The weather was excellent, the chopper was all set, and the day ahead promised to be a busy one. Into the helicopter we pile, and off we fly!…
Oh my gorgeously grandiose! ->
Our first stop – the Bunisyak canyon, here.
And oh, what a canyon. Around 800 meters deep apparently (according to our guides) ->
And each of those lines marks out a separate layer of lava. How many?! How long time-wise?…
The canyon starts out with this here wonderful waterfall:
Here’s our chopper, so you can get a handle on the scale of the canyon and the surrounding mountains:
The canyon was cut through the rock by this little (today) trickler of a stream! ->
…Yes – this canyon! ->
An incredible location. And, it turns out, not so crazily inaccessible: it’s just 25 kilometers to the nearest tourist camp (on Lake Lama).
Onward we chopper to the next natural masterpiece. The views from the helicopter windows continue to astound:
Back to Lake Lama ->
Our next lake – “Dog’s Lake”!
To get to it we fly over the plateau top, and see plenty of (the several thousand) lakes:
And we arrive at the “Princess Waterfall” – here.
Its canyon also rules:
And the chopper again, as a gauge ->
Up to the waterfall the water’s a mere stream…
It’s a different story down below:
Another masterpiece, also within trekking distance – Bunisyak Canyon, less than 20km away…
We board the helicopter again, open the windows (!) and take breath in the views:
Next stop – the Irkindinsky Waterfall, here.
And that was that. Time to fly back to Norilsk (for more of that borsch!).
Taiga > tundra:
Next up – the icing on the Putorana cake. But that’ll be in the next post. Meanwhile, we were back in Norilsk and soon back at the airport to fly home – after that borsch, that is )…
The rest of the photos from Norilsk and Putorana are here.