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From Kyrgyzstan to Adygea

HSE is not only about studies, science, deadlines, and regulations. HSE people also know how to relax and have fun! This summer we have prepared several interesting student trips, open to everyone. But don't delay – the number of places is limited!

Trekking in Kyrgyzstan

July 6-14

HSE Extreme Sports Club members have already visited the Crimea, Karelia, Georgia, Iceland and Baikal, and this time they will go along the wild trails of Kyrgyzstan to the picturesque lake of Ala-Kul. Participants will cross two passes with a height of 3800 and 3900 meters respectively, see the Seven Bulls rock and the Maiden Braids waterfall, listen to Kyrgyz legends, admire the ice trapeze of Karakol peak, try kumys, swim in hot springs and enjoy the pristine beauty of nature.

If you're missing snow and fresh mountain air – this is exactly what you need!

Trekking implies moving across the highlands, but on this trip, you don’t just walk along the path, you improve yourself, get new experiences and thoughts, meditate and communicate with nature. No special training is required. As the organizers say, the main thing is your readiness to travel and spend nights in a tent.

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Surfing in Portugal

August 4-11 and August 11-18

Did you know that American surfer Garrett McNamara managed to conquer the largest wave in the world with a height of 23.77 m at this place?

This trip is for anyone who wants to bask on white sand, fill their Instagram pages with incredible sunsets and learn how to ride the surf. This trip catches the winds of the Atlantic and lets you get acquainted with the homeland of Ronaldo and Vasco da Gama!

Participants will live in the small town of Esmoriz located 30 km from Porto, sunbathe, eat fruit and seafood, train with instructors, fall, get up, have fun, arrange beach parties, play volleyball and explore the surroundings.

They will be able to walk through the romantic labyrinths of the Old Town, admire colorful houses along the promenade, walk to Freedom Square and pop into Joanne Rowling's favorite bookstore, Lello. There’s also the opportunity to visit Porto. As a special extra, on August 14, local people will celebrate the birthday of the Portuguese bullfight, and there is a chance to see this colorful spectacle.

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Kite trip to the Sea of Azov

July 16-August 1 and August 1-15

MSU Kite Club together with HSE invites you to try kitesurfing and to party at Kazantip!

Kitesurfing enables you to use the power of the wind to gain speed and surf, the most important thing is to catch gusts of air and be able to cope with them. The Azov Sea is a perfect place for this, with some of the best weather conditions in Russia. There are also long sandy beaches.

The group will live in the kite hotel Terra Teana right on the beach, train with an instructor and walk around Crimea. The participants will also have the opportunity to go on an SUP-boat trip and try kayaking.

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Digital detox in Adygea

July 20-27

Let’s spend this summer without our smartphones! Of course you can find a signal in a few places here, but there is so much more to do! The route passes through some of the most important and beautiful places of the region: the famous plateau of Lago-Naki, Oshten and the Fisht mountains, and you can see the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana and Abkhazia from the passes.

After joining the tour, you will walk along the ridge of the Stone sea, climb to the Big Fisht glacier, go down to a subtropical zone of beech forests and come to the Black Sea coast in Dagomys.

Alpine meadows, caves and waterfalls, rocks, and nature reserves – here you will definitely get away from the bustle of the big city.

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Extreme rafting in Karelia

July 6-13

If you want to raise your adrenaline levels, welcome to the waters of the stormy river Chirko-Kem in the North of Karelia! This is an exciting 7-day adventure on sport catamarans through a variety of valleys, as well as camp bathhouse, fishing, gathering around the campfire with games and conversation with the HSE Extreme Sports club.

Every day the tent will be pitched in a new location and participants will face new challenges, including, for example, the Tahko-Padun rift, the most difficult and interesting sight on this route. However, even beginners can participate!

‘Water hiking is an extraordinary experience: for a whole week you are in a completely isolated wilderness, alone with nature, yourself and friends,’ says Anastasia Remesnik, the rafting organizer.

‘Nothing can compare to this experience: you wake up every morning with an incredibly scenic view of the rushing river, snack on delicious strawberries, save fallen chicks from the nest, make friends for life and take incredible photos!’

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Author: Yulia Giatsintova, May 31