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Dogsledding journey to Dyatlov Pass !

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Dyatlov Pass is a mountain pass in the Northern Urals between Kholat Syakhl Mount and the nameless height 905. Here in 1959, a group of nine students from Ural Polytechnical University (Russia), headed by Igor Dyatlov, died under unexplained circumstances. This mystery has not been unraveled for six decades. The tragedy which happened in the north of the Urals still excites the minds of scientists, researchers and travelers…

Season: January - March 2020
The region: Russia, Ural Mountains, Northern Urals
Duration: eight days (five days on dog sleds in winter Ural Mountains)
The amount of participants: 3 - 10 people (2 - 6 dog sleds, 16 - 48 dogs)

The route of the tour:
1) the city of Ekaterinburg – town Ivdel – village Vizhay– town Ivdel - the city of Ekaterinburg (two nights by the train + by car 2x80 km)
2) village Vizhay - Ushma settlement – Izba Ilycha - Dyatlov Pass – Izba Ilycha - Ushma selttement - village Vizhay (by dog sleds - 250 km)

Preface: In 1959, nine students, who were experienced tourists, went on a winter ski trip. No one came back. All died in one night. The investigation was finished without finding out the real cause of the group death: "The elemental force, which the tourists were unable to overcome". There are lots of versions, hypotheses and assumptions about this tragedy. 
Location: The huge territory of the Northern Urals is one of the most remote and inaccessible areas of Russia. It is the land of dense forests, there are no settlements and roads to the north of the town of Ivdel and the villages of Vizhay and Burmantovo. Only old Mansi hunting huts in the middle of the taiga and swamps impassible in summer.

The standard programme:
1 day - arrival to Ekaterinburg, transfer to hotel, accommodation in hotel, city-tour, transfer to railway station, night train to town Ivdel
2 day - arrival to Ivdel in the morning, transfer to the village Vizhay (80 km), accommodation in the local tourist base, instructions, test rides with your dog sleds.
3 day - trip toward Dyatlov Pass, lunch on the way (in taiga forest). In the second half of the day we will reach Ushma – settlement of local people Mansi. Accommodation in the wooden huts (guest houses) of local people Mansi. The route runs upstream the river Lozva, the distance is about 50 km. (Bath* is possible in evening)
4 day – we will continue our journey through the winter Uralian taiga, - upstream the river Lozva (cliffs, caves and grottos on the banks) to the place named Izba Ilycha (lunch on the ice of river Lozva). In the evening - accommodation in the wooden hunter hut (Izba Ilycha) on the bank of the river Lozva. The distance is about 40 km. (Bath* is possible in evening)
5 day – it will be the most saturated day of the trip ! Early in the morning we will go up to the Ural Mountains with our dog sleds and will reach Dyatlov Pass in midday. After short rest and hot lunch close to the pass (in special winter portable tent which will be set in advance by our guides who will reach the spot in a half of hour before us with their snowmobiles), we’ll go up to the ridge for photo-session. In the second half of the day we’ll return to Izba Ilycha spot. Overnight in Izba Ilycha wooden hut. The distance is about 50 km. (Bath* is possible in evening)
6 day – we will return to Ushma settlement. Night in the wooden hut of local people Mansi (acquaintance with culture and history of Mansi people) or in the local tourist base on the lake Elestur (not far from Ushma settlement). Distance is about 40 (48) km. (Bath* is possible in evening)
7 day - back way to the town Ivdel through the village Vizhay (lunch in Vizhay), night train to Ekaterinburg. Distance by dog sleds is about 50 km.
8 day - arrival to Ekaterinburg in the morning, transfer to the airport Koltsovo, flight home

The price: 1989 €/per person (musher / passenger), 2345 €/per person (musher only)

Planned dates in 2020:
27.01 – 03.02
10.02 – 17.02
24.02 – 03.03
10.03 – 17.03*
21.03 – 28.03 (depend on the weather conditions)

Please contact us to get the current prices & dates of the tour via email office@welcome-ural.ru 
the discounts are possible for the pre-gathered groups ! 
the other dates are possible on request !

The price includes:
• Visa support
• Dog-sledges with eight dogs
• Support of snowmobile/snowmobiles with pulks for transportation all of equipment (fuel included)
• Guide-musher, guide-mechanic (interpreter if necessary)
• Full board
• GPS navigator and satellite phone
• Spending the nights in the settlement of the local people Mansi / Elestur lake and in Vizhay village
• Rent of necessary winter outdoor equipment (tent with oven, winter sleeping bags, mats, multi-fuel torch, petrol generator)*
• Transfer Ekaterinburg - Ivdel - Ekaterinburg (night train)
• Transfer Ivdel - Vizhay - Ivdel (off-road car)
• Accommodation in Ekaterinburg

The price does not include:
• Medical insurance with the provided helicopter evacuation in case of emergency situation*
• Single accommodation
• Baths
• Alcohol

Please take a look also at the other five-days trip to Dyatlov Pass - by snowmobiles !

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