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28th HSE Camping Weekend to Take Place in Moscow Region

A traditional autumn camping weekend organized by the HSE Extreme Sports Club will take place on September 23 and 24. The event is open not only to HSE students and staff, but for backpacking lovers from other universities as well.

The weekend event welcomes all who are drawn by the romance of tents and fires, the starry sky, and heart-warming outdoor gatherings. Active sports fans are also welcome.

In addition, the HSE Camping Weekend is also a great opportunity to learn some key skills that are essential for backpacking. Even you are an experienced backpacker, you’ll be able to find partners for new journeys and more complicated routes.

The HSE Camping Weekend will take place near the TopGun paintball club, between the towns of Khotkovo and Sergiev Posad. You can get there on your own, first by a commuter train from the Yaroslavsky Train Station to Khotkovo station, and then by foot from the station.

What to bring along

Don’t be afraid to go just because you don’t have enough equipment! The only essential things that we highly recommend you to take are:

  • a sleeping bag
  • a camping mat
  • food (instant porridge, pasta, corned beef etc) and drinks
  • a mug, a spoon, a bowl, a knife
  • warm clothes
  • waterproof footwear 
  • a flashlight


We are not from HSE, can we come?

You definitely SHOULD come. We ourselves love to go to various tourist rallies organized by other clubs and universities and are happy to extend a warm welcome to people not from HSE.

None of my friends wants to go. I’m afraid I’ll be bored alone. I presume most people come in groups?

This is the most popular misconception. The rally is one big family. If you decide to come alone, you’ll only stay that way for the first five minutes. You’re sure to meet someone!

We are coming as a group. Can we organize our own campfire?

Of course, you’re more than welcome to.


The rally will take place near the paintball club ‘TopGun’, which is between the towns of Khotkovo and Sergiyev Posad.

You need to take a suburban train from Yaroslavsky railway station to Khotkovo. From there you will need to walk about 6 km.

Full directions (in Russian) can be found here.

Location of the Tourist Rally.

A video on how to get there along with the weekend programme are available on the event page in Vkontakte (in Russian).

For the last 18 years, the HSE Extreme Sports Club has been organizing joint tours, hiking trips and expeditions for university students, staff, and their friends, as well as competitions in both summer and winter sports. Information on future events is available on the Club’s page in Vkontakte (in Russian).