The Nenets are reindeer herders, migrating across the Yamal peninsula, thriving for more then a millennium with temperatures from minus 50°C in winter to 35°C in summer. Their annual migration varies from 500 to over a 1000 km and includes a 48 km crossing of the frozen waters of the Ob River.
Every spring, the Nenets move their enormous herds from winter pastures on the Russian mainland, north to summer pastures in the Arctic Circle.
The Nenets belong to the Samoyed group of peoples. Their ancestors originated in Southern Siberia and are believed to have settled in the Russian North about 1000 years ago. With a population of over 41,000, the Nenets are one of the largest of the indigenous groups in Northern Siberia. Their territory covers a vast area that stretches from the Kanin Peninsula at the White Sea in the west, all the way to the Taymyr Peninsula, a distance of more than 2,000 km. Traditionally the Nenets are reindeer breeders, who also hunt, trap and fish
For centuries Nenets have survived the harsh conditions of the Yamal Peninsula. They have adapted to be able to live and travel in the freezing temperatures. Joining a reindeer migration is a real experience living the nomadic life of the Siberian people.
Day 1: Arrive at Moscow Domedovo, transport to Airhotel Domodedovo***
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 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 Tundra or Mountains. Departure with snowmobile to the Nenet camp location. Stay at Chum.
Day 4-10: Living and travelling together with the Nenet family during their migration, Overnight in chum (sharing).(B,L,D)
Day 11: After a shared breakfast with the family we will go by snowmobile to the pick up location, 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 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.
The program will vary depending on the weather, snow and ice conditions, presence of animals and the guides’ decisions at the time.
The exact location of the Nenet can vary. Also the movement of the Nenet during their migration will depend on reindeer and that means that they do not necessarily move every day.
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
– 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
– Local Guide
– Arctic guide (WGA)
– Activities according to program
– Arctic safety/security equipment
– Telephone SAT, Spot, solar charger.
– Tents, cooking equipment, first aid kit
– 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: 3.080 Euro
Published price is based on 5 people traveling
Individual supplement: please inform