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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

TRAVEL TIPS: Discover Russian Wonders On Foot




The Moscow Association of Travelers (Tel. 928-4810) can book hiking trips with tour operators all over Russia and the former Soviet Union. Hikers carry their own equipment, cook their own meals and sleep in two- or three-person tents. Packages include food, a guide and equipment, if needed.


In addition to the Cave Cities of Crimea trip, there also is a 12-day hiking trip along the Chernorechensky Canyon in Crimea. Hikers spend the final three days resting on the Black Sea. The cost is $90.


The Crimean Mountain Club in Simferopol organizes horse riding and spelunking trips in addition to mountain hikes. Tel. 25-45-13 or fax 51-04-72.


The association offers a 14-day trip in the Southern Urals along the Taganai mountain range. It covers about 100 kilometers, starting in Zlatoust and ending at Lake Turgoyak. The meeting point is Chelyabinsk. The cost is $70.


A seven-day trip around Lake Baikal also includes a stay on Olkhon Island. The 80-kilometer route is relatively easy, and children 12 years and older are welcome. The cost is $325.


Serious hikers may want to sign up for the nine-day Karelia trip in the unpopulated taiga of the Leningrad region. The cost is $40. The meeting point is St. Petersburg.


A 13-day trip on the Kamchatka peninsula takes hikers through the Nalychevo national park, which is a UNESCO site. Geysers Valley and the active Dzenzur volcano are highlights of the trip. The price of $530 includes a helicopter ride to the valley. The meeting point is Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.


The Altai mountains, whose name derives from a Mongolian word for golden, are a popular destination in the summer.


There is a 13-day hiking trip covering a 125-kilometer route to the bottom of Mount Belukha, the second highest peak in Russia after Elbrus. The meeting point is Novosibirsk. The cost is $92.


The adventure travel agency Via Logo (Tel. 132-7409/7408) also offers a hiking trip in the Altai. The Katun Route f named after the Katun River, a favorite white-water rafting destination f also takes in some of the Altai's other sights, including a waterfall, a lake and some caves. The cost is $54.


You also can hook up with other travelers at city clubs.


The Moscow City Central Tourist Club meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 17 Bolshaya Kommunisticheskaya Ulitsa. Metro: Taganskaya. Tel. 911-3981.