Hiking & Rafting to Vorkuta - 10 Days



This trip combines hiking through the Komi Republic with rafting, fishing, and a trip to a half-abandoned city that has to be seen to be believed. This is one of the most varied trips we offer, with a huge variety of landscapes covered in a relatively short amount of time. Why not join us to find out for yourselves why we think that this is such a special part of the world? 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
Moscow to 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 gear is suitable for the expedition.
· Afternoon tour of Salekhard.
· Group arrival Dinner.

Day 2
Train to Sob and Commence Hiking

· After breakfast take the train to Sob
· Commence the hiking route
· Hiking 13km to Payputdyn River Valley
· Set up camp for the night

Day 3
Hiking in the Polar Urals

· Break camp and start hiking
· Hiking to 17km to a mountain pass where we camp overnight
· Beautiful scenery with many photo opportunities

Day 4
Hiking to the Komi Republic

· Hike 10km through the mountain pass to Lake Estato
· Meet with the Komi Nomadic Reindeer Herders
· Set up camp for the next 2 nights

Day 5
Rest Day

· Exploring the local area
· Short hikes or fishing on the river.
· Briefing for rafting tomorrow.
· Overnight camping.

Day 6

· After breakfast start the rafting portion of the trip.
· Breaks for photos, swimming, walking or fishing.
· Camping overnight.

Day 7

· Breaks for photos, swimming, walking or fishing.
· Camping overnight.

Day 8
Arrive Vorkuta

· Short rafting period to final stop.
· Transfer to Vorkuta and check in to our hotel.
· Group dinner.

Day 9

· Tour of Vorkuta.
· Group dinner.

Day 10
Vorkuta to Moscow

· We’ll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Moscow.

The Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodation: 1 night in Salekhard hotel (twin-share), 2 nights in Vorkuta hotel (twin-share), 6 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 to Salekhard/Vorkuta
  • 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?

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!

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are included in the cost of your trip, as are tents, rafting, 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, Vorkuta or both 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.

How fit do I need to be? Is rafting experience needed?

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.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Hiking & Rafting to Vorkuta
From $2,200.00
per Adult

Trip Facts

  • 4x4 vehicle
  • 6+
  • moderate
  • hotel, camping
  • hiking, rafting, camping, fishing
  • 10°C to 30°C