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Preparing a catamarans to navigate a Biya river

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The Biya River is a second level of complexity for navigating. A lot of tourists in the summer float on her by catamarans and rafts. Emerging from the lake Teletskoye, it allows you to enjoy the beauty of the nature of the Altai.

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C: Road along Iogach river. Altai mountains

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E: Quarry at the Iogach river. Altay

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Quarry at the Iogach river. Altay

F: Sacred spring at the Iogach river. Altay

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G: View on Teletskoye lake near Artibash. Russia

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Lake Teletskoye (Altay: Altyn-Köl, literally: "Golden Lake") is the largest lake in the Altay Mountai...

View on Teletskoye lake near Artibash. Russia

H: Biya river near Kebezen. Altay

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Biya river near Kebezen. Altay

J: Fishing at Biya river. Altay mountains

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Fishing at Biya river. Altay mountains

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Text by Steve Smith.

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