Winter expedition with ethnologist to Chukchi reindeer herders of Kanchalan tundra

CHUKOTKA

April 11 – 18, 2022
Tour Chukotka, Russia

winter tour to Chukotka with ethnologist expedition to reindeer herders tour stay in yaranga tundra journey to Kanchalan Chukchi ethnic expedition

Perhaps the cheapest way to see Chukotka and discover the Russian North, dive deeply into the culture of Chukchi reindeer herders and hunt for the Northern lights, feed reindeer from your hand and feel the boundless expanses and harsh conditions of the Chukchi tundra!

Winter expedition to Chukotka with ethnologist in a small group.

Perhaps the cheapest way to see Chukotka and discover the Russian North, dive deeply into the culture of Chukchi reindeer herders and hunt for the Northern lights, feed reindeer from your hand and feel the boundless expanses and harsh conditions of the Chukchi tundra!

Winter expedition to Chukotka with ethnologist in a small group.

SСHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: April 11 – 18, 2022

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights

Number of participants: 4 – 8

Cost per person (based on double accommodation):
- 115 000 Russian rubles subject to 7 – 8 participants
- 119 000 Russian rubles subject to 6 participants
- 129 000 Russian rubles subject to 5 participants
- 149 000 Russian rubles subject to 4 participants

* 10% early booking discount (in case you book before November 11, 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: 45000 – 60000 rubles (to be purchased by your own).

Single supplement: upon request




TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO CHUKOTKA

Day 1. April 11, 2022. ANADYR

Arrival in Anadyr at 12:40 pm (UTair flight 533 from Moscow).
Meeting at the airport, transfer to the city. Check-in at the Hotel Anadyr.
City tour around Anadyr and its environs (monuments to Grinevetsky, Rytkheu, Mandrikov, St. Nicholas).
Acquaintance with guides, discussion of the route, inspection of equipment, briefing.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation included: Hotel Anadyr


Day 2. April 12, 2022. ANADYR – KANCHALAN

Departure by TrEkol all terrain vehicle to the village of Kanchalan (70 km, 2 - 3 hours).
Story about local rituals and traditions. Rite of feeding the spirits.
Tour around the village, lunch at a boarding school, communication with children and management.
Overnight at school (beds).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: boarding school


Day 3. April 13, 2022. KANCHALAN – TRADITIONAL REINDEER HERDERS CAMP

Early breakfast.
Transfer by TrEkol all terrain vehicle to the reindeer herders' camp (50 - 120 km, 3 - 6 hours).
Meeting with reindeer herders, gift exchange
Tea ceremony in yaranga, tundra life stories.
Lasso throwing workshop
Dinner - food for reindeer herders, a master class on cooking venison dishes
Overnight in Yaranga (your sleeping bags).

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").

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: yaranga (traditional Chukchi dwelling)


Day 4. April 14, 2022. TRADITIONAL REINDEER HERDERS CAMP

Participation in the life of a reindeer herder - visiting a herd, photographing animals.
Tour around the area.
Ritual slaughtering of a reindeer.
Acquaintance with rituals. Lecture on Chukotka and Chukchi.
If the reindeer herders decide to migrate, then we can observe the process of dismantling yarangas and fur tents, moving to a new place and installing nomadic dwellings.
In good weather, observing the Northern lights.
Overnight in Yaranga (your sleeping bags)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: yaranga (traditional Chukchi dwelling)


Day 5. April 15, 2022. TRADITIONAL REINDEER HERDERS CAMP – KANCHALAN
In the morning, staying in the camp and participating in the daily life of reindeer herders: chopping wood, melting water, dealing with the herd.
Return by TrEkol to Kanchalan (50 - 120 km, 3 - 6 hours).
Overnight at school (beds)

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: boarding school


Day 6. April 16, 2022. KANCHALAN – ANADYR

Early breakfast in Kanchalan.
Departure to the river for ice fishing (smelt and grayling)
Return by TrEkol to Anadyr (70 km, 2 - 3 hours)
Russian banya (steam bath)
Overnight at the hotel

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


Day 7. April 17, 2022. ANADYR

Reserve day in Anadyr in case of bad weather
Visit to Chukotka Heritage Museum
Farewell dinner in a restaurant
Folk group performance: dancing or throat singing
Overnight at the hotel

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


Day 8. April 18, 2022. 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 airlines, departure at 3:40 pm (flight UT534).

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation included: no


* The operator reserves the right to change the order of execution of the program subject to keeping of all activities.
Cost includes:

- transport service according to the program (transfers, taxis, ferries, boats, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles)
- Accommodation in hotels in Anadyr, on the basis of a double room,
- accommodation in yaranga in a nomads camp and in a boarding school in Kanchalan
- three meals a day along the whole route
- registration of passes to enter the border zone
- tickets to museums
- English speaking and Russian speaking local guide,
- lectures of the ethnologist about Chukotka
- fees for guides, local guides, financial support for local communities
- photo and video shooting


To be additionally (personally) paid:

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



To take with:

- very warm winter feather coat with windstopper
- wear sets up to the weather (warm wool socks, cotton socks, wool sweater, thermal underwear, warm winter jacket)
- warm boots, warm and waterproof high boots
- buff / balaclava
- sleeping bag for -5/-10 degrees Celsius comfort temperature (can be freezing in the morning in yaranga)
- inflating tourist mattress
- personal hygiene products (incl. towel, hygiene 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)
- thermos
- gifts to the locals
- sunglasses (alpine skiing glasses)
- sun and wind protection
- head torch
- cameras, spare batteries, tripod

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