OverviewGora Narodnaya is the highest mountain of the Urals. Located in the polar parts of the Ural chain it forms part of the European/Asian divide, or in more local terms: the divide between the valleys of the Manaraga – towards Europe – and the Naroda – towards Asia, respectively.
Gora Narodnaya is often termed the highest peak of the Komi Republic as well, although this is not exactly true: The border between the Komi Republic – European – and the Autonomous District of the Khanti and Mansi – Asian – runs 600 m to the noth west of the main summit, across a shoulder of Narodnaya. In any case Narodnaya is the highest summit of the Autonomous District of the Khanti and Mansi.
The name „Narodnaya“ appears to be an ill-understood „Nárada-iz“ – Narada peak –, as it is called in the Komi language. First climbed in 1927 by the geologist A. N. Aleshkov, it was named „mountain of the people“ – Gora Narodnaya – in Russian. This seemed to be better acceptable to the political logic of the day. Another name is Poznurr.
Getting ThereBy rail from Yaroslavskij station in Moscow via Kotlas to Inta-1 (schedule of the Russian Railways at http://rzd.ru, train #s 021H and 22H, respectively, "Полярная стрела" = Polar arrow). With bus # 101 into the city center of Inta. Hotel in Inta: Gostinitsa Severnyaka in Gorki street 9.
For more details and guidance: http://www.yugydva.komi.com/index.php. Caution: The corresponding English language sites at http://www.yugydva.komi.com/?eng contain only part of the entire information!
Transport with a high-wheel bus, „Ural-Vachta“, from Inta into the National Park Yugyd-va, to Baza Zhelannaya, the starting point for the hike.
A schematic map is at http://nordural.ru/article/yugyd_va/. Base Zhelannaya is 170 km from Inta; the ride takes 7 hours.
Red TapeRegistration is required with the Administration of the National Park Yugyd-va, Inta branch office, at ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo 27 A , see http://www.yugydva.komi.com/?page=address.htm. Fees due for staying in the park, for the local environmental authority, and for mediating accommodation and transport.
CampingWild camping is technically possible everywhere along the way, although there are restrictions to be observed as to open fire and garbage.
External LinksMore useful links in the associated trip report.