Lorino: A journey of whales and whalers in Chukotka, Russia (11 days)

Join UIMLA-certified guide Ramon Dies Miracle as he leads you on this unique, interesting and wild 11-day journey of whales and whalers in the Bering Strait, Chukotka, Russia, the most remote and inaccessible region of Russia and one full of fascinating wildlife, including of course, whales.

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

10 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Discover the wild and remote frontier of Chukotka in Far East Russia!

  • See whales frolicking in the ocean, and learn about local whaling culture

  • Indulge in activities such as hot spring swimming and reindeer herding

  • Explore the vast and harsh landscape, scenery and terrain

  • See animals such as moose, bears, wolverines and puffins

 

Join me on this trip and we will discover and explore one of the most remote civilizations and regions on earth, as we go on an 11-day journey of whales and whalers in Lorino, Chukotka, Russia, a land that makes few concessions to the modern world, containing spectacular scenery and wildlife, and maintains the strong history, culture and traditions of the indigenous Chukchi population

Chukotka is an autonomous region of Russia located in the Far East of the country, not that far from Alaska, and contains the lowest population density in the country. It is known for its unique diversity of plants and animals, and sea hunting, fishing and reindeer herding remain the dominant occupations.

We begin our trip in the Easternmost town in Russia, Anadyr, where spend the night before flying the next day to Lavrentiya and then onwards to Lorino, our base for the week.

Every day involves a new, exciting and different activity, with the first few days entailing whale watching, swimming in hot springs and spending a day with local reindeer herders.

The second half of the trip involves much exploration and discovery of the local surrounds, including trips to indigenous villages and communities and more whale watching, involving learning about whaling techniques and participating in a traditional whaling competition.

There will be ample time take in and admire the cold, desolate landscape, scenery and terrain, with the massive valleys and plains seemingly stretching on forever in to the distance, the constant cold climate and low sun adding to its mysterious and eerie vibe.

There will hopefully be opportunities to encounter many of the animals that live here such as moose, brown bears, polar bears, wolverines and puffins.

We finish the journey on the 11th day back in Anadyr, immensely happy with the truly special and unique experiences we have had in this isolated part of the world.

This journey is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience this remote part of earth – book now so you don’t miss out!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
3500 EUR

Group of 2
3500 EUR

Group of 3
3500 EUR

Group of 4
3500 EUR

Group of 5
3500 EUR

Group of 6
3500 EUR

Group of 7
3500 EUR

Group of 8
3500 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport to the start of the trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 Price does not include: Visa, flights, personal expenses, insurance, excess baggage, equipment
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Start

    Arrival in Anadyr

    Meeting with a guide at the airport,

    Registration at the border guard office. When arriving at Anadyr you must pass the internal customs controls (border area), which can take a few hours.

    At this point of the program you must have patience, we are in a destination very remote and border with the United States, and the controls are exhaustive (personal interviews to each passenger).

    Crossing the bay by ferry for the city

    Accommodation at the apartment,

    Lunch

    City tour (monuments of Grinevetsky, Rytkheu, Mandrikov, St. Nicholas)

    Dinner at the apartment, tasting of local delicacies: red fish, caviar and other.

    A story about local rituals and traditions. The ritual of feeding the spirits.

  • Day 2Lorino

    Breakfast,

    Crossing the bay for the airport.

    Flight Anadyr-Lavrentiya,

    Marking the documents at the border guards

    Lunch in the local cafe

    Walking tour of the village, visiting the local Museum,

    Transfer to the village of Lorino,

    Accommodation at the apartment

    Dinner

  • Day 3Boat Trip

    Early breakfast

    Boat trip and observation of gray whales,

    Lunch: meat of sea animals.

    Walking tour of the village

    Dinner

    Overnight at the apartment

  • Day 4Hot Springs

    Breakfast

    Visit the underground meat storage ice chambers

    Visiting bone-carving workshop,

    A trip to the hot springs, swimming

    Picnic

    Return to the village,

    Dinner

    Overnight at the apartment

  • Day 5Reindeer Herding

    Leaving by all-terrain vehicles for the reindeer herding brigade.

    Taking pictures of tundra on the way.

    Picnic

    Meeting with reindeer herders, exchanging of gifts

    Dinner: reindeer meat

    Talking with reindeer herders, stories around the campfire about life in the tundra

    Master class on lassoing

  • Day 6Picnic

    Breakfast

    Returning to Lorino,

    Picnic on the way

    Overnight at the apartment

  • Day 7Boat Trip

    Sea voyage for a Cape Dezhnev

    Visit the village of Naukan and the monument of Semen Dezhnev.

    Picnic

    Boat trip to the village of Uelen If the weather conditions allow

    Visit to the Museum and bone-cutting workshop.

    Returning to Lorino

    Dinner

  • Day 8Whaling

    Breakfast

    Visiting old abandoned village of Akkani, now it is a hunters’ base for the l;ocal community.

    Observation of a rookery of spotted seals and local hunting traditions

    Demonstration of traditional cutting pinnipeds,

    Lunch: meat of sea animals

    Participation in traditional competition of whalers; harpoon throwing, rowing on a canoe, knitting knots, etc.

    Returning to Lorino

    Dinner

    Overnight at the apartment

  • Day 9Fishing

    Early breakfast,

    Transfer to the Airport of Lavrentiya

    Flight to Anadyr.

    Observation of fishing for salmon on the shore

    Picnic. Tasting of just made red caviar.

    Ferry to the city.

    Accommodation at the apartment

    Dinner

  • Day 10Farewell Dinner

    Breakfast

    Visiting the Museum “Heritage of Chukotka” in Anadyr .

    Lunch

    Free time

    Farewell dinner at the restaurant, exchanging of impressions,

    Option: performance of the folk group (throat singing or dancing)

  • Day 11Finish

    Breakfast

    Crossing the bay by ferry.

    Excursion to the abandoned military base Gudym.

    Picnic – Packed army ration

    Transfer to the airport

    Departure from Anadyr

    End of program.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Beginner

Fitness level required

Occasional

Meeting point

Anadyr Airport, Russia

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation every night.

 

About the Guide

 
 

My father and grandfather taught me to love the mountains from a very young age. At 12, I did my first rappel...down the wall of the village church (the priest wasn't there). That's where it all started...

I'm passionate about nature, climbing, mountaineering and ski touring and have been calling the Lleida Pyrenees home for as long as I can remember.

As a UIMLA-mountain leader, I have led trips and expeditions in America (Peru, US and Canada), the Alps, the High Atlas and even Ladakh (Indian Himalaya) and Yamalia (Russian Arctic). Since 2014, I am in charge of snow and avalanche training at ACNA (Asociación Conocimiento Nieves y Aludes).

For me, guiding is not work: it is my passion. Each tour and expedition provides a new chance to discover and share what surrounds us. Respect for the environment, nature and local culture are at the basis of my philosophy of life, which I try to share with joy.

 
 
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