We're working on a trip to the Kaa-Khem river in Siberia next summer with NWRC guide Vladimir Gavrilov. While researching the trip we found this classic 1994 documentary about Siberian river explorers pushing their limits.
This should give out a sense of the type of adventure and wilderness that can be found in Siberia. Don't worry, the trip we're planning will be on a much easier river with more modern equipment. Our trip leader Vladimir Gavrilov lead expeditions all over Siberia in the 1980s and even wrote a book title Rivers of an Unknown Land about the rivers of the former Soviet Union.
Updated 9/23/2013 Read the trip report from our trip to the Kaa-Khem River.
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