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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
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
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 7/18-9/22/2018
Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip (=Start) from August 22nd, 2017 to May 27th, 2018
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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
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]
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
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
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

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
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
Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
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