Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2019-2020.
Travel to the World’s Coldest Inhabited Place.
Standard tour for Russian holidays in Siberia!

In next winter we continue to arrange 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 the end of November till the early April. The coldest period is the midst and end of December, January, and the first half of February.

Season: 20 Nov 2019 to 08 Apr 2020.
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

See options below. Please, note that the Yakutsk to Oymyakon round trip requires minimum 5 days, as the village of Oymyakon is located 930 km off Yakutsk.

TRIPS FOR WINTER 2019-2020:

Private Trips:

  • Any dates on demand.

Group Trips:

  • 26 – 30 November 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 03 – 07 December 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 23 – 27 December 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates. Christmas in Oymyakon.
  • 03 – 07 January 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 3 seats left. Description with rates. New Year Holidays in Oymyakon.
  • 16 – 20 January 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 3 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 21 – 28 January 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 4-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 05 – 09 February 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 11 – 18 February 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 18 – 27 February 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Kadykchan – Magadan winter tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 26 February 2020 – 01 March 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 10 – 17 March 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. Description with rates.
  • 24 March 2020 – 03 April 2020 – 11-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon (The Pole of Cold Festival) – Kadykchan – Magadan Winter Tour. Description with rates.
  • 26 – 31 March 2020 – The “Oymyakon – Pole of Cold” Winter Festival. Description with rates

OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOURS ON DEMAND:

  • 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + 6-Day GULAG – Oymyakon trip. Description 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;
  • self-driving means that a vehicle comes with a driving instructor together;
  • the cost of self-driving tour is much higher than a standard private road trip (see the above-listed tour descriptions.)

7-DAY OYMYAKON STANDARD TOUR ON DEMAND

Season: 20 Nov 2019 to 08 Apr 2020.
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. 14:00 – 19:00 – City sightseeing and extra warm clothing shopping. With a chance to visit Mammoth Museum and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Overnight in an apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen, no breakfast.)

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/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon (private wooden house, twin-triple rooms, w/ sink inside, outdoor WC.)
Meals: 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 at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch and for 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 Black Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge), Zheltyj Prizhim (Yellow Pass), Zayachya Petlya and other remarkable places in mountains.
– 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, the same place.
Meals: 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, if open.
– 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.
– Sakha Culture Evening at Cultural Center.

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

Drive distance ~40 km one-way.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner at family’s.

This day we travel to the town of Tomtor. During the day trip we visit:
– the farm of Yakutian horses, original Siberian breed, small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions (note: very rarely, horses might be scattered in mountain valleys and not seen in the farm; it happens when horses are pastured too far away and a breeder is unable to gather horses in the cold condition during a day before our arrival; in such case, we replace horses with unique Yakutian cows, which are very extraordinary, they are huge and mighty and stay outdoor in the farm all the day and go for drinking water to the river every morning);
– the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling as well as with ice sculptures;
– Tomtor Regional History Museum.

We’ll also walk around Tomtor that used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District. It is the very place where Oymyakon weather station is located and the lowest temperature was registered.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Khandyga.

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Overnight at a private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga, the same place.

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 reindeer sleigh ride. You will also need to help herders to prepare sleds… just a little bit.

Please, note that visit to reindeer winter’s camp is possible in the end of November, the beginning of December, February and the first half of March only.

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.

On the way, we’ll visit some interesting villages, including Cherkhekh with Outdoor Architecture History Museum.

In the evening, all participants are welcome to the farewell dinner in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex (not included).

Departure Day Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2019-2020

For 1 – 4 travellers = on request.

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

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 as per itinerary;
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– transport and all transport-related expenses for the road trip Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk;
– accommodation in private hotels in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms with shared facilities);
– accommodation at family’s in a regular village wooden house in Oymyakon with meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 3 dinner);
– entertainment activities in Oymyakon, precisely the Keeper of the Cold Chyskhaan’s welcome and photo session, visits to Yakutian horse breeding farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening;
– entertainment activities in Tomtor, i.e. visits to History Museum (with the Gulag section) as well as to the ice tunnel;
– entry tickets to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum;
– satellite phone connection with the Russian Emergency Service.

At additional cost, if requested:

– Visit to the reindeer herders’ winter camp + 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;
– meals on driving days en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon (reserve ±1500 RUB/person/day);
– personal warm clothes and items;
– personal health-n-travel insurance;
– tips and gratuities.

Booking and payment conditions:

– tour is booked, when deposit (17% of the tour cost) is pre-paid and deposit is non-refundable);
– balance payment is due no later than 45 days before the start of the tour, if no other date is negotiated;
– 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 up to ±20 USD 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 vehicles with our instructors.

Let us know your wishes. 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 2018-2019, 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).

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 various road trips 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 2016-2019:

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:
– prepared for extreme cold winter use;
– 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:
  • 18 Feb 2020 – 27 Feb 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip. SALE IS OPEN. Download the PDF file with description and rates.
  • 16 Mar 2020 – 25 Mar 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip. NOT YET ON SALE.
  • Private trips on any dates upon request.
HIGHLIGHTS:

– Extra warm clothes & souvenir shopping in Yakutsk. We can provide a set of warm clothing for rental (see the list below).
– 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 Cradle of the Sakha Culture.
– Best roadside cafes which offer home-made meals, en route.
– Remains of GULAG Camps on Topolinoe winter road.
– Remarkable mountain passes in Verkhoyansk Range.
– Fun activities in Oymyakon.
– Pole of Cold Monument, Yakutian horse breeding farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening in Oymyakon.
– Meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
– Ice tunnel with huge icy crystals in Tomtor.
– Time 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 Sightseeing: Mask of Sorrow, Bays of the Sea of Okhotsk, remarkable monuments of Magadan.
– Market in Magadan where it’s possible to buy red caviar.
– Farewell party at a lovely restaurant in Magadan.

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER 2020:

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

Day 1 / Feb 18, 2020 / Tue: Yakutsk, Russia. Arrival in Yakutsk & Preparation Day.

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.

– Back to hotel at 18:00.
– Free time.

Day 2 / Feb 19, 2020 / Wed: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Distance: 432 km, 10 hours w/ mealtime & photo stops.
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 near future.

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 stops at road cafes, i.e. before the village of Cherkyokh and 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. No breakfast.

Day 3 / Feb 20, 2020 / Thu: 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.

Leaving 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. No breakfast.

Day 4 / Feb 21, 2020 / Fri: Khandyga – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km, ~12 hours w/ stops and photo shoots.
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 in the late evening.

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 08:00 we leave 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 stop for sufficient breakfast 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” weather 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 weather station.

At ~18:00 we have stop for 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 should be already under -40C and much less. By the morning, it might be possible to register -60C.

Day 5 / Feb 22, 2020 / Sat: Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Expected temperature -40C and -55C in the daytime, and -40C and -60C in the nighttime.

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 vegetarian, 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 / Feb 23, 2020 / Sun: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – Ust Nera.

Distance ~435 km.
Expected temperature between -35C 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 weather 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 tea time with Evens in the traditional wooden cabin. Do reindeer sleigh ride and feel ourselves as real Siberia nomads. With herders, we’ll spend ~2-3 hours.

At ~18:00, stop for 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 look 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 nearby cafe.

Day 7 / Feb 24, 2020 / Mon: Ust Nera – Susuman (Magadan Oblast).

Distance ~394 km, ~11 hours with stops.
Temperature -30C 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).
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 weather 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 / Feb 25, 2020 / Tue: Susuman – Magadan.

Distance: ~625 km. 12-15 hours.
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.

Stop for late breakfast in Yagondoe or Laryukovaya 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).

Stop for late lunch at cafe in the settlement of Laryukova.
Stop for dinner at cafe in the settlement of Palatka with draft beer.

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

Day 9 / Feb 26, 2020 / Wed: Magadan.

Expected temperature around -20C in the daytime.

– Free time by lunch.

Travellers might wish to have lunch in downtown located in the area of 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 / Feb 27, 2020: Departure from Magadan.

– Group transfer to Sokol Airport, 50 km.
– Flight from Magadan.

THE WORLD’S COLDEST WINTER ROAD TRIP PRICE:

Group trip rates for Winter 2019-2020

In a group of 5-10 travelers on 2-3 transports = 2950 EUR per person.

Early birds deserve discount. Write us to learn your personal discount.

We can accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer.

For private trips, please, request the quote. Final cost depends on the route, the quantity of days en route, and the list of ordered services.

Group trip package 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 and group city tour in Yakutsk;
  • entry tickets to two venues in the course of group city tour in Yakutsk;
  • transport/s and all transport-related expenses en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon — Magadan;
  • 1 guide (tour leader) for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip;
  • accommodation in Khandyga (twin room), Oymyakon (twin), Ust Nera (single/twin), Susuman (single) on the way to Magadan;
  • 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 & 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 (w/ entry ticket to one museum in Magadan);
  • warm clothes rental (jacket and boots if available on tour days).

Does NOT include:

  • travel & health insurance policy (obligatory for all to get a Russian tourist visa);
  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk (if not ordered additionally);
  • accommodation in Magadan (if not ordered additionally);
  • food en route between Yakutsk and Magadan – approx. ±20 EUR day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Yakutsk – approx. ±50 EUR day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Magadan – approx. ±60 EUR 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 amounting to 454 EUR per person is pre-paid.
  • Deposit is non-refundable, if a travel group consists of 4 and more people.
  • Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GPB/CNY by a bank transfer.
  • Please, note that a Payer covers bank’s transaction fee (±20 EUR).
  • Payment might be done in RUB by a bank transfer from a Russian bank (no commission).
  • Payment might be done in RUB online by Visa/Mastercard (3.5%) or by PayPal (5.4% + 10 RUB).
  • 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 no later than 45 days before the start of the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan tour.
  • Customer agrees to pay the tour according to the above-mentioned rates for a group of 4 – 10 travelers.
  • In some cases, we can provide discount. Please, write us to learn conditions.
  • Individual tours are done on any wished dates from the early December 2018 till the end of March 2019. Request quote.

Download the PDF file with full description and rates of the trip in 2020.

SAFETY:

We:

  • travel always by 4wd vehicle/s;
  • have a sattelite phone for emergency calls;
  • have an Iridium GPS tracker;
  • register the world’s Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan coldest road trip at EMERCOM (Rescue Service) and keep contact on daily basis.
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 is given on request.

In the course of your trip preparation, we give many useful advices.

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, it’s possible, if you wish to return with us to Yakutsk. Reserve 4 extra days for the return and extra funds.

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.
1 Day in Yakutsk + 6-Day Winter Road Trip (Direct).
From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

In Winter 2018-2019, we continue to arrange such a trip as we think that destination should be regular. Previously we had conducted journeys from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk as private ones on request. Here we go.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Group size: 1-6 travelers.
Team: 2 or more transports.
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.

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.

Dates:
  • 20 – 27 March 2019 – Group trip for 4-6 travelers.
  • any dates for private trips on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Mar 20, 2019 / Wed: 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 / Mar 21, 2019 / Thu: 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 / Mar 22, 2019 / Fri: 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 / Mar 23, 2019 / Sat: Drive Topolinoe – Lake Emandja. Breakfast at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe (not included). Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Time with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe. Lunch at the same cafe (not included). Driving to Lake Emandja, 150 km. Overnight inside a car in the area of the meteo station.

Day 5 / Mar 24, 2019 / Sun: Drive Lake Emandja to Batagai on ice roads along frozen mountain rivers. Strech is 350 km. Run time ±12 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as the rivers Nelgese, Kireng-Yuryakh, Boroulakh as well as many other places. Arrival to Batagai in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 6 / Mar 25, 2019 / Mon: 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 7 / Mar 26, 2019 / Tue: 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. Souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 8 / Mar 27, 2019 / Wed: 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.

Road Trip Cost

For group trips in Winter 2018-2019

For 5-6 travelers on 2 transports = 152 000 RUB / ± 2 000 EUR* per person.
For 4 travelers on 2 transports = 183 000 RUB / ± 2 408 EUR* per person.
For 1 – 3 travelers = on request.

*As of September 2018, average currency conversion rate: 1 EUR = 76 RUB.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfer airport to hotel in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Guide and transport in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Entry tickets to 2 venues during city sightseeings on Day 1.
– Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
– Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom w/ WC and shower).
– Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Accommodation in Topolinoe, 1 nights (apartment with shared rooms, shared kitchen, WC & shower).
– Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
– Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house, twin rooms with WC and shower).
– Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
– Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 7.
– Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 7.
– Guide in Yakutsk on Day 7.
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport on Day 8.

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 2-7.
– Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 7.

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!

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, 2019 – March 2020.

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 trips:

  • Any day on request.

Group trips on travelers’ requests

  • 04 January 2020;
  • 02/03/04 February 2020.
  • 13/14 February 2020.
  • 17 February 2020.

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 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 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 December – February 2020

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

FULL PACKAGE (FOR PRIVATE TRIPS)

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 a big group = on request.
For a group of 5 travelers = 5 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 4 travelers = 6 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 3 travelers = 8 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 travelers = 12 500 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 24 500 RUB.

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 includes:

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

Feel free to customize the list of ordered services.

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!