HU Travellers Meeting Russia 2018

Horizons Unlimited 2nd Russia Adventure Travellers Meeting

Friday 21 June - Sunday 24 June, 2018
Valday Eco Club Hotel, Russia

It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.


Dear HU members, we kindly invite you to visit 2nd Russia HU Travellers Meeting that will take place from Thursday 21st of June till Sunday 24th of June in Russia on the territory of the Valday National Park. NOTE the extra day!

This 4-day event will take place in a quiet and cozy location between Moscow and Saint-Petersburg not far from the border. If you have dreamed of visiting Russia but there were always other plans or obstacles – now you don’t have any excuses! Travelers from different countries, local community, presentation and technical trainings, Russian sauna and BBQ in the evening, riding around the venue to explore local sights. All that and much more will be at HU Russia 2018.

Visiting this event is highly recommended for all who are interested to explore Russia. You will get a lot of practical information from real travelers, learn about best places to visit, most picturesque roads to ride, Road of Bones, the Trans-Siberian route, BAM, Baikal, Altay and many more

HU Russia 2017.

Event Schedule (To be confirmed later)

Thursday 21nd of June

12:00 – Arriving on site
13:00-16:00 – Lunch, rest after the road, making new connections
16:00-18:00 – Russian sauna

18:00-19:30 – Dinner
19:30-22:00 – Presentations, Q&A

Friday 22rd of June

8:00-10:00 – Breakfast
10:00-14:00 – 70-150 km ride to see local places of interest
14:00-15:00 – Lunch

15:00-18:00 – Technical presentations and master classes

18:00-19:00 – Dinner
19:00-21:30 – Presentations, Q&A
21:30-23:00 – Traditional Russian sauna

Traditional Russian sauna at HU Russia 2017.

Relaxing after the sauna, HU Russia 2017.

Saturday 24th of June

08:00-10:00 – Breakfast

10:00-14:00 – Riding around the Venue. There are many places we can visit, for example Novgorod city, Lake Seliger where Volga River begins, several small cities like Demyansk or Tver. For the off road lovers there are many unpaved roads in the National Park where you can ride. We will decide later on preferred road as there are options to make two short trips or one long trip for the whole day.

13:00-14:00 – Lunch

15:00-18:00 – Technical presentations and master classes

18:00-19:00 – Dinner
20:00-21:00 – Presentations

21:00-23:00 – Farewell BBQ

Iversky Monastery, Russia.

Sunday, 25th of June

08:00-10:00 – Breakfast
10:00-12:00 – Free time. More riding or presentations can be organized upon request
12:00-14:00 – Check out

Riding in the area, HU Russia 2017.

* Please note - This timetable may change, adapted to the circumstances and possibilities.

Presenters at HU Russia 2018 so far...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Andrey Valikov

Andrey Valikov

Lake Baikal Winter Race
Exploring Mongolia

Lake Baikal Winter Race
What it is like to cross Baikal during the winter

Lake Baikal is the largest pure water lake in the world. During the winter it is covered with several meters ice cover and it's possible to ride on it. Many local people cross the lake to save time and avoid highways. Together, my friend and I made a trip and tried such an unusual ride. If you want to ride at Lake Baikal during the winter, I will tell you what to expect and how you can do it nowadays.

Andrey on frozen Lake Baikal

Exploring Mongolia
Two trips on two different bikes: R1200GS and lighter enduro bike

Last year, I visited Mongolia on my BMW R1200GS. We visited most interesting places in the north part of the country where there are mountains, and then went south to the Gobi Desert. Riding a heavy tour enduro bike was a real challenge and, although everything was fine, we made another trip to Mongolia with light enduro bikes at the end of 2017. Both rides were excellent and I would be happy to share my experience with you.

ANDREY VALIKOV is an adventure traveller from Russia who visited most interesting places at his homeland and beyond. Several years ago, he did a winter Baikal ride. Last year, he traveled two times to Mongolia's most interesting and wild places. He enjoys exploring many other regions of Russia.

Andrey will desert skulls in Mongolia

Vadim Shpilevskiy

Vadim Shpilevskiy

Tour to Murmansk and Rybachiy Peninsula

In 2017, Vadim rode to the Russian north, Murmansk, the Motobukhta festival, and Rybachiy Peninsula. Every year at the end of June or beginning of July, hundreds of riders go to the Motobukhta Bike Festival. It's a bike meeting in the north part of Russia, at Rybachiy or Teriberka Peninsula. Find out about his experiences there. VADIM SHPILEVSKIY is a Russian adventure rider with great experience of travelling around Russia, mostly in the northern and southern regions.

Vadim on the road

Pavel Kobyak

Pavel Kobyak

Movie About a Motorcycle Tour to Mongolia
Filming the most remote places, with unpredictable results

Pavel presents his movie about his 2017 trip to Mongolia. He and his friend and their fathers decided to reach the Gobi Desert - an adventure that would give their retired fathers some inspiration for many years. There was a film crew with the team so, in the end, they did a movie. Find out how the trip went and what challenges the guys faced.

PAVEL KOBYAK is a Russian adventure rider. He has done several long tours, including traveling to Vladivostok, Magadan, and Mongolia.

Pavel and friends ready for river-crossing.

Alex Nikonov

Alex Nikonov, Russian Moto Travel Company

Moscow - Vladivostok
The Trans-Siberian Motorcycle Trip, two times in one year

In 2017, Alex traveled from Moscow to Vladivostok, twice. He will tell you his insights about this road - what are the road options, safety tips, camping advice, local contacts, and places of interest that are worth visiting. Plus, some fresh updates on road conditions and some other info.

ALEX NIKONOV is an adventure rider from Russia who has always been interested in exploring his home country. He traveled a lot ever since his late school years to now... by bicycle and trains during childhood and mainly motorcycles today.

Small village by the water

Bikes on the beach

Workshops and Educational Sessions

...because Horizons Unlimited meetings are about information, not just inspiration!

Vadim Shpilevskiy

Vadim Shpilevskiy

Off-Road Riding on Heavy Bikes (R1200GS)

Learn the main risks and safety tips for riding a heavy twin-purpose bike on gravel roads. Several years ago, Vadim visited Hechlingen training center in Germany. He will tell you the most important information that he learned while there. This is not a hands-on skills training course, but Vadim will show you some exercises and skills for how to handle a heavier bike (or any size bike) on gravel and sand, and basic skills such as turns, balance, climbing hills, and picking up your bike. It's also possible that he'll show you how to fix your tires.

VADIM is a motorcycle instructor and Russian adventure rider with great experience of travelling around Russia, mostly in the northern and southern regions.

Vadim on the trail

Pavel Kobyak

Pavel Kobyak, Russian Moto Travel Company

Preparing Bike for Mongolia: Q&A

In 2017, Pavel did a trip to Mongolia. Now he will show you how to equip your heavy tour enduro (F800GS, R1200GS) for a trip to Mongolia, including: preparing your bike, how to cross the border from Russia to Mongolia, what things are essential in Mongolia, and much more. He is ready to answer your questions! PAVEL is a Russian adventure rider. He has done several long tours, including traveling to Vladivostok, Magadan, and Mongolia.

Pavel and friends ready for river-crossing.

LOTS of presentations to come! As people register to present we'll list them here.

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Presenters at HU Russia 2017 included...

Konstantin Popkov

Konstantin Popkov

Mountain Air of The South Caucasus
Baltic Necklace

1. Mountain Air of The South Caucasus

This is Konstantin's last trip from Moscow to the southern region of Russia, where he was hit by a car. It is a story of miracles of luck and a spirit of brotherhood. It was the beginning of autumn, but I heard a call of last summer: "Let's throw the essentials on the bike and go." No hotels, no hostels, no bookings, and no big panniers. Only air bed, dome of stars and homes of my new friends for six weeks. Mountain air and sea breeze. Ten days of two-wheeling freedom, but some things were out of this simple plan.

2. Baltic Necklace

A beautiful route: Moscow-St. Petersburg-Helsinki-Tallinn-Riga-Vilnuius-Kaliningrad-Minsk. Beautiful, quiet northern nature - the inspiration source. Six countries through former parts of the Russian Empire. A big set of old castles and palaces, and beautiful views mingle with the smell of history. Nothing extreme, only relaxation.

Konstantin is a 36-year-old engineer. Travelling is a hobby with his customized BMW 1990. About 100,000 km in Russia and eastern Europe... so far.

Getting ready for a group ride.

Pavel Kobyak

Pavel Kobyak

Moscow to Magadan
Call Center for Motorcyclists in Russia

1. Moscow to Magadan

We will show you movie about our 2016 year trip from Moscow to Magadan. Many people, places, roads, and fun. Plus useful tips and advice about how to do such trip on your own. There is nothing special, just sit and ride. Afterward, there is a Q&A about the trip with film crew that made movie.

2. Call Center for Motorcyclists in Russia

Pavel will give you useful information on what to do in case you have problems while travelling in Russia. There will be several cases on how we helped various international and local riders last year, and what you can do if you experience some trouble.

Pavel is a traveller, motorcycle enthusiast, and author of several books. He is also the founder of the first motorcyclist call centre.

Pavel and friends ready for river-crossing.

Maxim Privezentsev

Maxim Privezentsev

Vladivostok-Moscow on Ural Motorcycles
Trip Around the Caspian Sea

1. Vladivostok-Moscow on Ural Motorcycles

Movie and Q&A section about our trip on four Urals from Vladivostok to Moscow. Experiences, road conditions, Urals feedback.

2. Trip Around the Caspian Sea

In May 2017, we did a trip around the Caspian Sea. It was inspired by the Caspian Rally, an event that was held in USSR. We will tell you briefly about this trip, the main challenges, and our impressions.

Maxim on the Caspian Sea.

Alex Nikonov

Alex Nikonov

Explore Russia Series
Exploring amazing regions of this beautiful country (4 presentations)

1. Explore Russia

This presentation will give general overview of Russia as a country for motorcycle travelling. Alex will share info on getting visas, riding rules, how to search for hotels, which petrol stations to use, etc. If you're just getting started travelling in Russia, then don't miss this talk!

2. Travelling from Moscow to the North

Alex talks about which roads to use and what places to visit when you travel to northern Russia - Saint-Petersburg, Pskov, Novgorod, and the Karelia regions.

3. Travelling to the Far East of Russia

Alex will tell you all about his latest trip to Vladivostok, which took place in the end of May. He was scouting for the road conditions and interesting places to visit. His trip revealed several very interesting highlights about travelling over the Trans-Siberian Highway. Join him to get all the details.

4. Travelling to the Southern Regions of Russia

Presentation about aspects of travelling to the southern regions of Russia, including Sochi and Crimea. There are many interesting places and hidden sights. Plus riding highways is extra boring and we know interesting secondary roads that we will release for you.

Alex was always interested travelling all over Russia. Several years ago he decided to start travelling by motorcycle. Before, it was mostly riding in Moscow or some nearby territories. So far, he has traveled from Karelia in the north to the Sochi region in the south, and from Pskov in the west to Vladivostok in the far east. During HU Russia, he will tell you more about his impressions and experiences from these trips.

Small village by the water

Bikes on the beach

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

Facilities for a Fantastic Weekend!

Valday Eco Club, Korotsko, Russia.

The event is taking place at Valday Eco Club in Valday National Park, Korotsko, Russia. There is camping zone available 400 meters from the hotel where you can stop with a tent, plus we have preliminary booked 30 rooms.

Contact Details:

Valday Eco Club (English version)
Zelenaya Ulitsa 1,
Korotsko, 175400
Korotsko, Russia

8 (499) 136-35-36
8 (903) 004-59-76
8 (81666) 3-24-44

Hotel Rooms

Hotel information:

"This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated in the Valday Nature reserve, Valday Eco Club features log cabin-style rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. Just 165 feet from beautiful Boroe Lake, the hotel restaurant serves traditional Russian cuisine.

Each of the bright, country-style rooms have a flat-screen TV and a private balcony overlooking the countryside. The private bathrooms come equipped with a shower and a hairdryer.

Valday Eco Club guests have access to a range of spa facilities, such as a Finnish sauna, Russian steam room and a floating Russian bath. There is also a pool table and a shared barbeque area.

A hearty breakfast is available each morning at the Eco Club, and in the evenings Russian and international drinks can be enjoyed at the bar with gazebo.

Valday city centre and the main railway station are around 9.3 miles from the hotel."

Valday Eco Club hotel, Russia.

Rooms are available at approx €75 per night. Prices may change, ask for current rates. Rooms can be booked through Rusmototravel. Write an e-mail to Kate ( and we will help you.

We have provisionally reserved 30 rooms for the event, which will fill up fast, so don't delay booking your room. These rooms are not available from a booking site.


Valday Eco Club hotel, Russia.

Valday Eco Club hotel, Russia.

Camping (Included with your Registration Fee)

There is camping zone available 400 meters from the hotel where you can stop with a tent.

Camping at HU Russia 2017.


For meals you have several options:

1) In the hotel there is a nice restaurant with local Russian cuisine. Some of the products (like eggs, milk, cheese, sun oil, chicken) are grown/produced right on the territory of the hotel in private farm. Price for the breakfast is around 5 EUR, for lunch and dinner around 7-8 EUR

2) You can cook yourself or go to one of numerous restaurants in Valday City.

Russian BBQ at HU Russia 2017.

Russian BBQ at HU Russia 2017.


I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all presentations, seminars, group discussions and demonstrations, trips and excursions, welcome beer, shot of Russian Vodka, Camping
on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Camping is included. Hotel and Meals are NOT included

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price € Euros

(all presentations and workshops)

31 March 2018

15 June 2018

75 (saves 20)

85 (saves 10)


Pay Cash or Credit card on Arrival

Full Weekend Pass



Camping is FREE! Hotel Rooms are available at approx €75 per night. Prices may change, ask for current rates. See above for details on how to book.




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HU Russia 2018 Poster.


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We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

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HU Russia Venue Location

Valday Eco Club
Valday National Park

Zelenaya Ulitsa 1, Korotsko, Russia

ул.Зеленая, 1, д.Короцко,
Novgorodskaya oblast',

8 (816) 663-24-44


Getting There

Valday Eco Club Hotel, Valday National Park, Korotsko. Venue is conveniently located not far from the border and M-10 Highway (Moscow – Saint-Petersburg) right between two major Russian capitals.

Distance from:

Moscow 405 km
St. Petersburg 322 km

Local Hosts

Alex and Olesya, HU Russia event organizers.

Alex and Olesya

Your hosts will be Alex and Olesya plus their team. Two years ago they decided to develop motorcycle tourism in Russia and this year they host the 1st HU Travelers Meeting in Russia. You can learn more about them at their web page.

Big thanks to Alex and the team for stepping up and making this event happen! We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

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