Lena Pillars is a geologic formation along Lena
river that date back to the Cambrian Period sea basin that existed
here millions of years ago. Lena Pillars are situated about one
day's boat ride or about 200 km upriver (South) of largest local
city of Yakutsk. It reaches a height of 150- 300 m (490- 990 feet).
Lena Pillars became the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. Lena Pillars have two tourist centres "Ust- Buotama" (fit
to house 40 people) on the right bank of Lena river and "Verchnie
Bestyaxh" (fit to house 25 people) on the left bank. There is
electricity and a shower, sauna and other commodities. You can also camp
out in the Siberian wilderness. Russian camping is unique in a sense
that it basically doesn't have many regulations or rangers to enforce
them. So use your own common sense and beware that Siberia has plenty of
small and large carnivore animals.
Tourists who come here usually spend their time rafting
and hiking through majestic geologic formations. Keep in mind that most
of trails are fairly lengthy and steep that require a lot of physical
fitness. It is therefore necessary to take care of comfortable clothes
and athletic shoes. Additionally don't forget that summers in Siberian
taiga is swarmed with voracious mosquitoes and small insects. Make sure
to bring repellents and nets to protect your face and hands. Late summer
and early fall is famous for its capricious weather changes. One second
you might enjoy warm weather and bright sun, but another second you
might be hit by cold rains and nasty weather. Hiking trails become
particularly dangerous and slippery after these unexpected rains.