Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia. Standard Siberian adventure tour for Russian winter holidays. Oymyakon tourism.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2021-2022.
Travel to the World’s Coldest Inhabited Place.
Standard tour for Russian holidays in Siberia!

In next winter we continue to arrange tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the world’s coldest inhabited place located in the Eastern part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Experience Russian holidays in soft adventure tour through the cold Siberian weather. Travel with us!

Adventure tours to Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia, will be done from the end of November till the early April. The coldest period is the midst and end of December, January, and the first half of February.

Season: 20 Nov to 08 Apr.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Round travel distance: ~2000 km with all short rides within settlements.
Tour type: soft adventure, road trip.
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, capital of Repiblic of Sakha-Yakutia.

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

Measuring temperature in Oymyakon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

This video was taken by German photographer Björn Steinz in Oymyakon in January 2010. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev, Ajar Varlamov and their Yakutsk-based friends.

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

The above photographs were taken by Bolot Bochkarev in the middle of March.

Vehicles We Use in Winter

OYMYAKON TOUR MAP

Oymyakon-related Trip Options

See options below. Please, note that the Yakutsk to Oymyakon round trip requires minimum 5 days, as the village of Oymyakon is located 930 km off Yakutsk.

TRIPS FOR WINTER 2021-2022:

Private Trips:

  • Any dates upon request.

Group Trips for Winter 2022:

  • 04 – 11 Dec 2021 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon Trip. For a group of 4-12 people. Tour details.
  • 06 – 10 Dec 2021 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 8-day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon trip. Tour details.
  • 03 – 07 Jan 2022 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 9-day New Year trip. Tour details.
  • 04 – 11 Jan 2022 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon Trip. For a group of 4-12 people. Tour details.
  • 06 – 10 Jan 2022 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 8-day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon trip. Tour details.
  • 24 – 31 Jan 2022 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon Trip. For a group of 4-12 people. Tour details.
  • 26 – 30 Jan 2022 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 8-day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon trip. Tour details.
  • 26 Feb – 06 Mar 2022 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon Trip. For a group of 4-12 people. Tour details.
  • 28 Feb – 05 Mar 2022 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 8-day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon trip. Tour details.
  • 14 – 21 Mar 2022 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon Trip. For a group of 4-12 people. Tour details.
  • 16 – 20 Mar 2022 – 5-Day Oymyakon Trip as a part of 8-day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon trip. Tour details.

OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOURS ON DEMAND (OPTIONS):

  • 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + 6-Day GULAG – Oymyakon trip. Description upon request.

6-DAY SELF-DRIVE TO OYMYAKON ON DEMAND (OPTIONS):

  • Training Day in Yakutsk + 5-Day Self-Driving from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place, on Toyota Land Cruiser. With transfers from/to airport. Quote upon request. Please, note that we design an itinerary and calculate the budget. Total cost is usually much higher than standards trips’.
  • Any dates self-drive from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon on Toyota Land Cruiser. Test your driving skills all the way on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Quote upon request. Please, note that we design an itinerary and calculate the budget. Total cost is usually much higher than standards trips’.

Please, note that:

  • entertainment activities are not included in the self-drive tour cost;
  • self-driving means that a vehicle comes with a driving instructor together;
  • the cost of self-driving tour is much higher than a standard private road trip (see the above-listed tour descriptions.)

7-DAY YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON PRIVATE TOUR ON DEMAND (SAMPLE)

Please, consider the below published itinerary as a sample. We love to design and embark the customized private trips.

Season: November 25th, 2021 till April 5th, 2022.
Route: Yakutsk (City Tour) – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Dates: any dates upon request.

Private Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival in Yakutsk. City Tour.

– Arrival at Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. All arrival flights take place in the morning.
– Rendezvous at the airport. A guide meets with clients’ name sign.
– Transfer to hotel.
– Early check-in at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel (4*, single accommodation).
– Free time.

11:30/12:00 – A short walk excursion across the Old Town. A visit to Yakutsk Fortress Gate Tower and lecture on the history of Yakutsk and the biggest Siberian region called Republic Sakha-Yakutia.
13:00 – Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant with a chance to taste delicious national cuisine.
14:00 – City sightseeing. With visits to Farmers’ Market with frozen fish, the Atlasovs’ ethnographic complex and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex.
19:00 – Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” complex.
20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

Day 2 – Driving from Yakutsk to Khandyga

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 8-10 hours w/ stops en route.
Overnight in the private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, shared WC/shower).

We start our journey from hotel/s at 09:00 am. This day’s activity:

– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road, 15 km one way. Stop for a group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– Passing by many traditional Sakha villages. A few stops for photo shoots.
– Stop for lunch at a roadside cafe (not included, paid on spot).
– Crossing the Aldan River on the ice road, 10 km one way.
– Time for dinner at a cafe in Khandyga (not included, paid on spot).

Day 3 – Driving Khandyga to Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~11 hours w/ stops en route.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon in a regular village-type wooden house (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, indoor sink, outdoor toilet, no shower).

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Breakfast at a cafe in Khandyga (not included, paid on spot).
– Visiting History of GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains for photo shooting.
– At the memorial on the rock with the Cross dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Zheltyj Prizhim (Yellow Narrow Pass) with the view on picturesque mountain view.
– Chernyj Prizhim (Black Narrow Pass) with the highest bridge on the ridge.
– After Zajachja Petlya (steep mountain road).
– Refuel at Kyubyume Fuel Station with the remarkable fuel tube where all adventurers attach expedition sticks.
– Lunch at the “Cuba” road cafe (meals not included, paid on spot).
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.
Actually, we do many stops.

Arrival to Oymyakon in the evening.
Late dinner at family’s (included).

Day 4 – Day in Oymyakon

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon in a regular village-type wooden house (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, indoor sink, outdoor toilet, no shower). Sauna is possible but should be ordered at extra cost in advance.

Activities:
– Breakfast (included).
– Experiments with the cold in the family’s backyard.
– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” Stella with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Strolling across the village.
– Lunch (included).
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method.
– Dinner (included).
– Sakha Culture Evening in the House of Archy.
– Late tea/snacks (included).

Day 5 – Driving Oymyakon to Khandyga with stops in Tomtor and reindeer herders’ place.

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track). Overnight in the private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, shared WC/shower).

After the sufficient breakfast (included), we leave Oymyakon family in the very early morning, at 07:00 am.

On the way to Tomtor, we’ll do stop by to visit a Yakutian horse breeding farm, original Siberian breed (small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions).

In Tomtor, we’ll go inside the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling. When heading to Khandyga, we’ll see all the beauty of the nature landscape we missed when drove in darkness.

If we’re lucky, we visit Even reindeer herders’ winter camp for reindeer sleigh rides and traditional snacks/tea.

Two stops at roadside cafes (meals not included) en route.
Arrival in Khandyga in the evening.

Day 6 – Driving back to Yakutsk.

This is a driving day. We leave the hotel in Khandyga at 08:00 am. Do stops at roadside cafes in the villages of Uolba and Churapcha/Tyungyulyu (meals not included). Visit History & Architecture Outdoor Museum in the village of Cherkekh. We arrive back to Yakutsk by the evening.

Check-in at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel.
Free time in the evening.

Day 7 – Departure from Yakutsk.

Transfer hotel to airport.
A guide helps at the airport with flight check-in and security passing.

7-Day Yakutsk – Oymyakon Private Tour Price for Winter 2022

For 1-3 travellers = on request.

Notes:
– Early birds deserve discounts.
– Discount size depends on the method and time of tour booking and payment.
– Oymyakon Private Tour is done on request on any dates and might be customized. If the itinerary is altered, the final cost always relies on the list of ordered services.
– For group trips to join in, please, check the above-listed options on the approved dates.

Package Includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation, if required).
– Transfers with a guide from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport in Yakutsk. – Accommodation at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel (4*), Single Standard, w/ breakfast, for 2 nights + one early check-in.
– Lunch and dinner in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– City tour with entry tickets on Day 1 (as per itinerary).
– 1 guide (tour leader) for all tour days (as per itinerary).
– Winter-prepared off-road transport w/ a driver for 5-day Oymyakon trip, including fuel, night parking in the heated garages.
– Accommodation in Khandyga (no breakfast; apartment-based hotel w/ twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor WC/shower).
– Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon (w/ 2 breakfast, 1 lunch, 2 dinner; twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, outdoor toilet, indoor sink).
– Pole of Cold Certificate/s.
– Ice-fishing on the Indigirka River.
– Sakha Culture Evening in Oymyakon.
– Visit to Yakutian horse breeding farm.
– Visit to Tomtor Ice Tunnel.
– Visit to Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp (if lucky).

Does NOT include:

– Air fares to/from Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes during drives en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon and Oymyakon – Tomtor – Khandyga – Yakutsk. Recommend to reserve ±30 EUR/day per person in cash for meals at cafes.
– Other activities in Oymyakon not mentioned in the itinerary.
– Extra warm cloth rental (possible at an additional cost).
– Personal insurance.
– Personal items.
– Beverages and snacks.
– Tips and gratitude.

Booking and payment conditions:

– Tour is booked, when the deposit amounting to 17% of the tour cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 31 days before the start of the tour, if no other date is negotiated.
– Payment might be done in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer, Visa/Mastercard or via PayPal.
– The Payer covers fees for cross-border transaction and its country’s currency conversion additionally, if required. Approx. 15 USD, if by bank transfer. Up to 3.5%, if online by Visa/MasterCard. PayPal’s fee depends on the country of the Payer and might be 5.4% + 10 RUB.
– If the tour is booked less than 45 days before the start of the tour, full pre-payment is required.

Request the other options if:

  • a group is bigger;
  • you need to customize a tour itinerary according to your dream plan;
  • you wish to order a transport, accommodation and guide service only;
  • you wish to customize entertainment activities;
  • you wish to self-drive vehicles with our instructors.

Let us know your wishes. We’re very flexible and can create any itinerary possible for you. Please, note that we design the customized itinerary from scratch and it might take time.

Recommendations:

  • Take along warm Arctic-type outfits from brands such as The North Face, Canada Goose and similiar. While in Yakutsk, travellers will have time to do shopping, i.e. buying warm boots (valenki or fur boots), gloves/mitten, hats. Parkas and warm pants from the mentioned brands are very expensive in Yakutsk. For warm underwear, consider Termo (Sweden).
  • Bring your own travel and medical insurance from the company that has the Russian partner.

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

Book Your Trip to the Coldest Inhabited Place on Earth!

Information by phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 – office.
+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

DISCLAIMER: The top photo “Pole of Cold Monument” and March photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev. Video credit: Björn Steinz/www.oka2.com.

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Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Magadan. The World's Coldest Road Trip / Travel.

YAKUTSK – GULAG CAMPS – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
The World’s Coldest Winter Adventure Road Trip

Let’s experience the greatest fun on the winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on Earth. We continue arranging the world’s coldest travel on Siberia’s Kolyma road! Join us!

Trip Duration: 1 preparation & city sightseeing day in Yakutsk + 7 days on the road with activities en route and a day trip to GULAGs + 1 city tour day in Magadan + departure day.
Tour starts in Yakutsk, capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia and ends in Magadan. From the cold to the warmth. If you would like, you can travel from Magadan to Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – GULAG Camps – Khandyga/Teply Klyuch – Oymyakon – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
Distance: ~2800 km (with all short rides within villages and turns, the total distance might be longer).

We continue to embark the coldest longest road trips on the Kolyma Road.

ROUTE MAP

Please, note that we’ll have our own pace. Real distance with extra drives and turns is longer. Check km according to our GPS tracks below.

97 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP IN WINTER 2015:

Some pictures of various road trips from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

One of many GULAG barracks used by Yanstroy inmates to construct the road through Olchan mountain passes on the way to Topolinoe in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

127 PHOTOGRAPHS OF YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD OF BONES WINTER TRAVEL:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/AskYakutia.com & VisitYakutia.com.
Ajar Varlamov is our German-speaking guide and tour photographer.

VEHICLES WE USE IN WINTERS:

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105 for 1-2 travelers. Minivan Mitsubishi Delica for 3-4 travelers. All of them are prepared for drives in the extremely cold condition. Warm inside each vehicle.

We use such vehicles for the following reasons:
– prepared for extreme cold winter use;
– they might work on any type of petrol, i.e. AI-92 or AI-95;
– have less electronics;
– easy to find spare parts en route, if any;
– and definitely easier to fix it on the road.

YAKUTSK – GULAG CAMPS – OYMYAKON – MAGADAN
Kolyma Road Winter Trip:

TRIP DATES:
  • 22 Feb 2022 – 03 Mar 2022 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip.
  • 15 Mar 2022 – 24 Mar 2022 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip.
  • 21 Feb 2023 – 02 Mar 2023 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip.
  • Private trips on other dates on request.
  • Trips from Magadan to Yakutsk via Oymyakon on request as well.
HIGHLIGHTS:

– Extra warm clothes & souvenir shopping in Yakutsk. We can provide a set of warm clothing for rental (see the list below).
– Yakutsk City Tour with a chance to visit Mammoth Museum, Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex, fish market, etc.
– Cherkekh Outdoor Museum in the village of Cherkekh considered the Cradle of the Sakha Culture.
– Best roadside cafes which offer home-made meals, en route.
– Remains of GULAG Camps on Topolinoe winter road.
– Remarkable mountain passes in Verkhoyansk Range.
– Fun activities in Oymyakon.
– Pole of Cold Monument, Yakutian horse breeding farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening in Oymyakon.
– Meals at family’s in Oymyakon.
– Ice tunnel with huge icy crystals in Tomtor.
– Time with Even herders.
– Olchansky Pass, one of the highest in Verkhoyansk Mountains.
– Kadykchan, ghost town of cold miners.
– Susuman, town of gold miners.
– Sinigorye, the calling card of Kolyma, 32 km south off Debin.
– Debin & Kolyma River Bridge, the longest in Kolyma.
– Abandoned Soviet-era settlements en route to stop.
– Magadan City Sightseeing: Mask of Sorrow, Bays of the Sea of Okhotsk, remarkable monuments of Magadan.
– Market in Magadan where it’s possible to buy red caviar.
– Farewell party at a lovely restaurant in Magadan.

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER:

Each year we improve our program. See what we have for you this time.

Day 1 / Feb 22, 2022 / Tue: Yakutsk, Russia. Arrival in Yakutsk & Preparation Day.

Arrival in Yakutsk, the world’s coldest city, in the morning. All incoming flights takes place before the sunrise (i.e. 10:00). In the darkness and thanks to lights, the runway is visible and it is possible for pilots to land a plane even in foggy weather conditions.

– Rendezvous at the airport.
– Transfer to a hotel.
– Check at a hotel.
– Free time. Good to have short rest after long flight.

At 14:00, we meet up in a lobby and depart a hotel by car for the city sightseeing tour with a chance to visit shops/markets to buy warm clothes (fur boots, fur hats, gloves, etc), souvenirs and other goodies that would be impossible to get on the way to Magadan.

– Back to hotel at 18:00.
– Free time.

Day 2 / Feb 23, 2022 / Wed: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Distance: 432 km, 10 hours w/ mealtime & photo stops.
Temperature between -35C and -45C in the daytime

Leaving hotel at 09:00. Arrival in Khandyga at ~19:00. Pure driving time is 7 hours. Stops for 3 hours.

Right after Yakutsk, we cross the Lena River on the ice road. The river is 3 km wide, but the length of the ice road is 8.7 km. We’ll do a short stop on the ice, take a group picture in front of Yakutsk. On the opposite bank, we’ll pass through the settlement of Nizhny Bestyakh, important transport hub. It is the point where two federal roads – the Amur-Yakutsk Highway from the southern town of Nerungri and the Kolyma Highway to Magadan – meet each other. Nizhny Bestyakh is also location for a railway station that should start operating on regular base in the near future.

The part between Yakutsk and Khandyga is very populated. We drive through 4 administrative districts of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). They are Megino-Kangalassky, Churapchinsky, Tattinsky, and Tomponsky.

On the way, you see many traditional Yakutian villages with tiny wooden houses that still use stove heating in the wintertime. Along the road, it’s possible to see roaming Yakutian horses, native horse breed adapted to dwell in the extreme cold climate, and able to locate and graze on vegetation that is under deep snow cover.

Two stops at road cafes, i.e. before the village of Cherkyokh and before Khandyga.

Tattinsky District is considered the Cradle of the Yakut Culture. Therefore, we stop at remarkable places and visit to the Cherkyokh outdoor museum with century-old buildings and a wooden church tower with bells.

40 km before Khandyga, we cross the Aldan River (the 6th Russian longest river with 2273 km length) on the 5-km ice road.

Arrive in Khandyga in the evening. Currently, it is the half-empty administrative center of Yakutia’s Tomponsky District. In the time of the USSR, it was a very busy settlement, as the area was intensively mined for coal and gold. Initially, it was the GULAG system’s hub at the end of the Road of Bones constructed from the very Magadan. Served as one of airports on the WWII Alaska – Siberia Air Route.

Accommodation in 2-3-bed rooms in the private hotel. No breakfast.

Day 3 / Feb 24, 2022 / Thu: Day trip from Khandyga to GULAG Camps.

Distance: ~235 km (one way) or ~470 km (round trip).
Average moving speed: 40 km/hr including all stops for photo sessions and mealtime.

Leaving hotel at 08:00 am. Start time depends on travelers & vehicle’s readiness.

Drive from Khandyga to Teply Klyuch, 70 km. Stop for brunch at a roadside café. Drive to Gulag sites on the Topolinoe road through the edge of Verkhoyansky Range, 165 km, 3-hr drive.

Free time on GULAG sites.

Stop for early dinner, 70 km to Khandyga.
Arrival back to Khandyga in the evening.
Overnight in the same-type private hotel. No breakfast.

Day 4 / Feb 25, 2022 / Fri: Khandyga – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km, ~12 hours w/ stops and photo shoots.
Temperature between -35C and -55C in the daytime.

Distances to drive according to the GPS tracks:
• Khandyga (private hotel) to Kyubyume (road café) – 319 km at speed of 60 km/h.
• Kyubyubeme (road café) to Tomtor (gas station) – 153.4 km at speed of 50 km/h.
• Tomtor (gas station) to Oymyakon (guest house) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.

Leaving hotel at 8:00. Arrival in Oymyakon in the late evening.

This part of the trip is long, but very picturesque, as the Road of Bones constructed by GULAG inmates goes through Verkhoyansky Mountains. Keep your camera always ready.

At 08:00 we leave hotel and drive around the town of Khandyga – we refuel our vehicles, and on the way from the fuel station to the eastern exit of the town we do a short stop at the Orthodox Church with the view of the frozen Aldan River and the first morning lights of the rising Sun.

When we make 96 km off Khandyga, ~11:00, we have stop for sufficient breakfast at road café.

Afterwards, we see beautiful mountain landscapes along the Kolyma Highway. 200 km full of mountains in the daytime. Highest point at 1314 m above sea level. Safe road, as it was modernized for last years and is maintained by road workers all the year around. We drive through such famous places as Tomporuksky Pass with the Cross to the Victims of GULAG, the Chernyj Prizhim narrow high pass, the Zajachja Petlya (Hare Loop if translated from Russian) narrow serpentine, Lastochkin Dom (Swallow Nest), the “Vostochnaya Khandyga” weather station, etc. Photo shoots at listed places. In this mountain area, there are no villages and towns. Road constructors’ camps only. Sunset does happen when we are in the area of the weather station.

At ~18:00 we have stop for dinner at a road café at Kyubyume fuel station. Home-made food is very simple, but very tasty. Meat meals is made out of reindeer meat or rams. Fish dishes from fishes caught in the nearest mountain Kyubyume River.

The left part of the travel on the old summer route of the Road of Bones goes along mountain chains through lakes and rivers in the darkness. We’ll evaluate all the beauty of this part and check the abandoned village of Kyubyume (used by GULAG authorities initially and road constructors lately) on our way back from Oymyakon in a couple of days.

– Stop for refuel in Tomtor.
– Arrival in Oymyakon in the late evening.
– Accommodation in a private house at Yakutian family’s.
– Late dinner (included).

Not recommended to drink much water before sleep, as the night experience of going to outdoor toilet is full of adventures. This is where you’ll need to use head lamps.

In the nighttime, temperature should be already under -40C and much less. By the morning, it might be possible to register -60C.

Day 5 / Feb 26, 2021 / Sat: Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Expected temperature -40C and -55C in the daytime, and -40C and -60C in the nighttime.

This day always starts from checking an outdoor thermometer (one of them is attached to terrace) and sufficient breakfast prepared by the host. Don’t be surprised, if you would see meat, fish and potato dishes on the table. All those calories will be useful for your cold experience in Oymyakon. If you’re a vegetarian, let us know in advance.

From 10:00 we’ll do a walk across the village. Visit the “Pole of Cold” monument, where we meet Chyskhaan, the Keeper of the Cold, and receive the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.

We travel to the farm of Yakutian cows, original Siberian breed. They are small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions

When we are back to the guest house, we’ll have time for funny outdoor experiments with the cold. For instance, you can see how quickly a wet t-shirt or your national flag becomes solid and frozen, try to hammer a nail with a frozen banana, crash frozen apples or cabbages, see which drinks would freeze quicker (spirit will win definitely), blow bubbles, blast the boiled water in the cold air, etc.

– Sufficient lunch (included).

After lunch, we drive to the Indigirka River to see the traditional way of ice-fishing. If you would like to fish yourself, we do holes in the ice and give you tackles. Fishes to catch in the mountain river are graylings and other specifically-local types. All your trophies to be cooked by the host the next day.

After sufficient dinner, we enjoy the evening of the Yakut culture in the House of Archy. With purification ritual, friendship circle dance, national songs, and Jew’s-harp (khomus) performance.

Late dinner with tea (included).
Free time.

Day 6 / Feb 27, 2022 / Sun: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – Ust Nera.

Distance ~435 km.
Expected temperature between -35C and -50C in the daytime.

Distances to drive this day:
• Oymyakon (guest house) to Tomtor (gas station) – 41.2 km at speed of 40 km/h.
• Tomtor (gas station) to Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – 131 km at speed of 50-60 km/h
• Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp to Kyubyume (gas station & road café) – 22 km at speed of 60 km/h.
• Kyubyume (road café) to Ust Nera (hotel) – 240 km at speed of 60 km/h.

Leaving Oymyakon at 08:00. Arrive to herders at ~14:00 and leave them at 17:00. Check point in Kyubyume at 18:00. Arrival in Ust Nera at ~23:00.

After the other sufficient breakfast, we give hugs to our host in Oymyakon and leave the coldest village at 08:00.

We do a stop in Tomtor. Before the USSR time, that settlement used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District (nowadays, it is Ust-Nera.) It has its own airport that operates in the summertime only and the weather station.

In Tomtor, we visit the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling (indoor constant temperature is -8C -10C), village airport that operates in the summertime only, the never-freezing Kyudusun River.

Afterwards, we head to reindeer herders’ winter camp. We see the part of the road we missed the other day on the way to Oymyakon. Apart from mountains, it is very remarkable for old-fashion Soviet-time wooden bridges over rivers Suntar, Agayakan and Tiryakh-Uryakh.

We do a stop at Even reindeer herders’ winter camp hidden in snowy forest. Enjoy tea time with Evens in the traditional wooden cabin. Do reindeer sleigh ride and feel ourselves as real Siberia nomads. With herders, we’ll spend ~2-3 hours.

At ~18:00, stop for dinner at road café in Kyubyume. Before, we’ll have a short stop at the abandoned village of Kyubyume.

When we travel from Kyubyume to Ust Nera, we do stops on the top of two highest mountain passes, Bryungandinsky (1020 m high) and Olchansky (1170 km high and 100 km length.) Even in the moonlight they look gorgeous.

Arrival in Ust Nera at ~23:00 or a bit later.
Overnight at hotel in Ust Nera.

Those who might wish to have a late dinner, recommend to visit a nearby cafe.

Day 7 / Feb 28, 2022 / Mon: Ust Nera – Susuman (Magadan Oblast).

Distance ~394 km, ~11 hours with stops.
Temperature -30C and -40C in the daytime.

Distance to drive from hotel to hotel: 394 km at average driving speed of 60 km/hr.

Leaving Ust Nera at 09:00. Arrival in Susuman at ~21:00. This is the shortest leg of the journey, though it has almost no traffic and no road cafes en route.

Breakfast at hotel’s café (not included).
Take advanced ordered snacks packed in lunch-boxes (not included).

We pass by the tiny settlement of Artyk (road workers’ one), a few camps of road workers, and surely remarkable places such as:

• Remains of the GULAG electricity station.
• Border between the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and Magadan Oblast. With a weather station and the Stella. Here we have break for lunch snacks (ordered at Ust Nera hotel at own expense).
• Abandoned village of Ozernoe, former gold processing wooden plant used in the GULAG system. Photo shoot.
• Kadykchan, a big ghost town of coal miners. Abandoned in 1990s. 30-min stop for taking pictures.
• Kolymo-Indigirsky Mountain Pass.

When we enter the territory of Magadan Oblast, you will already note how it is different from Yakutia. Other type of beautiful landscapes. Mild winter weather, but very windy.

Dinner at restaurant-type café in Susuman (not included).
Accommodation in Susuman GOK’s Hotel.

Day 8 / Mar 1, 2022 / Tue: Susuman – Magadan.

Distance: ~625 km. 12-15 hours.
Expected temperature -35C up to -20C in the daytime.

Distance to drive from hotel to hotel: 626 km at average driving speed of 60 km/hr. It’s a long stretch, but we know that travellers do have a great wish to make it to Magadan after Susuman as soon as possible. It’s an interesting bit of psychology.

Leaving hotel at 08:00. Arrival in Magadan by 23:00. Many roadside cafés on the way. Road condition is perfect.

As a café opens late in the morning, it’s better to start our journey right from hotel. In Susuman we see the famous plane cabin sticking out of the building and do stops at a grocery shop to buy snacks and drinks.

Stop for late breakfast in Yagondoe or Laryukovaya settlement after we cross the Burkhalinsky Mountain Pass (1005 m high).

The part Susuman – Magadan is remarkable for many abandoned gold miners’ settlements and the longest bridge over the Kolyma River (385 m long).

Stop for late lunch at cafe in the settlement of Laryukova.
Stop for dinner at cafe in the settlement of Palatka with draft beer.

Arrival in Magadan in the late evening.
Accommodation in single rooms in Magadan Hotel.

Day 9 / Mar 2, 2022 / Wed: Magadan.

Expected temperature around -20C in the daytime.

– Free time by lunch.

Travellers might wish to have lunch in downtown located in the area of the former building of Dalstroy Adminstration.

City Tour in Magadan with a local history expert. We’ll visit Nagaev Bay and hear a story of how the sea port was established for accepting boats with GULAG inmates. Stops by a few street sites including the giant Mammoth monument on the seashore for a group photo and go upward to the Mask of Sorrow on the top of the hill with a magnificent view of the city located between two bays, Nagaev and Gertner. We definitely visit a local market, where you can such a delicasy as red caviar. If there will be left time, we’ll visit Magadan Regional Museum.

In the evening, we go to Torro Grill Bar or already famous-among-adventurers Crocodile Bar for the farewell dinner.

Day 10 / Mar 3, 2022 / Thu: Departure from Magadan.

– Group transfer to Sokol Airport, 50 km.
– Flight from Magadan.

THE WORLD’S COLDEST WINTER ROAD TRIP PRICE:

Group trip rates for Winter 2022

In a group of 7 and more people travelers on 2/3 transports = 2 550 EUR per person.

Early birds deserve discount. Write us to learn your personal discount.

We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY/PLN by bank transfer.

For private trips, please, request the quote. Final cost depends on the route, the quantity of days en route, and the list of ordered services.

Group trip package price includes:

  • visa support (Letter of Invitation);
  • airport-hotel transfer in Yakutsk and hotel-airport transfer in Magadan;
  • transport service for a group to shop warm clothes and other stuff on a day of preparation and sightseeings in Yakutsk;
  • guide service on the day of shopping and group city tour in Yakutsk;
  • entry tickets to two venues in the course of group city tour in Yakutsk;
  • transport/s and all transport-related expenses en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon — Magadan;
  • 1 guide (tour leader) for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip;
  • accommodation in Khandyga (twin room), Oymyakon (twin), Ust Nera (single/twin), Susuman (single) on the way to Magadan;
  • 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch at Oymyakon family’s;
  • “Oymyakon – Pole of Cold” Certificate;
  • activity program (ice fishing on the Indigirka River, visits to Yakutian horse breeding farm, reindeer herders w/ lunch & reindeer sleigh ride, ice cave tunnel w/ huge crystals in Tomtor (Chyskhan residence), the Sakha culture evening at the cultural center in Oymyakon);
  • 5-hr city tour in Magadan and the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk (w/ entry ticket to one museum in Magadan);
  • warm clothes rental (jacket and boots if available on tour days).

Does NOT include:

  • travel & health insurance policy (obligatory for all to get a Russian tourist visa);
  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk (if not ordered additionally);
  • accommodation in Magadan (if not ordered additionally);
  • food en route between Yakutsk and Magadan – approx. ±20 EUR day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Yakutsk – approx. ±50 EUR day/person;
  • food at restaurants in Magadan – approx. ±60 EUR day/person;
  • non-included transport service in Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • non-included guide service in Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • day excursions out of Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
  • personal medical & travel insurance;
  • tips & gratitudes.
Booking and payment conditions:
  • Tour is booked, when deposit amounting to 454 EUR per person is pre-paid.
  • Deposit is non-refundable, if a travel group consists of 4 and more people.
  • Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GPB/CNY by a bank transfer.
  • Please, note that a Payer covers bank’s transaction fee (±20 EUR).
  • Payment might be done in RUB by a bank transfer from a Russian bank (no commission).
  • Payment might be done in RUB online by Visa/Mastercard (3.5%) or by PayPal (5.4% + 10 RUB).
  • Once deposit pre-payment procedure is completed, we provide you a visa invitation for your Russian trip.
  • When a Russian visa is on your hand, we proceed with the balance pre-payment.
  • Balance payment should be done no later than 45 days before the start of the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan tour.
  • In some cases, we can provide discount. Please, write us to learn conditions.
  • Individual tours are done on any wished dates from the early December 2018 till the end of March 2019. Request quote.
SAFETY:

We:

  • travel always by 4wd vehicle/s;
  • have a sattelite phone for emergency calls;
  • have an Iridium GPS tracker;
  • register the world’s Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan coldest road trip at EMERCOM (Rescue Service) and keep contact on daily basis.
RECOMMENDED OUTFIT GEARS TO TAKE ALONG:

We recommend to take outdoor gears from such brands as Canada Goose, The North Face or similiar. Good underwears are produced by the Swedish company TERMO.

In Yakutsk, we’ll do additional shopping in case if you need to buy warm clothes such as gloves, hats, fur boots or valenki, etc. More info is given on request.

In the course of your trip preparation, we give many useful advices.

ROAD OF BONES VIDEOS:

The slideshow with music provided by the Yakutsk-based rock band “103”:

The Kolyma road in Tomponsky District. The video is done by an old iPhone before the sunset on the way back from Magadan. The “With Or Without You” song is performed by ortoPilot and Michael Collings. They are great musicians from Plymouth. Download the single on iTunes.

Yes, it’s possible, if you wish to return with us to Yakutsk. Reserve 4 extra days for the return and extra funds.

Olchansky mountain pass on Kolyma Highway. Starts at 1049 km between Kyubeme and Ust Nera in the Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Built in 1950. Length is 27 km, height 1120 m.

Moving speed was actually very slow. We speed up a video footage.

BOOK YOUR WORLD’S COLDEST ROAD TRIP:

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.

Try the cold weather on a winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan with visits to GULAGs and Oymyakon.

Lena Pillars in Winter

1-day winter tour Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK ON THE LENA RIVER
1-Day Overland Winter Tour from Yakutsk

Take a chance to see Lena Pillars Nature Park, UNESCO’s World Heritage, in the wintertime.

Duration: 1 day.
Distance: 200 km one way or 400 round trip.
Group size: 1 – 5 people.
Period: November 25th – April 4th.

Winter Travel Photographs of Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutia, Russia

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev & Ajar Varlamov.

Lena Pillars Nature Park at YakutiaPhoto.com

See all winter pictures of Lena Pillars at our project YakutiaPhoto.com:

Dates:

Private Trips:

  • Any day on request.

Group Trips:

  • Request your date to gather a group.

If you’re looking for travel mates on your wished date, let us know in advance, so we could inform others to join you and share trip expenses. Please, note that other travelers have their own wished dates, and we can’t guarantee their dates to match yours.

Please, note also that the first half of April is the last chance to travel on the ice-and-winter road from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park. In the midst of April, ice roads are officially closed.

Trip Details

Round trip distance: ~400 km.
Duration: 12 hours.
Outdoor temperature in November-February: -30C and -50C.
Outdoor temperature in March-April: -10C and -25C.

Vehicles:
– Toyota Land Cruiser (for 1-3 people);
– Mitsubishi Delica (minivan) (for 1-5 people);
– Toyota Hiace (minibus) (for 6-8 people).

Itinerary for Winter

08:00 – Leaving the place of stay (hotel/guest house/hostels). Stop by at a store to buy snacks and drinks for a trip.

08:30 – 12:30 – Drive to the abandoned village of Batamai, 200 km. W/ stops en route to observe caves, ancient rock paintings.

12:30 – 13:00 – Break, hot tea, warm clothes putting on.

13:00 – 17:00 – Crossing the Lena River to the opposite bank by a snowmobile with a passenger sledge, 3 km. Free time at Lena Pillars Park. Ascending to the top view point is possible, if the 2-km track is free of heavy snow. Back to Batamai. Time for lunch, warming up in a village wooden house.

17:00 – Start of the way back to Yakutsk.

±21:00 – Return to the place of stay.

Actual timing depends on the readiness of travelers, the quantity and length of stops en route.

Rates for Winter 2021

FULL PACKAGE (FOR PRIVATE TRIPS) FOR 26 JAN – 20 FEB 2021

For a small/big group = on request.

Package includes:

– Off-road transport for transfer en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk. Round trip distance is 400 km. Half of the trip goes on the ice road;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish- or Chinese-speaking guide;
– snowmobile with a passenger sled for crossing the Lena River (round trip), 3 km one way;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– entrance to a heated wooden house;
– meals (packed in lunchboxes by Yakutsk-based restaurant) & hot tea;
– warm down parka from the Russian brand “NorthWestFur” (if available & requested in advance);
– Russian-style felt boots (if available & requested in advance).

PACKAGE WITHOUT A GUIDE AND MEALS (FOR GROUP TRIPS) FOR 26 JAN – 19 FEB 2021

For 1-5 people = check rates in pdf.

The final cost and the size of discount depend on a way and time of booking, the method of payment and the date of a trip. Current rates are given provided the tour is prepaid by a bank transfer in RUB from a Russian bank or by a credit/debit card.

Package includes:

– Off-road transport for transfer en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Yakutsk. Round trip distance is 400 km. Half of the trip goes on the ice road;
– snowmobile with a passenger sledge for crossing the Lena River;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– warm house;
– warm clothes (if available on a trip day);
– hot tea.

Doesn’t include:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide;
– meals

Feel free to customize the list of ordered services.

PACKAGE WITHOUT A GUIDE AND MEALS (FOR GROUP TRIPS) FOR 20 FEB 2021 – 4 APRIL 2021

For 1-5 people = on request.

Note: the final cost and the size of discount depend on a way of booking, the method of payment and the date of a trip. Current rates are given provided the tour is prepaid by bank transfer in RUB from a Russian bank or by a credit/debit card issued by a Russian bank in Russia.

Spring Package includes:

– Off-road transport for transfer en route Yakutsk – Batamai – Lena Pillars – Yakutsk. Round trip distance is 440 km. Half of the trip goes on the ice road;
– entry permission for Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Doesn’t include:

– English/German/French/Spanish-speaking guide;
– meals;
– snowmobile with a passenger sledge (not required, as the ice road is made down to Lena Pillars);
– entrance to a warm house (not required, as weather is warm, like -10C -20C).

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS

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 during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind about your request.

Enjoy the majesty of Lena Pillars Nature Park in the winter!