In 2023, the Polar Urals mountains in YNAA saw a 1.5-fold increase in tourist visits compared to the previous year
The Rai-Iz mountain range emerged as the most frequented peak.23 October 2023
In 2023, over 1,200 individuals participated in organised climbs to the peaks of the Polar Urals in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area (YNAA). This was reported to TASS by the Department of Youth Policy of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area.
The number of tourists scaling the mountainous sites of the autonomous area surged by 1.5 times within a year—with the count standing at 832 people in 2022.
The Rai-Iz mountain range, situated in the southern part of the Polar Urals, is the most favoured peak. Tourists are required to traverse an eight-kilometre path and ascend to an elevation of 868 m above sea level. While 200 people took part in the mass climb last year, this year saw participation from 537 individuals. In 2023, another point of the Rai-Iz massif, the Romantics Glacier, was visited by 250 people during a mass climb, up from 200 in the preceding year. The glacier situated in the Yenga-Yu River valley is deemed the most accessible among the 90 glaciers of the Polar Urals.
The summer climbing season in Yamal commences following the onset of consistently warm weather and the thawing of major mountain rivers and streams. This year, these conditions were met in mid-June. The climbing season traditionally extends through September until the first snowfall. The ascent routes to the primary attractions and tourist hotspots do not necessitate special physical preparation, as the terrain mostly involves a gradual climb.