Tchoume on the lake Yandri

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There is no better way to reunite with nature than a trip deep into the forests of Karelia. We offer a night in a traditional “chum” on Lake Yandri. This remote place is hard to access, and the surrounding area is free from human presence, meaning that all the necessary items are transported with you for a true expedition into the wild. You will travel by snowmobile, and the temperature can fall to -20°C, but don’t worry, your guides will mount the “chum” and light a fire in the hearth. These tents, in the traditional style of reindeer herders, are often used for polar expeditions. Sleeping bags are also included. The 160 km-journey is more suitable for those with experience on a snowmobile.

Visual guide to this trip



  • by car
  • by snowmobile
  • Point of departure
  • Overnight stay(s)

Arrive at Petrozavodsk. Your driver is waiting at the train with a sign “Artel Troika”. Transfer to Matrossi (30 km, 45 min). Personal safety instructions, snowmobile lesson and preparation of camping materials and clothes. Travel through forests from Matrossi, by the village of Polovina, Lake Lossossinoe and Rabochti village (literally “the village of work”) to Lake Yandri (80km).

On the way, there is the possibility of trying your hand at ice-fishing. Lunch break. Arrival at Lake Yandri. Set up camp: your guides prepare the tents and fires. The ground is covered in reindeer furs, upon which you lay your sleeping bags. Your guides will also set up a special toilet tent. Dinner and night by the lake.

Breakfast in the chum. Your guides will break camp before leaving on an excursion from Lake Yandri, by the Norik River, back to Matrossi (80 km). The snowmobile track crosses the taiga of Karelia, pine forests, small hills and many lakes. On the way back, you will break for lunch, with warm tea, sandwiches and zakuski. Upon arrival at Matrossi, a warm dinner will be waiting for you at the hotel. Transfer to the Petrozavodsk station. Night train to Moscow.


The estimated budget includes
  • Accommodation in a tchum tent
  • Full board
  • Transfers according to the program
  • English-speaking guide for the program
  • Snowmobile rental (2 persons on a snowmobile)
  • Visa invitation letter
The estimated budget does not include
  • Train tickets
  • Visa

How to book?

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Your advisor in Moscow will develop a programme and quote. They will then contact you by email or phone to review the offer. You can modify this programme according to your expectations and desires. After confirmation of the programme and quote, we will ask you to settle 20% of the full sum in order to reserve your trip.
Visa and plane tickets
Upon reception of your down payment, we will send you a voucher that you need for your visa application. It is your duty to apply for the visa and buy the plane tickets from your country of residence.
Ready to go
14 days before arriving, you will need to pay the remaining 80% of the price. Your advisor will then send you the programme with times, electronic train tickets as well as vouchers for hotels and services.
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