Category Archives: Russia

The Siberian Altai Trip Was Over – Russia

Another long driving day back to Barnaul, overnight at the hotel in preparation for a flight back to Moscow, and for Mike, Nan, ex-Marine and myself, a change of airports to catch Lufthansa back to Frankfurt. In the Lufthansa Lounge

Even More Excitement In The Altai Mountains – Siberia, Russia

One last uphill, one last adventure…or…debacle. At the top of a hill, Leonid decided to deviate off the trail down to the river and camping spot for tonight by bushwacking. Off he went, flying through brambles, stinging nettles and stabbing

Get Lost (Literally) in The Altai Mountains of Siberia, Russia

By now, you probably agree with us that Leonid was a terrible guide. He consistently gave unclear directions as to time, distance, and whether there would be water along the way to fill water bottles. Quite a few days, we

Trekking To Mount Belukha In The Ak-kem Valley – Siberia, Russia

Up and over another pass with incredible views of Mount Belukha ( the highest mountain in Siberia, at 14,800′). The massif had four peaks with snow glistening, and over 700 square miles of glaciers. Mount Belukha is a favorite for

Up and Over Karatiurek/Karatyurek Pass in Siberia, Russia

An extremely long uphill on a good path, and ex-Marine started getting nauseous from exertion (he tends to hike too fast), and altitude. With the “jets” already at the top of the pass, he stopped to lie down along the

The Kucherla River and Karatiurek/Karatyurek Pass in Siberia, Russia

The next morning dawned bright and sunny. The horsemen had returned with all the tents BUT still no silverware, or enough dishes to go around. The entire trek was spent drinking tea out of soup bowls, sharing the few cups