The Altai mountains are divided between Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan. It’s a glorious place to be, desolate and bucolic all at once, with natural life undisturbed by the people that live in these mountains. For once, the word epic is really in its place when describing the Altai mountains. Some of the panoramas are breath-taking. The whole place breathes peace and quiet. Some flowers have only recently been described, and it is home to large animals such as bear, maral deer, red wolf, sable and elk.