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

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