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Archipelago of discoveries
Archipelago of discoveries

Expedition to the Shantar Islands

New
Archipelago of discoveries
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 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights
3 nights
Start date
18 July 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 26 July 2019
End date:
28 July 2019
210 000 RUB

This is going to be a life-changing journey! Most of people don't have any idea where the Shantar Islands are, but one trip there is enough to convince them that Russia still has many awesome places that have barely been imprinted by the foot of man.

New
Archipelago of discoveries
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 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights
3 nights
Start date
18 July 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 26 July 2019
End date:
28 July 2019
210 000 RUB

Experiences you'll have

A trip to the Shantar Islands

The nature of this place will awaken an explorer in you. Flying aboard a helicopter over the Sea of Okhotsk, you will enjoy the picturesque bays of the archipelago. In the marine expedition, you will witness breathtaking sceneries and wild nature as it is.

A transfer by helicopter willlet you spend less time on the road and to explore more places of the itinerary. 

These realms, where it is hard to find a human being, are inhabited primarily by whales, seals, bears, foxes, and ermines.

In the sea of Okhotsk, in the Wrangel Bay you will watch right whales

You will have a chance to try paddleboarding with whales in the Wrangel Bay. 

 

If desired, a helicopter excursion to mountain ridges Dusse-Alin can be organised. You will see Bear Lake and waterfalls. Please check "Common Questions" section.

 

Note: the schedule and itinerary of the tour can be changed depending on weather conditions, whales presence and other objective reasons. 

 

The author of photos in the gallery is Sergey Dolya

 

Itinerary

The journey begins in Khabarovsk, and you have to get there on your own. You should be in the city one day before the start of the program and have a flight back one day after the end of the trip. In this case there will be a chance to have rest before a long road in the beginning of the trip and after a long voyage in the end of the travel. 

 

In the first day of the program you will be picked up from the hotel. We are ready to assist with the purcahse of flight tickets and choosing a hotel in Khabarovsk. If necessary, leave a comment in your application.

Day 1 Khabarovsk — Briakan

Th group of participants will meet at 16 pm. After that, you will have a transfer to the village of Briakan that will take a night. Time en route is 12 to 14 hours.

Day 2 Helicopter deployment at the Ongachan camp

You will have breakfast in the village of Briakan. Weather permitting there will be a 1.5-hour helicopter flight to the Ongachan camp.

 

In bad weather on the helicopter landing site in Ongachan Bay, alternative helipads will be chosen. There you will be picked up and will have a transfer to the Ingachan camp with a high-speed powerboat.

 

The Ongachan Bay is in the Tugursky peninsula. This landscape, complete with a large lake with a river flowing from it, is really picturesque. Red fish go to this river for spawning and whales come occasionally to the bay. One can also find bears and foxes there. The bay is protected from winds, so it's quiet there. 

Day 3 Shantar Islands

This day you will explore Shantar Islands. 

 

On the Bolshoy Shantar island you will have a chance to visit a weather station. You will see seashore colonies of birds and will stop en route to marvel at the most wonderful places.

 

In the evening you will come to the Ongachan Bay, will have rest and relax in a steam bath. 

Day 4 The Wrangel Bay

Today with high-speed powerboats you will get to the Wrnagel Bay (2-2,5 hours). Here, you will stay in the house or will set up tents.  

Day 5-7 Watching whales

These days you will watch whales. There are so many of them that you can see them even from the shore. There is a chance to get a nice photo with a whale using a smartphone. On a boat trip whales will be very close. 

 

You can go fishing these days as well. 

Day 8 Coming back to Ongachan Bay

Today you will come back to the Ongachan Bay. If desired you can have an excursion along the southern shore of the Sea of Okhotsk with visiting Belichy Island. 

 

The island is about 70 sq.m. in area, 20 km in length, and 1,5 to 7 km in width. The Lindholm Strait separates it from the mainland, and the Opasny Strait separates it from the Maly Shantar Island. 

Day 9 A spare day

This day is reserved in case of bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Day 10 Departure from Ongachan

Today you will have a flight back to the village of Briakan. From here, you will start the way to Khabarovsk. 

Day 11 Arrival in Khabarovsk

You will get to Khabarovsk with a bus. 

Day 12 Homecoming

This day you will have a flight back home. 

New
Archipelago of discoveries
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 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights
3 nights
Start date
18 July 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 26 July 2019
End date:
28 July 2019
210 000 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In the Wrangel Bay you will live in a common house. There is electricity there. You can go to a steam house every day. If desired, it is possible to set up tents on the territory of the base.  

 

In the Ongachan Bay you will stay in the houses for 4-6 people. There is shower with hot water, electricity and a staem bath. 

 

While being on routes outside of bases, you will stay in tents. 

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Common questions

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How to get on a helicopter tour +

If desired, for an additional payment you can go on helicopter excursion to mountain ridges Dusse-Alin. The tour will take place in case there will be a group of 10-18 participants (including accompanying guides).

 

There are two landings in the program — on the Bear Lake and near the waterfall 'Neozhidannyi'. Every stop will take 1 hour. The landing near the waterfall will depend on the level of water in the river Kuraigagna. If the landing is not possible, you will get to the waterfall 'Bride's dress'. The flight to excursion will start from the village of Briakan and will take place before the start of the main program. 

 

What to bring +

For sea trips:

  • storm suit (overalls or jacket and trousers)
  • high rubber boots (needed for embarkation and disembarkation from a boat)
  • shoes with warm insoles
  • wind-resistant hat
  • thermal socks
  • waterproof gloves
  • balaclava helmet

 

For trekking and time in the camp:

  • light jacket (GORE-TEX with a hood in case of rainy weather)
  • light shoes (e.g. sport shoes)
  • trekking trousers
  • cap or light hat
  • light gloves
  • thermal underwear (2 types with different level of warmth)
  • liner in a sleeping bag
  • fleece jacket
  • underwear, T-shirts, socks
  • towel
  • swimming costume (in case you have a wish to get into water)
  • sleeping bag (+5°С comfort)
  • dry bag
  • head torch with extra batteries
  • light backpack for trekkings

 

For paddleboarding:

  • snorkeling vest (possible to rent. If necessary, please make an order before the start of the trip)

 

For photography equipment:

  • waterproof backpack and a dry bag

 

Other:

  • personal medicines, tooth brush, wet towel wipes, etc.
  • knife or multitool 
Cost of equipment rentals +

You can rent equipment for the period of the tour

 

  • High boots — 1000 RUB
  • Warmed sleeping bag — 2000 RUB
  • Inflatable mat Therm-a-Rest — 1000 RUB
  • Raincoat — 1000 RUB

 

Please, note that all additional services including equipment rentals should be paid before the start of the program. 

Booking

New

Archipelago of discoveries

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 10 person
Duration
11 days

Accommodation during the trip

5 nights
3 nights
210 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • accommodation at touristic bases and in tents 

  • three meals per day including fresh seafood and local delicacies

  • helicopter and bus transfers to the Sea of Okhotsk shore

  • guides and cooks' services

  • permission for visiting the national park

  • daily excursions 

  • group equipment, boots and dishing gear

  • boat rental, fuel

  • steam bath every day

Extra charge:
  • flight to Khabarovsk, starting at 40,000 RUB for a round-trip ticket

  • hotel accommodation in Khabarovsk the night before the start of the program and the night after 

  • meals on the way

  • health insurance

  • equipment rental (if necessary. Please, check "Common questions" section)

  • helicopter excursion to mountain ridges Dusse-Alin (can be organised at will, +500 000 RUB per group of 10-16 people) 

  • transfer to the airport in Khabarovsk

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • accommodation at touristic bases and in tents 

  • three meals per day including fresh seafood and local delicacies

  • helicopter and bus transfers to the Sea of Okhotsk shore

  • guides and cooks' services

  • permission for visiting the national park

  • daily excursions 

  • group equipment, boots and dishing gear

  • boat rental, fuel

  • steam bath every day

  • flight to Khabarovsk, starting at 40,000 RUB for a round-trip ticket

  • hotel accommodation in Khabarovsk the night before the start of the program and the night after 

  • meals on the way

  • health insurance

  • equipment rental (if necessary. Please, check "Common questions" section)

  • helicopter excursion to mountain ridges Dusse-Alin (can be organised at will, +500 000 RUB per group of 10-16 people) 

  • transfer to the airport in Khabarovsk

18 Jul 2019, Thu — 28 Jul 2019, Sun
210 000 RUB
26 Jul 2019, Fri — 5 Aug 2019, Mon
210 000 RUB
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