Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Siberia!

Dog Sledding Tour in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia

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/

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.
  • 11 – 18 Feb 2018.
  • 18 – 25 Feb 2018.
  • 25 Feb – 04 Mar 2018.
  • 04 – 11 Mar 2018.
  • 11 – 25 Mar 2018.
  • 25 Mar – 01 Apr 2018.
  • Other dates on request.

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 = 222 000 RUB.
2 people = 166 000 RUB per person.
3 people = 134 000 RUB per person.
4 people = 120 000 RUB per person.
5 people = 110 000 RUB per person.

Tips: if you would have the first migration registration in Russia before coming to Yakutsk, you can skip overnight at Lena Hotel and optimize your final tour budget. If you speak Russian fluently, you might not have an interpreter for the whole period.

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.
– Warm clothes rental (available only in 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 30 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:

  • 2-day dog mushing trip through the dense Siberian forest to the hunters’ log cabin. Itinerary & Rates for Winter 2017-2018.
  • 1-Day Dog Musher’s Training 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.


Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

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!