Level : Medium
Khibiny. Russian Polar Region
The Khibiny Massif is a mountain range in the Kola Peninsula. Its height is relatively moderate—under 1200 meters. We shall experience the harsh beauty of the North during our trek: cliffs and snow, taiga and tundra. At first sight, nature seems to be forbidding here, yet once sun’s rays manage to get through the clouds, everything starts blooming. The general leaden gray hue disappears, lakes and rivers turn ultramarine, flowers come into bloom, lichens and moss stand out in high contrast on the rocks, surrounded by patches of snow.
The Khibiny are deformed, decaying mountains (their age is about 390 million years). The summits are plateau-like, with steep slopes. It is a true depositary of various minerals: the Kola Peninsula is second in the world in terms of mineral diversity.
Lenth: 70 km
Duration: 7 days
Initial meeting place: city of Apatity, Murmansk region
Price per person: 19 500 RUR
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Club discount - 7%
Group consists of 6-12 people
After the group meets in Apatity, we shall ride to Kirovsk where we shall visit its botanical garden.
We shall camp on the shore of the Maly Vudyavr Lake for the night.
During our ascent to the summit of Kukisvumchorr (1147 m) we shall find rare minerals, like astrophyllite, eudialite, apatite and others.
Later we shall get to the steep slope at the lake.
From the Akademicheskoye Lake we continue towards Marchenko Peak and Rischorr mountain passes.
Most locations in these parts were first explored by Russian Academy member A. E. Fersman.
We shall descend to Risyok Waterfall and stay for the day’s rest in the forest, close to the water.
We shall ascend to the sources of the Petrelius stream, into the circus of the Yudychvumchorr Mountain, the highest summit of the European part of Russia, beyond the Polar Circle.
We shall trek across one of the Petrelius passes and descend to Malaya Belaya [Small White] River walking on stone fields. Then another ascent, towards Ramsay Gorge. Late in the evening we shall arrive at Vudyyavr Lake.
We are leaving our route and mountains stay behind us. We shall anticipate civilized conditions that were created due to the mining riches of the Khibiny.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons