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The Subpolar Urals is a mountain system in Russia, which extends from the head of the Lyapin (Khulga) River in the north up to Mount Telposiz in the south. Administratively, east of the main watershed, the Subpolar Urals are parts of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area of the Tyumen Oblast, while its western territory is part of the Komi Republic.
Rivers. The largest full-flowing river is the Lyapin (Khulga) River, which is formed by the confluence of the Khaimayu and the Grubeyu Rivers. Such rivers as the Balbanyu (its eastern flow), the Khalmeryu, the Naroda, the Manya and the Shchekurya rivers start in the main watershed range. The largest rivers of the western slope, such as the Kosyu, the Bolshaya Synya and the Shchugor, flow into the Pechora River. The western slope rivers are distinguished by alternating lengthwise and transverse parts of valleys. Some rivers (the upper Kozhim and its left tributaries Balbanyu, Limyuekoyu, Khambalyu and Durnaya) flow between mountain ranges in broad, often swampy, valleys.
Lakes. There are a lot of lakes in the Subpolar Urals, most of which are found on the western slope (692), while the rest of them lie on the eastern slope (129). There are only 68 lakes at an altitude of over 1,000 m, which include Lake Mansi, the deepest lake (38 m) in the Arctic Urals. Lake Torgovoye is the largest lake in the Subpolar Urals in terms of its area and water content. It is situated in a large cirque on the south-western slope of the peak Keftylyk at an altitude of 730 m.
Mountains. The Subpolar Urals is the most elevated part of the Ural Mountains. It is here that Mount Narodnaya (1894.5 m), the highest summit of the Ural Mountains, is situated. There are some other important summits in this region, which are well-known for their alpine terrain, such as Manaraga (1,820 m), Kolokolnya (1724 м), Zashchita (1,808 m), Mansi-Nyor (Didkovski) (1,778 m), Sverdlov (about 1,800 m) and Komsomol (1729.4 m). The area of the highest peaks is the place where the Yugyd Va National Park is situated. There are also prominent peaks here, such as Narodnaya, Manaraga, Karpinski, Kolokolnya, Neroika, and other peaks under 1,600 m.
Glaciers. There are 50 glaciers with a total area of about 7.5 sq km. The largest of them include the Mansi and Hoffman glaciers (0.75 and 0.37 sq km).
Flora and Fauna. The spurred part of the eastern slope is densely covered by thick forests (fir-trees, larches and pines). All the way up the eastern slope, the upper forest boundary is formed exclusively by larch forests with juniper-trees and arctic birch-trees. The taiga of the western slope is damp and very swampy; it includes spruces with some fir-trees and birch-trees. There are high and thick subalpine meadows near the upper forest boundary in the valleys of the rivers, such as the Torgovaya, the Manaraga, the Vangyr, the Bolshaya Synya, the Bolshoy Patok and the Maly Patok. There is a large population of elks in the area. The animal life of the rivers includes graylings, which is particularly common in the upper reaches of the Kozhim, the Maly Patok, the Torgovaya, the Vangyr, the Kosyu and the Manyi.
Tourism. There are various kinds of tourism in the Subpolar Urals, such as:
- Water tourism;
- Hiking tourism;
- Skiing tourism: the Krest Pass on the former Sibiryakovski Road between the upper reaches of the Sertynya River (the Lyapin basin) and the Volokovka River (the Shchugora basin);
- Mountaneering: the Sablinski Range, situated in the south-west of the region;
- Fishing in Lakes Torgovoye, Patok (the head of the Nyamga), Dlinnoye, Maloye Balbanty and Bolshoye Balbanty.
Climate. The Subpolar Urals has a severe climate. The average January temperature is -23°С, while the average July temperature is +10°С.