Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

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

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

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

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

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

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

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

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

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

Vehicles We Use in Winter

OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

Oymyakon-related Trip Options

GROUP TRIPS FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

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

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

5-DAY OYMYAKON TOUR ON DEMAND:

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

6-DAY OYMYAKON TOUR ON DEMAND:

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

6-DAY SELF-DRIVE TO OYMYAKON ON DEMAND:

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

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

7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

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

Standard Tour Itinerary

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

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

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

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

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

This day’s activity:

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

Day 3: Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

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

Actually we can do many stops.

Day 4: Oymyakon.

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

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

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Day 7: Khandyga – Yakutsk.

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

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

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

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2017-2018

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

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

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

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

Includes:

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

At additional cost, if requested:

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

Does NOT include:

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

Booking and payment conditions:

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

Request the other options if:

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

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

Recommendations:

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

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

Book Your Trip to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth!

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

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

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

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

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

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

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

ROUTE MAP

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

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

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

VEHICLES WE USE IN WINTERS 2016-2017:

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

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

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

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

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

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER 2017-2018:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Back to hotel at 20:00.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 3: Day trip from Khandyga to GULAG Camps.

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

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

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

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

Free time on GULAG sites.

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

Day 4: Khandyga – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Sufficient lunch (included).

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

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

Late dinner with tea (included).
Free time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 8: Susuman – Magadan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 9: Magadan.

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

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Free time by lunch.

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

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

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

Day 10: Departure from Magadan.

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

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

THE WORLD’S COLDEST WINTER ROAD TRIP PRICE:

Group trip rates for Winter 2017-2018

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

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

Request discount for the early booking.

For private trips, please, request a quote.

Price includes:

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

Does NOT include:

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

We:

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

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

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

ROAD OF BONES VIDEOS:

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

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

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

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

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

BOOK YOUR WORLD’S COLDEST ROAD TRIP:

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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.

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

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri.
Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Itinerary:

Day 1 / 12 Feb 2018 / Monday: Arrival at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Shopping for extra warm clothes and city sightseeing with Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex.

Day 2 / 13 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 08:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu, visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum, and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 20:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / 14 Feb 2018 / Wednesday: Drive Khandyga – GULAGs – Topolinoe, village of reindeer herders, 289 km. Morning tea at hotel. Leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness) in the early morning. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for breakfast at a roadside café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe through Big and Small Olchansky Mountain Passes with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ café. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 4 / 15 Feb 2018 / Thursday: Day in Topolinoe. Breakfast at family’s (included). Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Lunch at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Tea with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at family’s (included). Overnight at the same place. Rest.

Day 5 / 16 Feb 2018 / Friday – Day 6 / 17 Feb 2017 / Saturday: Non-stop drive Topolinoe to Batagai by the longest winter road. Strech is 711 km. Run time approx 20 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as Lake Emandja, the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Arrival to Batagai on Day 6 by noon. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 7 / 18 Feb 2018 / Sunday: Day trip Batagai to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Free time and time for lunch at cafe in Verkhoyansk. Visit to a local history museum. Back to Batagai in the evening. Time for dinner and overnight at private hotel in Batagai.

Day 8 / 19 Feb 2018 / Monday: Flight Batagai to Yakutsk (note: one-day flight delay might happen due to bad weather). Transfer to Batagai Airport. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport after lunch. Transfer to hotel. Time for souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk

Day 9 / 20 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Important! We recommend to reserve one extra day for Yakutsk, as the flight from Batagai might be delayed due to bad weather.

Feel free to return to Yakutsk by vehicles with our drivers.

Road Trip Cost

For group trips in Winter 2017-2018

5 travelers (on two vehicles) = 185 000 RUB per person.

Various discounts are given for the early booking or full pre-payment.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfer airport to hotel on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
– Guide’s assistant and transport hire on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
– Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
– English-n-German-speaking guide (group leader) for the Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk road trip on Days 2-8.
– Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom).
– Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Accommodation in Topolinoe, 2 nights, with 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner (at family’s in apartments with twin rooms).
– Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
– Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house with twin rooms).
– Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
– Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 8.
– Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 8.
– Transfer hotel to Yakutsk Airport on Day 9.

Does NOT include:

– Air ticket from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation, meals and entry tickets in Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk on Days 2-8.
– Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 8.

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
– We always stay in touch by a satellite phone.

Required to bring:

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

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR ROAD TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

Winter road trip Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk, Russia, is always great with friends. Share the trip with your fellows!

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk via Oymyakon

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON – VERKHOYANSK
TRIANGLE OF THE COLDEST PLACES IN THE WORLD.
Winter adventure overland tour in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia

Duration: 12 days.
Group size: 5 PAX.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Trip distance: 2500 km one way without additional necessary drives.
Trip type: overland expedition.
Difficulty level: relatively hard (long drives, one night in vehicles)
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Highlights:

– Three coldest places on Earth, i.e. Yakutsk, Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk.
– Extreme cold weather.
– Kolyma Highway & Old Road of Bones.
– Verkhoyansk Mountains with picturesque passes.
– Oymyakon, the famous village considered the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
– Regular Yakut villages with horses and cows, etc.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG camps.
– Big & Small Olchansky mountain passes.
– Topolinoe, the town of reindeer herders.
– Winter and ice roads through mountains between Topolinoe and Batagai.
– Batagai, the town found in 1939 as a center of tin mining.
– Verkhoyansk, the coldest oldest town on Earth.

Dates, itinerary, and rates below.

Extreme winter travel photographs

YAKUTSK, Russia:

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev. Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

OYMYAKON, Russia:

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev. Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

VERKHOYANSK, Russia:

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann. On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri. Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Map: Places to Visit

Dates:
  • 09 – 20 February 2018 – Group trip.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / 09 Feb 2018 / Friday: Arrival in Yakutsk. Meeting trip participants at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel/s. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Extra warm clothing shopping and city sightseeings with visits to Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Museum. Transfer to the place of dinner. Time for dinner. Transfer back to hotel/s.

Day 2 / 10 Feb 2018 / Saturday: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 09:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 19:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / 11 Feb 2018 / Sunday: Drive Khandyga to Oymyakon, 514 km, 11-12 hr. Morning tea at hotel. 08:00 – leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness). Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for brunch at a roadside café. Drive to Kyubyume, 250 km, 6.5 hr. Through the mountain passes of the Verkhoyansk Range. Stops at remarkable place, such as Tomporuk Pass, Yellow and Black passes, Zayachya Petlya, etc. Early dinner at the “Cuba” café in Kyubyume. Drive to Oyamyakon, 194 km, with a refuel stop in Tomtor. Arrival to Oymyakon around 22:00. Dinner at family’s. Overnight in an ordinary village-type wooden house (twin-triple rooms, common kitchen, available wash basin inside, outdoor toilet) in Oymyakon.

Day 4 / 12 Feb 2018 / Monday: Full day in Oymyakon. Breakfast at family’s. Visit to the Pole of Cold Stella. Receiving the Pole of Cold certificate from a winter fairy character Chyskhaan, the Keeper of the Cold. Strolling across the village of Oymyakon. Cold weather experiments. Lunch at family’s. Ice-fishing (traditional) on the Indigirka River. Dinner at family’s. The Sakha culture evening in the House of Archyy. Evening tea at family’s. Rest.

Day 5 / 13 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: Drive Oymyakon to Teply Klyuch. Breakfast in the early morning. 08:00 – Leaving a guest house. Drive to Tomtor, 41 km. On the way, we’ll have a visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. In Tomtor, we visit the ice tunnel complex called “Residence of Chyskhaan”, which remarkable for its huge snowflake-like ice crystals on its surface. Drive to Kyubyume, 153 km. We’ll the Oymyakon winter forest and mountains we have missed during a previous ride in the dark time the other day. Dinner at the “Cuba” café. Drive back to Teply Klyuch through evening mountains. Dinner at café in Teply Klyuch. Overnight in Teply Klyuch. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 6 / 14 Feb 2018 / Wednesday: Drive Teply Klyuch to Topolinoe, village of reindeer herders, 219 km, 5 hr. Breakfast at café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at family’s. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 7 / 15 Feb 2018 / Thursday: Day in Topolinoe. Breakfast at family’s. Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Lunch at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Tea with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at family’s. Overnight at the same place. Rest.

Day 8 – 9 / 16 – 17 Feb 2018 / Friday – Saturday: Non-stop drive Topolinoe to Batagai by the longest winter road. Strech is 711 km. Run time approx 18-20 hr. This day we pass by such places as Lake Emandja, the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Meals (take away). Arrival to Batagai on Day 8 by noon. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (single/twin rooms).

Day 10 / 18 Feb 2018 / Sunday: Day trip from Batagai to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Free time and time for lunch at cafe in Verkhoyansk. Visit to a local history museum. Back to Batagai in the evening. Time for dinner and overnight at private hotel in Batagai.

Day 11 / 19 Feb 2018 / Monday: Flight Batagai to Yakutsk (note: one-day flight delay might happen due to bad weather). Transfer to Batagai Airport. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport after lunch. Transfer to hotel. Time for souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 12 / 20 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Feel free to request a customized itinerary and your special quote for a private trip.

Expedition Cost for 2017-2018:

For a group of 5 people = 253 000 RUB per person.

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

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfers airport-hotel and hotel-airport in Yakutsk.
– Guide (tour leader) for all tour days.
– Yakutsk City Sightseeing. On transport.
– Two transports and all transport-related expenses for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk road trip. We prefer to use Toyota Land Cruisers prepared for winter expeditions.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, Oymyakon, Teply Klyuch, Topolinoye, Batagay.
– Food at family’s in Oymyakon and Topolinoe.
– Pole of Cold Certificates in Oymyakon
– Program in Oymyakon and Tomtor (meeting the Keeper of the Cold, ice fishing, Yakutian horse breeding farm, Yakut sakha culture evening, ice tunnel complex).
– Program in Topolinoye (visit to reindeer herders).
– Entry tickets to GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch and Verkhoyansk.

Does NOT include:

– Air tickets your home to/from Yakutsk.
– Air ticket for the Batagai – Yakutsk flight.
– Accommodation and meals in Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes en route (1000-1500 RUB/day per person).
– Breakfasts at places of overnights in Khandyga, Teply Klyuch, Batagai.

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
– We use a satellite phone.

Required to bring:

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

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIANGLE OF THE COLD

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.

Join our winter road trip through the coldest places on Earth!

Reindeer Trip in Oymyakon, Russia

Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon Valley. In Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON REINDEER HERDERS
WINTER TRIP THROUGH SIBERIAN WILDERNESS

Embark the world-class exclusive reindeer sleigh ride through the wilderness of Oymyakon area, the coldest place in Russia’s Siberia. Winter adventure tour for active people!

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp in Oymyakon Valley – reindeer expedition – back to the Winter Camp – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 9 days / 8 nights.
Group size: 1-3 travellers.
Travel season: 01 December – 15 April. New Year holidays are not included. December, January, and February are the coldest months. March is soft, from -25C in the daytime.

Reindeer Safari / Sleigh Ride Dates:
  • Upon request.

Video: Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia

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Video credit: Yuri Berezhnov.

Winter Travel Photos: Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev/VisitYakutia.com.

Winter Photographs with Travellers

Photo credit: Lyubomira Romanova/VisitYakutia.com.

Oymyakon Reindeer Sleigh Ride Tour Info

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Yakutsk Airport in the morning. Transfer to hotel. 12:00 – Meeting a guide. Lunch in the city (not included). 14:00 – 19:00 – Shopping extra warm clothes and city sightseeing (by car).

Day 2: Drive from Yakutsk to Khandyga. Departure from hotel at 09:00. 453 km for ~9 hr. Overnight in the appartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

Day 3: Drive from Khandyga to Herder’s Winter Camp in Oymyakon District. Through Verkhoyansk Mountain Passes. 350 km for 9-10 hrs. Arrival to the reindeer’s winter base in the evening. Dinner. Overnight in a stove-heated wooden cabin at the herder’s place.

Day 4: Reindeer Sleigh Expedition. Breakfast. Preparing for the start of reindeer sleigh ride. Packing stuff on sleds and tying reindeer to sleds. Lunch. Reindeer sleigh ride (a traveler sit on a separate sled with 2 reindeer in the caravan). Distance to ride is ~30 km. Stop at the temperary overnight spot. Setting up tents. Dinner in a tent. Overnight in a tent.

Day 5: Reindeer Sleigh Expedition. Breakfast in a tent. Preparing reindeer and sleds for the ride. Lunch. Reindeer sleigh ride on the way back to herders’ place on the different route. 50 km. Arrival to the camp in the evening. Dinner. Overnight in a stove-heated wooden house at the herders’ camp.

Day 6: Herder’s Winter Camp. Free day. Lasso throwing training. Hiking and riding (by reindeer sleigh or snowmobile) in the nearby mountain area. Some hunting and other herder’s daily activities. Breakfast, lunch, dinner are included. Actually, we can do a day trip to Uchugei and Oymyakon villages.

Day 7: Drive from the winter base to Khandyga. Breakfast. Packing belonging for the way back. Brunch. Transfer by a car from the herders’ place to Khandyga. 350 km for ~9 hr.

Day 8: Drive from Khandyga to Yakutsk. Arrival in Yakutsk by the evening.

Day 9: Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Feel free to request a customized itinerary.

Cost for Winter 2017-2018:

3 travelers = 152 000 RUB per person.
2 travelers = 216 000 RUB per person.
Individual = 410 000 RUB.

We provide discounts for early bookings.

Price includes:

– visa support;
– transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on the Day of Arrival and transfer from hotel to airport on the Day of Departure;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish- or Chinese-speaking guide for the whole period;
– 6-hour transport hire for shopping additional warm clothes and sightseeing;
– 4WD transport with a driver for 7-day trip en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp in the wilderness of the Oymyakon valley – Khandyga – Yakutsk;
– accommodation at private hotel in Khandyga (twin room w/ shared facilities);
– accommodation at reindeer herders’ camp in a wooden cabin (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
– reindeer herders’ service at the winter camp and during sleigh expedition;
– meals and drinks during 2-day reindeer sleigh expedition;
– tents, stove, generator, and reindeer skin (serves as floor cover in tents) rent;
– sleeping bags;
– sattelite phone for emergency calls;
– day drive from herders’ winter camp to Oymyakon;
– VAT/tax.

Does NOT include:

– air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
– accommodation, meals and entry tickets to venues in Yakutsk;
– meals at roadside cafes during driving days en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Winter Camp and Winter Camp – Khandyga – Yakutsk for 4 days (1000-1500 RUB/day/person);
– extra warm clothes;
– personal travel insurance policy;
– tips & gratitude.

Booking and payment conditions

– Tour is booked, when the deposit amounting to 35% of tour cost is pre-paid.
– Balance amount is no later 60 days before the start of the tour.
– Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or bank transfer.
– Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY is accepted by bank transfer, and the amount should be equal to the one indicated in Russian rubles.
– 10-percent discount is granted for the early booking.

PRECAUTION

Oymyakon winter reindeer sled trip is recommended for people, who is older than 18 y.o. and who has no health issues.

Such trip might be too tough for people, who are over 65 y.o.

Recommendation on clothes might be given while corresponding.

BOOK OYMYAKON REINDEER SLEIGH EXPEDITION

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.

You might call it differently. Reindeer safari. Reindeer sleigh ride. Reindeer Sledding. But it’s always a true winter adventure with reindeer people in Siberia, Russia!