When it comes to extreme travel, we usually remember the Sahara, jungles of Southeast Asia, Antarctica and the Amazon. Along the river walk was the captain of the British army, retired Ed Stafford became the first man in the world, has made a similar trip. Since then he has traveled to many far from the resort areas, including in Russia. Here, too, there is much to go extreme tourists. Here are three destinations that you can take note.
Khamar-Daban: traveling with a crunch
"And under my feet through the fog crunches Khamar-Daban", - Yuri Vizbor sang in the famous tourist destination, hikers song. And he did crunches - even where there is a trail, travelers waiting walking with obstacles because of fallen trees. However, it starts much more optimistic - Khamar-Daban mountain range begins from Lake Baikal, and in the area Journey-turn. The closer to Lake Baikal, the wider trails and the more people come across on the way. To experience the real extreme, it is necessary to move away from these places at 40 kilometers - for example, go beyond the pass with the promising title Devil's Gate. And then begins the same crunching underfoot, sung Vizbor, which, however, will be accompanied by squelch boots, if the court of the spring, fall or summer. The climate in this area is quite wet, it rains often, and then have to wade the river, so on dry socks can only dream of.
The water, by the way, here is one of the main dangers. The level of mountain rivers depends on how long ago was rain. A small trickle of night can turn into a raging torrent that washed away anyone who tries to move it, so that the campaign sometimes resembles a maze, where the passages may be closed at any time. You go to the ford - while he's gone, and you have to find a new path. Related to this is another serious danger. Going through the local woods can only be along the river, but not all shore passable - sometimes they are too steep, and sometimes too marshy. In addition to the numerous streams and tributaries to get lost easier than ever: not just a group of tourists who had planned to walk only a few days, spent a couple of weeks to finally get to the people with a fair share of luck.
In spite of these difficulties, Khamar-Daban, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Russia. In addition, it is the oldest mountain range on the planet, and already for this one should visit here. River with the purest water, singing birds nepuganyh, gorgeous views from the passes, an indescribable feeling of oneness with nature - all this on a trip to Khamar-Daban is guaranteed, and so what happens next depends on the experience and luck.
Yakutia: there is a road, there is no way
Conqueror of the South Pole Roald Amundsen said that a person can get used to anything but cold. But residents of Yakutia every winter refute this claim and prove other - people can do anything. Indeed, the temperature in the area of Oymyakon and Verkhoyansk fall below 60 degrees, and during extreme cold can last for weeks, but this is no surprise.
Another story - the roads of Yakutia. In the spring of them impassable because of the mud, in summer the way that block the river - for example, to get from the capital to the town of Mirny, where diamonds are mined, you need five times to cross the Lena River and Viluy In winter, when the ice gets up drive can be almost any road, but it is difficult to make due to the severe frosts. Local drivers are tied for second car windscreen to provide at least some visibility - one glass quickly covered with a layer of ice, and nezamerzayku at such temperatures is ineffective. In addition, the distance between the settlements of solid and machinery drives are very small, so in case of emergency assistance will not always, especially in the middle of nowhere with a cellular phone is not very. Therefore, drivers are trying to go in two cars, so as not to get stuck in the middle of the road and do not freeze.
But do not think that the Yakutia - hell on Earth. Here you can see the streams and river sections, which do not freeze, even when temperatures drop to - 60 degrees. Winter due to severe frost almost every night sky shimmers in different colors - what-what, and the northern lights inhabitants of Yakutia will be surprised. And, of course, is here and summer - a short, but quite a roast.
East Siberian taiga: a meteorite was?
East Siberian taiga - almost 4 million square kilometers of forest, where there are no roads, no people, the world's largest territory occupied by intact forests. World Wildlife Fund included the East Siberian taiga in the list of 200 most important ecosystems on the planet, and here comes more and more tourists.
Especially popular Tunguska Reserve, where a little more than 100 years ago, exploded above the surface of a huge meteorite - as a result had been felled trees within a radius of more than 2000 square kilometers. No debris or fragments alleged celestial body still has not been found - they are reported periodically appear, but no one has not yet been validated. Therefore, lovers of puzzles again and again to seek the shores of Tunguska, but this trip - one of the most extreme, as orienteering in the forest - the more the quest.
In the taiga maze of tall pines can get lost anyone, even someone who knows the forest like the five fingers. Renowned expert Extreme Ed Stafford advises to climb a tree to get a better view of the surroundings and the best path down the hill towards the river. This old technique has repeatedly rescued the brave masters of survival in the wild, and even the forest he looked like enough - at one time he even walked along the Amazon, spending on this adventure two years. Moving through the forest, says Ed, you should constantly look back and look at the chain of their tracks - just to make sure you do not go around in circles. If I have to spend the night in the forest, it is important to keep the fire until the morning - people are not here, but wild animals have enough, and the flame will help scare off intruders. However, it is not only advice on survival from Ed, which will be useful, and to get their first-hand look at the program "Ed Stafford: survivor" from October 10, at 22:00 on Discovery Channel!