2 Russia’s Famous Cave Hettei or Hole in the Steppes

Russia’s Famous Cave Hettei or Hole in the Steppes

Posted on September 8, 2015 by tim


Russian blogger Alexander has been to Zabajkalje – a vast land lying east of the lake Baikal – the deepest lake in the world – in the unknown woods of Siberia, to visit a famous Hettei cave. They have been known to contemporary Russians since 1735 and since 1983 they are officially protected by the state as one of nature’s wonders. So let’s see the place too!

Some call it “a hole in the steppes”. You just travel on a road like this through endless steppes when suddenly you arrive at the place.

Here it is.  The famous Hettei cave, also called “The Wet Cave”. Previously, the cave was connected with another cave, but due to some mining works nearby the connecting corridor collapsed. So, Alexander first pays a visit to the Wet Cave and we follow him!

He says that people say that most common emotion when visiting the Wet Cave is surprise: you were just cruising on endless steppes of Zabajkalje and then in an instant you find yourself in the Underworld.

There is a 10 meter (30 feet tall) waterfall which leads tourists to the cave itself.

It’s all covered with ice, no matter how warm it is outside. By the way, you can click on the images for a larger version.

This is the corridor that connected this cave to the other part of the Hettei cave system. As you can see, it is blocked now with stones and mud.

Some bones laying around.

Finally, they left the wet cave and were heading to another cave nearby.

Big thanks to Alexander for posting these pics online!

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2 Responses to “Russia’s Famous Cave Hettei or Hole in the Steppes”

  1. Mister Twister says:

    Page 8. Okay, but where are the bones FROM?

  2. Alper says:

    This is where I’m going on my next trip!

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