TRIP HELISKI KAMCHATKA
The Datcha Tinkoff Collection offers a great and unique offer of stays, on which we are both happy and honored to collaborate.
For many years, we have had the pleasure of guiding Oleg Tinkov, owner of the super yacht expedition La Datcha 77, on the slopes of Kamchatka. A Russian businessman and founder of Tinkoff Bank, Oleg Tinkov has a body-ridted adventure and a particular passion for heliskiing.
So it was only natural that he dreamed and built the luxury icebreaker La Datcha 77, equipped with two B3 Squirrel helicopters ready to take off to explore the most beautiful slopes.
Oleg Tinkov has chosen to trust us to organize and ensure the heliskiing part of the Datcha 77 stays. With his confidence, it is with excitement that we embark on this prestigious adventure !
Aboard the superyacht La Datcha, you’ll experience 8 exceptional days, a cocktail of luxury and adventure.
A packed but well-balanced programme, promising you magical moments of skiing along with exploration of the northern part of this phenomenal volcanic peninsula.
You’ll find Kamchatka just off the pacific coast of Russia. Even its name sounds like an adventure. We’ll meet you in Petropavlovsk before heading north to the Anapka Isthmus.
You’ll explore wild and remote lands that few westerners have ever set foot on.
What about skiing? The Squirrel B3 is ready to take you to the top of the steepest slopes !
On the first day, you’ll arrive in Anadyr, the capital of Chukotka. After a 10 min. helicopter transfer, you’ll reach La Datcha, your comfortable base camp for the coming week. Once you’re settled, a delicious brunch will be served on board, followed by a security briefing and a presentation of the week’s program by your guide.
During the day, La Datcha will sail to the Arctic Ocean.
We’ll sail to Urup Island at night.
In the early morning, the ship will drop anchor in Kresta Bay, near the village of Egvekinot, one of the most beautiful places in Chukotka. The 100 km long bay is flanked by mountains. This place is unique because it’s the only point on earth where the eastern and western hemispheres meet the Arctic Circle.
While you’re enjoying heliskiing, LA DATCHA will continue its cruise north to Providence Bay.
Today, we’ll drop anchor in Providence Bay whose landscape is characterized by rugged fjords. This bay was discovered in 1660 during an expedition to Cape Chukotsky.
This area conceals spectacular slopes and magical landscapes.
After our ski day, we can visit the Beringia Heritage Museum, discovering the customs of the Chukchi, Evenk and Eskimo peoples and familiarising ourselves with the history of the Chukotke Peninsula.
In the morning, the ship will continue its northbound cruise, exploring the mountains along the Pacific coast.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the famous Whale Alley on Yttygran Island.
Discovered by Soviet archaeologists in 1977, this site is extremely unique. You can imagine it as an ideal setting for a fantasy film. This strange spot is home to constructions made of skulls and whale bones as well as carefully and strategically placed stones. Archaeologists see this mysterious site as a place of worship of the Punuk culture (one of the civilizations of the Inuit) dating back to the 14th century.
In the afternoon, LA DATCHA will depart for the island of Arakamchechen, famous for its walrus colonies, with up to 50,000 marine mammals to see.
The crew will organize a good picnic followed by a soak in the Chaplinsky hot springs to end the day.
In the morning, we’ll reach the famous Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of Asia. This is where the Arctic waters meet the Pacific Ocean. Long ago, it was a narrow isthmus connecting Asia and North America, through which huge migrations of people and animals passed.
The mountains are not very high in this area, which makes it possible to spot polar bears. We’ll also visit the village of Uelen, the easternmost town in the Russian Far East, just below the Arctic Circle. This village is known for its bone carving skills.
Today, La Datcha will be turned towards the south. On the way to Providence Bay, we’ll drop anchor and go ashore to visit the village of Lorino, where the inhabitants live from fishing and hunting marine animals: seals, walruses and whales.
Although whale hunting is generally forbidden in the world, for the small ethnic groups that live here it is a necessary way of life and therefore exceptions are made. In Russia, the annual whaling quota allocated by the International Whaling Commission goes to Chukotka, with the major part going to Lorino.
We go back to Kresta bay, for some high-caliber heliskiing on the virgin slopes of the area.
A unique cultural experience awaits you with the discovery of Chukchi reindeer breeding.
Here in these traditional mobile tents, “Yaranga” live a small group of 6 or 7 people. This “brigada”, as it’s called by the Russians, perpetuate a traditional way of life of reindeer husbandry and live surrounded by nearly a thousand animals. A unique and bewitching spectacle.
It’s already our last day in Chukotka. Before saying goodbye, in order to further engrave memories of this fantastic trip, the Chukchi-Eskimo Song and Dance Ensemble “Ergyron” will perform on board.
|Dates of stay (8 days)|
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