Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

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

YAKUTSK – TOPOLINOYE – VERKHOYANSK.
7-Day Winter Road Trip (Direct).
From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

In Winter 2017-2018, we decided to make such a trip as standard as possible. Previously we had conducted journeys from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk as private ones on request. Here we go.

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights.
Group size: 5 travelers.
Team: 1 guide + 2 drivers.
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.

Dates:
  • 12 – 20 February 2018 (group trip);
  • other dates on request.
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.

Itinerary:

Day 1 / 12 Feb 2018 / Monday: 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 / 13 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: 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 / 14 Feb 2018 / Wednesday: 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 / 15 Feb 2018 / Thursday: Day in Topolinoe. Breakfast at family’s (included). 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 (included). Overnight at the same place. Rest.

Day 5 / 16 Feb 2018 / Friday – Day 6 / 17 Feb 2017 / Saturday: Non-stop drive Topolinoe to Batagai by the longest winter road. Strech is 711 km. Run time approx 20 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as Lake Emandja, the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Arrival to Batagai on Day 6 by noon. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 7 / 18 Feb 2018 / Sunday: 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 8 / 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 9 / 20 Feb 2018 / Tuesday: 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.

Feel free to return to Yakutsk by vehicles with our drivers.

Road Trip Cost

For group trips in Winter 2017-2018

5 travelers (on two vehicles) = 185 000 RUB per person.

Various discounts are given for the early booking or full pre-payment.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfer airport to hotel on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
– Guide’s assistant and transport hire on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
– Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
– English-n-German-speaking guide (group leader) for the Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk road trip on Days 2-8.
– Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom).
– Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Accommodation in Topolinoe, 2 nights, with 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner (at family’s in apartments with twin rooms).
– Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
– Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house with twin rooms).
– Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
– Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 8.
– Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 8.
– Transfer hotel to Yakutsk Airport on Day 9.

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 2-8.
– Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 8.

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!