Russia is the worlds biggest country, and it has probably the biggest unexplored territories in the world. The Siberia is covering almost all of north-eastern Asia. It extends eastward from Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and southward from the Arctic Ocean to the hills of north-central Kazakhstan and borders of China and Mongolia. The Siberia has an area 13.1 million km² (5.1 million square miles). With area that big and people density about three people to the square kilometer Siberia is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers that want to explore uncharted territories.
The Ural Mountains are the easiest destination. They are divided in Polar Urals, Northern Urals, Middle Urals and Southern Urals. The Southern Urals are well populated and popular amongst tourists. The moderately high Ural Mountains (failing to top 2000 m anywhere) offer a lot of opportunities – hiking, rafting, spelunking and others. Because traveling independently to the Ural Mountains includes a lot of self preparation and can be difficult they are not very popular amongst foreigners. However there are few agencies in Yekaterinburg who are organizing trips to Ural Mountains.
The Greater Altai is probably the most popular travel destination in Siberia. It has to offer everything – from snow covered mountain tops to almost 7000 lakes. The Greater Altai also hosts Mt. Belukha (4056 m) which is Siberia’s highest mountain. Like other destinations in Siberia traveling in the Altai requires a lot of preparation and considerable self-sufficiency. There are some tour agencies in Novosibirsk and Barnaul that can help with arranging your trip.