Kayak tours on the Putorana plateau: Lama lake trekking on the plateau: description

Inland waterways of Siberia

Taimen (up to 38 kg), lenok (up to 5 kg), grayling (up to 2.3 kg), pike (up to 17 kg). It is also home to perch, whitefish, ide and more than a dozen more fish from your dream list! Red caviar - black caviar! Well, you understand.

There are so many fish here that they seem to be asking for hands. You can catch up to 50 fish in one day. Literally from every cast. Here is a real paradise for spinningists. Are there many places where you can catch a pike (and more than one) weighing 15 kg? But I warn you right away, the taimen is only on the basis of the sporting principle: "catch - release"!

Lake Bolshoye Svetloe

(mid-May to mid-October)

Lots of perch 100-400 gr. (on the bait),

on microrig and diverter leash (300-700 grams and even up to 1.5 kg)

Pike of different sizes (best caught in the second half of summer)

On Karasevoye (near the lake) for a fishing rod crucian carp 300-1000 grams

More about the route here >>>

Where to stay

Fishing in Siberia; generous gifts of Siberian rivers and lakes

In 2021, we plan to conduct kayak tours on the Putorana plateau along 4 routes. This route. The second is a hike along the hard-to-reach lakes of Dog and Glubokoe. The third - Lake Lama + trekking on the Putorana plateau for 9 days. The fourth expedition-exploration on the Dupkun lake.

The Putorana Plateau is a place where nature has been preserved in its original form. This is a lost world, the heart of Siberia, an inaccessible land of pristine lakes, rugged layered mountains and many waterfalls ... Our goal is to absorb all the surrounding beauty and get an unforgettable experience!

The Putorana Plateau is a unique mountain reserve formed by many eruptions of ancient volcanoes. Putorana translated from Evenk means "a country of lakes with steep shores." And in translation from Yukaghir - "mountains without peaks." The peculiarity of the plateau is indeed that there is no summit here! The mountains of the plateau are composed of layers of basalt and tuff, forming the so-called trap relief (from the Swedish trappa - "ladder"), as the deposits resemble steps in shape, thanks to this relief there are thousands of waterfalls. The thickness of the lava cover in the center of Putorana reaches 1500 meters, and on the mountain slopes one can count up to 40 lava layers of ancient eruptions.

The Putorana Plateau is located on the border of taiga and tundra and almost completely beyond the Arctic Circle. The plateau is home to 34 species of mammals. The lakes are home to grayling, muksun, wild boil, taimen, char, omul and other fish. The surroundings of Lake Lama are considered one of the most picturesque places in the Krasnoyarsk Territory: the hills of the Putorana plateau rise around the lake from all sides.

Evenks, Nenets and Nganasans live here, but Dolgans and Yakuts did not settle here: the area was not suitable for their usual life.

The idea of ​​the route is simple - we canoe on lakes and rivers between remarkable places and walk lightly in the mountains from the camps on the shore. We watch waterfalls, climb a plateau or fish.

Our Putorana Plateau Tour is an autonomous kayak hike. The route is of medium difficulty, the experience of water trips is optional, but you need to be prepared to spend 12 days on an autonomous journey in the Arctic.

We will start the route with a long and very beautiful landing on an aero-planing boat. We chose an airboat instead of a helicopter, because a boat is more reliable, while helicopters fly only in flying weather, which can be expected for more than one day. So, we will go first along the Norilka River and the Talaya River. We will cross Lake Melkoye and along the Lama River we will find ourselves in a huge lake of the same name. We will reach the mouth of the Mikchangda river and follow it up. Only an aero-planing boat can pass here: we will cover 100 km in 2.5 hours, climbing 200 m up the rifts and rifts. Back to Lama this section will take us by kayaks for 3 days.

Communications and electricity. Please note that there is no mobile connection on this route. The emergency instructor will have an Iridium satellite phone. There will also be a 220 volt generator for charging equipment.

It is necessary to take a mosquito net and repellents with you (although they are ineffective there). In summer (until about August 20-25) there are a lot of mosquitoes and midges on the route! After August 20, there are few mosquitoes and midges on the route, and in September they are almost absent. At this time, the golden autumn begins - the best time for photographers and lovers of contemplating beauty.

Pike - bait, pike fishing methods. Siberian Pike - photo and description. Fish of Siberia - Siberian fishing

This is a water-hiking trip, although if you want, you can not walk, but, for example, go fishing or just relax, enjoying the views or taking pictures of everything around. All trekking will begin and end at our lakeside camps.

The water part of the hike is simple, the main difficulty is trekking to the mountains. In general, this is a route of medium difficulty - experience of water trips is not necessary, but you need to be ready to spend 9 days on an autonomous journey in the Arctic and take a responsible approach to the choice of equipment.

We start the route with a beautiful boat ride. First, we will go upstream along the Norilsk River, then along the Talaya River. We will pass Lake Melkoe and along the Lama River we will find ourselves in a huge lake of the same name. We will stop near Cape Kamenny, from here our kayak journey will begin.

Communications and electricity. Please note that there is no mobile connection on this route. The emergency instructor will have an Iridium satellite phone. There will also be a 220 volt generator for charging equipment.

You must bring a mosquito net and repellents. In summer (until about 20-25 August) there are many mosquitoes and midges on the route. After August 20, there are few mosquitoes and midges on the route, and in September they are almost absent. At this time, the golden autumn begins - the best time for photographers and lovers of contemplating beauty!

Kayaks. Let's go kayaking Khatanga 3 Sport or Vega 2, with 2 people on 1 boat, the third place is used for things. Khatangi and Vega are optimal for this route! If we go a little - we are more important about roominess and safety than speed. It is very difficult to roll over on our kayaks, it is also warm and comfortable to sit in them (you can even lie down).

Fishing. Take fishing rods and spinning rods with you - there will be great fishing throughout the route! We will fish from kayaks: it is convenient both during the running day and during stops. Well, we will cook fish delicacies over the fire!

It is a polar day on the Putorana plateau until July 25, the sun does not set at all, until August 15 the period of white nights lasts, and only after August 20 the night begins to darken a little. In September it is already dark enough and the northern lights are frequent. If you want to see the lights - take more warm clothes and come in September!

Weather. Average monthly air temperatures day and night: July - 18 and 10 degrees, August - 14 and 7, September - 7 and 2. The sunniest in August and September. Usually on Lake Lama, the ice melts only by July 1, and underground is permafrost, so the water is always cold. Only in August the water warms up to 10-15 degrees.

Many waterfalls on the Putorana plateau are seasonal: in June-July, when the snow melts and it rains, the waterfalls are the most powerful, and at the end of August only the largest and most powerful waterfalls remain with water. If you want to see the deep waterfalls, come early.

In Siberia, which is poor in communications in general, waterways have been and will be extremely important. The entire past of Siberia: its conquest, colonization, the development of industry, trade, agriculture, is closely connected with the Siberian rivers, the vast network of which covers its entire territory.

General characteristics

All inland waterways of Siberia are part of five main basins: the Ob, Yenisei, Baikal, Amur and Lensky.

The rivers of the Ob, Yenisei, Baikal basins irrigate Western and Central Siberia and as waterways for many regions (Narymsky, Surgutsky, Obdorsky, Turukhansky, etc.) are the main link with cultural and industrial centers. The main of these rivers - the Irtysh, Yenisei, Ob - serve as convenient and cheap access routes to the railway from the wide grain-growing steppes of the central and southern strip of Siberia; parts of these same rivers, north of the railway, together with their numerous tributaries cutting deeply into forests, constitute an excellent network of natural routes for the export of timber to consumption points. The upper reaches of the Irtysh, Yenisei, Selenga, penetrating deep into Northwestern China and Mongolia, make it possible to establish a cheap water connection between Siberia and the border districts of these countries; the powerful high-water lower reaches of the Siberian waterways, flowing into the Arctic Ocean, give Siberia and the Urals an outlet to external world markets (the Northern Sea Route).

The flat relief of the western and central parts of Siberia predetermines the quiet, slow flow of the rivers available there.

The waterways of the Ob, Yenisei and Baikal basins have not yet been sufficiently used for navigation and rafting. Many rivers that are quite suitable for navigation (Angara, Nizhnyaya Tunguska, Black Irtysh, Upper Yenisei, etc.) are not used by commercial shipping until now, on other equally large rivers (Tavda, Ket, Chulym, Konda, etc.) shipping is irregular. To an even lesser extent, Siberian rivers are used for rafting. A huge network of small secondary rivers, available for timber rafting, for various reasons (poor development of the timber industry, uninhabited banks, etc.) are not used for this purpose.

The navigable qualities of the rivers of Western Siberia are very diverse. The largest of them, starting in the mountain ranges stretching along the Russian-Chinese-Mongolian border (Irtysh, Yenisei), in the upper reaches are rapids, rocky and for navigation in their natural state they are little or not at all suitable. On leaving the mountains to the plain, they become calmer, more watery and can be used to a greater extent for navigation, but here the latter also encounters obstacles, especially serious ones during low-water periods. Only in the lower reaches can deep-seated vessels navigate during the entire navigation, almost without difficulty. The unequal navigable qualities of Siberian rivers and their individual sections create different conditions for exploitation, which forces navigation to have a different fleet, not only for such dissimilar rivers as the Irtysh and Yenisei, but even for the lower and upper sections of each of them.

The distribution of waterways over the territory of Western Siberia cannot be considered particularly successful and corresponding to the needs of individual regions in the ways of communication. True, the network of navigable and floating rivers cuts through the entire territory of Western Siberia, especially its middle and northern parts. The tributaries of the largest waterways, branching in the western and eastern directions, approach the richest ore and coal deposits (Tom), reach gold-bearing regions (Yenisei) and in the west reach the mining plants of the Urals (Tura, Sosva). But at the same time, the least suitable for ship navigation sections of the rivers flow in the most populated and rich in natural conditions areas, there is an intensively working navigation and a fairly developed rafting. And, conversely, the lower areas, convenient and safe for ship navigation, are used for the latter to a weak extent and do not know the rafting at all; the adjacent areas, huge in area, are poorly developed industrially and insufficiently populated.

Significantly reduces the usefulness of the West Siberian rivers as a means of communication, the disunity of the systems of the Ob, Yenisei and Lake Baikal rivers, as well as the meridian direction of the main waterways. These two conditions do not make it possible to establish a continuous water communication in the direction of the main cargo traffic in Western Siberia - from east to west and vice versa.

Due to their natural position, the West Siberian rivers are forced to turn into access roads to the railway: from the south from grain-growing and raw materials, and from the north from forest, fish and fur-bearing areas.

With the noted unfavorable properties, Siberian rivers also have many positive qualities: they are abounding in water, widely spread over the territory of the country and, most importantly, have a direct connection with the open Arctic Ocean; This connection with the sea, opening up access to foreign markets for Siberian raw materials, attaches particular importance to the Siberian waterways, for a long time securing their close participation in the export-import operations of Siberia through the ports of the Arctic Ocean coast. The total length of waterways in the Ob, Yenisei and Baikal basins, according to available data, is estimated at 77.00 kilometers, of which 30. 63 km is navigable, and 29. 87 km only rafting; these figures are far from accurate, i.e. the navigable and floating qualities of many rivers are still not fully understood.

If you are a wildlife lover and you find a package trip or a regular hiking trip boring and boring, then you might want to try something a little more extreme. For example, rafting down the rivers of Siberia.

Water tourism

River rafting is a kind of sports tourism. This is a hike, the route of which goes along the rivers, and the person himself spends most of the time sitting in a boat (in a kayak, kayak, raft, catamaran). It may seem that physically it is easier than hiking: you do not need to go carrying heavy backpacks, you can just sit and admire the surrounding beauty. However, in reality, the physical training required for the rafting should be good enough.

Water routes can be of varying degrees of difficulty: from easy ones, which even inexperienced people can pass, to very difficult ones, which few people can pass or which have not been passed yet, including waterfalls, canyons and other dangerous obstacles.

Also, water trips vary in duration: they can be either one-day or very long - weeks or even months.

Depending on the complexity and duration of the rafting, different equipment is needed. For an hour-long water trip along the nearby river, you can use a regular inflatable boat and simple clothes, however, for multi-day rafting, the number of necessary things increases: this is a supply of provisions, and tents, and sleeping bags, and changeable clothes, all of which must be hermetically packed. The most extreme routes in Russia are rafting down the rivers of Siberia. Due to their length and complexity, they are interesting for professionals who can show and hone their skills, however, beginners can also find a suitable route for themselves.

Peculiarities of traveling in Siberia

Siberia is famous for its vast territory and untouched nature, and this gives travel to this region a special charm and unusualness. Here you can visit truly wild and deserted places, take a break from everyday worries, society and the noise of the metropolis. Rafting on the rivers of Siberia allows you to feel like a part of pristine nature, enjoy its beauty and power. However, this remoteness from civilization also has its drawbacks.

Firstly, if you live in the European part of Russia, then you will need a lot of time and money to get to the place of the hike. And even if you are already in Siberia, first you need to get to where the water part of the route begins. Depending on the transport accessibility of the starting point of the rafting and on the financial resources available to you, this can be done by car, horse, all-terrain vehicle, or on foot. Often, when rafting along the rivers of Siberia, you can get to some hard-to-reach place only by helicopter.

Secondly, since the rafting usually takes place in deserted places, in case of problems or an accident, it will be difficult for you to get help. Therefore, you do not need to go on a solo rafting on the rivers of Siberia without an instructor, if you do not have a lot of experience in this type of tourism.

Who will be interested in rafting on Siberian rivers

River tourism may interest both those who already have experience of camping life, and those who have never gone hiking before. It can be a great family getaway that brings children and parents together and teaches them to cope with difficulties together. For those who like fishing, rafting down the rivers of Siberia can provide an opportunity to get to the most inaccessible corners and fish in ecologically clean places where the fish are not poisoned by harmful substances entering the water. For photographers - an opportunity to get rare photographs of wild animals and natural beauty.

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