Lena Pillars Nature Park is a rock pillar landscape made by freeze-thaw processes and fluvial removal of debris.
It was formed during the Cambrian era. The pillars line the banks of the Lena river, and are up to 100m in height.
The park also holds fossil reefs and "tukulans", high-latitude sand dunes. It is located in far eastern Siberia.
Map of Lena Pillars
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Martina Ruckova Slovakia 29-Nov-16
On our way to Kamchatka, we have made a detour through Yakutsk. It's a good way to get to Kamchatka, as direct flights from Moscow to Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy are much more expensive. Yakutsk is a good base from which to see the stunning Lena Pillars and then either to move on to Kamchatka or ride the Road of Bones. There were three of us and we booked a tour with local tour operator named Bolot (from Visit Yakutia), who arranged a three-hour return car ride to the bank of Lena River and a boat ride from there.
Overall it takes four hours to reach the small stretch of the vast national park that is actually open to tourists. The first magnificent sights are available as you sail past the massive rock pillars and then you can reach a viewing platform on top of the range through a well-marked wooden hiking path. It's quite steep path in which you climb about 300 metres in two kilometres of hike. It is strenuous but fortunately very short, so definitely doable. From the viewing platform you can observe the pillars on either side of you, the river itself and surrounding landscape. It's beautiful.
Count one whole day for the trip if your starting point is Yakutsk - four hours there, another four hours to get back, three hours on the premises of the park. There isn't much of facilities, so bring your food for the whole day with you. Alternatively, there was a basic eatery on the riverside, so we had an early lunch on arrival waiting for our boat.
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Full name: Lena Pillars Nature Park
Unesco ID: 1299
- 2012 - Advisory Body overruled IUCN had asked for deferral. Also 1 criterium less was inscribed (vii)
- 2012 - Inscribed
- 2009 - Requested by State Party to not be examined
- 2000 - Requested by State Party to not be examined As "Lena River Delta"
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- Bovines: Wood Bison (introduced)
- Dunes: Tukulans
- Permafrost Mounds: "At Lena Pillars Park, there are ......... bulgunnyakhs (also called pingo, an ice formation)" - Pravda Link
- Natural Arches and Bridges Link
- Cambrian Explosion: The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique (Brief Description)
- Significant Karst Features: Frozen karst and thermokarst in permafrost 100 - 500 m thick (AB ev)
- Traditional Hunting: Sable hunting "Members of ancestral farms annually bag 600-800 sable skins". (nom file) Link
- Natural sites with indigenous human population: Evenk People "Traditional economic activity is led within the Park's area: licensed sable hunting, horse breeding in the Boutama River mouth, deer farming and haymaking. 884 thousand ha of land or about 60% of area of the Park are assigned to 6 Evenk ancestral farms." (nom file)
World Heritage Process
- Inscribed on a single criterion only: viii. to be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
- WHC locations: St. Petersburg (2012)
- Natural sites filling gaps cited by IUCN: tundra
- Minor modifications after inscription: 2015