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The Sayan Mountains (Sayany Region)

The Sayany region, one of the most popular tourist areas in Russia, is a great horseshoe of rugged mountains stretching from the Altai region to Lake Baikal in southern Siberia, just north of the Mongolian border. At its western end, the Sayany is separated from the Altai by the Shapshalskiy chain of mountains, with peaks towering 3,614 meters.

The Sayan mountains are laced with numerous rivers and most of the waterfalls of Siberia are located in this region. Many rivers flow into the Yenisey River which is one of the biggest rivers in the world. The fauna of the Sayany Region is very rich including bears, marals (south Siberian elk), mountain goats, wolverines, and many semi-tamed chipmunks. Among the birds here are ulars, kedrovkas, and hazel hens (grouse). The clean rivers of this region support a healthy fish population, including graylings and taimens, a kind of salmon.

Location of The Sayan Mountains (Sayany Region)