Mysterious Ukok - crossroads of worlds
Helicopter tour on the Ukok Plateau
Transfer to Saylyugemskiy National Park
Accommodation - luxury-camping near the border with Mongolia
Distance - 450 km, by helicopter
The day is dedicated to a trip to the heart of the Altai mountain region to the Ukok plateau. The Altai mountainous country is a cross-border region, which is simultaneously located on the territory of four states - Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. The Ukok Plateau, which are among UNESCO World Heritage, is a natural cluster, near which the borders of all four states converge. It is located on an altitude of 2200-2500 m asl and is surrounded by the Saylugemskiy ranges (about 3500 m asl), Tavan-Bogdo-Ula (4354 m asl) and South Altai (3700 m asl .). Through Ukok, in ancient times, there were paths, through which contacts were made between civilizations of Southwest Asia, Ancient India and Ancient China, as well as representatives of nomadic tribes of southwest Siberia. That is why there are more than 400 archaeological monuments on the plateau, including the mounds of the Scythian period (Pazyrykskiy culture). In one of these mounds in 1993, the mummy of Princess Ukok was discovered. She was a noble woman, presumably a shaman or a worshiper. Princess Ukok's mummified body, which has lain in the mound for more than 2.5 thousand years, as well as objects made of Indian silk, wool, felt, wood, leather, are perfectly preserved due to the presence of ice in the mound.
On the Ukok plateau we visit archaeological complexes accompanied by scientists from the Novosibirsk branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It is possible to organize the copying of petroglyphs on mica tape.
After we take an excursion to several natural objects of the Ukok Plateau.
Picnic on the Ukok plateau.
Helicopter transfer to a luxury-camping, which are placed on the territory of the Sailyugemskiy National Park. Accommodation and rest.
In the evening, you have a small walking excursion. Dinner.
Additional option, you can invite an astronomer, who is employee of the Greater Novosibirsk Planetarium (with special equipment). Together with him we can watch the starry sky and listen to fascinating stories about space. In this location is very transparent atmosphere, a small number of cloudy days, it contributes to the observation of the stars.