OverviewThis 8 day adventure around Rai-Iz Mountain packs a huge amount of variety into a short space of time. You’ll hike through the mountains, see a glacier up close, and meet the Indigenous Nenets people. We’ll explore a village that was abandoned and is slowly being reclaimed by nature before embarking upon a short rafting trip to give you a taste of the amazing rivers in the region. This is one of our favourite trips and we’re really excited to share it with you! 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.
· 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 gear is suitable for the expedition.
· Afternoon tour of Salekhard.
· Group arrival Dinner.
· Early breakfast and depart via ferry for Kharp village.
· Hiking to the weather station on Mount Rai-Iz.
· 17-20km hiking.
· Dinner and overnight in weather station.
· Breakfast and depart weather station.
· Hiking to the Glacier of the Romantics for lunch.
· Hiking to Jade Valley in the afternoon.
· 20km hiking.
· Set up camp for overnight stay.
· Hiking to meet with the Indigenous nomadic Nenets reindeer herders.
· Greeting from Nenets and welcome to their homes.
· 20km hikings
· Overnight in tents or Nenets chum.
· Exploring the local area
· Short hikes or walk to the abandoned settlement of Polyarny.
· Fishing on the river.
· Briefing for rafting tomorrow.
· Overnight camping.
· After breakfast start rafting portion of the trip.
· Easy rafting with breaks for photos, walking or fishing.
· Camping overnight.
· Short rafting period to final stop.
· Transfer to Salekhard and check in to our hotel.
· Optional banya in the city.
· Group dinner.
After breakfast we’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight.
The Trip Cost Includes:
- Accommodation: 2 nights in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 5 nights camping
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Russian Arctic Travel English-speaking guide
- Tour in Salekhard if desired
- All transfers in Salekhard
- Arctic safety/security equipment
- Tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment for camping
- Permits and visa invitation documents
- 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 QuestionsExpand/Close
In the summer, the weather is usually quite warm during the day, but temperatures can drop significantly overnight. We recommend bringing both a lightweight and thicker down (or equivalent) jacket. Multiple layers are recommended so that you can dress for different temperatures. You can hire your outer layers from us if you arrive and find that it’s colder than expected!
We recommend good quality waterproof hiking boots for this trip and if you usually use poles for hiking then please bring these too.
We advise bringing 2 sets of swimwear to put on under your wetsuit, so that you can be sure of having a dry set each morning. You’ll also need a swimsuit for the banya if you wish to visit during your trip!
Sleeping bags are included in the cost of your trip, as are tents, rafting, camping and fishing equipment where applicable.
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.
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.
The hiking portion of the trip involves covering around 20km each day. The terrain is varied with some steeper uphill portions. We recommend some hill training prior to the trip.
No specific training is required for our rafting trips as we will go through a safety briefing and general instructions on the first evening. We are very used to taking people with no rafting experience on these trips, so you don’t need to worry if you’re a total beginner! A moderate level of fitness will definitely help you enjoy the trip a little more, but most people will find the pace very manageable.