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.

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