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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Trails

Regions

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
  • 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
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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Dominicus Georgië - Armenië | Gottmer
  • Rijk geillustreerde gids met nadruk op historische en culturele hoogtepunten. Daarnaast nog veel besprekingen van toeristische plaatsen. Zonder meer een complete gids. Een prettig leesboek voor, tijdens en achteraf de reis. In Armenië en Georgië vind je de hoogste bergtoppen van Europa, er wonen de meest gastvrije mensen van de wereld en... Read more
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2007
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Reisgids ANWB extra stadsgids St. Petersburg | ANWB Media
  • Dé compacte reisgids St.-Petersburg. Met handige uitneembare kaart Met de ANWB Extra reisgids St.-Petersburg hebt u een handzame reisgezel. "Bezoek de tempel van de kunst, de Hermitage. Of wandel in het oudste park van de stad." In de reisgids staat actuele informatie over bezienswaardigheden, café's; hotels, de lokale keuken, winkelen en... 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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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 Merian live Sint-Petersburg | Deltas
  • Leuke handzame reisgids met een beschrijving van alle bezienswaardigheden; vrij veel praktische tips als het gaat om bijv. Accommodatie of restaurants. Goed voor een eerste kennismaking met het land. Handzaam reisgidsje met de volgende hoofdstukken: - Aan het strand - Excursies - Bezienswaardigheden - Eten en Drinken - Uitgangsleven -... 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
2014
  • Reisgids Trans-Siberian Handbook – Trans Siberië | Trailblazer
  • Siberia: now wide open to visitors – for the first time in Russia's history you can now travel almost anywhere you want in Siberia: we tell you how to arrange a trip, where to buy tickets and where to go. Kilometre-by-kilometre route guide – covering the entire routes of the Trans-Siberian, Trans-Manchurian and Trans-Mongolian railways with 38... Read more
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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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
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
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Maps

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
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
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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