I have a friend of mine, Mikhael Mestnikov. He appeared to be an active traveler and a big fan of rafting and mountain trekking. Moreover, he prefers to do all his summer expeditions within the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Mikhael is the chief of the Yakutsk-based travel club “Dokhsun.”
In summer of 2010, Mestnikov’s travel club arranged the combined expedition with rafting the Indigirka River and trekking the Chersky Range. The route was Ust-Nera – Kyuellyakh – Mustakh – Khonu.
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19 adventurers participated in the adventure. They were representatives of various local travel clubs, like Dolguncha and Lena from Yakutsk, Pole of Cold X-treme from Ust-Nera, Ayan from Khonu, and… the Czech Brno-based rafting club KCT.
How was that expedition born? The story was pretty ordinary. Czech rafters expressed their wishes to do rafting in mountains in Yakutia and asked their friend, Mikhael Mestnikov, to organize the budget expedition without any travel agencies involved. The latter got interested and said, Why not?! He did it and invited his local fellows to take part in the summer expedition as well.
Rafting-and-trekking took 2 weeks, from July 4th, 2010, till July 17th, 2010. Rafting distance was 345 km, trekking 123 km. The trip complexity category, as they said, was the fourth (out of six). They flew to Ust Nera from Yakutsk and returned from Khonu by a plane.
The water route went through the so-called Indigirka Truba, the part where the river flows through the Chersky Range passing Porozhny and Chemalginsky massifs with hard-to-pass rapids. Water level in the river, as they define, was average, not high and not low.
The mountain trekking consisted of ascenting the Chersky Range along the rivers Kyuellyakh and Mustakh. The area of Kyuellyakh-Mustakh is located in the nook and considered as the most picturesque place of Yakutia, with never-melting glaciers, mountain lakes, waterfalls, and snowy Alps.