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The Putorana Plateau: Siberia's Empty Quarter

It is nearly impossible to describe the incredible beauty of this expansive area located in the transpolar region of Russia. Completely untouched by human activity, the plateau is characterized by miles of flat-topped mountains that melt into the horizon, deep-cutting canyons and seemingly never-ending rivers. This incredible eight-day tour will bring you to a site where man has barely scratched the surface. You will encounter areas of spectacular natural beauty that remain to be been filmed or photographed by professional equipment and have the chance to connect with the extraordinary ecosystems that thrive here by camping on the surreal, mirror-like shores of lake Kutramakan. Panoramic views like none other can be witnessed in awe with helicopter charters and you can observe the extreme contrasts between the rural landscapes of the plateau and the bustling city of Novosibirsk. NB please note this trip is a private expedition and requires a minimum of 6 people. 

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  • Enjoy panoramic views over compelling landscapes in helicopter flights across the plateau
  • Get in touch with abundant natural beauty and effervescent wildlife with nights in tents in the most picture-perfect spots
  • Explore the vibrant city of Novosibirsk, the third most populous city in Russia
  • Venture to the remarkable Hibarba canyon, where rare and unforgettable scenery will stay with you for a lifetime
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Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Upon arrival into Novosibirsk Airport, you will be met by your guide who will then take you to a lavish five-star hotel within the city, where you will spend your first evening enveloped in luxurious comfort. Take some time to rest after your travels and explore the local surroundings before meeting the translator and instructor who will accompany you throughout the tour.

Day 2
Novosibirsk - Norilsk

Start the day with an early morning breakfast within the beautiful surrounds of the hotel before being transferred to the international airport to catch a 6:30am plane. After a flight of two hours and 45 minutes, you will land in Norilsk, the northernmost city of the world. A transfer will take you past the colorful buildings of this polar city to reach your modern hotel and check in. The afternoon is reserved for a tour of the nearby seaport of Dudinka, a town rarely seen by outsiders, before you return to your hotel to spend the night.

Day 3
Norilsk - Lake Kutramakan

A helicopter charter will be your mode of transport this morning, from where you can observe the dramatic terrain of the plateau, to reach the beautifully secluded and serene lake Kutramakan, one of an amazing 25,000 lakes within this region. Shortly after arriving, embark on a trek to the stunning waterfall on the river Irkingda. There will be time to admire the scenery and photograph this incredibly rare sight. Opt for an afternoon of fishing or hiking to observe the diversity of rare plant species and vibrant wildlife here before returning to lake Kutramakan, where you will enjoy an evening of tranquility in a tent just off its shores.

Day 4
Hibarba Canyon

The Putorana Plateau is thought to have been formed 10-12 million years ago as the result of a strong earthquake and you can catch a glimpse of this historic landscape out of a helicopter on your trip to Hibarba canyon. This unique rock formation carves through the rocky terrain and makes a beautiful backdrop for photo and video opportunities. Upon arrival back to your tent, enjoy an evening to yourself within picturesque scenery and exceptionally serene surroundings.

Day 5
River Kureika - River Yadun - River Atkali

Today is reserved for exploring the very best that the seemingly boundaryless Putorana Plateau has to offer. Strictly off the beaten track, this otherworldly region showcases scenery like no where else on the planet. You will visit three iconic rivers, sparsely populated and offering timeless views over this unique Russian territory. The river Kureika has a waterfall that flows over a vertiginous slope and is an impressive sight not to be missed. Take advantage of rare photo opportunities before heading back for a final night in your tent.

Day 6
Lake Kutramakan - Norilsk

Ensure you take in the unspoilt views of this region, thought to be 10 - 12 million years old, from the height of your helicopter as you head back to the city of Norilsk. Spectacular views of unique meneses, deep blue lakes and immense canyons will accompany you on your journey for a truly memorable flight. Once back in the city, you will have some time to take a look around this historic factory town and recuperate in a city hotel.

Day 7
Norilsk - Novosibirsk

Your penultimate day in this surreal region commences with a traditional breakfast in your hotel followed by a transfer to the city airport. At 12:40pm, you will catch a plane to Novosibirsk and just under three hours later, you will touch down and then be transferred to your modern hotel where you’ll check in. Take a rest at the hotel before embarking on afternoon of exploration with a four-hour sightseeing tour around the bustling Novosibirsk.

Day 8

Following your final breakfast of the tour in the hotel, take a tour of Akademgorodok. This unique destination was built during the Soviet era and the sightseeing tour covers all the main attractions within the city. After the tour, you will then be transferred to the airport to depart to your onward destination but not forgetting this unbelievable region.


Suggested Accommodations

Doubletree by Hilton , Marriott Hotel

Doubletree by Hilton

Doubletree by Hilton is a four-star hotel in Novosibirsk, ranking among the best places to stay in what is Russia’s third-largest city. The large, modern hotel is located right in the heart of the city, although the actual road is slightly quieter than the nearby busy streets. Doubletree is just a short walk away from the famous Opera Theatre, and also a handful of other major tourist attractions in Novosibirsk. Most of the rooms and suites here present excellent city views from the large windows, which also allow light to flood into the spacious rooms during the day. The range of double and twin rooms here come fully furnished with a long list of facilities including a 32-inch LCD TV, a mini-bar, a safe, air-conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. Those upgrading to a suite can enjoy the added luxury of a refrigerator, adjacent dining area, and additional queen-sized pull-out sofa. The on-site restaurant, Paris, serves a buffet breakfast every morning from 7am and stays open until late serving international food. The hotel also has a large swimming pool, fitness center and various  business facilities. 


Marriott Hotel

This luxurious five-star hotel was only opened in 2014, and now stands as one of the top places to stay in the central Russian city of Novosibirsk. Marriott really is a global name you can trust, and this Novosibirsk branch is no exception; expect a great location, stylish and spacious rooms and a whole host of onsite facilities and amenities. Located in the heart of the city, Marriott Hotel Novosibirsk is just steps away from the metro, shops and major attractions in the city such as the popular Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet. The hotel caters for many different types of guests, such as travelers making their way through Siberia on the train, and this is also a popular choice for business guests with its conference room facilities. In terms of leisure opportunities, Marriott Novosibirsk boasts an excellent rooftop bar with great views across what is Russia’s third-largest city. There’s also a large, all-day international restaurant that serves a buffet breakfast in the morning and a varied menu throughout the rest of the day.

Polyarnaya Zvezda Hotel

Polyarnaya Zvezda Hotel

Located in the Siberian city of Norilsk, the Polyarnaya Zvezda is a basic hotel that has a range of spacious, comfortable and clean rooms. What it lacks in modernity, it certainly makes up for in friendliness, with English-speaking staff and a helpful 24-hour reception desk. There’s a restaurant downstairs serving a limited range of international and local dishes, and guests looking to explore further afield can easily reach a number of local restaurants, bars and shops on foot in just a few minutes. All rooms come with comfy double or twin beds with en-suite bathrooms and televisions as standard. 



Found in a remote, northern part of Siberia, this stunning basalt plateau is comprised of vast flat plains, fortress-like mountains tops and winding rivers that cut through the landscape. Thanks to its particularly isolated location, there are few accommodation options available, so one of the best ways to spend the night is under the stars in a tent. Things can get quite cool at night, so tent facilities include warm, comfy bedding to make for a good night’s rest. There’s no better way to wake in the Putorana Plateau than surrounded by nature, and other activities in the region include hiking through the mountains, kayaking and even riding in helicopters. 

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