For those who got sick of standart excursions with boring guides and always the same routes – a 4-day walking tour to Pripyat.
The Zone of Alienation (or simply the Zone) of the Chernobyl NPP is a closed area exposed to the pollution of long-lived radionuclides as a result of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The village of Gubin is a perfect place for illegal entry to the Zone. Here is only one row of barbed wire which is very easy to walk through.
The closer to the Zone, the uglier the trees. The average background radiation is 30-40 mcR/h.
As in any forest, here is a great number of mosquitoes and gnats. A lot of wild animals and their tracks (paw prints and excriment). The lack of people allowed them to breed in a massive scale.
Most of the forests are artificial, planted in neat rows, separated by cuttings. Some cuttings are fresh, some are piled with garbage and branches. In general, the places are very beautiful.
Countless power lines stretch throughout the entire area.
23 km to Pripyat. The village of Yampol and the first night in the forest.
25 years since the Chernobyl accident did their job – now this place is inhabited by different hosts. Houses, sidewalks, lampposts, streets – everything is in the power of plants. A dosimeter shows minor deviations from the norm.
Inside of some houses you can still see stoves and the remains of the interior.
The first serious obstacle is the bridge over the Uzh river. Only 100 meters of straight road, excellent visibility, very heavy traffic and a zero possibility to jump into the bushes in order not to be noticed.
The water in the river is amazingly clear. Soft sand at the bottom and the background is only 51 mcR/h. Very hard to resist the wish to bathe.