How many still little known, so-called dark spots left on the world map? The jungles of Amazonia, the islands of Polynesia and New Guinea ... Yes, you are right, but not completely.
The largest region of Russia, Sakha (Yakutia) also conceals many mysteries. Its territory is huge, more than 3 million square kilometers, and only about a million people lives here. Each resident of Yakutia accounts for 3 square kilometers of land and a pair of water bodies. Yakutia has places where no man has gone before, wild animals, the cleanest rivers in the world and valuable fish species. Just take the Lena Pillars alone!
The Lena Pillars
We begin, of course, no, not with the Lena Pillars, but with how one can get to Yakutsk at all. Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), is located on the left bank of the Lena River. Here, in the offseason, there is no overland communication with the rest of the country. You can reach Yakutsk only by plane all year round. Flights from Yakutsk International Airport are performed to almost all major cities of Russia. Yakutia Airlines also flies to Seoul, Harbin, Tokyo, and Tashkent. So it’s no problem to visit Yakutsk. But this is the main condition for further travel in the republic, since it is from here that the tourist routes begin.
And now let’s go to the Lena Pillars. These magnificent limestone remnants formed hundreds of millions of years ago. Each pillar resembles a magical statue, a brilliant sculpture. They remind someone of medieval castles, churches, oriental columns ... Someone claims that the rocks are the heroes of the national heroic epic.
The Lena Pillars stretch along the river bank for more than 40 km. On the rocks towering along the banks of the Lena River, numerous rock paintings were found, made with yellow mineral paint by the ancient inhabitants of these places. These are stylized images of animals, preserved in different degrees, fragments of the inscriptions of the ancient Türkic runic writing, rock compositions with the image of a man.
Local travel companies organize various tours to the pillars. One-and two-day tours on ships from Yakutsk to the pillars and back are especially popular. During the tour, you can admire not only the beauties of the Lena River and the pillars themselves, but also to get acquainted with the history of the region, the culture of the peoples inhabiting the republic.
About 700 thousand rivers flow through the territory of Yakutia, the number of lakes exceeds 800 thousand. There are no large industrial facilities here. The rivers are pristine pure, which, in turn, affects the populations of valuable fish species.
Professional fishermen love these lands for a great bite in almost all water bodies of the republic. In the northern rivers are found such fish as sturgeon, muksun, chir, nelma, lenok, grayling and, of course, taimen. Taimen belongs to the salmon family. Large specimens of this fish reach a length of 2 meters and weight up to 80 kg. It is a coveted trophy of any angler.
Fishing tours also start from Yakutsk, from where you can reach any point of the republic. If you are determined to visit places that are difficult to access, then remember that your journey may take more than one day. But the final destination of the trip will not leave anyone indifferent. Such a quantity and variety of ecologically clean fish, most likely, can be found nowhere else on Earth.
Many have probably heard about the lake Labynkyr, which inhabits the same name monster. This is one of the most mysterious lakes of Yakutia. Several dozens of researchers studied it far and wide, but still there are no clear answers to all the questions. According to legends, in this lake there is a huge fish that can completely swallow an adult deer. It was last seen by geologists in Soviet times. Local travel companies offer to go hiking to this lake, more precisely, to this lake system.
Within 20 days, tourists will have to go through the Altair glacier and the Granitnaya Pass, go fishing at the junction of the basins of two oceans - the Pacific and the Arctic, see the beauty of the Suntar Hayata range and perhaps see the very monster.
As we have already mentioned, the number of rivers and streams in Yakutia is huge. For the beginner lovers of river extreme, there are calmer rivers, such as the Amga, Sinyaya, Buotama, and Lena, where you won't have to fight the rapids, but admire the surrounding nature, look for places to fish and, of course, for camping.
For experienced travelers, rivers with a high threshold of difficulty will be interesting. For example, Bol'shoy Nimnyr. The river belongs to the 4th category of complexity. The journey runs along the purest river of South Yakutia, Bol'shoy Nimnyr, which flows into the gold-bearing river Aldan. The route is a real boon for wildlife lovers. While rafting they won't come across a single settlement. The village of Bol'shoy Nimnyr, the beginning of the rafting, is located in the middle of the Aldan Highlands, on the right bank of the river.
If Bol'shoy Nimnyr turns out to be small, then travelers can turn their gaze to Indigirka. This is the northern river for athletes, for people who have decided to test themselves, because there are few places where you can find such rollers and “barrels.” From Ust-Nera Indigirka flows between steep banks for about 200 km. The almost complete lack of population of this region shakes the imagination, it is very rare to meet a person all the way. The rafting ends in the village of Honuu, and Indigirka crosses the Arctic Circle 17 km below Honuu. The recommended time for rafting is July-mid-August.