Two beautiful hiking tours on the Kola Peninsula combined in one holiday!
Hike four days through the Monche Tundra and six days through the Khibiny Tundra. Monche Tundra is part close to the Laplandsky Nature Reserve with virgin pine forests and spruce forests which age is 400-500 years old. Watch rare birds like the 'gyrfalcon' having its territory in the fells.
Hike through the Khibiny Tundra and enjoy the magnificent views over the highest mountains and the largest blue lakes of the Kola Peninsula.
During the hiking tours you have to carry your own backpack, with own sleeping bag, mattress, tent and personal belongings. Food we will provide at the beginning of each tour. Lightweight tents and mattresses you can rent from us.
Before, between and after the hiking tours you will travel in time during excursions in Murmansk and Monchegorsk and where you will spend the nights in hotels.
|Level: Experiences in hiking in stony areas. Good physical condition and capabilities to carry rucksack (approximately 17 kg).|
|Group size: 4 - 11 persons (international participation is possible)|
|Duration: 15 days|
|Dates: On request from 15th of June to 15th of September.|
|Price: Prices are depending on group size and rouble exchange rate. Please contact us for an up-to-date proposal.|
|Price includes: Accommodation (breakfast included), boat and bus transport, all mentioned excursions, three meals a day during hiking tours, two restaurant dinners, and one restaurant lunch, visa invitation, guide and interpreting services, medical insurance which includes a helicopter evacuation in emergency case.|
|Documents: Het paspoort moet minimaal 6 maanden geldig zijn na terugkomst. Voor toeristen uit Nederland is een Russisch visum vereist. Voor meer informatie raadpleeg de website van het Russische consulaat in Den Haag. Na boeking sturen wij je de benodigde toeristische uitnodiging.|
Day 1, Saturday: Arrive in Murmansk. Meet up at airport by a driver from the hotel . Transfer to hotel. Check-in. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2, Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel. Guided city tour in Murmansk including a harbour, the 'Alyosha' memorial and Historical Museum. Lunch. Transfer to Monchegorsk; check-in at a hotel. Guide will come to the hotel in the evening to meet you and check equipment. Dinner in a restaurant of the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 3, Monday: Breakfast at the hotel. Travel by motor-boat down Imandra Lake to Nifeliny Peski Station (10 km). From there hike on the forest path as far as Aku-Aku Ravine, and make camp. Explore Aku-Aku Ravine. The Ravine's entrance is guided by tall pine-trees and the walls look like an old broken castle. There is a picturesque lake among the cliffs, and numerous streams - one with a small waterfall, and lonely standing rocks like trolls turned into stones. We climb the west slope and watch the wonderful view of the Imandra Lake and the faraway tundra behind it. Distance of hike: 8 km.
Day 4, Tuesday: Follow the Ravine Aku-Aku up to the Yumyekorr Pass, a narrow pass squeezed between two rock cliffs. Yumyekorr means "Ravine of Dead Men". According to legend the Saami battled Swedes here at the end of the 16th century. Hike down to the Meridian Stream through a grove of northern birches up to the Chasnaiok River ("Woodpecker River"). Camp. Distance of hike: 10 km.
Day 5, Wednesday: Follow the path along the Chasnaiok River to the South Chorgorr Pass. We can watch the steep slopes of the Lidichwumchorr
Mountains on which there are fantastic rock outcrops. The South Chorgorr Pass is smooth wide lowering of the crest ( 820 m). At lower elevations
there is a stunning rock circle with a jewel-like lake. Proceed down through the pass to the Petrelius River and make camp.
Distance of hike: 14 km.
Day 6, Thursday: This day is for rest. Leave heavy things at the camp and hike to the Northern Rischorr Pass located in the east part of Khibiny tundra or we can look for some samples of rare minerals not far from the camp or just stay in the camp and walk in forest in neighbourhood. Distance of hike depends on your choice: 5 to 12 km.
Day 7, Friday: Walk to the Zapadnyi Petrelius Pass through a stone circle with a lake and ascend to the top of the pass. Proceed down to the valley of the Malaya Belaya River and to a stone circle with "moon" craters on its bottom. Follow the Malaya Belaya River up to the Ramzai Ravine and make camp. Distance of hike: 14 km.
Day 8, Saturday:Walk up on the path to the Ramzai Ravine, a narrow pass squeezed between two rock cliffs. Snow can be kept in the ravine up to the autumn. Proceed down along the Pochaiok River ("Reindeer River") to the Malyi Vudyavr Lake where our bus is waiting. Distance of hike: 10 km. Drive to Monchegorsk. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9, Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel. Day of rest in Monchegorsk. Dinner on your own in any cosy small restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 10, Monday: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to start point in mountain. From there hike to the pass through the mass-mountain of the Monche tundra ridge. From a top of the pass proceed down on a path to the west slopes of Monche tundra and the Vite River valley and make camp. Distance of hike: 8 km.
Day 11, Tuesday: Hike along the west bank of the Seidjavr Lake through the virgin pine and spruce forests which age is 400-500 years old. If we are lucky we can see elks, bears, fox or reindeers. It's possible to fish in the rivers. Cross the Vite River and proceed to the Seidjavr Lake. Make camp. Distance of hike: 4 km.
Day 12, Wednesday: Leave rucksacks in camp and walk light to the Pingkyauranch Lake. The nature there is like Japan banzai gardens where mountain and forest landscape are shown in miniature. There are really special trees on a bank of the lake whose water has unusual light-green colour. Proceed the beautiful river delta. Distance of hike: 15 km.
Day 13, Thursday: Hike to the valley Lemkorr and climb up to the second high peak on the Kola Peninsula - 1114 above the sea level. From the very top a breathtaking view opens to blue forests with pearls of lakes and shining fillets of rivers: all fairy-tale Lapland is on your palm! Distance of hike: 12 km.
Day 14, Friday: Cross the Vite River and proceed up to the mountain ridge of Monche tundra. Stop to look round the waterfall Devichyi Kosi (Girls plaits). Continue the route to the beginning of a tectonic cleft, where snow is kept until the end of Summer, and walk down to the foot of Monche tundra. From there transfer to Murmansk. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 15, Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel. Departure. Transfer to Murmansk airport by a hotel car.
This hiking tour in Monche- and Khibiny Tundra can be extended with the following optionals::
Guided hiking tour for backpackers (15 days) through the bleak Khibiny Mountains and green Monche Tundra.
Combined guided hiking tour for backpackers (13 days) through stern Khibiny Mountains and Magic Lovozero Tundra.
Backpack with guide through Monche Tundra; virgin forests, magnificent mountains, desolate tundra, majestic waterfalls and crystal-clear rivers and lakes.
Short guided backpacking tour in Khibiny Mountains - the highest tundra of Lapland.
Long guided backpacking tour in Khibiny Mountains. Get in touch with its summits, passes and ravines.
Guided backpacking adventure to the mystic centre of Lovozero Tundra.