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The Travels of

Jacqui and Lars

Trans-Russia and Mongolia 2003 - The Statistics





-  Kamchatka Trek:

-  Kamchatka Driving:

-  Mongolia:

-  Russia (ex-train)

-  Trans-Siberian Train:

-  Total:

      119 kilometers

   1,220 kilometers

   2,880 kilometers

   1,220 kilometers

 13,496 kilometers

 18,935 kilometers


-  Kamchatka Trek:

-  Mongolia:

-  Trans-Siberian Train:

-  Total:


  16 days

  15 days

  41 days

  72 days

Modes of Transport:

Train, plane, foot, mini-van, taxi, car ferry, bus, ferry, horse, camel, Russian army jeep, 6WD truck, truck, electric trolley bus, hydrofoil, and metro.

Major breakdowns:



Only one, on 7 August, 2003 at Naiman Nuur lake in Khangai Nuruu National Park, Mongolia


Cases of Malaria:


National Parks Visited:

5 (see The National Parks)

Highest Point:



Highest Point (overnight):


Plosky Tolbachick volcano crater rim, Kamchatka, Russia (2,867 meters at N5549.025' and E16022.240')


Naiman Nuur Lake (overnight camp), Mongolia (2,441 meters at N4631.232' and E10150.205')


Northernmost Point:

St. Petersburg, Russia (N5956.353' and E03018.898')


Easternmost Point:

Crater rim of Bezemyanny Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (N5558.111' and E16035.127')


Southernmost Point:

Yolyn Am at Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia (N4332.705' and E10401.906')


Westernmost Point:

St. Petersburg, Russia (N5956.353' and E03018.898')


The Train:


The Trans-Siberian train:

Train #005 - Okean: Khabarovsk to Vladivostok (4-5 July)

Train #007 - Sibir: Vladivostok to Irkutsk  (27-30 July)

Train #264: Irkutsk to Ulan Baatar (30 July - 1 August)

Train #005:  Ulan Baatar to Irkutsk (15-16 August)

Circumbaikal train: Listvyanka to Irkutsk (17 August)

Train #009 - Baikal:  Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg (20-22 August)

Train #071:  Yekaterinburg to Perm (24 August)

Train #017 - Kama:  Perm to Vladimir (26-27 August)

Train #059 - Volga:  Vladimir to St. Petersburg (29-30 August)

Train #25 - Smena:  St. Petersburg to Moscow (4-5 September)



Longest Time with NO Shower:


Kamchatka:  11 days and 10 nights:  13 to 23 July, 2003 between Milkovo Settlement (where we had a banya) and the Esso Settlement, Kamchatka, Russia


Mongolia:  9 days and 8 nights:  5 to 13 August, 2003 between the Tsenkher Jiguur hot springs and Ulan Baatar, Mongolia


Favorite Food and Drink:


Caviar, vodka, pelmeny and blini.


Most sought after commodity:


Soft toilet paper (rather then the sand paper provided in most hotels, restaurants and shops)



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