Level : Difficult
Chara – Chara Sands – Tayozhnoe Lake – Sinelga – Kodar Range – BorLag - Chara
Chara Sands desert is called a “wonder of nature”. This wonder has been given the status of a natural geological monument, and its strange and, kind of, “wrong” location (indeed, this desert is surrounded by taiga and endless bogs) is puzzling and invites many questions.
Most importantly, this is a real northern desert, in the middle of the permafrost realm! Also, this desert gets larger, it advances on the taiga, and its tallest sand dune rises 80 meters above the average level of the desert.
In the Kodar Mountains at the Stanovoye Upland, quite close to this remarkable desert, there existed one of the mysterious and most secret locations of the whole Soviet Union: a uranium mine where one of the first batches of weapon-grade uranium was mined in order to create the first Soviet atomic bomb.
Lenth: 100 km
Duration: 6 days
Initial meeting place: town of Chara
Price per person: 27 500 RUR
Minors (under 18 years of age) get a 15% discount only if they take the trip with a parent.
Club discount - 7%
Group consists of 6-10 people
Starting from the Chara township we shall walk toward the shallow of the Sredni [Middle] Sakukan river where we can wade to the other side of the river in order to get to the Chara Desert. We shall set up our camp at the shore of Alyonushka Lake.
We shall leave in the morning in order to look for the highest sand drift of this desert—it is 811 meters above sea level.
Our new camping site will be in the deserted Sinelga township.
We shall walk from Sinelga over the abandoned Stalin Road towards the Kodar Range. We shall be trying to locate the secret mine.
We shall hike to the Mramornoye Gorge getting up the slope and reaching 500 meters above the desert. We shall hike towards the BorLag, a labor camp of the GULAG system.
We shall visit the landmark of the Soviet era—abandoned BorLag, one of Stalin’s GULAG camps.
We shall walk over the Stalin Road towards the Chara township. We must cover the distance of 41 kilometers by foot.
* Trek program can be changed due the weather conditions, physical conditions of participants, other reasons