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Kenozersky National Park is a specially protected natural area, which is a historical reference system of the human environment, object, preserved centuries-old history and culture of the Russian North. There have been preserved in its original form unique natural objects, numerous monuments of material and spiritual culture, architecture, painting, iconography, archeology, and rich ethnographical material.


Come off for centuries from metropolitan centers, lost among the endless taiga and swamps Kenozerye preserved to this day unique architectural monuments and way of life of the population as they were in the 14-16 centuries. It is a true open-air museum, but unlike the famous Kizhi or Small Karel where monuments were brought from different regions of Karelia and the Arkhangelsk region, where ancient masterpieces of Russian wooden architecture are in their pristine landscapes.


In 2004, the park was included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, and therefore officially recognized as the property of the entire planet.

We will guide through almost the entire reserve region from north to south, from the village Vershinino through Kenozero, looking into his innermost nooks and inspecting distant chapels, spend the night on the island, we crossed at its southern shore, and go down the transkenozerskomu path through Porzhensky churchyard and the village Dumini to the south edge of the park in the village Morschihinskaya.


At the end of the tour we will take a walk on the ancient Russian town - Kargopol, which is due to isolation from the road kept the historic charm and quiet.



We go by train to the station Plesetskaya (from St. Petersburg and Moscow about 18 hours on the way).


Day 1

We arrive in Plesetsk in the morning, where a minibus will be waiting for us at the station square, which will bring us to the village of Vershinino, the “capital” of Kenozerye. We register in the building of the local administration and go to see the Nikolskaya Chapel, which stands on the side of a hill. Here begins the huge Kenozersky National Park covering an area of 140 thousand hectares.

After a short snack, we sit in the boats and go to Bear Island - the place of our first stop. We set up a tent camp on the equipped tourist base. Dinner, sunset, talking by the fire ...


Day 2

After breakfast, again in boats go from the island to the shore. In the village Vedyagino first stop at a small roadside chapel, hidden in a dense forest. This chapel was built in 1863 and consecrated in honor of Nicholas the Pleasurer, who venerated Kenozero, as elsewhere in the North, the patron saint of navigators and fishermen.

The village of Vedyagino is located on the shore of Lake Vidyaginsky, which is part of Kenozero. This is one of the most picturesque places of Kenozerye. It is possible that Lake Vidyaginskoe got its name from the word “visible”, i.e. beautiful, prominent lake. It is surprising that the buildings here could be preserved in our time outside museums! After all, even some simple huts in the villages are already 100 years old and more.

After lunch we make the transition along the picturesque Transkanozersky tourist trail to Porzhensky Pogost, where we stop for our second night. There is a forester’s cottage next to the Turkstoyan, and if you make friends with him, he will always treat you to fresh or smoked fish caught the day before here in the Porzhen lake.

Day 3

Today we have a full day of running, the continuation of the route along the transkenozero path. From Porzhenskoye along the path laid through a thicket of forest past the Slender Lakes and another sacred grove, we walk for 3-4 hours to the village of Dumino.

At first, we will see only the mighty pine tops of the "holy" grove behind a high hill, and then the village itself with its rickety houses. It affects the absolute solitude. Fields that have not been mown for a long time are gradually being drawn down by a young forest - alder, willow, and birch. The village of Dumino is located on an elevated hill surrounded by three lakes: Cherny, Dolgiy and Lobozero.


Here, in Dumino, we will make a big stop for visiting the village, the old churchyard, and on the picturesque shore of Lake Black, we will prepare lunch at the equipped tourist camp.


Then we will continue our journey and by the evening we will arrive at the village of Maselga, where we will set up a tent camp on one of the many tourist sites on the bank of a large and beautiful Lake Maselga. If time and effort remain, we lightly go to Hizhgora (about 2 km.) To look at the old cemetery and the church of Alexander Svirsky on Hizhgora.


Day 4


In the morning, after a heavy tourist breakfast, we’ll go to the Architectural Park "Cinematographic trifles", where smaller copies of kenozero huts, churches and outbuildings are presented, and then, by a good dirt road, we will go to the village of Morshchiinskaya. This is already a real civilization - there are shops here, and the administration of the Kargopol part of the Kenozero national park is also located. Next to him, on a well-equipped tourist camp on the shore of Lekshmozer, we will set up our tent camp, while they themselves will go for a walk along the Anthill Trail, looking at quaint art objects located here in the most unexpected places, and then on to the church of Peter and Paul and take a tour of the village . Despite all the trends of progress, the centuries-old life of the rural life of the Russian north has been preserved here and many things look surprising to the eye of the modern city dweller.

Day 5

In the morning we buy unusual kenozero souvenirs in a shop at the national park and by bus or taxi (the bus does not go every day) go to the city of Kargopol. Due to various circumstances, Kargopol is now rarely visited by tourists and almost never officially organized groups. In contrast to the widely publicized Great Ustyug, which is hard now to call a quiet district town, Kargopol still remains so.


Here we walk lightly for a city tour. At will, we visit museums, arrange an impromptu farewell dinner in a cafe. After lunch, we take a bus to Nyandoma station to take a night train to Moscow.




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Your English speaking guide: Igor Vaskan



Trip info


USD 220 per person

Cost includes

  • accommodation in tents in the camping, firewood,
  • all transfers on the route, incl. taxi,
  • meals three times a day marching,
  • invitation for getting Russian tourist visa,
  • instructor fee,
  • total hiking equipment: tents, kettles, gas burner, etc.
  • first aid kit with basic medicines and first aid,
  • group and individual photos of each participant made during the entire campaign to a professional photo equipment and provided in electronic form

Cost Not includes

  • air and rail tickets
  • the cost of obtaining Russian visa,
  • rental of personal equipment
  • food in the cafe and souvenirs
  • other expenses not specified in the section included in the price

What is the complexity of the campaign? Will I be able to withstand these horrors?

Hiking part of the tour of medium difficulty. This means that with a minimum physical training, you will be able to withstand the load without difficulty hiking. Due to long journeys, the tour is not recommended for people with diseases of the spine.


Recommendations for clothes and gear

Weather in Russian North is changeable and full of rain, wind and fog. Therefore, you should bring an adequate supply of warm and waterproof hiking clothes - membrane jacket, trousers, trekking bitinki sneakers to move by city, mandatory set of thermal underwear and a hat, gloves, warm socks, fliska, sunscreen and sunglasses.

How to participate

  1. If you are interested in this tour, leave a request through the form below or call on these phones, I'm Evgeny Androsov or my assistants tell details about the route and will answer all your questions.
  2. To book a place, a prepayment of 30% of the tour cost before it starts if more than 45 days, and 50% of the cost, if, prior to the start of at least 45 days. Prepayment is returnable in 45 days or more prior to the hike / tour nevovzratnoy and, unfortunately, less than 45 days before the start of a hike / tour if the return is linked to your refusal to participate (for whatever reason). If the hike / tour will not take place due to our fault, because not form a group or force majeure, the advance payment, you will be guaranteed to be returned in any case.
  3. If you change your mind / lose the opportunity to participate in the campaign, please let us know as soon as possible. The transport and food for the whole trek procured, calculated and allocated based on each party's campaign.

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