Yakutsk – Labynkyr – Okhotsk

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Tomtor - Lake Labynkyr - Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. With Reindeer Herders.

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Tomtor – Lake Labynkyr – Arka – Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. From Yakutia to Khabarovsk Krai! With Siberian Reindeer Herders!

Together with herders from the village of Arka, Khabarovsk Krai we’re planning to embark a big overland expedition from Yakutsk to Okhotsk with trekking between the legendary Lake Labynkyr and its home.

Duration: 25 days.
Dates: 12 July 2017 – 05 August 2017
Expedition Status: guaranteed.
Group size: 1-4 people.
Note: Summer trekking expedition happens once a year. Starts and finishes in Yakutsk, Russia.

Difficulty level: high physical exercise.
Recommended for people, who are physically fit, psychologically healthy, and endurance strong.
To be friendly and open-minded is obligatory.

Random Expedition Photos:

Even herder, of Arka, works with his reindeer on the glacier in mountains

Photo credits: herders & residents of Arka town.

Route & Map:

Expedition Route: Yakutsk – Tomtor / Oymyakon – Lake Labynkyr – Lake Vodorazdelnoe – the Ulbeya River – the Kuhktui River – Reindeer Herders’ Summer Base – the Okhota River – Herders’ Settlement of Arka – Okhotsk – Yakutsk.
Total distance: ~1500 km.
Trekking/rafting distance: ~440 km.

Itinerary

Day of Arrival – Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. 11:00 – Meeting up with guides. Orientation. 14:00 – 19:00 – Yakutsk City Tour (sightseeings, visit to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Etho Complex, the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex). Overnight at hotel.
Day 1 / 12 Jul 2017 – Breakfast at hotel. Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga, 420 km. With expedition team by an off-road minivan. Crossing the rivers Lena, Aldan. Lunch & dinner at roadside cafes en route. Accommodation at a private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.
Day 2 / 13 Jul 2017 – Breakfast. Driving Khandyga to Tomtor. Early lunch & early dinner at roadside cafes en route. Crossing the Kyubyume River. Arrival in Tomtor in the evening. Late dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Day 3 / 14 Jul 2017 – Breakfast. Day road trip to Oymyakon, 40 km. By an off-road vehicle. Lunch (packed) & dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Tomtor.
Day 4 / 15 Jul 2017 – Transfer Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr, 90 km. Along the Kuydusun River. By all-terrain Soviet-type military vehicle GAZ 71. Arrival to hunters’ cabin in the northern part of Lake Labynkyr. Dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 5 / 16 Jul 2017 – Spare time at Lake Labynkyr. Fishing, hiking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 6 / 17 Jul 2017 – Trekking to the southern part of Lake Labynkyr, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 7 / 18 Jul 2017 – Huge pike fishing at Lake Labynkyr. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8-9 / 19-20 Jul 2017 – Trekking from Labynkyr to Lake Vodorazdelnoe along the Labynkyr River, 50 km. Meeting up herders from the summer base with work reindeer (to carry cargo) at Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 10 / 21 Jul 2017 – Stay at Lake Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 11 / 22 Jul 2017 – Trekking through the mountain pass to the Ulbya River, 20 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 12 / 23 Jul 2017 – Trekking to the Koukhtui River, 15 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 13 / 24 Jul 2017 – Trekking to reindeer herders’ summer base on a bank of the Koukhtui River, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 14 / 25 Jul 2017 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 15 / 26 Jul 2017 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 16 / 27 Jul 2017 – Trekking with reindeer from the base to the Okhota River. The start of rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of Dolnaya. Day distance is 30 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 17 / 28 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Nek, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18 / 29 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of the Delka-Okhotskaya River, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 19 / 30 Jul 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Uega, where a meteo station and sauna are located. Day distance is 35 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 20 / 31 Jul 2017 – Lake Uega. Fishing. Sauna. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 21-22 / 01-02 Aug 2017 – Rafting on the Okhota River to herders’ village of Arka. Arrival in the evening. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 23 / 03 Aug 2017 – Free day in Arka. Excursion across the settlement. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 24 / 04 Aug 2017 – Free day in Arka. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 25 / 05 Aug 2017 – Breakfast. Transfer to the town of Okhotsk at the Sea of Okhotsk (photo session). Transfer to Okhotsk Airport. Flight to Yakutsk. Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation at hotel.
Day of Departure – Breakfast (take away). Transfer to hotel. Flight from Yakutsk.

Expedition cost:

For a group of 4 people = 540 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 3 people = 680 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 people = 980 000 RUB per person.

Includes:

– visa invitations;
– all transfers from/to airport-in Yakutsk according to the itinerary;
– accommodation in Yakutsk with breakfast according to the itinerary;
– transport rental in Yakutsk on days mentioned in the itinerary;
– English-speaking interpreter in Yakutsk and during the expedition;
– 3 herders’ service during the expedition;
– transport rental for drive en route Yakutsk – Tomtor – Oymyakon – Tomtor;
– accommodation in Tomtor (2 nights);
– all terrain vehicle (military type) to reach from Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr;
– camping & fishing accessories;
– work reindeer and their owner to carry cargo through mountain passes from Lake Vodorazdelnoe to the Okhota River;
– accommodation at reindeer herders’ summer base;
– robber boats & safety jackets for rafting mountain rivers in Khabarovsk Krai;
– sauna en route, where it is possible;
– meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk to Tomtor, home meals at family’s in Tomtor and Arka, meals at herders’ summer base, camping meals during trekking/rafting;
– accommodation in a private wooden house in Arka;
– transfer from Arka to Okhotsk Airport with a stop in Okhotsk;
– air tickets Okhotsk to Yakutsk.

Does NOT include:

– flight to Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
– flight from Yakutsk after the end of the tour;
– personal medical/travel insurances;
– personal clothes & gears;
– tips and gratitudes.

Booking & Pre-payment Conditions

– Participation in the expedition is booked, when 35% is pre-paid as deposit.
– Balance payment is due not later than 60 days before the start of the tour.
– Expedition cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Paid amount in USD/EUR/GBP/CYN should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment is accepted by a bank transfer.

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Embark the expedition of your lifetime from Yakutsk to the Sea of Okhotsk! Be friend with Siberian reindeer herders!

Glacier of Lake Buluus

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

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

In Summer 2016, we decided to disclose and introduce the glacier of Lake Buluus and its nearest unique sites. Feel free to experience a day trip and share it with your friends.

Duration: 12 hours.
Period: June – September, 2016.
Route: Yakutsk – Bestyakh – Glacier of Lake Buluus – Turuuk Khaia Cliff – Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Dates

Any date at request.

Photos of Buluus Glacier & Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Turuuk Khaya

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

What to see in this tour

The Lena River. We cross the Lena River in the area of Bestyakh (see on the map) two times by a ferry.
Glacier of Lake Buluus. It’s a huge glacier formed during the wintertime thanks to underground water sources. It never melts. The constant temperature is +4C +6C on the ice in summer. Located ~100 km on the opposite bank of the Lena River from Yakutsk. See on the map
Turuuk Khaia Cliff. With a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest. See on the map.
Kyuryulyur Waterfalls. See photos below and on the map.

Itinerary

09:00 – Picking up at hotel.
09:00 – 10:30 – Transfer from Yakutsk to Bestyakh ferry stop, 95 km.
10:30 – 12:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry. Time includes waiting time.
12:00 – 12:30 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 15 km.
12:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Lunch.
14:00 – 14:30 – Transfer to Turuuk Khaia, 15 km.
14:30 – 15:00 – Free time on Turuuk Khaya Cliff with a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest (taiga).
15:30 – 16:00 – Transfer to Kyuryulyur Waterfalls, 15 km.
16:00 – 17:30 – Free time at Kyuryulyu Waterfalls.
17:30 – 18:30 – Drive back to the ferry.
18:30 – 20:00 – Crossing the Lena River.
20:00 – 21:00 – Way back to Yakutsk.
21:00 – Back to hotel.

Tour Cost

In a group of 2 travellers = 14 400 RUB* / 232 USD** / 206 EUR** per person.
Individual = 27 800 RUB* / 448 USD** / 397 EUR** per person.

*Payment in Russian Rubles is accepted by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for international transactions is 4.4-5.4% + 10 RUB)
**Payment in USD/EUR is accepted by bank transfer and should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian rubles.
Fixed currency conversion rate as of July 27th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– hired minivan Hyundai Starex;
– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking guide;
– ferry passes for transport and passengers;
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls.

Not include:

– food and drinks (you might order meals from one of the best Yakutsk-based restaurant for a day at cost of 2000 RUB per person).

This tour is often booked with:

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tour, 1-3 Days.

Book a day trip to Buluus Lake Glacier

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

Lake Baikal – Yakutsk – Magadan Tour

Lake Baikal. Irkutsk - Yakutsk - Magadan Tour through Siberia and Far East, Russia.

IRKUTSK – YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP.
Lake Baikal – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Okhotsk Sea.
Authentic Siberia & the Far East in Russia!

So, here we go. We gather a group of travellers, who have a strong desire to embark a fascinating road trip with us from Lake Baikal to Magadan via Yakutsk. A big journey in Russia’s Siberia!

Baikalsee – Jakutsk – Magadan Reise (PDF auf Deutsch)

Travel Photographs

Lake Baikal in Irkutsk Oblast:

Photo credits: Artem Petukhov & Ekaterina Ipatieva, Yakutsk-based Adventurers.

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Yakutia:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

The Sea of Okhotsk in Magadan Oblast:

Photo credit: Ilya Kovyakin/LiveJournal.

Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan Trip Route on Map

The above map doesn’t provide the exact distance of the factual trip.

Trip Details

Group size: 4 PAX. For a small or big group, feel free to order the customized tour.
Dates: flexible. Depends on travellers’ schedule.
At request, the tour might be done on any dates in June – August, September (Golden Autumn) – the early October (the first snowfalls on the Kolyma road), December – February (Cold Siberian Winter), and March (Ice on Lake Baikal) – the early April.

Distance to drive: ~ 6000 km one way through Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Route: Irkutsk – Olkhon Island (2 days) – Irkutsk (1 full day) – Ulan Ude (1 full day) – Ivolginsky Datsan – Chita – Erofei Pavlovich – Tynda – Nerungri – Yakutsk (1 full day) – Lena Pillars Nature Park (3 days for the Lena River cruise) – Yakutsk – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan (1 full day + 1 extra day for any delays or the boat excursion in the Sea of Okhotsk).

Highlights. What to see?

– Irkutsk City Tour.
– 2-Day Overland Excursions across Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal to see all famous places.
– Ulan Ude City Tour.
– Ivolginsky Datsan in Buryatia.
– Chita.
– Amur–Yakutsk Mainline.
– Tynda Railway Station, the heart of the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM).
– Vasilievka, remains of a GULAG camp.
– Yakutsk & Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River.
– Kolyma Road & Verkhoyansky Mountains.
– Kolyma River.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG administration buildings.
– Magadan City Tour + GULAG Cafe.
– The Sea of Okhotsk.

Summer-Autumn Itinerary (Recommended)

Day 1 / Sun – Arrival in Irkutsk Airport. Drive Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, precisely to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. 292 km. Visit to the Shamans Rock.
Day 2 / Mon – Olkhon Island. Excursion to Khoboi Cape, the North of the Island to observe Lake Baikal. 80 km.
Day 3 / Tue – Olkhon Island. Excursion to the South of the Island. Drive back to Irkutsk. 292 km.
Day 4 / Wed – Irkutsk. City Tour.
Day 5 / Thu – Drive Irkutsk to Ulan Ude. 458 km. Stops on the southern shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 6 / Fri – Ulan Ude. City Tour and day trip to the traditional Russian village.
Day 7 / Sat – Drive Ulan Ude via Ivolginsky Datsan to Chita. 713 km (with distance to the Datsan).
Day 8 / Sun – Drive Chita to Erofei Pavlovich. 774 km.
Day 9 / Mon – Drive Erofei Pavlovich to Nerungri. 529 km. Stop for walking around in Tynda.
Day 10 / Tue – Drive Nerungri – Remains of Vasilievka GULAG camp – Aldan. 274 km.
Day 11 / Wed – Drive Aldan to Yakutsk. 541 km. Crossing the Lena River before Yakutsk on a transport ferry.
Day 12 / Thu – Yakutsk. City Tour.
Day 13 / Fri – River Cruise from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park (beginning).
Day 14 / Sat – Lena Pillars Nature Park. Cruise boat at Lena Pillars (continuation).
Day 15 / Sun – Arrival to Yakutsk River Port in the evening. River Cruise (end).
Day 16 / Mon – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 419 km.
Day 17 / Tue – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 556 km. Through Verkhoyansky Mountain Passes.
Day 18 / Wed – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 390 km.
Day 19 / Thu – Driver Susuman – Ust OmchugMagadan the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 590 km.
Day 20 / Fri – Magadan. City Tour.
Day 21 / Sat – Magadan. Boat excursion in the Okhotsk Sea.
Day 22 / Mon – Departure Day. Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Flight out.

Itinerary might be customized at request. For instance:

  • It might be shorter, if to fly directly from Irkutsk to Yakutsk instead of driving all the way.
  • Driving between Irkutsk to Yakutsk might be also replaced by journey on train to Nerungri and the rest of the way to Yakutsk done by our transport.
  • 3-day cruise from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park might be replaced with day trip by a speed boat in the summer and day trip over the ice in the wintertime.
  • You might fly from Yakutsk to Mirny, West Yakutia, for day city tour to see the huge “MIR” diamond mine pit.
Tour Cost for Recommended Itinerary

In a group of 4 travellers = 5 004 USD / 4 432 EUR per person.

Final cost depends on the corrected currency conversion rates. As of October 2nd, 2015:
1 USD = 62 RUB
1 EUR = 70 RUB

Includes:

  • 1 minivan 4WD and all transport-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Olkhon Island – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • 1 guide and all guide-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Olkhon Island – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • 2-day overland excursions across Olkhon Island;
  • city tours in Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Magadan;
  • 3-day Lena River Cruise to Lena Pillars Nature Park (without a guide in the summer);
  • transfers Irkutsk Airport to Olkhon Island and Magadan to Sokol Airport from Magadan;
  • visa support, if requested.

Does NOT include:

  • airfares to Irkutsk and from Magadan;
  • accoommodation en route (better pay directly by a debit/credit card to escape double tax payment; the rate is 2500 – 5000 RUB/night per room);
  • food (2000-5000 RUB/PAX/DAY in cities, 300-500 RUB/PAX/one meal at roadside cafes).

Additional offer:

  • Speed boat excursion with fishing in the Sea of Okhotsk (30 000 RUB per group) in summer-autumn

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Exciting overland trip from Irkutsk to Magadan via Yakutsk. Lake Baikal, Lena Pillars on the Lena River and the Sea of Okhotsk. Enjoy beautiful landscapes in Russia’s Siberia & Far East!

Siberian Taimen Fishing. Tuostakh River.

Siberian trout taimen fly fishing in Russia. Tuostakh River in Verkhoyansky Mountains in Yakutia, Siberia

SIBERIAN TAIMEN (TROUT) FISHING TOUR ON THE TUOSTAKH RIVER.
Verkhoyansky District in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. 10 Days/9 Nights.

Catch a Siberian trout (taimen) as big as 30-40 kg (66-88 pounds). In the heart of the real Siberia. If you are good and lucky, you might get a bigger trophy.

Major fish to catch is Hucho taimen. It’s scientific name. Also known as Siberian trout, Siberian taimen, and Siberian salmon. Choose any name you like to use. More info, surely, on Wiki.

Map

Photography

Siberian trout taimen fishing on Tuostakh River in Verkhoyansky Mountains in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

Apart from the trophy-size Siberian trout, it’s possible to catch different types of fishes. Goldilocks, grayling, whitefish, pike, perch. Deeper into the wilderness, bigger fishes.

Location

The Tuostakh River flows along the mountain area of Verkhoyansky District, one of the world’s coldest area in Siberia’s Yakutia, but happily not in the summer.

Tuostakh is the right tributary of the Adycha River. Its length is 271 km (169 miles). Starts from the western side of Chimalginsky and Tas-Hayahtah ridges in Verknoyansky mountains. Has 27 tribuatary streams. Released from ice in the late May or the early June. Freezes in the early October.

Rich for fishes such as whitefishes, graylings, goldilocks, spikes, and trouts (taimen). Latter might weigh up to 30-40 kg (66-88 pounds).

Nature is wild and picturesque. Surrounded with intense forest. Famous for so-called human-like sacred stones on top of flat plateau and the remains of mammoth fauna.

Tour Overview

Fishes: Siberian trout (taimen), goldilocks, grayling, whitefish, pike, perch.
Chance to catch: 100% for taimen, 90% for big taimens.

Start Date: August 18th, 2015.
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights.
Group Size: 4-6 people.

Fishing Location: Tuostaah River, Verkhoyansky District, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.
Route: Yakutsk – Batagai – Yakutsk
Fishing route distance: 130 km (81 miles.)

Logistics:

  • Flight Yakutsk to Batagai, center of Verkhoyansky District, by the AN-24 regular passenger plane.
  • Transfer from Batagai to the starting point of fishing by the chartered MI-8 helicopter.
  • Rafting and fishing.
  • Transfer from the end point of trout fishing to Batagai by boats and 4wd transports.
  • Flight back to Yakutsk by regular passenger plane.

Fishing Highlights:

  • Overnights in tents during fishing on Day 2-7.
  • Accommodation in three-bed rooms in one-store wooden buildings on Day 8. Sauna is available.
  • 2 catamarans with engines + 1 cargo boat with an engine.
  • Fishing from boats and river banks.
  • The “catch-and-release” rule applied.

Meal Plan:

  • Breakfast in hotel in Yakutsk.
  • Lunch snack on Day 2.
  • Camp meals from dinner on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9.
Itinerary

Day 1: Yakutsk.

Arrival in Yakutsk Airport. Transfer from airport to hotel is provided. Free time in Yakutsk.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Batagai – Tuostakh River.

Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the very early morning.

07:40 – Flight Yakutsk to Batagai by the regular passenger plane AN24. Flight time is 1 hr 40 min.
11:00 – Flight Batagai to the Tuostakh River by the chartered MI-8 helicopter. Flight time is ~2 hr.

Tent camp set up. Dinner. Evening fishing.

Day 3-7: Fishing.

– Rafting and fishing. Daily distance is 30 km.
– Fishing in shallows, from boats and banks.
– Overnights in tents.

Day 8: Rafting & fishing. Arrival to the “Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh” camp by the evening.

Accommodation in 3-bed rooms. Sauna. Dinner. Free time.

Day 9: Way back to Yakutsk.

In the morning, transfer to Batagai Airport – 30 km along the river by motor boats and 50 km overland by the Russian UAZ van.

11:00 – Flight Batagai to Yakutsk by AN24.
13:00 – Arrival in Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Free time.

Day 10: Daparture Day.

Breakfast. Transfer. Flight from Yakutsk.

Tour Cost

In a group of 6 travellers = 8 206 USD*/PAX
In a group of 5 travellers = 9 647 USD*/PAX
In a group of 4 travellers = 11 808 USD*/PAX

*Corrected conversion rate as of April 2015, 1 USD = 50 RUB.

Important! Recalculation would be done, if
1) conversion rate to be changed dramatically by the day of invoice issue (more likely);
2) air company to change rates for flight tickets and helicopter charter (less likely).

Tour cost includes:

  • fishing tour arrangement service;
  • all transfers according the itinerary;
  • 3 guides, including a cook;
  • 1 English-speaking guide;
  • 3-time meal plan during fishing;
  • camping equipment and gears (tents, dinning tent, kitchen stuff, electricity generator, etc);
  • 1 rigid-hulled inflatable boats with an engine + 2 catamarans with engines;
  • accommodation in 3-bed rooms in guest houses in the “Tuostakh – Kihilyakh” camp with sauna (1 night);
  • insurance;
  • air tickets for the flight Yakutsk – Batagai – Yakutsk (round trip);
  • helicopter charter from Batagai to the Tuostak River (one way);
  • emergency sat phone connection;
  • accommodation in Lena Hotel in Yakutsk (premium single room for 2 nights).
  • visa support, if requested.

NOT included:

  • travel to Yakutsk from travellers’ place;
  • alcohol beverages;
  • food in Yakutsk;
  • personal expedition gears, including fishing tackles, sleeping bags, mosquito protection stuff, etc.
Video of Taimen Fishing on the Tuostakh River:

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Mirny City Tour

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

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

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

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

Mirny Photography

Minry in summer:

Photos by ALROSA.

Mirny in winter:

Winter photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Tour Details

Group size: 1-5 PAX and more.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Type: guided.
All transfers are done by car.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Mirny & City Tour

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

Guided City Tour:

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

Lunch in the city.
Dinner at hotel or in the city.
Overnight at Zarnitsa Hotel.

Day 2: City Tour & Departure

– Breakfast.
– Guided City Sightseeing by a car for 2 hours.
– Back to hotel.
– Check out.
– Transfer to airport.
– Flight out of Mirny.

Cost for Winter 2016-2017:

For 2 travelers = 38 000 RUB* / 613 USD** / 543 EUR** per person.
Private = 62 000 RUB* / 1000 USD** / 886 EUR**.

Final cost depends on visit duration and hotel room category. Feel free to request your own precise quote.

For bigger groups, please, request the quote.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal.
** Payment in USD/EUR is accepted by international bank transfer. Corrected currency conversion rate, as of September 2016: 1 USD = 62 RUB, 1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– meeting up at Mirny Airport by a guide;
– transfer airport to Zarnitsa Hotel and hotel to airport;
– 1 night in Zarnitsa Hotel (single standard room) with one additional breakfast;
– 1 Lunch (in the city), 1 dinner (at hotel or in the city);
– Mirny City Tour;
– English-speaking guide for 1,5 day;
– hired transport for 1,5 day;
– entry tickets to venues according to the itinerary.

Not include:

– air tickets to/from Mirny;
– extra night at Zarnitsa Hotel and additional meals.

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

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

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

Yakutsk City Tour

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

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

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

We offer 5-hr or 8-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings, visit two museums, including Mammoth Museum, the Kingdom of Permafrost or Underground Laboratory of the Institute of Cryogenics and, certainly, overlook Yakutsk from the observation deck. City attractions are listed below.

If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, for instance, artist workshops, craftsmen, etc, let us know.

Yakutsk City Tour Details

Details

Duration of tours: 11:00 – 19:00 or 14:00 – 19:00.
Meet up & end location: your hotel or place of your stay.
Language(s): English (fluent), German (fluent), French (fluent), Japanese (conversational), Korean (conversational), Chinese (conversational).

Group sizes might be as follows:
– 1-2 people;
– 1-4 people;
– 5-8 people;
– and bigger.

Please, note that we don’t gather groups for a city tour. We work at request.

Standard City Tour Itineraties

8-hr City Tour (11:00 – 19:00):

10:45 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
11:00 – 12:00 – Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
13:00 – 13:45 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
14:00 – 15:30 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
17:30 – 18:15 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
18:15 – 19:00 – Walking up to the top of the Chochur Muran hill with view deck.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals.
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016:

In a group of 4 travellers = 7533 RUB / 122 USD / 108 EUR per person.
In a group of 2 travellers = 12800 RUB / 206 USD / 183 EUR per person.
Individual = 24000 RUB / 387 USD / 343 EUR.

Feel free to customize an itinerary and its cost.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal, USD/EUR by bank transfer.
**Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– hired Hyundai Starex minivan;
– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets;
– VAT.

Not include:

– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant.

5-hr City Tour (14:00 – 19:00):

14:00 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
14:30 – 16:00 – Visit to Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
16:30 – 17:30 – Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
18:00 – 18:45 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
19:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals.
21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016:

In a group of 4 travellers = 6000 RUB / 97 USD / 86 EUR per person.
In a group of 2 travellers = 1067 RUB / 162 USD / 144 EUR per person.
Individual = 18867 RUB / 304 USD / 270 EUR.

Feel free to customize an itinerary and its cost.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal, USD/EUR by bank transfer.
**Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– hired Hyundai Starex minivan;
– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide;
– attraction entry tickets;
– VAT.

Not include:

– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant (~1500 RUB/person).

Day City Tour on Foot in Summer (10:00 – 21:00):

10:00 – Meeting up with a guide at hotel.

Recommended itinerary:

– Walk to the Old Town with the recreated 19th century buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
– Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
– Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant with Yakut cuisine (not included).
– Visit to the Mammoth Museum of North-Eastern Federal University. With a lecture by a poleontolog.
– Visit to the Undgerground Lab of Permafrost Institute. With lecture by a scientist.
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
– Walking up to the top of the Chochur Muran hill with view deck.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex with Russian & Northern Peoples cuisine (not included).

21:00 – Back to hotel.

Prices for Summer 2016

In a group of 2 travellers = 5000 RUB* / 81 USD** / 71 EUR** per person.
Individual = 9600 RUB* / 155 USD** / 137 EUR** per person.

The tour on foot is done for 1-2 people, as local cabs have 3 passenger seats only.
For a group of 3 and more people, it’s recommended to use the hired minivan.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept Russian rubles by PayPal.
** Payment in USD/EUR might be accepted by international bank transfer. Corrected currency conversion rate, as of April 24th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB;
1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Includes:

– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking private guide.

Not include:

– attraction entry tickets (work day rates are 2200 RUB/PAX for a group of 2 people and 3200 RUB for an individual; in the weekend, rates are much higher and Yakutia’s Treasury is closed);
– lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant (~1000 RUB/PAX);
– dinner at the “Chochur Muran” ethnocomplex restaurant (~1500-1800 RUB/PAX);
– transfers by taxi (up to 500 RUB per a ride; please, note that waiting for taxi might take 15-20 min and cabs are usually old Japanese vehicles).

About Yakutsk, Russia

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

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

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

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

Yakutsk Video

Attractions in Yakutsk, Russia

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

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

Photographs by Ivan Dementievskiy.

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

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

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

Mammoth Museum

Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour.

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

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

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

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

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Lab

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

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

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel inside Chochur Muran Hill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yakutsk Observation Deck / Viewpoint

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

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

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant

Restaurant at Chochur Muran Ethno Complex in Yakutsk, Russia

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

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

Additionally

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

Consider the following:

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

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

Reindeer Herders. Deep Into the Taiga!

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Lena and Olekma Rivers. South Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Eco & ethno tour in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

REINDEER HERDERS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA
A river journey to reindeer herders’ summer camp deep into the Siberian taiga!

Tour type: ecological, ethnographic.

Period: July-August 2014.
Group size: 1 traveller and more.
Tour duration: 6 days.

Route: Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village – the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp – the way back.
Area: Olekminsky District, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), North-Eastern Siberia, Russia.
Rivers to sail: Lena River, Olekma River.

Transport means:
– Yakutsk to/from Olekminsk along the Lena River by the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat.
– Olekminsk to/from the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp by a regular motor boat.

Travel highlights:
  • Gorgeous Lena River with famous Lena Pillars Nature Park (passing by).
  • Siberian taiga & habitable remote wilderness.
  • Authentic way of Siberian life.
  • Special people with rich cultural & historical background.
  • Camping & reindeer people.
Olekminsk and the Olekma River on the map

Travel photographs

Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Alexander is historian. I will be him to guide groups to reindeer herders deep into the Siberian taiga in July 2014.

Itinerary

Day 1. Yakutsk – Olekminsk. Distance to travel – 620 km.

Journey along the Lena River on the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat. Departure early morning. Arrival in the late evening. Overnight in Olekminsk.

On the way to Olekminsk, we’ll see the famous stone forest of Lena Pillar Nature Park and just fascinating river-forest landscapes.

Day 2. Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village. Distance to travel – 170 km.

Sailing on a regular motor boat. Kudu Kyuel village is located on a bank of the Olekma River. Overnight in a private house.

This day is remarkable by a chance to see a true country life in the remotest wilderness. Peaceful and authentic.

Day 3-4: Kudu Kyuel – reindeer herders summer camp. Distance to travel to the camp – 20 km.

This day we’ll go deeper into the Siberian taiga and travel across the territory belonged to the Evenk community of reindeer herders called “Sanya.”

Herders will show their reindeer, the camp, hunting & fishing area. We’ll have an unique chance to try our best in hunting and fishing as well.

Overnights in tents.

Day 5: The way back to Olekminsk. Overnight in Olekminsk.

Day 6: Olekminsk – Yakutsk. Return to Yakutsk in the evening.

Price

We prefer to customize the tour and its price.

Duration might be 6, 8 or 10 days.

Basic components:

  • Travel Yakutsk – Olekminsk by the hydrofoil boat = 7000 RUB/person (one way).
  • Travel Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel by a motor boat = 15000 RUB/boat/group (one way).
  • 2-day excursion across the “Sanya” reindeer herders camp by a motor boat = 5000 RUB/boat/group.
  • Food = 1000 RUB/day/person.
  • Guide service = 5000 RUB/day (Russian speaker) or 6000 RUB/day (English, German or French speaker).
  • Visa support (if required) = 1500 RUB/person.
  • Travel arrangement expenses & fee = 20% of the basic cost
  • VAT = 10%.

Note: 1 boat is good for 3 travellers. If many bags, the 2nd boat is to be hired.

Booking & payment conditions

Once the tour itinerary and its price are confirmed by travellers, we send the invoice at the agreed amount.

Please, note:

– Tour is done at request from a group of travellers or individual.
– Booking is considered to be done, when the full payment is done.
– Payment is accepted by bank transfer.

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