The mountainous, forested Altai Republic is an autonomous republic of Russia, located in southwest Siberia and bordering Altai Krai, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, Tuva, Khakassia and Kemerovo Oblast.
The community unites beekeepers from a number of villages who make Altai mountain honey and safeguard the local bees. Each producer has between 40 and 150 hives, and the honey is collected three times during the summer. The honey’s characteristics come from the region’s unique climate and its ancient beekeeping traditions. The beekeepers also produce pollen, propolis, wax and royal jelly, and distribute their products on the local market.