Lena Pillars Nature Park Tours

Tours to Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River in Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Bolot Bochkarev/VisitYakutia.com

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK (RUSSIA).
All tours from Yakutsk to UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days.
In the summertime trips to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) might be done on the Lena River directly from Yakutsk or via villages of Bulgunnyakhtah and Elanka.

As you already know, Lena Pillars Nature Park is listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Located on the Eastern bank of the Lena River 180 km south off Yakutsk, capital of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Five options for the Lena Pillars tour:

  • 3-day cruise on the “Demian Bednyj” ship.
  • Day trip directly from Yakutsk River Port by a speed boat. Any date at request.
  • Day trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh (110 km south off Yakutsk, and 80 km on the Lena River to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat.
  • 1- or 2-day trip via Elanka village (155 km south off Yakutsk, and 45 km along the river to Lena Pillars Nature Park) by car and motor boat. With overnight in a guest house in the village of Elanka, if 2-day option is chosen.

LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHS

Lena Pillars Travel Photographs

Lena Pillars Nature Park in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov

Lena Pillars photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Lena Pillars Video by EPOS Foundation

Lena Pillars Travel Options:

Below we offer options for your travel from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (Russia) on the Lena River.

3-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars River Cruise [Demian Bednyj Ship]

Demian Bednyj river cruise ship. Lena River. Lena Pillars Nature Park. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Demian Bednyj ship cruise photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Cruise route with all marked stops.

The “Demian Ship” ship (see the above photo) conducts Lena River cruises from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The river cruise ship sails directly to Lena Pillars and stop additional stop on the island in front of stone forest.

Period: June – September 2019.
Ship capacity: 210 passengers.
Cruise duration: 36 hrs (every Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday – Friday) and 46 hrs (Friday – Sunday mostly). Difference is that 46-hr Lena Pillars cruise lasts 2 full days and 2 nights, and the 36-hr one with 1 full day and 2 nights.

36-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 08:00.

Dates of Cruise Start in Summer 2019:

  • May 28th.
  • June 1st, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th (cruises on June 7th, 11th, 17th now on sale).
  • July 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st.
  • August 05th, 07th, 12th, 14th, 19th, 21st, 26th, 28th.
  • September 9th, 11th.

Some cruises might be charted for corporate use. This is why cruises are available for sale to public no earlier than 30 days before the date of a cruise.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Cabin Cost:

  • Standard TWIN = 16 000 – 20 000 RUB/cabin for 2 PAX.
  • Deluxe DBL = 17 000 – 22 000 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.
  • Luxe DBL = 26 000 – 35 000 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.

Complex Meal Plan = 2550 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee = 2500 RUB/cabin.

Download the PDF file with exact rates for each cruise in Summer 2019.

Cost depends on cruise dates. Please, verify final cost with us.
Above-listed rates doesn’t included expenses on payment by bank transfer, via POS-termnial, PayPal and other online payment services.

46-hr Lena Pillars Cruise (3 days/2 nights)

Check-in onboard at 19:00. Depature at 20:00. Arrival on the third day at 18:00.

Available Dates of Cruises in Summer 2019:

  • June 14th, 21st, 28th
  • July 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
  • September 6th, 20th

Some cruises might be charted for corporate use. This is why cruises are available for sale to public no earlier than 30 days before the date of a cruise.

Lena Pillars Cruise Package Cost:

Cabin Cost:

  • Standard TWIN = 21 000 – 26 000 RUB/cabin for 2 PAX.
  • Deluxe DBL = 23 000 – 29 000 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.
  • Luxe DBL = 37 000 – 50 000 RUB/cabin for 1-2 PAX.

Complex Meal Plan = 3850 RUB per person.
Cruise Arrangement Fee = 2500 RUB/cabin.

Download the PDF file with exact rates for each cruise in Summer 2019.

Cost depends on cruise dates. Please, verify final cost with us.
Above-listed rates doesn’t included expenses on payment by bank transfer, via POS-termnial, PayPal and other online payment services.

Airplane Tour to Lena Pillars, 2.5 hr
by DA-40 NG TUNDRA and PILATUS PC-6 TURBO

In the video: DA-40 NG TUNDRA, made in Switzerland.

Flight duration: 2 hr 15 min.
Period: April – October.
Route: Magadan Airport (30 km off Yakutsk) – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Magan Airport. Other routes on request.

Private Flight Cost:

  • DA-40 NG TUNDRA (2 seats) = 450 EUR per flight or 225 EUR per person;
  • PILATUS PC-6 TURBO (6 seats) = 990 EUR per flight or 165 EUR per person.

Package includes:
– flight en route Magan Airport – Lena Pillars Nature Park and the Sinyaya River – Magan Airport ;
– transfer hotel to/from Magadan Airport, 30 km.

Doesn’t include:
– meals onboard.

Flight is done:
– in the daytime;
– on a work day – apart from Sunday;
– when weather is appropriate, no heavy rains, no storms;
– when forest is not on fire.

Booking and payment conditions:
– booking should be done in advance;
– full prepayment is accepted by bank transfer;
– passport copies are required for air tickets issue.

Yakutsk River Port – Lena Pillars.
Day Trip by Speed Boat

Day trip from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park. By speed boat speed boat Volzhanka or Lazurny 35.
Volzhanka Speed Boat on the left.

In above photographs: Volzhanka Speed Boat.

In above photographs: Lazurny 35 Speed Boat.

Period: June-August 2018.
Duration: ~ 12 hr 00 min.
Group Size: 1-15 people.
Speed boats: Volzhanka Long Cabin (10-12 seats), and Lazurny 35 (15 seats).
Tour starts and ends at Yakutsk River Port.

Good for the group to experience the long-distance journey on the Lena River and travel streight from Yakutsk River Port to Lena Pillars Nature Park by a speed boat.

Round-trip distance is ~400 km.

Dates for Summer 2019:

  • a private/corporate trip on any date upon request.
  • group trips are done on every Saturday and Sunday.

Standard Itinerary:

7:30 – Meeting up at Yakutsk river port (speed boat station).
8:00 – 12:00 – The Lena River journey by Volzhanka Long Cabin/Lazurny 35. With stops en route on sandy banks and islands.
12:00 – Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park;
12:00 – 16:00 – Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park. Ascending to the view deck on the top of Pillars. Time for lunch at the camping area with tables and shelters.
16.00 – 20:00 – Transfer back to Yakutsk river port. With stops en route.

Rates for group trips in summer 2019

For a group of 10-12 people = 10 000 RUB per person.
Service fee = 500 RUB per person.

Includes:

– transfer as per the above program;
– entry ticket to Lena Pillars Nature Park;
– Russian-speaking transfer guide;
– lunch.

Does NOT include:

– transfers to/from Yakutsk River Port (1200 RUB per transfer);
– English- or other-language speaking guide.

Yakutsk – BULGUNNYAKHTAKH – Lena Pillars
1 Day [by car & motor boat]

Tour to Lena Pillars Nature Park from Bulgunnyakhtakh by boat. Yakutsk, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Route Map:

Bulgunnyakhtakh is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River almost in the middle of the way between Yakutsk and Lena Pillars Nature Park (the Eastern bank).

All the nature beauty starts from Bulgunnyakhtakh.

Period: June – September 2019.
Duration: a day trip.
Group size: 1-4 people (each group).

Dates:

  • Private trip on any day on demand.
  • 11 September 2019 – Group trip. Dates are based on travelers’ requests.

If you need travel mates, please, let us know.

Travel via Bulgunnyakhtakh is good, if you wish to experience:

  • the combined type of trip – overland and river;
  • feel comfortable during car ride on the asphalt road (after Bulgunnyakhtah, there is dirt road);
  • enjoy 90-km river journey with multiple stops for breaks, grots & ancient rock paintings viewing, Lena Pillars and Siberian sand dunes climbing, swimming, fishing;

Distances to travel:

  • 111 km from Yakutsk to Bulgunnyakhtakh overland by vehicle;
  • 90 km from Bulgunnyakhtakh to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Bulgunnyakhtakh:

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Tukulany (dunes) – Elanka Rocks (caves, ancient rock paintings) – the Keteme River (caves) – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Yakutsk.

Itinerary

07:00 — Pick up at the place of stay in Yakutsk.
Stop at a grocery store to purchase snacks and drinks.
07:30 — 09:30 — Transfer to Bulgunnyakhtakh by car, 111 km, partly asphalt, partly gravel.
10:00 — Boarding a boat. Start of the river journey along the Lena River toward Lena Pillars Nature Park with stops en route, 90 km.
— Stop at Tukulany Dunes (desert above the Siberian forest and the Lena River) on the eastern bank.
— Boating along Elanka Rocks w/ caves and ancient rock paintings after the village of Elanka on the western bank.
— Stops for observing caves and rock paintings.
— If water level is high, a turn into the Keteme River with rocky banks w/ caves.
— Arrival to Lena Pillars Nature Park by ±12:30. Ascending to the top view point alongside the 2-km trek. Free time. Average time of stay at Lena Pillars is up to 3 hr.
— Way back to Bulgunnyakhtakh, 85 km.
18:30 — 20:00 — Ride back to Yakutsk by car.
±20:00 — Back to hotel in Yakutsk.

DAY TRIP RATES FOR SUMMER 2019:

Group trips:

For a group of 4 people = 7800 RUB / 111 EUR* per person.
For a group of 3 people = 9500 RUB/ 136 EUR* per person.
For a group of 2 people = 14 200 RUB/ 203 EUR* per person.
For 1 person = 28 300 RUB / 404 EUR*.

*Applied currency conversion rate: 1 EUR = 70 RUB.
Discounts are provided. Write us to learn conditions.

Cost includes:

– transfer by a vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah (round trip);
– transfer by a otor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Tukulany Dunes – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Bulgunnyakhtah.

Doesn’t include:

– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s (300 RUB per person, paid on spot at the park);
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– melas and bottled water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Private trips (w/ full package):

For 3 people = 16 100 RUB / 230 EUR* per person.
For 2 people = 23 000 RUB / 329 EUR* per person.
Individual = 43 200 RUB / 617 EUR*.

*Applied currency conversion rate: 1 EUR = 70 RUB.

Write us, if you would wish to embark a private trip with basic services.

If the full package is ordered in advance and pre-paid in full by bank transfer, we provide discount. Write us to request the quote.

Package includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtah (round trip);
– transfer by motor boat en route Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka Rocks – Lena Pillars – Tukulany Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtah;
– excursion as per the above itinerary;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– lunch (cooked by a city-based restaurant & packed in lunch boxes) and bottled water at Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Yakutsk – ELANKA – Lena Pillars
1-2 Days [by car & motor boat]

Elanka photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com.

Elanka to Lena Pillars travel photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Above photographs were taken during the trip from Elanka village to Lena Pillars Nature Park on July 31st, 2013. Even if the Lena River journey took on a rainy, cloudy day, the stone forest looked majestically and mystery (thanks to its ancient history and rock paintings). This is what you’ll see on the last 40-km stretch of your boat/ship trip.

Elanka is the village located on the Western bank of the Lena River. 155 km south off Yakutsk and 35 km to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

Two centuries ago, it was used as the postal base and served by a few families only. Currently, one family lives in there constantly. Lately, Yakutsk city residents built summer houses to spend holidays.

Period: June – September 2019.
Duration: 12-14 hrs.
Group size: 1-4 people.

Dates:

  • Private trip on any day upon request.

Travel via Elanka is good, if you wish to:

  • experience overland and river journeys during 2 days;
  • feel adventerous the off-road excitement on the 45-km part Bulgunnyakhtah – Elanka;
  • enjoy the most pictureous stretch on the water way to Lena Pillars Nature Park; it takes 1-hr boating, if not make stops, but you will have stops to view caves and ancient rock paintings;
  • spend night in the new private wooden guest house for 4 people.

Route: Yakutsk – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Elanka – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Elanka (overnight) – Bulgunnyakhtakh – Yakutsk.

Distances to travel:

  • 155 km from Yakutsk to Elanka overland by vehicle;
  • 40 km from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park along the Lena River by a motor boat.
1-Day Trip via Elanka:

Route Map:

Itinerary:

09:00 – Pick up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 12:00 – Transfer to Elanka by vehicle. 155 km to drive.
12:00 – 18:00 – Journey on the Lena River from Elanka to Lena Pillars Nature Park.

River journey program:
– Boating along the stretch of the Stone Pillars after Elanka.
– Stops for viewing caves (grots) and ancient rock paintings.
– Arrival at Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Free time in Lena Pillars Nature. 3 hours is pretty enough for ascending Lena Pillars, walking along the rocky bank and lunch.
– Transfer back to Elanka.

18:00 – 21:30 – Transfer back to Yakutsk.

DAY TRIP RATES FOR SUMMER 2019:

Group trips:

For a group of 5 people = 6700 RUB/person.
For a group of 4 people = 8300 RUB/person.
For a group of 3 people = 11100 RUB/person.
For a group of 2 people = 16 600 RUB/person.
For 1 person = 32 200 RUB.

Feel free to request the quote, if you wish to have full package and the private trip arranged.

Cost includes:

– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk (we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica);
– transfer by motor boat en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka (we use Rusboat 47);
– excursion program during the river journey;

Doesn’t include:

– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– meals and drinking water for a day;
– travel arrangement expenses & fee;
– VAT.

2-Day Trip via Elanka:

Route Map:

Dates in Summer 2018

Two-day private trips are done on any available days upon request.

Itinerary

Day 1: Yakutsk – Tabaga Cape – Elanka

Pick up at hotel at 09:00.

This day we do stops at:
– Tabaga Cape to overview the Lena River, 35 km south off Yakutsk;
– Place of the Sakha people’s “Ysyakh” national holiday celebration;
– Orto Doydu Zoo (with animals of Siberian wildlife);
– Lunch at roadside café in Pokrovsk town;
– Bulgunnyakhtakh with 2-hr river journey to Tukulany (high sand dunes over forest and the Lena River);
– Mouth of the Buotama River to check with wooden bison, if they are not hidden deep in the forest (animal show up is not guaranteed);

Arrival in Elanka in the evening.
Accommodation in a village wooden house.
Dinner (prepared by our guide).
Free time.

Day 2: Elanka – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Elanka – Yakutsk.

– Breakfast (prepared by a guide).
– Boat river journey from Elanka to Lena Pillars.
– Stops at Elanka Rocks to view ancient rock paintings and caves.
– Free time at Lena Pillars Nature Park including ascending to the view point on the top (for fit people, 2-km trail).
– Lunch (packed) on the territory of Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Transfer back to Elanka by boat.
– Transfer back to Yakutsk by car.
– Arrival in Yakutsk approx. at 20:00.

Feel free to customize 2-day trip.

NOTES:

A guest house in Elanka is an ordinary village-type wooden house with 2 small twin bedrooms, shared room with kitchen and its all necessary accessories.

A motor boat is Rusboat 47. It’s for 7 passengers + 1 driver, but we prefer to have maximum 5 people on it for more space.

Vehicles we use are Toyota Land Cruiser 105, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado or off-road minivan Mitsubishi Delica.

2-Day Guided Trip Cost:

For 4 people = 22500 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 28500 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 41000 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 78000 RUB.

Cost includes:

– English-, German-, French-, Spanish-, Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide;
– transfer by vehicle en route Yakutsk – Elanka – Yakutsk, 2 days;
– river journey Bulgunnyakhtakh – Tukulany Sand Dunes – Bulgunnyakhtakh, 2-3 hr;
– river journey en route Elanka – Lena Pillars – Elanka with excursion to cave and rock paintings, 5-6 hr;
– Lena Pillars National Park’s entry ticket/s;
– overnight in a private wooden house in Elanka;
– meals & drinking water for 2 days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS NATURE PARK

By phone:

+7 (4112) 25-99-30 (work),
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Via email:

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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.

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Yakutsk – Magadan. Kolyma Highway

Yakutsk - Magadan. Kolyma Highway Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Black pass in the Verkhoyansky Range between Yakutsk and Magadan on Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP ON KOLYMA HIGHWAY (ROAD OF BONES)
Overland travel in summer-autumn 2019

This warm period we continue arranging road trips on Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan or backward. Yes, it’s on Stalin’s Road of Bones in Russia’s Siberia.

RANDOM TRAVEL PHOTOS

Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Summer

Watchdog on the famous M56 Kolyma Highway. Summer Overland Travel in Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

In above photos, you might see such parts of the M56 Kolyma Highway as:
– Tattinsky district with statues by the road;
– mountain passes in Verkhoyansk Range;
– one of bridges constructed by the inmates of Stalin’s Repression;
– mountain rivers, glaciers, falls;
– Vostochnaya Meteo Station and a cute watch dog;
– Ust Nera and Artyk settlements;
– gold mining spot, one of them;
– Kadykchan, abandoned town of coal miners, one man is left to live inthere;
– a new bridge across the Kolyma River.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our major guide.

Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold in the summertime (optional)

Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited village on Earth. It’s often named the Pole of Cold. In summer, we would rather call it the hottest place in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We are often asked to add Oymyakon in the itinerary. So, we did this time as well. See the related option of the Kolyma road trip below.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Dneprovsky GULAG Camp in Magadan Oblast

Dneprovsky is one of Dalstroy’s many GULAG camps in Magadan Oblast. Stands a little bit off the M56 Kolyma Highway between Susuman and Magadan. Big relatively. With well-remained buildings to see during the visit.

A track to Dneprovsky is passible, if weather is perfect and there were no heavy rains.

Photo credit: Evgeny Venediktov, one of our expedition drivers.

Butugychag GULAG Camp in Magadan Oblast (optional)

Butugychag is the horrible GALAG’s Labor Camp existed in Magadan Oblast from 1945 till 1955. Mostly known for its deadly uranium mines.

On request, we can visit this site, but we would need to have one extra day and drive from Susuman to Magadan through Ust Omchug (overnight) as well as additional expenses for a guide to show a trek.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Magadan, Russia

The Sea of Okhotsk and bays in Magadan, Russia.  Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

KOLYMA ROAD TRIP OPTIONS

We offer two options:
  • Yakutsk – Magadan Tour, 7 days, group trip.
  • Yakutsk – Magadan Tour, 7-10 days, private trips. Route and travel budget to be customized on clients’ request. Travel dates are set up by clients. Private trips might be arranged from the early June till the midst of October.

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN GROUP TOUR, 7 DAYS

Duration: 6 days (4 travel days + 1 full day in Magadan + departure day.)
Group size: 3-4 travelers.
Period: Summer – Autumn. From the late May till the middle of October.

Dates for group trips:

Dates for private trips:

  • Any dates on request.

Summer-Autumn 2019:

  • 10 – 16 Jul 2019 – DONE.
  • 17 – 22 Jul 2019 – DONE.
  • 22 – 28 Jul 2019 – DONE.
  • 14 – 19 Aug 2019 – DONE.
  • 05 – 10 Sep 2019 – DONE.
  • 03 – 09 / 10 – 16 Oct 2019 – Between Autumn & Winter. Open for private trips. Description w/ rates.

Summer-Autumn 2020:

Route: Yakutsk (start of the tour) – the Lena River – Cherkyokh (outdoor architectural museum) –the Aldan River – Khandyga (overnight) – Teply Klyuch (GULAG Museum) – Verkhoyansk Mountains (Road of Bones w/ mountain passes) – Kyubyume (Cuba Café, glacier on the Kyubyume River) – Olchnasky Pass – Ust Nera (overnight) – Kadykchan (the ghost town of coal miners) – Susuman (overnight) – Yagodnoye (Kolyma History Museum) – the Kolyma River (the only bridge across the river) – Palatka (the biggest town of fountains) – Magadan (city tour + the Sea of Okhotsk bays) – Sokol Airport (departure).

Expedition-ready 4wd transports:
– Mitsubishi Delica (minivan);
– Toyota Land Cruiser Prado;
– Toyota Land Cruiser 105.

Highlights:

– Lena & Aldan Rivers to cross by transport ferries;
– Yakutian villages between Yakutsk and Khandyga;
– Cherkekh, Outdoor Architecture History Museum;
– Teply Klyuch (w/ GULAG Museum);
– Verkhoyansky Range w/ narrowest passes such as Chernyj Prizhim, Zajachja Petlya, Lastochkin Dom and w/ the highest, longest Olchan Mountain Pass;
– Kadykchan, ghost town of coalminers;
– Susuman (the town of gold miners);
– Yagodnoye (Panikarov’s private museum “History of Kolyma”, if the host is available.)
– Kolyma River & Bridge;
– many abondend gold miner’s settlements;
– Palatka, the biggest Russian town of fountains;
– Magadan City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour.

Kolyma Road Trip Intinerary:

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN YAKUTSK. Transfer from airport/river port to hotel. Free time.

DAY 2 – DRIVE YAKUTSK TO KHANDYGA, 432 km (according to our GPS tracks), average moving speed 40 km/hr. Leaving hotel/place of stay at ±09:00. Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry, 8 km. Stop at Nizhny Bestyakh at a store for travelers to buy snacks and drinks. Start of journey on the Kolyma road through many traditional Sakha (Yakutian) villages. One stop at Cherkekh Outdoor Architecture History Museum. Two stops for meals at roadside cafes en route (not included). Crossing the Aldan River by a transport ferry in the evening. Arrival in Khandyga. Time for dinner at a café. Accommodation at a private apartment-based hotel (twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared WC/shower, no breakfast).

DAY 3 – DRIVE KHANDYGA TO UST NERA, 560 km, 40-50 km/hr. From this moment, the Kolyma road goes through mountains’ valleys and passes. We depart the place of overnight at 08:00. Time for breakfast at a café (not included). Drive one hour to Teply Klyuch. Stop for refuel in Teply Klyuch. There is a chance to visit GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive through Verkhoyansk Range with numerous stops for photo sessions at such remarkable places as Zheltyj & Chernyj Prizhim (Yellow & Black Passes), Zajatchja Petlya. Stop for dinner (not included) at Cuba Cafe in Kyubyume. This is the place where all adventure travelers leave their expedition stickers to a tube-like cash box. Stop on high points on Olchansky Mountain Passes. Arrival in Ust Nera in the evening. Time for dinner at cafe (not included). Accommodation in the Soviet-era hotel (single-twin rooms with WC/shower, no breakfast; room type depends on its availability).

DAY 4 – DRIVE UST NERA TO SUSUMAN via KADYKCHAN, 395 km, 40-50 km/hr. Visit to a cafe for breakfast (not included) and at a store to buy snacks and drinks. We depart Ust Nera at ±10:00. On the way to Susuman, you’ll see abandoned settlements previously used by GULAG’ administration, and the ghost town of coalminers called Kadykchan. No cafes en route for stops to have lunch. Arrival in Susuman by the evening. Time for dinner at a cafe bar( not included) in Susuman. Accommodation in Susuman in gold-mining company’s hotel (single room with WC/shower, no breakfast).

DAY 5 – DRIVE SUSUMAN TO MAGADAN via PALATKA, 625 km, 40-60 km/hr. This day we leave Susuman after breakfast at a cafe (not included). We’ll see the famous plane cabin sticking out of the public administration building. In Yagodnoye we’ll try to visit the private museum “History of Kolyma” (a visit depends on the host availability). Crossing the only bridge across the Kolyma River (stop for photo session). We’ll see many small ghost towns along the road. Do stops for meals (not included) at cafes in Laryukovo and Palatka/Atka. Visit to Palatka, which was initially established as a labor camp of GULAG and which became one of many goldminers’ settlements in Magadan Oblast. Nowadays, it is also considered as the biggest Russian town of fountains. Arrival in Magadan in the late evening.

DAY 6 – MAGADAN. City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour. Stops at bays, Mammoth Monument, the Mask of Sorrow, Magadan Surroundings, and Nyuklya Bay. We have a good tradition to visit a local fish market to get the perfect red caviar. Free time.

DAY 7 – DEPARTURE. Transfer to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Hugs. Flight from Magadan.

Feel free to request a tailor-made trip!

Description for 2020 Summer Kolyma Road Trip

6-Day Tour Cost for Summer-Autumn 2019:

For 4 and more travelers = on request.
For 1-3 travelers = on request.

On request, the itinerary might be customized.

Package Includes:

  • visa invitation (if requested);
  • transfer airport/river port to hotel in Yakutsk;
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver (who is going to be a guide at the same time) and all transport-related expenses for driving on route Yakutsk – Magadan road as per itinerary.
  • travelers’ ferry passes on the Lena and Aldan Rivers. travelers’ entry tickets to museums in Cherkekh and Teply Klyuch.
  • accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based hotel, twin room, shared kitchen, shared WC & shower, no breakfast), Ust Nera (Soviet-type hotel; single-twin room w/ WC & shower, no breakfast; room type depends on its availability), Susuman (Gold Mining Company’s hotel with single/DBL room, w/ WC & shower, no breakfast);
  • transfer from hotel to Sokol Airport in Magadan;
  • sat phone (for emergency calls only).

Does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • meals in Yakutsk and Magadan (reserve 1500-4000 RUB/day/person for Yakutsk and 4000-6000 RUB/day/person for Magadan);
  • accommodation in Yakutsk and Magadan (our travelers usually stay at Tygyn Darkhan, AZIMUT, Bravo B&B in Yakutsk and Magadan Plus, Silver House in Magadan);
  • any meals en route Yakutsk to Magadan (1500-2000 RUB/day/person);
  • entry tickets to Panikarov’s Kolyma History Museum in Yagodnoye (if Panikarov would be in the town, it’s possible to attend his private museum dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s repression);
  • personal travel & medical insurances;
  • personal clothes & gears;
  • tips & gratitude.

For extra payment and private trips, it’s possible to arrange additional turns to:

  • GULAG camps on the Topolinoye summer road;
  • Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited village;
  • for off-road drive to Dneprovsky GULAG camp;
  • for trekking from Ust Omchug to Butugychag GULAG camp;
  • etc.
Booking & Payment Conditions:
  • To reserve a trip, deposit amounting to 17% of tour cost is to be pre-paid.
  • Balance payment should be done 45 days before the start of the road trip, if no other date is negotiated.
  • If booking is done less than 45 days before the start of the tour, full prepayment is required.
  • Payment might be done in EUR/USD/GBP by bank transfer. Payer’s bank surcharges up to 25 USD / 23 EUR per cross-border transaction.
  • Payment in RUB might be done from a Russian bank by bank transfer (0% commission), by a Visa/MasterCard via Yandex.Kassa online payment processing system (3.5%) or PayPal (0%).

ORDER YOUR KOLYMA ROAD TRIP

By phone:

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

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.

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