Manzherok – Altai: Break, delays & new friends.

“The Transit”, day 10-14. 277 km.

After 5 h drive from Barnaul I arrived at in Manzherok. The owner Vladimir organises enduro tours in the Altai, enduro courses and has a really nice guesthouse including a workshop for repairs and servicing the bikes. In winter he organises snow rider and snow scooter tours in the mountains. I have found his place in some ride reports on and comments in  It is a great place! Warmly recommend it!

Vladimir was guiding an enduro tour in the mountains at the moment and I was welcomed by Anton and Sanya – two friends of Vladimir who took care of the facility during his absence. My new tyres I ordered in Novosibirsk were also already in place :o). I spent a great evening with Anton and Sanya and with some “google-translate” we had really funny conversations. The following day I walked around the village, relaxed and decided to change the tyres with help of Vladimir one day later.

Sanya – a former Russian champion in martial arts and military trainer of special units including survival training – invited me to a little hiking tour in the hills (I learned about his background during the trip… :o) ). It was really fun, no paths and partly “on all fours” uphill… He is a great guy and we had a good time together. Thank you Sanya!

The following day was time to change the tyres. The Heidenau’s are great and still fresh, but for Mongolia I wanted something more off-road orientated and got some Mitas E09 Dakar. They are quite “beefy” and difficult to get on my narrow A60 rims. They are so stiff that I guess I can drive to Ulan Bator without air… Luckily I got help of Vladimir and Dylan (an Irish guest who arrived with his wife on a classic African Twin from Mongolia).

That’s how you buy beer in a Russian supermarket. :o)

In the evening we had “plov” – a traditional dish with rice – and a party into my birthday on the next day… Two rangers joined the party and it became quite crazy with a lot of “Russian water”. One of the rangers “Dima” turned out be a “treasure hunter” (kladaltay on Instagram, check out is youtube channel: His work is astonishing and he gave me a coin he found from the time of the last tzar in Russia as a birthday present. Thank you Dima!!!!

My birthday was quite calm – the hangover from the “Russian water” took it’s time… Christian has some problems with the engine of his KTM 690 and we are waiting for a mechanic. Hope the problem is not too serious – otherwise I need to continue alone to Mongolia. We took some walks around the village and along the river Katun’.

It’s completely logical… :o)

In the evening we had a “double” birthday dinner. Dylan the Irish guest also had his birthday! :o)

Today I cleaned the chain of my bike and will probably make a day trip in the area. The mechanic arrived and is currently looking at Christian’s bike.

Hoping Christian’s bike can be fixed and we can ride to Mongolia soon…


6 thoughts on “Manzherok – Altai: Break, delays & new friends.

  1. Schöne Bilder und die tolle Atmosphäre kann man förmlich spüren und alles herrlich authentisch.😀 Weiterhin so wundervolle Erlebnisse. Einfach nur Klasse👍👍👍

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