Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Siberia!

Dog Sledding Tour in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia

DOG SLEDDING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Siberian Winter Adventure Tour with Blue-Eyed Yakutian Laikas, Local Original Sled Dogs, in the Forest and on the Ice of the Lena River.

Group Size: 1-4 PAX.
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights. We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below) including 1 full day for sled dog training, 1/2 day for city tour and 4 full days for dog sledding through the dense Siberian forest and on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy.
Mushing Period: December 2018 – March 2019.
Type of sledding: self drive.
Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
Difficulty level: medium.
Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika, a real Siberia-originated sled dog. Check it on Wikipedia.
Quantity of sled dogs: 6 in each harness.
Sled type: DANLER and traditional wooden.
Warm clothes: fur coat, pants, gloves, and pants are provided, if requested.
Safety: support team on a snowmobile.

Just one week in Yakutsk! You’ll get friended with blue-eyed Yakutian Laika dogs, learn to drive a dog sled on your own, see the beauty of Siberian winter forest, and the majestic Lena River, learn the history and culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the unique museums of Yakutsk and Sottintsy village, experience a local life during overnights in a hunting hut and a traditional Yakut balagan (small wooden house). And try the finest traditional cuisines of the Northern peoples at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

For alternative options, please, see the list below.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Photos & Videos

Dog Sledding on the Lena River to Sottintsy Village

Yakutian Laika. Dog sledding tour in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov/VisitYakutia.com

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Dog Sledding through the Siberian Forest

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Day Sled Trip to Shaman Tree

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Ambarchik Guest House
Video: Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

7-Day Standard Dog Sledding Tour (Full Package)

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

Tour is arranged upon request. As private guided.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival at Yakutsk Airport by midday.

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

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

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

Day 3 – Excursion Day in Yakutsk.

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

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

– Breakfast.
– Dog safari to a hunter cabin, 24 km. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner and overnight in a hunter cabin.

Day 5 – Way back to the complex.

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

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

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

Day 7 – Way back to the complex.

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

Day 8 – Departure.

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

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

Winter 2018-2019

For 1 people = 4250 EUR.
For 2 people = 2850 EUR per person.
For 3 people = 2450 EUR per person.
For 4 people = 2300 EUR per person.

In some cases, we provide discount. Write us.
If you can speak Russian fluently, feel free to request your special quote.

Package includes:

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

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Booking is accepted, when deposit (30% of the cost) is pre-paid. Balance payment is due no later than 30 days before the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer. Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in EUR.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by Visa/MasterCard online or via POS-terminal at office (bank’s commission is 2.5%).
– Discount is provided in some cases. Write us.
– If you speak Russian fluently, we can exclude interpreter’s service to decrease the total cost of travel budget. Request the quote.

Download the PDF file with above description.

Alternative Options:

  • 2-day dog mushing trip through the dense Siberian forest to the hunters’ log cabin. Description and rates for Winter 2018-2019.
  • 1-Day Dog Musher’s Training School with 17-km dog mushing to Shaman Tree. Description and rates to be approved asap.
  • 1/2-day with dog & snowmobile safari and traditional dish cooking work shop. We usually include such a short activity in a big trip program.

BOOK DOG SLEDDING TOUR

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2018-2019.
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 2018 to 08 Apr 2019.
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 2018-2019:

Private Trips:

  • March – April 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Tours ON DEMAND.

Group Trips:

  • 23 – 27 December 2018 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. MERRY CHRISTMAS IN SIBERIA!
  • 03 – 07 January 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN OYMYAKON!
  • 21 – 28 January 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. WINTER FAIRY!
  • 04 – 11 February 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. CHINESE NEW YEAR IN THE HEART OF SIBERIA!
  • 18 – 27 February 2019 – Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Tour. A group of 7 and more travelers. Description with rates.
  • 04 – 11 March 2019 – Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. A group of 4-7 travelers. Description with rates. LESS COLD TIME.
  • 21 – 26 March 2019 – 6-Day “The Pole of Cold Festival” Tour. Description and rates to be translated into English soon.

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

OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOURS ON DEMAND:

  • 5/6-Day Oymyakon trip. Upon request.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. Upon request.
  • 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;
  • 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 2018 to 08 Apr 2019. SALE IS OPEN.
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 2018-2019

For 4 travellers = 112 000 RUB per person.
For 3 travellers = 141 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travellers = 198 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 371 000 RUB.

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 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 ±2000 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 (12% of the tour cost) is pre-paid and deposit is non-refundable);
– balance payment is due no later than 45-60 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 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 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.

PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO OYMYAKON! Let’s experience the best Russian winter holidays in Siberia. Short URL for this page – http://bit.ly/oymyakon

Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

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

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

Let’s 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 2016-2018:

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:
  • 18 Feb 2019 – 27 Feb 2019 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Sinigorye – Magadan Winter Trip. Guaranteed departure. See description below.
  • Private trips on any dates upon request only.
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.

Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Road Trip, 18 – 27 Feb 2019 – Download a tour description in the PDF file.

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER 2018-2019:

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

Day 1: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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).

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!

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: 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: 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 2018-2019

In a group of 7 travelers on 2 transports = 185 000 RUB per person.

Note: early birds deserve discounts.

Tour cost is officially and initially set up in Russian Rubles (RUB). We can accept payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer. Payment amount should be equal to the amount indicated in RUB.

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 for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip;
  • accommodation in Khandyga (twin room), Oymyakon (twin), Ust Nera (single), 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).

Does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • warm clothes rental (we provide hat, parka, winter pants, socks, gloves on request);
  • accommodation in Yakutsk – approx. 50-75 USD/room/day;
  • accommodation in Magadan – approx. 80-100 USD/room/day;
  • food en route between Yakutsk and Magadan – approx. 20 USD/day/person;
  • food in Yakutsk – approx. 50-80 USD/day/person;
  • food 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 amounting to 20910 RUB/person is pre-paid.
  • Deposit is non-refundable, if a travel group consists of 7 and more people.
  • Payment might be done in RUB/USD/EUR/GPB/CNY by a bank transfer. Please, note that a Payer covers bank’s transaction fee (±25 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 no later than 45 days before the start of the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip.
  • Customer agrees to pay the tour according to the above-mentioned rates for a group of 7 travelers.
  • If the group size is 6 travelers or less and all participants agree to conduct the trip in such group size, the list of included services will be optimized, and its price will be recalculated and due to pay. Though we always try to keep similar rates.
  • 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.
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.

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