Summer Nenets Homestay - 8 Days

summer homestay with the nenets


In the far north of Russia, above the arctic circle, you’ll find a place where a different way of life reigns.  With a flight time of under 3 hours from Moscow, this is a perfect opportunity for you to come to Yamal and experience the adventure of life with the Nenets.

Start your trip in Salekhard before being taken by our expert guides to a nearby Nenets camp. There, you’ll spend 5 nights living with the nomads, getting to know what it takes to live in this extreme environment, sharing meals and sleeping in their chums (large tents). This is a true trip of a lifetime, far off the beaten track.

Price is based on double occupancy: a single supplement of 200 will apply if you are a single traveller and are not happy to share a twin room.

Contact us via email or phone if your preferred dates are unavailable.

Full trip details


Day 1
Arrival in Salekhard

· Arrive at Salekhard airport and transfer to the hotel.
· Check-in and arrival briefing about what to expect in the days ahead
· Our local guides will check that your equipment is suitable for the expedition.
· Afternoon tour of Salekhard.
· Group arrival Dinner.

Day 2
Salekhard to Nenets Camp

· Take the ferry across the Ob River to Labytnangi and on to the village of Kharp. · Travel past Jade Valley and Dinosaur Mountain to the Nenets’ camp.
· Meeting the Nenets family and welcome to their chum for dinner.

Day 3
Nenets Camp

· Life with the Nenets.
· Observe the traditional way of life and coping strategies for this harsh environment.
· Photography opportunities.
· Participate in the daily running of the camp.

Day 4
Nenets Camp

· Help chop firewood and learn about Nenets cooking.
· Learn how to make reindeer-skin clothing, wooden sledges, and other essentials for polar life.

Day 5
Nenets Camp

Day 6
Nenets Camp

Day 7
Nenets Camp to Salekhard

· After lunch, load up our gear and head back to Salekhard.
· Check in to our hotel.
· Optional banya visit.
· Group dinner.

Day 8
Depart Salekhard

· Transfer to Salekhard airport after breakfast to catch your flight.

The Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation: 2 nights in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 5 nights homestay with the Nenets
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary
  • Local Guide
  • Tour in Salekhard if desired
  • All transfers in Salekhard
  • Vehicles and fuel
  • Arctic safety/security equipment
  • Permits
  • Return flights from Moscow or St Petersburg to Salekhard

The Trip Cost Does Not Include:

  • Personal expenses such as drinks, tickets, phone calls, etc.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Individual clothing, backpack, cold-weather clothing (contact us for advice - rental is available)
  • Use of banya/sauna in Salekhard

Frequently Asked Questions

What clothing do I need to bring?

Temperatures at this time of year can range between 0°C and 30°C. You’ll be outside for much of the time, so the right clothes are really important. We recommend that you have either wool or synthetic base layers (not cotton!) with fleece mid-layers. Outer layers should be rated to withstand the temperatures indicated. If you’re having difficulty sourcing suitable outer layers then we recommend that you hire them from us – this will also save space in your luggage!

If you would like to visit the Banya in Salekhard then please ensure that you bring your swimsuit.

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are included in the cost of your trip, as are tents, camping and fishing equipment where applicable.

Can I add any additional days or activities to the tour?

You can book a trip to the Banya in Salekhard in advance – this is a mixed banya and you should bring swimwear if you book this option.

We’re always happy to discuss any further customisations to trips. Please email or call us with additional queries.

Can you cater for dietary requirements?

When camping we’ll be cooking for ourselves and can cater to any dietary restrictions. Please inform us at the time of booking so that we can ensure we are able to source the required ingredients. Please be aware that meat and fish will be served at mealtimes.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Summer Nenets Homestay
From $3,000.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • 4x4 vehicle
  • 2 - 6 people
  • easy
  • homestay, hotel
  • 0°C to 30°C