Wilderness Camp Diaries on the way to Irkutsk

To save some pennies this grand adventure requires that we cut accommodation costs as much as possible, thus we shall be couch surfing and camping our way around the world.

So far so good, when it comes to camping in Russia anywhere not private land, church land or near a reservoir is fair game. Here are some brief diaries from little dirt tracks off M55 and M58 roads between Khabarovsk and Irkutsk.

Day 1

This quaint looking place is in fact infested with ferocious mosquitoes

This quaint looking place was in fact infested with ferocious mosquitoes

  • Location: 400km west of Khabarovsk
  • Terrain: riverside
  • What’s cooking? Russian dumplings “Gyoza style”, stir fried veg, rice and miso soup
  • Weather: sunny with midnight showers
  • Insect level: 10/10
  • Morale: surprisingly high
  • King’s ginger required? Surprisingly no

Day 2

The morale was high when we got to this picturesque bit of Siberian forest

The morale was high when we got to this picturesque bit of Siberian forest

  • Location: 950km west of Khabarovsk
  • Terrain: picturesque Siberian forest
  • What’s cooking? Spicy chicken drumsticks, sautéed garlic potatoes, carrots and tomato & cabbage soup
  • Weather: overcast to sunny
  • Insect level: 7/10
  • Morale: high
  • King’s ginger required? No

Day 3

This abandoned quarry turned out to be the perfect place for a bit of Sausage Yakisoba

This abandoned quarry turned out to be the perfect place for a bit of Sausage Yakisoba

  • Location: 1600km west of Khabarovsk
  • Terrain: abandoned quarry
  • What’s cooking? Sausage yakisoba, miso soup and left over tomato and cabbage soup
  • Weather: Sunny (rain threatened but failed to materialize)
  • Insect level: day shift 8/10 night shift 3/10
  • Morale: high
  • King’s ginger required? Not yet

Day 4

On day 4 we most definitely needed King's Ginger

On day 4 we most definitely needed King’s Ginger

  • Location: 200km outside of Chita
  • Terrain: swamp
  • What’s cooking? Beef with peppers and black bean sauce with rice
  • Weather: rain
  • Insect level: 9/10
  • Morale: low to fair
  • King’s ginger required? Most definitely

Day 5

The morale was fair as we finally reached lake Baikal

The morale was fair as we finally reached lake Baikal

  • Location: half way between Ulan-ude and Irkutsk.
  • Terrain: a sand pit a couple of hundred meters from the shore of lake Baikal
  • What’s cooking? Omelette and grilled sausage
  • Weather: glorious
  • Insect level: 4/10
  • Morale: fair
  • King’s ginger required? No

4 responses to “Wilderness Camp Diaries on the way to Irkutsk

  1. o m g it looks stunning but mmm don’t envy you the mosquitoes must be good if no alcohol needed xx

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