Khangalassky District, Russia

Lena's Stone Pillars

A remote forest of stone pillars along the Lena river

Contributor: Gina

Taking a trip to Lena's Pillars is no easy task.

Your trip will start in Moscow city where you will take a four day journey to the Siberian area of Yakutsk which is the equivalent flight distance to that of New York! This trip will cost you an average of $800 dollars since there are no other airline competitors flying to this destination. Upon arrival in Yakutsk, you will learn that you can only get to Lena's Pillars by boat. Though, supposedly only a half a days trip upriver, it takes significantly longer and the locals can offer you a 3 day trip on a small boat for about $500. Finally after 4 days of travel, you will have arrived at your destination!

Lena's Pillars are a natural rock formation, which was made a World Heritage site in 2006. Numerous fossils and ancient organisms can be found at these pillars, and the area is important for its fossil record of the explosion of life in the lower Cambrian. It has also been the site of many mega-fauna fossils such as mammoth (Mammulhus primigenius Blum), bison (Bison priscus Boj), fleecy rhinoceros (Coelodonta antiguibatis Blum), Lena horse (Eggus lenensis Russ), and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus L). Evidence of ancient human life can be seen from the rock paintings and manuscripts from the area.

Although Lena's Pillars are an amazing sight to behold, be aware of the long (and expensive) trip ahead of you, as well as the lack of basic comforts and amenities due to the remoteness and isolation of the of the area!

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