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Off the beaten path of Plateu Putorana with Pavel Ageychenko

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
10 Days
July
Highlights
  • Putorana Plateau - the geographical center of Russia
  • A unique route off the beaten path
  • Full immersion in nature and lack of civilization
  • Visit to the most powerful waterfall in Russia - Kureysky
  • Combination of water-walking route (1100 km by water and 50 km on foot)
  • Trekking to the most mysterious lake - Khantaysky
  • Visit to the museum of permafrost at a depth of 10 meters
  • Amazing landscapes of the land of a thousand lakes and waterfalls
Tour Overview
A lot of people call the Putorana plateau as the lost world of Siberia. The lack of roads, human settlements, short summer and severe winter attract more and more true nature lovers. Translated from the Evenki language, Plateau Putorana means "a land of lakes with steep shores", and translated from Yukaghir - "mountains without peaks." The bizarre mountains of the Putorana Plateau are located on the highest part of the Central Siberian Plateau. Snow on the tops begins to melt in July forming numerous lakes and waterfalls. Stepped slopes descend into the valleys, where powerful rivers and cleanest lakes create a “face” of the plateau...

We intend to conquer the Putorana plateau again and head for the most hidden corners to the very heart, far away from popular tourist routes. Our way lies along the rivers and lakes of the Putorana plateau on a comfortable and safe catamaran boat.  Don't miss an opportunity to touch the pristine ancient lakes up to 100 million years old, and enjoy the bizarre landscapes. In the tour we do radial trekking to discover the most beautiful waterfalls from 10 to 47 m high! The highlight of our expedition is a visit of the Kureysky waterfall - the most powerful waterfall in Russia in the amount of water discharged per second (up to 1000 m3).

Full harmony and isolation from the modern world is guaranteed. Hiking, overnight in the tent under the starry sky, campfire songs, boat adventures and the riddles of wild world of Putorana await you. All you need is good physical condition and fighting spirit. An experienced team of guides, together with Pavel Ageichenko, founder of BaikalNature, will do everything to create a pleasant atmopsphere. The tour is a kind of an expedition, so the route can be adjusted depending on the conditions.

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Tour programme
  • Day 1
    Along Yenisei river
    Igarka — Svetlogorsk
  • Day 2
    Welcome to Plateu Putorana
    Svetlogorsk — Lake Dupkun
  • Day 3
    Most powerful waterfall
    River Yaktali — Kureysky waterfall
  • Day 4
    Canyon of the river Kureyka
    River Kureyka — Lake Dupkun
  • Day 5
    Highest waterfall
    Lake Dupkun
  • Day 6
    Waterfalls of Putorana
    River Gagarya-2
  • Day 7
    Lake Khantayskoye
    Lake Khantayskoye
  • Day 8
    Back to Svetlogorsk
    Plateu Putorana — Kureysky station
  • Day 9
    Arrival in Igarka
    Svetlogorsk — Igarka
  • Day 10
    End of the programme
    Igarka
  • 10:00
    Arrival in Igarka
    Tiny town Igarka is located near the Yenisei river, north of Krasnoyarsk. The city is above the Arctic Circle, in the permafrost zone, therefore it belongs to the regions of the Far North. There we start our journey to the most heart of the Putorana plateau, go off the beaten path.
  • 10:10
    Departure to Svetlogorsk
    By motor boat we go to the village of Svetlogorsk. Our itinerary lies along the Yenisei River to the mouth of the Kureyka River. The Yenisei is one of the largest rivers in Russia and the world, originating in Kyzyl and carrying its waters through the Sayan Mountains to the Arctic Ocean.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
    During our boat journey we will stop for a picnic and taste a fish soup from Siberian fish!
  • 15:00
    Crossing the Kureyka river
    Along the Kureyka River, we go upstream to the pier in Svetlogorsk. Transfer to the Kureyskoye reservoir.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
    Campfire dinner.
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
Igarka — Svetlogorsk
Accommodation
Camping
Note

9 h transfer  (230km)

  • 08:00
    Early breakfast
  • 09:00
    By boat to Kureika reservoir
    The Kureiskaya hydroelectric power station is located on the Kureyka River (the right tributary of the Yenisei). After its construction, huge territories sank under water. In some places, there are numerous islands of different sizes and shapes, which we can see during our cruise. The Kureiskoye reservoir is also unique for its location beyond the Arctic Circle. Overcome 100 km, we will enter the channel of the Kureika River and go upstream to Lake Dupkun. On our way, we will overcome 3 easy rapids.
  • 13:00
    Lunch - picnic
    On the shore of the Kureika River, we will have a stop to have a picnic and rest.
  • 14:00
    "Gates" of Lake Dupkun
    After lunch we will continue our journey to the gates of Lake Dupkun, presenting a narrow of the lake. Then we discover the endless Putorana plateau, the land of a thousand lakes and waterfalls: giant mountains on both sides, unknown landscapes of the northern region. As you go further along the lake, the mountains will become bigger and bigger, and canyons appear on the slopes with countless rushing waterfalls. We find some picturesque place to set up a tent camp.
  • 19:00
    Campfire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Svetlogorsk — Lake Dupkun
Accommodation
Camping
Note

6 h transfer  (200km)

  • 08:00
    Early breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure by boat
    Let's head to one of the famous waterfalls of the Putorana Plateau. We will go the mouth of the Yaktali River, the waters of which form hundreds of waterfalls of the Putorana Plateau.
  • 12:00
    Lunch
  • 13:00
    Trekking to the Big Kureysky waterfall
    Start trekking to the most powerful waterfall of the Putorana Plateau and Russia. One day hike includes overnight stay in the vicinity of the waterfall, so we take the necessary equipment. The route lies through difficult terrain.Finally, we will discover the majestic Kureysky waterfall. The amount of discharged water per second is about 300 cubic metres per second, in floods up to 1000 cubic meters per second. Just imagine the power and majesty of this waterfall, when tons of water fall from a 13-meter height!
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
River Yaktali — Kureysky waterfall
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h trekking  (7km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
    Early wake up and breakfast
  • 11:00
    Return way to the boat
    Aftre breakfast, we continue our way along the picturesque canyon of Kureyka.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    Canyon of Kureyka river
    We go to explore the Kureyka canyon on foot. Along the way, we will sometimes approach the canyon to take photos. Here, the canyon walls reach 10-20 meters in height with waterfalls of various heights and shapes. From above you can see the numerous rapids of the river. Then we go down the river by boat to Dupkun lake, where we will set up camp for the overnight stay.
  • 19:00
    Campfire
  • Overnight in the camp
Photo of the day
Route
River Kureyka — Lake Dupkun
Accommodation
Camping
Note

3 h trekking  (7km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Waterfalls of Plateu Putorana
    Today you will believe that the Putorana Plateau is really the land of thousands waterfalls, but also explore some of them. We will visit several waterfalls ranging from 15 to 23 meters high.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 14:00
    The highest waterfall of Russia
    Near the southern shore of Lake Dupkun there is a beautiful and the highest waterfall in our tour. The waterfall is formed by a seasonal stream from the Trapezium mountain for only one to two months. The waterfall has 15 cascades, and the discharge height reaches 600 meters.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Dupkun
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Departure to the river Gagarya-2
    After breakfast we go to the Gagarya-2 river, 6 km by boat. Explore the river canyon with waterfalls. First we will visit the waterfall "Kosoy" 10 meters high. After 3 km, we discover the stunning waterfall "2 Brothers" with a height of 47 meters.
  • 13:00
    Lunch - picnic
  • 15:00
    Return to the camp and mobile banya
    Upon arrival in the camp, you have a rest or do fishing. Also, the mobile banya will be ogranised.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
River Gagarya-2
Accommodation
Camping
  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Trekking to Lake Khantayskoye
    If you are full of energy and eager to take new challenge, do hiking to the observation point,that offers amazing views of the Khantayskoye Lake. It is after Lake Baikal and the Caspian Sea by depth. The lake is located on the southwestern edge of the Putorana plateau. * If you wish, you can stay in the camp and have a good rest.
  • 13:00
    Lunch
  • 15:00
    Lake Khantayskoye
    The lake has a tectonic nature and located at the ancient valley of the Yenisei, composed of glacial plates. The area of the lake is located above the Arctic Circle, in the climatic zone of tundra and forest-tundra, widespread permafrost. Lake Khantayskoye is very transparent, you can see distinctly fish, stones and algae under water.
  • 19:00
    Dinner
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Lake Khantayskoye
Accommodation
Camping
Note

5 h trekking  (10km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast
  • 11:00
    Departure to Svetlogorsk
    Our journey comes to an end and we head for the village of Svetlogorsk along the familiar path.
  • 13:00
    Lunch-picnic
  • 17:00
    Camping
    We will stay overnight in the vicinity of the Kureiskiy HPS. Have a rest and free time.
  • 19:00
    Dinner on fire
  • Overnight in the tent
Photo of the day
Route
Plateu Putorana — Kureysky station
Accommodation
Camping
  • 08:00
    Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Departure to Igarka
    Transfer to the pier in Svetlogorsk (10 km). Then, you go by boat to the town of Igarka. On the way, visit the Stalin's Pantheon located in the village of Kureika, it is also called the museum of the great leader. The building was built in the early 30s of the last century, then it was destroyed. It was restored only in the mid-90s and now attracts many tourists.
  • 13:00
    Lunch Not included
  • 16:00
    Museum of Permafrost Not included
    Upon arrival in Igarka we visit the Museum of Permafrost and the Museum of Political Repression of the secret Stalinist construction № 503, dedicated to the construction of the Salekhard-Igarka railway. The total area of the permafrost museum is: 470 m² for expositions, 150 m² for temporary exhibitions and 45 m² for storage facilities. The main attraction of the museum is the underground part of the museum - numerous corridors and halls at a depth of 10 meters. Payment on site (about 250 RUB).
  • 17:00
    Check-in the hotel Not included
    Accommodation in Igarka is not included in the cost of the tour. Please, contact us to book it advance. Payment on site.
  • 19:00
    Dinner Not included
  • Overnight in the hotel Not included
Photo of the day
Route
Svetlogorsk — Igarka
Note

7 h transfer  (230km)

  • 09:00
    Breakfast in the hotel Not included
  • 11:00
    Transfer to the airport Not included
    * You can continue your journey along the Yenisei River by ship to Krasnoyarsk (5 days on the way). Or go by plane to Krasnoyarsk. Please contact us if you need help buying boat or plane tickets. End of the programme.
Photo of the day
Route
Igarka
Detailed description
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Price includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transport as per itinerary
  • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
  • Letter of invitation
  • Meals according to the program
Price does not include
  • Medical insurance
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Visa fees and travel insurance
  • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
Note

The price given is for a group of 4 people. If there are less than 4 persons, the price of the tour will be recalculated. It is possible to get to the Igarka city by plane or ship from Krasnoyarsk. Airline tickets from 16,000 rubles (price 2020) The cost of ship ticket is from 6,000 rubles to 28,000 rubles depending on the category of the cabin (prices 2020) Accommodation and transfer in Igarka is not included on 9-10 days. Opptionally, we can arrange it for you. Payment on site in cash. Meals not included: breakfast on the 1st and 10th days; lunch and dinner on the 9th day. Please note that the weather conditions on the plateau Putorana are changeable. Also, there can be a lot of insects in the summer, make sure to take repellents. Please, follow our check-list before the departure. The tour includes easy radial hikes to the waterfalls (500 m to 2 km), however during trekking to the Big Kureysky waterfall with an overnight stay, equipment will be divided between all participants. This route is a kind of expedition, so the itinerary can be changed according to the weather conditions as well as unforeseen events. ***IMPORTANT: For the foreign residents it's needed to get a special entry permit. The documents should be filed 2-3 months before the departure. For getting this document we need: - the notarised translation of your passport in Russia (all pages); - the copy of the visa. Don't hesitate to contact us for all details. TERMS OF PAYMENT AND CANCELLATON POLICY: For booking the tour you need to pay 50 % from the cost of the tour. The rest amount should be paid one month before the departure. in case of tour cancellation from 30 to 14 days before the departure, the cancellation fees in amount of 30 % is due; in case of tour cancellation less than 14 days before the departure, the cancellation fees in amount of 100 % is due

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Nathalie and Frederic
From 15 February 2021 to 19 February 2021
Destination: Lake Baikal
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
It was a wonderful trip with a lot of fun and magnificent landscapes. Our guide, Maria, was really great with a lot of useful explanations and kindness. Sasha, the owner of the buggy was also very kind and allow our kids to drive and to enjoy our trip. We definitely recommend Baikal Nature and this tour in order to mix the discovery of Baikal lake and to feel as the only ones on the ice.
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Ольга
From 23 July 2021 to 1 August 2021
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Хотим поблагодарить лично тур менеджера Ольгу Куликову за безупречную работу и отличную организацию нашего тура. Сопровождение от начала и до конца было на высшем уровне. Благодарим от всей души! Алтай был незабываем. Места мы увидели потрясающие. Программа очень насыщенная и каждый день у нас было море впечатлений. Мы даже иногда не могли вспомнить, что было позавчера ))) В то же время программа
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Alexandre
From 1 May 2021 to 8 May 2021
Destination: Altai
Would you like to travel with BaikalNature again? Yes!
Great time in Altai with Pavel, thanks to the nice tour organized by Baikal Nature. Program was nice, adapted to the family, between touristic visits and outdoor activities for young kids. Flexibility was nice to stop where we wanted, with a not too heavy daily program. Pavel is a great guide and great guy, passionate about Russian nature and landscape. He speaks an amazing French and we had very
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Katia
From 7 August 2020 to 17 August 2020
Custom tourVoyage au Baïkal en famille
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Séjour inoubliable! Un grand merci à Irina pour l organisation et à Maria notre guide pour la qualité de l’accompagnement et des informations sur les lieux. Nous aimerions vraiment revenir en hiver si possible
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Dirk
From 4 March 2020 to 11 March 2020
Destination: Lake Baikal
Custom tourIndividual Grand Crossing Tour
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This was a very good organised trip over the lake. I worked very well with Olga. It was a nice cooperation. some remarks: - The homestay in Ust-Barguzin could have been better. If I knew that there were two families and how the beds were divided, then I could have prepared the group and it would be less chaotic. - Some of the group were disappointed that we didn't walk all the way. On the first day
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Thank you for your feedback! We would like to give you some comments about the tour. - Large groups always have to be divided into several houses, since it is not a hotel, it's a house of a local. Such number of places can’t be provided by one homestay. Please, feel free to ask us a better hotel, we are always ready to follow your requests. -Perhaps the drivers misunderstood you because of the lang
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