Background Info for Conference Call

Hi all!
Because I process information much better visually than auditorily, I have put together this e-mail that contains all the information that I currently have to offer. If you all have a chance to look it over before our call and write down and/or e–mail me your questions, we may accomplish more.

What Is Altai? The Altai Mountains in the exact center of Eurasia straddle the borders of Russia, Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan. They have, from time immemorial, been a place of pilgrimage. They are purportedly the place where global shamanism originated. The veil is thin there, and one of their major spiritual strands is based on encounters with light beings. We will be going to the Russian region of Altai Republic. For a substantial library of articles, photographs, and videos about sacred Altai, see my web site at

Who Am I?

I was called to Altai in a dream by light beings in 1998, to open a “gate” and “translate some tablets.” As far as I know, I have done that, but it appears that there are deeper layers now surfacing. I have been traveling to Altai almost every year, spending almost half my time in Russia during the past decade. In 2006, I founded Altai Mir University, a 501(c)3 nonprofit for the dual purposes of providing international support to the indigenous Altai stewards and sharing the light that comes through Altai out into the world. Each year, I make a 60-mile trek to the base of Mt. Belukha, via the Akkem Valley whenever possible because this valley is well known as a mystical birth canal — as I can also personally attest.

What Are We Guided to Do?
Signals have been coming in from several directions in the past month, that it is time to open an energetic gate in Altai to enable “ancient ones” to come through. This is entirely consistent with ancient (and modern) Altai prophecies that “out of Altai will come hope for the world.”

How Can We Do It?
I trust we will be guided by Spirit. I will be in Altai beginning in June, to manage an international trek to Mt. Belukha, from July 14-August 4, which you are all welcome to join if it call you (see for information). I will be available for this group from August 5th – August 26th.

My guidance is that I am not to manage the logistics for this trip, so Larisa’s support in that regard will be greatly appreciated. Even so, I have a lot of important information to share.  I have been “given” a basic idea about where we should be prepared to go, but I expect that plans will change according to our guidance when we are actually gathered there.

I understand that we should go first to Kosh Agach District, which is in SE Altai Republic. I understand that we should go to the mountains there, which can be reached by all-terrain vehicles. I know of a shaman who I believe is still in that area, and who has such a vehicle. The other areas are accessible with public transportation.

I understand that next, we should go to Ust Koksa for a couple days and then on to Tyungur in the Ust Koksa District in SW Altai Republic. Unfortunately, there is no direct road from Kosh Agach, so that will require two days’ travel. Tyungur is the trailhead for the trek to Mt. Belukha. Access to all of Ust Koksa District is restricted by the Russian Border Guard, and entry requires rather complicated preparations that must begin NO LATER than 3 months before we might go (which would mean the beginning of May).

I am surprised that Uch Enmek Mountain in the Onguday District (immediately north of Kosh Agach) did not call. Maybe that will change when we are there.

A few more logistical considerations:

  • Traveling in Altai is not for the faint of heart. Expect limited food choices (soups, cucumber/tomato/cabbage salads, potatoes, mystery meats, fantastic black bread) and outhouses rather than toilets. Because I have an extremely strict diet, I carry most of my own food. I will gladly elaborate later if you wish. Perhaps most important is for you to get in shape so you can walk several miles if you have to. You will need every bit of that stamina. And be prepared to sleep on the ground.
  • Foreigners’ visas must be registered at least every 3 days (not including weekends). Hotels have to do this. The hotels where we are going cost about $25/day/person, and have shared bathroom, open cooking facilities, and maybe a shower.
  • However, this is high season in Altai, so hotels may be full, especially if we are going “as Spirit moves us.” Even if they are full, they will probably register our visas for a fee, and I expect that we will be invited into homes to sleep if necessary.
  • If we go into the mountains in Kosh Agach, we will need camping equipment, much of which I can supply. I have pans, enough tents to sleep 9 very good friends, first aid kit, tarps, stove, etc. But you’ll need a sleeping bag. It may be cheapest to buy it in Novosibirsk and give it to a local when we are done, rather than bring it.
  • I will be glad to provide a comprehensive packing list.
  • It is quite possible that we will be fed and housed by local families whose hospitality would be insulted by the offer of payment. However, cash donations to their various projects are welcomed and, in my mind, obligatory.

If you plan to use frequent flier miles (Aeroflot or Delta, probably) or even if you want a decent ticket price, you need to get your ticket NOW. I looked at length at what’s available, and the best I found was about $1300 from LAX to Novosibirsk and back, leaving on 5August and returning on 26August. Flights from the US arrive the next day because of time zone changes. The recommended flight from Moscow to Novosibirsk leaves at about 10pm and arrives at about 5am (2 days after you leave the US). For return, I recommend the 10am flight from Novosibirsk, but there is also a 6am flight Going west, you arrive in the US the same day that you leave Novosibirsk.

Novosibirsk is a several hours from Gorno-Altaisk. Gorno-Altaisk is a day’s drive from both Kosh Agach and Ust Koksa

My guidance was not to hire a car/driver for us — but maybe that’s because Larisa will do it! However, public transportation would be MUCH cheaper, and may be sufficient. We may make significant trade-offs in comfort to accomplish what we are guided to do, so we will need to carefully care for each other. Watching the budget is only part the constraint. The other part is that our “work” may take us to places where creature comforts are pretty slim. Nonetheless, I am VERY excited about this expedition!!

Best regards,

Carol Hiltner

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