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Unknown landscapes of Yakutia

Traveler Sergey Karpukhin - about the granite cities of Ulahan-Sis

The time of geographical discoveries has long passed, and there are no white spots on the map of the planet. But there are still hard-to-reach places that very few people have seen. And most importantly, there are points not captured in the photo. It is for such unexplored territories that I have hunted for many years. Last year, I managed to catch the largest prey during my entire photogeographical research - the granite cities of Ulahan-Sis.

Unknown landscapes of Yakutia
Photo: Sergey Karpukhin
A few years ago I saw photos of my acquaintance, biologist Alexander Krivoshapkin (known in the Internet environment as Dersu. - Approx. Ed.), Which he took through an airplane window during aerial survey of the population of wild reindeer in polar Yakutia. This territory is called Ulakhan-Sis ridge. A low elevation stretches from west to east in a narrow strip between the Indigirka and Alazei rivers. The pictures struck my imagination. In the middle of the tundra, along the ridges of the hill stretched rows of stone statues of various forms. I had a dream - to visit this miracle of nature.

I did not know how to approach the organization of the expedition, but then resolutely set to work. After studying the maps, I found that the remains should be in the western part of Ulahan-Sis, more accessible from the point of view of transport. This area is located only 30 km from Indigirka - this distance is quite possible to overcome on foot.

We reached the designated place on a catamaran. The road was not close, and more often than not we once a day did not pester the shore, only for the night. With him was a thermos with tea and a light lunch. In the evening, the search for a suitable parking lot was sometimes delayed for several hours. Every day we changed sides so that different muscle groups worked.

But our efforts were worth it. What we found surpassed the most optimistic expectations. The remains are there! Entire cities of granite, created by the forces of nature. Stunning landscape of natural origin. However, when you are among the granite statues of Ulahan-Sis, it seems that these are man-made miracles.

Without a doubt, granite civilization Ulahan-Sis occupies a worthy place among other world landscape masterpieces.

About the Developer

Sergey Karpukhin is a traveler, photographer, blogger, author and organizer of photo-expedition projects in Russia. The concept of the activity is visiting hard-to-reach, unknown or little-visited areas, aesthetically attractive and unique landscapes. In focus - Yakutia and Magadan region.
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