Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian elders and young Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. This summer we arrange tours to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 1-5 people.
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Season: July – September 2017.
Dates: any dates upon request.

Tour type: guided.
Activities: road trip, boating, hiking, fishing, sauna.
Difficulty level: medium, hiking experience is helpful.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – the Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh – the Tuostakh River – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay.
Logistics: flight Yakutsk to Batagay (round), road trip Batagay to Betenkes village, river journey by boats to the summer camp site with guest houses at the Toustakh River, trip by boat and hiking to Kisilyakh site with a guest house.

  • Batagay (wiki, map), administrative center of Verkhoyansky District;
  • Verkhoyansk (wiki, map), the coldest place in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
Video: Kisilyakh, Northern Shambala in Siberia

Proud to present the the sacred place of Stone People we call Kisilyakh in Verkhoyansky District.

Video credit: Eugene Osipov.

Photos: Verkhoyansk

Verkhoyansk in summer. Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Photos: Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakhi, Sacred Stone People. Northern Shambala in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

See all Kisilyakh pics on our project

Photos: Batagaika Crater

Batagaika Crater in Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Trip dates:

Available for group trips

  • 14-20 July 2017 (Summer Colors);
  • 05-11 September 2017 (Golden Autumn).

Private trips

  • ANY DATES upon request.

Day 1 / Friday: Yakutsk – Batagay – Verkhoyansk. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. Flight to Batagay, 2.5 hr. Arrival at Batagay Airport at 09:55/10:30. Transfer to a guest house in Batagay. Lunch. Trip to Verkhoyansk (distance is 72 km, time to drive 1.5 hr). Walking around the coldest town. Stop by Verkhoyansk Stella. Drive back to Batagay in the evening. Dinner. Overnight at private guest house.

Day 2 / Saturday: Batagay – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Drive to Betenkes, 48 km. Stop by at Shaman Tree en route. Boat journey from Betenkes to the base along the Adycha & Tuostakh Rivers, 60 km, 2 hr. Stop by at Mammoth Hill (one of paleontological sites). Arrival to the base. Dinner. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 3 / Sunday: Kisilyakh. 07:30 – Breakfast. 09:30 – Transfer by motor boat/s to Ketet site, 20 min. Hiking to Verkhoyansk Kisilyakh, 10 km. Lunch (packed) at Adycha River’s Kisilyakh. Excursion around Adycha Kisilyakh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a mountain guest house. Meeting sunrise ritual.

Day 4 / Monday: Kisilyakh. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level). Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight at a guest house.

Day 5 / Tuesday: Kisilyakh – Base on the Tuostakh River. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in twin rooms in one-store wooden buildings. Shared outdoor toilet, shared sauna.

Day 6 / Wednesday: 07:30 – Breakfast. Transfer by motor boat/s to Betenkes, 2 hrs. Lunch (packed). Road trip to Batagaika Crater. Hiking. Free time at Batagaika. Transfer by car to Batagay. Overnight at a guest house in Batagay.

Day 7 / Thursday: Batagay – Yakutsk. Breakfast. 10:00 – Transfer to airport. 11:55/12:10 – 12:45/13:00 – Flight to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

Trip Cost:

5 travelers = 59 500 RUB per person.
4 travelers = 73 000 RUB per person.
3 travelers = 95 000 RUB per person.
2 travelers = 139 000 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 271 200 RUB.


– Russian visa invitation.
– Air tickets Yakutsk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
– Guide’s service for all trip days (English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking)
– All transfers as per the itinerary.
– Accommodation according to the itinerary.
– Meals as per the itinerary.
– Hiking guides.
– VAT.

Does NOT include:

– Flight Yakutsk – Batagai – Yakutsk (round), 25000 – 29000 RUB per person.
– Flights your country to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation & meals in Yakutsk.
– City tour and other activities in Yakutsk.
– Tips & gratitudes.


By phone:

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

Via email:

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.

To explore Verkhoyansk and its magic Kisilyakh sites is always good with friends.