Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk via Oymyakon

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON – VERKHOYANSK
TRIANGLE OF THE COLDEST PLACES IN THE WORLD.
Winter adventure overland tour in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia

Duration: 11 days.
Group size: 1-6 PAX.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Teply Klyuch – GULAGs – Topolinoye – reindeer herders’ camp – Lake Emanda – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
Trip distance: 2500 km one way without additional drives.
Trip type: overland expedition.
Difficulty level: relatively hard (long drives, one night in vehicles)
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Highlights:

– Three coldest places on Earth, i.e. Yakutsk, Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk.
– Extreme cold weather. Between -40C and -60C in February.
– Kolyma Highway & Old Road of Bones.
– Verkhoyansk Mountains with picturesque passes.
– Oymyakon, the famous village considered the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
– Regular Yakut villages with horses and cows, etc.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG camps.
– Big & Small Olchansky mountain passes.
– Topolinoye, the town of reindeer herders.
– Reindeer herders’ camp & Lake Emanda.
– Winter and ice roads through Verkhoyansk mountains between Topolinoye and Batagay.
– Batagay, the town found in 1939 as a center of tin mining.
– Verkhoyansk, the coldest oldest town on Earth.

Dates, itinerary, and rates below.

Extreme winter travel photographs

YAKUTSK, Russia:

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev. Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

OYMYAKON, Russia:

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev. Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

VERKHOYANSK, Russia:

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann. On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri. Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Map: Places to Visit

GPS Track: Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk

Recorded by Aleksey Kimaev.

Dates:
  • 17 – 27 March 2019 – Group trip for 4-6 travelers.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Mar 17, 2019 / Sun: Arrival in Yakutsk. Meeting trip participants at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel/s. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Extra warm clothing shopping and city sightseeings with visits to the Atlasovs’ ethnographic complex and the Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Museum. Dinner at the Chochur Muran restaurant (not included). Transfer back to hotel/s.

Day 2 / Mar 18, 2019 / Mon: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 09:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 19:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / Mar 19, 2019 / Tue: Drive Khandyga to Oymyakon, 514 km, 11-12 hr. Morning tea at hotel. 08:00 – leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness). Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for brunch (not included) at a roadside café. Drive to Kyubyume, 250 km, 6.5 hr. Through the mountain passes of the Verkhoyansk Range. Stops at remarkable place, such as Tomporuk Pass, Yellow and Black passes, Zayachya Petlya, etc. Time for the early dinner (not included) at the “Cuba” café in Kyubyume. Drive to Oyamyakon, 194 km, with a refuel stop in Tomtor. Arrival to Oymyakon around 22:00. Dinner at family’s. Overnight in an ordinary village-type wooden house (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, wash basin inside, outdoor toilet) in Oymyakon.

Day 4 / Mar 20, 2019 / Wed: Full day in Oymyakon. Breakfast at family’s. Visit to the Pole of Cold Stella. Receiving the Pole of Cold certificate from a winter fairy character Chyskhaan, the Keeper of the Cold. Strolling across the village of Oymyakon. Cold weather experiments. Lunch at family’s. Ice-fishing (traditional) on the Indigirka River. Dinner at family’s. The Sakha culture evening in the House of Archyy. Evening tea and overnight at family’s (the same place).

Day 5 / Mar 21, 2019 / Thu: Drive Oymyakon to Teply Klyuch. Breakfast in the early morning. 08:00 – Leaving a guest house. Drive to Tomtor, 41 km. On the way, we’ll have a visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. In Tomtor, we visit the ice tunnel complex called “Residence of Chyskhaan”, which remarkable for its huge snowflake-like ice crystals on its surface. Drive to Kyubyume, 153 km. We’ll ride through the Oymyakon winter forest and mountains we have missed during a previous ride in the dark time the other day. Dinner at the “Cuba” café. Drive back to Teply Klyuch through evening mountains. Dinner at café in Teply Klyuch. Overnight in Teply Klyuch. Evening tea and overnight at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, shared WC/shower inside, shared kitchen).

Day 6 / Mar 22, 2019 / Fri: Drive Teply Klyuch to Topolinoye, village of reindeer herders, 219 km, 5 hr. Time for breakfast (not included) at café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoye by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ cafe. Overnight at family’s apartment (rooms for 2-3 people, shared kitchen, shared WC/shower).

Day 7 / Mar 23, 2019 / Sat: Topolinoye – Reindeer Herders – Lake Emandja. Breakfast (not included) at cafe. Walking across the town of Topolinoye. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Tea with herders at the winter camp. Lunch (not included) at a cafe. Start of the journey toward Batagay by the longest winter road, 711 km. Stay at Lake Emandja for overnight (in a vehicle).

Day 8 / Mar 24, 2019 / Sun: Drive Emandja to Batagay. This day we pass by such places as the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Lunch at cafe in Tokum. Arrival to Batagay in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagay (single rooms, shared WC/shower).

Day 9 / Mar 25, 2019 / Mon: Day trip from Batagay to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Visit to the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. Free time. Lunch at family’s in Verkhoyansk. Back to Batagay by the evening. Overnight at the same private hotel in Batagay.

Day 10 / Mar 26, 2019 / Tue: Batagay to Yakutsk. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk, 2 hr. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. Souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 11 / Mar 27, 2019 / Wed: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Expedition Cost for Winter 2018-2019:

For 5 – 6 travelers on 2 transports = 206 000 RUB / ± 2 711 EUR* per person.
For 4 travelers on 2 transports = 248 000 RUB / ± 3 263 EUR* per person.
For 1 – 3 travelers = on request.

*As of September 2018, average conversion rate: 1 EUR = 76 RUB.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation, if required).
– Transfers airport-hotel and hotel-airport in Yakutsk.
– English-speaking guide in Yakutsk on Day 1, 11.
– Yakutsk City Sightseeing with a guide and on transport, with entry tickets to two venues.
– Two transports with drivers-guides and all transport-related expenses for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk road trip. We prefer to use Toyota Land Cruisers prepared for winter expeditions.
– Accommodation in Khandyga (no breakfast), Oymyakon, Teply Klyuch (no breakfast), Topolinoye (no breakfast), Batagay (no breakfast).
– Meals at family’s in Oymyakon (2 dinner, 2 breakfast, 1 lunch).
– Pole of Cold Certificates in Oymyakon.
– Program in Oymyakon and Tomtor (meeting the Keeper of the Cold, ice fishing, Yakutian horse breeding farm, Yakut sakha culture evening, ice tunnel complex).
– Visit to reindeer herd in Topolinoye.
– Entry tickets to Cherkekh Museum, GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch, the Pole of Cold museum in Verkhoyansk.

Does NOT include:

– Air tickets from your home to/from Yakutsk.
– Air ticket for the Batagay – Yakutsk flight (±20000 RUB per person, depends on the time of ticket purchase).
– Accommodation and meals in Yakutsk.
– Meals en route before and after Oymyakon (1000-1500 RUB/day per person).
– Breakfasts at places of overnights in Khandyga, Teply Klyuch, Topolinoye, Batagay.

Booking & Prepayment Conditions:

– Tour is booked, when the deposit amounting to 30% of the tour cost is pre-paid;
– Balance payment is due no later than 60 days before the start of the tour;
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (your bank surcharges additionally up to 25 USD for cross-border transaction) and amount should be equal to the cost indicated in EUR.
– Payment might be done in Russian rubles by a Visa/MasterCard via PayMaster online payment service (transaction fee is up to 2.5%).

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
– We use a satellite phone and a GPS tracker.

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 or similar, 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 TRIANGLE OF THE COLD

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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