MIGRATION TRIP OF THE NENETS (YAMALIA)

Siberia
Salekhard, Labytnangi, campamento nenet
departure: 14 April 2021
Duration: 12 days

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3.598

Nenets are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal Peninsula, thriving for more than a millennium in temperatures as low as -50 °C in winter to +35 °C in summer. Their annual migration ranges between 500km and over 1,000km and includes a 48km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River. Every spring the Nenets move their huge herds North, from the winter pastures on the Russian mainland to the summer pastures within the Arctic Circle. Nenets belong to the Samoyed group of peoples. Their ancestors originated in southern Siberia and are believed to have settled in northern Russia around 1,000 years ago. With a population of over 41,000 individuals, the Nenets are one of the largest indigenous groups in northern Siberia. Their territory covers a vast area that stretches from the Kanin Peninsula in the White Sea to the Taymyr Peninsula, a distance of more than 2,000 km. Traditionally, nenets are reindeer herders who also hunt and fish. For centuries, Nenets have survived the harsh conditions of the Yamal Peninsula. They have adapted to live and travel in freezing temperatures. Joining a reindeer migration is a real experience in living the nomadic life of the Siberian people. During the trip you will see some of the least explored and most remote regions on Earth. This experience combines the incredible arctic environment of the region with the mountainscapes of the Polar Urals and includes an exclusive immersion in to the ancient ways of life in the tundra and of today’s Nenets nomads. This expedition is an opportunity to get back to basics and to enjoy the tundra and the mountains of the Polar Urals.

Best season:
March - April
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TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1. FLIGTH TO MOSCOW
Arrival at Moscow Domodedovo airport and transfer to Airhotel Domodedovo.

Hotel accommodation, Domodedovo.

DAY 2. FLIGTH TO SALEKHARD. CITY TOUR
Breakfast.

In the morning transfer to Domodedovo airport. We will take a flight to Salekhard (3:15 pm). Arrival at 8:00 a.m. and transfer to the hotel. Salekhard, a population of 42,500 inhabitants, is located on the banks of the Ob River, one of the longest rivers in the world. The city was originally built in 1595 as a Cossack fortress, and had the name of Obdorsk – place on the Ob – until 1933. In the Nenets language, Salekhard means “settlement on the cape” and is the only city in the world which the Arctic Circle bisects (66º 33´N).

Hotel accommodation, Salekhard.

DAY 3. SALEKHARD – KHARP – URAL POLAR MOUNTAINS
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the tundra or mountains. Snowmobile departure to the nenet camp.

Accommodation in tents, Ural Mountains.

DAYS 4 TO 10. NENET CAMP
Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

For a week we will live with a Nenet family, who will show us a traditional way of life which has hardly changed in the last century. We will stay with the indigenous people of the north and we will learn about their lifestyle; cooking national dishes and helping them to set up their cabins or tents and performing their ancestral rites. We will immerse ourselves in the real life of the nomads, stay in their tents and learn more about their unique culture and traditions. You will be able to participate in daily tasks such as cutting wood, making a fire, preparing food, collecting water and helping with reindeer. And obviously we will accompany the nenets during their spring migration.

Tent accommodation, Nenet Camp.

DAY 11. NENET CAMP – SALEKHARD
Breakfast.

After sharing breakfast with the family, we will by snowmobile to the pick-up point where we will take a transfer that will take us back to the city of Salekhard. In the afternoon we will have the option of taking a banya (Russian sauna).

Hotel accommodation, Salekhard.

DAY 12. FLIGHT TO MOSCOW
Breakfast.

Departure to the airport at 7:30h a.m. Departure of the flight at 9:10h a.m and arrival at Domodedovo airport at 10:10h a.m. End of the program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the pandemic situation by COVID-19, this trip will be subject to possible restrictions and / or prohibitions on entering the country.

INCLUDED
  • 3 nights of hotel accommodation
  • 8 nights accommodation in tents
  • Diet according to program
  • Local English-speaking X-plore guide
  • Spanish-speaking X-plore photo guide
  • Moscow-Salekhard / Salekhard-Moscow flights
  • Snow rackets
  • Activities as indicated in the program
  • Arctic safety equipment
  • SAT phone, locator, solar charger
  • Stores, kitchen tools, first aid kit
NOT INCLUDE
  • Flights to/from Moscow
  • Invitation letter (Russian visa)
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Individual clothing and equipment, sleeping mat, backpack, warm clothing, and winter boots (contact us for advice and/or to rent polar equipment)
  • Any service in Moscow
  • Satellite phone calls (€ 2 / minute)
  • Anything not specified in the “INCLUDED” section.
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