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TRAVEL TO THE LAST NOMADS OF SIBERIA, NENET PEOPLE

with anthropologist Francesc Bailon

 

DATES: 22 MARCH - 01 APRIL, 2018



Day 1:
 MOSCOW

Arrive at Moscow Domedovo, transport to Airhotel Domodedovo***

(double room) 


Day 2: MOSCOW - SALEKHARD

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: SALEKHARD- HARP-NENET CAMP

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 4-8: NENET HOMESTAY

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)

DAY 8 WE DEPART AFTER BREAKFAST TO SALEKHARD.

Day 9: HERDERS DAY FESTIVAL

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 10: SALEKHARD - MOSCOW

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.


 

The program will vary depending on the weather, snow and ice conditions, presence of animals and the guides’ decisions at the time.

The accommodation in the Chums is on a sharing base. Depending on the groups size there will be a Chum available for the group only.


 

Costs & Services


Included

Accommodation in Airhotel hotel Domodedovo*** (double rooms)
Accommodation in hotel  (double rooms)
Meals as specified in the program
Transports as specified in the program
Homestay with local family
Herders Day Festival visit
Local Interpreter
Guide (International Mountain Leader UIMLA - Arctic specialist WGA)
Activities according to program
Arctic safety/security equipment
Telephone SAT, Spot, solar charger.
Tents, cooking equipment, first aid kit
Snowshoes or crosscountry ski´s


 

Not included

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 clothing, etc (contact us for advice).
Any service in Moscow
Satellite phone calls (2 € per minute)
All services not specified in "included"


Price:  3.250 Euro / 2,590 GBP / 220.000 RUB
Published price is based on 6 people traveling 
Individual supplement: please inform