Russia

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Mt Elbrus - by Grigory Petrov

Imagine a vast land of seemingly endless plains and plateaus, stretching out for thousands of miles. The south being mostly open steppes, changing into an ever more densely forested landscape as you travel north, and eventually ending in tundra bordering on the northern coast. Impressive mountain ranges of the Caucasus run along Russia's southwestern border with Georgia, featuring Mt.Elbrus (5642m), highest mountain of Russia, and of Europe for that matter.

Further east are the mighty Ural mountains running from north to south across the country, marking the border between European and Asian Russia. Beyond are more plains until you reach the Siberian plateau in Russia's far east. To the south the Altai mountains rise up, followed by a whole series of less well-known but equally awesome mountain ranges from west to east, until you reach Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake.

And this isn't all. Continue northeastwards from Lake Baikal to encounter still more mountain ranges with mysteriously ringing names like Synnagyn, Stanovoy, Verkhoyansk, Kolymsk, Cherskogo and Dzhugdzhur. Then at last, you will look across the Sea of Okhotsk, towards the Kamchatka Peninsula with its volcanoes and geysers, and south towards the island of Sakhalin and Primorski region.

Although the Russians themselves tend to be hunters rather than hikers, there are obviously great opportunities for long distance hiking in Russia. There are numerous trails in the Caucasus, Karelia, the Ural mountains, the Khibiny (northern Ural) mountains located north of the polar circle, the Altai mountains, Kamchatka, and in the Siberian taiga. Also there is the Great Baikal Trail planned to fully circumvent Lake Baikal. It is still under development, but over 500km is ready.

Russia's climate is decidedly continental. Spring and autumn are very brief, summers are very hot and winters extremely cold. However, be prepared for sudden weather changes and drops in temperature even in summertime. Of course climate in the polar regions is arctic: mild summers and freezing cold and dark winters.

Keep in mind that remote areas in Russia are true wilderness, and trails are generally not marked if visible at all. Reliable maps and documentation are hard to come by, non-existant or in Russian only. Mountain huts are an exception and very basic. Villages can be many days hiking apart, so you will need to carry compass, camping gear, clothes, food and sometimes water for several days. It can be risky to venture out on your own. It is not uncommon to hire a local guide. Ascending some of the higher mountains such as Mt.Elbrus may require a special permit. In short: hiking in Russia can be truly exploratory, and all the more adventurous.

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Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 3. in Europe
  • Miguel
  • Rate 9
  • Positive The Baikhal region (the only one I am familiar with) is breathtaking and well worth a visit before it gets too crowded.
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Mountains

Books

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • St Petersburg Eyewitness Guide
  • St Petersburg Eyewitness travel guide from Dorling Kindersley is a lavishly illustrated book concerned with providing the visitor with detailed background information to sightseeing in the country and a broad cultural introduction. Popular historical buildings and museums are often described with cutaway diagrams allowing you to view “inside”... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • The Way of a Pilgrim: Candid Tales of a Wanderer to His Spiritual Father
  • By the mercy of God I am a Christian, by my deeds a great sinner, by calling a homeless wanderer of the lowliest origins, roaming from place to place. Here, see my belongings: a bag of dry crusts on my back and the Holy Bible in my breast pocket; that`s it.In 1884 there appeared in Russia a slim volume containing four short tales. They told of... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Reiseführer Masurische Seen
  • Kompakte Informationen, Insider-Tipps, Erlebnistouren und digitale Extras:Entdecken Sie mit MARCO POLO eines der letzten Naturparadiese Europas von seinem Eingangstor im Westen, der traditionsreichen Stadt Olsztyn (Allenstein) bis zur Puszcza Romincka, der Rominter Heide an der Grenze zu Russland - mit dem MARCO POLO Reiseführer kommen Sie... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Trans-Siberian Railway - Transsiberië Expres | Lonely Planet
  • Beschrijft de legendarische treinreis van Moskou naar Vladivostok of Beijing. Met veel praktische informatie over de plaatsen onderweg. Een stuk geschiedenis, cultuur en achtergronden is niet vergeten. Gaze through the window at the unfurling landscape as you pass, glimpse Lake Baikal, Russia’s sacred sea, or gawk at Moscow’s Kremlin at one end... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Black Dragon River
  • Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Black Dragon River
  • Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Vogelgids Oost Azie - Birds of East Asia | Christopher Helm
  • This is the first single volume guide ever devoted to the eastern Asian avifauna. The eastern Asian region, centring especially on the major islands off the continental coast (including Japan and Taiwan) and the immediately adjacent areas of the Asian continent from Kamchatka in the north and including the Korean Peninsula are an important... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Konigsberg – Kaliningrad | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids met veel culturele beschrijvingen. Daarnaast ook aandacht voor praktische zaken als overnachten en rondreizen. Bijzondere duitse uitgever, vaak als eerste een boek over een bepaald gebied of land. Im Kaliningrader Gebiet, der zwischen Polen und Litauen gelegenen Exklave, treffen auf einzigartige Weise russische... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Lonely Planet Russia
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Russiais your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take an awe-inspiring walk through Red Square, hike amongst the geysers and volcanoes of Kamchatka, or sweat it out in a traditional Russian banya... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Lonely Planet Russia
  • Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisherLonely Planet Russiais your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take an awe-inspiring walk through Red Square, hike amongst the geysers and volcanoes of Kamchatka, or sweat it out in a traditional Russian banya... Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Mein russisches Abenteuer (DuMont Reiseabenteuer)
  • Auf seinen Reisen nach Kiew, dem Geburtsort der ´´Kiewer Rus´´ und Russlands, nach St. Peters burg, Moskau und bis in die sibirische Taiga begegnet der Berliner Journalist Jens Mühling wundersamen Menschen und schier unglaublichen Geschich ten, die das ´´echte Russland´´ sind. Aus ganz persönlicher Perspektive porträtiert er eine Gesellschaft,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Moskou | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Verrassend en indrukwekkend Moskou, de hoofdstad van Rusland, die oorlogen, revoluties en drastische sociale veranderingen heeft... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Capitool Sint Petersburg - St. Petersburg | Unieboek
  • Prachtig geillustreerde reisgids met o.a. 3D tekeningen, fraaie kaarten en geweldige foto’s. Daarnaast uitgebreide achtergrondbeschrijvingen. Echt om in de stemming te komen! Groot formaat gids. Capitool Reisgids Gebouwd op water Sint-Petersburg, één van de belangrijkste steden van Rusland, is gebouwd rond een netwerk van kanalen en rivieren,... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Dominicus Moskou & Sint Petersburg | Gottmer
  • Dominicus Reisgidsen zijn gidsen voor avontuurlijke en geïnteresseerde mensen. * met extra aandacht voor geschiedenis en cultuur van het land * geschreven door Nederlandse auteurs * meer dan 75 bijzondere bestemmingen Of het nu om een avontuurlijke reis gaat, om een lekkere vakantie of om een korte stedentrip: met Dominicus reis je verder en... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Krasnaya Polyana (50K)
  • Krasnaya Polyana and its environs on a detailed, contoured topographic map at 1:50,000 with on the reverse side a street plan of the resort and a regional map at 1:200,000 showing access from Sochi and Adler.The main map has contours at 40m intervals with spot heights plus colouring and additional graphics to show different types of woodlands,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arkhangelsk
  • Street map of Arkhangelsk with an enlargement showing the town centre in greater detail, plus a road map of the city’s environs. All place names are in the Cyrillic alphabet and map legend is in Russian only.On one side the city is shown at 1:20,000; on the reverse the town centre is presented in greater detail at 1:10,000. On both plans... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Irkutsk
  • Street map of Irkutsk with an enlargement showing the town centre in greater detail and with highlighting of its historic buildings and monuments, plus a road map of the city’s environs. Most place names are in the Cyrillic alphabet, but with names of districts and selected streets also transliterated; map legend includes English.On one side... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Omsk
  • Street plan of Omsk with an enlargement showing the town centre in greater detail, plus a road map of the city’s environs. All place names are in the Cyrillic alphabet and all the information, including the map legend is in Russian only.The main map covers Omsk at of 1:20,000l the enlargement of the town centre at 1:10,000. Both show streets... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Fisht
  • Mount Fisht and the surrounding area including Sochi and the resorts along the Black Sea coast on a detailed topographic map at 1:100,000 with contours at 40m intervals, spot heights plus colouring and additional graphics to show different types of woodlands, exposed rocky area, glaciers, etc. The map shows local roads and paths, as individual... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kaliningrad
  • Kaliningrad street plan at 1:20,000 with an enlargement of the city’s central districts including the port, plus a road map of the environs. All place names are in Cyrillic only. Map legend and all information are in Russian.On one side is a street plan at 1:20,000 covering the city within its administrative boundary, accompanied by an index.... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Länderkarte Russland, Ukraine, Weißrussland 1:2 000 000
  • Mit den MARCO POLO Länderkarten können Sie sich auch im Ausland so sicher orientieren wie in der Heimat! Maßstäbe und Karteninhalte sind optimal an das jeweilige Land angepasst.Hauptkarte 1:2 000 000 mit mehrsprachiger Legende (RUS, D, GB, F, I, E, CZ, PL), beidseitig bedruckt/ Übersichtskarte zum Ausklappen/ Entfernungstabelle/ 2 Nebenkarten:... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Finland - Karelia
  • Een echte trektocht in het noordoostelijke grensgebied tussen Finland en Rusland. Langlauf in dit verlaten taigagebied, waar slechts hier en daar een boerderij ligt, over een vers getrokken loipe van Hossa langs de Russische grens naar het zuiden. Ervaar de weidsheid en de wildernis van de winterse Finse bossen, meren en veenmoerassen.... Read more
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