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The operating female monastery of St. Yohan Bogoslov Barnaulsky Znamensky is located in the middle of Patmos island in Katun' river. The monastery conducts to its island’s temple with suspension bridge, from where the dizzy views on emerald streams of the Katun River are opening. Max 8 person can pass the bridge at the same time so it can be a lot of people waiting, especially on weekends in summer.
I just found that there is another Patmos island with monastery in the Aegean sea in Greece. I wonder that is the connection between these two places. Probably altay people wanted to have some holy place next to them and named island and monastery after the same place in Greece.
Written Apr 9, 2010
Address: Patmos island (Katun' river) near Chamal village
This place is really hard to get to one, that's why it's unique. After 7 km of mounting hiking you will get to the marvelous seven-lakes valley framed with circus of the Iolgo ridge. Karakolsky Lakes have a glacier-tectonic origin. The lowest lake is situated at 1800 m above sea level, the highest one is at almost 2100 m. The higher the lakes are, the smaller and colder they get. The length o f the biggest lake is 440 m, and width is 350 m. Cold and pure streams are connecting all the lakes, giving the Sun no chances to warm the water up. There are just few types of water plants and no fish at all.
The best View point is the snowy top of the mountain circus. On the long way to the top there are breathtaking panoramas- never-ending mountain chains of Altai. One of the most mysterious places in Altai is "the Spirits Valley" - numerous small houses of spirits are magnificent motive for a picture. Another "strong" place is the stone top of the circus. It's the highest point of the mountains; from up above there you can enjoy the panorama of gorgeous lakes. Alongside the lakes there is a fantastic footpath with the lakes on the one side and deep Taiga on the other and beautiful flora all around.
It is highly recommended to buy a tour there, as it is inexpensive (1000 RUR for August 2009) and includes lunch. If you are less then 5-6 pax it will be much more expensive to hire off-road car and find private guide.
The best time to track is from mid of July to mid of August, and you should be sure there were no rain in the mountains from 2-3 days before.
Written Apr 9, 2010