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.

Breeding farm in September:

Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

1-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 a group of 2 people = 15000 RUB* / 263 USD** / 250 EUR** per person.
Individual = 29 500 RUB* / 518 USD** / 492 EUR**.

*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.
**Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY is accepted by bank transfer. Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 09th, 2017: 1 USD = 57 RUB; 1 EUR = 60 RUB.

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 a group of 2 people = 26500 RUB* / 465 USD** / 442 EUR** per person.
Individual = 51000 RUB* / 895 USD** / 850 EUR**.

*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.
**Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY is accepted by bank transfer. Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 09th, 2017: 1 USD = 57 RUB; 1 EUR = 60 RUB.

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.

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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.
3-Day 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 work. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Olchan Mountain Passes. These 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. At request only.

Chance to join a group, if visit to a GULAG camp is not enough
  • 28 January – 05 February 2017 – Day in Yakutsk + 6-Day GULAG & Oymyakon Road Trip. Gathering a group of 3-5 travellers to ride on 2 vehicles. Check out the itinerary with rates.
Photographs

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan 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.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-3 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.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map). At request only.
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Yakutsk to Khandyga by a 4wd transport. Distance: 420 km. Driving time: maximum 10 hrs. Stops at roadside cafes en route. Overnight in the private hotel in Khandyga.

Day 2: Drive from Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp. Distance: 250 km. Stop at Teply Klyuch, a roadside cafe. Back to Khandyga in the late evening.

Day 3: Drive back from Khandyga to Yakutsk.

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2017

For a group of 2 travellers = 66 000 RUB* / 1 179 USD** / 1 119 EUR** per person.
Individual = 128 000 RUB* / 2 286 USD** / 2 169 EUR**.

*Payment amount should be equal to the one indicated in Russian Rubles.
**Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 01, 2017: 1 USD = 56 RUB, 1 EUR = 59 RUB.
Conversion rate includes the beneficiary bank’s fees for foreign currency transaction control and currency exchange.

Includes:

– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking guide;
– 4wd vehicle with a driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation at a private hotel in Khandyga (2 nights, no breakfast).

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes en route;
– breakfast in Khandyga.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposite amounting to 11000 RUB/person is prepaid.
– Left amount is due prior to the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP 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).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs is often ordered as extra day trip within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

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Unique winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

Yakutsk Winter Tour. 2 Days.

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Siberia Russia. 2 days. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

WINTER TOUR TO YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
2 Full Days in the Coldest City on Earth

Extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth-aged animals, Lena Pillars Nature Park… Everything to enjoy in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, for 2 days. If you wish to stay more days, just let us know.

We offer various options including the following ones:

  • 2-Day Standard Yakutsk City Tour – Any dates on a prior request. Description and rates on this page below.
  • 31 December 2016 – 02 January 2017 – New Year in Yakutsk + 1/2 Day Musher’s School (Dog Sledding) + Day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Description & rates. DONE. Start planning your 2018 New Year celebration in Yakutsk. You might wish to extend it with (5-day Oymyakon tour ) on 03-08 January 2018.
  • Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

    Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

    Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Lena Pillars Nature Park in Winter

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. See all our winter photographs of Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex

    Ice tunnel photographs by Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com. Photo of Yukagir Mammoth head and woolly rhino by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Mammoth Museum

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

    Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex
    Yakutsk Winter Weather

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

    Yakutsk Winter Video

    Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2016-2017

    2-Day Standard Yakutsk Winter Tour

    Dates

    Dates: any dates at request.
    Period: December 2016 – March 2017.

    Standard Itinerary

    Day 1 – Yakutsk

    — Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the early morning.
    — Meeting with a guide at the airport.
    — Transfer to hotel.

    09:45 — 10:00 — Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum.
    10:00 — 11:15 — Visit to Mammoth Museum. Lecture by an active paleontologist, who embarks annual mammoth remains search expeiditions and work on mammoth cloning together with colleagues and Korean partners. It’s the very museum, that discovered the bleeding mammoth in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
    11:15 — 12:00 — Transfer to the Atlasovs’ ethno complex with a stop at the famous Yakutsk Outdoor Fish Market.
    12:00 — 13:00 — Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and clearification. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
    13:15 — 14:00 — Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex. With a chance to taste the cuisine of the North Siberian peoples including Indigirka (salad out of frozen salmon), Stroganina, etc.
    14:00 — 16:00 — Dog sledding & snowmobile safari across the vast territory of the “Chochur Muran” (lake, field, forest.) A great chance to meet and enjoy blue-eyed Yakutian laikas (learn more about this local original sled dog breed on Wikipedia). Warm fur coats and pants are provided.
    16:00 — 17:00 — Late lunch in the form of national dish cooking workshop.
    17:00 — 18:00 — Transfer and visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside Chochur Muran hill. This is the place to observe the unique collection of ice sculptures and the head of the real mammoth called Yukagir. The Yukagir mammoth used to be exhibited in such Asian coutries, as Japan, China, Taiwan, etc.
    19:00 — Back to hotel.

    Day 2 — Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

    Round trip length: ~400 km.
    Duration: 12-14 часов (depends on the quantity and duration of stops on the way).
    Transport: 4wd off-road vehicle.

    07:30 — 07:45 — Picking up by a guide at hotel.
    08:00 — Exiting Yakutsk.
    08:00 — 13:30 — Drive to the village of Batagai located on the Western bank of the Lena River in front of Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 180 km. On the way stops at caves and cave paintings.
    13:30 — 16:30
    — Break with hot tea.
    — Crossing the Lena River to Lena Pillars by a snowmobile. Passengers sit on a sleigh.
    — Lunch inside a warm wooden house. Food provided by Chochur Muran Restaurant.
    — Free time on the territory of Lena Pillars. Going upstairs to the view deck on top of pillars, if a track is snow free.
    16:30 — 17:00 — Back to a minivan by a snowmobile. Little break with hot tea.
    17:00 — The way back to Yakutsk.
    21:30 — Back to hotel.

    Day 3 – Departure.

    — Transfer from hotel to airport.

    Feel free to order the customized tour.

    Tour Cost for Winter 2016-2017

    Individual = 69 500 ₽ / $ 1 199 / € 1 140 per person
    For a group of 2 travelers = 41 000 ₽ / $ 707 / € 673 per person.
    For a group of 3-4 travelers = on request only.

    *Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal, USD/EUR by bank transfer.
    **Corrected currency conversion rate, as of January 2017:
    1 USD = 58 RUB;
    1 EUR = 61 RUB.

    Includes:

    – transfer airport-hotel, hotel-airport;
    – English-/German-/French- or Spanish- speaking guide for 2 days and airport-related transfers.
    – entry tickets to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Complex, Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel;
    – transport for the city tour and trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – sled dog & snowmobile safaris on Day 1;
    – lunch and cooking workshop at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethno complex;
    – lunch box for a day trip to Lena Pillars;
    – snowmobile for crossing the Lena River on the ice;
    – entry to the wooden house to warm up and have lunch at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    Not included:

    – accommodation in Yakutsk (recommend Lena Hotel or Bed & Breakfast BRAVO);
    – dinner on Day 1 and 2;
    – Chyskhaan’s appearance (Chyskhaan is the Yakutian fairy hero, the Keeper of the Cold).

    At request, we can include meals and accomodation in the package.

    Frequantly Asked Questions

    What warm clothes to wear?

    – Thermo underwear (woolen, preferably);
    – sweater (thick woolen)
    – scarf (woolen)
    – warm pants (for instance, texapore or thick jeanse);
    – warm high boots (uggi/valenki/fur boots);
    – dawn parka with hood;
    – fur hats;
    – gloves.

    Do you provide warm clothes?

    We can provide visitors with dawn parkas and Russian valenki. If you wish to purchase warm fur clothes in Yakutsk, we can do it. Why not?! It’s also a big fun experience.

    What rate will be just for the day trip to Lena Pillars?

    Please, find the answer on the page Lena Pillars in Winter.

    What else to do in Yakutsk?

    – Visit Sakha Fine Arts Exhibit, Yakutia Treasury Showroom, etc.
    – Do shopping. Fur clothes, souvenirs, diamonds, etc. Frozen fishes?!
    – 1/2-day Ice Fishing on the Lena River. Learn more.
    – Day trip to a traditional Yakutian village.
    – 2-day trip to Yakutian horse breeding farm.

    What month is it better to experience the extreme cold weather?

    Actually from the early December till the middle of February. According to our observation, it’s always the middle of December, the middle of January and the first two weeks of February.

    Is it possible to extand Yakutsk winter tour with travel to Oymyakon?

    Yes, sure. Please, check Oymyakon travel page. We have different options.

    You can also go with us to Magadan, Tiksi, Verkhoyansk, and Mirny.

    Don’t hesitate to request the customized tour from us.

    Book Yakutsk Winter City Tour

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    Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums, and embark the ice road trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    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 into the depth of the dense Siberian forest, the other along the Lena River to Sottintsy), 1 full day (Dog Musher’s School) and 1/2 day (short program).
    Availability Period: December 2016 – March 2017.
    Type of sledding: self drive.
    Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
    Difficulty level: medium.
    Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika. It’s 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.

    For alternative options, please, see the list below.

    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 a few circles on the lake.
    – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
    – Transfer to hotel.

    Overnight in hotel.

    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.

    Departure Day

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

    Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost for Winter 2016-2017

    Private = 176 000 RUB / 2 839 USD / 2 514 EUR per person.
    For 2 PAX = 128 000 RUB / 2 065 USD / 1 829 EUR per person.
    For 3 PAX = 101 000 RUB / 1 629 USD / 1 443 EUR per person.
    For 4 PAX = 90 000 RUB / 1 452 USD / 1 286 EUR per person.

    Corrected currency conversion rate, as of September 2016:
    1 USD = 62 RUB;
    1 EUR = 70 RUB.

    Tour cost includes:

    – Visa support.
    – Group transfer airport to hotel and the complex to airport on Day 1 and 8.
    – Accommodation in Lena Hotel in Yakutsk downtown on Day 1. Primium single room. W/ breakfast.
    – Transfers across the city according to the itinerary.
    – English/German/French/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 Day 4-5-6-7;
    – Accommodation in 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 Sottintsy “Friendship” Museum.
    – 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 rent.

    Booking & Payment Condition

    – Booking is considered to be accepted, when the deposit amounting 20% of the cost is paid.
    – Left amount is due not later than 21 days before the start of the tour.
    – If 21 days prior to the tour, the full prepayment is required.
    – Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
    – Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal.
    – Payment might be done in USD/EUR by bank transfer.

    Alternative Options:

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    Get a sense of being a Siberian explorer by self-driving a dog sled in Yakutsk, Russia. When we say dog sledding, we mean a real winter adventure!

    Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

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

    In winter 2016-2017, 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 December 2016 till March 2017. The coldest period is the midst and end of December, the early January, and the first half of February.

    Period: December to March.
    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 2016-2017

    OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

    Oymyakon Oymyakon-related Trip Options

    GROUP TRIPS FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

    GROUP TRIPS DONE IN WINTER 2016-2017:

    • 31 December 2016 – 09 January 2017 – New Year in Yakutsk + Day Trip to Lena Pillars + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour + Orthodox Christmas & 1/2-Day Dog & Snowmobile Safari in Yakutsk. Check out the itinerary with rates. DONE
    • 03 – 07 January 2017 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip. It’s a part of the above mentioned big program on Dec 31 – Jan 09. 9 travelers. If you’re unable to come to Yakutsk for New Year Celebration, you might wish to join the Oymyakon trip only. DONE.
    • 25 January – 01 February 2017 – Day in Yakutsk + 1-Day Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Group is full, though an additional vehicle for 3 pax is ready to go. Check out the itinerary with rates.
    • 28 January – 05 February 2017 – Day in Yakutsk + 1-Day GULAG trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Road Trip. An additional vehicle for 3 pax is ready to go. Check out the itinerary with rates.
    • 20 – 25 February 2017 – 6-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon Tour. In a group of Russian-speaking international travelers, without interpretor. Practice your Russian language! Enjoy Siberia! Check out the itinerary with rates. One vehicle is full. 3 available spaces in the second vehicle.
    • 06 – 10 March 2017 – 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. In a group of Russian-speaking travelers, i.e. without interpretor. Practice your Russian language. Check out the itinerary with rates. Extra day for visit to Stalin’s GULAG camps is possible at request.
    • 18 – 27 March 2017 – Big Kolyma Road Winter Overland Expedition from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon. With all activities included. A couple seats available. Check out the itinerary with rates.
    • 22 – 29 March 2017 – Pole of Cold Festival in Oymyakon. Check out the itinerary with rates.
    • Other dates at request only.

    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:

    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. Check out the itinerary with rates.
    • 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. Learn more on Magadan trip description page.

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

    7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

    Recommended period: December 2016 – March 2017.
    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.

    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 IS OPTIONAL. NOT INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET OF THE TRIP.

    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

    For a group of 4 travellers = 100 000 RUB* / 1613 USD** / 1429 EUR** per person.
    For a group of 3 travellers = 127 000 RUB* / 2048 USD** / 1814 EUR** per person.
    For a group of 2 travellers = 178 000 RUB* / 2871 USD** / 2543 EUR** per person.
    Individual = 333 000 RUB* / 5371 USD** / 4757 EUR** per person

    *Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
    **Fixed currency rate as of September 2016: 1 USD = 62 RUB; 1 EUR = 70 RUB.

    Note:
    – 10-percent discount for the early booking or full prepayment;
    – Oymyakon Standard Tour is done at request on any dates only;
    – For groups to join, 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 hire for city tour and shopping additional warm clothes 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 (B, L, D);
    – 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), 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 (from 125 USD up to 500 USD per person).

    Does NOT include:

    – air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
    – accommodation in Yakutsk (from ~50 USD/room/day up to 100 USD/room/day);
    – food 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 12471 RUB is pre-paid for the early booking;
    – the left amount payment is to be paid 45 or more days before the start of the tour;
    – payment might be done in Russian rubles by PayPal (we cover PayPal’s fees, if booking is done in advance);
    – payment in USD/EUR should be done by bank transfer (your bank might surcharge up to 25 USD/20 EUR for international transaction);
    – 10-percent discount is granted for the early booking;
    – 10-percent discount is granted for the full prepayment.

    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:

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    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

    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 have the greatest fun experience 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 offer two options for the same route.

    • 10-Day Standard Kolyma Road Group Trip. Enjoy the coldest weather with included excursions & winter activities along the famous Kolyma road. Conducted annually on a regular basis with experienced drivers and best group leaders since 2013. We know all specifics of the Road of Bones in the wintertime;
    • Self-Drive Kolyma Road Winter Trip. Test your driving skills on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado / 105 provided.
    • Individual Road Trip. At request, we design and do a customized road trip.
    ROUTE MAP

    Please, note that we’ll have our own pace. And in reality distance is a bit 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.

    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:

    Dates for group trips:

    • 26 Dec 2017 – 06 Jan 2018 – 12-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. NEW YEAR SPECIAL. A group of 5-7 travelers.
    • 15 Jan 2018 – 24 Jan 2018 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6 travelers.
    • 19 Feb 2018 – 28 Feb 2018 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. A group of 6 travelers.
    • 05 – 14 March 2018 – Upon request.
    • Any 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 in the next winter.

    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:

    Rates for 26 Dec 2017 – 06 Jan 2018

    In a group of 7 travelers on 2 transports = 167 950 RUB* / 2999 USD** / 2799 EUR** per person.
    In a group of 6 travelers on 2 transports = 191 000 RUB* / 3411 USD** / 3183 EUR** per person.
    In a group of 5 travelers on 2 transports = 222 000 RUB* / 3964 USD** / 3700 EUR** per person.

    Note: New Year Special includes a day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park and 2 full days in Oymyakon. Happy New Year Celebration (Dec 31st-Jan 01st) will take place in Oymyakon.

    Rates for 15 – 24 January 2018 & 19 – 28 February 2018

    In a group of 7 travelers on 2 transports = 146 250 RUB* / 2612 USD** / 2438 EUR** per person.
    In a group of 6 travelers on 2 transports = 167 000 RUB* / 2982 USD** / 2783 EUR** per person.
    In a group of 5 travelers on 2 transports = 195 500 RUB* / 3491 USD** / 3258 EUR** per person.

    *Rates won’t be changed.
    *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.

    **Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 21st, 2017:
    1 USD = 56 RUB;
    1 EUR = 60 RUB.

    For other dates, small groups or individuals, please, request the quote.

    Price includes:

    • visa invitation issued by Visit Yautia, LLC;
    • 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 17 869 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).
    • The left amount of 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.
    • 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.

    YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
    SELF-DRIVE KOLYMA ROAD WINTER TRIP:

    Test your driving skills on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado / 105 provided.

    TRIP DATES FOR WINTER 2016-2017:
    • Any dates at request.
    Itinerary:

    Description in short

    Day 1 – Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. Self-driving training, 5 hours.
    Day 2 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga. Distance: ~432 km (according to our GPS track). Driving speed: 60-70 km/hr. Moving speed: 40 km/hr (including stops for meals, refuel & photo sessions). Overnight in an appartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.
    Day 3 – Drive Khandyga to Oymyakon. ~514 km (according to our GPS track). Arrival in Oymyakon in the late evening.
    Day 4 – Full day in Oymyakon. Overnight at family’s place in Oymyakon.
    Day 5 – Drive Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon. One way distance – 41,2 km (according to our GPS track). Overnight at family’s place in Oymyakon.
    Day 6 – Drive Oymyakon to Ust Nera. ~435 km (according to our GPS track). Overnight in the regular Soviet-style hotel.
    Day 7 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman. 394 km (according to our GPS track). Stop at the abondoned gold miners’ town of Kadykchan. Overnight in hotel in Susuman.
    Day 8 – Drive Susuman to Magadan. 625 km (according to our GPS track).
    Day 9 – Day in Magadan. Sightseeings in Magadan and Ola with several turns to view the Sea of Okhotsk. Distance to drive: up to 130 km.
    Day 10 – Departure. Drive to Sokol Airport, 50 km. Flight from Magadan Airport.

    Total drive distance en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan is ~2400 km. Doesn’t include extra drives within seltlements and towns.

    Self-Drive Trip Cost:

    One vehicle per person

    2 travelers on 2 vehicles = 351 500 RUB / 5 669 USD / 5 169 EUR per person (any dates).
    1 traveler on 1 vehicle = 351 500 RUB / 5 669 USD / 5 169 EUR per person (05 – 16 Feb 2017 recommended).
    1 traveler on 1 vehicle + 1 support vehicle = 648 500 RUB / 10 460 USD / 9 537 EUR per person (any dates).

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

    **Currency conversion rate, as of October 17th, 2016:
    1 USD = 62 RUB;
    1 EUR = 68 RUB.

    Price includes:

    • Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.
    • Self-drive training in Yakutsk.
    • Transport rental for the self-drive tour en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
    • All transport-related expenses (fuel, night parking in the heated garages, driver’s fee, driver’s food & acccommodation).
    • Vehicle insurance.
    • Client’s insurance for driving a vehicle.
    • Transfer from hotel to Sokol Airport in Magadan Oblast.

    Does NOT include:

    • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
    • accommodation in Yakutsk, Khandyga, Oymyakon, Ust Nera, Magadan – approx. 1500-8000 RUB/day;
    • food at roadside cafes en route – approx. 1000-1500 RUB/day;
    • food in Yakutsk and Magadan – approx. 1200-5000 RUB/day;
    • transport service in Yakutsk before the preparation day of the tour;
    • guide in Yakutsk before the preparation day of the tour;
    • day excursions out of Yakutsk before the preparation day of the tour;
    • personal health & travel insurance.
    Booking and payment conditions:
    • Tour is booked, when deposit amounting to 61 506 RUB/person is pre-paid.
    • Deposit is not refunded, if a trip is cancelled less than 30 days prior to the start of the tour.
    • Payment might be done in Russian rubles by PayPal or in USD/EUR by an international bank transfer through the SWIFT system. Please, note that we cover PayPal’s fee (from 4,4% up to 5,4% + 10 RUB) and bank’s transaction fee (up to 25 USD/20 EUR).
    • The left amount of payment should be done by PayPal or bank transfer 21 or more days before the start of the self-drive trip.
    • Customer agrees to pay the tour according to the above-mentioned rates.
    • Individual tours are done on any wished dates from December 2016 till March 2017.
    SAFETY:

    We:

    • travel always in two 4wd vehicles;
    • have a sattelite phone for emergency calls;
    • register the world’s Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan coldest road trip at the Rescue Department of Russia’s Emergency Ministry (they always know where we are).
    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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    Lena Pillars in Winter

    1-day winter tour Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

    LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK ON THE LENA RIVER
    1-Day Overland Winter Tour from Yakutsk

    Duration: 1 day.
    Distance: 200 km one way or 400 round trip.
    Group size: 1 – 4 people.

    Winter Travel Photographs of Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutia, Russia

    Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev & Ajar Varlamov.

    Lena Pillars Nature Park at YakutiaPhoto.com

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    Dates:

    Upon request:

    • Private trips on any day.

    Group trips on travelers’ requests

    If you’re looking for travel mates, let us know in advance, so we could inform others to join you and share trip expenses. In the meantime, we can’t guarantee a group trip to take place.

    On travelers’ prior requests, we gather groups for:

    • 17 March 2017 – international group.

    Please, note that the first week of April is the last chance to travel on the ice-and-winter road from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park. In the midst of April, ice roads are officially closed.

    Itinerary

    Round trip distance – ~400 km.
    Duration: ~14 hours.
    Outdoor temperature: -30C and -45C.
    Vehicles:
    – Land Cruiser Prado/105 for 1-2 PAX;
    – Mitsubishi Delica (minivan) for 3-4 PAX.

    07:00 – 07:45 – Picking up travellers at their places of stay in town;
    08:00 – Exiting Yakutsk.
    08:00 – 13:30 – Drive from Yakutsk to the village of Batagai located on the western bank of the Lena River in front of Lena Pillars Nature Park. Road distance is ~200 km.
    13:30 – 16:30 – Time in the area of Batagai and Lena Pillars:
    – Hot tea/coffee.
    – Crossing the Lena River on the ice by snowmobile. Sitting on a sleigh.
    – Free time on the territory of the Lena Pillars. Going upstairs to the top view deck of Lena Pillars is optional, but not obligatory.
    – Dinner inside the heated guest house.
    16:30 – 17:00 – Snowmobiling back to a vehicle. In March-April, the ice road might be extended right to Lena Pillars.
    17:00 – 21:00 – Driving back to Yakutsk.
    21:00 – Arrival back to Yakutsk.

    Timing depends on the quantity and duration of stops en route.

    Rates for Winter 2016-2017

    CUSTOMIZED PACKAGE

    Depends on the list of ordered services.

    FULL PACKAGE

    For a group of 4 travelers = 9 500 RUB* / 167 USD** / 153 EUR** per person.
    For a group of 3 travelers = 11 700 RUB* / 205 USD** / 189 EUR** per person.
    For a group of 2 travelers = 16 500 RUB* / 289 USD** / 266 EUR** per person.
    Individual = 31 100 RUB* / 546 USD** / 502 EUR**.

    *Payment amount should be equal to the one indicated in Russian Rubles.
    *Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal, and we cover PayPal’s fees for transaction and currency conversion.
    **Payment might be done in USD/EUR by a bank transfer.
    **Fixed currency conversion rate, as of January 11th, 2017 (includes the Russian bank’s foreign currency operation control and exchange rate fees): 1 USD = 57 RUB; 1 EUR = 62 RUB.

    Package includes:

    – Off-road transport for transfer en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk. Round trip distance is 400 km. Half of the trip goes on the ice road;
    – English-, German-, French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
    – snowmobile with a passenger sled for crossing the Lena River, 3 km one way;
    – entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – entrance to a heated wooden house at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – meals (cooked and packed in lunchboxes by a restaurant);
    – warm down parka from the Russian brand “NorthWestFur” (if available & requested);
    – Russian-style felt boots (if available & requested);
    – hot tea / coffee.

    Feel free to customize the list of provided services.

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    Enjoy the majesty of Lena Pillars Nature Park in the winter!

    Ice Fishing in Yakutsk

    Ice-Fishing in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Lena River. Day Winter Tour.

    ICE FISHING TOUR IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
    Unique Winter Experience on the Ice of the Lena River.

    Have free four-six hours in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia? Experience ice-fishing on the Lena River near the world’s coldest city!

    Average duration: ~6 hours.
    Distance: 10-30 km from Yakutsk.
    Group size: 1–5 PAX.

    Ice Fishing Photographs. Winter 2013-2014:
    Ice Fishing in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. 4-hr Winter Tour in Yakutia.

    Our fisherman with famous Russian actors on the ice of the Lena River… Ice Fishing in Yakutsk, Russia’s Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Winter Tour.

    Ice Fishing Photographs: