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: 12 days.
Group size: 4 PAX.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Trip distance: 2500 km one way without additional necessary 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.
– 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.
– Topolinoe, the town of reindeer herders.
– Winter and ice roads through mountains between Topolinoe and Batagai.
– Batagai, 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

Dates:
  • 09 – 20 February 2018 – Group trip.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / 09 Feb 2018 / Friday: 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 Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Museum (entry tickets not included). Transfer to the place of dinner. Time for dinner. Transfer back to hotel/s.

Day 2 / 10 Feb 2018 / Saturday: 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, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / 11 Feb 2018 / Sunday: 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 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. Early dinner 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, common kitchen, available wash basin inside, outdoor toilet) in Oymyakon.

Day 4 / 12 Feb 2018 / Monday: 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 at family’s. Rest.

Day 5 / 13 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: 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 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. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 6 / 14 Feb 2018 / Wednesday: Drive Teply Klyuch to Topolinoe, village of reindeer herders, 219 km, 5 hr. Breakfast 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 Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at family’s. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 7 / 15 Feb 2018 / Thursday: Day in Topolinoe. Breakfast at family’s. Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Lunch at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Tea with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at family’s. Overnight at the same place. Rest.

Day 8 – 9 / 16 – 17 Feb 2018 / Friday – Saturday: Non-stop drive Topolinoe to Batagai by the longest winter road. Strech is 711 km. Run time approx 18-20 hr. This day we pass by such places as Lake Emandja, the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Meals (take away). Arrival to Batagai on Day 8 by noon. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (single/twin rooms).

Day 10 / 18 Feb 2018 / Sunday: Day trip from Batagai to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Free time and time for lunch at cafe in Verkhoyansk. Visit to a local history museum. Back to Batagai in the evening. Time for dinner and overnight at private hotel in Batagai.

Day 11 / 19 Feb 2018 / Monday: Flight Batagai to Yakutsk (note: one-day flight delay might happen due to bad weather). Transfer to Batagai Airport. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport after lunch. Transfer to hotel. Time for souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 12 / 20 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Feel free to request a customized itinerary and your special quote for a private trip.

Expedition Cost for 09-20 Feb 2018:

For a group of 5 people = 212 500 RUB per person. With discount.
For a group of 4 people = 257 500 RUB per person. With discount.

Expedition Cost for Winter 2018-2019:

For a group of 5 people = 265 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 4 people = 322 000 RUB per person.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfers airport-hotel and hotel-airport in Yakutsk.
– Yakutsk City Sightseeing with a guide and on transport.
– 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, Oymyakon, Teply Klyuch, Topolinoye, Batagay.
– Food at family’s in Oymyakon and Topolinoe.
– 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).
– Program in Topolinoye (visit to reindeer herders).
– Entry tickets to Cherkekh Museum, GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch and Verkhoyansk.

Does NOT include:

– Air tickets your home to/from Yakutsk.
– Air ticket for the Batagai – Yakutsk flight.
– Accommodation and meals in Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes en route (1000-1500 RUB/day per person).
– Breakfasts at places of overnights in Khandyga, Teply Klyuch, Batagai.

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.

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, 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:

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Order your trip via email:

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