Hiking expedition to Manpupuner, Russia

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The Manpupuner rock formations are a set of seven gigantic, abnormally shaped, stone pillars located in the Ural mountains of the Komi Republic in Russia.

 

These monoliths are around 30 to 42 m high and have been named one of the Seven Wonders of Russia. Despite this accolade, however, they don't get many tourists. This is because the location is extraordinarily inaccessible.

 

The stones are over 100 km from the nearest human dwelling of any kind. There are only two ways to get there: by privately chartered helicopter, or by a two-day motorboat trip up the river Ilych followed by two-day hike through dense taiga forest.

 

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So... I'm thinking of organising an expedition to go and visit. Would anyone here on TT be interested in joining? I think seeing the stones will be pretty interesting, but that's only part of the adventure. It's the journey itself that will be most of the fun. I'm proposing a two-week expedition starting and ending in Munich. We'd go in the middle of August 2014, over the Mariä Himmelfahrt public holiday, so it'd take 9 days vacation time from work.

 

The schedule would be something like this... August 2014:

 

09 Sat - Fly Munich to Moscow, 07:15 MUC – 12:15 DME

10 Sun - 13:35 train from Moscow to Syktyvar (25 hours on the train, no changes)

11 Mon - Arrive Syktyvar 14:28, depart Syktyvar by bus at 21:00

12 Tue - Arrive in Ust-ilych, take motorboat 80 km upstream, camp overnight

13 Wed - Take motorboat another 120 km upstream, camp

14 Thu - Walk 20 km, camp

15 Fri - Walk 16 km, arrive at stones, camp (public holiday in Bavaria)

 

16 Sat - Return walk 16 km, camp

17 Sun - Walk 20 km, camp at river

18 Mon - Take motorboat 200 km downstream, take bus to Syktyvar

19 Tue - Arrive Syktyvar, catch train to Moscow

20 Wed - Arrive in Moscow around midday

21 Thu - Day in Moscow

22 Fri - Contingency day in Moscow to allow for delays (missed train/weather/etc.)

23 Sat - Fly Moscow to Munich, 17:10 DME – 18:25 MUC

 

Total cost would be maximum €1,200 per person.

 

This is cost price. The breakdown is: €210 flight, €240 train, €85 Russian visa, €545 motorboat and guide, €80 four nights Moscow hostel, plus €40 to cover minor unexpected expenses. The train fare is second class. If you're feeling brave, you can travel third class and save €100. But I've travelled on long-distance Russian trains before and have seen what third class is like. I'll be taking second class. You can also save on the visa costs if you're Russian or don't need a visa for some other reason.

 

Put your name on the list if interested. There's no commitment at this stage. I'm just posting to see how much interest there is, if any. Number of spaces is minimum 5, maximum 8 people. Obviously you need to be healthy and fit for at least 72 km of hiking, including carrying of camping gear. You also need to be unafraid of bears.

 

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Sounds amazing!!

 

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I`m interested in your Manpupuner rock formations expedition and would like to come along. Are you still planning on going?

 

Regards,

heinz

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Hi, I am very interested.

 

Any idea what the weather is like there, at that time of year?

 

I assume there will be hoards of midges, but no idea of temperature and / or likelihood of rain, considering the hiking.

 

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3. Natalia

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7. Marco

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Hi folks,

 

as this event comes closer I would recommend a meeting with all people who are still interested to join this trip. For me it would be the first trip of such a length of time with having a very hard daily physical challenge.

 

I´m sure there are a lot of questions regarding to physical preparation, equipment, the total costs of the trip, flight bookings etc and probably the decisions have to be done within the next two months.

 

Regards

 

Marco

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Plans changed. Have to drop out of this this time. Enjoy!

 

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4. Mits

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Plans changed; priority to baby :) Enjoy!

 

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3. Natalia

4. NewChris

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6. Marco

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sign me up

 

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3. Natalia

4. NewChris

5. Janice

6. Marco

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This is an interesting site about the rocks and brief suggestions on getting there:

 

http://int.rgo.ru/news/the-manpupuner-rock-formations/

 

I think a meeting would be good to find out more. The amount of hiking doesn't appear to be significant, but that depends on the terrain. If it is uphill, then 20km is a big deal in a day. On the flat it would be trivial in a day.

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Unfortunately this isn't going to happen this year. The trip involves quite a lot of logistical planning and I've been preoccupied with other things.

 

Maybe we'll go in 2015 though, or 2016. So if interested, continue to sign up, and watch the thread so you get email notifications about updates.

 

In the meantime, I'm organising a slightly less adventurous, but no less fun, trip to Scotland. See other thread: Hiking holiday in Scotland.

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Hey Bob

 

I visited Komi last September and stood by the river watching the forest. Wow! That forest is magnificent.

 

Ever since I've been thinking about doing that same route as you are talking about but I am having a very hard time finding any info about the hiking route. What info do you have? Anything you can share with me? Either here or in a private message.

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