Winter expedition with ethnologist to Arctica: photographing polar bears and Chuckchi reindeer herders


CHUKOTKA

March 23 to April 3, 2020
Tour Chukotka, Russia

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For those who are not afraid of the harsh winds of the Arctic Ocean and the limitless distances of the polar tundra in pursuit of the dream of photographing polar bears.

The Bear Patrol will lead us to the den in the season when female polar bears and cubs leave the lair. You will see the real wild Chukotka, from Anadyr to the Egvekinot, from the Amguema tundra with its reindeer herders to the polar Vancarem with the Chukchi-sea-hunters and wildlife.

For those who are not afraid of the harsh winds of the Arctic Ocean and the limitless distances of the polar tundra in pursuit of the dream of photographing polar bears.

The Bear Patrol will lead us to the den in the season when female polar bears and cubs leave the lair. You will see the real wild Chukotka, from Anadyr to the Egvekinot, from the Amguema tundra with its reindeer herders to the polar Vancarem with the Chukchi-sea-hunters and wildlife.

SHEDULE AND COST:

Dates: March 23 to April 3, 2020
(or your dates in February – April 2020 upon request)

Duration: 12 days / 11 nights

Number of participants: 1 – 6

Cost per person (based on double accommodation):
- 239 000 Russian rubles subject to 6 participants
- 269 000 Russian rubles subject to 5 participants
- 299 000 Russian rubles subject to 4 participants
- 369 000 Russian rubles subject to 3 participants
- 499 000 Russian rubles subject to 2 participants

* Early booking discount does not apply.

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 – 70000 rubles (to be purchased by your own).

Single supplement: upon request





TRAVEL PROGRAM: PHOTO TOUR TO CHUKOTKA

Day 1

Arrival in Anadyr. Meeting at the airport.
Lunch at the airport cafe
Getting the Luggage and passes in the border service
Excursion to an abandoned military base "Gudym"
Accommodation in the apartment of Ugolnye Kopi.
Meeting the guides. Inspection of equipment, instruction
Dinner at the apartment, familiarity with local traditions, " feeding spirits» rite

Day 2
Early wake up, Breakfast and flight from Anadyr to Egvekinot
Arrival in Egvekinot, accommodation in cottages or apartments
Walking tour of the town, visit the local Museum, ski slopes, the Bay.
Dinner in cafe " 13 " or at home

Day 3
Way from Egvekinot to Amguema (90 km)
Stop at the sign "Arctic circle", picnic, "sprinkling to the spirits", converting into the polar explorers, granting certificates.
Arrival in Amguema. Acquaintance with the village, lunch.
Meeting with interesting people such as N. Tyneru – respected herder, discussing the program.
Leaving for the reindeer brigade if it is located close (up to 60 km)
Getting to know the tundra people, exchanging gifts.
Dinner, talking around the fireplace
Accommodation in yaranga or tent or return to the Amguema.

Day 4 – 9
Way to Vankarem (190 km)
Stop on the way at the "Vostochny" gold mine, lunch, tea.
Arrival in Vankarem
Accommodation at the polar station or with local residents.
In Vankarem:
Tour of the village and the Cape.
A visit to Chelyuskinskaya school, history of "Chelyuskin"
Meeting the guides and departure on the "Bear patrol", search and observation of polar bears
Meeting Chuckchi sea mammals hunters. Head to "the ice edge" with hunters for hunting seals (depends on weather conditions).
Visit the ruined tropospheric station "Agate"
Meeting with the locals at the club.
Visit Chuckchi reindeer herders of the brigade 7 in the tundra

Day 10
Return to Egvekinot on the all-terrain vehicle "Trekol" (190 km)
Tea at the "Vostochny" gold mine
Dinner in Amguema
Proceed to Egvekinot
Accommodation in cottages

Day 11
Early wake up, breakfast
Departure by air from Egvekinot to Anadyr
Arrival in Anadyr
City tour (monuments to Mandrikov, Grinevetsky, Rytkheu)
Visit Chukotka Heritage Museum
Farewell dinner, concert of the folklore group
Hotel accommodation

Day 12
Crossing the estuary to the airport
Flight to Moscow

* 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, in double rooms,
  • Accommodation in cottage or apartment in Egvekinot, Ugolniye Copi and Amguema
  • accommodation at the polar station in Vankarem and in the yaranga at the camp
  • 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 locals
- sunglasses (alpine skiing glasses)
- sun and wind protection
- head torch
- cameras, spare batteries, tripod
- Gifts for the locals
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