Expedition to Nenets reindeer nomads' camp


April 5 to 10, 2019
Tour Yamal peninsula, Russia

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Have you ever dreamed of going to the world's edge? But every people has its own one. Nenets nomad tribe calls it Yamal peninsula, where they migrate year in year out with their countless reindeer herds, and where further there is only cold Kara Sea and ice of the Arctic Ocean. Here, at the world's edge, you will experience fascinating "chum life" of Nenets people, who live practicing reindeer breeding and fishing despite the weather, migrating to new pasture areas and setting their chums as easy as if it was a tourist tent.
The expedition provides deep dive into everyday life and culture of reindeer herders in remote nomad camps.

Tour to Yamal Nenets. Have you ever dreamed of going to the world's edge? But every nation has its own one. Nenets nomad tribe calls it Yamal peninsula, where they migrate year in year out with their countless reindeer herds, and where further there is only cold Kara Sea and ice of the Arctic Ocean. Here, at the world's edge, you will experience fascinating "chum life" of Nenets people, who live their life practicing reindeer breeding and fishing despite the weather, migrating to new pasture areas and setting their chums as easy as if it was a tourist tent.


Dates: April 5 to 10, 2019

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Cost per person: 84 900 Russian rubles subject to 10 participants, or 89 500 Russian rubles subject to 6 participants.

Everything is included except for flight, Russian visa and travel medical insurance.
Estimated flight cost from Moscow to Salekhard roundtrip is about 12000 to 18000 rubles = 200 to 300 USD

Single supplement: 8000 Russian rubles. Single accommodation is not provided in the nomads' camp.


Day 1. April 5. Arrival in Salekhard

In the afternoon arrival in Salekhard. Meeting with the guide at the airport of Salekhard.
Dinner. Accommodation and overnight in Hotel Parallel (Hotel 89) or similar.

Day 2. April 6. Festival of reindeer herders

After breakfast heading to the Festival of reindeer herders in Aksarka village (TREKOL snow and swamp-going vehicle, way time 1.5 hours, subject to weather and road condition).
10 a.m. arrival to Aksarka at the opening of the Festival of reindeer herders.
Lunch in chum (national cuisine)
4 p.m. closing of the Festival of reindeer herders. Set out for Yamal Tundra reindeer herders nomad camp, area of Salemal, on the right bank of Ob River (TREKOL snow and swamp-going vehicle and/or snowmobile, way-time approx. 4-5 hours, subject to weather and road conditions).
Late arrival to chum, meeting with the family. Dinner in chum (national cuisine).

Day 3. April 7. Ice-fishing

After breakfast ice-fishing. Setting or check up of fishing nets. Reindeer herder uses any opportunity to catch fresh fish for his family, as he knows which river or a lake is full of fish. As soon as a new nomad camp is set near such location, they take their nets and ready for catch. But it is not as easy as it may seem. You need to cut through one meter thick ice to set the net, yes, you have to work hard to catch the fish.
In the afternoon master-classes: making rods for chum (choosing wood, preparing tree trunks, preparation and finishing), cargo sleigh repair, making special natural ropes of reindeer veins, reindeer slaughter optional, wood-stocking, ice-chopping, and other every-day routine of nomad camp.
Lunch, dinner (national cuisine), night in chum.
Optionally: reindeer slaughter ceremony

Day 4. April 8. Set out for reindeer herd.

After breakfast set out for the main herd on snowmobiles or reindeer sleigh. Slow deep dive into the world of Nenets reindeer herder, i.e. in the world of His reindeers. Here is the whole life of a human is devoted to the world of reindeers life... Every day despite the weather, they entrap reindeers. For this purpose they set corral of sledge, made in the morning at the herd coming. Thud of hooves as wake up clock. Sledges are forming semi circle, tied with a rope. First reindeers come into this corral, then they are caught and taken for gear up. Men leave the corral stepping over the rope, but women go under it.
Involvement into reindeers entrapment, sleigh riding, bread feeding, taking pictures.
Lunch, dinner (national cuisine), night in chum.
Optionally: migration across tundra

Day 5. April 9. Involvement in Nenets life

After breakfast getting acquaintance with everyday life of Yamal chum-keeper. It is women who maintains house for the whole family. To maintain the house is to curry, adapt, foul reindeer coat with smoke, than to sew niuk, cover for chum. Women are also in charge of sewing dress and footwear for the whole family. In terms of -40c it is very important to make warm and comfortable malitsa (reindeer parka) for men and yagushka for women.
Adapting reindeer coat, beadweaving, sewing and fitting of national dress master classes, taking pictures.
Lunch (national cuisine).
2 p.m. set out for Salekhard (TREKOL snow and swamp-going vehicle and/or snowmobile, way-time approx 4-5 hours, subject to weather and road conditions).
Arrival to Salekhard. Dinner.
Accommodation and overnight in Hotel Parallel (Hotel 89) or similar.

Day 6. April 10. The way back

Transfer from the hotel in Saklekhard to the airport (by minivan)

* Activities schedule on days 2-5 may
be changed depending the weather conditions or subject to chum owners.
Cost includes:

- transfer as per program
- transport services as per program (TREKOL snow and swamp vehicle, minibus, snowmobiles).
- accommodation and meals in Salekhard
- accommodation in nomad camp
- three meals daily in chum (national cuisine), while transfer and in the town
- English speaking guide services
- issuing permits for entering border area

Additional cost:

- medical insurance
- flight to Salekhard
- reindeer slaughter ceremony

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
- sleeping bag for -5/-10 celsius degrees comfort temperature (can be minus 5 in the morning in chum)
- personal hygiene products
- minimum set of favorite snacks and drinks (nowhere to buy)
- personal medical kit
- thermos
- gifts to locals
- sun and wind protection
- cameras

Sara Bianci
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I had an absolutely amazing trip to Yamal. Alex is a great tour leader and an exceptional person as well. The expedition bringhed me into the authentic nenets's life. Thank you mzungu expeditions! :-)
Marco Marcone
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Traveling in an authentic way, respecting people. Alex is reliable, experienced, a gentleman.
Dmitriy Shin
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Trip that touched! Right people, in the right place and in the right time and of cause with the right trip provider! This is a trip I want to go more! Thank you Alexey Kolbov and Mzungu Expeditions, thank you all guy's from trip who became a real friends for me!
Наталья Ципилева
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#ЭтоТундраДетка �
или как я оказалась на Крайнем Севере и узнала, что он бескрайний!
Накануне Нового 2018 года, в 6 утра, ожидая вылета на свободную Кубу, было принято решение ехать на Ямал.
Впереди было 3 месяца, чтобы собраться, но как это часто бывает, сборы откладывались до последнего. За 2 недели до поездки началась подготовка: покупка тёплых вещей, поиск туристических сумок, подбор спальника, термобелья, посуды, специальной обуви и так далее. Именно в этот момент я поняла, что это будет путешествие, которое будет отличным от всех других.
С момента прибытия в аэропорт Шереметьево и начались наши приключения. Внезапный досмотр вещей, веселые посиделки в зале ожидания, потерявшийся багаж нашего путешественника, первая встреча с Салехардом. Переезжая Обь по зимнику, в шутку прощаясь с цивилизацией, мы смеялись над замёрзшей водой в бутылках.
А потом...началась пурга. Не метель с мягкими снежинками, а пурга со снежной кбрупой, которая больно бьёт в лицо и руки. Когда не видно неба и земли. Через 5 часов ломается один из 3 трэколов. И водители в течение 3 часов под обжигающим ледяным ветром её ремонтируют.
Дорога в арктическую тундру. Долгая, сложная и местами опасная. Но она и стала важной частью нашего приключения. Наверное за эти 15 часов в пути, по полному бездорожью понимаешь, что такое настоящий дикий Север.
Уставшие, мы встретили рассвет 🌅 на месте нашего дальнейшего пребывания - в стойбище оленеводов. И расстелив по-быстрому спальники, заснули все как убитые. А утром началась адаптация к местной жизни, погоде, еде, иногда очень сильному ветру 💨 , метелям и яркому солнцу ☀️.
Оленина и рыба 🐟 были основными нашими продуктами. И конечно чай ☕️ и что покрепче 😉🥃 Наши повара Лёня и Оля кормили нас очень вкусно! Через день мы были готовы пить из одной кружки и есть одной ложкой. Лишь бы успеть 😂 к обеду или ужину.
Каждый день был расписан. Зимняя рыбалка, забой оленя и проба тёплой крови; разбор и сборка чума, катание на оленях, даже приготовление еды- это отдельная история. Ведь вода в тундре-это снег, который нужно натопить для начала.
Не смотря на позднюю ямальскую весну, было много-много солнца и синего неба! И конечно, белоснежная сказка, которая окружила нас, погрузила всех нас в другой мир!
Это была полная перезагрузка. Без телефонов, без соцсетей, без дресс кода, без каких-либо масок. Только ты и тундра. Только снег и олени . Только наша экспедиция в составе 13 человек и наши гостеприимные ненцы. И никого больше на 260 км. НИ-КО-ГО!
Поэтому каждый из нас стал частью дружной веселой команды.
И поверьте, самый грустный момент был тогда, когда пришла пора уезжать из тундры...
Сейчас принято говорить «выйти из зоны комфорта». Так вот для меня, покидая бесконечную сНежную тундру, я выходила из настоящего душевного комфорта.
Это авантюрное решение поехать на Крайний Север, жить жизнью оленеводов стало самым ярким приключением в моей жизни!
Я счастлива знакомству и дружбе с Алексеем Кольбовым, а для нас просто Мзунгу, организатором нашей экспедиции, который пригласил меня и мою сестру! Спасибо Mzungu Expeditions за всё!
И хочется сказать, до свидания 👋🏻 тундра, спасибо гостеприимный Ямал и надеюсь 🤞🏻 до встречи!
Мечтаю о новых путешествиях и верю, что однажды я обязательно соберу рюкзак 🎒 и снова отправлюсь в путь!
Сергей Мартьянов
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Отлично съездили на Ямал. Приключений было выше крыши. Подобрала отличная команда.
Yamal peninsula, Russia

Best season: March April, August September, December

Traveling on TREKOL to 200km depthward Yamal peninsula, the area of ever frost, where temperature goes up to -50 degrees in winter.

Participating in celebration of the Festival of reindeer herders, where Nenets and Khanty people gather together from around and where the main activity is reindeer sledge racing.

Practical learning of culture and everyday life of "True people" (as Nenets people call themselves), overnights in traditional chums.

Posturing of an enormous herd, sometimes counting to 10 thousand units, in an attempt to find out who goes after who in Polar Tundra, reindeers after Nenets people or vice versa:)

Reindeer sledge riding

Reindeer roping skills and cooking traditional Nenets meals. During migrating seasons when Nenets people move several times a week, we offer participation in migration.

Traditional ice fishing

Chance to see polar lights (Aurora Boreales) in Yamal, which Nenets people ironically call edge of the world
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