PRICE TRAVEL: from 3250 €Yamalia, ASIA & PACIFIC
It is so far north that most of it is located beyond the Arctic Circle. It is so inhospitable that Stalin built his prison camps here. No one doubts of Yamal’s great natural beauty or its unusual fauna. As the world gets smaller, you want to go further – and there are few places as far away as Yamal.
22/03 – 31/03/2019
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.
Additionally we will make excursions on the snowshoes or ski´s to several mountains and interesting landscapes in the area. Here we will 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.
Day 1 - Arrive at Moscow Domedovo, transport to Airhotel Domodedovo*** (double room)
Day 2 - Breakfast, and transport to Domodedovo Airport for to take a flight to Salekhard. Arrive and transfer to the 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 and transport to the Herders Day Festival in Salekhard. In the tundra reindeer are a symbol of the meaning of life, they provide food, clothes and warmth. The festival is based on the cultural and spiritual traditions of the indigenous peoples of the North, therefore all the activities that take place on the Day of the Reindeer are aimed at their support and preservation. The main spectacle of the event is a variety of reindeer races: the trot, standing on a sled, on skis pulled by reindeer and on reindeer skin. There are also competitions for national sports: sled jumping, tynzyan throwing (throwing a lassoo onto a wooden pole), ski hunting, long distance axe throwing, tug of war. There are competitions and fairs selling handicrafts made of bones, fur, beads and much more. There are also national dishes of reindeer meat and frozen steak. Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 4 - 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 go with the snowmobiles into the vast wilderness, crossing the Polar Ural Mountains. The Polar Urals Mountains range (66-68º N., 63-67º E.) is stretched from the northeast to the southwest. Across the valley of Sob' River, with a thin line of the north most Trans-Ural railway connecting Seida and Labytnangi, the Ural mountains, before they blend into the coastal plain, widen again and the last groves of the Ural forest occur in valleys protected from winds. The nenet will welcome you with a warm cup of “chai”. Overnight in Chums (B,L,D)
Day 5-8 - 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 task. During the day we will make snowshoe or skiing excursion to the beautiful Polar Ural Mountains. Overnight in chum (sharing).(B,L,D)
Day 9 - After a shared breakfast with the family we will go by snowmobile to Harp, where we will be picked up by car and transport to Salekhard. In the afternoon you have the option to take a banya (Russian sauna). Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)
Day 10 - 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.