Plateau Putorana

Plateau Putorana is the most Northern and one of the most ancient plateaus of volcanic origin. It’s majestic, enchanting with its pristine nature pearl of Taymyr. It’s called “the region of ten thousands of lakes and thousands of waterfalls”. Lakes vary in size and depth and are actually splits in the surface filled with the water which appeared as a result of volcanos eruptions. If to combine all of these lakes, this huge sweet water reserve will be second only to Baikal lake. By number of waterfalls plateau is number 1 in Russia.
Most of the territory of plateau belongs to Putorana natural reserve, and is a part of World UNESCO Heritage. Here, on isolated mountain ridge you can enjoy the view of dense taiga, untouched forest tundra and Arctic deserts. Through the plateau lie the migration routes of Taymyr deers, which is the biggest population of wild deers in the world.
Putorana Plateau was explored for the first time and described scientifically by the Russian explorer A. F. Middendorf during his expedition in the second half of 19th century. Back then the explorers managed to reach that remote areas only by migrating together with Evenk people (the indigenous people of the Russian North). Nowadays you have unique chance to see that stunning beauty from bird eye view by helicopter (at extra cost).

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Plateau Putorana is the most Northern and one of the most ancient plateaus of volcanic origin. It’s majestic, enchanting with its pristine nature pearl of Taymyr. It’s called “the region of ten thousands of lakes and thousands of waterfalls”
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Day 1
The group is welcomed in the town of Norilsk. The guests are accommodated in the hotel and are given some time to rest. Later the group departs to the lodge by motor boat or by helicopter (at extra cost).

Day 2
The guests visit the “Crying rocks” site by a motor boat, being accompanied by the game wardens. Then there is an ascend to the 25-meter waterfall and to a view point, from where one can see the Lama lake. The guests who are willing and are prepared for hiking can ascend further to the Plateau to see not only the Lama lake, but also the valleys of the Bunisyak river and of the Talaya river. The return to the lodge is by walking (15 km). Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The national dishes of the Dolgans and the Nganasans are served for the dinner. ‘Banya’ (local type of sauna) will help you to relax after long day. After that there is an excursion around the local museum with the description of the clothes and things of daily use of the local indigenous people.

Day 3
An excursion ‘Along the valley of the Vekkhtkai river’. There is an ascent along the river to the viewing point with a view of cascades of waterfalls. There is a return to the lodge after that. The length of the trip is 15 km. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served at the lodge. ‘Banya’ could be arranged upon request. After that there is an excursion around the local museum with the description of the local tools for work and subjects of local crafts and trade.

Day 4
There is an ascend to the Shaitan mountain. The first part of the trip is taken by motor boat to reach the stream flowing into the Lama lake. Then there’s a path to the peak of the mountain along the stream. An ascend is by rock slides, inhabited by bighorn mountain sheep. There is a view to the valleys of the Talaya, Bunisyak and Khoisi rivers from the mountain peak. The return to the lodge is by motor boat. The length of the trip is 17 km. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served at the lodge. ‘Banya’ could be arranged upon request.

Day 5
There is an excursion ‘Following the trails of the ancient Evenks hunters’. In the morning the guests depart by motor boat to the Lama lake to reach the stream, we look around the place of the old Evenks settlement and the Shaman gate, then we walk to the ‘town of an old civilization’. We return to the lodge along the different bank of the Businyak river. We cross the river walking through the water and cross the lake by motor boat. The length of the day trip is around 15 km. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served at the lodge. ‘Banya’ could be arranged upon request.

Day 6
The guests will go up the Khoisi river. The mouth of the Khoisi river will be reached by motor boat over the lake. The visit continues by going up the big Khoisi canyon, where the guests will see the rocky walls of 15-50 meters high and waterfalls going down. Then there is a return to the lodge. The length of the tour is decided by the group and will be around 15-25 km. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served at the lodge. ‘Banya’ could be arranged upon request.

Day 7
The guests will have a ride on the Lama lake on the motor boat. Then they will walk to the waterfall on the Neralakh river. After lunch the guests will walk to the land stripe between the Lama and Kapchug lakes, which is only 400 meters wide. Then the guests return to the lodge. The length of the tour is around 95 km by water and around 11 km walking. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served at the lodge. ‘Banya’ could be arranged if requested. After the rest it is possible to visit the labyrinth nearby lodge to see the Slavic pagan temple and the sacred grove.

Day 8
Time to pack the bags and return to the town of Norilsk. Check-in in the hotel. Breakfast is served at the lodge and lunch snack is served during the day trip. The dinner is served in the hotel.

Day 9
An excursion around the town of Norilsk and the Norilsk industrial area. A visit to the museum of the Norilsk development

Day 10
Leaving to the airport ‘Alykel’.

What we will see

The town of Norilsk – the most northern town in the world with population over 150,000 inhabitants. The architecture of Norilsk is similar to the one of Saint-Petersburg by its style, but most of the buildings here were constructed using the high polling due to permafrost.

Norilka river, Talaya river and Melkoe lake – the way to Lama lake. The length of the trip from Norilsk to the lodge is 165 km, the trip duration is 6-7 hours depending on the weather. It will be possible to stay on the deck on the way. The trip starts in the calm water of Norilka river, it continues in the curvy river Talaya with its fast stream and steep shores. The motor boats KS-100 will have to overpass several rifts to reach the Melkoe lake. After crossing this lake the guests will reach the Lama river, and by following this river the boats bring the guests to the Lama lake.

Lama lake – is one of the most beautiful lakes on the Putorana Plateau, it is 82 km long and 300 meters deep. It cuts the body of the Plateau and forms in its Eastern part an enormous canyon more than 1000 meters high and 1500 meters wide. Small rivers and streams go inside the lake from all the sides, each of them goes down to the lake as a cascade of stunning waterfalls of 5 to 60 meters high.

Crying rocks’ this a unique place on the Norilsk lakes. These are steep, not very high rocks, falling into the clearest water of the lake. The streams going down by these rocks form small waterfalls, and in the sunny weather one can see rainbows over them. The smaller streams form ‘tears’, dropping from the ledges down the water.

Shaitan mountain – this mountain has always been considered by the locals as a place of the Great Energy. The Evenks’ Shamans have lived and executed their rituals in the bottom of this mountain. According to the old people, who have been living here for long, the last Evenk Shaman woman had lived here in 1930-1940. The guests will see the mystic places, the unique basalt walls, the tunnels and the cascade waterfalls, the biggest of them is 40 meters high. The guests will ascend the Plateau by the rocky placer and visit the places inhabited by the Putorana bighorn mountain sheep.

The Old Evenks’ settlement and the Shaman gates are the unique old wooden idols, some sacred rituals are still being executed around there. The guests will go out to the terrace, where, according to the old legends, the old town of ancient civilization once stood, which was destroyed by the powerful explosion. This legend is confirmed by the huge funnels that look like funnels left after an explosion.

The ancient burial mound in the Khoisi river valley – according to the legend, this is a place where one of the military commanders of Alexander the Macedonian is buried, who had died fighting the local warriors.

Waterfall on the Neralakh river – a picturesque view of the canyon is made by the Neralakh river, which enters the lake by falling into it as a waterfall.

Highlights of the trip:

- Living at a comfortable lodge
- Arrival to the lodge by motor boats KS-100 (from July to September) or by a helicopter (in June and in the end of September)
- Arctic day
- All their free time the guests can devote to fishing

StartLengthPrice
depending on group forming9 nights/10 days2000 euro

Note:
We reserve the right of changes of the tours due to change of weather conditions or other unpredictable circumstances. We can offer individual tours based on your requirements.


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