Let us introduce you to the Altai district, one of the most beautiful piedmonts
of Altai Krai.
The Altai district is proud of its developed sports, recreation and tourism
infrastructure considered best in Altai. Our main goals are to continue development
of this upcoming sector and to create favorable conditions for potential investors
as well as tourist facilities of the region. Trade, catering and service industries
are among Altai advancing domains.
The Altai istrict is one of the Altai's biggest agrarian complexes consisting
of Siberian stag farms and health centers offering the best antler products, wild
mountain herbs accompanied by a healing climate.
The Altai district is next best to the Crimean and Caucasian health resorts
considering the number of sunny days, whereas the percentage of air ions in
Altai air is twice as much as that in Switzerland. Unique nature of Altai grants
an opportunity of unforgettable recreation in any season, rejuvenating and health-improving
facilities, enthralling trips and exclusive wild animals and game hunting tours,
exciting experience of downhill skiing and rafting as well as descending into
deep caves and rock climbing. Under the decree of the Russian Federation administration
a special economic area for tourism and recreation Biryuzovaya Katun (Sky-blue
Katun) and a special economic area for gambling Sibirskaya Moneta (Siberian
Coin) are being developed.
The Altai district covers a total land area of 3,490 sq km.
The district has a population of about 25,000 people.
Village Altayskoye founded in 1808 is the district center, its population being
12.9 thousand people.
The district territory embraces 10 village soviets and 24 settlements.
12 agricultural enterprises, 3 agro processors and farms comprise the economic,
social and cultural bases. The collective farm livestock sector is one of the
biggest in Altai. There are a large road-building company and two motor vehicle
fleets in the district. 22 enterprises of all patterns of ownership produce
The education system is represented by 18 comprehensive schools, the Altai technical
2 professional colleges, 3 branches of higher education institutions, a number
of child welfare institutions, a children art school, a children sport school,
6 preschool institutions. 20 village recreation centers, 20 library branches
and a children's library offer their service within the district.
The district has a rich history: first populated by the Altai tribes, the district
became home to many Russian settlers in the 18th century.
A trade route linking Russia and Mongolia, and, farther, China has crossed the
Altai district since ancient times. At the end of the 19th century the route
was renamed into Chuysky Trakt (or Chuya Highway). Today the Chuya Highway goes
along the right bank of the Katun River, whereas its part crosses Altayskoye
village, Sarasa village and Beloye village and is called Old Chuysky Trakt.
Its reconstruction is planned for the near future. Among famous Altai researches
who passed this highway are P.A. Chikhachyov, V.V. Sapozhnikov, V.A. Obruchev,
N.K. Rerikh and many others. V.V. Shishkov's impact is great as he not only
described the Altayskoye village of the beginning of the 20th century in vivid
details in his short stories but was the person to explore the route of y's
Chuysky Trakt. The Altai district borders the health resort of Belokurikha on
the west and Altai Republic on the south-east. It is one of the Altai piedmonts
famous for its exceptional recreation resources such as picturesque submountain
landscapes and woodland sceneries, health climate, most beautiful rivers of Altai
- the Katun and the Peschanaya rivers, 10 natural sanctuaries including'Aya Lake
- nature's chef-d'oeuvre, the blue pearl of Altai.