Maralnik Blossoms as early as April. You know you have survived the winter when its pink blossoms meet you at the finishing line.
“And it is strange and wondrous – in the whole district everywhere they are praising Altai. There the mountains are beautiful, the cedars are powerful, the rivers are swift and there are hitherto unseen flowers…the broadness of Altai spread before us. It blossomed in all interblending green and blue shades. The grass and the flowers stood at the height of a man on horseback. One cannot even locate the horses in it. Nowhere have we seen such grassy vesture. Reality has become a fairytale.” Nicholas Roerikh