8 most beautiful mountains in Russia, which are drawn to conquer

Hiking in the mountains in summer

Do you want to know what a summer hike to the mountains is? Looking for a corporate mountain hike or want to figure out how to organize a mountain hike yourself? The Lab team is not happy with corporate options, but we will tell you how to easily and quickly organize a hike to the mountains on your own. It's really not difficult, but, of course, it will require care and attention to detail.

What is a summer hike?

First of all, what is it? Summer in the mountains is a completely unique nature: from the amazing beautiful mountain views, babbling rivers, sometimes wild animals, air that simply cannot be found in the city, even in remote city parks; this is, in most cases, excellent weather. This is a new state, both for the organism, after several long transitions, and a new state of consciousness. In any hike, not necessarily in the summer, you will feel some kind of unusual unity with nature, thoughts will gradually clear up, city worries, work and personal unrest will gradually recede into the background. If you hike for more than three days, then upon your return you will have a completely different look at your daily life. With good company, it is fun hiking, cooking, active entertainment and much more. However, assuming your first hike is relatively easy, there are two options: you either like it right away and want more, or you don't like it right away. Therefore, it is worth trying at least once.

The main factors for organizing a hike

When planning, you should take into account many factors that are quite closely intertwined. Almost every factor influences other factors in one way or another: the season, the weather, the number of people in the group, physical fitness, the duration of the hike, experience, terrain, route and other factors. Below are a few of the main factors that you need to pay attention to when planning in the first place, the details of each of the points are also described:

  • Season of the year. The preparation and the hike itself are quite different if you plan to go in summer or winter. Even an event in summer is different from an event in spring or autumn. The weather greatly depends on the time of year, as a result, what equipment you need to take, which area you can go to, and which one is not worth it, and so on.
  • Weather. Depending on the forecast weather (although you should never rely on forecasts 100%, in the mountains the weather is very changeable) and the time of year, you can discuss whether you will take all the necessary equipment for rainy weather, or, in the case of hiking in the mountains in summer, perhaps some equipment can be neglected because the temperature will be acceptable.
  • The duration of the hike. If you are planning a one-night trip, then you can simply not take many things, because you will not need them, and if suddenly something goes wrong, then it is always one night or two days. In extreme cases, you can even do without food if you have difficulties with cooking. Or vice versa, since the hike is not long, the weight of the backpacks will be low due to less food, and you can bring something unusual with you: a guitar, a heavy camera or something else.
  • Route. Everything else depends on the route. If the route is laid out easy, with a small number of running hours per day, then in this case, the hike promises to be easy, even if it rains. If the route is difficult, or, for example, far from settlements, then this will affect the choice of equipment, calculation of food, perhaps someone in the group will refuse to go because of the difficulty of the hike.
  • Equipment. This factor affects both the individual and the group as a whole. If you have chosen a difficult winter route, but do not have the necessary equipment, this may not only be dangerous, but not feasible.

The main task for those who do not climb professionally is to enjoy hiking in the mountains, reboot their minds, take a break from the bustle of the city, and possibly meet new people. And of course, everyone pursues their own internal goals.

What are the steps when planning a summer hike

We've discussed a few key factors to look out for when organizing. Where should you start, what are the first steps you need to take so that everything is clear, simple and understandable. There can be two options for starting preparation:

  • or: form a group, and then, based on the decisions in the group, form everything else;
  • or: decide where you want to go, and then depending on difficulty of the route, form a group and everything else.

Both options are working, each of them has its own sequence of actions. Let's say a few words about the first option. You can create the second option yourself.

  • Formation of the group. You decide who wants and will go to the mountains with you.
  • Specify dates and durations. It is necessary to find a “window” in the work schedules of all participants in order to understand how many days can be allocated.
  • Formation of the route. You know who is going and how long you will have a hike in days. It's time to choose the area and form the route of the hike, depending on the wishes of the group.
  • Equipment. Depending on the time of year and terrain, you need to create a recommended list of personal equipment and a list of group equipment that you need. After that, distribute the group equipment among the participants, who will carry what.
  • Products for the hike. One of the last stages is food. Collectively form a menu for a hike for every day, determine the list of products and how much of this or that product is needed in quantity (or grams).

There are still various little things that will arise (medical issues, first aid kit, physical preparation of participants, travel to the area), but in general, if you have a group, route, equipment and food layout ready, you are almost ready ... Don't forget to bring a map or navigator. Of course, hiking in the mountains in summer can be difficult and lengthy. But do not forget that you are going to the mountains for some purpose: vacation, photography, achievement, summit, it can be anything. The result is always great: hiking in the mountains in summer is an unforgettable time.

While no one knows when the borders will reopen after the pandemic, domestic tourism is likely to recover faster than international tourism. So, it's time to get inspired by ideas for traveling around Russia - especially if you have been going on a mountain hike in your native expanses for a long time.

Vottovaara, Karelia

The correct cone of Klyuchevskaya Sopka attracts and frightens. It is the highest volcano in Eurasia - about 4,800 meters (altitude changes after eruptions) and one of the most active.

Some enthusiasts monitor the activity of volcanoes and, when an eruption starts somewhere, they quickly go there. Over the past 15 years, Klyuchevsky has erupted 6 times. If you do not want to check on your own experience what size volcanic bombs are, it is better to clarify before the trip what state it is in. Everything is quiet? Then you can admire the volcano from the village of Klyuchi, get to the volcanologists' base on the slope, walk along lava flows and even climb Klyuchevsky or one of the neighboring volcanoes.

If you are afraid that the volcano will burst unexpectedly, choose the safest type of Kamchatka tourism - a helicopter flight. To prevent the entire vacation budget from burning up in the tank, call your friends: in a large company, everyone will pay less. The helicopter ride can be combined with trekking, fishing and hot springs.

Difficulty: 3/5When to go: From the second half of June to mid-September. The warmest and least rainy month is August. How to get there: Flying to Kamchatka is not as expensive as it seems, especially if you buy tickets in advance. and what to look for: Do not forget warm and waterproof clothing: the weather on volcanoes - with character. read also: Kamchatka: when to go, what to do and how to save

There are so many beautiful mountains in Russia that you can ride like mountain goats on them at least every vacation. If you conquer the 10 highest peaks of our country, including Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Elbrus and Belukha, you will receive the title of "Snow Leopard" straight from the Russian Mountaineering Federation. Just keep in mind: these mountains are not at all for beginners, serious preparation is needed before climbing. If you are not confident in your abilities, go with an instructor.

Elbrus, border of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia

Elbrus is the Russian mountain number 1, above it there are only clouds and airplanes. It is also a volcano, which adds to the charm. The most popular route goes along the southern slope of Elbrus. On the Azau glade, jump on the lift to the "Mir" and "Krugozor", and then to the Bochka shelter at an altitude of 3,800 meters. There, catch your breath, discuss fantastic beauty with fellow climbers and wander through the snowy expanses. In a few days, climb to shelter 11, from which there is the final dash to the western summit. When you get there, you can be proud of yourself: not everyone can reach the highest point in Europe.

Don't forget to get used to the altitude before climbing 5,642 meters. Come 10-14 days in advance and make several acclimatization hikes around the surroundings and on Elbrus itself. For example, admire the Maiden Spit waterfall, overcome the All-Union Central Council of Trade Unions and take a picture against the background of the Pastukhov Rocks. And for the ascent, be sure to take a GPS navigator: it will help you find your way, even if the fog suddenly comes up.

Difficulty: 4/5 When to Go: The ideal time is June to September. Experienced and strong-minded people find themselves in a snowy fairy tale from January to March. How to get there: By train or plane to Nalchik or Mineralnye Vody. Then take a direct bus to Terskol, or with a change in Tyrnyauz. If you don't want to wait for the bus, take a taxi. and what to look for: Before climbing Elbrus, check in with the Control and Rescue Service in Terskol. And when you return, do not forget to call them: the telephone number of the Ministry of Emergency Situations in Terskol is 8- (86638) -7-14-89. read also: 6 reasons to visit the Caucasus this summer

Belukha, Altai

The two-headed Belukha is the highest mountain not only in Altai, but throughout Siberia. 4,506 meters even sounds solid. Belukha can be assaulted in different ways. Masters of sports climb the almost sheer Akkem wall. One of the classic ones is considered to be an easy route along the Gebler glacier, this is how the first ascent of Belukha was made in 1914. Travel agencies take clients through the Delone Pass. In organized ascents, instructors explain safety rules and lay rope "rails" themselves, you just have to go and admire.

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