp, where I reached highest tops.
It was a trip that allowed me to see modern Russia through the eye of a traveler (tourist?). During this trip I saw all the transformations which have taken and still take place in Russia over the last 8-10 years, since my previous trip to Murmansk. Of course a mud, breakdowns and “kinetics” were still part of a trip, but it was mainly about great food, “banya” (Russian sauna) and human kindness.
This time, my route led from Warsaw through Belarus and Smolensk to Moscow. Then I headed through Kazan, which sometimes is called the Third Capital of Russia (besides Moscow and St. Petersburg), across Ural to Chelyabinsk where a year earlier a meteorite has hit, then through Yekaterinburg (the fourth most populated] city of Russia), Omsk and Novosibirsk, acknowledged as an unofficial capital of Siberia, untill I eventually reached the Altai Mountains There, for almost two weeks, we ventured into various little-frequented paths and lanes, almost reaching the Mongolian border. The whole route is nearly 12,000 km.
A wonderful, unforgettable trip in an excellent company.
Foto: Marcin Gerc