While traveling, take a break after Inya village at the viewpoint at the Sai-Sugat canyon to watch the Chuya river flowing into the Katun – the latter is ending here for now. The next hundreds of kilometers the road follows the river that gave it the name. Chuya is about 280 kilometer long, starting in swamps and creeks at the Chikharev crest bottom. The scientists in the 19 century were arguing which river flows into which.
Right behind Aktash village the infrastructure changes dramatically, for example the part from Kosh-Agach to the Mongolian border is almost uninhabited. Deserted Chuysky appears here as an image of the world in miniature – the line that the life of a human-being is following, from the known to the unknown, you would see the footprints of those who walked the way hundreds and thousands of years ago. Nothing will stop you now – you're just a tiny drop in Chuya steppe.
A Russian writer Vasily Makarov compared the highway to dramatic love. The road following a turbulent river creates a philosophical sense of its presence – they are like two creatures, who love each other passionately approaching each other, but then falling out they separate their ways for some time, not forever, as they can't live without each other.
There are few roads in the world that would cross four climate zones – from forest steppe plains to the high altitude tundra. What do you see now? Whatever it is – it is included in National Geographic list of 10 the most beautiful highways in the world. The Chuysky highway is exactly number 5. But who knows – may be it will get a higher place in your heart.
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