Komi

KOMI REPUBLIC - РЕСПУБЛИКА КОМИ

The capital of the republic Syktyvkar has been known as a populated place since 1586 but history seems to have bypassed the city. No major events have occurred in this area. Today Syktyvkar is an industrial centre as well as a rail road junction. A good place to stay overnight on the way from Kirov to Veliky Ustyug (Russian Santa Claus real estate) in the Vologda Oblast.

The Syktyvkar hotel

The railway station in Syktyvkar


MAN-PUPU-NER plateau   -  плато МАНЬ-ПУПУ-НЕР
(LITTLE KNOWN WONDER OF THE WORLD)

The Komi Republic is rich in natural resources. It is a land of taiga. The most outstanding natural feature is the plateau of Man-Pupu-Ner and its weathered pillars. It is undoubtedly a wonder of the world which still remains little discovered by the traveling public. The sight of the seven erosion quirks towering over the barren hilltop is truly weird. In winter some pillars are completely white. They measure from 30 to 42 meters in height.

The pillars are accessible after sailing 200 km down a taiga river by boat and trekking 36 km on foot. Less adventurous well-off travelers can reach the plateau by helicopter which is fast and comfortable but much less exciting and enlightening compared to boating and trekking.

No doubt that the most adventurous way to reach the Man-Pupu-Ner pillars is by a snowmobile. The trip starts in a remote village in the north of the Sverdlovsk oblast and takes minimum 4 days. It is worth of every cent you pay for it.

Images of a snowmobile trip to the erosion quirks of Man-Pupu-Ner

The starting point is an abondoned village ...

... the trip continues through thick forest ...


... where accidents happen ...


... across unfrozen rivers ...

... and past the Mansi people dwellings ...

.... overnight in an unfinished hut ...

.... by the end of day two, hopefully, you reach the plateau and the divide between Europe and Asia ...

... and enjoy the sunset views of the weirdly shaped pillars ...

... overnight in a snowdrifted hut ...

... and continue the photo session early in the morning while the sun is still low.

On the way back.

Ruins of a gulag in the background.



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