Russian Expedition Named Tour of a Lifetime

by Zachary Collier

National Geographic Tour of a LifetimeI'm honored to announce that this summer's trip to Russia's Chuya and Bashkaus Rivers was chosen by National Geographic Traveler as one of it's 50 Tours of a Lifetime. This award is given to the year's "most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours."

Our expeditions to Russia are led by my good friend Vladimir Gavrilov. We met on the Cal Salmon River in 1998 and have been guiding together ever since. In the 70's and 80's he led expeditions all over the Soviet Union including a rare descent down the famous Lower Bashkaus River. Vlad wanted to see this river again so we planned this expedition on the easier (Class IV) Upper Bashkaus River.

If you're interested in learning more about the rivers of the former Soviet Union, I highly suggest Vlad's book Rivers of an Unknown Land.

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Zachary Collier

Owner of Northwest Rafting Company, Zach Collier combines international guiding experience in places like Siberia, Bhutan, and Chile with a natural business acumen for systems and logistics. Whether he’s on big water or in the back office, Zach strives to ensure NWRC offers exceptional whitewater and wilderness experiences for guests and guides alike.

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