Hi! My name is Maximus and I am a Chai Guy!
Welcome to my website dedicated to unique herbal teas from the mountains of Altay!
I want to share with you a little story about my love of chai. Roots of my tea passion go back to my Grandma Anna, who was raised close to the earth in the farmlands of Ukraine. She was always seeking an alternative lifestyle, including natural foods and herbal remedies. In the late 1980’s, while living in the inland farm in west Siberia, she started introducing me to unique herbal teas, she made based on traditional Vedic recipes.
It was one of my favorite childhood memories. Often, she made a delicious “Ivan Chai” with leaves of black currant, raspberry and golden root. We hung out with her on the back porch, drinking this phenomenal chai with ginger cookies, discussing philosophy late into the night. Since then, through many journeys in life, I’ve always appreciated a good cup of herbal tea.
In 2015, one of those journeys mysteriously brought me to the sacred lands of Altay. Needless to say, this trip was purely epic. I tried many different exotic foods with local natives, drank amazing medicinal teas in the mongolian hogans, and got totally lost in the misty mountains of the southern part of this magical land.
In my Altay travels I’ve discovered an amazing local tea culture and rare endemic herbs, which only grow in these mountains. I was so inspired by these simple yet incredibly spiritual people, and so amazed by the superb healing properties and potency of these plants, that I’ve decided to become an Altay Herbal Tea Culture! ambassador. And since then my mission is to help share these sacred herbs with tea lovers all over the globe, and let them know about the true treasures of the Altay Mountains.
So far, I’ve sourced over 30 traditional herbal teas which have been used by indigenous herbalists since ancient times, and I’m very happy to share these with you. I hope everyone in your family will find a perfect herbal mix to sip throughout the day, which I believe will bring more wellness into your life.
Happy Tea Time!
The Altay Mountains, located at the heart of the Eurasian continent, bordering on Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia, consist of the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic. Its size is comparable to Portugal, or Hungary. Roughly 200,000 people live in the area and they are considered ancestors of modern Turks, with a deeply spiritual culture and very old language. Even ancient Sumerians used expressions and words found in the Altay language as early as 3,000 B.C.
This sprawling and sparsely populated region is home to over 7,000 lakes, snow-capped mountains – including Siberia’s highest peak – Mt Belukha. As a result of its remote location, Altay’s nature has been well preserved. Mountain lakes here remain crystal clear, while forests and mountain slopes make the air incredibly pure.
The Altai Republic has long been regarded as an area of spiritual and occult significance, and Russian philosopher and painter Nikolai Rerikh (Nicholas Roerich) visited the region in the early 20th century in an attempt to locate the entrance to Shambala, the mythical enlightened land of Tibetan Buddhism.
It is an area that is well known as one of Earth’s primary energy centers. The personal energy fields of people entering Altay are deeply affected by the area’s energy flow, frequently resulting in ‘dramatic healing experiences’ as the flow pushes through personal energy blockages. It does it with plants, too! You can only imagine how powerful and supercharged all plants which grow in this region are!
Thanks to the careful protection of nature in Altay, rare medicinal plants still grow in the area. It’s home to over 500 unique endemic herbs, which only exist in this mountain region. Special soil conditions of Altay fields provide a perfect environment for local plants. It makes every herb growing in this high elevation super potent, packed with powerful natural vitamins and bioflavonoids. Even cows fed on these hills need three times less grass than those at sea level, because of the superb nutritional density of all plants growing here.
We’re proud to be Altay Ambassadors and make these unique herbs available to you!
About Our Company
Altay Teas is a local, south bay company that embraces sustainability, ingredient purity, and environmental activism. We’re the dedicated promoter of traditional, wild-crafted, organic herbal teas from the Mountains of Altay and the pioneer in distribution of wellness teas from this remote area.. We source our organic herbs from the Siberian part of Altay mountains, from the native wild-gatherers, whose livelihood depends on this amazing plants. It is both consciously and sustainably wild-harvested, unprocessed, and carefully inspected, before being imported to the continental US.
We are grateful and proud to form a partnership with the indigenous people of Altay, helping them to sustain their community, as they provide this incredible opportunity for tea lovers, to have access to this ancient, endemic herbs, which only grow in this area. Handcrafting herbal teas provides this hardworking people with a fair wage and we’re happy to be a part of the global fair trade community.
We are super excited to re-introduce traditional Altay herbs back to modern culture! We believe people in our society deserve more Peace and Wellbeing, and drinking our teas, is one of the most easy, and delicious ways to invite wellness into your day. Welcome to the Altay Herbal Tea Culture! A natural, herbal alternative for people to live healthy and delicious life.
Discover unique teas of Altay Mountains, and join us on a exciting journey to Optimal Wellness!