Level : Medium
Vottovaara Mountain. KARELIA Trail
Karelia is a country of forests, cliffs, rapidly flowing rivers and myriads of lakes. Somewhere in the middle of that sacred region Vottovaara mountain rises, a sacred site for local inhabitants—the Saami. Many people would translate this name as “Death Mountain”, but in reality the actual meaning of the name is “a rocky mountain covered with forest”. Besides, Vottovaara is the highest point of the Republic of Karelia: it rises to 417 meters above sea level.
Vottovaara is well known as a place where many unusual Seyda exist: huge stones weighing many tons that are placed onto small supports, or “legs”… No one has any idea so far, just how such structures came about, whether they were erected by Mother Nature or by ancient inhabitants of these realms, who may have descended from the Hyperborean civilization.
The northern side of the mountain suffered a lot from a wildfire. Most tourists visit this area. We shall, however, investigate the southern slope that is covered with the pristine northern taiga which has been hiding from human eyes ancient altars and petroglyphic drawings.
Lenth: 80 km
Duration: 6 days
Initial meeting place: St.Petersburg
Group consists of 6-12 people
Price per person: 25000 RUB
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Club discount - 7%
Walking over an old dirt road that exists at the route of the dismantled narrow-gage railroad from the Stalin years, we shall go north, to the base of the sacred Vottovaara mountain.
This day will be dedicated to investigating that side of the mountain which did not suffer from the wildfire.
We move on closer to the summit, to the section of the mountain slope that burned down during a big forest fire in the early 2000’s.
We start the long descent along the northern slope.
The closer to the civilization, the more signs of human presence will be seen.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons
List of required equipment you can find here
You need active sport insurance
Initial meeting point — city of St.Petersburg
- all transfers on the route
- instructor’s service
- rent of common equipment (tents, cooking equipment, GPS, etc.)
- travel expenses to and from initial meeting place
- rent of personal equipment
- personal expenses
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