Russia’s Highest Waterfall – Talnikowy Falls – Putorana Plateau


Photo: Sergei Gorshkov

Where the Highest Waterfall in Russia Exists

The Putorana Plateau is truly one of the most extraordinary places in all of Russia, it is also where the highest waterfall in Russia exists. Though the picture above isn’t the Talnikowy Falls it’s still a sight to behold. The following pictures are of some of the other waterfalls that lie within the Putorana Plateau.


Photo: Sergei Gorshkov

The Striking Beauty of the Putorana Plateau

Some time ago I did another post sharing about striking beauty of this part of Russia (see here). These waterfalls are in some of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. Quoted from my earlier post:

If you are a waterfall lover the numerous falls that rush down one of it most picturesque Plateau’s called the “Trapezoid” correctly following it’s name 500 meter waterfalls can be found along it’s slopes creating it’s magnificent views. These views can be found all around the valley bottoms gazing to the surrounding uplands.


Photo: Sergei Gorshkov

It is a land of waterfalls.


The Talnikowy Falls

Located in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Putoran mountains. This is the tallest waterfall in Russia, the total height of cascades are between 600 – 700 m. As can be seen none of cascades are very tall.

The Following information has been translated from Russian to English. They are from Russian articles found at the end of the post.


During the 1990’s the Height of the

Highest Waterfall wasn’t know.

In most studies that fell in the former Soviet Union most of them were “white spot” (possibly spotty). Therefore, until the 90s of the twentieth century (though it sounds almost improbably) the height of the highest waterfall wasn’t known in Asia. Moreover, it wasn’t mentioned in prestigious publications such as The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Geography (1989) or the Soviet Encyclopedic Dictionary (1990). In popular scientific literature it reported that the height of the visual cascade was recorded 600 m. It’s now known for its actual height of 482 m.

The first instrumental measurements made waterfall theodolite, were made by initiative of the author of this book, in of September 7, 1990 during a boating expedition tourist section of the sports club “Steel” of the Dnepropetrovsk Metallurgical Plant named after GI Petrovsky. The expedition consisted of 8 people, headed by their Master of Sports Tourism Boris Ilyich Babitsky (b. 1936). The expedition was funded by the plant, Lyubeshovskim cooperative interdisciplinary center of scientific and technical information “Scrabble” (Chairman Kravchuk PA), as well as through personal savings of its members.

Under the guidance of BI Babitsky they produced first instrumental measurements of Talnikowy Falls and other major waterfalls. It turned out that its height made it the second largest waterfall in Asia – Kinzelyukskogo Sayan – 328 m, the Grand Arslanbob in Kyrgyzstan – 235 m (length of the longest free-fall flow in it – 108 m), grand Sayan – 172 m.

The Kinzelyuksky Grand Falls were measured in 1989, and Great Arslanbob Falls in 1991.


It was found to be a Seasonal Waterfall

These notes were provided as an opportunity to correct a distortion from earlier information.

In 1975, M. Afanasev published an article in the magazine “Tourist” on the existence of alleged 600-meter cascade (up to 15 degrees) on the banks of Dyupkun River near the mouth of the river delta. A few years later Arseev called it in his book “Delta” (rather than “Talnikovsky”!). We watched the cascade during heavy rains. The creek falls steeply from the flat mountains “KEYSTONE” where the cliffs edge is about 920 m above sea level and reaches the lake’s edge within 109 m. The length of the entire stream on top of the plateau has a length of about 1 km. Therefore, if we exclude the last 200 meters of a steady flow of the creek to the lake, the height of a full-fledged stage of this stream (with a total fall of more than 45 degrees) obviously exceeds 700 m. Since then I’ve been to this place 4 times, but taking pictures of the waterfall during this time wasn’t possible – The weather late July is always dry and waterfall turns into a pathetic trickle. Within a kilometer on either side of our waterfall on the same mountains are two stage waterfalls that are more powerful, but are in a winding canyon.

While on another expedition to our waterfall 4 years ago, in 2005 the waterfall were again pathetic. A photo was taken of it’s rocky bed, and a photo of it’s neighbors cascades (see. Photo): they were in “full force”. However, they were only 300 meters tall with a 60-degree drop for each of them.

Thus, while it is possible to draw two conclusions:

• This watercourse is seasonal with a lifetime of 1-2 months;
• Its height as a regular (fairly steep and compact) cascade is over 600 m.

My research of the steep walls in Putoranah for the presence of permanent high cascades suggest that most are seasonal streams, waterfalls in the canyons of some the rivers the most powerful and beautiful (the northern edge of Lake Kutaramakan, canyons Holokita, Hibarby right bank Irkindy), but the above is unlikely .

Sincerely M.Afanasev March 26, 2010 ”



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