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Yamal-Nenets Tribe Expeditions Photo tour

Yamal in the language of the indigenous Nenets means the end of the world; it is a remote, windblasted place of permafrost, serpentine rivers and dwarf shrubs, and has been home to the reindeerherding Nenets people for over a thousand years. The Nenets people of the Siberian arctic are the guardians of a style of reindeer herding that is the last of its kind. Through a yearly migration of over a thousand kilometers, these people move gigantic herds of reindeer from summer pastures in the north to winter pastures just south of the Arctic Circle. No-one knows for certain whether it is the reindeer that lead the people or vice versa. What is certain is that fewer places on earth are home to a more challenging environment, an environment where temperatures plummet to -50C and where crossing the worlds fifth largest river as it deep-freezes is just part of the routine. Such a difficult environment unites the people physically through a regimented work ethic, but far more importantly, the Yamal-Nenets are unified by a robust and vibrant culture

Yamal-Nenets Tribe Expedition 10 Days/9 Night

Day 1 – 8st March

Fly into Moscow Domodedovo. Check in at the 4* Airhotel. 5 minute walking distance from Airport, Meeting with the Photographer Pie Aert

Day 2 – 9nd March

Morning flight to Salekhard-free shuttle-bus from Hotel. At the airport, we will be met by the local English speaking guide. Upload to the cars and go to the Salekhard, where the group can have some snack and coffee (tea). The guides check guest’s equipment. Then we will drive to the Kharp village approx 65 km. Nenets will meet us up there. Upload on the sleds and moving by the snowmobile 3080 km to the Nenets camp. Meet with Nenet family. Stay at Chum. (L,D)

Day 3-7 / 10rd-11th-12th-13th -14th March

Live with the nomads, eating and sleeping in their chums (reindeer fur teepees). There will be no fixed itinerary for these days. Guests will merely observe and take part in the daily lives, hunting for the Northern lights. Daily life could include herding reindeer (up to 700 in one herd), lassoing reindeer with reindeer rawhide lassoes. Cutting trees for firewood, collecting ice or snow for water, help with making new sleds, cleaning reindeer skins (fur), sewing fur clothing and such. We can also do short hikes by the snowshoes in the Polar Ural mountains. Try ice fishing and hunting depends on the time of year, location(s) and weather conditions. (L,B,D)

Day 8 – 15th March

After a shared breakfast with the family we will go by snowmobile to the Kharp village, where we will be picked up by car(s) and transport to Salekhard. Accommodate in the hotel, personal time. Overnight in hotel, double room. (B)

Day 9 – 16th March

Free day in Salekhard in case of bad weather delaying our return. On this day we can visit the museum, visit the 16th century fortress of Obdursk, the first Russian settlement built on this site, visit the market square where nomads sell meat, fish and furs.
Another option goes to ice fishing. We can go to the special place on the Sob river. We will drive over 40 km to the South from Salekhard along a “zimnik”. Zimniks are temporary winter roads which do not exist in summer. They are built of compacted snow, or on the surface of frozen rivers. And over than 20 km without any roads, only destination. You will know the Siberian tricks for catching white fish, taste the fish soup with will cook right on the field. (L,D)
After return from the fishing we’ll go to the Russian banya (sauna).

Day 10 – 17th March

Breakfast in the hotel. Departure to the airport at 7:30 am. The departure of the flight at 09:00h – arrival at Domodedovo airport at 10:00h. (B) or departure of the flight at 13:00h – arrival at Sheremetevo airport at 14:00h. Trip will end on arrival in Moscow, where you can have your connection fly back to your country, (consider few hours more just in case of any delay) if you need a extra night at the hotel you can do on arrival in the Airhotel on day 1 or we can help do for you.

Dates and Prices

Date: 8th March – 17th March
Cost: 4200 euro
Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 8
Starting/ending point: Moscow Airport / Moscow Airport
Trip Leader: Pie Aerts
Cost includes: All the accommodation and meal as mention in the expeditions program (BLD), local English speaking guide, airport transfer and ground transportation, local fly to/from Salekhard-Moscow

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplements of 230 euro will apply*
*Note: We will make every effort to connect you with a roommate should you like to share a room, however, if unable to make a match, the single supplements will be apply. During the stay in the Yamal peninsula will not be possible to have single room, all will be sleeping in the traditional tents

A deposit of 1000 euro is required to hold your spot, balance is due 60 day prior to departure

In the past 10 years, Dutch photographer Pie Aerts has traveled to some of the most remote corners of our planet, always on the look-out for real people with real stories. Presenting the world as it is, in its purest form, by highlighting the unfiltered beauty of every days imperfect and mysterious existence.

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