Tungur

“Tungur” means “Tambourine”, “shamanic drum”, translated from Altai language. Tungur village is situated on the left bank of the Katun River, near confluence of The Kucherla River Tungur is main tourist center of area, located on the way to Belukha Mountain. Here is start point of popular hiking, equestrian and water routes. There are many tourist camps organizing trips to Kucherlinskoe Lakes, Akkem Lake, toe of Belukha, which can be reached on foot, passing Kuzuyak and then up the Akkem river.

In the village, you can rent horses and buy products for trip. Local apiaries also provide excellent mountain honey. The village has a post office, mobile connection is available here. The current population is mostly Altai, about 430 people. The basis of economy is "Tungur" agriculture farm, and local private farms.

Some pages of the history of the Altai Mountains are connected with Tungur which was a front line of clash of Red Army and White Guard in period of Civil War. The hardest and stubborn resistance has made by a consolidated group of Red Army under the command of Petr Sukhov. Having fought Kulunda steppe, Sukhov squad entered the Altai Mountains at the beginning of August 1918. The Red Guards wanted to break through the Altai Mountains to come to Mongolia and Soviet Turkestan.

Older locals say that they leaded Reds and Whites by short paths, just trying to keep them from unnecessary bloodshed and save their lives. Entering the Altai Mountains by Reds had caused strong concern of their opponents. White Guard Lieutenant Lyubimtsev squad was sent from Ulaly village to organize an ambush in 7 km from Tungur on both banks of the Katun River. Sukhov squad containing 250 soldiers was defeated in narrow Katun gorge, 10 August 1918. Red Army warriors were shot. Monument at the entrance is to Petr Sukhov, a commander of the Red Army unit.