Reindeer herders of Northern Baikal lake
A little piece from my notes which I made during my stay: "This trip is adventure of the lifetime. I still remember clearly the valley where our deer were eating the moss, the place where we set up our Chum, the meadows of the wild flowers and Rhododendron blossoming, the fresh footprints of bear on our path, the grace and mighty of this huge wild animal chasing away up the nearest slope, the sunrises in the montains and the most freindly animals in the world - reindeer with their warm soft fur on their antlers. It was joy leading the caravan of reindeer when we crossed tundra, to see how patient and hardworking they are and how grateful they are after I took them to the mountain river to drink the clear cold water after exhausting day! And the beauty of nature around and the views are fascinating! The place where Evenki people live, the nature around, the animals they breed - this is a beautiful boarder-less home! I am not brave enough to say "Good-bye" to this place. I will definately be back!"
|Trekking to North of Baikal mountains with reindeer|
I would like to offer a similar trip for real enthusiasts who would like to get familiar with traditions and lifestyle of the native people of Siberia – Evenki. For more details and booking, please, visit a web-site. They still migrate from summer to winter camps in the mountain valleys and well adapted to harsh conditions of the North. One of the clans of Northern Baikal called Chilchigiry used to live in the valley of Upper Angara river mostly engaged in hunting, fishing, and reindeer breeding.From the 30s of the last century till the end of the Soviet Union in the village of Uoyan there was a large reindeer herding collective farm in which the deer population reached 800. The collective farm has collapsed, but there were people, some of whom were engaged in the revival of their ancestors. They are real enthusiasts who, in conditions of lack of money, recreate the culture and crafts of the people little by little.
Evenki live in nature, eat natural food, wear natural clothes, and getting there you become participants of a “real life”.
In the proposed tour, we will try to preserve the normal lifestyle of Evenkis as much as possible and give the participants of the expedition the opportunity to participate on an equal level in all daily matters. So get your backpack packed and travel into the wilderness to discover yourself! Below you will find a draft summer itinerary. It may be changed according to your demands and season.
Day 1. Arrival to Severobaikalsk city. Accommodation in guest house. Excursion to the observation point
|North of Baikal with its wild pristine nature|
Day 2. Severobaikalsk city - Noviy Uoyan village
|Before the start of expedition to reindeer herders of Baikal|
Day 3. A ride in the forest by 4WD, meeting the reindeer and Evenki people, crossing the lake by boat (snowmobiles in winter). Banya on the shore of the lake.
|Loading reindeer by Evenk|
Day 4. Trekking from the lake to the reindeer farm. Accommodation in wooden house. Tasting the local cuisine.
|Trekking in mountains with reindeer herders of Baikal|
Day 5. Start trekking from the reindeer farm to hunter's winter house
Day 6. Trekking to the mountain pass. Overnight in tent or tchum
|Mountain valley before the pass|
Day 7. Climbing the mountain pass, trekking down to the forest zone. Transfer by car to Uoyan village. Hot springs. Arrival to Severobaikalsk.
|Trekking in the mountains of Northern Baikal|