13 Extreme Expedition To Yakutia

Extreme Expedition To Yakutia

Posted on January 16, 2011 by team


Yakutia is the land of untouched nature and wild animals some of which haven’t ever seen a man. No wonder it attracts courageous tourists and travellers so much.

Local truck drivers are always willing to give a lift to travellers in exchange for a good chat.

Drivers tell that the bears, everyone is so afraid of, often come close to people’s houses.

Inventive Yakut pole decorations.

In such ice-boxesYakuts keep family reserves of fresh water. People have got a problem with drinking water, the one from the rivers is used only for technical needs. So, drinking water is prepared in winter by cutting and storing ice bricks. It is an old tradition from the times when the whole Yakut settlements were dying of the diseases connected with bad water.

It is better to travel along some open space to avoid wild animals.

In this case one at least has a possibility to drop a backpack quickly and to aim well. It is, of course, better to do everything you can to avoid a the close encounter with a wild animal. Local reindeer breeders have a saying about that: “Don’t be afraid of what’s far away, be afraid of what’s close to you”.

Cars are rare here. This truck carries a tank in a bit extreme way. Usually drivers don’t mind giving a lift to tourists or hunters. One only has to unload a rifle before getting into a car, as the unwritten rule says.

The road ends and the truck goes along the very river. It is funny to see Soviet-time road signs on the banks.

A “new” concrete bridge with no road to it. The river has changed the course and carelessly ignores the deserted construction. Once it has to be a new road here, but only the lonely bridges remind of that times.

The car looks like a toy on the background of the mountains.

Further there is a valley with twisting water channels. It is not easy to travel along stony ground and a bit scary as well – bear footsteps is not a thing travellers wish to see on their way.

Giant bear footprint

Kitty at a distance

These travellers are returning from their two-months expedition around these mountains.

Stewing meat for supper. Such a pleasure after an adventurous day.

Such “pyramids” can be used to look over the environs but it is very dangerous to climb them. One has to think well where to step. Sometimes a traveller even takes a real risk not having a possibility to test a foothold for safety.

These two fires have to burn till morning illuminating both sides of the tent so that a shadow of an animal can be seen from the inside. You can imagine how scary it is to spend a night alone in the middle of the valley surrounded with wild animals which may have never even seen a human being before.

Pretty flowers growing from grey stones seem to greet a traveller.

A ram is wondering from the height what this uncommon two-leg creature is. He seems to be surprised but not at all scared. He has probably never heard shots.

Approaching the mountain this pass appears everlasting. Each rise seems to hide the next one, and so one climbs up – one slope after another, one after another.

Location: Yakutia

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13 Responses to “Extreme Expedition To Yakutia”

  1. testicules says:

    1st

  2. Barrie says:

    can we please have a google map link to the area.

  3. Unknown says:

    First.

  4. Wishful thinker says:

    Beautiful! I would love to go there and spend a summer roaming around. Maybe I would see Putin riding on horseback. :)

  5. Musa says:

    Interesting… especially the mentions of bears.

  6. neblogenso says:

    Superb place to visit. I’d love to give a try for first ascent over those clifs. Wonderful place indeen.

  7. Chris says:

    >Drivers tell that the bears, everyone is so afraid of,
    >often come close to peoples houses.

    I live in Vancouver, BC and the bears walk on my suburban lawn. We keep the backyard gate closed so nothing comes in. Bears are OK, but now apparently WOLVES are coming to town, THAT I’m worried about. Families go out for walks knowing by the path are bears, but wolves…

    • OldBikr says:

      Here is something that will trip you out Chris.

      Bears (Black Bears) are apparently coming into suburban areas near Williamsburg Va., well South of New York City much less anywhere near the area of Canada. Also the red wolves or making something of a come-back too.

      The wild life, that was once so endangered, is making a real come-back in some very surprising ways donchaknow. Canadian Geese in city parks is another example and I heard that a large flock of wild turkeys is messing with folks on Staten Island N.Y. LOL.

    • ykas says:

      Interfax: About 400 wolves have gathered in huge pack in Yakutia and attack the houses of the locals.

  8. petrohof says:

    yes bears you have a chance of dealing with, not a pack of hungry wolves.

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