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Putorana plateau by snowmobiles

Destination: Putorana Plateau
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
8 Days
February - May
Highlights
  • Visit of the inhabited plateau - more then 250 000 km²
  • Unique snowmobile itineraries
  • Thousands of icefalls, frozen rivers and lakes
  • Shamanism culture of Evenks
  • The most extraordinary massif of Russia
  • Ice fishing and Russian banya
  • Possibility to see the northern lights
Tour Overview

If you want not only see the beauties of the Russian winter, but also test yourself in the real polar expedition, we propose to the tour “Putorana plateau by snowmobiles”. It’s a real adventure in one of the most amazing places in Russia – Putorana plateau!

There are no roads and we will ride there by snowmobiles accompanied by the experienced park rangers of the Putorana Biosphere Reserve. After getting over more than 150 km by the frozen rivers and lakes, you will reach an absolutely wild place far away from the civilization. The intense excursion program will be appreciated even by very exacting tourists. You will see the region of icefalls and canyons, cross the overflow ices many kilometers long, ascend the edge of the plateau from where you will get an amazing panoramic view. In the evening, you can have a good rest at the only resort of the plateau with Russian banya (sauna) and taste the local cuisine. The host will show you his unique collection of the cultural and everyday life object of the local people. For the fishing lovers there will possibility to take all necessary equipment for the ice fishing. For those who are looking for the solitude, we suggest the walks in the taiga on foot, on skis or on rackets.

The weather there is very unpredictable and deceptive, that’s why the tour can be called ‘the expedition” and a real challenge. However, all brave hearts will be thanked by the possibility to visit this insufficiently explored plateau, to see the breathtaking landscapes and, of course, to observe the northern lights !

Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Journey to the Putorana plateau
    Norilsk — Lama lake
  • Day 2
    Valley of icefalls
    Lama lake
  • Day 3
    Bunisyak river and ice fishing
    Lama lake
  • Day 4
    Ascent to the Putorana plateau
    Lama lake
  • Day 5
    Bucharama river's canyons
    Lama lake
  • Day 6
    Return to the city
    Lama lake
  • Day 7
    Acquaintance with Norilsk city
    Norilsk
  • Day 8
    End of the programme
    Norilsk
  • 08:00
    Transfer Alykel airport - Valyok port
    You will go to the Valyok port where our snowmobile tour starts. As during next 9 days there will no any shops, please, take care of the shopping in advance.
  • 11:00
    Departure to the Bunisyak resort on snomobiles
    Check-up of the equipment and safety-awareness briefing. Departure by 2 persons in the special sledge behind the snowmobiles. The itinerary goes by the frozen lakes and rivers. Then you will cross the hummocky neck of land covered by forest-tundra. The snowmobile is driven by the experienced park rangers and the sledge are specially equipped for the extreme cold.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic en route)
  • 17:00
    Arrival and accommodation at the resort
    The resort "Bunisyak" is situated in the remote end of the Lama lake. It's surrounded by the mountains higher then 1000 metres. When it's sunny you can take the binoculars and observe the Putorana snow sheep, inscribed into the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    The owner of the resort will show you his unique collection and tell you about the history of the Dolgans, shamans and the Nganasans.
  • 20:00
    Russian banya Not included
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Norilsk — Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Bunisyak"
Room for 3-4 persons
Note

1 h transfer  (58km)

5 h snowmobiles  (150km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Snowmobile excursion to the Hoicy river valley
    In a company of the park rangers you will go by snowmobiles along the valley of the Hoicy river. The extension of the itinerary is about 50 km. This river is known for a big number of waterfalls that in winter turn to the icefalls. Firstly, you will drive the canyon and then you will cross a huge overflow about 10-12 km long.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Continuation of the excursion
    We will ascent 630 meters above the sea level where you can see the picturesque icefall with the 30 metres height and 50 meters width. It's possible to come close to it fro making the rare photos of one of the most beautiful places of the Putorana plateau. Return to the resort in the evening.
  • 17:00
    Time at leisure
    You can do the ice fishing, go skiing or take special snow shoes - rackets.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    The dinner with the Dolgans and the Nganasans traditional plates.
  • 20:00
    Russian banya Not included
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Bunisyak"
Room for 3-4 persons
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Excursion on the Bunisyak river
    This day there will be the snowmobile excursion on the Bunisyak river that gave the name to the resort. Firstly, you will go on the Talaya river falling into the Bunisyak river. The approximate extension of the itinerary is about 45 km. Along the river's banks there are ice-covered canyons.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 14:00
    Ice fishing
    The water is so pure that you will see the fish in the ice-holes. After the fishing, return to the resort.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    After the dinner, there will be an excursion to the unique ethnographic museum. Its collections consists of the objects of the everyday life and culture of the local people.
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Bunisyak"
Room for 3-4 persons
Note

snowmobiles  (45km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Lift to the Putorana plateau on snowmobiles
    You will lift to the Putorana plateau on snowmobiles along the nameless stream. There is no any trails, so the possibility of this excursion depends on the weather and snow conditions. On the top of the plateau there will be the panoramic view. During years these places are not visited by someone. You have a chance to see the real wild nature 1150 metres above sea level ! If the weather is not good, the itinerary will be changed by another one.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Return to the resort and free time
  • 17:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight at the resort
Photo of the day
Route
Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation at the resort "Bunisyak"
Room for 3-4 persons
Note

snowmobiles  (60km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 10:00
    Start of the snowmobile itinerary
    Today there will be an interesting and intense itinerary (about 80 km). Firstly, 10 km on the frozen Lama lake. Then we go by the Bucharama river and ascend it (about 12 km). In the turning point we will on the Geological river, the confluent of the Bucharama river. There will be very breath-taking beautiful canyon and cascade of the icefalls.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 17:00
    Return to the resort and tile at leisure
    You can do the ice fishing, go skiing or take special snow shoes - rackets.
  • 18:00
    Russian banya
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Norilsk"
Twin room
Note

snowmobiles  (80km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast at the resort
  • 10:00
    Return to Norilsk by snomobiles
    The return itinerary will be the same as the first day.
  • 13:00
    Lunch (picnic)
  • 15:00
    Arrival and accommodation in the hotel
  • 19:00
    Dinner in the hotel
  • Overnight at the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Lama lake
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Norilsk"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 10:00
    Walking city tour Not included
    This day is a reserve one and it will be used if the weather won't allow us to start the snowmobiling the 1 day. If the weather is fine, this day you will have an excursion in the Norilsk city. You will get acquaintance with the history of the city and with the history of the Polar land development.
  • 13:00
    Lunch in the city's cafe Not included
  • 14:00
    Time at leisure in the city
    Norilsk is the northernmost city in the world located above the Arctic Circle (69° north). There the winter lasts more then 9 months a year. Moreover, there is no roads and railways. However, the city is still alive and is considered as a Russian nickel capital.
  • Overnight in the hotel
Photo of the day
Route
Norilsk
Accommodation
Accommodation in the hotel "Norilsk"
Twin room
  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the airport
    End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Norilsk
Detailed description
New departures available soon
Price includes
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
  • Banya
  • Letter of invitation
  • Russian-speaking guide services
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The itinerary of the tour can be changed according to the weather conditions as well as unforeseen events. For the foreign residents it's needed to get a special entry permit. The documents should be filed 3 months before the departure. The accommodation at the resort "Bunisyak" can be organized by 1 or 2 persons.

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Simon
From 23 February 2018 to 4 March 2018
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A très vite
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Anne
From 6 March 2018 to 11 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? 
Le lac Baikal est une expérience formidable. Y passer une nuit sous la tente est intéressant mais pour y passer plusieurs nuits, il faut nettement améliorer la qualité de chauffage et des repas. Une journée sans rien faire sur le lac n'est pas intéressant. Trop d 'heures de transfert en minibus sans aucune activité. Je conseille vivement d'améliorer le rapport activités / temps en transfert. La nuit
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BaikalNature's reply
Anne, merci beaucoup pour votre commentaire! Vue les conditions spécifiques de la préparation des repas sur glace, nous continuons d'améliorer leur qualité pour chaque saison. En ce qui concerne la nuit supplémentaire sur la glace, nous l'avons ajouté selon les suggestions de nos touristes. Il y a des choses à faire: bania, patinage, Ice bar et bien sûr balades calmes sur les glaces et torosses. Ce
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Alison
From 6 March 2018 to 12 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Points positifs : - très bonne ambiance de groupe - guide très sympa et très pro, connaît parfaitement le terrain - transports/transferts et nuitées très bien organisés - souvenirs inoubliables du Baïkal en hiver Points négatifs : - j'aurai aimé un plus petit groupe - pas assez d'infos sur la région, peuples, religions, culture, animaux... - programme non tenu : nous sommes allés au rocher
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BaikalNature's reply
Chère Alison, nous vous remercions de vos remarques constructives qui nous permettrons d'améliorer la qualité de nos prestations ! Premièrement, nous vous prions d'excuser le retard avec le départ pour l'île d'Olkhone. Un participant du groupe a perdu son bagage et il a été nécessaire de récupérer sa valise avant le trekking. C'est pour cela que le groupe est arrivé sur l'île plus tard et la visi
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YONGCHANG
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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VERY NICE~
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Jorg
From 2 March 2018 to 8 March 2018
Destination: Lake Baikal
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Very nice tour, however there is possibility to improve; making the groups not troo big (mine was 14 guests which is too much for in tent dining p ex), also the trek on the lake could have been longer for me - now there was a part of the lake trek done by 4x4. A small remark to the guide too; maybe better to inform the evening at dinner what timing/activity there will be the next day and what to wear.
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BaikalNature's reply
Thank you for your comment! We have already planned the improvements for our ice camp for making it me comfortable. As for the trekking distance, we just wanted to balance between very sportif tourists and those who have no any experience. Hoping to see among our future clients!
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