Yakutian Horse Farm & 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 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.

Authenticity of the Siberian countryside life is the best feature of this journey.

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-n-2-day trip.
Summer/autumn period: June – September (with the use of a transport ferry for river crossing).
Autumn period: October – November (with the use of a passenger hovercraft for river crossing).
Winter period: late November till early April (by an ice road across the Lene River).
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

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

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

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

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN SUMMER:

Itinerary:

08:00 – Transfer to the river port.
– Crossing the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map) by a passenger speed boat, 16 km.
– Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya (on the map), 35 km.
– 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 and protected them from wealthy ones.
– Lunch at family’s in the village.
– Road trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Observing horses on the way. Time at horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses and other breeders’ activities.
– Snacks/tea at breeders’ place.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to Yakutsk.

Price:

Without an interpreter

For 1 – 3 people = on request.

With an interpreter

For 1 – 2 people = on request.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– horse-related activities;
– horse breeders’ work;
– meals (lunch + snacks/tea).

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm with sauna and overnight at a log cabin for ±100 EUR per group (for the option without an interpreter) or ±225 EUR per group (for the option with an interpreter).

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

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.

Prices for Winter:

Without an interpreter

For 1-3 person = on request.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = on request.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry ticket/s;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– a guest cottage to warm up;
– meals.

Doesn’t include:

– Overnight in the farm.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

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.

Price for Winter:

Without an interpreter

For 1 – 3 people = on request.

With an interpreter

For 1 – 2 people = on request.

Includes:

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

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

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: 1-4 PAX.
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights. We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below) including 1 full day for sled dog training, 1/2 day for city tour and 4 full days for dog sledding through the dense Siberian forest and on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy.
Mushing Period: December 2019 – March 2020.
Type of sledding: self drive.
Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
Difficulty level: medium.
Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika, a real Siberia-originated sled dog. Check it on Wikipedia.
Quantity of sled dogs: 6 in each harness.
Sled type: DANLER and traditional wooden.
Warm clothes: fur coat, pants, gloves, and pants are provided, if requested.
Safety: support team on a snowmobile.

Just one week in Yakutsk! You’ll get friended with blue-eyed Yakutian Laika dogs, learn to drive a dog sled on your own, see the beauty of Siberian winter forest, 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 the finest traditional cuisines of the Northern peoples at 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.

Winter 2019: 2-day dog sled safari to the hunter’s cabin

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)

Important Notice: We are replacing 2-day dog sledding to Sottintsy with 2-day sled dog trip to Lena Pillars. Please, be patient. Lena Hotel is replaced with Tygyn Darkhan (4*). Updated description will be published asap.

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

Tour is arranged upon request. As private guided.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival at Yakutsk Airport by midday.

– Transfer from airport to hotel in the city.
– Check-in at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel (4*) in town. One night in hotel is required for migration registration in Yakutsk.
– Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex, 7 km.
– Brunch at the restaurant.
– Welcome with traditional Yakutian purification & blessing ceremony.
– Meeting Yakutian laika (a local sled dog breed, originated in North Kolyma, Russia’s Siberia).
– Theory lecture about specifics of driving dog sleds.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the complex. European, Russian and Yakut cuisine.
– Training. A guide will show how to handle dogs, put them in harness, and self-drive.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the complex.
– Transfer to hotel.
– Overnight at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel in the city.

Day 2 – Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree, 17 km.

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Moving from hotel to the “Ambarchik” guest house on the territory of the “Chochur Muran” complex. Since this day your accommodation is over here.
– Preparation for the first dog sledding.
– Helping to prepare sleds and put dogs in the harness.
– Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree. 17 km.
– Light snacks at the place of the Shaman Tree.
– Dog sledding back to the complex.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the complex. Since that moment, this is restaurant for all your meals inside the complex
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel, known also as the Museum of Permafrost.
– Dinner.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 3 – Excursion Day in Yakutsk.

– Breakfast.
– Free time.
– Dinner.
– City tour in Yakutsk. Visits to Mammoth Museum and Yakutia Treasury, shopping in souvenir & jewelry shop in the old town.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 4 – Two-day dog sledding through forest with overnight in a hunter cabin.

– Breakfast.
– 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 complex.

– Breakfast in a cabin.
– Dog sledding back to the complex. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner in the complex.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 6 – Two-day dog sledding on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy village, 70 km.

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

Day 7 – Way back to the complex.

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

Day 8 – Departure.

– Breakfast (take on, if the flight is in the early morning).
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
– Flight from Yakutsk.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

Winter 2020-2021

For 1 – 4 travelers = on request.

Early birds deserve discounts. Write us to learn your quote.
If you can speak Russian fluently, feel free to request a quote w/o the cost of interpreter’s service.
If you don’t need to have migration registration in Yakutsk, please, let us know, so we could provide you with the adjusted itinerary.

Package includes:

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

Does NOT include:

– Air fares to/from Yakutsk.
– Personal travel insurance / personal items.
– Alcoholic beverages (not recommended during mushing days).
– Tips & gratitude.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Early birds deserve discounts. Write us to learn your quote and conditions.
– If you’re Russian-speaking, please, request a quote without interpreter’s service.
– Payment might be done in EUR/USD/GBP/PLN by a bank transfer from abroad according to our bank’s conversion rate. Your bank might surcharge ±20 USD per cross-border transaction.
– Payment might be done in RUB by a bank transfer from a Russian bank.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by Visa/Mastercard through the Yandex.Kassa online payment processing system (the system’s commission is 3.5% transacted amount).
– Payment might be done in RUB by PayPal.

Alternative Options:

BOOK DOG SLEDDING TOUR

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

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

Take a chance to see Lena Pillars Nature Park, UNESCO’s World Heritage, in the wintertime.

Duration: 1 day.
Distance: 200 km one way or 400 round trip.
Group size: 1 – 5 people.
Period: November 25th – April 10th.

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

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev & Ajar Varlamov.

Lena Pillars Nature Park at YakutiaPhoto.com

See all winter pictures of Lena Pillars at our project YakutiaPhoto.com:

Dates:

Private / Group Trips:

  • Any day on request.

If you’re looking for travel mates on your wished date, let us know in advance, so we could inform others to join you and share trip expenses. Please, note that other travelers have their own wished dates, and we can’t guarantee their dates to match yours.

Please, note also that the first half 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.

Trip Details

Round trip distance: ~400 km.
Duration: 12-14 hours.
Outdoor temperature in November-February: -30C and -50C.
Outdoor temperature in March-April: -10C and -25C.

Vehicles:
– Toyota Land Cruiser (for 1-3 people);
– Mitsubishi Delica (minivan) (for 1-5 people);
– Toyota Hiace (minibus) (for 6-8 people).

Itinerary for Winter

08:00 – Leaving the place of stay (hotel/guest house/hostels). Stop by at a store to buy snacks and drinks for a trip.

08:30 – 12:30 – Drive to the abandoned village of Batamai, 200 km. W/ stops en route to observe caves, ancient rock paintings.

12:30 – 13:00 – Break, hot tea, warm clothes putting on.

13:00 – 17:00 – Crossing the Lena River to the opposite bank by a snowmobile with a passenger sledge, 3 km. Free time at Lena Pillars Park. Ascending to the top view point is possible, if the 2-km track is free of heavy snow. Back to Batamai. Time for lunch, warming up in a village wooden house.

17:00 – Start of the way back to Yakutsk.

±21:00 – Return to the place of stay.

Actual timing depends on the readiness of travelers, the quantity and length of stops en route.

Rates for Winter 2020-2021

FULL PACKAGE (FOR PRIVATE TRIPS) FOR 25 NOV 2020 – 20 FEB 2021

For small/big groups = on request.

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-, Spanish- or Chinese-speaking guide;
– snowmobile with a passenger sled for crossing the Lena River (round trip), 3 km one way;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– entrance to a heated wooden house;
– meals (packed in lunchboxes by Yakutsk-based restaurant) & hot tea;
– warm down parka from the Russian brand “NorthWestFur” (if available & requested in advance);
– Russian-style felt boots (if available & requested in advance).

PACKAGE WITHOUT A GUIDE AND MEALS (FOR GROUP TRIPS) FOR 25 NOV 2020 – 20 FEB 2021

For 1-5 travelers = on request.

Note: the final cost and the size of discount depend on a way of booking, the method of payment and the date of a trip. Current rates are given provided the tour is prepaid by bank transfer in RUB from a Russian bank or by a credit/debit card issued by a Russian bank in Russia.

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;
– snowmobile for crossing the Lena River;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– warm house rental;
– warm clothes (if available on a trip day);
– hot tea.

Doesn’t include:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide;
– meals

Feel free to customize the list of ordered services.

PACKAGE WITHOUT A GUIDE AND MEALS (FOR GROUP TRIPS) FOR 21 FEB 2021 – 10 APRIL 2021

For 1-4 people = on request.

Note: the final cost and the size of discount depend on a way of booking, the method of payment and the date of a trip. Current rates are given provided the tour is prepaid by bank transfer in RUB from a Russian bank or by a credit/debit card issued by a Russian bank in Russia.

Package includes:

– Off-road transport for transfer en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Lena Pillars – Yakutsk. Round trip distance is 440 km. Half of the trip goes on the ice road;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Doesn’t include:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide;
– meals;
– snowmobile with a passenger sledge (not required, as the ice road is made down to Lena Pillars);
– entrance to a warm house (not required, as weather is warm, like -10C -20C).

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS

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 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.

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: 6-7 hours.
Distance: ±40 min from Yakutsk.
Group size: 1–4 PAX.

Ice Fishing Photographs:

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:

Dates:

Any day between Novermber and April.

Route
  • Yakutsk – the Lena River. ±40 min to drive to the ice fishin spot.
Highlights

Our fisherman monitors the Lena River daily and knows exactly where the best bites are and where to fish.

During the winter day we might arrange ice fishing in the following span of time:

  • the morning bite (06:00 to ±13:00);
  • the evening bite (13:00 to ±21:00);
  • the night bite.

We provide:

  • transport and fisherman;
  • your stay in a warm tent with a stove;
  • ice fishing accessories;
  • snacks, hot tea.

Temperature might be as low as minus -30C and -55C.

Recommend
  • to wear warm clothes;
  • to put on warm boots.
Rates for Winter 2020-2021

This winter we do ice-fishing from 13:00 to ±21:00 (popular option):

For 1-4 travelers = on request.

Package includes:

  • transfer Yakutsk (hotel) – the Lena River – Yakutsk (hotel) by off-road winter-prepared vehicle;
  • fishermen’s service;
  • tents, stove, ice fishing accessories;
  • snacks, hot tea;

Does NOT include:

  • warm clothing;
  • other type of drinks.
Booking condition

Yakutsk Ice Fishing Tour might be pre-paid fully or paid on the day of fishing. Very often ordered as a part of Yakutsk Winter Tour.

TRY ICE FISHING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA

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.

The above-listed ice fishing tour in Yakutsk, Russia, might be customized at your request. Please, specify your inquiries – duration and group size. Short URL for this page: http://bit.ly/icefishingyakutsk