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Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters
Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters

Journey to Chukotka

New
Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 8 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
5 nights
3 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
End date:
27 March 2020
237 060 RUB

In Chukotka people have been living for centuries, obeying the harsh laws of the polar tundra. Winter lasts more than 10 months a year here, and the neighborhood with walruses and whales does not seem to be something outstanding. In this expedition you will get acquainted with the culture and life of Eskimos, spend some days in a reindeer herders' camp and learn a lot about the history of the Chukotka Peninsula.

New
Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 8 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
5 nights
3 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
End date:
27 March 2020
237 060 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Tour to Chukotka in winter

An expedition to remote lands of Russia, located beyond the Arctic circle is waiting for you. Visiting the national Chukchi and Eskimos settlements, you will discover the completely different civilization of the reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters living in the harsh conditions of the Arctic tundra.

During the journey you will visit the westernmost in the world Eskimos settlement as well as will spend 3 nights in yaranga — traditional Chukchi tent at the reindeer herders' camp located in Arctic tundra

Highlights of the tour:

  • you will visit a reindeer herders' camp and will learn how to catch a reindeer using a lasso
  • taste the traditional food of reindeer herders and sea mammal hunters (frozen meat of walruses, whales and seals)
  • get acquainted with the traditions of the sea hunters in Eskimos village of Uelkal
  • try ice fishing
  • enjoy performances of Chukchi and Eskimos folk dancers and throat singers 
  • discover the history of the Chukotka peninsula, visiting the museums of Anadyr and historical monuments connected with the World War II

Border permit is required for this tour. Personal data should be submitted minimum 50 days before the date of arrival

Itinerary

The journey begins in Anadyr (Chukotka Peninsula), where you should travel to on your own. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

Day 1 Arrival to Anadyr

Upon arrival to Anadyr you will be met at the airport by the guide. You will get all necessary registrations and permits at the border guards. 

 

Then you will have dinner at the airport cafe and further will drive to Kanchalan by Trekol (70 km, about 2 – 3 hours). Kanchalan is a small Chukchi village, where only 700 people live. They are engaged in reindeer husbandry and fishing.

 

Upon arrival to Kanchalan you will meet with the mayor. Then you will be accommodated at the boarding school. In the evening you will have dinner at the school canteen and rest.

Day 2 The road to tundra

After an early breakfast you will set off to the reindeer herders' camp. You will have been driving for 5 – 6 hours through the tundra (about 100 – 120 km). You will stop en route to have a picnic. 

 

Upon arrival to the brigade of the reindeer herders you will have dinner and get acquainted with the locals. You will spend the night in yaranga or a tent.

Days 3-4 Staying at the reindeer herders' camp

These days you will participate in the daily life of reindeer herders and go to the herd. You will have an opportunity to know first hand about the peculiarities of life in the tundra. 

 

Also you will feed the reindeers with cookies and take part in the master class in lassoing. After returning to the camp, you will have dinner in yaranga and taste the speciality of the local cuisine – the cooked reindeer meat. 

Day 5 Return to Kanchalan

Today you will have breakfast and then leaving the brigade for Kanchalan. On the way you will stop to have a snack with a hot tea. Upon arrival to Kanchalan you will have dinner and stay at the boarding school for a night.

Day 6 Ice fishing

Today you will participate in ice fishing near Kanchalan and can catch the grayling. In the evening you will taste the traditional fish soup and enjoy the folk group performance.

Day 7 Anadyr city tour

After breakfast you will depart to Anadyr by Trekol. Here you will have lunch and check in the hotel. Next a city tour is waiting for you. You will visit the main places of interest of Anadyr and learn more about the history of Chukotka peninsula. In the evening you will have dinner and rest.

Day 8 Travel to Uelkal village

After breakfast you will move to Uelkal (120 km, 5 hours). It is the most Western Eskimo settlement in the world where only 100 people live. On the way you will stop at the "Wing" – an aircraft crashed here at the period of the World War II. You will have a picnic and will listen to stories about the history of Alsib – the famous air route between Alaska and the Soviet Union.


Upon arrival to the village will get to know the local traditions of hospitality of Escimo people. Also you will get acquainted with the history of the village and taste traditional food of sea mammal hunters (walrus, whale, seal) at dinner. For night you will stay at the local club.

Day 9 Excursion in Uelkal

After breakfast you will visit the abandoned military base – the tropospheric station, where you learn about the objects of the Cold war.

 

Then you will meet with local people – sea hunters, who will tell you stories about their traditional hunt. You will have lunch and the visit the war cemetery of the Alsib pilots.

 

In the evening you will enjoy the performance of the local folk group Imlya, have dinner and rest.

Day 10 Return to Anadyr

You will have breakfast and leave Uelkal to Anadyr by Trekol. En route you will have a snack. Upon arrival to the town you will stay at the hotel and have dinner. In the evening you can go yo sauna (optionally).

Day 11 Ice fishing and sightseeing 

After breakfast you will try an ice fishing at the estuary or have an excursion to Dionisiya. Then you will have lunch and visit the local museum. In the evening you will enjoy the performance of folk dancers or throat singers and have dinner.

Day 12 Departure

You will have breakfast and check out from the hotel. You will cross the Anadyr Gulf. Today we will also offer you to visit the abandoned military base Gudym (extra charge). After lunch (packed army lunch boxes) you will be taken to the airport to depart home.

New
Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 8 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
5 nights
3 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
16 March 2020
  • 16 March 2020
  • 30 March 2020
End date:
27 March 2020
237 060 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In Anadyr you will stay for 3 nights at the Anadyr hotel in twin rooms, equipped with a TV and a mini-bar. In Kanchalan village you will be accommodated at the base of a boarding school (tourists spend 3 nights in a common room on beds, perhaps in sleeping bags)

 

While being in reindeer camp at days 2-5 you will spend a night in sleeping bags in yaranga. It is a traditional reinder herders' tent covered with reindeer skin. In Uelkal you will stay for 2 nights in the local club (accommodation in a common room in sleeping bags).

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Who will be my guide +

You will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide.

Meals +

The tour price includes three meals a day. You will taste traditional food of the reindeer herders and sea mammal hunters (meat of a reindeer, a walrus, a whale and a seal).

What kind of transport do we use +

Transfer to the villages of Kanchalan and Uelkal as well as to Anadyr will be organized by a modern and safe all-terrain vehicle Trekol.

Required data for border permit +

To participate in the tour it is necessary to submit the following information not later than 50 days before start of the tour:

  • a copy of passport
  • a full name of employing Company and a job position
  • an address of current residence
  • a city of birth (with country indicated)
  • a phone number

The issue of border permit is included in the tour.

Booking

New

Reindeer herders and marine mammal hunters

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Group size
from 4 to 8 person
Duration
12 days

Accommodation during the trip

3 nights
5 nights
3 nights

Languages

EN
guide
237 060 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation as per program

  • three meals a day

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • transportation service in Chukotka (ferries, boats, all-terrain vehicles)

  • permits to the border zone

  • entrance ticket to the National park and to the museums

Extra charge:
  • airfare to/from Anadyr

  • rental of a snowmobile (with a driver's service): +30 000 RUB per day

  • optional activities

  • additional extra food

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation as per program

  • three meals a day

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • transportation service in Chukotka (ferries, boats, all-terrain vehicles)

  • permits to the border zone

  • entrance ticket to the National park and to the museums

  • airfare to/from Anadyr

  • rental of a snowmobile (with a driver's service): +30 000 RUB per day

  • optional activities

  • additional extra food

16 Mar 2020, Mon — 27 Mar 2020, Fri
237 060 RUB
30 Mar 2020, Mon — 10 Apr 2020, Fri
237 060 RUB
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