I'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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Date: July 24 - August 8, 2011 Duration: 15 days (13 days with us) Activity: Class III/IV Rafting + Fishing Meet: Moscow, Russia Price: $5660 Join Northwest Rafting Company and our good friend Vladimir Gavrilov on an expedition to one of his favorite rivers in Asia, the Kaa-Khem. The Kaa-Khem is located in the Sayany Region of Siberia, just north of the Mongolian border, a popular destination for Russian adventurers that has been overlooked by the rest of the world because of its remoteness. The huge...