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Expedition to the Putorana Plateau

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Destinations: Krasnoyarsk, Putorana Plateau
Guide language: German, English, Russian
Price: min $ 1744
Group size: — max 16
Duration: 8 days
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Siberia is a continental territory full of mistery. It is a gloomy land, that doesn´t seem nice at the first sight. It looks cheerless and it attracts you when you visit Siberia for the first time. Siberia will share few of its secrets and endless wealth. And in case you really love Siberia, you will be cherished, given enough food and drinks, besotted with its fragrant herbs, enchanted and kept here forever. Siberia is a land of Russian pride!

Nowadays few places in the world remain untouched, where the nature doesn´t reflect the results of human activity. We offer you a tour to one of these places - The Putorana Plateau, unique and surprisingly little-known area situated at the northwest of Krasnoyarsk Region.

It is a high-lying basalt plateau unrivalled for its beauty and relief peculiarity, as well as for the number of lakes (more than 25 thousands!) and waterfalls situated at such a high level. There are two climatic zones (taiga and forest tundra).

Due to the local peculiarities the Putorana Plateau is a perfect place for trekking and rafting including visiting waterfalls and wild nature sites. These places are severe as you will be able to understand during the tour because of the unpredictable weather. Although a mystery magnetism of the area will remove all the everyday inconveniences to the second place and even turn them into unnecessary things to join the nature. The tours to the Putorana Plateau will be unforgettable for you and the visit to this wonderful place will live in your heart forever!

The Putorana Plateau is a kingdom of water, rocks and wild nature, a paradise for those who likes extreme travelling, fishing and rafting. Although tourist groups don't get here too often. The Putorana is one of the most difficult places in Russia for recreational outdoor sports. There are places where no human has ever set foot here.

The most picturesque places of the plateau are concentrated in its centre that is almost 300 km away from the nearest inhabited locality. To observe one of the real pearls of our planet one should overcome serious distances, mountain passes or take an expensive helicopter.

We discovered an easier and less expensive way towards this jewel box. Today we offer you to visit a land of the most spectacular waterfalls by a speed boat.

The tour program lets us visit up to 20 waterfalls!


Ecological tours / Fishing / Tours in groups / Trekking tours / Water tours

Total duration: 8 days/7 nights

Season: July-September

Tour mileage: 800 km by boat

Number of people in a group: 16 pax

Age: 18+

Level of physical training: good physical preparation


Day 1. Tuesday

Arrival of the group to Krasnoyarsk and flight to Svetlogorsk (takes 3 hours).
Arrival in Svetlogorsk in the afternoon. Departure to the pier, boarding a float-boat during 2 hrs. If needed, buying non-alcohol drinks and some food in a local shop.

We are going by the comfortable float-boat along the Kureika Reservoir to the left tributary of the river Miandra (5-6 hrs). Fishing is possible (pike, trout, perch, whitefish, grayling).

Kureika Reservoir is an artificially created basin on the river Kureika, which is the right tributary of the Yenisei River in the Krasnoyarsk region of the Russian Federation. The reservoir was formed by hydroelectric dam (we visit it on the way back, if we have enouth time), that was built in the period from 1975 to 2002 near the village of Svetlogorsk.

Polar Day is an unusual state of nature for a mainland resident. The sun sets over the horizon only a little bit and rolls until dawn, turning the surrounding nature to sunset colors. The boat runs from the Cape to Cape, from island to island with different landscapes, entering either  narrow or wide waters of Kureika reservoir.

Accommodation on boat or in tents

Dinner on fire

16 km by bus, 135 km by boat


Day 2. Wednesday

We are going along the Kureika Reservoir and Kureika river upstream to Diupkun lake.

Here the river Kureika flows in its original, natural form. In this area there is the 8th rapid. The rapid is not difficult to cross by boat, but very tricky due to the shallow depth. In dry years, the rocks stretch for nearly 25 km. Coasts have gravel and sand beaches. We go fishing for grayling to the outfall of the river Ende, the left tributary of Kureika river.

Later we will visit a hydrometeorology station of Kureika dam.

A narrow place, where Kureika river flows from the lake Diupkun, is called Gates to the Putorana Plateau. The landscape on the lake with its towering mountains is very different to the Kureika reservoir.

After 25 km from the lake's beginning we make a stop by a stream with Fokin waterfall. By the stream under the waterfall there is a hunting hut of hunter Igor Fokin, missing in this area in autumn 2014. Overnight on a beautiful gravel spit where you can look for agates. We will visit a waterfall in the evening or in the morning, it is 500 meters from the shore.

Diupkun (in Evenki language means "hollow") is the lake located in the Krasnoyarsk Territory, on the Putorana Plateau, at the valley bottom. The lake is 199 square kilometers, its length - about 90 km. The lake belongs to the deeper waters.
Through the lake Kureika river flows, which is a tributary of the Yenisei river. Alimentation of the lake is rains and snows.
Diupkun Lake offers to its visitors excellent conditions for fishing.
The lake is very picturesque, very attractive for tourists who are fond of photography. The lake is typical for Putorans Plateau: is deep, surrounded by a table-like mountains.

Accommodation on boat or in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

75 km by boat


Day 3. Thursday

The plateau is considered to be the edge of canyons, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, is the northernmost and one of the most ancient plateau of volcanic origin.

Plenty of rivers and streams of the plateau form the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Russia. In early summer (June and early July) everything is covered with a carpet of flowers: bluebells, alpine forget-me-not, gentian, yellow and white arctic poppies, orange globeflowers. In swamps and hollows large number of cotton grass.

Today we are moving along the lake Diupkun to the very center of the Plateau. We will observe how the table-like mountains rise, their look is unusual: no peaks, they are flat. If the summer is not rainy, it is seen that the purity of the lake is similar to the Baikal. In the wet summer a large number of small and large waterfalls flows down from the mountains, it's interesting to observe them through binoculars.

The boat goes farther and farther away, and the mountains are getting higher and higher, more mysterious and bizarre, they reach 1100 m above the water edge.

Our today trip will end by one waterfall that we are going to visit next day. Here starts the area of the most beautiful and diverse waterfalls. There are a lot of them and the tour doesn't allow us not only to visit, but even count all of them. The physical training of the group will determine which waterfalls we will visit.

Accommodation on boat or in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

130 km by boat


Days 4-6. Friday-Sunday

These days will be devoted to the waterfalls around Lake Dyupkun.

Waterfall V-Victory, similar in its form to a sign Victory hand. The water falls against all gravity laws. Two streams fall not vertically, but toward each other, forming a letter V. Only trained people can come here because of the complexity of vertical canyon walls, but it's possible to see it from a very close distance. In addition, the waterfall offers a magnificent panorama of mountains and the lake.

Waterfall Two Brothers, located on the river Gagaria 2. The waterfall has two powerful jets, falling vertically from a height of over 50 meters parallel to each other as brothers. The distance to the waterfall a little more than one kilometer. In sunny weather in the waterfall a beautiful rainbow can be seen, and sometimes more than one. The most daring people attempt to stand under the waterfall, but it is not so simple, because the water power is huge. Even on the approaches to the waterfall water clouds wash down you from top to toe. Here you need to have extra clothes to change into dry clothes. On the way back again overlook the mountains and the lake.

Waterfall Wry. It falls vertically and then flows down in an inclined trough, creating a bizarre sight.

Grand waterfall Cups. Vertical multistage falling waterfall seems to flow from one huge cup of another.

Strange shapes of granite basalts remind petrified hexagonal columns. Their shapes can be extremely varied, that one can only wonder about the nature art. Geology in this area is very interesting. You can find agates, amethyst, rock crystal, datolite, apofelit, kleofan, prehnite, druze of quartz. Planning to travel along our route we recommend to see the look of these crystals. As a rule, many tourists take away as a souvenir very nice specimens.

Accommodation on boat or in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

Distance of the day depends of the chosen hiking route


Day 7. Monday

Today the boat returns to Svetlogorsk town.

All that day and the next day till the midday we will go by boat, cook and enjoy views. During short stops we can catch fish for exquisite fish dishes and snacks. Sunsets of polar days don't leave anyone indifferent, they flare for several hours.

Not far from Svetlogorsk we will stop for overnight and banya, and in the morning we will come to the town.

Accommodation on boat or in tents

Breakfast and dinner on fire, lunch snack

340 km by boat


Day 8. Tuesday

Upon arrival to Svetlogorsk town transfer to the airport to take flight to Krasnoyarsk.
Arrival to Krasnoyarsk in the afternoon.

Hotel and transfers in Krasnoyarsk are not included. Krasnoyarsk city tours are recommended.

Breakfast on fire

Air tickets and any service in Krasnoyarsk are not included


Tour price per person
1530 € Price includes:

  • float boats with sleeping berths
  • Russian speaking guide assistance
  • full board during the tour (breakfast and dinner - hot meals, lunch, snacks, tea and coffee in thermos, the meal is cooked by a cook)
  • equipment and devices, utensils
  • overnight in tents or on boat board
  • permission to Putorana nature reserve

Price does not include:

  • flight to Krasnoyarsk
  • flight Krasnoyarsk - Svetlogorsk - Krasnoyarsk
  • accommodation and meals in Krasnoyarsk (arrival/departure days)
  • transfers from/to the airport in Krasnoyarsk (4 transfers)
  • additional excursions in Krasnoyarsk
  • insurance
  • interpreter service
  • tent installation

For extra charge:

Flight Krasnoyarsk - Svetlogorsk - Krasnoyarsk (about 300€)

Medical insurance, life insurance, personal property insurance are recommended

Important Info


We recommend to come to Krasnoyarsk 2-3 days in advance, to relax, recharge energies after flights, adjust to the new time zone, explore the city.

A participant arrives to the agreed place of tour start independent. You will be responsible for your possible delay or failure to appear to the agreed place and time of the beginning of the expedition. In case of absence the tour price is not refundable and the tour date is not changable.

Tour pecularities

The tour is very intense. It is 100% possible to suffer storm on the lakes and reservoir. It means that we will have to wait and travel at night. Although the waterfalls are close to the rivers and lakes, active trekking will be necessary. As the tour crosses areas with unstable weather conditions unexpected program changes are possible due to the flight cancellations.
The program can be changed due to:
* Tourists' request during the tour
* A guide decision because of storm or force majeure

The tour operator is not liable for misfits between the program and tourist's expectations.


We don't recommend to participate in the expedition people with chronic diseases requiring medical supervision. In the case of hiding such a disease, as well as in the case of exacerbation of the disease and caused emergency evacuation, the participant alone is responsible for one's health and for the possible failure of the expedition to the other members of the group. When removing a participant from the route on medical reasons the money, paid for the tour, is not be refundable.

What is more, it is not recommended to participate in the tour for people with insect bites allergies.


The boat is equipped with the third pump-jet. The boat provided stationary beds for every tourist and crew, equipped galley and a bio-toilet. This vessel is fully prepared for long river crossings in comfortable conditions to the center of Plateau plateau. The boat is fully compliant with the safety requirements.


There are two base camps: intermediate one on the river Miandra and the main one at the end of the lake Dyupkun.

The base camps have stationary 2-bedded tents. The tents have pillows and comfortable covered mattresses from foam rubber, 10 cm thick, 75 cm wide., 2 m long.

The main camp has a floating banya and saloon with galley, where it is very comfortable to spend your spare time and enjoy your meal.


The meals are cooked by the cook.

You will be fishing (lakes and rivers are full of very beautiful fish with tropical color - Char, the taste is like a salmon) and cook delicious fish dishes. We will cook on the fire, take the water from crystal clean waterfalls, make teas from personally collected herbs. During mushroom season we will gather and fry the mushrooms, during berry season - cook stewed fruit on the fire.

The boat provides a gas stove to cook the food or warm tea, and a full set of utensils for cooking and eating.

In the village Svetlogorsk before the tour start the group can independently purchase in stores premium food, as well as a variety of delicacies from the local people (venison, fish, eggs).

A warning! During the tour it is not recommended to drink alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer. Intoxicated and drunk people are not allowed to board the boat. REMEMBER! Almost all emergency situations are caused by alcohol intoxication. Unfortunately, we have already experienced this during the tours, and that's why we need to ban all kinds of alcohol beverages on the route completely.


For more rapid movement the assistance in cooking, in fire wood making, making up the fire, cleaning and cooking the caught fish is welcome.

The group carries baggage and equipment to the boat, loads and unloads the boat under control of a captain guide.

The captain guide performs general supervision: helps preparing woods for fire and sauna, controls the power generator and air beds level, assists pitching a tent for group meetings and sauna, hands out food, accompanies the group to the waterfalls, drives the boat and attends it. Guides give advice and provide tour assistance if necessary.

Also please pay attention and take into account that the guides accompanying the group are ordinary people, working time, physical and mental strength of them are not unlimited. Guides are on routes throughout the season, from June to September, seven days a week. All this time they are trying to make the rest of each group comfortable, safe, interesting and unforgettable. Therefore, we ask to understand and respect our guides and their work.

Daily regimen

The difference in the time zone (UTC + 7) and a large gap between civilization and expedition will usually lead to the fact that the order of the day of tourists and guides is significantly different. Added to this is also the effect of the polar day, when nights as bright as days. All this, unfortunately, creates a misleading impression of the endless of the day and allegedly irrational use of time.

From our experience, we have found the most optimal time for a group breakfast - 10 am local time, and starting of daily trips - at 11-12 am. Our trips take about 8 hrs.

But travelers still have a lot of free time. In this regard, we recommend visitors to actively participate in the necessary daily activities, such as cooking, washing dishes, making fire, stocking firewood.

Also we advise in advance, even at home, think about the possible options for free time, so rare condition in big cities. For example, it can be: photography, fishing, reading, the psychological work on oneself (meditation, yoga), writing diaries, drawing, wood carving, playing a musical instrument, etc. However, take all necessary accessories with you. And you can also invent some entertaining games or prepare texts of forgotten rhymes, songs and jokes. And then the journey will seem even more "filled" and "delicious".

Remember, it turns out a journey will be interesting, first of all, thanks to ourselves! Tour organizers help you with this just a little.


Our tour is positioned as the "Water journey to the center of the Putorana plateau", and is not fishing one. Fishing is possible, but not the main aim of the tour. Special time for fishing is not devoted, fishing in other direction from the route is not organized.

But fishing is possible around the clock due to the polar day. Better to have 2 spinning sets. Lures yellow and white for the big fish. Grayling, whitefish is caught with small spinners, large flies black, yellow, green lurex, etc. It is recommended to have wobblers, mouse.
You must have tools for taking out the hook from the fish.
Fish species; brook trout, whitefish, trout, pike, perch, burbot, whitefish, grayling.
Attention! Taimen is caught only as "catch and release" (you should return fish into the water). The death of trout is fined 10,000 rubles regardless of the size.

Due to the midnight sun phenomenon fishing is available 24 hours a day. It is better to have two spinnings. We recommend yellow jigs, white for bigger fish. Such fishes as grayling or vendace are better caught with small jigs, big flies, black, yellow, green with lurex, etc. It is recommended to have plugs, mice as well as gadgets to get hooks out of the fish.
Types of fish: char, broad whitefish, taimen, pike, perch, burbot, grayling, vendace
Attention! Cathing taimen is prohibited. The death of a taimen caused by a fisher is sanctioned with 10000 roubles not depending on the fish size.


Waterfalls are located at a distance of 500 m. to 2 km. from the shore, but despite the seemingly small distance, their visit requires good physical preparation, as you will have to go through pristine taiga and moss-covered boulder stones. There are no trails here, only rare animal tracks, trodden by deer or elk. We tend to move upwards along the stream flowing from the waterfall. Members of the group must follow discipline, move strictly behind the instructor, not run aside, as mountains and canyon walls are badly damaged by erosion, and any wrong moving can cause a rockfall. It's recommended to have good trekking boots. A breakdown of the group on the trained and untrained participants is not allowed. Climbing the plateau itself is prohibited, as it requires a special equipment and special training of group and guides.

We inform you in advance that during the tour you will visit not all, but only a few waterfalls, selected depending on the physical preparation of the group and weather conditions.

Moving to the waterfalls in the wet and rainy weather, as well as in extreme heat days is prohibited. However, we will do our best, and if weather conditions do not allow to visit a waterfall during the day, you can visit it later, in the evening, if the weather conditions are more favorable (for example, in the case of strong heat during the day).

According to our rules, during one day you are allowed to visit not more than two waterfalls, one of which is located at a distance of more than 1 km away from the water's edge, and the second - less than 1 km away, or both are less than 1 km. Accompanying guides always check the state of the group and do not allow dominance of physically well trained tourists over less prepared ones (this is the specificity of combined groups).


The plateau is the highland, where, as you know, nights are cold. Air temperature at night can drop to the temperature of the water, ie, + 5 to + 10 C. In addition, it is also a region of the Far North with its permafrost. In cloudy weather, as well as in September it can be cool during the day. Therefore, warm clothes such as fleece or polartec and warm socks are never superfluous in this journey.

Summer in plateau is different - hot or cold. For example, in June-July 2013 and in 2016 the air temperature in the shade reached +38, almost no rain, but in the summer 2014 it was cold and rainy, the sun shined just during two weeks within 3 months.

During the tour we can find scalding sun, cold wind, steady rain, snow.

From the 15th August the polar day ends. Movement by boat at night is prohibited. In this connection, passing by Kureika reservoir the overnight can not necessarily be in the expected location on the river Miandra, at the spot, where the dark finds us.


A characteristic feature of the northern area is the presence of the mosquitos from July to September, and in hot weather also botflies. At the same time there are no encephalitis ticks on the Plateau. Travelers are advised to have a mosquito net on the heads (very important), the clothes of the mesh or membrane fabric and long-sleeved T-shirts. It's advisable to have 2-3 mosquito repellent sprays. It is not recommended to participate in the tour for people with insect bites allergies. The gnat is present in the taiga zone, during trekking to waterfalls. The lake Dyupkun has virtually no insects, because winds blow there and the insects can't live above the cool water.

Necessary equipment

1. Backpack or travel bag
2. Water proof package for equipment
3. Sleeping bag
4. Socks 2-3 pairs
5. Training suit
6. Storm suit
7. Warm jacket
8. Polartec jacket
9. Waterproof cape
10.  Waders (shortalls)
11.  Second pair of footwear (sneakers, flip-flops)
12.  T-shirts (shirt, sailor shirt)
13.  Baseball cap
14.  Sport hat
15.  Working gloves
16.  Sun glasses
17.  Mosquitoes protector
18.  Mosquito repellent sprays
19.  Knife
20.  Medications according individual needs
21.  Photo and video equipment, chargers
22.  Fishing devices
23.  Personal hygiene products
24.  Satellite phone (up to you)

ATTENTION! Maximum baggage weight per person - 20 kg

Northern Lights

Catching the northern lights is quite difficult - too many circumstances must emerge successfully. However, if you follow the tips, you can greatly improve your chances.

Aurora season is the period from the March to September equinox. But this does not mean that the sky is illuminated only during these months, shine may well happen in August. Professionals say that the best time of day for observation - from about 10 pm to 3 am.

The main condition for the aurora is the emission of particles to the sun. After ejection the aurora appears from 2 to 5 days. Of course, the more powerful is emission, the greater is the chance. Many observatories around the world monitor the space weather, here are some of them:

- Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radio Wave Propagation, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
- Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, USA
- Meteorological Institute, Finland
- Lancaster University, UK
- Space weather prediction center, USA

The site of each of these organizations is tracked index of magnetic activity (K-index). Its value ranges from 1 to 9, where 1 - all is quiet, 9 - electronics fails. Northern lights appear when the K-index reaches a value of 4-5 or higher.

Northern Lights appear at the height of 100 km.

Polar day

Polar Day is a period when the sun never sets for more than 1 day. Polar Day is the result of the tilt of the Earth's equatorial plane to the plane of the ecliptic, which is approximately 23 ° 26 '.

The shortest polar day is almost 2 days and observed at the latitude of the Arctic Circle - 66 ° 33 'minus the radius of the solar disk (15-16') and atmospheric refraction (at sea level on average 35 '), total of about 65 ° 43'. Thus, in fact, the polar day can be seen in areas that lie just to the south of the Arctic Circle, at the time there will be no polar nights.

On our route polar day ends around August, 15-20.

Force Majeure

Force majeure can be:

war, strikes, natural disasters, extreme actions of the Government of Russia Federation, local authorities, reserve's administration, weather conditions and other circumstances, restricting the movement of the expedition.
The expedition stops moving and organizes the evacuation of the group in the following circumstances:

  • participant's injury, requiring professional health care 

  • injury or death as the result of attack of wild animals

  • abnormal drought in the area of travel, drying up rivers and threatens the breakdown of boat engines. Forest fires.

  • abnormal rainfall in the area of travel, and as the result flooding on the river, dangerous for traveling

  • unexpected failure of engines on the boat and impossibility to replace parts in the field conditions

Enjoy the trip!

All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Sayan Ring
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