Lake Baikal – Yakutsk – Magadan Tour

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

Lake Baikal – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Okhotsk Sea.
Authentic Siberia & the Far East in Russia!

So, here we go. We welcome travellers, who have a strong desire to embark a fascinating road trip with us from Lake Baikal to the Sea of Okhotsk through the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the biggest Russian region. A big journey in Siberia!

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

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: 1-4 PAX.
Dates: flexible. Depends on travellers’ schedule.
On 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 – Lystvyanka (1 day) – Olkhon Island (2.5 days) – Irkutsk (1 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 on request.
Highlights. What to see?

– Irkutsk. City Tour.
– 3-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal).
– Ulan Ude. Day 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).
– Nerungri. Coal mining site.
– 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.
– Yagodnoe. Kolyma History Museum.
– Debin. The Bridge across the Kolyma River.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG administration buildings.
– Dneprovsky GULAG (if the road is passable).
– Magadan. Mask of Sorrow, Mammoth Monument, etc.
– Ola, fishermen’s town.
– The Sea of Okhotsk.

2017 Summer-Autumn Itinerary (Recommended)

Day 1 – Arrival in Irkutsk Airport in the morning. Transfer to Irkutsk. Check-in at hotel. Lunch. Irkutsk City Tour.
Day 2 – Day trip to Lystvyanka, Lake Baikal. Back to Irkutsk in the evening.
Day 3 – Drive Irkutsk to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal. 292 km. Check-in at Baikal View Hotel. Visit to the Shamans Rock.
Day 4 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to Khoboi Cape, the North of the Island to observe Lake Baikal. 80 km.
Day 5 – Olkhon Island. Excursion to the South of the Island. 292 km.
Day 6 – Drive back to Irkutsk. Shopping and preparation for the road trip from Irkutsk toward Yakutsk.
Day 7 – Drive Irkutsk to Ulan Ude with stops along the southern shore of Lake Baikal. 458 km.
Day 8 – Ulan Ude. City Tour & Excursion to Peoples of Transbaikalia Ethnographic Outdoor Museum.
Day 9 – Drive Ulan Ude via Ivolginsky Datsan to Chita. 713 km (incl. turn distance to the Datsan).
Day 10 – Drive Chita to Erofei Pavlovich. 774 km.
Day 11 – Drive Erofei Pavlovich to Nerungri. 529 km. With a short stop for walking around in Tynda on the way.
Day 12 – Visit to the view point of the coal mining. Drive Nerungri to Aldan with a stop to observe the remains of Vasilievka GULAG camp. 274 km.
Day 13 – Drive Aldan to Yakutsk. 541 km. Visit the Glacier of Lake Buluus (note: the glacier is melted in the autumn). Crossing the Lena River before Yakutsk on a transport ferry.
Day 14 – Yakutsk. City Tour.
Day 15 – Day trip Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (partly by car, partly by a river boat).
Day 16 – Spare time in Yakutsk. Required, if a trip to Lena Pillars would be moved because of weather conditions on the previous day.
Day 17 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 419 km.
Day 18 – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 556 km. Through Verkhoyansky Mountain Passes.
Day 19 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 390 km.
Day 20 – Drive Susuman – Dneprovsky GULAG – Magadan the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones). 590 km.
Day 21 – Magadan. Tour across the city and bays of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Day 22 – Magadan. Boat excursion in the Okhotsk Sea (optional).
Day 23 – 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 personal budget for your dream trip! If any wish to fly between cities, let us know. If you plan to travel from Irkutsk to Nerungri by railway, write us.

Tour Cost for Recommended Itinerary

Rates for Autumn 2017 and Summer-Autumn 2018

4 travelers = 480 000 RUB per person.
1-3 travelers = on request.


  • visa invitation;
  • transfer airport to hotel in Irkutsk;
  • day trip Irkutsk to Lystvyanka, Lake Baikal;
  • 3,5-day trip to Olkhon Island (Lake Baikal);
  • city tours in Irkutsk, Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Magadan;
  • day trip Yakutsk to Lena Lena Pillars Nature Park;
  • accommodation in Irkutsk (Courtyard Marriott Hotel), Khuzhir village (Baikal View Hotel), Ulan Ude (Baikal Plaza Hotel), Yakutsk (AZIMUT Polar Star Hotel) and Magadan (Magadan Hotel) as well as at hotels en route during driving days;
  • Transport rental w/ driver and all transport-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • guide and all guide-related expenses en route Irkutsk – Lystvyanka – Olkhon Island – Ulan Ude – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • transfer Magadan to Sokol Airport.

Does NOT include:

  • air fares to Irkutsk and from Magadan;
  • meals (2500-6000 RUB/day/person in cities; 1500-2000 RUB/day/person on driving days.
  • Speed boat excursion with fishing in the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk (33 600 RUB per group) in summer-autumn


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

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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.

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!