Amazing ice and snow formation (Manpupuner pillars) by Sergei Makurin

How the Manpupuner pillars were formed

About 200-300 million years ago, full-fledged mountaines were towering over the plateau. With time, rain and wind corroded the soft limestone rocks. However the stone statues were formed of solid sericitic-quartzitic slates, which have survived till nowadays.

Weathered rock pillar formations are quite a common phenomenon in the Ural Mountains, which are among the most ancient mountains on the planet. Over millions of years their appearance has been changed under the influence of the elements and nasty weather.


How to get there

Spanning the Perm region, the Komi Republic, the Khanti-Mansiisk Autonomous Area and the Sverdlovsk region, Manpupuner is highly inaccessible. It is located at a distance of 1.5 thousand kilometres from Moscow and only about 600 kilometres from Ekaterinburg. Not that far, compared with Yakutia or the Russian Far East. But the problem is that within a radius of 100 kilometres from the plateau the area is completely uninhabited – no human settlements, roads or rafts can be found there.



There are several ways to get to Manpupuner, depending on how you travel. If you go on foot, you may set off from the Sverdlovsk region. Your route will start in the Ushma village, then take you to the town of Otorten, further to the town of Yanynvondersyakhan, and finally to the Man-Pupu-Nyer (Manpupuner) Ridge.

You could also access Manpupuner from the Komi Republic. You’ll have to travel to the town of Troitsko-Pechorsk. This can be done, firstly, by taking a plane to Ukhta or Suktyvkar. Ukhta is closer to Troitsko-Pechorsk, but tickets cost more. Then you could use either a bus running from Ukhta to Troitsko-Pechorsk, or a train running to Ukhta from Syktyvkar.