Tleckoe Lake and Chulishman river valley

The valley of the Chulyshman river is represented by a big canyon with more than 130 km length. There are only two ways to reach it – the first is aquatically through Teletskoe Lake and the second is the overland way by a car through Katu-Jaryk pass. 

The cleanest Chulyshman river begins at the glacial lake Dzhulukulja, on the way incorporating with smaller rivers and streams from numerous falls. Spreading in its Delta, mighty Chulyshman runs into the Teletsky Lake, inflows 70 % of its waters. It is the fine river for a rafting. The main tributary is the Bashkaus river. 

The Wind named “Phoen” run the show here by creating a special microclimate of a canyon and Teletsky lake. The Phoen is enough unusual natural phenomenon - it is a strong warm Wind, which is generated as a result of a huge difference of pressure – cyclones of Northern areas and South anticyclones of the Altai. When they are crossed, at the valleys which direction coincides with a direction of air streams - from the south to the north arises the Phoen .

One of the famous sight of Chulyshman is the Unchar Falls – the biggest cascade falls of Siberia with height of water falling - 160 m. It's a difficult 4 hours mountain footpath to get there. The path crosses many streams and small rivers and somewhere runs through stone screes, but anyone who managed to overcome it will be awarded with the unforgetable view of Unchar and after refreshing in its mighty waters will get new power for the entire year!

Another place of interest of Chulyshman is "Stone Mushrooms" in natural boundary Akkurum (Ak-Korum). These Mushrooms formed as a result of aeration of the rock comprising huge boulders. From the Akkurum opens a brethtaken panorama to the river valley.

At the end of valley of Chulyshman river we will see The Teletsky Lake.

The Teletsky Lake is the greatest lake of the Altai republic; it fills the tectonic hollow processed by an ancient glacier. Its area is about 223 cubic km with average width – 3, 2 km, length about 80 km, and the maximum depth of 325 m. - with these indicators the Lake was included into the list of the 15 deepest lakes of the world.

The river Chulyshman runs into the Lake from the south and from the northern part the right inflow of Ob – the river Bija follows, about 80 small rivers fall into lake at all - the fresh water volume makes 40 000 cubic meters.

The lake has two marked gulfs - Kamginsky in the north and Kyginsky in a southern part and two islands - one tiny at the Azhi cape and a bigger one - Kaim island (in the Chulyshman delta). East part of Teletsky Lake enters into borders of the Altay national park - the basic science centre which is studying the nature of Teletsky district.

The lake is rich with fish and woody surrounded areas full of the life. People settled at its North part a long time ago but the southern part still has the primitive charm due to its inaccessibility. In altaian language the name of Teletsky Lake sounds as the Altyn-Kol and means a Gold Lake, but this lake also known as a Pearl of Altai.

 

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