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
  • 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
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
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
2013
  • Reisgids Te gast in Rusland en Oekraine | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Samengesteld door en voor reizigers: verhalen van mensen die er gewoond of gereisd hebben. Literatuurlijst, praktische tips, vooral veel achtergrond- en cultuur informatie. Rusland en Oekraïne zijn landen van contrasten. In Moskou rijden rijke Russen in hun Bentleys en Lamborghini’s terwijl zwervers in de metro creperen van de honger. In Sint... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Pocket Moscow - St. Petersburg - Moskou | Lonely Planet
  • Pocket reisgidsen van Lonely Planet zijn een kleinere versie dan de 'echte' Planets. Vaak echter van bijzondere bestemmingen binnen een bepaald land waardoor er meer aandacht is en uitgebreidere tips zijn voor die bepaalde streek i.v.m. de grote Planets. Handzaam formaat, makkelijk in de binnenzak! Tcoh ook deze vol met praktische informatie.... Read more
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 Russia- Rusland | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Door het formaat en gewicht niet zo zeer om mee te nemen, als wel om thuis voor en na de reis uitgebreid te lezen. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Engels. Russia remains an enigma to many, and most visitors will only go to the stunning St Petersburg or the capital Moscow, but... 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
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Kompass
Germany
2011
  • DuMont Kunst-Reiseführer Russland
  • 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
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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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Bol.com
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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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
2018
  • Reisgids Belarus - Wit Rusland | Bradt
  • 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
2012
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
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
  • 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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Maps

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
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
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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