Yakutsk – Magadan. Kolyma Highway

Yakutsk - Magadan. Kolyma Highway Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Black pass in the Verkhoyansky Range between Yakutsk and Magadan on Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN or MAGADAN – YAKUTSK.
KOLYMA HIGHWAY / ROAD OF BONES
Customized overland travel in summer-autumn 2017

This summer-autumn VisitYakutia.com in cooperation with regional off-road clubs arranges exciting road trips on Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan or backward. Yes, it’s on Stalin’s Road of Bones in Russia’s Siberia.

Jakutsk – Magadan oder Magadan – Jakutsk. Kolyma-Fernstrasse / Knochenstrasse. Sommer – Herbst 2016 (PDF auf Deutsch)

PHOTO GALLERIES

Below see our random photos.

Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Summer

This wooden cross monument is dedicated to victims of Stalin GULAG system. Stands on the M56 Kolyma Highway. Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

This wooden cross monument is dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s GULAG system. Stands on the M56 Kolyma Highway. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our major guide.

Picturesque Siberian Landscapes: Mountains, Glaciers, Forest, Rivers, Falls

Glaciers on a river. Siberian Nature Beauty. Picturesque mountain landscapes in the Verkhoyansky Range along the M56 Kolyma Highway between Yakutsk and Magadan. Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Glaciers to see in the Verkhoyansky Range along the M56 Kolyma Highway between Yakutsk and Magadan.

As we are big fans of nature in Yakutia and the whole Siberia, we love to photograph what we see around and share images online. To attract the world’s attention to the beauty of nature in the area, we launched the separate project called YakutiaPhoto.com. This is where you can see more pictures taken during our past travels across the vast territory of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our major guide.

Kadykchan, Ghost Town in Magadan Oblast

Kadykchan is the abandoned town of gold miners on the M56 Kolyma Highway in Magadan Oblast. Photo by Evgeny Venediktov

Kadykchan is the abandoned town of gold miners located between Ust Nera and Susuman on the M56 Kolyma Highway in Magadan Oblast. Now it’s a real ghost town with one-only resident.

Photo credit: Evgeny Venediktov, one of our expedition drivers.

Dneprovsky GULAG Camp in Magadan Oblast

Dneprovsky is one of many Dalstroy GULAG camps in Magadan Oblast. Photo by Evgeny Venediktov

Dneprovsky is one of Dalstroy’s many GULAG camps in Magadan Oblast. Stands 50 km off the M56 Kolyma Highway. Big relatively. With well-remained buildings to see during the visit.

Photo credit: Evgeny Venediktov, one of our expedition drivers.

Yakutsk – Magadan Standard Tour

Duration: 1 day in Yakutsk + 4 travel days + 1 full day in Magadan.
Group Size: 1-3 people.
Period: June – October 2017.

Expedition-ready 4wd transports:

– Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (1-3 passengers);
– Toyota Land Cruiser 105 (1-3 passengers);
– Mitsubishi Delica (1-4 passengers);
– other types.

Highlights:

– Yakutsk City Tour;
– Lena & Aldan Rivers to cross by ferries;
– Yakutian villages between Yakutsk and Khandyga;
– Verkhoyansky Range w/ narrowest passes such as Chernyj Prizhim, Zajachja Petlya, Lastochkin Dom and w/ the highest, longest Olchan Mountain Pass;
– Kadykchan, ghost town;
– Kolyma River & Bridge;
– many abondend gold miner’s settlements;
– Dneprovsky GULAG, if weather would allow;
– Magadan City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour.

Standard Tour Intinerary:

IN SHORT

Day 1: Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. 5-hr City Tour. Accommodation at Lena Hotel.
Day 2: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga.
Day 3: Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera.
Day 4: Drive Ust Nera to Susuman. Visit to the ghost town of Kadykchan.
Day 5: Drive Susuman to Magadan. Visit to Dneprovsky Gulag Camp is possible, if everything goes smoothly. Arrival to Magadan in the evening. Accommodation at Magadan Hotel.
Day 6: Magadan City & the Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk Tour.
Day 7: Free day in Magadan. Required, if there would be delay en route.
Day 8: Transfer to Magadan Airport (Sokol), 50 km from Magadan. Flight from Magadan.

FULL DESCRIPTION:

Day 1 – Arrival in Yakutsk. Meeting up at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. 5-hr Yakutsk City Tour. Accommodation at Lena Hotel.

Day 2 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga. 432 km according to our GPS tracks. Average movement speed with stops for breaks and meals is 40 km/hr.

Road is gravel. Through fields and forest. Many Yakutian villages on the way.

Two rivers to cross – Lena (in the beginning) and Aldan (in the end).

Stop for lunch at a road café inbetween the above-mentioned river ferries. Dinnertime depends on the time of your arrival in Khandyga. If late, you buy food at store for dinner and breakfast. Average meal cost is 500 RUB/person.

Accommodation in Khandyga (private apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, without breakfast).

Day 3 – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera. 560 km. 40 km/hr. From this moment, the road goes through mountains’ valleys and passes.

Lunch stop at a road café at 100 km west off Khandyga before mountains. Dinner stop at a road café at the area of the Kyubyume gas station, 320 km off Khandyga. Average meal cost is 500 RUB/person.

Accommodation in Ust Nera (Soviet-era hotel with twin rooms). Without breakfast. Hotel has a café that might be open at request.

Day 4 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman. 395 km. 40 km/hr. Mountain road.

On the way to Susuman, you’ll see abandoned settlements previously used by GULAG’ administration, and the lost coalminers town of Kadykchan.

Accommodation in Susuman (hotel with twin, double and single rooms).

Day 5 – Drive Susuman to Magadan. 625 km. 40 km/hr.

Crossing the bridge across the Kolyma River.

The 16-km turn to Dneprovsky GULAG is possible, if:

– no delays en route;
– driver is not tired and in good mood;
– a vehicle has no malfunction due to the bad condition of the Kolyma road;
– weather is perfect, sunny, and no rain;
– ground is dry on the way from the Kolyma trassa to the GULAG camp;
– no deep bogs and puddles (with water 1 meter in depth).

Decision to go to Dneprovsky belongs to the driver.

Arrival in Magadan in the late, late evening.
Accommodation at Magadan Hotel.

Day 6 – Magadan Breakfast at hotel. City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour. Stops at bays, Mammoth Monument, the Mask of Sorrow, Magadan Surroundings, etc. Accommodation at Magadan Hotel.

Day 7 – Magadan. Breakfast at hotel. Free day in Magadan. Required, if there would be delay en route. Accommodation at Magadan Hotel.

Day 8 – Departure from Magadan. Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 50 km off Magadan. Flight from Magadan.

Road Trip Cost for June-October 2017:

Rates for Standard Trips

For a group of 3 travelers = 215 000 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 travelers = 293 000 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 528 000 RUB per person.

Feel free to request your special itinerary and the list of services for your trip.

Includes:

  • visa invitation;
  • transfer from airport to hotel in Yakutsk;
  • transfer from hotel to Sokol Airport in Magadan;
  • accommodation at Lena Hotel in Yakutsk (1 night) and at Magadan Hotel (2 nights), single room with breakfast;
  • 5-hr city tours in Yakutsk and Magadan;
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver for driving en route Yakutsk – Magadan road;
  • all transport-related expenses (fuel, river crossing ferries, driver’s accommodation and food);
  • English-, German-, French-, Spanish- or Chinese-speaking guide and all guide-related expenses (guide’s accommodation and food) during the road trip;
  • travelers’ accommodation in Khandyga (shared room), Ust Nera (single room), Susuman (single room);
  • traveler’s ferry passes on the Lena and Aldan Rivers.
  • sattelite phone use for emergency calls only;
  • travel arrangement expenses, fee;
  • VAT.

DOES NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • meals at roadside cafes en route (1500-2000 RUB/day/person);
  • meals at restaurants in Yakutsk and Magadan (2500-5000 RUB/day/person);
  • personal travel & medical insurances;
  • personal clothes & gears;
  • tips & gratitudes.
Booking & Payment Conditions:
  • We accept payment in RUB/USD/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.
  • To reserve a trip, deposit (35%) is to be pre-paid by bank transfer or PayPal.
  • Balance payment should be done 30-45 days before the start of the road trip.
  • Please, note that Payer’s bank surcharges up to 30 USD per international bank transfer, PayPal’s fee for international transaction is 4.5-5.5% + 10 RUB.

ORDER YOUR KOLYMA ROAD TRIP

By phone:

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

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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