12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

sightseeing Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Trans-Siberia's best tourist attraction
August 25 to September 05, 2017

"Russia can't be understood by mind, nor measured by common yardstick.
She has of herself a unique build; Russia can only be believed in. - Fyodor Tyutchev"

My 53rd solo backpacking trip26th country to visit in Europe continent, total of 62 countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip is the fourth country I visited on my new expat life and the first part on my first annual vacation leave.

Russia (Rossija) is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia. The greatest amazing thing about Russia is, given it's immense size, without a doubt the diversity of climate zones, and the weather extremes. Russia's territory stretches over continents of Europe and Asia and has therefore many different climate zones.Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country has as many borders.
http://wikitravel.org/en/Russia

timezone - UTC +0300H to UTC +1200H (10 time zones)
capital - Moscow         language - Russian              currency - Ruble (RUB) 1 USD = 55 RUB
visa - Philippine passport holders need to apply first before travel

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (matryoshka, fridge magnet and shirt souvenirs)

How to Apply for Russia Tourist Visa as Philippine Passport Holder

an adventure of Pinoy backpacker in processing travel documents

general info:
* Tourist visa is valid only on the date in/out of your provided itinerary 
* single entry with 30 days maximum duration.

APPLYING FOR RUSSIA TOURIST VISA AS ORDINARY CITIZEN IN THE PHILIPPINES  
http://www.philippines.mid.ru/visa.html

visa fee:
PhP3,612 in cash payment payment through UCPB (2 weeks processing).

requirements:
1. Visa application form (one per person) available at visa.kdmid.ru (fill in the form online and printed). Please read attentively the information on the website before you fill in the application form.
2. A valid passport, which should have at least one page clear from both sides intended for visas. 
3. One passport-size photo of the applicant attached duly to the application form with glue
4. Travel confirmation from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency, accredited by  the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a copy of a travel voucher from the same travel agency in Russia (per application). Fax and e-mail copies are acceptable. The confirmation must contain: the agency's reference number, registration number, the date of entry to Russia and the date of exit from Russia, the purpose of the trip, the number of entries to Russia (single or double entry).
5. Tickets. The dates should be the same as in the confirmation and application form.

appointment:
Monday – 08.00 - 17.00 Tuesday - Friday – 08.00 -16.00 

address:
Room 402 A, 4 fl., RCI Building, 105 Rada Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
rusembassy.manila@mid.ru

Russia Visa applied in UAE (August 2017)

Rwanda's Mt. Bisoke Crater Lake Day-Hike (3,711masl)

4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)
June 23 to 27, 2017

Uganda's Lake Bunyonyi Boat Cruising

Mount Bisoke is an active volcano in the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda. The mountain reached a height of 3,711 metres (12,175 ft) after its last eruption in 1957. Bisoke has the largest crater lake of the range.

​MT. BISOKE CRATER LAKE DAY-HIKE (25-Jun-2017 Sunday)

Duration: 6 - 7 hours (depends on the phase of other trekkers)
Trail type: difficult (very steep, slippery, dusty)
Altitude Gain: 1,000m

0700H ETA Volcanoes National Park; Registration, permit and waiting for others
0930H Start hiking 2,700masl
1030H Junction 2,967masl
1230H Bisoke Crater Lake Summit 3,711masl; Lunch break / photo-ops
1300H ETD Crater Lake
1600H ETA Carpark; tip 6,000 RWF; Fridge magnet 2,000 RWF

​Rwanda's best volcano with crater lake...
One of the most challenging day-hike I've experienced; ​almost 6 hours ​hike ​with 1,000m altitude gain on a mostly steep trail. The view of the Mt. Bisoke Crater Lake (3,711masl) was worth the pain #rwanda #volcano

Full itinerary details of my 4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)...
http://www.theviewingdeck.com/2017/07/4-days-solo-trip-in-uganda-rwanda-east.html

Rwanda's Mt. Bisoke Crater Lake Day-Hike (3,711masl)


Uganda's Lake Bunyonyi Boat Cruising

4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)
June 23 to 27, 2017

Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Park Gorilla Tracking

Lake Bunyonyi is in south-western Uganda between Kisoro and Kabale, and it is close to the border with Rwanda. The lake appears on the 5,000 Ugandan shilling note under the title "Lake Bunyonyi and terraces". The depth of the lake is expected to vary between 44 m (144 Ft.) and 900 m (2,952 ft), which if true would make the lake the second deepest in Africa and third in the world. Many tourists and travelers who undertake a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or come to Uganda after their Rwanda Gorilla safari experience rest and relax at the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi as they enjoy the best scenery, involve themselves into various cultural and community activities as well birding and canoe rides.

​Sightseeing the 3rd deepest lake in the world...
Boat cruising to serene and untouched beauty... #uganda #lake

Full itinerary details of my 4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)...
http://www.theviewingdeck.com/2017/07/4-days-solo-trip-in-uganda-rwanda-east.html

Uganda's Lake Bunyonyi Boat Cruising

Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Park Gorilla Tracking

4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)
June 23 to 27, 2017

Uganda's Equator Line Short Visit

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a bio-diverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It's home to many of the world’s remaining silverback mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families.

​Deep in the jungle trekking for Silverback Gorilla tracking...
Uganda's signature tourist atttaction... their "Planet of the Apes" version #uganda #eastafrica #gorilla

DAY TRIP ITINERARY TO BWINDI GORILLA TRACKING (24-Jun-2017 Saturday)

Duration: 6 - 7 hours (depends on the gorilla movement)
trail type: moderate (savage, no visible trail)
Altitude Gain: 400m

0715H ETA Bwindi Park Rushada Camp; Registration and Briefing
0830H ETD Ranger Office 1,850masl
1100H ETA Silverback Gorilla 2,250masl
1230H ETD Silverback Gorilla nest
1245H pack lunch break; trek back
1430H ETA Ranger Office; Gorilla Tracking Certificate; tip 25,000 UGX

Full itinerary details of my 4 Days Solo Trip in Uganda - Rwanda (East Africa)...
http://www.theviewingdeck.com/2017/07/4-days-solo-trip-in-uganda-rwanda-east.html

Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Park Gorilla Tracking

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