Lake Teletskoye is the largest lake of the Altai. Its name comes from the tribe of the Altai Teleuts, and Altaiski is called Altyn-Kol, which means “Golden lake”. According to an old legend, in ancient times the Altai was hunger. One Altaian had a large gold ingot, but beating the entire Altai, and could not at him to buy anything. Frustrated and hungry, “rich” the poor man threw his gold into the lake and died in its waves. Since then, the language of the Altai, the lake is called Altyn-Col “Golden lake”.
Teletskoye lake is considered one of the main attractions of Altai. The lake is situated at an altitude of 436 m above sea level, surrounded by high mountain ranges, including Korbu (2059 m) and Altyn-Tu. The lake area of 223 sq km, the average width is 3.2 km, length – about 80 km, maximum depth – 325 m. the lake Teletskoe is among the 15 deepest lakes in the world. Almost 70% of the water in the lake brings the river Chulyshman. the rest – the numerous rivers and rivulets. Fresh water volume is 40 cubic km From the lake originates river Biya. Input Biya in the area of Teletskoye lake is very clear and very cold.
To lake Teletskoye is accessible from Biysk and Gorno-Altaysk. Continue reading