Russia

Description

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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Regions

Mountains

Books

De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Pocket Guide St. Petersburg | Berlitz
  • Pocket Guide Berlitz is een handzaam engelstalige reisgids met bezienswaardigheden, kaartjes, hotels en restaurants. Past makkelijk in de binnenzak. St Petersburg is Russia’s most beautiful city, its capital of culture and window on Europe. Built on 44 islands set amongst canals and rivers and crossed by over 300 bridges, the city is full of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Eyewitness Travel Russia - Rusland | Dorling Kindersley
  • 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. Engelstalig. Discover the fascinating cities and vast landscapes of the world's largest country - from stunning imperial palaces to remote lakes and... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
  • Reisgids Kunstreiseführer Russland | Dumont
  • Russland hat als Ziel von Kulturreisen keine lange Tradition. Doch wer sich aufmacht, das Land über St. Petersburg und Moskau hinaus zu entdecken, wird mit diesem Kunst-Reiseführer einen interessanten und wichtigen Begleiter haben. Wie bei allen Bänden dieser Reihe wird der Leser im einleitenden Teil mit den kulturellen und geschichtlichen... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Free as the Dolphins Travel
  • This is a guide to methods and strategies for free travel by air, sea and land for people who want to travel for free or nearly for free.Want to learn French or English? This book is part of an educational series teaching travel vocabulary, compare and contrast, etc. A teaching guide can be found in the French "Voyager gratuitement ... ou... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Belarus - Wit Rusland | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! This new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Belarus remains the only full-blown standalone guide to the most westerly of the constituent republics that formed the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Sotschi | Trescher Verlag
  • Goede Duitstalige reisgids over een nauwelijks bezocht Sotschi! Veel beschrijvingen van cultuur, bevolking en bezienswaardigheden. Daarnaast ook praktische informatie. (Duitstalig), natuurlijk ook gericht op de winterspelen .....! - Die Region Groß-Sotschi auf 246 Seiten - 180 Farbfotos und historische Abbildungen - 22 Übersichtskarten und... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • One Steppe Beyond
  • Traveling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times?doing so in a dilapidated VW is just that much more of an adventureA chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they can t think of a good... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • One Steppe Beyond
  • Traveling across the former Soviet Union is a challenge at the best of times?doing so in a dilapidated VW is just that much more of an adventureA chance job offer at a timber yard in Estonia gives Thom and his old pal Jo a taste for the unknown. So when Uncle Tony asks them to drive to Vladivostok for another job, they can t think of a good... Read more
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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
2018
  • Reisgids City Guide St. Petersburg | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van de stad vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. The sheer grandeur and history of Russia’s imperial capital never fail to amaze, but this is... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Giant Steps
  • In Punta Arenas, Chile, in November 1998, Karl Bushby set out on one of the most remarkable journeys of modern times. His plan is as simple as it is extraordinary: to walk up the Americas, across the Bering Strait, through Asia, Russia and Europe, back through the Channel Tunnel and returning to Britain in 2011. It is a journey of remarkable... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Giant Steps
  • In Punta Arenas, Chile, in November 1998, Karl Bushby set out on one of the most remarkable journeys of modern times. His plan is as simple as it is extraordinary: to walk up the Americas, across the Bering Strait, through Asia, Russia and Europe, back through the Channel Tunnel and returning to Britain in 2011. It is a journey of remarkable... Read more
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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
2018
  • Reisgids Russia - Rusland | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Lonely Planet Russia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on... Read more
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Maps

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
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