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.

Dates:

Any dates at request.
14th July to 21st July 2017 – Special 8-day Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan road trip for English-speaking travelers. 1 seat available.

If you wish to travel in a group and on a special itinerary, please, let us know your wished dates so we could attract more travel mates for you.

Yakutsk – Magadan Summer-Autumn Standard Tour

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

Highlights:

– Yakutsk city tour;
– the Lena & Aldan Rivers crossing 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;
– ghost town of Kadykchan;
– the Kolyma River and the bridge;
– a chain of Grand Lakes;
– abondend gold miner’s settlements;
– Magadan city & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour.

Standard Tour Intinerary:

IN SHORT

Day 1: Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. 5-hr City Tour.
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.
Day 6: Magadan City & the Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk Sightseeing Tour.
Day 7: Transfer to Magadan Airport in Sokol town, 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.

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 cost depends on the type of the room. Up to 5000-6000 RUB/room. It’s better to choose a deluxe room with air conditioner and bigger beds. Standard rooms are more for Russians.

Day 6 – Magadan city & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour. Stops at bays, mammoth monument, the Mask of Sorrow, etc.

Day 7 – Departure from Magadan. Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 50 km off Magadan.

Expedition-ready 4wd transports:

– Toyota Land Cruiser Prado. Comfortable for 1-2 people;
– Mitsubishi Delica for 1-3 people (comfortable for 3 passengers);
– Russian UAZ van (possible, but too rough and bumpy to sit inside);
– others.

STANDARD TOUR PRICE for August-October 2017:

Standard Full Package Rates

In a group of 5 travellers (2 vehicles, 1 guide) = 156 000 RUB / 2 516 USD* / 2 261 EUR* per person.
In a group of 3 travellers (1 vehicle, 1 guide) = 162 000 RUB / 2 613 USD* / 2 348 EUR* per person.
For couples and individuals we prefer to offer a customized itinerary.

Feel free to request your special travel itinerary for you and your group.

*Corrected currency conversion rate, as of August 09th, 2016:
1 USD = 62 RUB
1 EUR = 69 RUB

Includes:

  • visa support;
  • transfers from airport to hotel in Yakutsk and from hotel to airport in Magadan;
  • 5-hr city tours in Yakutsk and Magadan;
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver for the Yakutsk to Magadan road trip (one van is recommended for 3 travellers to feel more comfort);
  • all expenses related to the hired transport (fuel, river crossing ferries, driver’s accommodation and food);
  • English-, German- or French-speaking guide and all guide-related expenses (guide’s accommodation and food) for the whole period;
  • travellers’ accommodation in Khandyga (shared room), Ust Nera (single room), Susuman (single room);
  • traveller’s pass for ferries across the Lena and Aldan Rivers.
  • sattelite phone use for emergencies;
  • travel preparation & arrangement expenses;
  • VAT.

DOES NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • meals at roadside cafes en route (~30 USD/day/person);
  • accommodation and food for a traveller in Yakutsk and Magadan (50-100 USD/single room/day);
  • personal gears.
Notes
  • Request the quote, if you need a special itinerary.
Payment Conditions:
  • We accept payment in RUB / USD / EUR by bank transfer.
  • The USD or EUR payment to be done by bank transfer on basis of the invoice and be equal to the amount indicated in Russian rubles.
  • Payment in Russian rubles might be done by PayPal. PayPal applies its own commission fee on top of the transferred fund at amount of 4.5% up to 5.5% of the transferred fund. PayPal’s commission depends on the country of a sender.

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