New Year Holidays in Yakutsk, Russia

NewYear Holidays in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov

2018 NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Yakutsk – Dog Sledding – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon
4/9 days

We continue celebrating New Year with our lovely travelers in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia. For the third time. Join us to enjoy the coldest city in the best holiday mood.

New Year Photographs

Here’re some pictures taken during previous New Year holidays.

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov, Maxim Shirikov.

New Year Fireworks in Yakutsk

A view from Chochur Mouran hill.

Video credit: Maxim Shirikov.

Dates
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 – 4-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
  • 03 Jan 2018 – 08 Jan 2018 – 6-Day Program: Oymyakon tour.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 – 9-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon tour.
Itinerary

4-Day Program

31 December 2017 / Day 1 – Happy New Year in Yakutsk

— Arrival at Yakutsk Airport.
— Transfer to hotels in Yakutsk.
— Free time.
12:00 – 19:00 — Shopping extra warm clothes and city sightseeing. With a transport.
— Free time.
22:00 — 02:00 — Happy New Year Celebration at the “Chochur Muran” Ethno Complex:
— excursion across the complex to see rare exhibits of vintage things, archeological and paleontological findings;
— holiday dinner at the restaurant;
— meeting the New Year on the top of the hill called “Chochur Muran” with a view on a city.

01 January 2018 / Day 2 – A Day with Yakutian Laika in Yakutsk.

11:30 — 12:00 — Transfer from hotels to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
12:00 — 18:00 — Entertaining program:
— dinner at the restaurant;
— dog sledding with the blue-eyed Yakutian laikas and riding on snowmobiles (time to test your gears);
— national dish cooking workshop.
18:00 — 19:00 — Transfer to hotels.

02 January 2018 / Day 3 – Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

07:00 — 08:00 — Picking up at hotels.
08:00 — Leaving Yakutsk.
08:00 — 13:30 — Driving to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 180 km one way.
Stop by at places of ancient rock paintings and caves along the Lena River.
13:30 — 14:00 — Lunch.
14:00 — 16:30
— Crossing the Lena River to the opposite bank by a snowmobile with a sledge.
— Free time at Lena Pillars.
16:30 — 17:00 — Break. Hot tea.
17:00 — 20:30 — Driving back to Yakutsk.
21:00 — Back to hotels.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

5-Day Extension

Days 1 – 3 are the same as described above.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ meal & photo stops.
Meal time: Breakfast in hotel in Yakutsk. Lunch and dinner at road cafes en route.

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. This day’s activity:
– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the icy river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River for break.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Overnight at an apartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

04 January 2017 года / Day 5 – Driving Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ meal stops and photo shoots.
Meal time: Breakfast in the “Angara” appartment in Khandyga. Early lunch at a road cafe 100 km off Khandyga. Dinner at a road cafe in Kyubyume. Late dinner in Oymyakon.

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains for lunch and photo shoot.
– At the memorial with the Big Cross on a rock dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Chernyj Prizhim (literally, it means the Black Narrow Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge).
– Kyubyume Fuel Station with the “Cuba” road cafe and the tube where all adventurers attach their own expedition sticks.
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.
Actually, we can do many stops.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon or Tomtor.

05 January 2017 / Day 6 – Full Day in Oymyakon

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meal time: Breakfast, lunch, dinner at family’s.

Activities:
– Experiments with the extreme cold in backyard.
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” monument with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Walking around Oymyakon.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– the Sakha Culture Evening in the House of Archy in Oymyakon.

06 January 2018 / Day 7 – Activities in Tomtor and driving back to Khandyga

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Meal time: Breakfast at family’s in Oymyakon. Late lunch in Kyubyume Road Cafe. Late Dinner after the mountain range, 100 km before Khandyga.

On the way to Tomtor, we’ll do stop by to visit the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed (small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions). In Tomtor, we’ll go inside the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling and walk up on top of the hill to see the whole Oymyakon valley from above. When heading to Khandyga, we’ll see all the beauty of the nature landscape we missed when drove in darkness on Day 5. Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

07 January 2018 / Day 8 – Driving Khandyga to Yakutsk

We arrive back to Yakutsk. This evening we invite you to have a farewell party (meals are not included) at the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

08 January 2018 года / Day 9 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Tour Cost

31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018

For a group of 4-7 people = 62 500 RUB per person.

03 – 08 Jan 2018

For a group of 4-7 people = 87 000 RUB per person.

31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018

For a group of 7 people = 129 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 6 people = 144 000 RUB per person.

10-percent discount is given for the early booking.

Package includes:

For Yakutsk-part

– visa support (Letter of Invitation);
— transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on the day of arrival;
— transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport on the day of departure;
— guide service for the whole period of the tour;
— all transfers in Yakutsk as per the above itinerary;
— entry tickets to two venues during the city tour on 12/31/2017;
— Happy New Year celebration at the “Chochur Muran” complex;
— Half day activities at the “Chochur Muran” complex on 01/01/2017, including lunch, workshop w/ tea, dog sledding and snowmobiling;
— day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park (hired vehicle/s en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk, snowmobile for crossing the Lena River, entry tickets to nature park, meals packed in lunch boxes.

For Oymyakon-part

— hired vehicles and all transport-related expenses for the trip en route Yakutsk to Oymyakon and back to Yakutsk;
— accommodation at the apartment-based hotel in Khandyga;
— accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon;
— meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
— the Pole of Cold certificate granted in Oymyakon;
— traditional net ice-fishing on the Indigirka River in Oymyakon;
— Sakha Culture Evening at the House of Archy in Oymyakon;
— visit to the farm with a special Siberian cow breed called Yakutian cows;
— ice tunnel complex in Tomtor.

Package does NOT include:

— air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
— accommodation in Yakutsk;
— meals in Yakutsk (apart from those mentioned in the itinerary) and at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk (up to 1500 RUB/day per person);
— personal medical and travel insurance policies;
— extra warm clothes;
— tips and gratitude.

BOOK NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTSK

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your holidays via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

New Year in Yakutsk and Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia! Experience winter holidays in the coldest inhabited places on Earth…

Yakutian Horse & Siberian Breeders

Yakutian horses. Two winter days with real Siberian horsebreeders in Yakutia, Russia. Yakutsk Winter Tour.

YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR.
Authentic Siberian Village Life Experience.

Spend 1-2 winter days with Yakutian villagers and horse breeders in the Siberian wilderness and learn more about the Yakutian horse (Wiki), unique breed originated in the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia and accustomed to live in the extreme cold.

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-day trip & 2-day trip.
Period: late November till early April.
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

Highlights:
– Ice road or ferry across the Lena River;
– Maya village with Regional Museum;
– traditional Sakha (Yakut) villages;
– Yakutian cuisine at village family’s;
– Sakha village life;
– Yakutian horses roaming in the wilderness;
– horse breeders & farm;
– horse sleigh ride;
– horse back ride;
– snow machine ride;
– sauna in the evening;
– overnight/s in a wooden house;
– etc.

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

Photo credits: first & second rows by Ajar Varlamov, our German-/English-speaking guide; last four photos in the third row by Pavel Filippov, horse breeder.

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing on the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village.
14:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Preparing ice for horses. Preparing a hole in the ice of frozen river for horses to drink water. Photographing.
17:00 – 18:00 – Snacks and hot beverages in a log cabin.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to hotel in Yakutsk.

Price:

For 2 people = 15 000 RUB* per person.
For 1 person = 29 500 RUB*.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.

Includes:

– transportation from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– a guest house to warm up and have snacks;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

Day 1

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing the sunrise over the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Stop at Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village of Petrovka.
13:00 – 15:00 – Driving from Mayya to a horse breeding farm through a traditional Yakutian village and snowy forest, 20 km.
15:00 – 17:00 – Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Photographing forest & field during the sunset.
17:00 – 17:30 – Brunch in a log cabin. Hot beverages & snacks.
18:00 – 19:00 – Sauna. Some might try to dive into snowdrifts.
19:00 – 21:00 – Dinner.
Overnight in a cabin.

Day 2

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast.
09:00 – 12:00 – Snowmobiling or sleigh ride through the forest to spot and enjoy Yakutian horses pastured in the wilderness on their own. Warm fur clothes are provided.
13:00 – Back to the log cabin. Lunch.
14:00 – 18:00 – Horse riding. Observing the sunset over forest. Free time.
18:00 – 19:00 – Driving back to Yakutsk.
20:00 – Back to hotel.

Extra overnight with return to Yakutsk in the first half of the 3rd day is possible.

Price:

For 2 people = 26500 RUB* per person.
Individual = 51000 RUB*.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.

Includes:

– transportation from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for 2 days;
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– accommodation in a guest house;
– sauna;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you as quick as you wish, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind us.

To be at Yakutian horse breeders’ place is always fun with friends.

GULAG Labour Camp

One of many Soviet GULAG camp barracks used by Yanstroy prisoners to construct the road through Olchan passes on the way to Topolinoye in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Winter photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

YANSTROI, STALIN’S GULAG LABOUR CAMP.
Winter Road Trip from Yakutsk, Siberia / Russia.

Unique trip from Yakutsk to Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camps called “YanStroi.” One of the most toughest place for Stalin’s prisoners to survive. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Big and Small Olchan Mountain Passes. Those camps were located in such remote areas that they managed to stay untouched since the gloomest period of history of USSR.

Accessable in the wintertime. Upon request only.

Photographs

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain passes on the way to Topolinoe in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

For road trips, we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, and Mitsubishi Delica. They are customized for the use in extreme cold winter conditions.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-4 persons.
Trip Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.
Recommended period: January till the first week of April.
Type of travel: road trip.
Means of transport: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Delica or other type of 4wd transport.
Location of the visit: Camps are located between Topolinoe and the Kolyma Federal Road.
Starting point of the trip: Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Highlights

– Khandyga (map), the end of the famous Road of Bones, constructed from Magadan by GULAG prisoners in 1940s.
– Teply Klyuch town that used to be one of airports on the Alaska- Siberian air road and accepted Lend-Lease aircraft received by the Soviet from the Northwest Staging Route. Wiki.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map).
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).
– Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 430 km. Leaving a hotel in Yakutsk in the early morning. Crossing two rivers, Lena and Aldan, on ice roads. We drive the part between Nizhnyj Bestyakh and Khandyga in the daytime. With stops to photographs traditional Yakutian villages and to have lunch and dinner at roadside cafes en route. Arrival to Khandyga by 20:00. Overnight at an apartment-baased hotel (twin/single rooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen). Evening tea at hotel.

Day 2: Drive Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp, 250 km one way. Early morning tea at hotel. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km. Time for sufficient breakfast at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch. Drive to GULAG camps on the winter road from the Kolyma Highway to Topolinoe village. We’ll see two camps in the daytime. Back to Teply Klyuch in the evening. Dinner at a cafe. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel in Teply Klyuch.

Day 3: Way back to Yakutsk, 520 km. Early morning tea in the hotel. Breakfast at a cafe. Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive toward Yakutsk. Crossing the Aldan River. Stop by at Outdoor Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.

Feel free to request the customization of GULAG road trip. You can extend it with one extra night in Topolinoye (map).

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2017-2018

4 travellers = 42 000 RUB per person.
3 travellers = 53 000 RUB per person.
2 travellers = 78 000 RUB per person.
1 traveller = 150 000 RUB.

We provide discount for early booking.

Final cost depends on the list of provided services.

Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– winter-equipped off-road vehicle with driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);
– accommodation in Teply Klyuch (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast).

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes en route;
– entry tickets to museums in Teply Klyuch and Cherkekh.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposite amounting to 14000 RUB/person is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 days prior to the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer and should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by bank transfer or by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for cross-border transaction and currency conversion is up to 5.6% of transacted amount + 10 RUB).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs might be ordered as an extra day within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

Book Your GULAG Trip

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

Winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Siberia!

Dog Sledding Tour in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia

DOG SLEDDING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Siberian Winter Adventure Tour with Blue-Eyed Yakutian Laikas, Local Original Sled Dogs, in the Forest and on the Ice of the Lena River.

Group Size: 1-5 PAX.
Duration: We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below), 2 full days (one through the dense Siberian forest, the other on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy), 1 full day (Dog Musher’s School) and 1/2 day (short program).
Availability Period: December 2017 – March 2018.
Type of sledding: self drive.
Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
Difficulty level: medium.
Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika, a real Siberia-originated sled dog. Check it on Wikipedia.
Quantity of sled dogs: 6 in each harness.
Sled type: DANLER and traditional wooden.
Warm clothes: fur coat, pants, gloves, and pants are provided, if requested.
Safety: support team on a snowmobile.

Just one week in Yakutsk! And you’ll get friended with the blue-eyed Yakutian Laika, learn to drive a dog sled, see the beauty of the winter, the Siberian taiga, and the majestic Lena River, learn the history and culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the unique museums of Yakutsk and Sottintsy village, experience a local life during overnights in a hunting hut and a traditional Yakut balagan (small wooden house). And try a fine traditional cuisine of the Northern peoples in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

For alternative options, please, see the list below.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Photos & Videos

Dog Sledding on the Lena River to Sottintsy Village

Yakutian Laika. Dog sledding tour in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov/VisitYakutia.com

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Dog Sledding through the Siberian Forest

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Day Sled Trip to Shaman Tree

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Ambarchik Guest House
Video: Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

7-Day Standard Dog Sledding Tour (Full Package)

Highlights: 7-day standard program includes 1 training day, 1-day training sledding to the Shaman tree, 2-day dog sledding in the forest, 2-day dog sledding on the Lena River, and 1 full day for city tour in Yakutsk.

Tour is arranged upon request. As private guided.

Available Dates:
  • 04 – 11 Feb 2018.
  • 11 – 18 Feb 2018.
  • 18 – 25 Feb 2018.
  • 25 Feb – 04 Mar 2018.
  • 04 – 11 Mar 2018.
  • 11 – 25 Mar 2018.
  • 25 Mar – 01 Apr 2018.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the morning.

– Transfer from airport to hotel in the city. Please, see the list of recommended hotels on the ride sidebar.
– Check-in hotel in town. One night in hotel is required so to get migration registration at hotel.
– Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex, 7 km.
– Brunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Welcome with traditional clearification & blessing ceremony.
– Meeting Yakutian laika (a local sled dog breed).
– Theory lecture about specifics of driving dog sleds.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex. European, Russian and Yakut cuisine.
– Training. A guide will show how to handle dogs, put them in harness, and self-drive.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Transfer to hotel.

Overnight at hotel in the city.

Day 2

Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree, 17 km.

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Moving from hotel to the “Ambarchik” guest house on the territory of the “Chochur Muran” complex. Since this day your accommodation is over here.
– Preparation for the first dog sledding.
– Helping to prepare sleds and put dogs in the harness.
– Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree. 17 km.
– Light snacks at the place of the Shaman Tree.
– Dog sledding back to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel. A chance to see the head of the real mammoth discovered by the Yukagir community on the Yana River in the Arctic area.
– Go up stairs on the view deck on the top of the Chochur Muran hill to view Yakutsk.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 3

Excursion Day in Yakusk

– Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Free time.
– Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– City tour in Yakutsk. Visits to Permafrost Insitute Underground Lab, Mammoth Museum, Yakutia Treasury, shopping in souvenir & jewlery shop in the old town.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 4

2-day dog sledding through forest with overnight in a hunter cabin

– Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Dog safari to a hunter cabin, 24 km. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner and overnight in a hunter cabin.

Day 5

Way back to the “Chochur Muran” complex

– Breakfast.
– Dog sledding back to the complex. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 6

2-day dog sledding on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy village, 70 km.

– Breakfast in the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Transfer from the complex to the Lena River by a truck.
– Dog sledding with a support snowmobile. Hot tea/coffee.
– Dinner and overnight in the traditional Yakutian wooden house.

Day 7

Way back.

– Breakfast.
– Excursion to the “Druzhba/Friendship” outdoor museum in Sottintsy. That’s where Yakutsk was initially established by Russian Cossacks in 1632.
– Continue of dog sledding back to the city.
– Arrival in the complex in the evening.
– Farewell dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.

Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 8

– Breakfast (take on).
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
– Flight from Yakutsk.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

Winter 2017-2018

1 people = 222 000 RUB.
2 people = 166 000 RUB per person.
3 people = 134 000 RUB per person.
4 people = 120 000 RUB per person.
5 people = 110 000 RUB per person.

Tips: if you would have the first migration registration in Russia before coming to Yakutsk, you can skip overnight at Lena Hotel and optimize your final tour budget. If you speak Russian fluently, you might not have an interpreter for the whole period.

Package includes:

– Visa support.
– Transfer airport to hotel and the complex to airport on Day 1 and 8.
– Accommodation at Lena Hotel in Yakutsk on Day 1. Premium single room. W/ breakfast. With migration registration.
– Transfers across the city as per itinerary.
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for all days.
– Brunch, lunch, dinner on Day 1-2; breakfast and dinner on Day 3; breakfast, hot tea/coffee and dinner on Days 4-7;
– Accommodation at the “Ambarchik” guest house on Days 2, 3, 5, 7.
– Accommodation in a hunter cabin on Day 4.
– Accommodation in a traditional Yakutian wooden house on Day 6.
– Excursion to Druzhba Outdoor Architectural Historical Museum in the area of Sottintsy.
– Training activities on Days 1-2.
– All expenses related to the arrangment of dog sledding on Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.
– City tour with venue entry tickets on Day 3.
– Warm clothes rental (available only in on extremely cold days).

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Booking is considered to be accepted, when the deposit amounting 35% of the cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 30 days before the start of the tour.
– Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer.

Alternative Options:

  • 2-day dog mushing trip through the dense Siberian forest to the hunters’ log cabin. Itinerary & Rates for Winter 2017-2018.
  • 1-Day Dog Musher’s Training School with 17-km dog mushing to Shaman Tree.
  • 1/2-day with dog & snowmobile safari and traditional dish cooking work shop. We usually include such a short activity in a big trip program.

BOOK DOG SLEDDING TOUR

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply to written inquiries immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Remind us about your request.

Self-drive a dog sled in Yakutsk, Russia. When we say dog sledding, we mean winter adventure!

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia. Standard Siberian adventure tour for Russian winter holidays. Oymyakon tourism.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2017-2018.
Travel to the World’s Coldest Inhabited Place.
Standard tour for Russian holidays in Siberia!

In winter 2017-2018, we continue to arrange all-inclusive and customized tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the world’s coldest inhabited place located in the Eastern part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Experience Russian holidays in soft adventure tour through the cold Siberian weather. Travel with us!

Adventure tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia, will be done from 01 December 2017 till 07 April 2018. The coldest period is the midst and end of December, the early January, and the first half of February.

Season: December to April.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Round travel distance: ~2000 km with all short rides within settlements.
Tour type: soft adventure, road trip.
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, capital of Repiblic of Sakha-Yakutia.

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

Measuring temperature in Oymyakon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

This video was taken by German photographer Björn Steinz in Oymyakon in January 2010. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov and their Yakutsk-based friends.

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

The above photographs were taken by Bolot Bochkarev in the middle of March.

Vehicles We Use in Winter

OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

Oymyakon-related Trip Options

GROUP TRIPS FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

  • 21 Dec 2017 – 28 Jan 2017 (100% guaranteed) – Day in Yakutsk + 1-Day Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 23 Dec 2017 – 27 Dec 2017 (100% guaranteed) – 5-day Oymyakon road trip. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount for the early booking.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 03 – 08 Jan 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Tour with transfers from/to Yakutsk Airport. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 22 Jan 2018 – 29 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – Day in Yakutsk + 1-Day Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 09 – 20 Feb 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 12-day “The Triangle of the Coldest Places” Winter Expedition. Places to visit are Yakutsk, Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk. Description with rates.
  • 17 Feb 2018 – 24 Feb 2018 (100% guaranteed) – Day in Yakutsk + 1-Day Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 19 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6 travelers. Description with rates.
  • 05 – 14 March 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6 travelers. Description with rates.

If you’re searching travel mates for your specific dates, please, let us know in advance so we could attract others to join in your trip.

5-DAY OYMYAKON TOUR ON DEMAND:

  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Classic combination upon request.
  • 5-Day Oymyakon Trip only. Private tour upon request. Check out the itinerary with rates.

6-DAY OYMYAKON TOUR ON DEMAND:

  • Yakutsk City Tour + 6-Day GULAG – Oymyakon trip. Upon request.

6-DAY SELF-DRIVE TO OYMYAKON ON DEMAND:

  • Training Day in Yakutsk + 5-Day Self-Driving from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place, on Toyota Land Cruiser. With transfers from/to airport. Quote upon request.
  • Any dates self-drive from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon on Toyota Land Cruiser. Test your driving skills all the way on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Quote upon request.

Please, note that entertainment activities are not included in the self-drive tour cost.

7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

Season: 01 December 2017 – 07 April 2018.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 7 full days (8 days / 7nights).
Dates: any dates at request.

Standard Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Yakutsk. Rendezvous at the airport. Transfer to hotel. 5 hours on the hired transport to do a short city tour and shopping additional warm clothes & travel accessaries. We usually attend Mammoth Museum and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex right after shopping (entry tickets are not included).

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ meal & photo stops.
Overnight in the private “Angara” apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.

Meal time: Breakfast in hotel in Yakutsk. Lunch and dinner at road cafes en route.

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. If any travel mate is coming this morning, we’ll wait for him/her, certainly, and go.

This day’s activity:

– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Day 3: Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ meal stops and photo shoots.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.

Meal time: Breakfast in the “Angara” appartment in Khandyga. Early lunch at a road cafe 100 km off Khandyga. Dinner at a road cafe in Kyubyume. Late dinner in Oymyakon.

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains for lunch and photo shoot.
– At the memorial with the big Cross on the rock dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Chernyj Prizhim (literally it means the Black Narrow Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge).
– Kyubyume Fuel Station with the “Cuba” road cafe and the tube where all adventurers attach their own expedition sticks.
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.

Actually we can do many stops.

Day 4: Oymyakon.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meal time: Breakfast, lunch, dinner at family’s.

Activities:
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” stella with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Visit to school and its heating station.
– Experiments with the cold in the family’s backyard.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– the Sakha culture Evening in the House of Archy.

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

Drive distance ~40 km one-way.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.

Meal time: Breakfast and dinner at family’s. Lunch from meal boxes prepared by our host.

This day we travel to the town of Tomtor. During the day trip we visit:
– the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed (small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions);
– the farm of Yakutian horses, also unique Siberian breed;
– the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling;
– go on the top of the highest hill in Tomtor to see the amazing winter mountain landscape;

We’ll also walk around Tomtor, Tomtor used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District. Actually, it is the very place where the lowest temperature was registered.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – Khandyga.

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

Meal time: Breakfast at family’s in Oymyakon. Lunch at Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp. Dinner in Kyubyume Road Cafe. Late Dinner after the mountain range, 100 km before Khandyga.

VISIT TO REINDEER HERDERS’ WINTER CAMP (OPTIONAL, NOT INCLUDED).

According to the GPS tracks:
– Oymyakon (guest house) to Tomtor (gas station) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.
– Tomtor (gas station) to Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – 131 km at speed of 50-60 km/h
– Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp to Kyubyume (gas station & road café) – 22 km at speed of 60 km/h.
– Kyubyume (road café) to Khandyga (private hotel) – 319 km at speed of 60 km/h.

This day’s most exciting part is your visit to the winter camp of reindeer herders, where we’ll try the authentic nomadic food, of course, with reindeer meat and do the 1-hr reindeer sledding. You will also need to help herders to prepare sleds… just a little bit.

Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Day 7: Khandyga – Yakutsk.

Quick drive to Yakutsk. Stops for lunch and dinner at road cafes en route. Arrival to Yakutsk by the evening.

In the evening, all participants are welcome to the farewell dinner in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

Departure Day Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
Though, it’s always good to spend an extra day in Yakutsk for shopping souvenirs and gifts.

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2017-2018

For a group of 7-9 travellers = 92 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 4-6 travellers = 99 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 3 travellers = 126 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 travellers = 178 000 RUB per person.
Individual = 338 000 RUB

We provide discounts for the early booking or full pre-payment.

Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.

Notes:
– Oymyakon Standard Tour is done on request on any dates only;
– For group trips to join in, please, check dates listed above.

Includes:

– visa support, if requested.
– transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1 and from hotel to airport in Yakutsk on Day 8;
– transport for the city tour and shopping on Day 1;
– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide;
– transport and all transport-related expenses for the road trip Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk;
– accommodation in private hotels in Khandyga (twin rooms with shared facilities);
– accommodation at family’s in a regular village wooden house in Oymyakon with meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
– entertainment activities in Oymyakon, precisely the Keeper of the Cold Chyskhaan’s welcome and photo session, visits to Yakutian cows & Yakutian horses’ farms, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening;
– entertainment activities in Tomtor, i.e. visits to History Museum (with the Gulag section)a as well as to the ice tunnel.
– satellite phone connection with the Russian Emergency Service.

At additional cost, if requested:

– Visit to the reindeer herders’ winter camp + 10-km reindeer sleigh ride in the wilderness (final rate depends on the size of the group).

Does NOT include:

– air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
– accommodation in Yakutsk (from ~50 USD/room/day up to 100 USD/room/day);
– meals in Yakutsk;
– entry tickets to the places of visits during the city tour on Day 1;
– meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon;
– personal warm clothes and items;
– personal travel insurance;
– tips and gratuities.

Booking and payment conditions:

– tour is booked, when the deposit amounting to 12187 RUB is pre-paid;
– balance payment is due no later than 21 days before the start of the tour;
– payment might be done in Russian rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s transaction fee is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB);
– payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be done by bank transfer (your bank surcharges additionally up to 25 USD/25 EUR for cross-border transaction).

Request the other options if:

  • a group is bigger;
  • you need to customize a tour itinerary according to your dream plan;
  • you wish to order a transport, accommodation and guide service only;
  • you wish to customize entertainment activities;
  • you want to add a visit to reindeer herder’s winter camp to do a reindeer safari;
  • you wish to self-drive our vehicles.

Let us know what you wish. We’re very flexible and can create any itinerary possible for you. Please, note that we design the customized itinerary from scratch and it might take time.

Recommendations:

  • Take along warm Arctic-type outfits from brands such as The North Face, Canada Goose and similiar. While in Yakutsk, travellers will have time to do shopping, i.e. buying warm boots (valenki or fur boots), gloves/mitten, hats. Parkas and warm pants from the mentioned brands are very expensive in Yakutsk. For warm underwear, consider Termo (Sweden).
  • Bring your own travel and medical insurance from the company that has the Russian partner.

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

Book Your Trip to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth!

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

DISCLAIMER: The top photo “Pole of Cold Monument” and March photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev. Video credit: Björn Steinz/www.oka2.com.

PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO OYMYAKON! Let’s experience the best Russian winter holidays in Siberia. Short URL for this page – http://bit.ly/oymyakon

Verkhoyansk Winter Tour

Winter travel to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Experience extreme weather in the coldest town on the Earth.

WINTER TRAVEL TO VERKHOYANSK, RUSSIA
4-Day Tour in Winter 2017-2018

Embark a short winter trip to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Located in the Northern-Eastern part of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Founded in 1638 by Russian Cossacks and served initially as a remote Siberian exile place.

In the upcoming winter, we decided to make Verkhoyansk as a regular winter destination. Travel with us!

Fly to Batagay. Stay 2 full days in Verkhoyansky District and travel through the coldest places on Earth. Come back to Yakutsk on the 4th day.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Group size: 1-4 people.
Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay – Betenkes – Batagay – Yakutsk.
Starts and ends at Yakutsk Airport.
Recommended period: November – April.
Coldest Period: late November – February, around -50C.

Highlights:

– Cold weather with -40C and -60C.
– Icy forest and mountains.
– Verkhoyansk Range to observe from the plane.
– Soviet-type airport in Batagai.
– Soviet-type town of Batagai. Founded in the infamous 1939 by Stalin’s GULAG inmates as a center of tin industry.
– Verkhoyansk, the oldest town in North-Eastern Yakutia.
– Authentic Yakut villages.
– Unique Yakutian horses.
– Snowmobile ride.

Route Map

Verkhoyansk Winter Travel Photos

Above photographs were taken in Verkhoyansk District in the middle of November. That’s the start of the winter season.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Dates
  • Any dates on request. Preferably from Monday to Thursday.

If you need travel mates, please, write us.

Itinerary

Day 1 / Monday – YAKUTSK – BATAGAY. Transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay (departure at 07:20, arrival at 09:55, distance 670 km, flight time is 1 hr 35 min). Transfer from Batagay Airport to a guest house in Batagay, 5 km. Check-in a guest house (single/twin rooms with bathrooms, shared kitchen). Lunch. Excursion across the town and its outskirts (with the use of a Russian UAZ vehicle). Dinner. Free time. Rest.

Day 2 / Tuesday – DAY TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 11:00 – Road trip by a Russian UAZ van to Verkhoyansk, 71 km, with stops for photo sessions. 11:00 – 12:00 – Driving around Verkhoyansk. Photo session at remarkable places, including the “Verkhoyansk” sign and the bank of the Yana River. 12:00 – 14:00 – Lunch at cafe. 14:00 – 15:00 – Visit to Museum of History. 15:00 – 16:00 – Driving back to Batagay. 18:00 – Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 3 / Wednesday – DAY TRIP TO YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 10:30 – Driving by a Russian UAZ van to Betenkes village, 50 km. With stops en route, especially at the Shaman Tree place with a view from the top of mountain pass. 11:00 – 14:00 – Time in a Yakut traditional village. A chance to drive throughout the settlement on a snowmobile, which is commonly used instead of a car. Lunch at family’s. 13:00 – 17:00 – Trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. Distance from Betenkes to the farm is 10 km. Activities with Yakutian horses including rides on horses or sleigh. Yakutian horse is a Siberian breed. Accustomed to live in the conditions of extreme cold weather. 17:00 – 18:00 – Way back to Batagay. 19:00 – Sauna. Farewell Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 4 / Thursday – BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk (departure at 11:55, arrival at 12:45.) Transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel in Yakutsk. Half a day with your guide in Yakutsk, without transport.

Feel free to request the customization of the itinerary.

4-Day Winter Tour Cost

For November 2017 – April 2018

Current rates are given with discount.

For 4 travelers = 99 900 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 115 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 144 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 232 000 RUB.

Package includes:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide for 4 days.
– Transfers to/from Yakutsk Airport on Day 1 and Day 4.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Transfers from/to Batagay Airport.
– Russian UAZ van rental with driver in Verkhoyansky District on Day 1, 2, 3.
– Accommodation in Batagay (guest house with twin/dbl room, flat rate).
– Meals in Batagay (5 meals in a guest house), Verkhoyansk (lunch at cafe), Betenkes (lunch at family’s).
– Entry tickets for Verkhoyansk Museum on Day 2.
– Snowmobile use on Day 3.
– Visit to Yakutian horse breeding farm in the area of Betenkes on Day 3.
– Sauna.
– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).

Does NOT include:

– Accommodation, meals, activities in Yakutsk.
– Transfers in Yakutsk, which were not mentioned in the above itinerary.

Required to bring:

– Warm clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you as quick as you wish, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind us.

Cold winter travel to Verkhoyansk, Russia, is always good with friends. Share the trip!

Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Magadan. The World's Coldest Road Trip / Travel.

YAKUTSK – GULAG CAMPS – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
The World’s Coldest Winter Adventure Road Trip

Let’s experience the greatest fun on the winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on Earth. In winter 2017-2018, we continue arranging the world’s coldest travel on Siberia’s Kolyma road! Join us!

Trip Duration: 1 preparation & city sightseeing day in Yakutsk + 7 days on the road with activities en route and a day trip to GULAGs + 1 city tour day in Magadan + departure day.
Tour starts in Yakutsk, capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia and ends in Magadan. From the cold to the warmth. If you would like, you can travel from Magadan to Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – GULAG Camps – Khandyga/Teply Klyuch – Oymyakon – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
Distance: ~2800 km (with all short rides within villages and turns, the total distance might be longer).

In the 2017-2018 wintertime, we continue to embark the coldest longest road trips on the Kolyma Road.

ROUTE MAP

Please, note that we’ll have our own pace. Real distance with extra drives and turns is longer. Check km according to our GPS tracks below.

97 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP IN WINTER 2015:

Some pictures of the recent road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain passes on the way to Topolinoe in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

127 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD OF BONES WINTER TRAVEL:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/AskYakutia.com & VisitYakutia.com.
Ajar Varlamov is our German-speaking guide and tour photographer.

VEHICLES WE USE IN WINTERS 2016-2017:

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105 for 1-2 travelers. Minivan Mitsubishi Delica for 3-4 travelers. All of them are prepared for drives in the extremely cold condition. Warm inside each vehicle.

We use such vehicles for the following reasons:
– they might work on any type of petrol, i.e. AI-92 or AI-95;
– have less electronics;
– easy to find spare parts en route, if any;
– and definitely easier to fix it on the road.

YAKUTSK – GULAG CAMPS – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
Kolyma Road Winter Trip:

TRIP DATES:
  • 14 Dec 2017 – 23 Dec 2017 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. Private. On request.
  • 15 Jan 2018 – 24 Jan 2018 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. Private. On request.
  • 19 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6-7 travelers. A few seats available.
  • 05 – 14 March 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6-7 travelers. A few seats available.
  • Other dates upon request only.
HIGHLIGHTS:

– Extra warm clothes & souvenir shopping in Yakutsk. We can provide a parka and felt boots, and we have a limited quantity of warm accessaries sets (fur hats, winter pants, gloves, socks).
– Yakutsk City Tour with a chance to visit Mammoth Museum, Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex, fish market, etc.
– Cherkekh Outdoor Museum in the village of Cherkekh considered the Craddle of the Sakha Culture.
– Best roadside cafes en route.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (at request) right after Khandyga.
– Remains of GULAG Camps on Topolinoe winter road.
– Remarkable mountains passes in Verkhoyansk Range.
– Fun activities in Oymyakon.
– Pole of Cold Monument, Yakutian cow/horse breeing farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening in Oymyakon.
– Home-made meals in Oymyakon.
– Ice tunnel with huge icy crystals in Tomtor.
– Splendid view on Oymyakon Valley from the top of a hill.
– Lunch (w/ a chance to try reindeer meat) and reindeer sleigh ride with Even herders.
– Olchansky Pass, one of the highest in Verkhoyansk Mountains.
– Kadykchan, ghost town of cold miners.
– Susuman, town of gold miners.
– Sinigorye, the calling card of Kolyma, 32 km south off Debin.
– Debin & Kolyma River Bridge, the longest in Kolyma.
– Abandoned Soviet-era settlements en route to stop.
– Magadan City Sightseeings: Mask of Sorrow, Bays of the Sea of Okhotsk, remarkable monuments of Magadan.
– Red caviar shopping in Magadan or fishermen’s town of Ola.
– Farewell party at the lovely restaurant in Magadan.

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

Each year we improve our program. See what we have for you this time.

Day 1: Yakutsk, Russia. Arrival in Yakutsk & Preparation Day.

Accommodation in hotel in Yakusk.
Food according to the meal plan.
Temperature between -35C and -50C in the daytime.

Arrival in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, in the morning. All incoming flights takes place before the sunrise (i.e. 10:00). In the darkness and thanks to lights, the runway is visible and it is possible for pilots to land a plane even in foggy weather conditions.

– Rendezvous at the airport.
– Transfer to a hotel.
– Check at a hotel.
– Free time. Good to have short rest after long flight.

At 14:00, we meet up in a lobby and depart a hotel by car for the city sightseeing tour with a chance to visit shops/markets to buy warm clothes (fur boots, fur hats, gloves, etc), souvenirs and other goodies that would be impossible to get on the way to Magadan. At request we can provide traveller with warm clothes such as a parka, winter pants, socks, hats.

During the city tour, we’ll visit Stalin Monument, Mammoth Museum, and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside the Chochur Muran hill.

Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethno complex, where you might wish to taste delicious national cuisine.

– Back to hotel at 20:00.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Distance: 432 km, 10 hours w/ meal & photo stops.
Accommodation in the private “Angara” apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.
Food according to the meal plan.
Temperature between -35C and -45C in the daytime

Leaving hotel at 09:00. Arrival in Khandyga at ~19:00. Pure driving time is 7 hours. Stops for 3 hours.

Right after Yakutsk, we cross the Lena River on the ice road. The river is 3 km wide, but the length of the ice road is 8.7 km. We’ll do a short stop on the ice, take a group picture in front of Yakutsk. On the opposite bank, we’ll pass through the settlement of Nizhny Bestyakh, important transport hub. It is the point where two federal roads – the Amur-Yakutsk Highway from the southern town of Nerungri and the Kolyma Highway to Magadan – meet each other. Nizhny Bestyakh is also location for a railway station that should start operating on regular base in the summer of 2016.

The part between Yakutsk and Khandyga is very populated. We drive through 4 administrative districts of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). They are Megino-Kangalassky, Churapchinsky, Tattinsky, and Tomponsky.

On the way, you see many traditional Yakutian villages with tiny wooden houses that still use stove heating in the wintertime. Along the road, it’s possible to see roaming Yakutian horses, native horse breed adapted to dwell in the extreme cold climate, and able to locate and graze on vegetation that is under deep snow cover.

Two meal stops at road cafes. Lunch before the village of Cherkyokh. Afternoon lunch before Khandyga.

Tattinsky District is considered the Cradle of the Yakut Culture. Therefore, we stop at remarkable places and visit to the Cherkyokh outdoor museum with century-old buildings and a wooden church tower with bells.

40 km before Khandyga, we cross the Aldan River (the 6th Russian longest river with 2273 km length) on the 5-km ice road.

Arrive in Khandyga in the evening. Currently, it is the half-empty administrative center of Yakutia’s Tomponsky District. In the time of the USSR, it was a very busy settlement, as the area was intensively mined for coal and gold. Initially, it was the GULAG system’s hub at the end of the Road of Bones constructed from the very Magadan. Served as one of airports on the WWII Alaska – Siberia Air Route.

Accommodation in 2-3-bed rooms in the private hotel.
Late snacks prepared by a guide in the kitchen.

Day 3: Day trip from Khandyga to GULAG Camps.

Distance: ~235 km (one way) or ~470 km (round trip).
Average moving speed: 40 km/hr including all stops for photo sessions and mealtime.

Breakfast prepared by a guide in the hotel’s common kitchen from food bought at stores a day before.

Leaving the hotel at 08:00 am. Start time depends on travelers & vehicle’s readiness.

Drive from Khandyga to Teply Klyuch, 70 km. Stop for brunch at a roadside café. Drive to Gulag sites on the Topolinoe road through the edge of Verkhoyansky Range, 165 km, 3-hr drive.

Free time on GULAG sites.

Stop for early dinner, 70 km to Khandyga.
Arrival back to Khandyga in the evening.
Overnight in the same-type private hotel.

Day 4: Khandyga – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km, ~12 hours w/ meal stops and photo shoots.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Food according to the meal plan.
Temperature between -35C and -55C in the daytime.

Distances to drive according to the GPS tracks:
• Khandyga (private hotel) to Kyubyume (road café) – 319 km at speed of 60 km/h.
• Kyubyubeme (road café) to Tomtor (gas station) – 153.4 km at speed of 50 km/h.
• Tomtor (gas station) to Oymyakon (guest house) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.

Leaving hotel at 8:00. Arrival in Oymyakon by midnight. Two meal stops for 1 hour each. Five or six 15-20-min stops for rest and photo shoots.

This part of the trip is long, but very picturesque, as the Road of Bones constructed by GULAG inmates goes through Verkhoyansky Mountains. Keep your camera always ready.

At 7:30 we have breakfast. At 08:00 we leave the hotel and drive around the town of Khandyga – we refuel our vehicles, and on the way from the fuel station to the eastern exit of the town we do a short stop at the Orthodox Church with the view of the frozen Aldan River and the first morning lights of the rising Sun.

When we make 96 km off Khandyga, ~11:00, we have sufficient breakfast or early lunch at road café.

Afterwards, we see beautiful mountain landscapes along the Kolyma Highway. 200 km full of mountains in the daytime. Highest point at 1314 m above sea level. Safe road, as it was modernized for last years and is maintained by road workers all the year around. We drive through such famous places as Tomporuksky Pass with the Cross to the Victims of GULAG, the Chernyj Prizhim narrow high pass, the Zajachja Petlya (Hare Loop if translated from Russian) narrow serpentine, Lastochkin Dom (Swallow Nest), the “Vostochnaya Khandyga” meteo station, etc. Photo shoots at listed places. In this mountain area, there are no villages and towns. Road constructors’ camps only. Sunset does happen when we are in the area of the meteo station.

At ~18:00 we have dinner at a road café at Kyubyume fuel station. Home-made food is very simple, but very tasty. Meat meals is made out of reindeer meat or rams. Fish dishes from fishes caught in the nearest mountain Kyubyume River.

The left part of the travel on the old summer route of the Road of Bones goes along mountain chains through lakes and rivers in the darkness. We’ll evaluate all the beauty of this part and check the abandoned village of Kyubyume (used by GULAG authorities initially and road constructors lately) on our way back from Oymyakon in a couple of days.

– Stop for refuel in Tomtor.
– Arrival in Oymyakon in the late evening.
– Accommodation in a private house at Yakutian family’s.
– Late dinner (included).

Not recommended to drink much water before sleep, as the night experience of going to outdoor toilet is full of adventures. This is where you’ll need to use head lamps.

In the nighttime, temperature is already under -40C and much less. By the morning, it might be possible to register -60C.

Day 5: Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Food according to the meal plan.
Expected temperature -40C and -55C in the daytime, and -40C and -60C in the nightime.

This day always starts from checking an outdoor thermometer (one of them is attached to terrace) and sufficient breakfast prepared by the host. Don’t be surprised, if you would see meat, fish and potato dishes on the table. All those calories will be useful for your cold experience in Oymyakon. If you’re a vegeterian, let us know in advance.

From 10:00 we’ll do a walk across the village. Visit the “Pole of Cold” monument, where we meet Chyskhaan, the Keeper of the Cold, and receive the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.

We travel to the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed. They are small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions

When we are back to the guest house, we’ll have time for funny outdoor experiments with the cold. For instance, you can see how quickly a wet t-shirt or your national flag becomes solid and frozen, try to hammer a nail with a frozen banana, crash frozen apples or cabbages, see which drinks would freeze quicker (spirit will win definitely), blow bubbles, blast the boiled water in the cold air, etc.

– Sufficient lunch (included).

After lunch, we drive to the Indigirka River to see the traditional way of ice-fishing. If you would like to fish yourself, we do holes in the ice and give you tackles. Fishes to catch in the mountain river are graylings and other specifically-local types. All your trophies to be cooked by the host the next day.

After sufficient dinner, we enjoy the evening of the Yakut culture in the House of Archy. With purification ritual, friendship circle dance, national songs, and Jew’s-harp (khomus) performance.

Late dinner with tea (included).
Free time.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – Ust Nera.

Distance ~435 km.
Accommodation in a hotel in Ust Nera.
Food according to the meal plan.
Expected temperature between -40C and -50C in the daytime.

Distances to drive this day:
• Oymyakon (guest house) to Tomtor (gas station) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.
• Tomtor (gas station) to Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – 131 km at speed of 50-60 km/h
• Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp to Kyubyume (gas station & road café) – 22 km at speed of 60 km/h.
• Kyubyume (road café) to Ust Nera (hotel) – 240 km at speed of 60 km/h.

Leaving Oymyakon at 08:00. Arrive to herders at ~14:00 and leave them at 17:00. Check point in Kyubyume at 18:00. Arrival in Ust Nera at ~23:00.

After the other sufficient breakfast, we give hugs to our host in Oymyakon and leave the coldest village at 08:00.

We do a stop in Tomtor. Before the USSR time, that settlement used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District (nowadays, it is Ust-Nera.) It has its own airport that operates in the summertime only and the meteo station.

In Tomtor, we visit the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling (indoor constant temperature is -8C -10C), village airport that operates in the summertime only, the never-freezing Kyudusun River.

Afterwards, we head to reindeer herders’ winter camp. We see the part of the road we missed the other day on the way to Oymyakon. Apart from mountains, it is very remarkable for old-fashion Soviet-time wooden bridges over rivers Suntar, Agayakan and Tiryakh-Uryakh.

We do a stop at Even reindeer herders’ winter camp hidden in snowy forest. Enjoy lunch with Even national meals in the traditional wooden cabin. Do 1-hr reindeer sledding and feel ourselves as real Siberia nomads. With herders, we’ll spend ~2.5-3 hours.

At ~18:00, dinner at road café in Kyubyume. Before, we’ll have a short stop at the abandoned village of Kyubyume.

When we travel from Kyubyume to Ust Nera, we do stops on the top of two highest mountain passes, Bryungandinsky (1020 m high) and Olchansky (1170 km high and 100 km length.) Even in the moonlight they looks gorgeous.

Arrival in Ust Nera at ~23:00 or a bit later.
Overnight at hotel in Ust Nera.

Those who might wish to have a late dinner, recommend to visit a cafe located in a hotel building.

Day 7: Ust Nera – Susuman (Magadan Oblast).

Distance ~394 km, ~11 hours with stops.
Accommodation in a hotel in Susuman.
Food according to the meal plan.
Temperature -35C and -40C in the daytime.

Distance to drive from hotel to hotel: 394 km at average driving speed of 60 km/hr.

Leaving Ust Nera at 09:00. Arrival in Susuman at ~21:00. This is the shortest leg of the journey, though it has almost no traffic and no road cafes en route.

Breakfast at hotel’s café (not included). Coffee machine is available.
Take advanced ordered snacks packed in lunch-boxes (not included).

We pass by the tiny settlement of Artyk (road workers’ one), a few camps of road workers, and surely remarkable places such as:

• Remains of the GULAG electricity station.
• Border between the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Magadan Oblast. With a meteo station and the stella. Here we have break for lunch snacks (ordered at Ust Nera hotel at own expense).
• Abandoned village of Ozernoe, former gold processing wooden plant used in the GULAG system. Photo shoot.
• Kadykchan, a big ghost town of coal miners. Abandoned in 1990s. 30-min stop for taking pictures.
• Kolymo-Indigirsky Mountain Pass.

When we enter the territory of Magadan Oblast, you will already note how it is different from Yakutia. Other type of beautiful landscapes. Mild winter weather, but very windy.

Dinner at restaurant-type café in Susuman (not included).
Accommodation in Susuman GOK’s Hotel.

Day 8: Susuman – Magadan.

Distance: ~625 km. 12-15 hours.
Accommodation in Magadan Hotel in Magadan.
Food according to the meal plan.
Expected temperature -35C up to -20C in the daytime.

Distance to drive from hotel to hotel: 626 km at average driving speed of 60 km/hr. It’s a long stretch, but we know that travellers do have a great wish to make it to Magadan after Susuman as soon as possible. It’s an interesting bit of psychology.

Leaving hotel at 08:00. Arrival in Magadan by 23:00. Many roadside cafés on the way. Road condition is perfect.

As a café opens late in the morning, it’s better to start our journey right from hotel. In Susuman we see the famous plane cabin sticking out of the building and do stops at a grocery shop to buy snacks and drinks.

Late breakfast takes place in Yagondoe settlement after we cross the Burkhalinsky Mountain Pass (1005 m high).

The part Susuman – Magadan is remarkable for many abandoned gold miners’ settlements and the longest bridge over the Kolyma River (385 m long).

One of the best stops we do this day is when we do 32-km turn southward Sinigorye town. Established at the source of the Kolyma River!

Late lunch in the settlement of Laryukova.
Dinner in the settlement of Palatka with draft beer.

Arrival in Magadan in the late evening.
Accommodation in single rooms in Magadan Hotel.

Day 9: Magadan.

Accommodation in Magadan Hotel in Magadan.
Food according to the meal plan.
Expected temperature around -20C in the daytime.

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Free time by lunch.

Travellers might wish to have lunch in so-called GULAG café located in the former building of Dalstroy Adminstration.

City Tour in Magadan with a local history expert. We’ll visit Nagaev Bay and hear a story of how the sea port was established for accepting boats with GULAG inmates. Stops by a few street sites including the giant Mammoth monument on the seashore for a group photo and go upward to the Mask of Sorrow on the top of the hill with a magnificent view of the city located between two bays, Nagaev and Gertner. We definitely visit a local market, where you can such a delicasy as red caviar. If there will be left time, we’ll visit Magadan Regional Museum.

In the evening, we go to Torro Grill Bar or already famous-among-adventurers Crocodile Bar for the farewell dinner.

Day 10: Departure from Magadan.

– Transfer to Sokol Airport, 50 km.
– Flight from Magadan.

Those, who stay for one more day in Magadan, might go with our drivers and guide to the fishermen’ town of Ola with the other splendid view of the Sea of Okhotsk. It’s our tradition to see this town in the end of overland expedition. If all travel mates would wish to visit this place, we can arrange it on Day 9, as we’re very flexible.

THE WORLD’S COLDEST WINTER ROAD TRIP PRICE:

Group trip rates for Winter 2017-2018

In a group of 7 travelers on 2 transports = 162 500 RUB per person.
In a group of 6 travelers on 2 transports = 186 000 RUB per person.

Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in Russian rubles by PayPal and in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer. Check out booking & payment conditions below.

Request discount for the early booking.

For private trips, please, request a quote.

Price includes:

  • visa support (Letter of Invitation);
  • airport-hotel transfer in Yakutsk and hotel-airport transfer in Magadan;
  • transport service for a group to shop warm clothes and other stuff on a day of preparation and sightseeings in Yakutsk;
  • guide service on the day of shopping in Yakutsk;
  • 2 transports and all transport-related expenses en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon — Magadan;
  • 1 guide for the trip Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan;
  • accommodation in Khandyga (twin room), Oymyakon (twin), Ust Nera (single), Susuman (single);
  • 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch at Oymyakon family’s;
  • “Oymyakon – Pole of Cold” Certificate;
  • activity program (ice fishing on the Indigirka River, visits to Yakutian horse breeding farm, reindeer herders w/ lunch & 10-km reindeer sleigh ride, ice cave tunnel w/ huge crystals in Tomtor (Chyskhan residence), the Sakha culture evening at the cultural center in Oymyakon);
  • 5-hr city tour in Magadan and the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk;
  • hotel booking service in Yakutsk and Magadan (advance request should be done).

Does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • warm clothes rental (we provide hat, parka, winter pants, socks, gloves at request);
  • accommodation in Yakutsk – approx. 50-75 USD/room/day;
  • accommodation in Magadan – approx. 80-100 USD/room/day;
  • food at roadside cafes en route – approx. 20 USD/day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Yakutsk – approx. 50-80 USD/day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Magadan – approx. 80-100 USD/day/person;
  • non-included transport service in Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • non-included guide service in Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • day excursions out of Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • personal medical & travel insurance;
  • tips & gratitudes.
Booking and payment conditions:
  • Tour is booked, when deposit at amount of 15 674 RUB/person is pre-paid.
  • Deposit is not refunded, if a travel group consists of 6 and more people.
  • Payment might be done in Russian rubles by PayPal or in USD/EUR/GPB/CNY by a bank transfer through the SWIFT system. Please, note that a Payer covers PayPal’s fee (from 4,4% up to 5,4% + 10 RUB) and bank’s transaction fee (up to 30 USD).
  • Once deposit pre-payment procedure is completed, we provide you a visa invitation for your Russian trip.
  • When a Russian visa is on your hand, we proceed with the balance pre-payment.
  • Balance payment should be done by PayPal or bank transfer 21 or more days before the start of the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip or in cash in Yakutsk on the day of your arrival.
  • Customer agrees to pay the tour according to the above-mentioned rates for a group of 6-7 travelers.
  • If the group size is 5 travelers and less and all participants agree to conduct the trip in such group size, the tour itinerary will be customized and optimized, and its price will be recalculated and due to pay. Usually, we try to keep the same rates.
  • Individual tours are done on any wished dates from December 2017 till March 2018.
SAFETY:

We:

  • travel always by two 4wd vehicles;
  • have a sattelite phone for emergency calls;
  • register the world’s Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan coldest road trip at EMERCOM.
RECOMMENDED OUTFIT GEARS TO TAKE ALONG:

We recommend to take outdoor gears from such brands as Canada Goose, The North Face or similiar. Good underwears are produced by the Swedish company TERMO.

In Yakutsk, we’ll do additional shopping in case if you need to buy warm clothes such as gloves, hats, fur boots or valenki, etc. More info are given at request.

ROAD OF BONES VIDEOS:

The slideshow with music provided by the Yakutsk-based rock band “103”:

The Kolyma road in Tomponsky District. The video is done by an old iPhone before the sunset on the way back from Magadan. The “With Or Without You” song is performed by ortoPilot and Michael Collings. They are great musicians from Plymouth. Download the single on iTunes.

Yes, if you wish to return with us to Yakutsk. Reserve 4 extra days for the return.

Olchansky mountain pass on Kolyma Highway. Starts at 1049 km between Kyubeme and Ust Nera in the Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Built in 1950. Length is 27 km, height 1120 m.

Moving speed was actually very slow. We speed up a video footage.

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Try the cold weather on a winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan with visits to GULAGs and Oymyakon.

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

Ice road through mountains on the way to Verkhoyansk from Yakutsk, Russia, Siberia. Winter road trip!

YAKUTSK – TOPOLINOYE – VERKHOYANSK.
7-Day Winter Road Trip (Direct).
From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

In Winter 2017-2018, we decided to make such a trip as standard as possible. Previously we had conducted journeys from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk as private ones on request. Here we go.

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights.
Group size: 5 travelers.
Team: 1 guide + 2 drivers.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Distance: 1500 km from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk (one way without additional drives).
Tour Type: Winter overland expedition.
Difficulty level: Hard to some extent. Extreme cold weather, long drives, Soviet-type accommodation.

Dates:
  • 12 – 20 February 2018 (group trip);
  • other dates on request.
Travelers’ Photographs:

From Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. The following trip was taken in the early March.