The legendary Manpupuner. Snowmobile trip to the Seventh Wonder of Russia

The snowmobile expedition involves the legendary mountain range of stone idols - the Manpupuner plateau. This is a unique natural monument, which is more than 200 million years old. It is much older than the Egyptian pyramids and the Sphinx, much older than the English Stonehenge and the Roman Colosseum. This is the most beautiful natural landmark in Russia. 

It will be an interesting journey through the Ural northern taiga on snowmobiles. Difficult and extreme. The ultimate goal is a winter Manpupuner sparkling in the sun, covered with sparkling ice and snow.

Location

village of Vizhay
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Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Departures
  • Group departures
    • 13 – 19 Jan, 2025
    • 20 – 26 Jan, 2025
    • 27 Jan – 2 Feb, 2025
    • 3 – 9 Feb, 2025
    • 10 – 16 Feb, 2025
or
Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    5 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+
Difficulty
Moderate
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers
Group
Up to 12 people
Minimum age
16 years old
Group meet at
village of Vizhay
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Weekends: 8am - 7pm (GMT +3)
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Tour highlights

One of the 7 wonders of Russia
Let's touch the legendary idols – weathering pillars on the Manpupuner plateau
Snowmobile driving
Learn how to drive a snowmobile in extreme driving conditions over rough and mountainous terrain
Exploring hard-to-reach caves
We will feel like pioneers, and, perhaps, we will discover a new hole in the already explored part of the cave

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival at the base in the village of Vizhai

    Arrival at the base in the village of Vizhai (daytime / evening time, depending on the weather and road condition), check-in of the team in a comfortable house.

    Rest (at the request of the team, a sauna is heated).

    The guide/chef is busy arranging the kitchen, setting the table, and preparing a welcome dinner.

    The time of serving breakfasts, dinners and the general gathering of the team to the table coincides with the suggested time on the menu: 8:00 (9:00) — breakfast, 13:00-15:00 — lunch (or a camping lunch snack), 19:00-21:00 — dinner.

    A hot dinner.

    Supper.

    Free time.

    An organizational meeting for the upcoming trip.

    We will discuss issues on the daily routine, rules of conduct in the group, technical features of snowmobile management, safety issues, the route and other details of our expedition to the plateau.

    Participants are being prepared for tomorrow's departure — fitting equipment and checking (warming up) snowmobiles.

    Overnight in comfortable cabins at the recreation center.

    Distance along the highway from Yekaterinburg: 620 km.

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  • Day 2 - The start of the expedition. The yurt of the Mansi family
  • Day 3 - The base of geologists
  • Day 4 - Plateau of stone idols — Man-Pupu-Ner
  • Day 5 - Taiga Shelter
  • Day 6 - Mansiysk camp, caves on Lozva, the end of the snowmobile route
  • Day 7 - Return to Yekaterinburg
Difficulty
Low physical intensity for amateurs and non-experienced travelers

Accommodation

Accommodation
  • Camp Site
    5 nights
  • Hotel
    1 night
Comfort
  • Basic+

The tour provides accommodation at recreation centers, warm guest houses and a hotel.

The cost of the tour for 1 person:

  • 2 people on a snowmobile – 139,900 rubles (for couples with a total weight of up to 135 kg);
  • 1 person on a snowmobile – 169,900 rubles.

For ready-made individual groups, it is possible to check in at Dyatlov Pass on the way back, it will take another, additional day. The cost of an additional day is 22,500 rubles.

A campsite in the village. See 1 night

Accommodation in comfortable cabins at the recreation center.

Campsite at Lake Turvat 1 night
The Taiga base or the former trading post of gold prospectors 2 nights
Base "Eles-Tour" 1 night
Hotel in Ivdel 1 night

Tour conditions

Group
up to 12 tourists
Minimum age
16 years old
Duration
7 days 6 nights
Group meets at
village of Vizhay

Included in price

  • snowmobile rental: (brands: Yamaha Viking III / IV, Polaris Wide Track, BRP SKI-DOO Tundra / Skandic). Fuel, oil and other consumables are already included in the rental price. Additionally, the group is provided with one (or two) snowmobiles for guides; 
  • snowmobile delivery: for clients and instructors from Yekaterinburg to the village of Vizhai and back; 
  • equipment rental: helmet, insulated suit (pants and jacket), insulated boots;
  • finding instructors in a group, accompanying a group, organizing a trip; 
  • purchase of necessary products according to the menu matrix (at the choice of the group), cooking on the route; 
  • provision of expedition, tourist, kitchen and other equipment;
  • insurance policies from n/a PJSC Rosgosstrakh;
  • supplies for organizing and conducting a trip; 
  • transportation of personnel, food, ammunition and equipment to the starting point of the route;
  • accommodation at the base in the village of Vizhai, Sambindalov guest house, gold diggers base (2 nights), ElesTur base, hotel in the city of Ivdel;
  • the fee for visiting the protected area of the Pechora-Ilych Biosphere Reserve.

Paid extra

  • air and railway tickets to Yekaterinburg and back;
  • Transfers: 
    • Yekaterinburg — Ivdel (Sverdlovsk region), about 500 km — the cost of the service depends on the number of people willing;
    • Ivdel — base "Vizhai" (round trip) by four-wheel drive car, about 100 km one way — the cost of the service depends on the number of people willing;
  • payment for the hotel (in case of pre-arrival) in the city of Yekaterinburg or the city of Ivdel; 
  • dinner at a cafe in the city of Ivdel (day 6) and breakfast at the hotel (day 7); 
  • bathhouse (in the village of Vizhai, the base of gold prospectors and used "Eles-tour") + purchase of a birch broom and an individual bath kit (slippers, towel, cap, shampoo, etc.);
  • alcoholic beverages, other products and beverages of personal preference;
  • rent a snowmobile of a higher class (more powerful or comfortable than the basic models), according to a separate price list;
  • rental of a set of branded equipment and (or) a helmet, according to a separate price list; 
  • equipment insurance: payment of additional insurance against possible damage to the snowmobile;
  • an additional snowmobile day: to visit the Dyatlov pass.

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

Clothes:

  1. T-shirt with short or long sleeves 1-2 pcs.
  2. Change of linen (set) 1 set.
  3. Lightweight thermal underwear (set) 1.
  4. Thermal underwear warm (set) of Outdoor class 2-3.
  5. Wool socks or warm socks with the addition of wool 1.
  6. Sports thermal socks (for skiers or for winter activities) 1-2.
  7. Cotton socks 1-2.
  8. Lightweight trousers for staying in a hotel, guest houses of a tourist base or other places of recreation 1.
  9. Winter pants (preferably with a snow-proof skirt (at the bottom of the leg there is a rubber or fabric lining that tightly fits the shoes). These pants are needed to be outside in your free time in the morning and evening 1.
  10. A sweater (warm from fleece fabric or PolarTec, Windstop or similar material) with a high collar.  A warm wool sweater 1 is also suitable.
  11. A sports down jacket or a warm winter jacket. The jacket is also necessary for being outside in your free time in the morning and evening 1.
  12. Warm sports gloves or mittens (pairs) 1-2.
  13. Buff 1.
  14. The scarf is warm (optional, optional). The provided balaclavas cover the face well from the cold, but we recommend having additional protection 1.
  15. Warm sports hat 1.
  16. Balaclava 1.
  17. Bathing accessories (for the bath) 1.

Shoes:

  1. Boots or warm boots (pair). Ideally, Baffin or an analog of 1.
  2. Flip-flops (slip-ons) for a bath or staying in a hotel (pair) 1.

Personal items:

  1. A sports bag for personal belongings, an expedition bag or a backpack.
  2. Hygiene supplies (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, etc.).
  3. First aid kit (a set of personal medicines). The guide will have a large first aid kit for the team.
  4. Hand and face cream against weathering, hygienic lipstick (if necessary).
  5. Personal hygiene products.
  6. A bath towel.
  7. A headlamp LED and a spare set of batteries.
  8. Photo and video equipment (if available), chargers, power bank.
  9. Phone number for communication.
  10. Documents / money in a waterproof hermetic bag.
  11. Folding penknife or multitool (optional, optional).
  12. For those who wear glasses or contact lenses. Glasses on the active part of the route are not recommended – they fog up and freeze. It is necessary to use contact lenses or special ski goggles with diopters.
  13. Ski goggles/mask (required).
  14. Sunglasses (optional, optional).
  15. Additional provisions (alcoholic beverages and delicacies) by personal preference.
  16. Thermos (0.5 - 1 liter) (optional, optional).
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Dates and Prices

  • Individual dates available on request
    1 Dec, 2024 – 31 Mar, 2025
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    13 – 19 Jan, 2025 7 days 6 nights
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