Expedition with ethnologist to the Dezhnev Cape by dog sleds

CHUKOTKA

March 15 to 25, 2022*
Tour Chukotka, Russia

winter tour to Chukotka with ethnologist expedition to reindeer herders tour stay in yaranga tundra polar bears photo tour Chukchi sea mammals hunters Dezhnev Cape dog sleds Russian Arctic

Find yourself in the place where day turns into night, where distance from the eastern hemisphere to the western one is only one step, where the cultures of the Chukchi reindeer herders and Inuit sea mammals' hunters survive in the polar tundra.
Feel like a true discoverer: explore Chukotka Peninsula in the role of musher, reach the easternmost part of Eurasia – Cape Dezhnev, and glance from Siberia to America.

This is a very authentic expedition. In addition to winter polar weather and authentic cultures, we will have a great chance to see the northern lights and polar bears.

We will be led by Chukchi mushers, participants and winners of famous Beringia and Nadezhda dog sled races and noted in Guinness Book of world records.
The ethnologist, a big expert in the field of indigenous tribes of Chukotka, travels and lectures with us throughout the expedition.

©️ MZUNGU EXPEDITIONS / Alexey Kolbov, 2021
©️ МЗУНГУ ЭКСПЕДИШЕНС / Алексей Кольбов, 2021

SCHEDULE AND COST:
Dates: March 15 to 25, 2022*

* The dates of the expedition can be shifted 1 week back or forward, depending on the spring schedule of ChukotAvia Airlines' domestic flights in Chukotka, as well as depending on the dates of the annual Nadezhda ("Hope") dog sled race (mushers and dogs participating in our expedition, must also participate in the "Hope" race).
The final dates of the expedition will be determined upon receipt of information on the flight schedule and the dates of the "Hope" race, in any case no later than in January 2022.


Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Number of participants: 4 – 6

Cost per person (based on double accommodation):
- 299 000 Russian rubles subject to 6 participants or
- 319 000 Russian rubles subject to 5 participants or
- 329 000 Russian rubles subject to 4 participants

10% early booking discount (in case you book before November 15, 2021)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Anadyr (roundtrip),
- international medical insurance,
- Russian visa (if needed).
Estimated cost of the flight Moscow – Anadyr – Moscow: 50000 rubles (to be purchased on your own).

Single supplement: upon request (single accommodation is provided only in hotels).




TRAVEL PROGRAM: PHOTO TOUR TO CHUKOTKA

Day 1. March 15, 2022 (Tuesday). ANADYR

Arrival in Anadyr at 12:30 pm (UTair flight 533 from Moscow).
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the city.
City tour (monuments to Grinevetsky, Rytkheu, Revolutionary Commissioner of Chukotka, St. Nicolas).
Visit to the Chukotka Heritage Museum.
Dinner and tasting of salmon, caviar and other local delicacies.
Stories from ethnologist about local rituals and traditions. Ritual of feeding the spirits
Meals: dinner
Accommodation: hotel "Anadyr"


Day 2. March 16, 2022 (Wednesday). ANADYR – LAURENTIUS – LORINO

Breakfast, transfer to the airport.
Flight from Anadyr to Laurentius, to the very east of the Chukotka Peninsula, meeting at the airport,
Transfer to the Lorino village (40 km, 1 hour), photographing the tundra along the way.
Arrangement in the apartments of the mushers.
Tour around the village.
Visit to the bone carving workroom, a workshop on bone carving art, ordering souvenirs.
Dinner: home cooking.
Meeting with representatives of the Eskimo and Chukchi cultures, discussion on issues of intercultural interaction. Talk with members of the folklore group (option).
Ethnographer's lecture on the history of whaling.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: apartment



Day 3. March 17, 2022 (Thursday). LORINO

Master class "musher school" - acquaintance with mushers and their dogs, teaching the basic skills of driving a team.
Sledding to Lorino hot springs (15 km, 1 hour). Picnic, bathing in the springs, returning to the village by car.
If possible, going out to the ice edge with sea mammals hunters, subject to good weather, observing the seal hunting.
Overnight at the apartment, preparing for the long trek.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: apartment


Day 4. March 18, 2022 (Friday). LORINO – LAURENTIUS

Day trip by dog sleds from the village of Lorino to Laurentius (40 km, 2 – 3 hours), accompanied for the entire trip up to the end of the itinerary – by the TrEkol all-terrain vehicle and two snowmobiles.
Walking tour around the village. Visiting of museum.
Tea at the village club, meeting the locals.
Overnight at the apartment or hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel or apartment


Days 5 – 6. March 19 – 20, 2022 (Saturday – Sunday). LAURENTIUS – REINDEER HERDERS' CAMP – UELEN

Two-day sledding trip by dog teams (105 – 120 km) from the Laurentius to the village of Uelen, at the northernmost tip of the Chukotka Peninsula, in the water area of the Arctic Ocean.

On Day 5 – the stretch up to the reindeer herding brigade, depending on its location on the way from Laurentius to Uelen (the distance covered on the day 5 can be much longer or shorter than the one of the day 6, depending on where the reindeer herders' camp will be located, and may take 4 to 8 hours).
Arrival at the camp, meeting with Chukchi reindeer herders, exchange of gifts.
Drive to the herd.
Reindeer ritual slaughtering.
Dinner of reindeer herders' food. Reindeer cooking master class
Communication with reindeer herders, campfire stories about life in the tundra.
A master class in throwing a lasso.
Overnight in yaranga in the reindeer herders' camp.

The Chukchi are an indigenous people inhabiting the Chukotka Peninsula and the shores of the Chukchi Sea and the Bering Sea region of the Arctic Ocean within Russia. They speak the Chukchi language. Chukchi originated from the people living around the Okhotsk Sea. According to most recent genomic research, Chukchi people are the closest cousins of the First Americans in Asia. Chukchi are traditionally divided into the Maritime Chukchi, who had settled homes on the coast and lived primarily from sea mammal hunting, and the Reindeer Chukchi, who lived as nomads in the inland tundra region, migrating seasonally with their herds of reindeer. The Russian name "Chukchi" is derived from the Chukchi word Chauchu ("rich in reindeer"), which was used by the Reindeer Chukchi to distinguish themselves from the Maritime Chukchi, called Anqallyt ("the sea people").

On day 6 – a day trip from the reindeer herders' brigade to the village of Uelen (can take from 4 to 8 hours).
Picnic along the way.
Arrival in Uelen, a village located on the shores of the Chukchi Sea, in the water area of the Arctic Ocean.
Visit to the museum and bone carving workshop in Uelen. Visit to the school, conversation with the director and staff about the features of life in the North.
Russian banya in the evening (optionally).
Overnight at an apartment or at a local hotel.
Discussion at dinner on the topic "Truth and Fiction in the movie "The Head of Chukotka".
In good weather, observing the Northern lights.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: yaranga (traditional Chukchi dwelling) on day 5 and hotel or apartment on day 6.


Day 7. March 21, 2022 (Monday). UELEN – CAPE DEZHNEV – UELEN (REINDEER HERDERS' CAMP)

Departure by dog sleds to Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of Eurasia (round trip about 30 km).
Trekking to the lighthouse and the Eskimo old settlement of Naukan. The descent takes about an hour, the ascent is about 2 hours, the elevation difference is 400 meters. If icy occurs, the slope can be slippery, then descent will be impossible.

The Eskimo (the Inuit) are a group of culturally similar indigenous peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada, Chukotka and Alaska. The Inuit languages are part of the Eskimo-Aleut family. Inuit are the descendants of what anthropologists call the Thule culture, who emerged from western Alaska around 1000 CE. They had split from the related Aleut group about 4,000 years ago and from northeastern Siberian migrants, possibly related to the Chukchi language group, still earlier, descended from the third major migration from Siberia. They spread eastwards across the Arctic.
Photographing landscapes. With good visibility - observation of the Diomede Islands: Ratmanova (Russia) and Kruzenshtern (USA).
Return according to the situation: to Uelen or to the reindeer herding brigade.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: apartment or hotel in Uelen or yaranga (traditional Chukchi dwelling) in a reindeer herding brigade

Day 8. March 22, 2022 (Tuesday). UELEN (REINDEER HERDERS' CAMP) – LAURENTIUS

The return drive by all-terrain vehicle and snowmobiles to the Laurentius (no more than 105 km).
Farewell to mushers and dogs who leave for Lorino.
Overnight in an apartment or in a hotel.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: hotel or apartment



Day 9. March 23, 2022 (Wednesday). LAURENTIUS – ANADYR

Flight Laurentius – Anadyr.
Crossing the estuary to the city.
Accommodation at the Hotel Anadyr.
Russian banya (steam bath).
Dinner and lectures of the ethnologist on the history of the settlement in Chukotka

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Anadyr



Day 10. March 24, 2022 (Thursday). ANADYR

Reserve day in case of bad weather and flight change.
Hike to the hill of St. Mikhail: panoramic view of Anadyr and its environs.
Buying of souvenirs.
Performance of the folk group - throat singing or dancing.
Farewell dinner, exchange of impressions.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Anadyr



Day 11. March 25, 2022 (Friday). ANADYR - GUDYM - RETURN FLIGHT

Breakfast. Crossing the estuary.
Excursion to the abandoned military base Gudym. Gudym, built in late 1950th, served as a nuclear weapon base during the Cold War period and was completely hidden underground. Picnic at the military base with packed army lunchbox.
Transfer to the airport and flight Anadyr - Moscow by UTair airline, departure at 3:40 pm (flight UT534).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: no




* The operator reserves the right to change the order of execution of the program subject to keeping of all activities.
** The program depends on the local flights schedule and availability of flying weather.
Cost includes:
- domestic flights Anadyr – Laurentius – Anadyr
- transport service according to the program (transfers, taxis, ferries, boats, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles)
- dog teams and sleds (personal dog team and sled for each participant of the expedition) and escort of the TrEkol all-terrain vehicle and two snowmobiles along the entire route from Lorino to Cape Dezhnev and back
- Accommodation in hotels in Anadyr, in double/twin rooms,
- Accommodation in hotel or apartments in Laurentius
- Accommodation in apartments in Lorino
- Accommodation in local hotel or apartments in Uelen
- accommodation in the yaranga at the nomads' camp
- three meals a day throughout the whole program
- registration of passes to enter the border zone
- permit for National park, tickets for National park
- tickets to museums
- all activities and performances according to the program
- English speaking and Russian speaking local guide and team leader (professional ethnologist),
- lectures of the ethnologist about Chukotka
- fees for guides, local guides, financial support for local communities
- photo and video shooting



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

- flight to Anadyr and back
- medical insurance.
- Russian visa (if necessary)
- alcohol drinks and souvenirs
- additional activities not included into the program
- single supplement in hotels



To take with:

- very warm winter feather coat with windstopper
- very warm winter hat with windstopper (2 pieces), gloves with windstopper (2 pairs) andwarm winter trousers with windstopper (2 pairs)
- warm boots, warm and waterproof high boots (2 pairs of very warm winter shoes is a must)
- winter wear sets (warm wool socks, cotton socks, wool sweater, warm winter jacket)
- thermal underwear,
- sleeping bag for -5/-10 degrees Celsius comfort temperature (can be freezing in the morning in yaranga)
- inflating tourist mattress
- sunglasses (is a must)
- alpine skiing glasses (up to you)
- buff / balaclava
- thermos
- head torch
- personal hygiene products (incl. towel, hygiene wet tissues, soap)
- minimum set of favorite snacks and drinks (nowhere to buy)
- personal medical kit (analgetic, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydron, court plaster, your personal medications)
- sun and wind protection
- cameras, spare batteries, tripod
- Gifts for the locals
KEY FEATURES:
TOUR TO YAMAL
Chukotka peninsula, Russia


Best season: March - April




Feel like a real musher driving the dog sled team

Reach the easternmost part of Eurasia – Cape Dezhnev on a dog sled team, covering hundreds of kilometers, and see America over the Bering Strait

Get acquainted with the culture of Chukchi reindeer herders and spend the night in yaranga

Learn the culture of the sea mammals hunters in Chukotka, evidence sea mammals hunting

See the extreme eastern and unexplored region of Russia, the real polar tundra

Chase Aurora Borealis

Explore the abandoned Soviet military base Gudym

Get to know the northern cuisine and taste local delicacies
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