Verkhoyansk Winter Tour

Winter travel to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Experience extreme weather in the coldest town on the Earth.

WINTER TRAVEL TO VERKHOYANSK, RUSSIA
4-Day Tour in Winter 2017-2018

Embark a short winter trip to Verkhoyansk, Russia. Located in the Northern-Eastern part of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Founded in 1638 by Russian Cossacks and served initially as a remote Siberian exile place.

In the upcoming winter, we decided to make Verkhoyansk as a regular winter destination. Travel with us!

Fly to Batagay. Stay 2 full days in Verkhoyansky District and travel through the coldest places on Earth. Come back to Yakutsk on the 4th day.

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights.
Group size: 1-4 people.
Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay – Betenkes – Batagay – Yakutsk.
Starts and ends at Yakutsk Airport.
Recommended period: November – April.
Coldest Period: late November – February, around -50C.

Did you know?

“Verkhoyansk fights over the title of the coldest village in the world with Oymyakon, an area to the south-east of the town.”

“However, it holds the Guinness World Record for the greatest temperature range on Earth, from -67.8C in winter to 37.3C in summer.”

Resource: BBC’s story Growing up in -60C

Tour Highlights:

– Cold weather with -40C and -60C.
– Icy forest and mountains.
– Verkhoyansk Range to observe from the plane.
– Soviet-type airport in Batagai.
– Soviet-type town of Batagai. Founded in the infamous 1939 by Stalin’s GULAG inmates as a center of tin industry.
– Verkhoyansk, the oldest town in North-Eastern Yakutia.
– Authentic Yakut villages.
– Unique Yakutian horses.
– Snowmobile ride.

Route Map

Verkhoyansk Winter Travel Photos

Above photographs were taken in Verkhoyansk District in the middle of November. That’s the start of the winter season.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Dates
  • Any dates on request. Preferably from Monday to Thursday.

If you need travel mates, please, write us.

Itinerary

Day 1 / Monday – YAKUTSK – BATAGAY. Transfer from hotel to Yakutsk Airport. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay (departure at 07:20, arrival at 09:55, distance 670 km, flight time is 1 hr 35 min). Transfer from Batagay Airport to a guest house in Batagay, 5 km. Check-in a guest house (single/twin rooms with bathrooms, shared kitchen). Lunch. Excursion across the town and its outskirts (with the use of a Russian UAZ vehicle). Dinner. Free time. Rest.

Day 2 / Tuesday – DAY TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 11:00 – Road trip by a Russian UAZ van to Verkhoyansk, 71 km, with stops for photo sessions. 11:00 – 12:00 – Driving around Verkhoyansk. Photo session at remarkable places, including the “Verkhoyansk” sign and the bank of the Yana River. 12:00 – 14:00 – Lunch at cafe. 14:00 – 15:00 – Visit to Museum of History. 15:00 – 16:00 – Driving back to Batagay. 18:00 – Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 3 / Wednesday – DAY TRIP TO YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM. Breakfast at a guest house. 09:00 – 10:30 – Driving by a Russian UAZ van to Betenkes village, 50 km. With stops en route, especially at the Shaman Tree place with a view from the top of mountain pass. 11:00 – 14:00 – Time in a Yakut traditional village. A chance to drive throughout the settlement on a snowmobile, which is commonly used instead of a car. Lunch at family’s. 13:00 – 17:00 – Trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. Distance from Betenkes to the farm is 10 km. Activities with Yakutian horses including rides on horses or sleigh. Yakutian horse is a Siberian breed. Accustomed to live in the conditions of extreme cold weather. 17:00 – 18:00 – Way back to Batagay. 19:00 – Sauna. Farewell Dinner. Free time. Overnight in a guest house in Batagay.

Day 4 / Thursday – BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk (departure at 11:55, arrival at 12:45.) Transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel in Yakutsk. Half a day with your guide in Yakutsk, without transport.

Feel free to request the customization of the itinerary.

4-Day Winter Tour Cost

For November 2017 – April 2018

Current rates are given with discount.

For 4 travelers = 99 900 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 115 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 144 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 232 000 RUB.

Package includes:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide for 4 days.
– Transfers to/from Yakutsk Airport on Day 1 and Day 4.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Transfers from/to Batagay Airport.
– Russian UAZ van rental with driver in Verkhoyansky District on Day 1, 2, 3.
– Accommodation in Batagay (guest house with twin/dbl room, flat rate).
– Meals in Batagay (5 meals in a guest house), Verkhoyansk (lunch at cafe), Betenkes (lunch at family’s).
– Entry tickets for Verkhoyansk Museum on Day 2.
– Snowmobile use on Day 3.
– Visit to Yakutian horse breeding farm in the area of Betenkes on Day 3.
– Sauna.
– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).

Does NOT include:

– Accommodation, meals, activities in Yakutsk.
– Transfers in Yakutsk, which were not mentioned in the above itinerary.

Required to bring:

– Warm clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

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.

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