Valley of Death in Yakutia, Russia

Adventure tour to the Valley of Death in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Quest for mysterious metal cauldrons of the Olguidakh River. Rafting, trekking, fishing.

Greetings from the Olguidakh River in the Valley of Death in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.


Adventure, quest, rafting, trekking, fishing. Summer 2014!

In summer 2014, we start arranging adventure tours to the Valley of Death in West Yakutia, Russia.

Perhaps, one of you will discover unearthly metal objects!..

Group size: 4-8 travellers.
Duration: 7 days.
Area: valley of the Olguidakh River in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), North-Eastern Siberia, Russia.
Route length: 550 km. (round trip)
Tour types: road trip, rafting, trekking, fishing, camping.
Level of complexity: soft overland adventure.

The adventure quest tour starts and ends in Mirny, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia.

Recommended periods

Expeditions to the Valley of Death in the area of the Olguidakh River is possible to be done in the following time frames:

  • May 25 – June 25;
  • August 15 – September 10.
The Olguidakh River on the map

About the Valley of Death in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia

Valley of Death in Yakutia: Mysterious metal cauldrons of the Olguidakh River. West Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

In northwestern Yakutia in Siberia, in the basin of the Upper Viliuy River, there is a hard-to-reach area that bears the marks of a tremendous cataclysm that took place some 800 years ago, which toppled the entire forest cover and scattered stone fragments over hundreds of square kilometers.

Distributed across this area are mysterious metal objects located deep underground in the permafrost. On the surface, their presence is revealed only by patches of weird vegetation. The ancient name of this area is Uliuiu Cherkechekh, which translates as «the Valley of Death».

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Photos: Valley of Death and the Olguikhah River
Location – Olguidakh River

Olguidakh River. In its head and the middle part, the river is full of shoals. In lower reaches, it has boulders length of 4-5 km as well as stretches and pits.

Slow stream, soft rapids. Obstacles might be sudden shallow places and rubbles.

In the summer time, the Olguidakh River has low water level, as its main resource is rains. In times of droughts, it’s impassible.

So, the perfect period for rafting is the late spring – early summer and the late summer – the early autumn.

Transports to the Olguidakh River

There are three options of how to make it to the start of rafting the Olguidakh River:

    1) By off-road vehicles, i.e. 4wd van or truck.
    2) By helicopter.
    3) By helicopter and cushioncrafts.

In our tour, we offer Option #1 as it is non-expensive.

Guiding team

Staff: 3-4 people (local guide, cook, doctor, and, if required, interpreter).

Our team provides:

– 3-time meals;
– regular and trophy fishing.

In case of trophy fishing, we practice the principle “catch-and-release”.

Fishes: pike, perch, roach, dace, whitefish, burbot.

Safety measures

We provide lifejackets. We’ll have sattelite connection with EMERCOM’s rescue crew. Alcohol beverages are prohibited. Instructions are given in the beginning of the trip.

Yakutia’s Valley of Death Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Mirny , Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Meeting tourists and accommodation in a private hotel or holiday apartment type (depending on tourists’ wishes) .

Sightseeing city tour in Mirny:

MIR Diamond Mine Pit Viewpoint;
– Monument to Pioneers;
Viljujsky Ring Architectural & Memorial Complex;
– ALROSA History & Industry Museum;
– Museum of Kimberlites named after James Ilyich Savrasova;
Live Diamonds of Yakutia Natural Park.

Dinner, sauna, rest.
Preparation for the expedition.

Day 2. Mirny – the Olguydakh River (bridge #1).

Departure from Mirny by off-road vehicles in the morning. Driving time: 4 hours on the Olenek federal road. Stops for breaks and photographing.

Arrival at the place of rafting start. Lunch on a river bank. Setting the camp. Free time with fishing/spinning. Evening fish soup.

Day 3-5. Quest. Searching the proofs of mysterious metal objects. Rafting, photographing/fishing/documenting. Overnights in camps on river banks.

Day 6. Rafting to the final destination on the Olguidakh River. Loading stuff onto trucks. The way back to Mirny.

Arrival in Mirny. Check-in hotel. Dinner. Sauna. Free time.

Day 7. Transfer to the airport. Saying “good luckt” and our best wishes to travellers.

Note: The Siberian Valley of Death adventure tour might be customized at request.


75 000 RUB per person in a group of 4 travellers and more.

Deposit (non-refundable) = 10 638 RUB

Price includes:

– accommodation, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner);
– transfers airport-hotel-airport, transfer to/from the Olguidakh River.
– service during the trip on the route, as mentioned in the tour description;
– tent & other accessories rent,
– robber boats for the group of travellers;
– local health insurance.


Deposit (10 638 RUB per person) is paid via PayPal or bank transfer.
The rest of payment (64 362 RUB per person) is paid by bank transfer one month prior to the start of the tour.


– Booking request is accepted from the group of 4 travellers and more.
– Booking is considered to be done, once deposit is paid.

Pay DEPOSIT for the group of 4 travellers via PayPal


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