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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 4. in Europe
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  • 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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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Letters from Russia
  • Translated by Anka MuhlsteinThe Marquis de Custine`s record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world`s most fascinating and troubled countries. It is also a wonderful piece of travel writing. Custine, who met with people in all walks of life, including the Czar himself, offers vivid... 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • A Tramp's Sketches (Dodo Press)
  • Stephen Graham (1884-1975) was a British author, noted for his travel writing, though he also wrote novels. His most famous books recount his travels around pre-revolutionary Russia and his journey to Jerusalem with a group of Russian pilgrims. His works include: A Tramp's Sketches (1913), Russia and the World (1915), Through Russian Central... Read more
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Belgium
  • A Tramp's Sketches (Dodo Press)
  • Stephen Graham (1884-1975) was a British author, noted for his travel writing, though he also wrote novels. His most famous books recount his travels around pre-revolutionary Russia and his journey to Jerusalem with a group of Russian pilgrims. His works include: A Tramp's Sketches (1913), Russia and the World (1915), Through Russian Central... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Flusskreuzfahrten Russland | 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. Eine Kreuzfahrt auf Russlands Flüssen ermöglicht tiefe Einblicke in die russische Geschichte und Kultur. Eine Reise... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Reise-Taschenbuch St. Petersburg | Dumont
  • Duitstalig reisboek met beschrijvingen van bezienswaardigheden, praktische informatie en veel aandacht voor de geschiedenis, cultuur en natuur. St. Petersburg ist mit seinen fantastischen Palästen; prächtigen Kirchen und romantischen Brücken ein einzigartiges Freilichtmuseum der Architektur. Wo liegen die schönsten Aussichtspunkte? Welche... Read more
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
2018
  • Dominicus landengids - Georgië en Armenië
  • In Armenië en Georgië vind je de hoogste bergtoppen van Europa, er wonen de meest gastvrije mensen van de wereld en bovendien bevinden zich daar de oudste bouwwerken uit de christelijke cultuur. Deze landen liggen onder de rook van Rusland en aan de rand van Turkije. Mede dankzij het heerlijke subtropische klimaat leven de Armeniër en de... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2018
  • Dominicus landengids - Georgië en Armenië
  • In Armenië en Georgië vind je de hoogste bergtoppen van Europa, er wonen de meest gastvrije mensen van de wereld en bovendien bevinden zich daar de oudste bouwwerken uit de christelijke cultuur. Deze landen liggen onder de rook van Rusland en aan de rand van Turkije. Mede dankzij het heerlijke subtropische klimaat leven de Armeniër en de... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Reisgids Culture Smart! Belarus - Wit Rusland | Kuperard
  • De Cultuur Bewust!-gids geeft toeristen en zakenlieden belangrijke informatie met betrekking tot de cultuur van alledag in het land van bestemming. Anders dan in de gebruikelijke reisgidsen wordt de lezer in deze reeks bijgespijkerd op het gebied van omgangsvormen, normen en waarden, hoe zich te gedragen en wat verwacht mag worden op zakelijk... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Sibirien - Siberië | Trescher Verlag
  • Reisgids vol achtergrond informatie, plattegronden en praktische tips voor Siberie (Rusland). Inclusief een twintigtal thematische essays. – – – Alle Sehenswürdigkeiten zwischen Tjumen und Vladivostok auf 520 Seiten – 56 Stadtpläne und Übersichtskarten – Fundierte Hintergrundinformationen – Ausführliche und aktuelle Reisetipps – 260 Farbfotos –... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 St- Petersburg - Sint Petersburg | Unieboek
  • Wonderbaarlijk en raadselachtig St. -Petersburg, met zijn schitterende skyline, is een stad waar tijdperken en bouwstijlen elkaar ontmoeten. Een wandeling over de Nevski Prospekt, het culturele hart van de stad, is een wandeling door de tijd; van de prachtige monumenten uit het tsarentijdperk tot de moderne cafés en chique boetieks van... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kaliningrad Street Plan
  • 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Kirgizië - Tian Shan
  • Kirgizië, een land van tradities, eeuwenoude sporten, gastvrijheid en (semi-)nomaden. Een land ingesloten tussen China, Kazachstan, Oezbekistan en Tadzjikistan. Een land met het immense Tian Shan hooggebergte en het grote Yssyk Kul meer waar langs appel- en abrikozenbomen goed gedijen. Dit land leer je het beste te voet kennen. Met twee totaal... Read more
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