Krasnoyarsk

Arrived quite tired after a 12 hour journey which wasn’t long enough for a proper sleep. Found the trolleybus easily enough to get to the hostel, but when got to the right stop it took a while of aimless wandering to find the right block with the strange numbering system used there. Kiwi hostel was an apartment converted to dorms which was nice enough.

Went on a mission first to the Stolby nature reserve and managed to find the right buses I needed to take to the Bobrovy Log cable car through Google maps. It took nearly an hour to get there and I was worried when I saw the cable car was closed when I arrived, but thankfully it was just K2 cable car, and K1 was open until 10pm. I got a ticket for 250R and took the scenic ride up the mountain.

At the top I walked first to the stolby rock Takmak. The stolbys are rock formations protruding from the tops of the mountains and was interesting to see them poking out from vast amounts of forests. I didn’t have the ideal footwear on as my walking sandals had got soaked in Novosibirsk, but managed to scale up to the base of the formation. Walking around the side I ended up on a ledge with an amazing view over Krasnoyarsk and the surrounding forests, but also a very long drop below!

Later I walked into the part where the main stolbys are but you have to walk around 4 miles though the forest before you reach the start of the trail. It was very pretty and serene but full of annoying mosquitoes and ticks. When eventually got to the first stolby after a sweaty walk through the forest there was an awe inspiring view across what seemed to be endless forests on the mountains stretching out into the taiga. I didn’t walk much further than the first few stolbys before heading back to the cable car, and lucky I did as it started raining not long after I got down. Spent some time walking around the city centre which was quite pleasant, especially the pedestrianised bridge going over the river to an island.

The next day I wanted to see the Paraskeva Pyatnitsa chapel which is featured on the 10 rouble note, but I struggled to find information on it’s exact location, so was hit and miss on the buses until by chance I got one to Ploschad Pobedy from where I could walk 20 minutes up the steep Stepsna Razina Ulitsa to get to it. When I got there the church itself was cordoned off as it was under reconstruction, but there was an amazing panoramic view over the city from there. Bride and groom after bride and groom kept arriving there to have their pictures taken while I was there. Krasnoyarsk is definitely one of the better places I have visited in Russia and would definitely recommend a stop off on Trans-Siberian here.

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