Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

Ice road through mountains on the way to Verkhoyansk from Yakutsk, Russia, Siberia. Winter road trip!

YAKUTSK – TOPOLINOYE – VERKHOYANSK.
1 Day in Yakutsk + 6-Day Winter Road Trip (Direct).
From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

In Winter 2018-2019, we continue to arrange such a trip as we think that destination should be regular. Previously we had conducted journeys from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk as private ones on request. Here we go.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Group size: 1-6 travelers.
Team: 2 or more transports.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Distance: 1500 km from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk (one way without additional drives).
Tour Type: Winter overland expedition.
Difficulty level: Hard to some extent. Extreme cold weather, long drives, Soviet-type accommodation.

Travelers’ Photographs:

From Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. The following trip was taken in the early March.

Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri.
Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Dates:
  • 20 – 27 March 2019 – Group trip for 4-6 travelers.
  • any dates for private trips on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Mar 20, 2019 / Wed: Arrival at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Shopping for extra warm clothes and city sightseeing with Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex.

Day 2 / Mar 21, 2019 / Thu: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 08:00 – 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, visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum, and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 20:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / Mar 22, 2019 / Fri: Drive Khandyga – GULAGs – Topolinoe, village of reindeer herders, 289 km. Morning tea at hotel. Leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness) in the early morning. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for breakfast at a roadside café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe through Big and Small Olchansky Mountain Passes with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ café. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 4 / Mar 23, 2019 / Sat: Drive Topolinoe – Lake Emandja. Breakfast at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe (not included). Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Time with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe. Lunch at the same cafe (not included). Driving to Lake Emandja, 150 km. Overnight inside a car in the area of the meteo station.

Day 5 / Mar 24, 2019 / Sun: Drive Lake Emandja to Batagai on ice roads along frozen mountain rivers. Strech is 350 km. Run time ±12 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as the rivers Nelgese, Kireng-Yuryakh, Boroulakh as well as many other places. Arrival to Batagai in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 6 / Mar 25, 2019 / Mon: Day trip 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 7 / Mar 26, 2019 / Tue: 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. Souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 8 / Mar 27, 2019 / Wed: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Important! We recommend to reserve one extra day for Yakutsk, as the flight from Batagai might be delayed due to bad weather.

Road Trip Cost

For group trips in Winter 2018-2019

For 5-6 travelers on 2 transports = 152 000 RUB / ± 2 000 EUR* per person.
For 4 travelers on 2 transports = 183 000 RUB / ± 2 408 EUR* per person.
For 1 – 3 travelers = on request.

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

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfer airport to hotel in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Guide and transport in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Entry tickets to 2 venues during city sightseeings on Day 1.
– Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
– Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom w/ WC and shower).
– Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Accommodation in Topolinoe, 1 nights (apartment with shared rooms, shared kitchen, WC & shower).
– Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
– Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house, twin rooms with WC and shower).
– Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
– Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 7.
– Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 7.
– Guide in Yakutsk on Day 7.
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport on Day 8.

Does NOT include:

– Air ticket from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation, meals and entry tickets in Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk on Days 2-7.
– Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 7.

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
– We always stay in touch by a satellite phone.

Required to bring:

– Warmest 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 ROAD TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

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.

Winter road trip Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk, Russia, is always great with friends. Share the trip with your fellows!