Yamal Polar Ural Skitouring Expedition – with Nenet Homestay

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Yamalia, ASIA & PACIFIC
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    Exploring the mountains on ski´s in the Arctic of Yamalia
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    The chum is made of over a 100 reindeer skins, Yamalia
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    Little Nenet child helping with the reindeer herding
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    Arriving with ski´s at the Nenet chum in one of the Polar Ural Mountain valleys
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    The woodstove inside the Nenet chum for warmth, hot drinks & food.
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    Life inside the Nenet chum, Yamalia
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    Skitouring with pulks, exploring the endless valleys
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    Pulling the pulk through arctic landscapes
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    Polar Ural Mountains, a white wild unknown paradise

During the first part of the trip we will traverse the arctic tundra and Ural Mountains on ski´s, sleeping in tents, heading for the nomadic encampment. On this journey you will see some of the least trodden and remote regions of the world.

travel code

YAM002

fixed departures:

28/02 – 11/03, 2017

groups:

4/8 MIN/MAX

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Available

destination:

Yamal

type:

Exploratory

duration:

14 days

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Yamalia, ASIA & PACIFIC

The program: If launching yourself on adventures is just something you do, then this voyage of discovery should fit your interests.

On this journey you will see some of the least trodden and remote regions of the world. This experience will reward you with a stunning combination of this region’s amazing arctic environment, the polar Ural mountainscapes and an exclusive insight into the ancient traditional ways of life in the tundra and the life of the Nenet nomads today. This expedition is an opportunity to return to the basics and enjoy exploring the tundra and the Polar Ural mountains.

During the first part of the trip we will traverse the arctic tundra and Ural Mountains on ski´s, sleeping in tents, heading for the nomadic encampment. Here you accompany a Nenets family with its reindeer, and live in a chum sharing daily tasks with them.

The Yamal is the territory of the traditional habitation of the indigenous small-numbered peoples of the North: Nenets, Khanty, Selkup and Komi (Zyryane). Inhabiting the high latitudes for thousands of years, the indigenous peoples of the Yamal created a striking and original culture adapted to the maximum to the severe Arctic nature conditions. The Nenets people of the Siberian arctic are the guardians of a style of reindeer herding that is the last of its kind. Through a yearly migration of over a thousand kilometres, these people move gigantic herds of reindeers from summer pastures in the north to winter pastures located in the south of the Arctic Circle.

While summer temperatures range between +5C and +25C (but can still be cold due to the wind), winter temperatures can go below-60C. Out in the tundra, the average winter temperature is -25-30C.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Moscow Domedovo, transport to Airhotel Domodedovo*** (double room)

Day 2 - Breakfast, and transport to Domedovo Airport, departure of the flight to Salekhard at 12:25h. Arrival at 17:10h and transport to the Yamalkan hotel. Salekhard, with 42,500 inhabitants is located on the banks of the river Ob. Constructed in 1595 as a Cossack fortress, the city bore the name Obdorsk - place on the Ob - until 1933. Salekhard means from the Nenets language "settlement at the Cape." Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)

Day 3 - Breakfast at the hotel and transfer (1,5h) to Harp village, located north of Salekhard at the foot of the Polar Ural Mountains. Just north of the village we will start crossing the Polar Ural Mountains, skiing with our pulks into the valley. Overnight in tent (B,L,D)

Day 4-9 - Skitouring through the Ural Polar Mountains, the Arctic Valleys, frozen rivers, Tundra; exploring this land called “The End of the World”. Overnight in tents (B,L,D) (B)

Day 10-11 - Living together with the Nenet family, who lead their traditional lifestyle, which has hardly changed over the last century. You will homestay with the indigenous peoples of the North, getting to know their way of life, cooking national dishes and helping to set up chums (tents) and perform rites. You can immerse yourselves in the real life of nomadic people, stay in their chum and find out more about their unique culture and ancient traditions. Daily tasks like chopping wood, making fire, preparing food, making water and helping with the Reindeer can be part of your adventure. During the day we will make snowshoe or skiing excursion to the beautiful Polar Ural Mountains. Overnight in chum (sharing).(B,L,D) In the afternoon of day 11 we will go by snowmobile to Harp, where we will be picked up by car and transport to Salekhard. Overnight in hotel, double room.

Day 12 - Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to the airport at 8:30 am. Departure of the flight at 10:00h – arrival at Domodedovo airport at 11:00h. End of the program.

MAPS & AREA

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Included

  • Accommodation in Airhotel hotel Domodedovo*** (double rooms)
  • Accommodation in Arktika hotel Salekhard (double rooms)
  • Meals as specified in the program
  • Transportation as specified in the program
  • Homestay with local family
  • Herders Day Festival visit
  • Local Guide
  • X-plore guide
  • Activities according to the program
  • Arctic safety/security equipment
  • SAT telephone, spot, solar charger
  • Tents, cooking equipment and first aid kit

Excluded

  • Flights to/from Moscow
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Individual clothing/equipment, sleeping mat, backpack, cold-weather clothes, etc. (contact us for advice)
  • Any service in Moscow
  • Satellite phone calls (2 € per minute)
  • All services not specified before
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