Golden Mountains of Altai is an UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Altai Republic, Russia. This area reaches 1,611,457 ha in total. This site represents various vegetations and endangered animals, such as subalpine vegetation, alpine vegetation, snow leopard and the Altai argali. You can see and interact with the native population there; most of them are Altai people who still live traditionally in semi-settled lifestyle. Try to find the oldest respected person in the native group and they will tell you many tales about the Golden Mountains. Since the mountains are located along the border of China and Mongolia, you can experience the attractive culture of Russian, Chinese and Mongolians here. A must-visit site is the Mount Belukha which is the highest point in this area.
If you want to visit this mountains chain, the best time is to go on July-August if you are into summer and rafting, or November-December if you like winter and skiing. The average temperature on summer is 20 C and the winter is -10 to -15 C. To get here, you can take an overnight flight from Moscow. There is no railway in Altai Republic. If you want to travel from the nearest city, you can go from Biysk or Barnaul and take the marshrutka, it’s the common public transportation in the area. Taxi from Biysk is quite cheap, too.
There are a lot of travel agents offering tours to this site. If you are interested, you can choose the tour that suits your need, taste and budget. Usually those tours offer various packages that include entrance fee, helicopter tours, camping, and other activities.