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Main / Expeditions / The Nijnyaya Tunguska river 1997

The Nijnyaya Tunguska river 1997

The first expedition of the series “5000 kilometres on my own”. It’s a very exiting occupation to look over regions and vast territories on a map and invent interesting routes for traveling. This way the idea of a 5000 kilometres travel, which spread for three summer seasons, appeared. Every travel begins from the informational preparation. An unexpected revelation was waiting me at this stage. The route crossing the whole Srednesibirskoe tableland is obvious to have logical ground as it had already drawn attention of the travelers. It happened more than a hundred years ago. Very closely to my route the route of researching expedition of the famous geologist Chekanovsky Alexander Lavrentevich lies. During that expedition he discovered unknown lands and spent three years too. To be exact it happened in 1873-1875. Then the time of realizing the plan came. I bought a kayak, took necessary equipment, a photo camera and began my travel to the Nijnyay Tunguska. All the potential fellow travelers had to refuse to accompany me for different reasons. But it was not an argument to stay at home. Thus my destiny wanted me to make this journey on my own. And the first day turned to be a great trial, psychologically first of all. Only after long time the significance of this day was evaluated. It was a feeling as if I lost my usual, protective covering. There is a great quantity of kilometers through the unpopulated space, threatening by its uncertainty, while turning back is easy and is not far away. I had to make any step, which could separate what I left behind from what was waiting ahead. And the right decision was taken by intuition. Under an unexpected intention I clean-shaved my head. This act helped to step over an invisible barrier. In some time I managed to adopt to new conditions, find harmony with the surrounding world and myself and to get used to my small kayak. Two months I lived as a hermit. Every day moved a little down the wild river. People were met rarely. But I could enjoy loneliness, genuine world, perception of myself in this world and the world in myself. Also I tried to fix conditions, which startled, ravished, pleased or dispirited me. The 12th of August I, as a little another man, came to Turuhansk – a town on the Yenisei, at the place of its inflow in the Nijnyaya Tunguska. During two months I went more than 2500 kilometres of the water road. The route united two Siberian rivers – the Lena and the Yenisei. And this travel had its continuation. You can read about this expedition in the article “Tunguska sketching”.

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