Vottovaara is one of the most mysterious places in Karelia. This mountain (total h 417 m above sea level) is really a unique geologic and geographic object. Here is an extraordinary landscape for Central Karelia: numerous huge boulders and “legged” stones, fantastic-formed trees, rocky rifts and small lakes. We offer to go hiking to Vottovaara as to:
- see “legged” stones, which some researchers consider cultic objects of the ancient Sami;
- find out what traces the ancient glacier left;
- trail the partisan unit that defended this area during the Great Patriotic War, and to learn why the neighboring hillside was called "Death-Mountain";
- climb to the highest point in central Karelia and enjoy incredible views.
Tour Location: Karelia
Type: Hiking tour
Number of days: 3 days / 2 nights
Group: 6 to 14 people
For groups less than 6 people price will be different
Accommodation: Camp, overnights in tents
Meeting the guide at the railway station in Petrozavodsk. Please take the train which arrive not later than 9 a.m.
Transfer to Gimoly village (about 5 hours). Change minibus to all-wheel drive cargo-passenger off-road vehicles and get to camp place (about 30 minutes). Pitch up a tents, have a lunch.
Radial walk to the Death-Mountain (5 km), return to the camp. Dinner, rest. Accommodation in tents.
Breakfast. Radial walk to Vottovaara. Sightseeing around top of the mounting: stone amphitheater, “stairs to heaven”, lake, a lot of legged-stones. Lunch at the top of Vottoovaara.
Return to the camp. Dinner, rest. Overhight in tents.
Breakfast. Pack our bags, go to minibus (11 km). Return to Petrozavodsk, on the road visit to Girvas – the ancient volcano. Dinner at the restaurant. Completion of the tour, summing up.
Departure by the trains after 5 p.m.
- Tour guide
- Meals (according to the program)
- Equipment rental (tents, bonfire equipment)
- First aid kit
Please note that train tickets are not included in cost, but we can help you to chose and buy them.
Extra costs ≈ 3000 rubles:
- Snacks (individually)
- Insurance (tick-borne encephalitis)
List of equipment
Clothes and shoes
Thermal underwear, synthetic T-shirts, fleece jacket, pants, membrane jacket, cap, gloves,
trekking socks, wool socks, underwear and clean clothes, trekking boots, swimwear
Backpack (60-90 liters), backpack rain cover; waterproof pouch for documents, photo equipment, etc.
Camping mat, sleeping bag (with temperature range from 10 to 3°С)
Sunglasses, flashlight, power bank, thermos, sit pad, towel, lighter
Personal hygiene items, hygienic lipstick, wet wipes, paper napkins. Mug, bowl, spoon, knife
Oily skin cream, sun protection cream, anesthetic, individual drugs
Passport, money, telephone, medical insurance policy
We recommend installing a mobile application with GPS detection and offline maps (for example LocusMap or Offlinemaps)
For a confirmed booking, a deposit of (10%) is required. Deposit is paid by credit card (secure payment via Stripe, no credit card fees). The remaining balance can be paid in cash upon start of the trip - unless Host & Traveler agree on different payment methods.
Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.