Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

KISILYAKH, SIBERIAN STONE PEOPLE
Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian and Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. Next summer we arrange group trips 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 – 4 people.
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Season: July – September 2019.

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.

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

Verkhoyansk in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagay

Batagay town, administrative center of Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, VisitYakutia.com

Batagay in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

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

The above photo credit: Alexander Gabyshev.

Below see how the crater looks like in July. Photos are taken by Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Batagaika Crater in September. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Batagaika Crater on July 26th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: GULAG on Kyostyor Mountian

GULAG camp on Kyostyor Mountain in Verkhoyansk District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Remains of the GULAG camp on Kyostyor mountain on September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

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 YakutiaPhoto.com.

Photos: Adycha & Toustakh Rivers on the way to Kisilyakh

Kisilyakh Sacred Stones. A view from the Adycha River. Verkhoyansky District, Siberia, Russia.  Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Shoot time: July, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

Group trip map:

Trip dates:
  • 12 – 19 August 2019 – Group trip as per the below-described itinerary. A few spaces available.
  • private trips on any dates from Friday to Monday and from Monday to Friday on request.
Group Trip Itinerary:
 
Day 1 / 12 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT YAKUTSK TO BATAGAY. TRANSFER TO THE CAMP. Transfer hotel to airport in Yakutsk. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Arrival in Batagay Airport at midday. Drive to Betenkes village, 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 camp. Early dinner. Overnight in a wooden house.
 
DAY 2 / 13 Aug 2019 / Tuesday – THE TUOSTAKH RIVER – KISILYAKH BASE TO KISILYAKH ROCKS. Breakfast. Transfer by 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 cabin. Sunrise meeting ritual.
 
Day 3 / 14 Aug 2019 / Wednesday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level) and other remarkable sites. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 4 / 15 Aug 2019 / Thursday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking among Kisilyakh. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 5 / 16 Aug 2019 / Friday – WAY BACK TO THE BASE CAMP. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a wooden guest house.
 
DAY 6 / 17 Aug 2019 / Saturday  – BACK TO BATAGAY + TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast. Transfer along the Adycha River to Betenkes village by boat/s, 2 hrs. Drive to Batagai town by car, 1 hr. Lunch. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 72 km, 1.5 hr. On the way we do a visit to Yakutian cow farm and the view point on Lysaya mountain. At the entrance of Verkhoyank, a photo stop at the famous Stella (mammoth tusks w/ the name of the town). Walk across Verkhoyansk. Visit to the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. Way back to Batagay. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 7 / 18 Aug 2019 / Sunday  – DAY TRIP TO BATAGAIKA CRATOR. Breakfast. Drive Verkhoyansk to Batagay, 72 km. Excursion in Batagay with a visit to industry history museum. Lunch. Drive to the turn to Batagaika Crater by car, 12 km. Hiking ±1 km to the crater. Free time. Lunch on the field (home-made snacks, bottled water or hot tea). Back to the place of overnight in Batagay in the evening. Dinner. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 8 / 19 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hotel. Free time.
Trip Cost:

For 4-6 people = 142 000 RUB.
For 3 people = 182 000 RUB.
For 2 people = 259 000 RUB.
For 1 person = 492 000 RUB.

If you would like to receive discount, write us to learn conditions.

Group trip package includes:

  • Letter of Invitation (if requested).
  • English-and-German-speaking tour leader.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Guide/s during hiking toward/among/from Kisilyakh Stones.
  • Accommodation at the camp on the Toustakh River (wooden house with twin rooms, outdoor wooden toilet, sauna house, kitchen house).
  • Accommodation at Kisilyakh site in a wooden cabin, outdoor toilet house.
  • Accommodation in Batagay at a private hotel (twin rooms with WC & shower).
  • Entry tickets to one museum in Verkhoyansk and one museum in Batagay.
  • Meals as per itinerary.

Does NOT include:

  • accommodation, meals and activities in Yakutsk;
  • air tickets to/from Batagay (if you need our assistance, let us know) (round trip cost is ±35 000 RUB; depends on the time of purchase);
  • a day trip to GULAGs (to be ordered as extra activity and embedded in the published itinerary; extra cost depends on the final size of the group).

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

Information by phone:

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

Order 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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