As the world becomes smaller and smaller, there are fewer places on the Earth where civilization and culture have survived the same as hundreds or thousands years ago. Yamal is one of these places. For centuries, this region was inaccessible to most travellers. The Ural mountains in the west, foul marshes in the east and harsh and unpredictable rivers in the south have been protecting this region from the invasion of strangers. The Nenets of Yamal are still leading a unique way of life, and it might seem that they are at the very limits of human endurance.
Every spring the Nenets migrate from winter pastures on the Russian mainland to summer pastures beyond the Arctic circle to protect the deer herds and the young offsprings from midges and gnat. They would walk for up to 60-80 kilometers a day, then set up their camp, and next day everything repeats anew. This migration takes almost a month. In autumn it all repeats once again but this time the families return from the north to the south, to the winter pastures.
For a short time we can become guests of these hardworking, tough people. This is a wonderful and extraordinary opportunity to see with your own eyes and gently touch the fragile culture that has survived the onslaught of civilization thanks to the courage of these people and the harsh climate of these lands.
Together with the hosts we are going to eat traditional dishes, mainly venison, fish and taiga berries. Some food city dwellers are accustomed to will also be available
We are going to have a rest in sleeping bags, inside a traditional hut (chum) which is heated by a wood-burning stove and the floor of which is covered with deer skins. At night our hosts will run a generator so that we'll be able to recharge our batteries. We will be located far enough beyond the Arctic circle, and if the solar activity and clouds let us do it we'll be able to shoot Aurora Borealis. We won't have access to a hot shower or a warm toilet for 3 nights. But we we'll make some preparations to slightly smooth out this discomfort.
So, ready to explore Yamal?
PHYSICAL DIFFICULTY Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes.
WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES
Double room accommodation 2 nights in Moscow (first and the last day) and 2 nights in Salekhard. Each 2 participants will share a room in a comfortable hotel. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners according to the program. Professional photography guidance by award-winning landscape photographer; round airfare Moscow-Salekhard-Moscow; all group transfers;
Activities according to the program.
WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
International airfare to and from Moscow;
Visa fee if applicable;
Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc;
Single accommodation €400. We can not provide single accomodation while staing at the Chum camp;
Down sleeping bag extra €50;
Non-meal-time soft drinks.
PRICE €3400 EUR
GROUP LIMIT 10 guests maximum
Your deposit of €1000 will hold your place in this workshop. Further payment of €1500 is due by 28 August, 2020. Final payment of €900 is due by 28 December, 2020.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend to get a trip cancellation insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and workshop is still filled, we will refund full amount you have paid minus $200USD service charge. If you cancel and the workshop doesn't fill you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop.
>180 days before the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $200 service charge
>90 days: 75% refund
>60 days: 50% refund
<60 days: no refund
Attention!!! Due to the current adverse situation, when most countries stop air communication with the outside world, we have changed the payment rules for this tour.
All deposits and payments for this tour will be refunded in full if there is no official information about the opening of the borders and the removal of other restrictions for tourism in the host country – Russia, in this case, – in 30 days before the start of the tour. After these restrictions are removed the old rules will apply.
We are aware of the fact that travel planning has become incredibly difficult. However, we believe that the situation will change until mid-summer 2020.
WHAT TO BRING
A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
A sturdy tripod. Mostly for night photography in this tour.
Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 16-35, or a Nikon 14-24, or Tamron 15-30.
Recommended: a standart zoom lens like 24-70 or 24-105. Some portrait lenses like 35 or 50 or 85mm lens.
Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 100-400.
A camera remote(for night photography).
WEAR Waterproof and windproof down jacket (consider the average temperatures is -25-30C)
Waterproof pants . Casual clothes for dinners and lunches; You personal linen for Down sleeping bag;
GUIDE OF THE TOUR Vladimir Kushnarev. Professional photographer, guide. In addition to photography and travel, Vladimir conducts professional workshops on post-processing in Photoshop and Lightroom editors, panoramic photography, night landscape photography.
Spending a lot of time travelling, he still manages to take part in some contests.
Here are a few of his latest achievements and awards:
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest in “night landscape” section;
- First place, the National Geographic 2017 Contest “Planet Summer”;
- First place, 35PhotoAwards International Contest in “day landscape” section;
- Bronze Medal, PSA Arctic Awards 2016;
- Silver Award, Epson International Pano Awards 2017.
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