Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

KISILYAKH, SIBERIAN STONE PEOPLE
Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian elders and young Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. This summer we arrange tours to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 1-5 people.
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Season: July – September 2017.
Dates: any dates upon request.

Tour type: guided.
Activities: road trip, boating, hiking, fishing, sauna.
Difficulty level: medium, hiking experience is helpful.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – the Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh – the Tuostakh River – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay.
Logistics: flight Yakutsk to Batagay (round), road trip Batagay to Betenkes village, river journey by boats to the summer camp site with guest houses at the Toustakh River, trip by boat and hiking to Kisilyakh site with a guest house.

Highlights:
  • Batagay (wiki, map), administrative center of Verkhoyansky District;
  • Verkhoyansk (wiki, map), the coldest place in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
Video: Kisilyakh, Northern Shambala in Siberia

Proud to present the the sacred place of Stone People we call Kisilyakh in Verkhoyansky District.

Video credit: Eugene Osipov.

Photos: Verkhoyansk

Verkhoyansk in summer. Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photos: Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakhi, Sacred Stone People. Northern Shambala in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

See all Kisilyakh pics on our project YakutiaPhoto.com.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

Batagaika Crater in Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Trip dates:

Available for group trips

  • 14-20 July 2017 (Summer Colors);
  • 05-11 September 2017 (Golden Autumn).

Private trips

  • ANY DATES upon request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Friday: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. Flight to Batagay, 2.5 hr. Arrival at Batagay Airport at 09:55/10:30. Transfer to a guest house in Batagay. Lunch. Trip to Verkhoyansk (distance is 72 km, time to drive 1.5 hr). Walking around the coldest town. Stop by Verkhoyansk Stella. Drive back to Batagay in the evening. Dinner. Overnight at private guest house.

Day 2 / Saturday: Batagay – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Drive to Betenkes, 48 km. Stop by at Shaman Tree en route. Boat journey from Betenkes to the base along the Adycha & Tuostakh Rivers, 60 km, 2 hr. Stop by at Mammoth Hill (one of paleontological sites). Arrival to the base. Dinner. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 3 / Sunday: Kisilyakh. 07:30 – Breakfast. 09:30 – Transfer by motor boat/s to Ketet site, 20 min. Hiking to Verkhoyansk Kisilyakh, 10 km. Lunch (packed) at Adycha River’s Kisilyakh. Excursion around Adycha Kisilyakh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a mountain guest house. Meeting sunrise ritual.

Day 4 / Monday: Kisilyakh. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level). Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight at a guest house.

Day 5 / Tuesday: Kisilyakh – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 6 / Wednesday: 07:30 – Breakfast. Transfer by motor boat/s to Betenkes, 2 hrs. Lunch (packed). Road trip to Batagaika Crater. Hiking. Free time at Batagaika. Transfer by car to Batagay. Overnight at a guest house in Batagay.

Day 7 / Thursday: Batagay – Yakutsk. Breakfast. 10:00 – Transfer to airport. 11:55/12:10 – 12:45/13:00 – Flight to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

Trip Cost:

5 travelers = 59 500 RUB per person.
4 travelers = 73 000 RUB per person.
3 travelers = 95 000 RUB per person.
2 travelers = 139 000 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 271 200 RUB.

Includes:

– Russian visa invitation.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Guide’s service for all trip days (English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking)
– All transfers as per the itinerary.
– Accommodation according to the itinerary.
– Meals as per the itinerary.
– Hiking guides.
– VAT.

Does NOT include:

– Flight Yakutsk – Batagai – Yakutsk (round), 25000 – 29000 RUB per person.
– Flights your country to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation & meals in Yakutsk.
– City tour and other activities in Yakutsk.
– Tips & gratitudes.

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

By phone:

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

Via email:

contact@visityakutia.com.

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

To explore Verkhoyansk and its magic Kisilyakh sites is always good with friends.

Yakutsk – Labynkyr – Okhotsk Journey

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 irrespective of the quantity of invited travelers.
Group size: 1-3 international travelers + 3 Even guides + 1 herder with his own reindeer caravan.
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.
Friendly, open-minded trekkers are welcome.

Arka & Forest People

The village of Arka, final destination, is the place Even guides live in. It’s unique. In the Soviet Union time, the settlement was supported pretty well. It was like a big administrative center for reindeer herders’ communities. From here, authorities used to send helicopters with all provision to remote herders’ mountain camps. And here herders received their salaries.

When the USSR collapsed in the 90s, Arka lost support and constant income. It was totally forgotten. Herders were forced to rely on reindeer only, and they stayed in the forest to survive and live their usual life. They are true forest people. Actually, they consider them “forest people.”

Okhotsk Evens lived in the area of expedition for centuries. The first mention of their tribes was noted in the early 17th century. They helped a Russian exploring expedition to make it from Yakutsk to Okhotsk. From 1650 to 1845, they kept possible for traders to deliver goods from Okhotsk sea port to Yakutsk. That route received the name of Yakutsk – Okhotsk Path (Trakt). By the way, it was the major way Yakutsk got provisions that time.

Currently, all that area’s trails are needed by nobody, apart from locals.

When herders need wild onions, which they don’t have in the surroundings of Okhota, Koukhtui and Ulbya rivers, they nomad to Lake Labynkyr. When they wish to eat different types of fishes, they go to great lake to catch huge pikes. In the wintertime, when they need a new portion of basic food, it’s “easier” for them to traverse through snowy mountains, frozen rivers and cold mist to Oymyakon district than to Arka. Just because it’s closer.

Can you imagine what tough life they have? To us, it’s tough, and whatever they do on daily basis, we can call as “real expedition.” To them, it’s routine. They don’t know the other way of life but their ancestors’ only.

You know what? They still rely on their own reindeer. Offered trekking expedition might become a new way to support herders in Okhotsk area.

We travelled that route on reindeer sledges with them in the wintertime. And we fell in love with them.

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:

Rates for 12 Jul 2017 – 05 Aug 2017

Participation cost = 540 000 RUB per person.

Rates for a private expedition in July 2018

For a group of 3 people = 680 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 people = 980 000 RUB per person.
Individual = 1 875 000 RUB.

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;
– English-speaking interpreter during the expedition (if an international team consists of two or more members);
– 3 herders’ service during the expedition (each of them would have a rifle);
– 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.
– If a group of required size is not gathered, we optimize the list of provided services and make your participation possible. Though expedition participants are always welcome to fill the gap in expedition budget.

BOOK YOUR EXPEDITION PARTICIPATION

By phone:

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

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.

DISCLAIMER: Above published photos are taken during a regular summer trek arranged by Even herders for Arka elementary school teachers.

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

Yakutian Horse & Siberian Breeders

Yakutian horses. Two winter days with real Siberian horsebreeders in Yakutia, Russia. Yakutsk Winter Tour.

YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR.
Authentic Siberian Village Life Experience.

Spend 1-2 winter days with Yakutian villagers and horse breeders in the Siberian wilderness and learn more about the Yakutian horse (Wiki), unique breed originated in the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia and accustomed to live in the extreme cold.

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-day trip & 2-day trip.
Period: late November till early April.
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

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

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

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

Breeding farm in September:

Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing on the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village.
14:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Preparing ice for horses. Preparing a hole in the ice of frozen river for horses to drink water. Photographing.
17:00 – 18:00 – Snacks and hot beverages in a log cabin.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to hotel in Yakutsk.

Price:

For a group of 2 people = 15000 RUB* / 263 USD** / 250 EUR** per person.
Individual = 29 500 RUB* / 518 USD** / 492 EUR**.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.
**Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY is accepted by bank transfer. Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 09th, 2017: 1 USD = 57 RUB; 1 EUR = 60 RUB.

Includes:

– transportation from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– a guest house to warm up and have snacks;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR:

Itinerary:

Day 1

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing the sunrise over the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Stop at Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village of Petrovka.
13:00 – 15:00 – Driving from Mayya to a horse breeding farm through a traditional Yakutian village and snowy forest, 20 km.
15:00 – 17:00 – Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Photographing forest & field during the sunset.
17:00 – 17:30 – Brunch in a log cabin. Hot beverages & snacks.
18:00 – 19:00 – Sauna. Some might try to dive into snowdrifts.
19:00 – 21:00 – Dinner.
Overnight in a cabin.

Day 2

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast.
09:00 – 12:00 – Snowmobiling or sleigh ride through the forest to spot and enjoy Yakutian horses pastured in the wilderness on their own. Warm fur clothes are provided.
13:00 – Back to the log cabin. Lunch.
14:00 – 18:00 – Horse riding. Observing the sunset over forest. Free time.
18:00 – 19:00 – Driving back to Yakutsk.
20:00 – Back to hotel.

Extra overnight with return to Yakutsk in the first half of the 3rd day is possible.

Price:

For a group of 2 people = 26500 RUB* / 465 USD** / 442 EUR** per person.
Individual = 51000 RUB* / 895 USD** / 850 EUR**.

*Cost is set up in Russian Rubles. Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. Payment in Russian Rubles might be done by PayPal or by bank transfer.
**Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY is accepted by bank transfer. Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 09th, 2017: 1 USD = 57 RUB; 1 EUR = 60 RUB.

Includes:

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

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

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

GULAG Labour Camp

One of many Soviet GULAG camp barracks used by Yanstroy prisoners to construct the road through Olchan passes on the way to Topolinoye in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Winter photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

YANSTROI, STALIN’S GULAG LABOUR CAMP.
3-Day Winter Road Trip from Yakutsk, Siberia / Russia.

Unique trip from Yakutsk to Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camps called “YanStroi.” One of the most toughest place for Stalin’s prisoners to work. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Olchan Mountain Passes. These camps were located in such remote areas that they managed to stay untouched since the gloomest period of history of USSR.

Accessable in the wintertime. At request only.

Chance to join a group, if visit to a GULAG camp is not enough
  • 28 January – 05 February 2017 – Day in Yakutsk + 6-Day GULAG & Oymyakon Road Trip. Gathering a group of 3-5 travellers to ride on 2 vehicles. Check out the itinerary with rates.
Photographs

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

For road trips, we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, and Mitsubishi Delica. They are customized for the use in extreme cold winter.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-3 persons.
Trip Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.
Recommended period: January till the first week of April.
Type of travel: road trip.
Means of transport: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Delica or other type of 4wd transport.
Location of the visit: Camps are located between Topolinoe and the Kolyma Federal Road.
Starting point of the trip: Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Highlights

– Khandyga (map), the end of the famous Road of Bones, constructed from Magadan by GULAG prisoners in 1940s.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map). At request only.
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Yakutsk to Khandyga by a 4wd transport. Distance: 420 km. Driving time: maximum 10 hrs. Stops at roadside cafes en route. Overnight in the private hotel in Khandyga.

Day 2: Drive from Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp. Distance: 250 km. Stop at Teply Klyuch, a roadside cafe. Back to Khandyga in the late evening.

Day 3: Drive back from Khandyga to Yakutsk.

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2017

For a group of 2 travellers = 66 000 RUB* / 1 179 USD** / 1 119 EUR** per person.
Individual = 128 000 RUB* / 2 286 USD** / 2 169 EUR**.

*Payment amount should be equal to the one indicated in Russian Rubles.
**Fixed currency conversion rate, as of March 01, 2017: 1 USD = 56 RUB, 1 EUR = 59 RUB.
Conversion rate includes the beneficiary bank’s fees for foreign currency transaction control and currency exchange.

Includes:

– English-/German-/French-/Spanish-speaking guide;
– 4wd vehicle with a driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation at a private hotel in Khandyga (2 nights, no breakfast).

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes en route;
– breakfast in Khandyga.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposite amounting to 11000 RUB/person is prepaid.
– Left amount is due prior to the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP by bank transfer and should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by bank transfer or by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for cross-border transaction and currency conversion).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs is often ordered as extra day trip within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

Book Your GULAG Trip

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Unique winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

Yakutsk Winter Tour. 2 Days.

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Siberia Russia. 2 days. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

WINTER TOUR TO YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
2 Full Days in the Coldest City on Earth

Extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth-aged animals, Lena Pillars Nature Park… Everything to enjoy in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, for 2 days. If you wish to stay more days, just let us know.

We offer various options including the following ones:

  • 2-Day Standard Yakutsk City Tour – Any dates on a prior request. Description and rates on this page below.
  • 31 December 2016 – 02 January 2017 – New Year in Yakutsk + 1/2 Day Musher’s School (Dog Sledding) + Day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Description & rates. DONE. Start planning your 2018 New Year celebration in Yakutsk. You might wish to extend it with (5-day Oymyakon tour ) on 03-08 January 2018.
  • Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

    Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

    Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Lena Pillars Nature Park in Winter

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. See all our winter photographs of Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex

    Ice tunnel photographs by Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com. Photo of Yukagir Mammoth head and woolly rhino by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

    Mammoth Museum

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

    Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex
    Yakutsk Winter Weather

    Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

    Yakutsk Winter Video

    Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2016-2017

    2-Day Standard Yakutsk Winter Tour

    Dates

    Dates: any dates at request.
    Period: December 2016 – March 2017.

    Standard Itinerary

    Day 1 – Yakutsk

    — Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the early morning.
    — Meeting with a guide at the airport.
    — Transfer to hotel.

    09:45 — 10:00 — Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum.
    10:00 — 11:15 — Visit to Mammoth Museum. Lecture by an active paleontologist, who embarks annual mammoth remains search expeiditions and work on mammoth cloning together with colleagues and Korean partners. It’s the very museum, that discovered the bleeding mammoth in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
    11:15 — 12:00 — Transfer to the Atlasovs’ ethno complex with a stop at the famous Yakutsk Outdoor Fish Market.
    12:00 — 13:00 — Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and clearification. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
    13:15 — 14:00 — Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex. With a chance to taste the cuisine of the North Siberian peoples including Indigirka (salad out of frozen salmon), Stroganina, etc.
    14:00 — 16:00 — Dog sledding & snowmobile safari across the vast territory of the “Chochur Muran” (lake, field, forest.) A great chance to meet and enjoy blue-eyed Yakutian laikas (learn more about this local original sled dog breed on Wikipedia). Warm fur coats and pants are provided.
    16:00 — 17:00 — Late lunch in the form of national dish cooking workshop.
    17:00 — 18:00 — Transfer and visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside Chochur Muran hill. This is the place to observe the unique collection of ice sculptures and the head of the real mammoth called Yukagir. The Yukagir mammoth used to be exhibited in such Asian coutries, as Japan, China, Taiwan, etc.
    19:00 — Back to hotel.

    Day 2 — Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

    Round trip length: ~400 km.
    Duration: 12-14 часов (depends on the quantity and duration of stops on the way).
    Transport: 4wd off-road vehicle.

    07:30 — 07:45 — Picking up by a guide at hotel.
    08:00 — Exiting Yakutsk.
    08:00 — 13:30 — Drive to the village of Batagai located on the Western bank of the Lena River in front of Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 180 km. On the way stops at caves and cave paintings.
    13:30 — 16:30
    — Break with hot tea.
    — Crossing the Lena River to Lena Pillars by a snowmobile. Passengers sit on a sleigh.
    — Lunch inside a warm wooden house. Food provided by Chochur Muran Restaurant.
    — Free time on the territory of Lena Pillars. Going upstairs to the view deck on top of pillars, if a track is snow free.
    16:30 — 17:00 — Back to a minivan by a snowmobile. Little break with hot tea.
    17:00 — The way back to Yakutsk.
    21:30 — Back to hotel.

    Day 3 – Departure.

    — Transfer from hotel to airport.

    Feel free to order the customized tour.

    Tour Cost for Winter 2016-2017

    Individual = 69 500 ₽ / $ 1 199 / € 1 140 per person
    For a group of 2 travelers = 41 000 ₽ / $ 707 / € 673 per person.
    For a group of 3-4 travelers = on request only.

    *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 January 2017:
    1 USD = 58 RUB;
    1 EUR = 61 RUB.

    Includes:

    – transfer airport-hotel, hotel-airport;
    – English-/German-/French- or Spanish- speaking guide for 2 days and airport-related transfers.
    – entry tickets to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Complex, Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel;
    – transport for the city tour and trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – sled dog & snowmobile safaris on Day 1;
    – lunch and cooking workshop at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethno complex;
    – lunch box for a day trip to Lena Pillars;
    – snowmobile for crossing the Lena River on the ice;
    – entry to the wooden house to warm up and have lunch at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    Not included:

    – accommodation in Yakutsk (recommend Lena Hotel or Bed & Breakfast BRAVO);
    – dinner on Day 1 and 2;
    – Chyskhaan’s appearance (Chyskhaan is the Yakutian fairy hero, the Keeper of the Cold).

    At request, we can include meals and accomodation in the package.

    Frequantly Asked Questions

    What warm clothes to wear?

    – Thermo underwear (woolen, preferably);
    – sweater (thick woolen)
    – scarf (woolen)
    – warm pants (for instance, texapore or thick jeanse);
    – warm high boots (uggi/valenki/fur boots);
    – dawn parka with hood;
    – fur hats;
    – gloves.

    Do you provide warm clothes?

    We can provide visitors with dawn parkas and Russian valenki. If you wish to purchase warm fur clothes in Yakutsk, we can do it. Why not?! It’s also a big fun experience.

    What rate will be just for the day trip to Lena Pillars?

    Please, find the answer on the page Lena Pillars in Winter.

    What else to do in Yakutsk?

    – Visit Sakha Fine Arts Exhibit, Yakutia Treasury Showroom, etc.
    – Do shopping. Fur clothes, souvenirs, diamonds, etc. Frozen fishes?!
    – 1/2-day Ice Fishing on the Lena River. Learn more.
    – Day trip to a traditional Yakutian village.
    – 2-day trip to Yakutian horse breeding farm.

    What month is it better to experience the extreme cold weather?

    Actually from the early December till the middle of February. According to our observation, it’s always the middle of December, the middle of January and the first two weeks of February.

    Is it possible to extand Yakutsk winter tour with travel to Oymyakon?

    Yes, sure. Please, check Oymyakon travel page. We have different options.

    You can also go with us to Magadan, Tiksi, Verkhoyansk, and Mirny.

    Don’t hesitate to request the customized tour from us.

    Book Yakutsk Winter City Tour

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    Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums, and embark the ice road trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    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: 1-5 PAX.
    Duration: We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below), 2 full days (one through the dense Siberian forest, the other on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy), 1 full day (Dog Musher’s School) and 1/2 day (short program).
    Availability Period: December 2017 – March 2018.
    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! And you’ll get friended with the blue-eyed Yakutian Laika, learn to drive a dog sled, see the beauty of the winter, the Siberian taiga, 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 a fine traditional cuisine of the Northern peoples in 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 in Yakutsk Airport in the morning.

    – Transfer from airport to hotel in the city. Please, see the list of recommended hotels on the ride sidebar.
    – Check-in hotel in town. One night in hotel is required so to get migration registration at hotel.
    – Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex, 7 km.
    – Brunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
    – Welcome with traditional clearification & blessing ceremony.
    – Meeting Yakutian laika (a local sled dog breed).
    – Theory lecture about specifics of driving dog sleds.
    – Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” 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 “Chochur Muran” complex.
    – Transfer to hotel.

    Overnight at 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 “Chochur Muran” complex.
    – Lunch at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.
    – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel. A chance to see the head of the real mammoth discovered by the Yukagir community on the Yana River in the Arctic area.
    – Go up stairs on the view deck on the top of the Chochur Muran hill to view Yakutsk.
    – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” complex.

    Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

    Day 3

    Excursion Day in Yakusk

    – Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
    – Free time.
    – Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
    – City tour in Yakutsk. Visits to Permafrost Insitute Underground Lab, Mammoth Museum, Yakutia Treasury, shopping in souvenir & jewlery shop in the old town.

    Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

    Day 4

    2-day dog sledding through forest with overnight in a hunter cabin

    – Breakfast at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
    – 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 “Chochur Muran” complex

    – Breakfast.
    – Dog sledding back to the complex. Hot tea/coffee en route.
    – Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.

    Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

    Day 6

    2-day dog sledding on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy village, 70 km.

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

    Day 7

    Way back.

    – Breakfast.
    – 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

    – Breakfast (take on).
    – Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
    – Flight from Yakutsk.

    Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

    Winter 2017-2018

    1 people = 225 000 RUB.
    2 people = 170 000 RUB per person.
    3 people = 138 000 RUB per person.
    4 people = 125 000 RUB per person.
    5 people = 115 000 RUB per person.

    Package includes:

    – Visa support.
    – 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 according to the 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 Day 4-5-6-7;
    – 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.
    – Warm clothes rent.

    Booking & Payment Conditions

    – Booking is considered to be accepted, when the deposit amounting 35% of the cost is pre-paid.
    – Balance amount is due no later than 45 days before the start of the tour.
    – Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
    – Payment might be done in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer.

    Alternative Options:

    • 3-day dog mushing trip with a training day and 2-day dog safari on the ice of the Lena River to the village of Sottintsy.
    • 2-day dog mushing trip through the dense Siberian forest to the hunters’ log cabin.
    • 1-Day Dog Musher’s School with 17-km dog mushing to Shaman Tree.
    • 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:

    Forward your request at contact@visityakutia.com.

    Feel free to give us a call at:
    +7 (4112) 25-99-30 (work),
    +7 (924) 765-99-30 (mobile).

    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!

    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 (2.5 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 (1 day) – Yakutsk (1 day) – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan (2 full days).

    Trip Dates:
    • Any dates upon request.

    We do a big road trip upon request. Though here’re dates for those who wish to share expenses with travel mates.

    Highlights. What to see?

    – Irkutsk City Tour.
    – 3-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal).
    – Ulan Ude City Tour.
    – Peoples of Transbaikalia Outdoor Museum in Buryatia.
    – Ivolginsky Datsan in Buryatia.
    – Chita.
    – Amur–Yakutsk Mainline.
    – Tynda, the heart of the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM).
    – Vasilievka, remains of a GULAG camp.
    – Yakutsk City Tour.
    – Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River.
    – Road of Bones through Verkhoyansky Mountains.
    – Ust Nera, the town of gold miners.
    – Kadykchan, the lost city in Magadan Oblast.
    – Susuman, the other ton of gold miners.
    – Sinegorye & Kolyma River.
    – Remains of Stalin’s GULAG administration buildings.
    – Magadan and its surrounding bays.
    – Ola, fishermen’s town.
    – The Sea of Okhotsk.

    2017 Summer-Autumn Itinerary (Recommended)

    Day 1 – Arrival in Irkutsk Airport. Time for brunch in Irkutsk. Drive Irkutsk to Lake Baikal, precisely to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island. 292 km. Visit to the Shamans Rock.
    Day 2 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to Khoboi Cape, the North of the Island to observe Lake Baikal. 80 km.
    Day 3 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to the South of the Island. Drive back to Irkutsk. 292 km.
    Day 4 – Irkutsk. City Tour.
    Day 5 – Drive Irkutsk to Ulan Ude. 458 km. Stops along the southern shore of Lake Baikal.
    Day 6 – Ulan Ude. City Tour. Excursion to Peoples of Transbaikalia Ethnographic Outdoor Museum.
    Day 7 – Drive Ulan Ude via Ivolginsky Datsan to Chita. 713 km (incl. turn distance to the Datsan).
    Day 8 – Drive Chita to Erofei Pavlovich. 774 km.
    Day 9 – Drive Erofei Pavlovich to Nerungri. 529 km. Stop for walking around in Tynda on the way.
    Day 10 – Visit to the coal mining. Drive Nerungri – remains of Vasilievka GULAG camp – Aldan. 274 km.
    Day 11 – Drive Aldan to Yakutsk. 541 km. Visit the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Crossing the Lena River before Yakutsk on a transport ferry.
    Day 12 – Yakutsk. City Tour.
    Day 13 – Day trip Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (partly by car, partly by a river boat).
    Day 14 – Spare time in Yakutsk. Required, if a trip to Lena Pillars would be moved because of weather conditions on the previous day.
    Day 15 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 419 km.
    Day 16 – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 556 km. Through Verkhoyansky Mountain Passes.
    Day 17 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 390 km.
    Day 18 – Drive Susuman – Dneprovsky GULAG – Magadan the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 590 km.
    Day 19 – Magadan. Tour across the city and bays of the Sea of Okhotsk.
    Day 20 – Magadan. Boat excursion in the Okhotsk Sea (optional).
    Day 21 – Departure Day. Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Flight to Moscow /other Russian city.

    Feel free to ask the customization of the whole itinerary and budget for your dream trip!

    If any wish to fly between cities, let us know.

    Tour Cost for Recommended Itinerary

    Rates for June – September 2017

    2 travellers = 520 000 RUB per person.
    Private road trip = upon request.

    Includes:

    • Transfer Irkutsk Airport to the city;
    • 4WD transport and all transport-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk and Yakutsk – Magadan;
    • guide’s service and all guide-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Olkhon Island – Yakutsk – Magadan;
    • 3-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal) with accommodation at Baikal View Hotel;
    • city tours in Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Magadan;
    • day trip to Lena Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    • transfer Magadan to Sokol Airport from Magadan;
    • visa invitation.

    Does NOT include:

    • air fares to Irkutsk and from Magadan;
    • accommodation in Irkutsk, Ulan Due, Yakutsk and Magadan as well as at private hotels en route during driving days;
    • meals (2500-5000 RUB/day/person in cities; up to 1500 RUB/day/person en route.

    Optional:

    • Speed boat excursion with fishing in the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk (33 600 RUB per group) in summer-autumn

    ORDER LAKE BAIKAL TO MAGADAN ROAD TRIP

    By phone:

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

    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.

    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!

    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 Year Round.

    We offer 11-hr or 7-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings and venues. City attractions are listed below.

    If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, let us know.

    Yakutsk City Tour Details

    Details

    Duration of tours: 10:00 – 21:00 or 14:00 – 21:00.
    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 size might be different:
    – 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 upon request.

    Standard City Tour Itineraries

    11-hr City Tour (10:00 – 21:00):

    9:35 – Meeting up at hotel. All transfers by car since this moment.
    10:00 – 11:00 – Visit to Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
    11:00 – 12:00 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church.
    12:00 – 13:45 – Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant, the winner of 2016 Yakutsk Food Festival (not included).
    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 Underground 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 of Northern peoples (not included).
    21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

    Prices for Summer 2017:

    2 travellers = 12 500 RUB per person.
    Individual = 22 500 RUB.

    Feel free to customize your itinerary and the list of services.

    *Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

    Includes:

    – vehicle with a driver;
    – English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
    – attraction entry tickets.

    Does NOT include:

    – meals.

    7-hr City Tour (14:00 – 21:00):

    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 (not included).
    21:00 – Transfer to hotel.

    Prices for Summer 2017:

    2 travellers = 10 000 RUB per person.
    Individual = 18 100 RUB.

    Feel free to customize your itinerary and the list of services.

    *Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

    Includes:

    – vehicle with a driver;
    – English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
    – attraction entry tickets.

    Does NOT include:

    – meals.

    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).

    ORDER YOUR CITY TOUR

    By phone:

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

    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.

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

    Lena Pillars Nature Park Tours

    Tours to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River in Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Bolot Bochkarev/VisitYakutia.com

    LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK (RUSSIA).
    All tours from Yakutsk to UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Tour Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days.
    In the summertime trips to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) might be done on the Lena River directly from Yakutsk or via villages of Bulgunnyakhtah and Elanka.

    As you already know, Lena Pillars Nature Park is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Located on the Eastern bank of the Lena River 180 km south off Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

    Five options for the Lena Pillars tour:

    • 3-day cruise on the “Demian Bednyj” ship.
    • Day trip directly from Yakutsk River Port by a speed boat. Any date at request.
    • Day trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh (110 km south off Yakutsk, and 80 km on the Lena River to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat.
    • 1- or 2-day trip via Elanka village (155 km south off Yakutsk, and 45 km along the river to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat. With overnight in a guest house in the village of Elanka, if 2-day option is chosen.

    LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS

    Lena Pillars Travel Photographs

    Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov

    Lena Pillars photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Lena Pillars Video by EPOS Foundation

    Lena Pillars Travel Options:

    Below we offer options for your travel from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) on the Lena River.

    3-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars River Cruise [Demian Bednyj Ship]

    Demian Bednyj river cruise ship. Lena River. Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

    Demian Bednyj ship cruise photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

    The “Demian Ship” ship (see the above photo) conducts Lena River cruises from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

    The river cruise ship sails directly to Lena Pillars and stop additional stop on the island in front of stone forest.

    Period: June – September 2017.
    Ship capacity: 210 passengers.
    Cruise duration: 36 hrs (every Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Friday) and 46 hrs (Friday – Sunday mostly). Difference is that 46-hr Lena Pillars cruise lasts 2 full days and 2 nights, and the 36-hr one with 1 full day and 2 nights.

    36-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

    Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 08:00.

    Available Dates of Cruises in Summer 2017:

    • 21 August 2017

    Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

    Standard TWIN = 17000 RUB per cabin.
    Deluxe DBL = 19000 RUB per cabin.
    Luxe DBL = 30000 RUB per cabin.
    Complex Meal Plan = 2400 RUB per person.
    Cruise Arrangement Fee & VAT = 3600 RUB.

    46-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

    Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 18:00.

    Dates of Cruise Start in Summer 2017:

    • 11, 18 August 2017
    • 8, 15, 22 September 2017

    Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

    The first cabin rate stands for 11 Aug 2017, the second for 18 Aug 2017, the third for 8, 15, 22 Sept 2017.

    Standard TWIN = 25000 / 22000 / 20000 RUB per cabin.
    Deluxe DBL = 28000 / 25000 / 22500 RUB per cabin.
    Luxe DBL = 45000 / 40000 / 35000 RUB per cabin.
    Complex Meal Plan = 3600 RUB per person.
    Cruise Arrangement Fee & VAT = 4800 RUB.

    Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars.
    Day Trip by Speed Boat

    Day trip from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park. By speed boat speed boat Volzhanka or Lazurny 35.
    Volzhanka Speed Boat on the left.

    In above photographs: Volzhanka Speed Boat.

    In above photographs: Lazurny 35 Speed Boat.

    Period: June-August 2017.
    Duration: ~ 12 hr 00 min.
    Group Size: 1-15 people.
    Speed boats: Volzhanka Long Cabin (10-12 seats), and Lazurny 35 (15 seats).
    Tour starts and ends at Yakutsk River Port.

    Good for the group to experience the long-distance journey on the Lena River and travel streight from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park by a speed boat.

    Round-trip distance is ~400 km.

    Dates for Summer 2017:

    Individual trips

    • any date upon request.

    Group trips

    • 28 July 2017.

    Standard Itinerary:

    7:30 – Meeting up at Yakutsk river port (speed boat station).
    8:00 – 12:00 – The Lena River journey by Volzhanka Long Cabin/Lazurny 35. With stops en route on sandy banks and islands.
    12:00 – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    12:00 – 16:00 – Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park. Ascending to the view deck on the top of Pillars. Time for lunch at the camping area with tables and shelters.
    16.00 – 20:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk river port. With stops en route.

    Rates for group trips

    In July – August 2017 = 8 700 RUB per person.

    Includes:

    – transfer as per the above program;
    – entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
    – Russian-speaking transfer guide.

    Does NOT include:

    – Meals, snacks, drinks. Please, note that there are no stores and cafes at the nature park.

    Rates for private trips with customized itineraries.

    By Volzhanka Long Cabin speed boat (12 seats) = 120 000 RUB (transport rental only).
    By Volzhanka Long Cabin speed boat (12 seats) = 149 000 RUB – 160 000 RUB (full package).
    By Lazurny 35 speed boat (15 seats) = 150 000 RUB (transport rental only).
    By Lazurny 35 speed boat (15 seats) = 182 000 RUB – 196 000 RUB (full package).

    Final cost of a private trip depends on the quantity of travelers. Please, check it with us.

    Full package includes:
    – transfers from hotel to Yakutsk River Port and from the river port to hotel;
    – hired speed boat for 12-hr river journey en route Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars – Yakutsk River Port;
    – English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
    – excursion program;
    – Lena Pillars National Park’s entry tickets;
    – meals and drinking water for a day;
    – travel arrangement expenses;
    – VAT.

    Yakutsk – BULGUNNYAKHTAKH – Lena Pillars
    1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

    Tour to Lena Pillars Nature Park from Bulgunnyakhtakh by boat. Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

    Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

    Bulgunnyakhtakh is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River almost in the middle of the way between Yakutsk and Lena Pillars Nature Park (the Eastern bank).

    Period: June – September 2017.
    Duration: a day trip
    Group size: 1-3 people (each group).

    Travel via Bulgunnyakhtakh is good, if you wish to experience:

    • the combined type of trip – overland and river;
    • feel comfortable during car ride on the asphalt road (after Bulgunnyakhtah, there is dirt road);
    • enjoy 80-km river journey with multiple stops for breaks, grots & ancient rock paintings viewing, Lena Pillars and Siberian sand dunes climbing, swimming, fishing;

    Distances to travel:

    • 110 km from Yakutsk to Bulgunnyakhtakh overland by vehicle;
    • 80 km from Bulgunnyakhtakh to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
    1-Day Trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh:

    Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

    Itinerary

    08:00 – 10:30 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk. Transfer to Bulgunnyakhtakh by vehicle. 110 km to drive.
    11:00 – Start of the Lena River journey by a motor boat from Bulgunnyakhtah to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    8-hr Lena River journey program:

    – Boating the Bulgunnyakhtakh channel of the Lena River.
    – Stop at Elanka village for coffee & tea brunch.
    – Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
    – Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
    – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
    – Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars and walking along the rocky bank.
    – Stop at Tukulany Dunes.
    – Mouth of the Buotama River.
    – Back to Bulgunnyakhtakh.

    20:00 – 22:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

    1-Day Guided Private Trip:

    For a group of 3 people = 17 000 RUB per person.
    For a group of 2 people = 24 500 RUB per person.
    Individual = 46 500 RUB.

    Package includes:

    – transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah – Yakutsk;
    – transfer by motor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Tukulany Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtah;
    – excursion as per the above itinerary;
    – Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
    – English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
    – meals (packed) and drinking water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    Yakutsk – ELANKA – Lena Pillars
    1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

    Elanka photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

    Elanka to Lena Pillars travel photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

    Above photographs were taken during the trip from Elanka village to Lena Pillars Nature Park on July 31st, 2013. Even if the Lena River journey took on a rainy, cloudy day, the stone forest looked majestically and mystery (thanks to its ancient history and rock paintings). This is what you’ll see on the last 40-km stretch of your boat/ship trip.

    Elanka is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River. 155 km south off Yakutsk and 35 km to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    Two centuries ago, it was used as the postal base and served by a few families only. Currently, one family lives in there constantly. Lately, Yakutsk city residents built summer houses to spend holidays.

    Period: June – September 2017.
    Duration: 12-14 hrs.
    Group size: 1-4 people.

    Travel via Elanka is good, if you wish to:

    • experience overland and river journeys during 2 days;
    • feel adventerous the off-road excitement on the 45-km part Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka;
    • enjoy the most pictureous stretch on the water way to Lena Pillars Nature Park; it takes 1-hr boating, if not make stops, but you will have stops to view caves and ancient rock paintings;
    • spend night in the new private wooden guest house for 4 people.

    Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Elanka – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Elanka (overnight) – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

    Distances to travel:

    • 155 km from Yakutsk to Elanka overland by vehicle;
    • 40 km from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
    1-Day Trip via Elanka:

    Dates:

    Private trip on any day upon request.

    Group trips requested on the following days:

    • 28 Jul 2017;
    • 30 Aug 2017;
    • 31 Aug 2017.

    We do trips upon request. We do not gather groups purposefully for specific dates. But if anyone asks to find travel mates, we publish his/her wished dates on the website. If listed dates are history, please, check with a manager for updated dates.

    Itinerary:

    09:00 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk.
    09:00 – 12:00 – Transfer to Elanka by vehicle. 155 km to drive.
    12:00 – 18:00 – Journey on the Lena River from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

    River journey program:
    – Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
    – Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
    – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
    – Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars, walking along the rocky bank and lunch.
    – Transfer back to Elanka.

    18:00 – 21:30 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

    Guided Private Day Trip:

    For a group of 4 people = 12 500 RUB per person.
    For a group of 3 people = 16 000 RUB per person.
    For a group of 2 people = 23 500 RUB per person.
    Individual = 44 500 RUB.

    Please, note that when a trip is done in a group of Russian travelers, the cost doesn’t include English- or any other language-speaking guide. In this case, the rate is lower.

    Full package includes:

    – transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk (we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica);
    – transfer by motor boat en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka (we use Rusboat 47);
    – excursion program during the river journey;
    – Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
    – English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
    – meals and drinking water for a day;
    – travel arrangement expenses & fee;
    – VAT.

    2-Day Trip via Elanka:

    Dates

    Two-day private trips are done on any available days.

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Yakutsk – Tabaga Cape – Elanka

    Pick up at hotel at 09:00.

    This day we do stops at:
    – Tabaga Cape to overview the Lena River, 35 km south off Yakutsk;
    – Place of the Sakha people’s “Ysyakh” national holiday celebration;
    – Orto Doydu Zoo (with animals of Siberian wildlife);
    – Lunch at roadside café in Pokrovsk town;
    – Bulgunnyakhtakh with 2-hr river journey to Tukulany (high sand dunes over forest and the Lena River);
    – Mouth of the Buotama River to check with wooden bison, if they are not hidden deep in the forest;

    Arrival in Elanka in the evening.
    Accommodation in a village wooden house.
    Dinner (prepared by our guide).
    Free time.

    Day 2: Elanka – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Elanka – Yakutsk.

    – Breakfast (prepared by a guide).
    – Boat river journey from Elanka to Lena Pillars.
    – Stops at Elanka Rocks to view ancient rock paintings and caves.
    – Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park including ascending to the view point on the top (for fit people, 2-km trail).
    – Lunch (packed) on the territory of Lena Pillars Nature Park.
    – Transfer back to Elanka by boat.
    – Transfer back to Yakutsk by car.
    – Arrival in Yakutsk approx. at 20:00.

    Feel free to customize 2-day trip.

    NOTES:

    A guest house in Elanka is an ordinary village-type wooden house with 2 small twin bedrooms, shared room with kitchen and its all necessary accessories.

    A motor boat is Rusboat 47. It’s for 7 passengers + 1 driver, but we prefer to have maximum 5 people on it for more space.

    Vehicles we use are Toyota Land Cruiser 105, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica.

    2-Day Guided Trip Cost:

    For 4 people = 22 000 RUB per person.
    For 3 people = 28 500 RUB per person.
    For 2 people = 41 000 RUB per person
    Individual = 79 000 RUB per person.

    Cost includes:

    – English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
    – transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk;
    – short river journey to the sand dunes of Tukulany in the area of Bulgunnyakhtakh;
    – long river journey en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka with excursion to cave and rock paintings;
    – Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
    – overnight in a private wooden house in Elanka;
    – meals & drinking water for 2 days.

    ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK

    By phone:

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

    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.

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    Yakutsk to Tiksi Cruise

    Yakutsk - Tiksi Cruise on the Lena River by the Michael Svetlov ship in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Summer 2015.

    YAKUTSK – TIKSI CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN SUMMER 2017.
    14 days by the “Michael Svetlov” river cruise ship in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

    We made the early booking possible for the longest Siberian cruise on the Lena River from Yakutsk to Tiksi, deep into the Arctic Circle, and back in Summer 2017. Dates and prices have been published. Reserve your cabin as earlier as possible, as the quantity of available cabins are limited.

    Route: Yakutsk – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Neelova (Tiksi) – Yakutsk.
    Ship: Mikhail Svetlov.
    Duration: 14 days.

    During the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise, you’ll enjoy the mighty Lena River, diverse nature, breath-taking landscapes (taiga, tundra forest & tundra) and the culture of Northern peoples.

    Please, learn the major cruise info below.

    Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Photos:
    Mikael Svetlov Cabin Photos:

    The last image in the above gallery is the Michael Svetlov ship scheme. Each cabin category has its own colour.

    Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Video:

    Itinerary & General Information:

    2017 Yakutsk to Tiksi River Cruise – Itinerary, ship info, dates

    2018 Yakutsk to Tiksi River Cruise – Dates, itinerary and costs approved for Summer 2018!

    Cruise Dates for 2017:
    • 8 July – 21 July 2017
    • 24 July – 6 August 2017
    • 7 August – 20 August 2017
    • 21 August – 3 September 2017
    Cruise Prices for Summer-Autumn 2017:

    Four-bed standard cabin:

    Four standard beds. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

    • 292 500 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
    • 313 600 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
    • 339 200 RUB/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

    18 such cabins on the Lena River cruise ship.

    Twin & triple standard cabin:

    Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

    • 204 800 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
    • 288 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
    • 300 800 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

    31 cabins.

    One-bed (single) cabin with an additional bed:

    One standard bed plus one upper. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

    • 166 400 RUB/cabin, if single
    • 230 400 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

    6 such cabins are available.

    De Luxe (DBL):

    One room. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

    • 224 000 RUB/cabin, if single
    • 320 000 RUB/cabin, if two people in the cabin

    8 cabins are available.

    Luxe Suite:

    Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

    • 422 400 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

    3 cabins are available.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
    • As not much time left, full pre-payment is required.
    • Participation in the 14-day cruise without state border entry permit is possibe, if travelers agree to not visit Tiksi for town excursion and stay on board.
    • Cruise to Tiksi (one way) costs 60% of the above listed rates. Four-bed cabins are available for one-way journey only. Important! Please, note that you will need to get an extra state border entry permit for Tiksi and our travel agency’s guide will need to fly from Yakutsk to Tiksi to meet you and be with you for the whole period of your being in Tiksi and be responsible for you to FSB’s State Border Service.

    PRICE INCLUDES:

    • cabin cost;
    • meals during the cruise;
    • entertainment en route;
    • group bus transfers (one transfer from airport/hotel to the ship and one transfer from the ship to airport/hotel);
    • state border entry permit.
    How to book the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise
    • Write us. Say which dates, cabin and how many travelers. Provide your full name as well.
    • We check the availability of the wished cabin on the desired dates. If it is free, we hold it immediately for you for 1.5 week, enough to complete the pre-payment process. If not available, we let you know about other options.
    • Once you agree with booked dates, we send you an invoice for the pre-payment of deposit or full amount. For the invoice, we need to have a copy of your valid passport, postal address used for billing, contact phone number and email address.
    • Payment might be done in EUR and USD by a bank transfer. Please, verify the final rate in the chosen currency with us. Above-listed prices in EUR have been set up at the currency conversion rate of 71 RUB per 1 EUR.
    • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by a bank transfer as well.
    • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal. Please, note that PayPal surcharges for international transaction and currency conversion, and its fee very from 3.4% up to 5.4% + 10 RUB. Also VAT 6% should be paid additionally
    • When payment is completed and the cruise voucher is issued, we start working on your Arctic state border permit and an invitation for a Russian tourist visa at no cost. Please, note that the Russian Consulate issues a tourist visa, when the tour is fully paid.

    That’s it.

    Other Lena River Cruises
    • Irkutsk City Tour + Tour to Lake Baikal + Ust Kut to Yakutsk Cruise (June 2017);
    • Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Lensk – Lenskie Sheki Pillars – Yakutsk Cruise (September 2017)
    Additional services you might order:
    • individual transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport in Yakutsk;
    • individual transfers to/from the cruise ship in Yakutsk;
    • individual Yakutsk city tour with a guide and a hired vehicle;
    • your personal guide in Yakutsk (our guides can speak English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese & Japanese).

    Book Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise

    As the Tiksi cruise is highly demanded, please, check the availability of cabins in advance.

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    By phone:

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

    Via email:

    contact@visityakutia.com.

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

    You are keen to do the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise on the biggest Siberian river in Summer 2017?! Let your friends know about it.