Destination: Kodar Mountains, Pik BAM.
Travel direction: Russia -> Trans-Siberian Railway -> Transbaikalia -> Baikal-Amur-Magistrale -> Novaya Chara Station -> Kodar Range -> Pik BAM.
Kodar is the mountain range in the centre of Transbaikalia. Stretches within Irkutsk Oblast and Zabaykalsky Krai in Siberia, Russia. It’s a part of Stanovoye plateau as well as the extension of North Muiskiy Range.
Kodar mountains’ length is 200 km. The maximum hight is 3072 km (Pik BAM). Includes 30 glaciers the total area of which is 19 sq km. The biggest glacier is Azarov.
Transbaikalia’s Kodar Range was one of places used instensively by Stalin’s GULAG system. There are many remains of labour camps located in canyons. Gulag camps’s mission was to mine coal and copper.
Pik BAM is the highest summit of the Kodar Range in Zabaykalsky Krai (formerly known as Chita Oblast), Siberia / Russia. Its height is 3,072 metres above sea level. The abbreviation “BAM” stands for the Baikal Amur Mainline railway, which passes south of it.
Map of Kodar Mountains (Transbaikalia)
Below is the mark of Pik BAM on the map.
Trekking in Kodar Mountains
It became a lovely destination for trekking fans. This chain of mountains is very easy to access thanks to Baikal-Amur-Magistrale. The closest station is Novaya Chara.
Kodar Mountains Photographs
Below enjoy 30+ breathtaking photographs taken by Ekaterina Ipatieva, co-founder of Adv.Yktv.ru, Yakutsk Adventure Community, during her and her Yakutsk mates’ Kodar Mountains trekking in August 2011.
Meeting up at Novaya Chara Railway Station.
Artem Petukhov, a Yakutsk-based Taymir Trekking Club leader, inside Novaya Chara Station, where the team spent the first night.
On the way to mountains.
Crossing the Sakukan River.
Passage before Murzilka Pass.
In front of Sovetskiy Geograph (Soviet Geographer) Glacier.
In this picture, the third summit is BAM and the glacier in front of Pik BAM is Azarov Glacier.
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