New Year Holidays in Yakutsk, Russia

NewYear Holidays in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov

2018 NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Yakutsk – Dog Sledding – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon
4/9 days

We continue celebrating New Year with our lovely travelers in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia. For the third time. Join us to enjoy the coldest city in the best holiday mood.

New Year Photographs

Here’re some pictures taken during previous New Year holidays.

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov, Maxim Shirikov.

New Year Fireworks in Yakutsk

A view from Chochur Mouran hill.

Video credit: Maxim Shirikov.

Dates
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 4-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
  • 03 Jan 2018 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 6-Day Program: Oymyakon tour.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed) – 9-Day Program: New Year Celebration in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon tour.
Itinerary

4-Day Program

31 December 2017 / Day 1 – Happy New Year in Yakutsk

— Arrival at Yakutsk Airport.
— Transfer to hotels in Yakutsk.
— Free time.
12:00 – 19:00 — Shopping extra warm clothes and city sightseeing. With a transport.
— Free time.
22:00 — 02:00 — Happy New Year Celebration at the “Chochur Muran” Ethno Complex:
— excursion across the complex to see rare exhibits of vintage things, archeological and paleontological findings;
— holiday dinner at the restaurant;
— meeting the New Year on the top of the hill called “Chochur Muran” with a view on a city.

01 January 2018 / Day 2 – A Day with Yakutian Laika in Yakutsk.

11:30 — 12:00 — Transfer from hotels to the “Chochur Muran” complex.
12:00 — 18:00 — Entertaining program:
— dinner at the restaurant;
— dog sledding with the blue-eyed Yakutian laikas and riding on snowmobiles (time to test your gears);
— national dish cooking workshop.
18:00 — 19:00 — Transfer to hotels.

02 January 2018 / Day 3 – Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

07:00 — 08:00 — Picking up at hotels.
08:00 — Leaving Yakutsk.
08:00 — 13:30 — Driving to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 180 km one way.
Stop by at places of ancient rock paintings and caves along the Lena River.
13:30 — 14:00 — Lunch.
14:00 — 16:30
— Crossing the Lena River to the opposite bank by a snowmobile with a sledge.
— Free time at Lena Pillars.
16:30 — 17:00 — Break. Hot tea.
17:00 — 20:30 — Driving back to Yakutsk.
21:00 — Back to hotels.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

5-Day Extension

Days 1 – 3 are the same as described above.

03 January 2017 / Day 4 – Driving Yakutsk to Khandyga

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ meal & photo stops.
Meal time: Breakfast in hotel in Yakutsk. Lunch and dinner at road cafes en route.

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. This day’s activity:
– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the icy river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River for break.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Overnight at an apartment-based private hotel in Khandyga.

04 January 2017 года / Day 5 – Driving Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ meal stops and photo shoots.
Meal time: Breakfast in the “Angara” appartment in Khandyga. Early lunch at a road cafe 100 km off Khandyga. Dinner at a road cafe in Kyubyume. Late dinner in Oymyakon.

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

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

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon or Tomtor.

05 January 2017 / Day 6 – Full Day in Oymyakon

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

Activities:
– Experiments with the extreme cold in backyard.
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” monument with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Walking around Oymyakon.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– the Sakha Culture Evening in the House of Archy in Oymyakon.

06 January 2018 / Day 7 – Activities in Tomtor and driving back to Khandyga

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Meal time: Breakfast at family’s in Oymyakon. Late lunch in Kyubyume Road Cafe. Late Dinner after the mountain range, 100 km before Khandyga.

On the way to Tomtor, we’ll do stop by to visit the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed (small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions). In Tomtor, we’ll go inside the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling and walk up on top of the hill to see the whole Oymyakon valley from above. When heading to Khandyga, we’ll see all the beauty of the nature landscape we missed when drove in darkness on Day 5. Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Overnight in the “Angara” private hotel in Khandyga.

07 January 2018 / Day 8 – Driving Khandyga to Yakutsk

We arrive back to Yakutsk. This evening we invite you to have a farewell party (meals are not included) at the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

08 January 2018 года / Day 9 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Tour Cost

31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 4-7 people = 62 500 RUB per person.

03 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 4-7 people = 87 000 RUB per person.

31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 (100% guaranteed)

For a group of 7 people = 129 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 6 people = 144 000 RUB per person.

10-percent discount is given for full pre-payment.

Package includes:

For Yakutsk-part

– visa support (Letter of Invitation);
— transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on the day of arrival;
— transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport on the day of departure;
— guide service for the whole period of the tour;
— all transfers in Yakutsk as per the above itinerary;
— entry tickets to two venues during the city tour on 12/31/2017;
— Happy New Year celebration at the “Chochur Muran” complex;
— Half day activities at the “Chochur Muran” complex on 01/01/2017, including lunch, workshop w/ tea, dog sledding and snowmobiling;
— day trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park (hired vehicle/s en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk, snowmobile for crossing the Lena River, entry tickets to nature park, meals packed in lunch boxes.

For Oymyakon-part

— hired vehicles and all transport-related expenses for the trip en route Yakutsk to Oymyakon and back to Yakutsk;
— accommodation at the apartment-based hotel in Khandyga;
— accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon;
— meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
— the Pole of Cold certificate granted in Oymyakon;
— traditional net ice-fishing on the Indigirka River in Oymyakon;
— Sakha Culture Evening at the House of Archy in Oymyakon;
— visit to the farm with a special Siberian cow breed called Yakutian cows;
— ice tunnel complex in Tomtor.

Package does NOT include:

— air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
— accommodation in Yakutsk;
— meals in Yakutsk (apart from those mentioned in the itinerary) and at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk (up to 1500 RUB/day per person);
— personal medical and travel insurance policies;
— extra warm clothes;
— tips and gratitude.

BOOKING & PAYMENT CONDITIONS

— Tour is booked when the deposit amounting to 16% of the tour cost is pre-paid.
— Balance payment is due no later than 21 day prior to the start of the tour.
— We accept international payments in Russian Rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s surcharge fee for cross-border is between 4.2% and 6.4% plus 10 RUB).
— We accept international payments in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (the bank’s fee is 25 USD per transaction).
— Payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
— We accept payments from a Russia-based bank in Russian Rubles by bank transfer or bank card. No surcharge fee in this case.
– Discounts are provided, when the early booking is place or when full pre-payment is done.

BOOK NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS IN YAKUTSK

Information by phone:

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

Order your holidays via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

New Year in Yakutsk and Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia! Experience winter holidays in the coldest inhabited places on Earth…

Yakutsk City Tour in Winter (Standard)

Yakutsk City Tour in Winter. Standard Itinerary for 1 Day. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

ONE WINTER DAY IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
Standard City Tour in the Coldest City on Earth

One full day in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city. Experience extremely cold weather, authentic culture, mammoth-aged animals, delicious national food, blue-eyed Yakutian sled dogs, snowmobile ride… Everything what Yakutsk is remarkable for.

Previously, we were often asked to arrange one winter day program in Yakutsk. This winter we decided to announce it as day city tour separately from Lena Pillars. Two-day itinerary is here.

Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

Yakutsk Winter Weather

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Mammoth Museum

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

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).

Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex
Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

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

Yakutsk Winter Video

Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2017-2018

Yakutsk Standard Winter City Tour, 1 day

Recommended Period

Late November 2017 – Early April 2018.

Dates

Private City Tour

  • Any day on request.

Group City Tour

  • 31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
Standard Itinerary

09:30 — Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum with stops by in the city en route.
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 — 11:45 — Stop by 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.
13:00 — 13:45 — 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 remains of unique paleontology discoveries.
14:00 — 15:00 — 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.
15:00 — 17:00 — 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.
17:30 — 20:00 — Dinner in the form of national dish cooking workshop.
20:00 — 20:30 – Transfer back to hotel.

Feel free to order the customized tour.

Winter City Tour Cost

Winter 2017-2018

4 traveler = 19 000 RUB per person.
3 travelers = 21 000 RUB per person.
2 travelers = 25 000 RUB per person.
1 travelers = 36 000 RUB per person.

Package Includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide.
– Winter-preapred transport rental as per itinerary.
– Excursions to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Complex, and Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel.
– Lunch and dinner with cooking workshop at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethno complex;
– Sled dog & snowmobile activities.

Not included:

– Transfer to/from Yakutsk Airport.
– Accommodation in Yakutsk.
– Warm cloth rental.
– Entry tickets to other venues in the city.
– Other days’ activities.

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 show you places where to buy. 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.
– 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 end 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 more travels?

Yes, sure. Please, check 2-day Yakutsk + Lena Pillars package.

Here’s also the description of the day trip to Lena Pillars in winter.

If you have more available days, you can also go with us to Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk, Tiksi, and Mirny. Please, check links on the right sidebar.

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

BOOK THE TRIP WITH US

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums…

Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki Southern Lena River Cruise

Lenskie Sheki aka Lena River Cheeks on the Lena River in Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

YAKUTSK – LENSKIE SHEKI CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN 2018.
12 days by the “Demian Bednyj” river cruise ship in Southern Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We are disclosing the cruise which became extremely popular among Russian travelers last years. It takes place once a year in the early September from Yakutsk to the source of the Lena River through the southern part of Republic Sakha-Yakutia and partly Irkutsk Oblast.

Southern Lena River Cruise is remarkable for Siberian forest wilderness, authentic villages, important river ports, history-rich areas, and definitely for the final destination, which is Lenskie Sheki, three long huge stone walls along the narrowest part of the river.

Lenskie Sheki stands for Lena River Cheeks in Russian.

Dates:

03 – 14 September 2018.

Highlights:

– Sottintsy Architecture & Culture Outdoor Museum.
– Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Lensk, the biggest river port in the Southern part of the Lena River.
– Bus excursion to Mirny, the capital of Russian diamond industry.
– Vitim town and the mouth of the Vitim River.
– Lenskie Sheki, nature monument in the narrowest river part.
– Olekminsk, town founded as a postal delivery post in 1635.
– The Buotama River with Canadian wood bison breeding pasture.
– Stops at picturesque places.
– Many lectures from Yakutian scientists and experts.

Cruise Photographs: the Lena River between Yakutsk and Lenskie Sheki

Cruise Yakutsk to Lenskie Sheki on the Lena River. Through South Yakutia to Irkutsk Oblast. Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

Please, read captions to identify places.

Photo credits: Alexey Zuev.

Cruise Photographs: Lena Pillars Nature Park

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cruise Photographs: Buotama River & Wooden Bison

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cabin Photographs:

Please, read captions to identify cabin categories.

Cruise Spreadsheet (PDF)

2018 Southern Lena River Cruise – Details, itinerary, rates, ship scheme in English.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – YAKUTSK – SOTTINTSY. Group transfer airport to the ship. 05:30 – 12:00 – Check-in on-board. 12:30 – Departure from Yakutsk River Port. Lunch. Stop for visit to the Friendship Outdoor Architecture & Culture Museum. Transfer from the ship to the museum is done by buses and minivans. Free time on a bank of the Lena River.

DAY 2 – LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK. Greeting traditional ritual on a bank. Ascending to the observation deck on Lena Pillars. Free time on the bank.

DAY 3 – NON-STOP. Activities and lectures on-board.

DAY 4 – DAPPARAI. Stop at a picturesque place close to the village of Kyllakh, which was reconstructed completely after the devastating flood ten years ago. Folk concert. Free time on the river bank.

DAY 5 – MOUTH OF THE URA RIVER. Stop at the bank near the mouth of the mountain river called Ura (Hooray), that is remarkable for loud fast waters, fish rich and two splendid rocks Kolokol (Bell) and Kamennaya (Stony). The Ura is located right in the middle between the source and mouth of the Lena River. Free time on the bank. Fishing.

DAY 6 – LENSK – MIRNY – LENSK. Stop at Lensk town. Bus excursion from Lensk to Mirny (at additional cost). Lensk is the river port town which is actively used for delivering all major provision and cargo to Mirny, the city of ALROSA’s diamond mining. Excursion participants will try to visit all major places of the Russian diamond capital. They are the MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck, the First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign, the “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex (statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists), Three Swords Square, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, ALROSA’s Museum of Diamond Mining History, Kimberlite Museum.

DAY 7 – VITIM TOWN. Walking excursion across the town. Visit to Museum of History at a local lyceum. Vitim is the town with 4500 people. Founded in front of the mouth of the Vitim River as the base for gold miners heading to the gold deposit discovered in 1863. Currently, it’s populated mostly by the workers of the Talakan oil & natural gas industry.

DAY 8 – LENSKIE SHEKI. Free time at Lenskie Sheki, 172 south off the Vitim River. These are three huge long stone walls 200 m toll. Located in the narrowest pass of the Lena River, where width is close to 200 m.

DAY 9 – LENSK. Town sightseeing by walk. With visit to Saint Innokenty Orthodox Temple. Lensk is the fifth largest town in Republic Sakha-Yakutia. Population is 25000 people. Initially, it was founded in the 18th century as a postal delivery stop between Irkutsk and Yakutsk. Now it’s the river gate to the diamond industry.

DAY 10 – OLEKMINSK. Bus excursion across the town. With observation of authentic buildings constructed by Russian old believers, who were exiled two centuries ago. Current population is about 9500 people.

DAY 11 – BUOTAMA RIVER. Visit to Canadian wood bison breeding territory. Led and lectured by a farm worker.

DAY 12 – YAKUTSK. 05:00 – Arrival back to Yakutsk River Port. Breakfast. Group transfer to airport / hotels.

Cruise Prices for 2018

Four-Bed Standard Cabin:

Four standard beds. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 18 such cabins on the ship.

217 800 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
247 500 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
277 200 RUB/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

Twin Standard Cabin & Triple-Bed Standard Cabin

Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 31 cabins on the ship.

158 400 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
217 800 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
240 900 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

Single Standard Cabin with Additional Upper Bed

One standard bed plus one hidden in the wall. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 6 such cabins on the ship.

132 000 RUB/cabin, if single
178 200 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

De Luxe (DBL)

One room. TV set, personal air condition, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 8 cabins on the ship.

171 600 RUB/cabin, if single
244 200 RUB/cabin, if a couple in the cabin

Luxe Suite (DBL)

Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, personal AC in each room, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 3 cabins on the ship.

314 160 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • cabin;
  • meals during the cruise;
  • entertainment during the cruise;
  • day group tour Lensk to Mirny;
  • group bus transfers (one transfer from airport to hotel/ship and one transfer from the ship to airport/hotel);
  • visa invitation (Letter of Invitation).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
  • If booking is done till March 2018 and full pre-payment is completed within 1.5-week since the date of invoice issue, 12% discount is granted.
  • If booking is done in Spring-Summer 2018, full pre-payment is required.
How to book the Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki Cruise
  • Write us. Indicate the category of the wished cabin and the quantity of travelers. Provide your full name as well.
  • We check the availability of the requested cabin. If it is free, we hold it immediately for you for 2 weeks, enough to complete the pre-payment process.
  • 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 RUB/EUR/USD/GBP/CNY by a bank transfer.
  • 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 the issue of an invitation for you to apply 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.

Additional Services & Tours to Order:
  • additional transfers hotel to ship & hotel to airport in Yakutsk;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk;
  • Yakutsk Guided City Tour;
  • day trip Yakutsk to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls;
  • 5-day road trip Yakutsk to Oymyakon;
  • 7-day road trip Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon;
  • 8-day tour to Verkhoyansk and Sacred Stones.

Book Yakutsk – Southern Lena River Cruise

As the best cabins are highly demanded, please, check their availability in advance.

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By phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 (work),
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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 – Lenskie Sheki cruise on the biggest Siberian river in 2018?! Let your friends know about it.

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 and Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. Next summer we arrange group trips to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 5 and more people.
Tour duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Season: July – September 2018.

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

  • 23 – 30 July 2018 (Summer Colors);
  • 06 – 13 August 2018 (Summer-Autumn Colors);
  • 05 – 12 September 2018 (Golden Autumn);
  • other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1: 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. Time for lunch at cafe (not included). 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. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Overnight at private guest house (single/twin rooms with shower room, shared kitchen).

Day 2: Batagay – Base on the Tuostakh River. Morning tea at guest house. 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. Early dinner. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 3: 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: 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: 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: Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Free program with a chance to fish, trekking, etc. Lunch and dinner at the base. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet.

Day 7: Tuostakh Base – Batagay – Batagaika Crater. 07:30 – Breakfast. Transfer by motor boat/s to Betenkes, 2 hrs. Time for lunch at cafe (not included). Road trip to Batagaika Crater. Hiking. Free time at Batagaika. Transfer to Batagay. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Overnight at a guest house in Batagay.

Day 8: Batagay – Yakutsk. Morning tea at hotel. 10:00 – Transfer to airport. 11:55/12:10 – 12:45/13:00 – Flight to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

Trip Cost:

For 5+ travelers = 118 000 RUB per person.

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

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.

Does NOT include:

– Flights from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Meals at cafe in Batagay (up to 500 RUB/meal/person).
– Accommodation & meals in Yakutsk.
– City tour and other activities in Yakutsk.
– Tips & gratitudes.

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

Information by phone:

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

Order 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: July – August 2018
Expedition Status: guaranteed irrespective of the quantity of invited travelers.
Group size: 1-5 international travelers + 3 Even guides + 1 herder with his own reindeer caravan + 1 English-speaking guide.
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.
Day 1 – Breakfast at hotel. Driving Yakutsk to Tomtor. With expedition team by an off-road minivan. Crossing the rivers Lena, Aldan. Lunch & dinner at roadside cafes en route.
Day 2 – Arrival to Tomtor in the morning. Lunch and dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Day 3 – 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 – 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 – Spare time at Lake Labynkyr. Fishing, hiking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 6 – Trekking to the southern part of Lake Labynkyr, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 7 – Huge pike fishing at Lake Labynkyr. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8-9 – 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 – Stay at Lake Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 11 – Trekking through the mountain pass to the Ulbya River, 20 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 12 – Trekking to the Koukhtui River, 15 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 13 – Trekking to reindeer herders’ summer base on a bank of the Koukhtui River, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 14 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 15 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 16 – 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 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Nek, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of the Delka-Okhotskaya River, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 19 – 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 – Lake Uega. Fishing. Sauna. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 21-22 – Rafting on the Okhota River to herders’ village of Arka. Arrival in the evening. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 23 – Free day in Arka. Excursion across the settlement. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 24 – Free day in Arka. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 25 – 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 group expedition in July 2018

For a group of 5 people = 7 315 USD per person.
For a group of 3 people = 8 799 USD per person.
For a group of 2 people = on request.
Individual = on request.

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 45 days before the start of the tour.
– Expedition cost is set up in USD.
– 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.

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

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 2 people = 15 000 RUB* per person.
For 1 person = 29 500 RUB*.

*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.

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 2 people = 26500 RUB* per person.
Individual = 51000 RUB*.

*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.

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

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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

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

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

Disclosing and introducing 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 – August, 2017.
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 from Yakutsk to Nizhny 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 above and on the map.

Dates

We do a trip on any day upon request.

We do not gather groups for specific dates. All trips are private and done upon request. If you need travel mates to share expenses, please, let us know your wished dates and we’ll publish them on here.

Itinerary

08:00 – Picking up at hotel.
08:00 – 8:20 – Transfer from Yakutsk to a ferry in the area of Darkylakh.
08:40 – 10:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry, 10 km.
10:00 – 11:00 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 95 km.
11:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Time for lunch.
14:00 – 14:30 – Transfer to Turuuk Khaia.
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 – 20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

Tour Cost

Rates for July 2017

For 4 people = 4000 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 5000 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 6500 RUB per person.
Individual = 17500 RUB per person.

If you have a group of bigger size, please, let us know.

Includes:

– transport with a driver (Toyota Land Cruiser, Mitsubishi Delica, Suzuki Escudo);
– ferry passes for transport and passengers (round trip);
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls.

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (9800 RUB/day).

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Trip participation should be confirmed no later than a week before the start of the tour.
– If a trip is requested a few days before the trip, a journey is not guaranteed, as vehicles might be overbooked.
– To reserve your trip date, it is recommended to pre-pay deposit, which is 17% of total cost per group. Balance payment might be done in cash on the day of the trip.

This tour is often booked with:

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tour, 1-3 Days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO BULUUS LAKE GLACIER

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.

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.

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.
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 survive. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Big and Small Olchan Mountain Passes. Those 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. Upon request only.

Photographs

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain 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 conditions.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-4 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.
– Teply Klyuch town that used to be one of airports on the Alaska- Siberian air road and accepted Lend-Lease aircraft received by the Soviet from the Northwest Staging Route. Wiki.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map).
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).
– Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.

Itinerary

Day 1: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 430 km. Leaving a hotel in Yakutsk in the early morning. Crossing two rivers, Lena and Aldan, on ice roads. We drive the part between Nizhnyj Bestyakh and Khandyga in the daytime. With stops to photographs traditional Yakutian villages and to have lunch and dinner at roadside cafes en route. Arrival to Khandyga by 20:00. Overnight at an apartment-baased hotel (twin/single rooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen). Evening tea at hotel.

Day 2: Drive Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp, 250 km one way. Early morning tea at hotel. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km. Time for sufficient breakfast at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch. Drive to GULAG camps on the winter road from the Kolyma Highway to Topolinoe village. We’ll see two camps in the daytime. Back to Teply Klyuch in the evening. Dinner at a cafe. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel in Teply Klyuch.

Day 3: Way back to Yakutsk, 520 km. Early morning tea in the hotel. Breakfast at a cafe. Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive toward Yakutsk. Crossing the Aldan River. Stop by at Outdoor Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.

Feel free to request the customization of GULAG road trip. You can extend it with one extra night in Topolinoye (map).

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2017-2018

4 travellers = 42 000 RUB per person.
3 travellers = 53 000 RUB per person.
2 travellers = 78 000 RUB per person.
1 traveller = 150 000 RUB.

We provide discount for early booking.

Final cost depends on the list of provided services.

Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– winter-equipped off-road vehicle with driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);
– accommodation in Teply Klyuch (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast).

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes en route;
– entry tickets to museums in Teply Klyuch and Cherkekh.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposite amounting to 14000 RUB/person is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 days prior to the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY 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 is up to 5.6% of transacted amount + 10 RUB).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs might be ordered as an extra day within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

Book Your GULAG Trip

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Winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Yakutsk + Lena Pillars Winter Tour

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

YAKUTSK + LENA PILLARS WINTER TOUR
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.

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 2017-2018

2-Day Standard Yakutsk Winter Tour

Recommended Period

December 2017 – March 2018.

Dates

Private City Tour

  • Any days on request.

Group City Tour

  • 31 Dec 2017 – 03 Jan 2018 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
  • 31 Dec 2017 – 08 Jan 2018 – New Year in Yakutsk + Dog Sledding + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Trip + 5-Day Oymyakon Tour. Itinerary & rates. 10% discount is granted for the early booking.
Standard Itinerary

Day 1 – Yakutsk

09:30 — Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum with stops by in the city en route.
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 — 11:45 — Stop by 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.
13:00 — 13:45 — 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 remains of unique paleontology discoveries.
14:00 — 15:00 — 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.
15:00 — 17:00 — 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.
17:30 — 20:00 — Dinner in the form of national dish cooking workshop.
20:00 — 20:30 – Transfer 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.

Feel free to order the customized tour.

Tour Cost for Winter 2017-2018

4 travelers = 30 000 RUB per person.
3 travelers = 35 000 RUB per person.
2 travelers = 44 000 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 71 000 RUB.

Includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for 2 days.
– excursions to Mammoth Museum, the Atlasovs’ Complex, Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel;
– winter-prepared off-road vehicle rental 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 on Day 1;
– lunch box for 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:

– transfers airport-hotel and hotel-airport;
– accommodation in Yakutsk;
– dinner on Day 2;
– warm cloth rental.

At request, we can include airport transfers, 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 THE TRIP WITH US

Information by phone:

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contact@visityakutia.com

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.

Available Dates:
  • 04 – 11 Feb 2018 – Gathering a group of 3-4 people.
  • 11 – 18 Feb 2018 – on request.
  • 18 – 25 Feb 2018 – on request.
  • 25 Feb – 04 Mar 2018 – on request.
  • 04 – 11 Mar 2018 – Gathering a group of 3-4 people.
  • 11 – 25 Mar 2018 – on request.
  • 25 Mar – 01 Apr 2018 – on request.
  • Other dates on request.
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

For 4 people = 127 000 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 142 000 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 177 000 RUB per person.
For 1 people = 239 000 RUB.

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 as per itinerary.
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for all days.
– Brunch, lunch, dinner on Day 1-2; breakfast and dinner on Day 3; breakfast, hot tea/coffee and dinner on Days 4-7;
– Accommodation at the “Ambarchik” guest house on Days 2, 3, 5, 7.
– Accommodation in a hunter cabin on Day 4.
– Accommodation in a traditional Yakutian wooden house on Day 6.
– Excursion to Druzhba Outdoor Architectural Historical Museum in the area of Sottintsy.
– Training activities on Days 1-2.
– All expenses related to the arrangment of dog sledding on Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.
– City tour with venue entry tickets on Day 3.
– Extra warm fur clothes rental (available only on extremely cold days).

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Booking is considered to be accepted, when the deposit amounting 35% of the cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 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 (bank’s fee for cross-border transaction is 25 USD per transaction).
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s fee for cross-border transaction is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB).
– Discount is provided for the early booking or full-prepayment.

Alternative Options:

BOOK DOG SLEDDING TOUR

Information by phone:

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Order your trip via email:

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