Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

KISILYAKH, SIBERIAN STONE PEOPLE
Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian and Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. Next summer we arrange group trips to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 5 and more people.
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Season: July – September 2018.

Tour type: guided.
Activities: road trip, boating, hiking, fishing, sauna.
Difficulty level: medium, hiking experience is helpful.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – the Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh – the Tuostakh River – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay.
Logistics: flight Yakutsk to Batagay (round), road trip Batagay to Betenkes village, river journey by boats to the summer camp site with guest houses at the Toustakh River, trip by boat and hiking to Kisilyakh site with a guest house.

Highlights:
  • Batagay (wiki, map), administrative center of Verkhoyansky District;
  • Verkhoyansk (wiki, map), the coldest place in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
Video: Kisilyakh, Northern Shambala in Siberia

Proud to present the the sacred place of Stone People we call Kisilyakh in Verkhoyansky District.

Video credit: Eugene Osipov.

Photos: Verkhoyansk

Verkhoyansk in summer. Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photos: Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakhi, Sacred Stone People. Northern Shambala in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

See all Kisilyakh pics on our project YakutiaPhoto.com.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

Batagaika Crater in Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Trip dates:
  • 20 — 27 July 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 8-day group trip. From Friday to Friday. A few spots available.
  • 27 July — 03 August 2018 – 8-day group trip for 1-5 people. From Friday to Friday.
  • 03 — 10 August 2018 – 8-day group trip for 1-5 people. From Friday to Friday.
  • 10 — 17 August 2018 – 8-day group trip for 1-5 people. From Friday to Friday.
  • 17 — 24 August 2018 – 8-day group trip for 1-5 people. From Friday to Friday.
  • private trips on any dates from Friday to Monday and from Monday to Friday on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1: Yakutsk – Batagay – Base on the Tuostakh River. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. Flight to Batagay, 2.5 hr. Arrival at Batagay Airport at 09:55/10:30. Drive to Betenkes, 48 km. Stop by at Shaman Tree en route. Boat journey from Betenkes to the base along the Adycha & Tuostakh Rivers, 60 km, 2 hr. Stop by at Mammoth Hill (one of paleontological sites). Arrival to the base. Early dinner. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 2: Kisilyakh. Breakfast. 09:30 – Transfer by motor boat/s to Ketet site, 20 min. Hiking to Verkhoyansk Kisilyakh, 10 km. Lunch (packed) at Adycha River’s Kisilyakh. Excursion around Adycha Kisilyakh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a mountain guest house. Meeting sunrise ritual.

Day 3-4: Kisilyakh. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level) and other remarkable sites. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight at a guest house.

Day 5: Kisilyakh – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 6: Tuostakh Base – Batagay – Verkhoyansk. 07:30 – Breakfast. Transfer by motor boat/s to Betenkes, 2 hrs. Drive to Batagai town. Time for lunch at cafe. Trip to Verkhoyansk (distance is 72 km, time to drive 1.5 hr). Walking around the coldest town. Stop by Verkhoyansk Stella. Drive back to Batagay in the evening. Time for dinner at cafe. Overnight at private guest house (single/twin rooms with shower room, shared kitchen).

Day 7: Batagay – Batagaika Crator. Breakfast. Road trip to Batagaika Crater. Hiking. Free time at Batagaika. Time for lunch (snacks, bottled water). Transfer to Batagay. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Overnight at a guest house in Batagay.

Day 8: Batagay – Yakutsk. Morning tea at hotel. 10:00 – Transfer to airport. 11:55/12:10 – 12:45/13:00 – Flight to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

8-Day Group Trip Cost:

For 5 people = 130 000 ₽ per person.
For 4 people = 139 000 ₽ per person.
For 3 people = 154 000 ₽ per person.
For 2 people = 183 000 ₽ per person.
For 1 person = 272 000 ₽ per person.

Notes:
– Listed rates are valid for group trips on the above-stated dates only. Final cost depends on the quantity of travelers in a group.
– For the early booking or full pre-payment, we provide 10% discount. Request discount.
For private trips on your preferable dates, please, request the quote.
– If you wish to travel with Russian-speaking travelers on the itinerary designed for Russians only, i.e. without visits to Verkhoyansk and Batagaika Crator as well as without an interpreter and accommodation in Batagai with meals, please, follow the link to read description in Russian.

Tour Package Includes:

– Russian visa invitation.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Guide’s service for all trip days (English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking)
– All transfers as per the itinerary.
– Accommodation according to the itinerary.
– Meals as per the itinerary.
– Hiking guides.

Does NOT include:

– Flights from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation & meals in Yakutsk.
– City tour and other activities in Yakutsk.
– Tips & gratitudes.

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

Information by phone:

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

Order 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 explore Verkhoyansk and its magic Kisilyakh sites is always good with friends.

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Glacier of Lake Buluus. 100 km off Yakutsk, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

GLACIER OF LAKE BULUUS + KYURYULYUR WATERFALLS.
Day Trip from Yakutsk, Russia

Disclosing and introducing the glacier of Lake Buluus and its nearest unique sites. Feel free to experience a day trip and share it with your friends.

Duration: 12 hours.
Period: June – August, 2017.
Route: Yakutsk – Bestyakh – Glacier of Lake Buluus – Turuuk Khaia Cliff – Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Dates

Any date on request.

Photos of Buluus Glacier & Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Turuuk Khaya

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

What to see in this tour

The Lena River. We cross the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (see on the map) two times by a ferry.
Glacier of Lake Buluus. It’s a huge glacier formed during the wintertime thanks to underground water sources. It doesn’t melt in June and July. It might be affected by rains and heat in August. The constant temperature is +4C +6C on the ice in summer. Located ~100 km on the opposite bank of the Lena River from Yakutsk. See on the map
Turuuk Khaia Cliff. With a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest. See on the map.
Kyuryulyur Waterfalls. See photos above and on the map.

Dates

We do a trip on any day upon request.

We do not gather groups for specific dates. All trips are private and done upon request. If you need travel mates to share transport expenses, please, let us know your wished date, and we’ll publish them on here.

Itinerary

08:00 – Picking up at hotel.
08:00 – 8:20 – Transfer from Yakutsk to a ferry in the area of Darkylakh.
08:40 – 10:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry, 10 km.
10:00 – 11:00 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 95 km.
11:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Time for lunch (not included).
14:00 – 14:30 – Transfer to Turuuk Khaia Cliff.
14:30 – 15:00 – Free time on Turuuk Khaya Cliff with a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest (taiga).
15:30 – 16:00 – Transfer to the forest rocky of the Kyuryulyur River with waterfalls, 15 km.
16:00 – 17:30 – Free time at Kyuryulyur.
17:30 – 18:30 – Drive back to the ferry.
18:30 – 20:00 – Crossing the Lena River.
20:00 – 20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

Tour Cost

Rates for the late July 2018

For 4 people = 5 500 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 6 100 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 8 950 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 17 500 RUB.

Please, keep in mind that rates are dynamic. Verify your rate with a tour manager.
If you have a group of bigger size, please, let us know. More people, less the final rate.

Includes:

– off-road transport w/ driver (Toyota Land Cruiser 105/Prado for 1-3 people, minibus Toyota Hiace for 4 and more people);
– ferry passes for transport and passengers (round trip).

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus, Turuuk Khaia Cliff and the Kyuryulyur River;
– German-/French-/Spanish-/Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Trip participation should be confirmed no later than a week before the start of the tour.
– If a trip is requested a few days before the trip, a journey is not guaranteed, as vehicles might be overbooked.
– To reserve your trip date, it is recommended to pre-pay deposit, which is 17% of total cost per group. Balance payment might be done in cash on the day of the trip.

This tour is often booked with:

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tour, 1-3 Days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO BULUUS LAKE GLACIER

By phone:

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

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.

The Lena River, Buluus Lake Glacier, Turuuk Khaia Cliff, and Kyuryulyur Watefalls. Everything for a day trip from Yakutsk. Explore the depth of Russia’s Siberia.

Mirny City Tour

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia's Siberia. It's ALROSA Headquarters Location.

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the Russian company ALROSA’s Headquarters is located.

MIRNY CITY TOUR
The Biggest Siberian Diamond Mine, Diamond-Related Sites, Diamond Miners’s Favourite Places.

We decided to conduct Mirny City Tour in the wintertime. Feel free to share this page with your friends and take a chance to explore the diamond capital of Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). This is where the Russian biggest diamond mining company “ALROSA” is headquated and this is where the biggest Siberian diamond hole is located.

Mirny Photography

Minry in summer:

Photos by ALROSA.

Mirny in winter:

Winter photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Tour Details

Group size: 1-5 PAX and more.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Type: guided.

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Mirny & City Tour

– Arrival in Mirny Airport.
– Meeting up at the airport by a guide.
– Transfer from airport to hotel.

Guided City Tour:

– The MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck.
– First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign.
– The “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex with the statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists.
– Three Swords Square.
– Holy Trinity Orthodox Church with Gymnasium.
– Regional Museum of Diamond Mining History owned by ALROSA.
– Kimberlite Museum.
– Yakutia Live Diamonds Nature Park.

Lunch in the city (not included).
Dinner at hotel or in the city (not included).
Overnight at hotel (not included).

Day 2: City Tour & Departure

– Breakfast at hotel (not included).
– Guided City Sightseeing by a car for 2 hours.
– Back to hotel.
– Check out.
– Transfer to airport.
– Flight out of Mirny.

Cost for Summer 2018:

For 2 travelers = on request
Individual = on request.

For a bigger group, please, request the quote.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Ruble (RUB). We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

Package includes:

– meeting up at Mirny Airport by a guide;
– transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport;
– Mirny City Tour;
– English-speaking guide for 1,5 day;
– hired transport for 1,5 day;
– entry tickets to venues as per the itinerary.

Not include:

– air tickets to/from Mirny;
– accommodation & meals in Mirny.

Please, note that if your arrival from Irkutsk/Novosibirsk to Mirny happens in the evening, we recommend to stay for the second night and dedicate the whole second day to Mirny to see everything according to our venue visit plan.

ORDER YOUR MIRNY CITY 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 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.

Take a chance to visit Mirny, the diamond capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Short link: http://bit.ly/mirnyrussia

Yakutsk City Tour

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA.
Yakutsk City Sightseeing Tour All Year Round.

We offer 11-hr or 5-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings and venues. City attractions are listed below.

If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, let us know.

Yakutsk City Tour Details

Details

Duration of tours: 10:00 – 21:00 or 14:00 – 21:00.
Meet up & end location: your hotel or place of your stay.
Language(s): English, German, French. Extra payment for city tours in Japanese, Korean, Chinese.

Group size might be different.

Please, note that we do city tours upon request.

Standard City Tour Itineraries

11-hr City Tour (10:00 – 21:00):

9:30 – Meeting up at hotel.
10:00 – 11:00 – Visit to the Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
11:00 – 12:00 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Visit to Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower History Exhibition.
12:00 – 13:45 – Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant, the winner of 2016 Yakutsk Food Festival (not included).
14:00 – 14:30 – Driving through Yakutsk.
14:30 – 15:45 – 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).
16:00 – 17:00 – 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.
17:15 – 18:00 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex known also as Permafrost Museum.
18:00 – 20:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals of Northern peoples (not included).
20:00 – 20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

City Tour Prices for Summer 2018:

For 1-5 PAX and more = on request.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

11-hr Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– vehicle rental for transfers during the city tour;
– entry ticket/s to the Treasury of Yakutia;
– excursion in Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower in Old Town;
– excursion in Mammoth Museum;
– entry ticket/s to the Atlasovs’ complex and a traditional neck for protection against evil;
– entry ticket/s to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice complex tunnel;
– transfer to hotel from the place of dinner to hotel.

Does NOT include:

– meals.

5-hr City Tour (14:00 – 19:00):

14:00 – Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum with stops by in the city en route.
14:30 – 15:45 – 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).
16:00 – 17:00 – 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.
17:30 – 18:30 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
19:00 – Transfer to hotel or the place of dinner with stops en route.

Prices for Summer 2018:

For 1-5 PAX & more = on request.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

5-hr city tour package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– vehicle rental from 14:00 to 19:00;
– excursion in Mammoth Museum;
– entry ticket/s to the Atlasovs’ complex and a traditional neck for protection against evil;
– entry ticket/s to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice complex tunnel.

About Yakutsk, Russia

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. City Tour.

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk is one of the oldest towns in Russian Siberia. It was established by Cossacks in 1632 and served as the starting point of all major Far Eastern and Arctic exploration expeditions.

Nowadays, it is the capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The current population is approximately 300 000 people unofficially.

Yakutsk Video

Attractions in Yakutsk, Russia

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Photographs by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Russia’s Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is immodestly rich in minerals. Diamonds, gold, silver, platinum, gems, semiprecious metals. Yakutia is also famous for talented jewelers. Good news is that you might see all the rich of the region and priceless jewelry at one place.

Yakutsk-based Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) consists of three rooms. One is dedicated to diamonds, gold and gems. The second is full of exclusive showpieces. You might see, for instance, the item covered with 200 one-carat diamonds and some of the biggest diamonds ever discovered in the region. The third is about Sakha people’s culture and the history of the mining industry.

All visitors are guided by a museum expert who provides stories and unique history facts.

17th-Century Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower History Exhibition in Old Town

17th-Century Yakutsk Entry Gate Tower Exhibition in Old Town, Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Exhibition is based inside an innovated major entry gate tower of Yakutsk Fortress built in 1632.

A chance to hear a history of Yakutsk since the 17th century and the survival story of the tower through ages.

Mammoth Museum

Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour.

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutia is rich not only in minerals. Its land keeps the remains of all major species lived in Ice Age. Yakutsk-based Mammoth Museum provides a chance to see the world’s most diverse collection of unique exhibits. Ancient mammoth, ancient bisons, ancient woolly rhino, ancient horse and dog.

Museum experts are paleontologists themselves. They share the knowledge of mammoth study, and they also tell stories of their recent scientific expeditions and show clips of the 3D film. Our guide will translate everything told in Russian into your language.

For instance, it was Mammoth Museum that discovered the already-famous bleeding Big Lyakovsky mammoth in the Arctic of Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

During the extraction of the mammoth on Big Lyakhovsky Island, mammoth museum director, Semen Grigoriev, discovered that the Ice Age animal contained blood. Later, the red liquid was proved to have blood remains. Now North-Eastern Federal University (Mammoth Museum is a part of the insititute) cooperates with South-Korean genetic engineers to clone a real mammoth in the near future.

This and other stories you might listen to during your visit.

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Lab

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk-based Permafrost Institute is world famous. It’s one of leading scientific insitutions that study permafrost (frozen soil). Some says, it’s the first one. Unique, as it stands itself on the thick Siberian frozen ground. And it has its own undeground laboratory, where the constant air temperature on its lowest level is -10C all the year around.

Visit to the permafrost institute gives you suffecient answers to questions, “How come the city can stand and develop for centuries on the ground that might be actually affected by the melting process?” and “How can the global “warming” change the structure of permafrost?”, and “Is it possible to drill down to the underground source of drinking water?”, and “Why do mordern town buildings stand on concrete piles?” and etc, etc.

Lecture given by a local scientist provides insight and ancient frozen soil layers demonstrate clearly what we have under feet.

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel inside Chochur Muran Hill

In the above video, Yakutsk mayor Aisen Nikolaev did the Ice Bucket Challenge inside the Kingdom of Permafrost. Please, don’t repeat it.

Photographs: Ivan Dementievskiy (Yukagir mammoth head), Bolot Bochkarev (all others).

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel is the 3rd place to visit during city tour in Yakutsk, Russia. The great thing of that place is that it looks the same as in depicted pictures all the year round.

The constant average temperature inside the tunnel is -8C. When it is +40C outdoor, it’s minus degrees indoor. When it’s -50C, the ice tunnel is felt even warmer. It’s not abnormal fact about the tunnel. That’s all because of permafrost (cryotic soil at or below the freezing point of water).

Apart from huge snowflake-like ice crystals on walls and ceiling, you might see the real head of the mammoth found in the area of Yukagir River in the Arctic (see a photo). It doesn’t need a fridge as a shelter, the head is kept in natural cold condition but, of course, behind the glass door.

For the Kingdom of Permafrost, the best sculptors made fairy-tale characters out of the Lena River ice cubes. Some are dedicated to the “Olonkho” heroic epos that was included in the list of UNESCO’s intangible masterpieces.

Actually, you can try many interesting things inside the venue. Just be ready to experience the cold.

Yakutsk Observation Deck / Viewpoint

Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014. Photo by Yakutsk City Hall.

Top Photograph by Yakutsk City Hall: Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) during its opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014.

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Take your chance to see Yakutsk from the highest point located on the hill of Chochur Muran.

Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant

Restaurant at Chochur Muran Ethno Complex in Yakutsk, Russia

In the evening, we offer you to taste the Russian and Yakutian cuisine at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. A really nice place with delicious national meals.

Average reciept is 1500-1800 RUB per person.
Credit/debit cards are accepted.

Additionally

Feel free to ask us to arrange your visit to more sites of Yakutsk.

Consider the following:

  • National Arts Museum, especially its Contemporary Arts section.
  • International Museum of Khomus Music. The biggest vargan musical instrument is located here.
  • Yakutsk Historical and Cultural Museum of the Northern Peoples. Learn more about history of the Sakha Republic.
  • Underground Laboratory of the Institute of Cryogenics (in short, Permafrost Institute).

ORDER YOUR CITY TOUR

By phone:

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

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 during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind about your request.

Yakutsk City Tour is a good chance to see the major attractions of the coldest city on Earth in the course of one day.

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tours

Tours to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River in Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Bolot Bochkarev/VisitYakutia.com

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK (RUSSIA).
All tours from Yakutsk to UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days.
In the summertime trips to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) might be done on the Lena River directly from Yakutsk or via villages of Bulgunnyakhtah and Elanka.

As you already know, Lena Pillars Nature Park is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Located on the Eastern bank of the Lena River 180 km south off Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Five options for the Lena Pillars tour:

  • 3-day cruise on the “Demian Bednyj” ship.
  • Day trip directly from Yakutsk River Port by a speed boat. Any date at request.
  • Day trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh (110 km south off Yakutsk, and 80 km on the Lena River to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat.
  • 1- or 2-day trip via Elanka village (155 km south off Yakutsk, and 45 km along the river to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat. With overnight in a guest house in the village of Elanka, if 2-day option is chosen.

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS

Lena Pillars Travel Photographs

Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov

Lena Pillars photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Lena Pillars Video by EPOS Foundation

Lena Pillars Travel Options:

Below we offer options for your travel from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) on the Lena River.

3-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars River Cruise [Demian Bednyj Ship]

Demian Bednyj river cruise ship. Lena River. Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Demian Bednyj ship cruise photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cruise route with all marked stops.

The “Demian Ship” ship (see the above photo) conducts Lena River cruises from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The river cruise ship sails directly to Lena Pillars and stop additional stop on the island in front of stone forest.

Period: June – September 2018.
Ship capacity: 210 passengers.
Cruise duration: 36 hrs (every Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Friday) and 46 hrs (Friday – Sunday mostly). Difference is that 46-hr Lena Pillars cruise lasts 2 full days and 2 nights, and the 36-hr one with 1 full day and 2 nights.

36-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 08:00.

Dates of Cruise Start in Summer 2018:

  • June 1st, 9th, 11th, 13th, 20th, 27th.
  • July 2nd, 16th, 18th, 23th, 25th, 30th.
  • August 13th, 15th, 20th, 22th, 27th, 29th.
  • September 3rd, 10th.

Some cruises might be charted for corporate use.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Cabin Cost:

  • Standard TWIN = 14500 – 19500 RUB/cabin for 2 PAX.
  • Deluxe DBL = 15500 – 21500 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.
  • Luxe DBL = 23500 – 34500 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.

Complex Meal Plan = 2550 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee = 2250 RUB/cabin.

Cost depends on cruise dates. Please, verify final cost with us.
Above-listed rates doesn’t included expenses on payment by bank transfer, via POS-termnial, PayPal and other online payment services.

46-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 18:00.

Available Dates of Cruises in Summer 2018:

  • June 15th, 22nd, 29th
  • July 13th, 20th, 27th
  • August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • September 7th, 21st

Some cruises might be charted for corporate use.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Cabin Cost:

  • Standard TWIN = 20500 – 25500 RUB/cabin for 2 PAX.
  • Deluxe DBL = 23000 – 28500 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.
  • Luxe DBL = 36000 – 48000 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.

Complex Meal Plan = 3750 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee = 2250 RUB/cabin.

Cost depends on cruise dates. Please, verify final cost with us.
Above-listed rates doesn’t included expenses on payment by bank transfer, via POS-termnial, PayPal and other online payment services.

Airplane Tour to Lena Pillars, 2.5 hr
by DA-40 NG TUNDRA and PILATUS PC-6 TURBO

In the video: DA-40 NG TUNDRA, made in Switzerland.

Flight duration: 2 hr 15 min.
Period: April – October.
Route: Magadan Airport (30 km off Yakutsk) – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Magan Airport. Other routes on request.

Private Flight Cost:

  • DA-40 NG TUNDRA (2 seats) = 19300 RUB;
  • PILATUS PC-6 TURBO (6 seats) = 48250 RUB.

Package includes air ticket only.

Doesn’t include:
– agency fee (2500 RUB);
– meals onboard;
– transfer from Yakutsk to Magadan Airport, 30 km.

Additional services to order:
– individual transfer by Land Cruiser, 5300 RUB per half a day;
– individual transfer by minibus Toyota Hiace, 8000 RUB per 4 hr.

Flight is done:
– in the daytime;
– on a work day – apart from Sunday;
– when weather is appropriate, no heavy rains, no storms;
– when forest is not on fire.

Booking and payment conditions:
– booking should be done in advance;
– full prepayment is accepted by bank transfer;
– passport copies are required for air tickets issue.

Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars.
Day Trip by Speed Boat

Day trip from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park. By speed boat speed boat Volzhanka or Lazurny 35.
Volzhanka Speed Boat on the left.

In above photographs: Volzhanka Speed Boat.

In above photographs: Lazurny 35 Speed Boat.

Period: June-August 2018.
Duration: ~ 12 hr 00 min.
Group Size: 1-15 people.
Speed boats: Volzhanka Long Cabin (10-12 seats), and Lazurny 35 (15 seats).
Tour starts and ends at Yakutsk River Port.

Good for the group to experience the long-distance journey on the Lena River and travel streight from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park by a speed boat.

Round-trip distance is ~400 km.

Dates for Summer 2018:

  • a private/corporate trip on any date upon request.
  • group trips are done on every Saturday and Sunday.

Standard Itinerary:

7:30 – Meeting up at Yakutsk river port (speed boat station).
8:00 – 12:00 – The Lena River journey by Volzhanka Long Cabin/Lazurny 35. With stops en route on sandy banks and islands.
12:00 – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
12:00 – 16:00 – Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park. Ascending to the view deck on the top of Pillars. Time for lunch at the camping area with tables and shelters.
16.00 – 20:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk river port. With stops en route.

Rates for group trips in summer 2018

For a group of 10-12 people = 10000 RUB per person.
Service fee = 500 RUB per person.

Includes:

– transfer as per the above program;
– entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– Russian-speaking transfer guide;
– lunch.

Does NOT include:

– transfers to/from Yakutsk River Port (1200 RUB per transfer);
– English- or other-language speaking guide.

Yakutsk – BULGUNNYAKHTAKH – Lena Pillars
1 Day [by car & motor boat]

Tour to Lena Pillars Nature Park from Bulgunnyakhtakh by boat. Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Route Map:

Bulgunnyakhtakh is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River almost in the middle of the way between Yakutsk and Lena Pillars Nature Park (the Eastern bank).

Period: June – September 2018.
Duration: a day trip.
Group size: 1-5 people (each group).

Dates:

  • Private trip on any day upon request.

Travel via Bulgunnyakhtakh is good, if you wish to experience:

  • the combined type of trip – overland and river;
  • feel comfortable during car ride on the asphalt road (after Bulgunnyakhtah, there is dirt road);
  • enjoy 80-km river journey with multiple stops for breaks, grots & ancient rock paintings viewing, Lena Pillars and Siberian sand dunes climbing, swimming, fishing;

Distances to travel:

  • 115 km from Yakutsk to Bulgunnyakhtakh overland by vehicle;
  • 85 km from Bulgunnyakhtakh to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh:

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

Itinerary

08:00 – 10:30 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk.
– Stop at a 24-hr grocery store to buy snacks and drinks for the trip.
– Transfer to Bulgunnyakhtakh by a vehicle. 115 km to drive.

11:00 – Start of the Lena River journey by a motor boat from Bulgunnyakhtah to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

8-hr Lena River journey program:

– Stop at Tukulany Dunes.
– Boating the Bulgunnyakhtakh channel of the Lena River.
– Boating along the stretch of the Elanka Rocks.
– Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings at Elanka Rocks.
– Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park. 3-4 hours are pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars and walking along the rocky bank.
– Back to Bulgunnyakhtakh.

20:00 – 22:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk by a vehicle.

DAY TRIP RATES FOR SUMMER 2018:

Group trips:

For a group of 5 people = 5800 RUB/person.
For a group of 4 people = 7200 RUB/person.
For a group of 3 people = 9600 RUB/person.
For a group of 2 people = 14400 RUB/person.
For 1 person = 28900 RUB.

Cost includes:

– transfer by a vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah (round trip);
– transfer by a otor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Tukulany Dunes – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Bulgunnyakhtah.

Doesn’t include:

– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s (300 RUB per person, paid on spot at the park);
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– melas and bottled water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Private trips (w/ full package):

For 4 people = 12500 RUB/person.
For 3 people = 15500 RUB/person.
For 2 people = 22000 RUB/person.
Individual = 42000 RUB.

Write us, if you would wish to embark a private trip with basic services.

If the full package is ordered in advance and pre-paid in full by bank transfer, we provide discount. Write us to request the quote.

Package includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah (round trip);
– transfer by motor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Tukulany Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtah;
– excursion as per the above itinerary;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– lunch (cooked by a city-based restaurant & packed in lunch boxes) and bottled water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Yakutsk – ELANKA – Lena Pillars
1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

Elanka photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Elanka to Lena Pillars travel photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Above photographs were taken during the trip from Elanka village to Lena Pillars Nature Park on July 31st, 2013. Even if the Lena River journey took on a rainy, cloudy day, the stone forest looked majestically and mystery (thanks to its ancient history and rock paintings). This is what you’ll see on the last 40-km stretch of your boat/ship trip.

Elanka is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River. 155 km south off Yakutsk and 35 km to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Two centuries ago, it was used as the postal base and served by a few families only. Currently, one family lives in there constantly. Lately, Yakutsk city residents built summer houses to spend holidays.

Period: June – September 2018.
Duration: 12-14 hrs.
Group size: 1-4 people.

Dates:

  • Group trip on Wednesday/Thursday and Saturday/Sunday from June 23rd, 2018 to July 31st, 2018. Two times a week.
  • Private trip on any day upon request.

Travel via Elanka is good, if you wish to:

  • experience overland and river journeys during 2 days;
  • feel adventerous the off-road excitement on the 45-km part Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka;
  • enjoy the most pictureous stretch on the water way to Lena Pillars Nature Park; it takes 1-hr boating, if not make stops, but you will have stops to view caves and ancient rock paintings;
  • spend night in the new private wooden guest house for 4 people.

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Elanka – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Elanka (overnight) – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

Distances to travel:

  • 155 km from Yakutsk to Elanka overland by vehicle;
  • 40 km from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Elanka:

Route Map:

Itinerary:

09:00 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 12:00 – Transfer to Elanka by vehicle. 155 km to drive.
12:00 – 18:00 – Journey on the Lena River from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

River journey program:
– Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
– Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
– Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars, walking along the rocky bank and lunch.
– Transfer back to Elanka.

18:00 – 21:30 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

DAY TRIP RATES FOR SUMMER 2018:

Group trips:

For a group of 4 people = 7400 RUB/person.
For a group of 3 people = 9800 RUB/person.
For a group of 2 people = on request.
For 1 person = on request.

Feel free to request the quote, if you wish to have full package and the private trip arranged.

Cost includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk (we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica);
– transfer by motor boat en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka (we use Rusboat 47);
– excursion program during the river journey;

Doesn’t include:

– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– meals and drinking water for a day;
– travel arrangement expenses & fee;
– VAT.

2-Day Trip via Elanka:

Route Map:

Dates in Summer 2018

Two-day private trips are done on any available days upon request.

Itinerary

Day 1: Yakutsk – Tabaga Cape – Elanka

Pick up at hotel at 09:00.

This day we do stops at:
– Tabaga Cape to overview the Lena River, 35 km south off Yakutsk;
– Place of the Sakha people’s “Ysyakh” national holiday celebration;
– Orto Doydu Zoo (with animals of Siberian wildlife);
– Lunch at roadside café in Pokrovsk town;
– Bulgunnyakhtakh with 2-hr river journey to Tukulany (high sand dunes over forest and the Lena River);
– Mouth of the Buotama River to check with wooden bison, if they are not hidden deep in the forest (animal show up is not guaranteed);

Arrival in Elanka in the evening.
Accommodation in a village wooden house.
Dinner (prepared by our guide).
Free time.

Day 2: Elanka – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Elanka – Yakutsk.

– Breakfast (prepared by a guide).
– Boat river journey from Elanka to Lena Pillars.
– Stops at Elanka Rocks to view ancient rock paintings and caves.
– Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park including ascending to the view point on the top (for fit people, 2-km trail).
– Lunch (packed) on the territory of Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Transfer back to Elanka by boat.
– Transfer back to Yakutsk by car.
– Arrival in Yakutsk approx. at 20:00.

Feel free to customize 2-day trip.

NOTES:

A guest house in Elanka is an ordinary village-type wooden house with 2 small twin bedrooms, shared room with kitchen and its all necessary accessories.

A motor boat is Rusboat 47. It’s for 7 passengers + 1 driver, but we prefer to have maximum 5 people on it for more space.

Vehicles we use are Toyota Land Cruiser 105, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica.

2-Day Guided Trip Cost:

For 4 people = 18500 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 23500 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 33500 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 63500 RUB.

Cost includes:

– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk, 2 days;
– river journey Bulgunnyakhtakh – Tukulany Sand Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtakh, 2-3 hr;
– river journey en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka with excursion to cave and rock paintings, 5-6 hr;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– overnight in a private wooden house in Elanka;
– meals & drinking water for 2 days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK

By phone:

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

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.

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Yakutsk – Magadan. Kolyma Highway

Yakutsk - Magadan. Kolyma Highway Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Black pass in the Verkhoyansky Range between Yakutsk and Magadan on Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP ON KOLYMA HIGHWAY (ROAD OF BONES)
Overland travel in summer-autumn 2018

This warm period we continue arranging road trips on Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan or backward. Yes, it’s on Stalin’s Road of Bones in Russia’s Siberia.

RANDOM TRAVEL PHOTOS

Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Summer

Watchdog on the famous M56 Kolyma Highway. Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

In above photos, you might see such parts of the M56 Kolyma Highway as:
– Tattinsky district with statues by the road;
– mountain passes in Verkhoyansk Range;
– one of bridges constructed by the inmates of Stalin’s Repression;
– mountain rivers, glaciers, falls;
– Vostochnaya Meteo Station and a cute watch dog;
– Ust Nera and Artyk settlements;
– gold mining spot, one of them;
– Kadykchan, abandoned town of coal miners, one man is left to live inthere;
– a new bridge across the Kolyma River.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our major guide.

Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold in the summertime

Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited village on Earth. It’s often named the Pole of Cold. In summer, we would rather call it the hottest place in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We are often asked to add Oymyakon in the itinerary. So, we did this time as well. See the related option of the Kolyma road trip below.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Dneprovsky GULAG Camp in Magadan Oblast

Dneprovsky is one of Dalstroy’s many GULAG camps in Magadan Oblast. Stands a little bit off the M56 Kolyma Highway between Susuman and Magadan. Big relatively. With well-remained buildings to see during the visit.

A track to Dneprovsky is passible, if weather is perfect and there were no heavy rains.

Photo credit: Evgeny Venediktov, one of our expedition drivers.

Butugychag GULAG Camp in Magadan Oblast

Butugychag is the horrible GALAG’s Labor Camp existed in Magadan Oblast from 1945 till 1955. Mostly known for its deadly uranium mines.

On request, we can visit this site, but we would need to have one extra day and drive from Susuman to Magadan through Ust Omchug (overnight) as well as additional expenses for a guide to show a trek.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Magadan, Russia

The Sea of Okhotsk and bays in Magadan, Russia.  Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

KOLYMA ROAD TRIP OPTIONS

We offer two options:
  • Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan Tour, 8 days, private trips. Route: Yakutsk – the Lena River – the Aldan River – Khandyga – Verkhoyansk Mountains – Tomtor – Oymyakon – Tomtor – Ust Nera – Kadykchan (ghost town) – Susuman – Dneprovsky (GULAG) – Magadan w/ bays of the Sea of Okhotsk. Download PDF w/ description and rates.
  • Yakutsk – Magadan Tour, 7 days, private trip. Route: Yakutsk – the Lena River – the Aldan River – Khandyga – Verkhoyansk Mountains – Ust Nera – Kadykchan (ghost town) – Susuman – Dneprovsky (GULAG) – Magadan w/ bays of the Sea of Okhotsk. See below or download PDF w/ description and rates.
Private trips:
  • any dates on demand.
Dates for 4-day trips (for solo travelers):
  • June 29 – July 2nd, 2018 – 4-Day Yakutsk – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan road trip. From 67 000 RUB per person. Request the info.
  • 7 – 10 August 2018 – 4-Day Magadan – Susuman – Ust Nera – Yakutsk road trip. From 67 000 RUB per person. Request the info.
  • 10 – 13 August 2018 – 4-Day Magadan – Susuman – Ust Nera – Yakutsk road trip. From 67 000 RUB per person. Request the info.

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN SUMMER-AUTUMN PRIVATE TOUR, 7 DAYS

Duration: 1 day in Yakutsk + 4 travel days + 1 full day in Magadan + departure day.
Group Size: 1-4 travelers.
Period: June – October 2018.

Expedition-ready 4wd transports:

– Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (1-2 travelers + 1 guide);
– Toyota Land Cruiser 105 (1-2 travelers + 1 guide);
– Mitsubishi Delica (1-3 travelers + 1 guide);
– Toyota Hiace (1-4 travelers + 1 guide);
– other types (on request)

Highlights:

– Yakutsk City Tour;
– Lena & Aldan Rivers to cross by transport ferries;
– Yakutian villages between Yakutsk and Khandyga;
– Teply Klyuch (w/ GULAG Museum);
– Verkhoyansky Range w/ narrowest passes such as Chernyj Prizhim, Zajachja Petlya, Lastochkin Dom and w/ the highest, longest Olchan Mountain Pass;
– Kadykchan, ghost town;
– Susuman (the town of gold miners);
– Yagodnoye (Panikarov’s private museum “History of Kolyma”.)
– Kolyma River & Bridge;
– many abondend gold miner’s settlements;
– Dneprovsky GULAG, if weather would allow;
– Magadan City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour.

Private Tour Intinerary:

DAY 1 – YAKUTSK. Arrival at Yakutsk Airport. Meeting up a guide. Transfer to hotel. 14:00 – 19:00 – City tour with visits to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ ethnographic complex and the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex. 19:00 – 21:00 – Dinner at Chochur Muran Restaurant (not included). 21:30 – Evening transfer to hotel. Accommodation at Lena Hotel (w/ migration registration).

DAY 2 – DRIVE YAKUTSK TO KHANDYGA, 432 km (according to our GPS tracks), average moving speed 40 km/hr. Breakfast at hotel. Leaving hotel at 09:00. Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry, 8 km. Stop at Nizhny Bestyakh at a store for travelers to buy snacks and drinks. Start of journey on the Kolyma road through many traditional Sakha (Yakutian) villages. One stop at Cherkekh Outdoor Architecture History Museum. Two stops for meals at roadside cafes en route (not included). Crossing the Aldan River by a transport ferry in the evening. Arrival in Khandyga. Accommodation at private apartment-based hotel (twin/triple rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom, no breakfast).

DAY 3 – DRIVE KHANDYGA TO UST NERA, 560 km, 40-50 km/hr. From this moment, the Kolyma road goes through mountains’ valleys and passes. We depart the place of overnight at 08:00. Drive one hour to Teply Klyuch. Stop for breakfast in Teply Klyuch (not included). There is a chance to visit GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive through Verkhoyansk Range with numerous stops for photo sessions at such remarkable places as Zheltyk & Chernyj Prizhim (Yellow & Black Passes), Zajatchja Petlya. Stop for late dinner (not included) at Cuba Cafe in Kyubyume. This is the place where all adventure travelers leave their expedition stickers to a tube-like cash box. Stop on high points on Olchansky Mountain Passes. Arrival in Ust Nera in the evening. Dinner (not included) at cafe in the settlement. Accommodation in the Soviet-era hotel (single room/s with WC for travelers, no breakfast).

DAY 4 – DRIVE UST NERA TO SUSUMAN, 395 km, 40-50 km/hr. Visit to a cafe for breakfast (not included) and at a store to buy snacks and drinks. We depart Ust Nera ±10:00. On the way to Susuman, you’ll see abandoned settlements previously used by GULAG’ administration, and the lost coalminers town of Kadykchan. No cafes en route for stops to have lunch. Arrival in Susuman by the evening. Dinner (not included) at a cafe bar in Susuman. Accommodation in Susuman in gold-mining company’s hotel (single room/s with bathroom).

DAY 5 – DRIVE SUSUMAN TO MAGADAN, 625 km, 40-60 km/hr. This day we leave Susuman after breakfast at a cafe (not included). We’ll see the famous plane cabin sticking out of the public administration building. Crossing the only bridge across the Kolyma River (stop for photo session). If weather is good to us and there had been raining, we would be able to do a 16-km turn to visit Dneprovsky GULAG. Final decision to drive to Dneprovsky belongs to a driver. We’ll see also many ghost towns, do stops for meals (not included) at cafes in Laryukovo and Palatka/Atka. Arrival in Magadan in the late evening. Accommodation at Magadan Hotel (single room/s, with bathroom, included breakfast).

DAY 6 – MAGADAN. Breakfast at hotel. City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour. Stops at bays, Mammoth Monument, the Mask of Sorrow, Magadan Surroundings, etc. We have a good tradition to visit a local fish market to get the perfect red caviar. Accommodation at Magadan Hotel.

DAY 7 – DEPARTURE. Breakfast. Transfer to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Hugs. Flight from Magadan.

Feel free to request the tailor-made tour!

7-Day Private Tour Cost for Summer-Autumn 2018:

For 4 travelers = 141 000 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 164 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 234 000 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 445 000 RUB per person.

Final cost depends on the list of ordered services.

Package Includes:

  • Visa invitation.
  • Transfer from airport to hotel in Yakutsk;
  • Transfer from hotel to Sokol Airport in Magadan;
  • Accommodation at Lena Hotel in Yakutsk (1 night) and at Magadan Hotel (2 nights), single rooms with breakfast;
  • City tours in Yakutsk (with three entry tickets) and Magadan (with one entry ticket) as per itinerary;
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver and all transport-related expenses for driving en route Yakutsk – Magadan road as per itinerary;
  • English-, German-, French- or Spanish-speaking guide and all guide-related expenses during the tour as per itinerary;
  • Travelers’ accommodation in Khandyga (shared room, no breakfast), Ust Nera (single room, no breakfast), Susuman (single room, no breakfast);
  • Traveler’s ferry passes on the Lena and Aldan Rivers.
  • Traveler’s entry tickets to museums in Cherkekh and Teply Klyuch.
  • Sat phone for emergency calls only;

Does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • any meals in Yakutsk (reserve 2000-4000 RUB/day/person);
  • entry tickets to Panikarov’s Kolyma History Museum in Yagodnoye (if Panikarov would be in the town, it’s possible to attend his private museum dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s repression);
  • any meals en route Yakutsk to Magadan (1500-2000 RUB/day/person);
  • meals at restaurants in Magadan (2500-6000 RUB/day/person);
  • personal travel & medical insurances;
  • personal clothes & gears;
  • tips & gratitudes.
Booking & Payment Conditions:
  • We accept payment in RUB/USD/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.
  • To reserve a trip, deposit (50%) is to be pre-paid by bank transfer or PayPal.
  • Balance payment should be done 14-21 days before the start of the road trip.
  • Please, note that Payer’s bank surcharges up to 25 USD per international bank transfer, PayPal’s fee for international transaction is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB.

ORDER YOUR KOLYMA ROAD TRIP

By phone:

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

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.

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