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Pictures of our 2nd North Asia trip 2016 to Russia
- Part 2bFrom Gorno Altaysk to the Mongolia border and back to the Ukraine border September 26th to November 11th, 2016
 
before:
  • Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk August 21st to September 26th, 2016
  • Kazakhstan – from Korday at Kyrgyzstan border to Shemonaika at Russia border – August 9th to 21st, 2016
  • Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Korday June 27th to August 9th, 2016
  • Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 18th to 27th, 2016
  • Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
  • Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
  • Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
  • Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
  • United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
  • Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
  • Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
  • Russia Part 1 – from Kazakhstan border in Troick via Moscow to Ivangorod at Estonia border – July 1st to 29th, 1995
  • afterwards:
  • Ukraine Part 3 from Russia border at Hlukiv to Odessa for shipping to Bintulu/Sarawak/Malaysia Nov. 11th to Dec. 5th, 2016
  • Myanmar (Burma) round trip without our vehicle from December 26th, 2016 to January 22nd, 2017
  • 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6-5/3/2017 + continuation from 7/18-...../2018
  • Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=Start) from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
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    latest picture: November 4, 2016
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    079  View from a hill near the
    “Vorota Sartakpaya Gorge” to the village
    of Chemal (~5’000 people), surrounded
    by the Iolgo mountain range, about
    60 miles south of Gorno-Altaysk
    080  The former power station “HPP”
    (1935-2011) – today a museum –
    at the Chemal River just at the
    confluence of the Katun River .....
    081  ….. the so-called “Vorota Sartakpaya
    Gorge” of the Katun River, which joins at
    Biysk the Biya River from Lake Teletskoye
    and is called afterwards ‚Ob‘. It is 7th-longest
    river of the world (3’364 miles [5’410km]
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    082  Upside down world: The Perevertysh-House
    in Manzherok, 22 miles [36km] south of Gorno-
    Altaysk, is built in the style of a typical European
    summerhouse, with one exception: It is upside
    down, also inside. It now is a tourist attraction
    083  Lunch along the Chemal River in
    Chemal: Being alone amidst the beautiful
    Siberian surrounding lunch tastes even better!
    084  A couple of daisies still brave the
    approaching autumn, which is changing mid-
    October pretty abrupt into winter time
     
     

     

     
     
     
     
    085  “Who wants to drive past?” Curious
    well-fed cows are gazing at us at the “Deja Vu”
    Chalets in Uznezya along the Katun River
    086  White nocturnal moths are settling
    down in their thousends on a high
    pole due to its light …..
    087  …. at the end the whole pole is
    “plastered” by them and many lie dead
    on the ground. Artificial light kicks
    them completely out of cadence
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    088  A cutely decorated Siberian
    home in the village of Uznezya
    089  The village of Shebalino along the
    Chuysky Trakt. See also picture No. 145
    on the return journey
    090  Enjoying his beer, Emil is gazing
    into the quietly flowing Katun River
    while Liliana prepares some lunch
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Glorious natural scenery along the Chuysky Trakt – the Siberian silk road that served initially as a major route from China to Europe.
    The Chuysky Trakt itself, former highway M52 – new R256, runs 600 miles [966km] from Novosibirsk via Barnaul, Biysk and
    Gorno-Altaysk to the Mongolian border at Tashanta. It is completely sealed, 23 ft. [7m] wide and well-developed. The construction
    was during the 1930's by Gulag inmates. The highest elevation is 8’153 ft. [2,485 m] on the Durbet-Daba pass on the Mongolia border,
    12½ miles [20km] southeast of the Tashanta border gate
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    094  Autumn is announcing itself. The forests
    of the Karakol region along the Chuysky
    Trakt are slowly changing the colors …..
    095  ….. partly the trees have already
    reached the climax of their
    golden autumn color
    096  The Chike-Taman-Pass (4’249 ft.
    [1’295m]) of the fine Chuysky Trakt
    runs through the sweeping Karakol
    region, flanked by mountains
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    097  The old Chike-Taman mountain pass
    road is visible. It worked until the opening
    of the new one in 1984. 25% of the Altai
    territory is forested
    098  Doesn't our blue LandCruiser look
    good next to the little autumn tree?
    099  The Chuysky Trakt meets 11 miles
    [18km] south of the Chike-Taman pass
    at Kordon Kur-Kechu again the
    mighty Katun River
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    100  The little 200-soul hamlet Malyy
    Yaloman at the bank of the mighty
    Katun River with a sweeping view
    to the Saldzhar (Saljar) mountains
    101  “We are just taking a little nap” …..
    102  ….. we make also a little break
    in that rather inhospitable place
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    103  Lunch break in the solitude of the
    “Golden Mountains”, shortly before Inya

    View from the Chuysky Trakt monument

     
    104  One of the most beautiful sights of the
    Altai region: The turquoise shining Chuya
    River meandering down a stunning valley
    105  A row of autumn colored trees
    lines the shore of the Katun River
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    At the Chuysky Trakt monument:
    108  Our LandCruiser is rolling mile after
    mile on a good tarmac road through an
    untamed and outstanding landscape. First
    snowfall set in on 9/22/2016 overnight at
    higher elevations (~6’600 ft. [~2’000m])
    106  We did not reach Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia.
    We turned back at the border because: 1st)
    Mongolia on a sudden temporarily introduced
    a bond for old cars (US$12’232.50 for our
    34-years old LandCruiser), 2nd) the emergency
    repair of our front pillars in Gorno-Altaysk did
    not prove to be sufficient and 3rd) snow and
    freezing temperatures were announced on the
    weather forecast
    107  The Soviet truck AMO and “Ford jeep”
    at the “Monument to Drivers”, in honor of
    those who died on the Chuysky Trakt. The
    previous Trakt, constructed 1930, lies about
    165 ft. [50m] east and 65 ft [20m] higher
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    109  Ibexes mark 13 miles [21km] east of
    Aktach the entry to the district of
    Kosh-Agach, Altai’s last outpost of any
    significance before the Mongolian border
    110  On one side lined by bare rocks, on
    the other side by a colored forest – the
    Chuysky Trakt never stops enchanting us.
    Here shortly before Kuray
    111  Patches of dark clouds sail past
    revealing a glimpse to a snow covered
    mountain ridge – another sign of
    the approaching winter
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Different moods at the “Golden Mountains” between Aktash and Kosh-Agach conjure up
    unique sceneries over and over – they can change within hours
    114  Our LandCruiser during a break at a
    little pond in the dry Chuya Steppe,
    4½ miles [7½km] before the center of Kosh-
    Agach on an altitude of 5’768 ft. [1’758m]
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    115  A colorful rural settlement in the flat
    Chuya Steppe on the way to the Mongolia border,
    at the foot of the gorgeous northern mountain
    scenery (Kuray Range) after Kosh-Agash
    116  The little village store for everything
    (Photo, Car, Pharmacy, etc.) in Kosh-Agash
    reflects the charm of the remote place
    117  Our LandCruiser joins the famous
    “camel/eagle/yak trio” at the northern
    entrance of Kosh-Agash
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    118  Red, blue and green rooftops – they
    give some color to the small settlement
    in front of the Kuray Range in the
    Kosh-Agash district
    119  A beautiful reflection
    picture in Kosh-Agash
    120  Due to its outstanding scenery, the
    Altai mountains are also called “Siberia’s
    Switzerland” – here again the Kuray
    Range north of Kosh-Agach
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    121  A lovely farm sandwiched between
    one of the countless water courses of the
    Chuya River and the imposing Kuray Range
    122  A Kazakh cemetery at the village
    of Kokorya 13½ miles [22km] east of
    Kosh-Agash on the old Chuysky trakt.
    About 6% of the Altai population are
    Kazakhs (Coord. 49.90898/88.95641)
    123  Sheep are grazing in the dry Chuya
    Steppe as they have done it for decades.
    Here in front of the snow covered Kuray
    Range, shot shortly before Tashanta
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    A particularly beautiful golden autumn on the banks of the Chuya River along the Chuysky Trakt, 1¼ miles northwest of Chagan-Uzun
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    127  Peacefully grazing sheep in the Kuray
    Steppe, rolling hills and the snow coated
    Kuray Range – its beauty can hardly be
    outmatched (about 6 miles [10km] before
    the village of Kuray)
    128  A typical picture of the Altai region:
    The village of Kuray nestles between the
    Kuray Steppe and the eastern foothills
    of the Severo-Chuyskiy Range
    129  Towards the South: Birch and fir
    forests crisscross the plain. In the
    background the Severo-Chuyskiy
    Range rises towards the blue sky
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    130  Towards the North: Ascent to the Kuray
    Range – only our blue LandCruiser disrupts the
    warm brown color of the pristine landscape
    131  Liliana poses in front of the beautiful
    Severo-Chuyskiy mountain scenery. The
    Altai region belongs to the Unesco
    World Heritage sites, which named it
    “Golden Mountains of Altai”
    132  The brilliance of the golden birches
    appears especially intensive in the barren
    strip of the steppe (view towards the South)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    133  The majestic Altai Mountains
    (here the Kuray range)
    134  Colorful autumn and glorious winter
    scene side by side. In the front the Chuya
    River, behind it the 13’704 ft. [4’177m] high
    Mt. Kara-Tash of the Severo-Chuyskiy range
    135  Golden reflection: The pristine pine
    forest along the banks of a branch of the
    Chuya River in its golden autumn look
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    136  In Altai mythology the white “Jalama”,
    the prayer ribbons hanging from the lower
    branches of trees, are part of the Altai’s
    people tradition of honoring their ancestors
    137  The Lenin Statue in Inya stands
    probably at one of the most
    memorable places in Russia
    138  Liliana between standing stones from
    Bronze Age (2000-3000 BC) in Inya left by
    nomads of ancient civilizations, presumably
    from Turkic people
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    139  A babushka (Russian mommy) on
    the way to her neighbor for a chat
    140  Yaks eying us. Yaks (Bos grunniens)
    can survive also in inhospitable lands above
    snowline and carry loads of more than 100kg
    141  A wooden house of Altai people in
    Inya with an attached traditional six-sided
    Altai home, called “ail”
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    142  At the Chuysky Trakt along the Katun
    River. The clear water of Katun has been
    colored 11 miles [17½km] earlier by the
    turquoise water of the Chuya River
    143  The scenic Chuysky Trakt follows the
    banks of the wide Katun and the somewhat
    narrower Chuya River, directly in the heart
    of the Altai Mountains
    144  Matching the golden autumn,
    a golden flower meadow
    stretches along a cliff
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    145  The attractive Russian Orthodox
    ‘Church of the Assumption of Mary’
    [Церковь Успения Пресвятой Богородицы]
    of Shebalino along the Chuysky Trakt
    146  Shipping from Vladivostok (east) or
    Odessa/Ukraine (west)? Emil is studying the
    road map. From Gorno-Altaysk the distance is
    even about 650 miles [1’000km] shorter to
    Odessa. The freight from there to East Malaysia
    is also just half. Thus, the decision is made!
    147  The first snowflakes fall on
    October 7th, 2016, in Gorno-Altaysk.
    View from the window of our guesthouse
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    148  The winter season reached Gorno-
    Altaysk, after we had been “warned” on
    September 22nd, 2016, in Kosh Agach (pic
    #108) – a joy missed for a very long time, the
    last time on January 29th, 1999, in Turkey
    149  Emil is enjoying the winter landscape
    through the window of our guesthouse
    ‘Gostinitsa Traktovaya’ in Gorno-Altaysk
    while doing some computer work
    150  A deep wintry landscape in Gorno-
    Altaysk – only Santa Claus is missing!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    151  Covered with a layer of virgin snow,
    our LandCruiser experiences the start of
    the Siberian winter in Gorno-Altaysk
    152  A great tit (Parus major) that can
    be found from all of Europe and then
    between the 45th and 55th parallel until
    Khabarovsk in the Far East of Russia
    153  Our corner shop in Gorno-Altaysk
    after the onset of winter
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    154  The icicles hanging from the Land-
    Cruiser’s roof are a warning that it is
    high time for us to leave Siberia
    155   Before departure Emil is shoveling
    the heavy load of snow from our
    LandCruiser’s roof rack in front of
    our guesthouse in Gorno-Altaysk. There
    are 3’100 miles [5’000km] ahead of us
    156  10/19/2016: Escaping the Siberian
    winter: Shortly after leaving Gorno-
    Altaysk to the West, we run into
    an approaching new snow storm
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    We are driving now from Gorno-Altaysk the following route to Odessa in the Ukraine (actual driven miles/kilometers):
    (M52)-R256: Gorno-Altaysk - Novosibirsk (Chuysky-Trakt) 289mi [465km];
    (M51)-R254: Novosibirsk - Chelyabinsk 955mi [1’537km] (through Kurgan, Ishim and Omsk);
    M5: Chelyabinsk - Ufa - Samara 578mi [930km]; R228: Samara - Saratov 244mi [393km]; A144: Saratov - Kursk 449mi [722km];
    R199/P44/M02: Kursk - Rylsk - Hlukiv - Kiev 318mi [512km]; M05: Kiev - Odessa 303mi [488km]; total 3’136mi [5’047km]
    157  We are caught in a Siberian snow storm:
    Clouds of snow sweep across the street. The
    visibility gets worse and worse. Snow starts
    sticking on the road. Locals are already
    mounting spike tires and we are driving with
    summer tires and a jammed windshield wiper!
    158  It is snowing and snowing. The hay
    bales that are still laying on the meadows
    get a snow cap
    159  Emil is enjoying the wonderful mix
    of autumn and winter colors. We are now
    on the Trans Siberian Highway, the former
    M51 – today R254. We left the
    Chuysky Trakt in Novosibirsk
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    160  We drive westwards on the monotonous
    but pretty smooth Trans-Siberian Highway
    through endless birch forests
    161  Anastasia and her husband of the
    Berkana Backpacker in Chelyabinsk invite
    us to a cheese platter and wine – a feast.
    Emil talks about our world trip
    162  Among other stuff, metal containers
    called “samovar” are sold along the street
    (on the left side). In Russia they are traditionally
    used to heat and boil water for tea
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    163  At 32°F [-5°C] temperatures, the
    pond along the Trans Siberian Highway is
    already partly covered with a thin coat of ice
    164  10/27/2016: A “sugar coated” winter
    wonderland at Urenga Pass, where we cross
    the Ural range for the second time on our
    journey around the world. The first time was
    on July 2nd, 1995. The Ural marks the
    geographical border between Asia and Europe.
    So we are actually leaving Siberia too
    165  Just fabulous: Each tree, each branchlet
    bears the imprint of a deep winter
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Typical for Russia: Modest wooden houses along the road between Satka and Ufa
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    169  Side by side at the town pond:
    A smoking industrial chimney of an iron
    smeltery and the beautiful golden domed
    church of St Nicholas in Satka …..
    170  ….. Emil taking pictures
    of the surroundings …..
    171  ….. and of the Russian Orthodox
    Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
    [Храм Святителя Николая Чудотворца]
    in Satka in its full splendor
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    172  Emil at the breakfast table in our
    room of the Hotel Europe in Ufa, enriched
    by various cheeses from our board kitchen
    just according to Emil’s taste!
    173  View from the room of our Hotel Europe
    in Ufa over the wintry landscape and the Ufa
    River, which flows via the Kama River into
    the Volga that ends in the Caspian Sea
    174  Around 4 inches [10cm] of new snow
    fell in Ufa during the night. Emil is mounting
    our snow chains in front of our Hotel, as the
    road slopes sharply. On our world journey
    we only used them in mud (Zaire-Congo +
    Guyana), not yet in snow up to now
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    175  Our LandCruiser in the Toyota Ufa
    workshop: The rear differential broke when
    leaving the hotel. It will be replaced by the
    used spare one that we carried along on
    our roof rack during 3’613 days, resp.
    80’683 miles [129’846km] from
    Jakarta/Indonesia since 12/11/2006 …..

    ….. the corpus delicti: the broken differential; the differential case cracked

     
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    178  After the record time repair at Toyota
    Ufa the house photographer takes a couple
    of pictures. In the picture is Dimitri, our
    contact person (left of Emil). As a gift,
    we get a huge glass of honey
    179  At Toyota Ufa Liliana is posing
    next to a Samurai. When leaving, we
    get an already framed picture with the
    two of us with the same scenery
    180  Toyota Ufa has an interesting museum
    with a collection of nostalgic vehicles.
    Emil cannot help to sit behind the
    steering wheel of a Fiat 500 vintage car
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    181  A mausoleum in a wintry landscape
    along the Ural Highway M5 (Trans-Siberian
    Highway) between Ufa and Oktyabrsky
    182  The magic of wintertime: A bunch
    of Viburnum berries (Sorbus aucuparia)
    covered with snow
    183  A last sunset in snow-covered Russia:
    Our 3-months journey comes to an end after
    3’391 miles [6’423km] on Russian roads. On
    Nov.11th, 2016, at 11am, we reach Gorodishche
    near Krupets the exit border to the Ukraine
     
    More websites of our 2nd North Asia trip 2016 to Russia:
    Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
    Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
    Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
    Russia Part 2a – from Tretyakovo at Kazakhstan border via Lake Teletskoye to Gorno Altaysk Aug. 21st to Sept. 26th, 2016
    The African trip 2013-16:
    CapeVerde: Santiago/Praia part 1 – November18th to December 13th, 2013
    CapeVerde: Fogo – Dezember13th to 23rd, 2013
    CapeVerde: Brava – December 23rd to 26th, 2013
    Cape Verde: Santiago/Praia part 2 – December 26th, 2013 to February 28th, 2014
    Cape Verde: São Nicolau – February 28th to March 13th, 2014
    Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 1 – March 13th to 20th, 2014
    Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Eastern side part 1 – March 20th to April 7th, 2014
    Cape Verde: Santo Antão/Western side part 2April 7th to 10th, 2014
    Cape Verde: São Vicente/Mindelo part 2April 10th to 29th, 2014
    Namibia Part 1 from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
    Angola Part 1 September 26th to October 4th, 2014
    Angola Part 2 October 4th to 22nd, 2014
    Namibia Part 2 from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
    South Africa Part 1 from Namibia border to Capetown January 22nd to February 23rd, 2015
    3rd Major Repair of our LandCruiser FJ60 - 1982  (due to two broken sideshafts)
    South Africa Part 2 from Capetown to Tsitsikamma National Park February 24th to March 13th, 2015
    South Africa Part 3 from Addo National Park to the Lesotho border March 13th to April 7th, 2015
    Lesotho April 7th to 15th, 2015
    South Africa Part 4 from the Lesotho to the Swaziland border April 15th to 23rd, 2015
    Swaziland April 23rd to 28th, 2015
    South Africa Part 5 from the Swaziland to the Botswana border  April 28th to May 15th, 2015
    Botswana
    Zimbabwe
    Mozambique
    Malawi
    Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
    Tanzania
    Kenya
    Ethiopia Part 1 – from Kenya to Djibouti October 25th to November 18th, 2015
    Djibouti October 18th to 27th, 2015
    Ethiopia Part 2   from Djibouti to Sudan November 27th to December 9th, 2015
    Sudan December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016