At the southwest from Kosh Agach (the last tree), throw the off-road of the Chuya Steppe there is the way to the Valley of Time - Ukok. A difficult road is compensated in full by the surrounding views. T
he immense Steppe is surrounded with high-mountainous ridges – Kurajsky, South Chuya and Sailugem. The plain’s altitude fluctuates from 1700 to 2000 meters above sea level. The Chuya River divides the Steppe on southern and northern. There is no neither bushes, nor the trees, one chilled earth and stones that give the Steppes charm of desert with small oases.There are many flat lakes-mirrors with depth from 1 to 5 meters scattered all over the valley.
Here is the really severe climate, fluctuations of the annual temperatures about 100 degrees, winter temperatures fall up to 60 degrees minus, nevertheless, the sun shines here almost every day – this is "the driest" place of Russia and the only one where camels are breeding. The Chujsky has a great amount of archaeological monuments.
In total about 20 parking of a paleolith were found here, and a lot of monuments of bronze and iron ages, such as - Paleolithic sites, barrows, stone sculptures, rock paintings, potter's and iron-smelting furnaces and others. Basically, these sights are concentrated in the river valleys of Justyd and the Bar-Burgazy, the biggest petrographic complex was stretched on 18 km in a Elangash river valley – scientists have copied more than 30 000 drawings of every possible animals, anthropomorphous figures, episodes from a life and so on. Near a joint point of two ridges - Sailugem and South Chuya, there is the Altai’s Stone Hendzh – represented by huge boulders with petroglyphs of the Paziric culture, most likely, that it’s an guide sign of the pass. Through this pass is the road to the Ukok plateau.