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Red Stones clove: tale of the Thule
November 11, 2009 23:28

The Red Stones clove in vicinity of Norilsk (Krasnoyarsk Territory)is rather difficult to access but extremely beautiful place with red rocks, waterfall cascading from them to a lake at its bottom. This place was detected by the geologists in 60-s, whose settlement, Talnakh, is situated in 6 kilometers from the Red Stones. They were searching the ore. The rocks wouldn’t disappoint the alpinists, others can enjoy the sights: they are really unusual, not to say surrealistic. Everything looks strange in the crystal northern air. Especially the red rocks and waterfalls.


The point is that, the place I am going to describe is situated on the Taymyr Peninsula more than 300km to the north of the Polar Circle, in the zone of northern forests (these forests are the most northern ones in Asia), tundra and permafrost. The people have built the cities there because of the mining. This area is very rich in commercial minerals. The town Talnakh is situated at the bottom of Sablya Mountain the mountains of Kharaelakh. As a matter of fact, the Red Stones are the part of the Kharaelakh Mountains. These mountains covered with snow form the highland, which covers hundreds of kilometers. They remind the fairy tales and Lovecraft’s mountains of madness, depending on your fantasy and weather. The natives suppose the malign spirits live in these mountains, and nobody may bother them. Even the hunters avoided the forests near the rocks. But now the Red Rocks is the most popular place for the summer weekend among the inhabitants of Norilsk and Talnakh.

The Red Stones clove is situated in 6 kilometers east from Talnakh in the valley of the Ugolny brook. The clove is formed with two nameless rocks, specified on the map only as heights: 578 and 615 meters. There is a ski centre not far from this place, westwards, near the Otdelnaya Mountain. It is very popular, especially in April and May, when it is not too cold to ski. The Red Stones clove is famous not only for the rocks, which red color is so bright, but for the waterfall and the lake at its bottom. The waterfall consists of two cascades of very pure and tasty, but very cold water. The lake is rather deep; its depth is about 7 meters. The rocks are volcanogenic, and their red color is tied with some special considerations of erosion of basaltic lava. The silhouettes of the rocks look like the castle from some points of view.


The place is rather difficult to access, but it is possible and worth to do. First of all, you should get to Norilsk (for example, by train, using our Train Tickets Service). At the Norilsk bus station you take the bus 22 and go to Talnakh. In Talnakh you should take the bus 28 and go to the terminal (the bus stop is called UPK). After that you walk 6 kilometers.

There is one unpleasant feature of the northern nature you should have in mind. It is the blood-sucking insects.


Tags: Krasnoyarsk Territory     

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