Khibiny is not very high mountain massif on the Kola peninsula, located almost 150 km to the north from the Polar Circle. The highest altitude is the Mount Yudychvumchorr - 1200 m. Here the trekker can enjoy quick succession of landscapes including tundra which is unique for the European mountain systems. It makes Khibiny inimitable in their beauty. One of the specific features and advantages of these mountains is also the long light "polar" day lasting throughout all summer. The climate here is much more mild than in any other polar region of Russia due to the warm Gulf Stream current washing the shores of Kola Peninsula. The average summer temperature is +15C. Northern taiga, woods of crooked and dwarf birches, shrub and lichen tundra, picturesque river valleys and flat summits, lots of berries and mushrooms - all is waiting for you on the trip.
Day 1. Meet at the train station in St.Petersburg. Departure by train to Apatity in late afternoon.
Day 2. Arrive in Imandra train station in the Khibiny Mountains in early evening. Walk 1 – 1,5 hours to our first camp in Goltsovka River Valley.
Day 3. A day walk to the Aku-Aku Gorge, Khibinpakhchorr and Yumyekorr Passes. Overnight in the same camp.
Day 4. 2 hours walk to Chasnayok and Meridionalny crook junction to leave the luggage in our next camp. Continue higher up into the mountains to see the impressive Fersman circus.
Day 5. Over the Southern Chorrgor Pass to the Petrelius River Valley.
Day 6. A day walk to the Western Petrelius Pass and depending on the weather on to the highest point of the Khibiny Mountains on the plateau on the top of Mount Yudychvumchorr, 1200 m. Back to the camp in Petrelius Valley.
Day 7. Over the Southern Rischorr Pass to Kaskasnunyok Valley. Camp in the pine-fir-tree taiga.
Day 8. Walk up to Akademicheskoye Lake, then down to camp in Tuliok Valley.
Day 9. Over Vortkeuayv Pass to a road head where we meet a vehicle taking us to Kirovsk.
Visit Polar Botanical Garden in Kirovsk. Hotel.
Day 10. It might be possible to visit Mineralogical Museum in Apatity before our train to St Petersburg which leaves Apatity at 12:11.
Day 11. Arrive in St Petersburg by train at 12:11. Trip ends.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- hotel in Kirovsk;
- tents on trek;
- group transfers to/from hotel in Kirovsk;
- English-speaking guide(s);
- all food on trek;
- cook on trek;
- group cooking equipment;
- porters for communal gear;
- Russian entry visa support.
- train tickets and meals on train;
- personal equipment;
- lunches and dinners in Kirovsk and Apatity;
- any services in St Petersburg;
- visa fee.
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The M08603 has been operating in Russian Adventure Travel since 1989. Founded by professional geographers from St. Petersburg State University it specializes in organizing tours and expeditions to the remote wild areas of Russia and former Soviet Republics. Nowadays M08603 focuses on adventure travel, cultural and...
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