Tiksi Summer Tour

Tiksi, Russian Arctic. Summer Tour from Yakutsk, 4 days, 3 nights.

4-DAY TOUR YAKUTSK TO TIKSI, RUSSIA.
Travel to the Arctic Sea Gate

Discover the northernmost settlement in Republic Sakha-Yakutia and the fourth northernmost settlement of the country.

Located above the Arctic Circle in the east side of the Lena River Delta. Serves as one of the principal ports for accessing the Laptev Sea.

Group size: 1-4 people.
Period: July – September 2019.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, Russia.

Tiksi on the map

Tiksi and the Lena Delta

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-n-English-speaking guide.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday) – Yakutsk to Tiksi.

– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport in the morning.
– Flight to Tiksi, 2 hr 50 min.
– Arrival in Tiksi Airport at noon.
– Transfer to the place of stay.
– Time for lunch at a cafe.
– Sightseeing in Tiksi with visits to Regional History Museum, Tiksi Bay and the “Tiksi” town sign.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Free time.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 2 (Wednesday) – Excursion across the vicinity of Tiksi.

– Breakfast at family’s.
– Travel by an off-road vehicle to Stolovaya Mountain. With a great view on Tiksi and the bay. Free time, photo session.
– Back to Tiksi.
– Time for lunch at a cafe.
– Travel to the places of the remains of Soviet military units.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 3 (Thursday) – Trip to the Soginka River through the Arctic tundra

– Breakfast.
– Trip to the Soginka River by a swamp buggy through the tundra, 30 km. With stops on tops of hills and passages for photo sessions.
– Fishing on the Soginka River. It’s possible to catch graylings.
– Lunch in the tundra (included). W/ fish soup.
– Free time.
– Way back to Tiksi.
– Time for dinner at a cafe.
– Overnight at family’s (twin room in a private flat in a multi-stored building, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen).

Day 4 (Friday) – Flight to Yakutsk.

– Breakfast.
– Free time.
– Transfer to Tiksi Airport.
– Flight to Yakutsk, 2 hr 50 min.
– Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk.

4-Day Summer Tour Cost

Summer-Autumn 2019

For 1 – 4 people = on request.

Package includes:

– Russian visa invitation;
– Arctic state border entry permit (issue procedure takes 30 work days);
– English-speaking guide from Yakutsk (obligatory so to obtain the Arctic entry permit);
– all transfers to/from airports as per itinerary;
– air tickets Yakutsk to Tiksi (round);
– accommodation at family’s in apartment in Tiksi;
– town sightseeing in Tiksi on Day 1 as per itinerary;
– day excursion to Stolovaya Mountain and former Soviet military units as per itinerary;
– day trip to the Soginka River by tundra buggy, 30 km, w/ lunch, as per itinerary.

Doesn’t include:
– meals in Tiksi (reserve ±3000 RUB/day per person);
– extra activities in Tiksi and the Lena Delta (see the list below).

Extra activities:
  • Day trip to Bykovsky Cape.
  • 3-hr MI-8T helicopter tour across the Lena Delta (details on request only).

BOOK YOUR SUMMER TOUR TO TIKSI, RUSSIA

Information by phone:

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

Write a query 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.

To explore Tiksi and the Arctic Russia is always good with your best friends.

Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny Lena River Cruise

Lenskie Sheki aka Lena River Cheeks on the Lena River in Irkutsk Oblast, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

YAKUTSK – LENSKIE SHEKI – MIRNY CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN 2019.
9 days by the “Mikhail Svetlov” river cruise ship in Southern Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We are disclosing the cruise which became extremely popular among Russian travelers last years. It takes place once a year in the early September from Yakutsk to the source of the Lena River through the southern part of Republic Sakha-Yakutia and partly Irkutsk Oblast.

Southern Lena River Cruise is remarkable for Siberian forest wilderness, authentic villages, important river ports, history-rich areas, and definitely for the final destination, which is Lenskie Sheki, three long huge stone walls along the narrowest part of the river.

Lenskie Sheki stands for Lena River Cheeks in Russian.

Dates:

09 – 17 September 2019.

Highlights:

– Sottintsy Architecture & Culture Outdoor Museum.
– Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Lensk, the biggest river port in the Southern part of the Lena River.
– Bus excursion in Mirny, the capital of Russian diamond industry.
– Vitim town and the mouth of the Vitim River.
– Lenskie Sheki, nature monument in the narrowest river part.
– Olekminsk, town founded as a postal delivery post in 1635.
– Stops at picturesque places.
– Many lectures from Yakutian scientists and experts.

Cruise Photographs: the Lena River between Yakutsk and Lenskie Sheki

Cruise Yakutsk to Lenskie Sheki on the Lena River. Through South Yakutia to Irkutsk Oblast. Siberia, Russia. Photo by Alexey Zuev.

Please, read captions to identify places.

Photo credits: Alexey Zuev.

Cruise Photographs: Lena Pillars Nature Park

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Mirny, Diamond City

Photos by ALROSA.

Cabin Photographs:

Please, read captions to identify cabin categories.

Spreadsheet

Download the PDF file with the detailed description and rates.

Itinerary

Day 1 / September 09, 2019 – Yakutsk – Sottintsy. 07:00 – Start of boarding at Yakutsk River Port. Check-in on-board.  12:30 – Departure from Yakutsk River Port. Lunch. Stop for visit to the Friendship Outdoor Architecture & Culture Museum. Transfer from the ship to the museum is done by buses and minivans. Free time on a bank of the Lena River.

Day 2 / September 10, 2019 – Lena Pillars Nature Park. Greeting traditional ritual on a bank. Ascending to the observation deck on Lena Pillars. Free time on the bank.

Day 3  / September 11, 2019 – Non-stop. Activities and lectures on-board.

Day 4 / September 12, 2019 – Olekminsk. Bus excursion across the town. Observing the Orthodox church, a chapel, Russian old believers’ houses. Old believers were exiled two centuries ago. Visit to the regional history museum.

Day 5 / September 13, 2019 – The Ura River. Stop at the bank near the mouth of the mountain river called Ura (Hooray), that is remarkable for loud fast waters, fish rich and two splendid rocks Kolokol (Bell) and Kamennaya (Stony). The Ura is located right in the middle between the source and mouth of the Lena River. Free time on the bank. Fishing.

Day 6 / September 14, 2019 – Vitim town. Walking excursion across the town. Visit to Museum of History at a local lyceum. Vitim is the town with 4500 people. Founded in front of the mouth of the Vitim River as the base for gold miners heading to the gold deposit discovered in 1863. Currently, it’s populated mostly by the workers of the Talakan oil & natural gas industry.

Day 7 / September 15, 2019 – Lenskie Sheki. Free time at Lenskie Sheki, 172 south off the Vitim River. These are three huge long stone walls 200 m toll. Located in the narrowest pass of the Lena River, where width is close to 200 m.

Day 8 / September 16, 2019 – Lensk. Lensk Town Walk Tour. With visit to Saint Innokenty Orthodox Temple. Lensk is the fifth largest town in Republic Sakha-Yakutia. Population is 25000 people. Initially, it was founded in the 18th century as a postal delivery stop between Irkutsk and Yakutsk. Now it’s the river gate to the diamond industry.

Day 9 / September 17, 2019 – Mirny. Bus transfer from Lensk to Mirny. Lensk is the river port town which is actively used for delivering all major provision and cargo to Mirny, the city of ALROSA’s diamond mining. Excursion participants will try to visit all major places of the Russian diamond capital. They are the MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck, the First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign, the “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex (statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists), Three Swords Square, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, ALROSA’s Museum of Diamond Mining History, Kimberlite Museum.

Overnight at Zarnitsa Hotel.
Next day departure from Mirny Airport.

Cruise Prices for 2019

Four-Bed Standard Cabin:

Four standard beds. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 18 such cabins on the ship.

198 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
227 000 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
257 000 RUB/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

Twin Standard Cabin & Triple-Bed Standard Cabin

Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 31 cabins on the ship.

149 000 RUB/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
198 000 RUB/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
221 000 RUB/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

Single Standard Cabin with Additional Upper Bed

One standard bed plus one hidden in the wall. Common air condition is available. WC in the cabin. 6 such cabins on the ship.

120 000 RUB/cabin, if single
162 000 RUB/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

De Luxe (DBL)

One room. TV set, personal air condition, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 8 cabins on the ship.

156 000 RUB/cabin, if single
221 000 RUB/cabin, if a couple in the cabin

Luxe Suite (DBL)

Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, personal AC in each room, mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin. 3 cabins on the ship.

299 000 RUB/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • transfer from airport to the ship (possible after 08:00 am on Day 1 only);
  • cabin;
  • full board meal plan onboard (buffet) and 1 lunch in Mirny;
  • cruise activities (with excursions and entry tickets);
  • Letter of Invitation (if requested).

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Above-listed rates include 12% discount off the official cost. They are active, if the full pre-payment is done within 7 work dates since invoice date.
  • Split payment is possible. Official rates in EUR are applied in this case.
  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
How to book Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny Cruise
  • Write us. Indicate the category of the wished cabin and the quantity of travelers. Provide your full name as well.
  • We check the availability of the requested cabin. If it is free, we hold it immediately for you for 2 weeks, enough to complete the pre-payment process.
  • We send you an invoice. For the invoice, we need to have a copy of your valid passport, postal address used for billing, contact phone number and email address.
  • Payment might be done in RUB/EUR/USD/GBP/CNY by a bank transfer.
  • When payment is completed and the cruise voucher is issued, we start working on the issue of an invitation for you to apply for a Russian tourist visa at no cost. Please, note that the Russian Consulate issues a tourist visa, when the tour is fully paid.

That’s it.

Additional Services & Tours to Order:
  • individual transfers to/from airport & to/from river port;
  • Yakutsk guided city tour;
  • other tours.

Book Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny Lena River Cruise

As the best cabins are highly demanded, please, check their availability in advance.

SEND AN INQUIRY

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.

You are keen to do the Yakutsk – Lenskie Sheki – Mirny cruise on the biggest Siberian river in 2019?! Let your friends know about it.

Verkhoyansk & Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakh Stone Pillars. Northern Siberian Shambala

KISILYAKH, SIBERIAN STONE PEOPLE
Trip to Northern Shambala in Verkhoyansky District

We’re disclosing a new old destination, which is popular among Yakutian and Russian travelers, but still remains unknown to international visitors. Next summer we arrange group trips to the Sacred Stones of Verkhoyansky District. Located in the North-Eastern part of the Sakha Republic of (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Group size: 1 – 4 people.
Tour duration: 7 days / 6 nights.
Season: July – September 2019.

Tour type: guided.
Activities: road trip, boating, hiking, fishing, sauna.
Difficulty level: medium, hiking experience is helpful.
Tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Route: Yakutsk – Batagay – the Tuostakh River – Kisilyakh – the Tuostakh River – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay.
Logistics: flight Yakutsk to Batagay (round), road trip Batagay to Betenkes village, river journey by boats to the summer camp site with guest houses at the Toustakh River, trip by boat and hiking to Kisilyakh site with a guest house.

Highlights:
  • Batagay (wiki, map), administrative center of Verkhoyansky District;
  • Verkhoyansk (wiki, map), the coldest town in Northern-Eastern Siberia (its warm in the summertime);
  • Batagaika Crater (wiki, map), Gateway to the Underworld.
  • GULAG on Kyostyor Mountain (map);
  • Betenkes (map), traditional Yakutian village;
  • Siberian rivers Adycha & Tuostakh;
  • Kisilyakh, Sacred Stone People (article on RBTH);
Video: Kisilyakh, Northern Shambala in Siberia

Proud to present the the sacred place of Stone People we call Kisilyakh in Verkhoyansky District.

Video credit: Eugene Osipov.

Photos: Verkhoyansk

Verkhoyansk in summer. Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Verkhoyansk in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagay

Batagay town, administrative center of Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, VisitYakutia.com

Batagay in the late September.
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Batagaika Crater

Batagaika Crater in Verkhoyansky District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

The above photo credit: Alexander Gabyshev.

Below see how the crater looks like in July. Photos are taken by Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Batagaika Crater in September. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Batagaika Crater on July 26th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: GULAG on Kyostyor Mountian

GULAG camp on Kyostyor Mountain in Verkhoyansk District, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Remains of the GULAG camp on Kyostyor mountain on September 07th, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Photos: Kisilyakh

Verkhoyansky Kisilyakhi, Sacred Stone People. Northern Shambala in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

See all Kisilyakh pics on our project YakutiaPhoto.com.

Photos: Adycha & Toustakh Rivers on the way to Kisilyakh

Kisilyakh Sacred Stones. A view from the Adycha River. Verkhoyansky District, Siberia, Russia.  Photo by Ajar Varlamov.

Shoot time: July, 2018. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide.

Group trip map:

Trip dates:
  • 12 – 19 August 2019 – Group trip as per the below-described itinerary. A few spaces available.
  • private trips on any dates from Friday to Monday and from Monday to Friday on request.
Group Trip Itinerary:
Download the PDF file with more details.
 
Day 1 / 12 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT YAKUTSK TO BATAGAY. TRANSFER TO THE CAMP. Transfer hotel to airport in Yakutsk. Flight Yakutsk to Batagay, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Arrival in Batagay Airport at midday. Drive to Betenkes village, 48 km. Stop by at Shaman Tree en route. Boat journey from Betenkes to the base along the Adycha & Tuostakh Rivers, 60 km, 2 hr. Stop by at Mammoth Hill (one of paleontological sites). Arrival to the base camp. Early dinner. Overnight in a wooden house.
 
DAY 2 / 13 Aug 2019 / Tuesday – THE TUOSTAKH RIVER – KISILYAKH BASE TO KISILYAKH ROCKS. Breakfast. Transfer by boat/s to Ketet site, 20 min. Hiking to Verkhoyansk Kisilyakh, 10 km. Lunch (packed) at Adycha River’s Kisilyakh. Excursion around Adycha Kisilyakh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a mountain cabin. Sunrise meeting ritual.
 
Day 3 / 14 Aug 2019 / Wednesday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking to the highest Bolshoi Kisilyakh (5 km above sea level) and other remarkable sites. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 4 / 15 Aug 2019 / Thursday – KISILYAKH. Breakfast. Hiking among Kisilyakh. Lunch (packed) en route. Dinner and overnight in a wooden cabin.
 
Day 5 / 16 Aug 2019 / Friday – WAY BACK TO THE BASE CAMP. Breakfast. Hiking back to Ketet site. Transfer by motor boat/s to the base. Free time. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a wooden guest house.
 
DAY 6 / 17 Aug 2019 / Saturday  – BACK TO BATAGAY + TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK. Breakfast. Transfer along the Adycha River to Betenkes village by boat/s, 2 hrs. Drive to Batagai town by car, 1 hr. Lunch. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 72 km, 1.5 hr. On the way we do a visit to Yakutian cow farm and the view point on Lysaya mountain. At the entrance of Verkhoyank, a photo stop at the famous Stella (mammoth tusks w/ the name of the town). Walk across Verkhoyansk. Visit to the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. Way back to Batagay. Dinner. Free time. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 7 / 18 Aug 2019 / Sunday  – DAY TRIP TO BATAGAIKA CRATOR. Breakfast. Drive Verkhoyansk to Batagay, 72 km. Excursion in Batagay with a visit to industry history museum. Lunch. Drive to the turn to Batagaika Crater by car, 12 km. Hiking ±1 km to the crater. Free time. Lunch on the field (home-made snacks, bottled water or hot tea). Back to the place of overnight in Batagay in the evening. Dinner. Overnight at a private hotel (twin rooms w/ WC & shower).
 
DAY 8 / 19 Aug 2019 / Monday – FLIGHT BATAGAY TO YAKUTSK. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk, 1 hr 50 min (air tickets not included). Transfer from Yakutsk airport to hotel. Free time.
Trip Cost:

For 4-6 people = 142 000 RUB.
For 3 people = 182 000 RUB.
For 2 people = 259 000 RUB.
For 1 person = 492 000 RUB.

If you would like to receive discount, write us to learn conditions.

Group trip package includes:

  • Letter of Invitation (if requested).
  • English-and-German-speaking tour leader.
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Guide/s during hiking toward/among/from Kisilyakh Stones.
  • Accommodation at the camp on the Toustakh River (wooden house with twin rooms, outdoor wooden toilet, sauna house, kitchen house).
  • Accommodation at Kisilyakh site in a wooden cabin, outdoor toilet house.
  • Accommodation in Batagay at a private hotel (twin rooms with WC & shower).
  • Entry tickets to one museum in Verkhoyansk and one museum in Batagay.
  • Meals as per itinerary.

Does NOT include:

  • accommodation, meals and activities in Yakutsk;
  • air tickets to/from Batagay (if you need our assistance, let us know) (round trip cost is ±35 000 RUB; depends on the time of purchase);
  • a day trip to GULAGs (to be ordered as extra activity and embedded in the published itinerary; extra cost depends on the final size of the group).

BOOK YOUR VERKHOYANSK & KISILYAKH

Information by phone:

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

Order 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.

To explore Verkhoyansk and its magic Kisilyakh sites is always good with friends.

Yakutsk – Labynkyr – Okhotsk Expedition

Yakutsk - Oymyakon - Tomtor - Lake Labynkyr - Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. With Reindeer Herders.

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Tomtor – Lake Labynkyr – Arka – Okhotsk Summer Trekking Expedition. From Yakutia to Khabarovsk Krai! With Siberian Reindeer Herders!

Together with herders from the village of Arka, Khabarovsk Krai we’re planning to embark a big overland expedition from Yakutsk to Okhotsk with trekking between the legendary Lake Labynkyr and its home.

Duration: 25 days.
Dates: July – August 2018
Expedition Status: guaranteed irrespective of the quantity of invited travelers.
Group size: 1-5 international travelers + 3 Even guides + 1 herder with his own reindeer caravan + 1 English-speaking guide.
Note: Summer trekking expedition happens once a year. Starts and finishes in Yakutsk, Russia.

Difficulty level: high physical exercise.
Recommended for people, who are physically fit, psychologically healthy, and endurance strong.
Friendly, open-minded trekkers are welcome.

Arka & Forest People

The village of Arka, final destination, is the place Even guides live in. It’s unique. In the Soviet Union time, the settlement was supported pretty well. It was like a big administrative center for reindeer herders’ communities. From here, authorities used to send helicopters with all provision to remote herders’ mountain camps. And here herders received their salaries.

When the USSR collapsed in the 90s, Arka lost support and constant income. It was totally forgotten. Herders were forced to rely on reindeer only, and they stayed in the forest to survive and live their usual life. They are true forest people. Actually, they consider them “forest people.”

Okhotsk Evens lived in the area of expedition for centuries. The first mention of their tribes was noted in the early 17th century. They helped a Russian exploring expedition to make it from Yakutsk to Okhotsk. From 1650 to 1845, they kept possible for traders to deliver goods from Okhotsk sea port to Yakutsk. That route received the name of Yakutsk – Okhotsk Path (Trakt). By the way, it was the major way Yakutsk got provisions that time.

Currently, all that area’s trails are needed by nobody, apart from locals.

When herders need wild onions, which they don’t have in the surroundings of Okhota, Koukhtui and Ulbya rivers, they nomad to Lake Labynkyr. When they wish to eat different types of fishes, they go to great lake to catch huge pikes. In the wintertime, when they need a new portion of basic food, it’s “easier” for them to traverse through snowy mountains, frozen rivers and cold mist to Oymyakon district than to Arka. Just because it’s closer.

Can you imagine what tough life they have? To us, it’s tough, and whatever they do on daily basis, we can call as “real expedition.” To them, it’s routine. They don’t know the other way of life but their ancestors’ only.

You know what? They still rely on their own reindeer. Offered trekking expedition might become a new way to support herders in Okhotsk area.

We travelled that route on reindeer sledges with them in the wintertime. And we fell in love with them.

Random Expedition Photos:

Even herder, of Arka, works with his reindeer on the glacier in mountains

Photo credits: herders & residents of Arka town.

Route & Map:

Expedition Route: Yakutsk – Tomtor / Oymyakon – Lake Labynkyr – Lake Vodorazdelnoe – the Ulbeya River – the Kuhktui River – Reindeer Herders’ Summer Base – the Okhota River – Herders’ Settlement of Arka – Okhotsk – Yakutsk.
Total distance: ~1500 km.
Trekking/rafting distance: ~440 km.

Itinerary

Day of Arrival – Arrival in Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. 11:00 – Meeting up with guides. Orientation.
Day 1 – Breakfast at hotel. Driving Yakutsk to Tomtor. With expedition team by an off-road minivan. Crossing the rivers Lena, Aldan. Lunch & dinner at roadside cafes en route.
Day 2 – Arrival to Tomtor in the morning. Lunch and dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse.
Day 3 – Breakfast. Day road trip to Oymyakon, 40 km. By an off-road vehicle. Lunch (packed) & dinner at family’s. Accommodation in a guesthouse in Tomtor.
Day 4 – Transfer Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr, 90 km. Along the Kuydusun River. By all-terrain Soviet-type military vehicle GAZ 71. Arrival to hunters’ cabin in the northern part of Lake Labynkyr. Dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 5 – Spare time at Lake Labynkyr. Fishing, hiking. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a wooden cabin / tent.
Day 6 – Trekking to the southern part of Lake Labynkyr, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 7 – Huge pike fishing at Lake Labynkyr. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 8-9 – Trekking from Labynkyr to Lake Vodorazdelnoe along the Labynkyr River, 50 km. Meeting up herders from the summer base with work reindeer (to carry cargo) at Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 10 – Stay at Lake Vodorazdelnoe. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 11 – Trekking through the mountain pass to the Ulbya River, 20 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 12 – Trekking to the Koukhtui River, 15 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 13 – Trekking to reindeer herders’ summer base on a bank of the Koukhtui River, 17 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 14 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 15 – Stay at herders’ base. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 16 – Trekking with reindeer from the base to the Okhota River. The start of rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of Dolnaya. Day distance is 30 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 17 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Nek, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 18 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the mouth of the Delka-Okhotskaya River, 36 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 19 – Rafting on the Okhota River to the place of Lake Uega, where a meteo station and sauna are located. Day distance is 35 km. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 20 – Lake Uega. Fishing. Sauna. Camping meals. Overnight in a tent.
Day 21-22 – Rafting on the Okhota River to herders’ village of Arka. Arrival in the evening. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 23 – Free day in Arka. Excursion across the settlement. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 24 – Free day in Arka. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight in a private wooden house.
Day 25 – Breakfast. Transfer to the town of Okhotsk at the Sea of Okhotsk (photo session). Transfer to Okhotsk Airport. Flight to Yakutsk. Arrival to Yakutsk. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation at hotel.
Day of Departure – Breakfast (take away). Transfer to hotel. Flight from Yakutsk.

Expedition cost:

Rates for group expedition in July 2018

For a group of 5 people = 7 315 USD per person.
For a group of 3 people = 8 799 USD per person.
For a group of 2 people = on request.
Individual = on request.

Includes:

– visa invitations;
– all transfers from/to airport in Yakutsk according to the itinerary;
– accommodation in Yakutsk with breakfast according to the itinerary;
– transport rental in Yakutsk on days mentioned in the itinerary;
– English-speaking interpreter in Yakutsk;
– English-speaking interpreter during the expedition (if an international team consists of two or more members);
– 3 herders’ service during the expedition (each of them would have a rifle);
– transport rental for drive en route Yakutsk – Tomtor – Oymyakon – Tomtor;
– accommodation in Tomtor (2 nights);
– all terrain vehicle (military type) to reach from Tomtor to Lake Labynkyr;
– camping & fishing accessories;
– work reindeer and their owner to carry cargo through mountain passes from Lake Vodorazdelnoe to the Okhota River;
– accommodation at reindeer herders’ summer base;
– robber boats & safety jackets for rafting mountain rivers in Khabarovsk Krai;
– sauna en route, where it is possible;
– meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk to Tomtor, home meals at family’s in Tomtor and Arka, meals at herders’ summer base, camping meals during trekking/rafting;
– accommodation in a private wooden house in Arka;
– transfer from Arka to Okhotsk Airport with a stop in Okhotsk;
– air tickets Okhotsk to Yakutsk.

Does NOT include:

– flight to Yakutsk before the start of the tour;
– flight from Yakutsk after the end of the tour;
– personal medical/travel insurances;
– personal clothes & gears;
– tips and gratitudes.

Booking & Pre-payment Conditions

– Participation in the expedition is booked, when 35% is pre-paid as deposit.
– Balance payment is due not later than 45 days before the start of the tour.
– Expedition cost is set up in USD.
– Payment is accepted by a bank transfer.
– If a group of required size is not gathered, we optimize the list of provided services and make your participation possible. Though expedition participants are always welcome to fill the gap in expedition budget.

BOOK YOUR EXPEDITION PARTICIPATION

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.

DISCLAIMER: Above published photos are taken during a regular summer trek arranged by Even herders for Arka elementary school teachers.

Embark the expedition of your lifetime from Yakutsk to the Sea of Okhotsk! Be friend with Siberian reindeer herders!

Yakutian Horse Farm & Siberian Breeders

Yakutian horses. Two winter days with real Siberian horsebreeders in Yakutia, Russia. Yakutsk Winter Tour.

YAKUTIAN HORSE BREEDING FARM TOUR.
Authentic Siberian Village Life Experience.

Spend 1-2 days with Yakutian villagers and horse breeders in the Siberian wilderness and learn more about the Yakutian horse (Wiki), unique breed originated in the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia and accustomed to live in the extreme cold.

Authenticity of the Siberian countryside life is the best feature of this journey.

Tour Details:

Duration: 1-n-2-day trip.
Summer/autumn period: June – September (with the use of a transport ferry for river crossing).
Autumn period: October – November (with the use of a passenger hovercraft for river crossing).
Winter period: late November till early April (by an ice road across the Lene River).
Dates: any day on request only.
Group size: 1-4 pax.

Highlights:
– Ice road or ferry across the Lena River;
– Maya village with Regional Museum;
– traditional Sakha (Yakut) villages;
– Yakutian cuisine at village family’s;
– Sakha village life;
– Yakutian horses roaming in the wilderness;
– horse breeders & farm;
– horse sleigh ride;
– horse back ride;
– snow machine ride;
– sauna in the evening;
– overnight/s in a wooden house;
– etc.

Hunting is not included. Requires an extra day.

Photography:

Breeding farm in September:

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutian horses & farm in the wintertime:

Photo credits: first & second rows by Ajar Varlamov, our German-/English-speaking guide; last four photos in the third row by Pavel Filippov, horse breeder.

Yakutian Horse Farm in January:

Photo credit: Pavel Filippov.

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN SUMMER:

Itinerary:

08:00 – Transfer to the river port.
– Crossing the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map) by a passenger speed boat, 16 km.
– Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya (on the map), 35 km.
– Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people and protected them from wealthy ones.
– Lunch at family’s in the village.
– Road trip to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Observing horses on the way. Time at horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses and other breeders’ activities.
– Snacks/tea at breeders’ place.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to Yakutsk.

Price:

Without an interpreter

For 3 person = 9 500 RUB / ±136 EUR per person.
For 2 person = 13 500 RUB / ±193 EUR per person.
For 1 person = 25 500 RUB / ±365 EUR.

With an interpreter

For 3 person = 13 000 RUB / ±182 EUR per person.
For 2 person = 18 500 RUB / ±262 EUR per person.
For 1 person = 35 500 RUB / ±504 EUR.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– horse-related activities;
– horse breeders’ work;
– meals (lunch + snacks/tea).

Does NOT include:

– extra day at the farm with sauna and overnight at a log cabin for ±100 EUR per group (for the option without an interpreter) or ±225 EUR per group (for the option with an interpreter).

1-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

Itinerary:

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing on the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 12:30 – Visit to the place of the annual Yakut national holiday “Ysyakh.” Visit to Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village.
14:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm, deep in the forest, 20 km from Maya. Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Preparing ice for horses. Preparing a hole in the ice of frozen river for horses to drink water. Photographing.
17:00 – 18:00 – Snacks and hot beverages in a log cabin.
19:00 – 21:00 – Way back to hotel in Yakutsk.

Price for Winter 2019-2020:

Without an interpreter

For 1-3 person = 22 000 RUB per group.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 person = 29 700 RUB per group.

Includes:

– transport from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide (if ordered);
– entry ticket/s;
– snowmobile/horse sleigh rent;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– a guest cottage to warm up;
– meals.

Doesn’t include:

– Overnight in the farm.

2-DAY YAKUTIAN HORSE FARM TOUR IN WINTER:

Period: November 20th – April 14th

Itinerary:

Day 1

08:45 – Picking-up at hotel in Yakutsk.
09:00 – 09:30 – Driving on the ice road across the Lena River between Yakutsk and Nizhny Bestyakh (on the map), 16 km. Stop for photographing the sunrise over the river.
09:30 – 10:00 – Driving from Nizhny Bestyakh to Mayya, 35 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Stop at Mayya Regional Museum of History. Mayya is a homeland for Manchaary, who was a Sakha hero like Robin Hood. A couple of centuries ago, he helped poor people by robbering insolent rich ones.
12:00 – 13:00 – Lunch at family’s in the village of Petrovka.
13:00 – 15:00 – Driving from Mayya to a horse breeding farm through a traditional Yakutian village and snowy forest, 20 km.
15:00 – 17:00 – Walking across horsebreeders’ farm. Feeding Yakutian horses. Horseback ride. Horse sleigh ride. Photographing forest & field during the sunset.
17:00 – 17:30 – Brunch in a log cabin. Hot beverages & snacks.
18:00 – 19:00 – Sauna. Some might try to dive into snowdrifts.
19:00 – 21:00 – Dinner.
Overnight in a cabin.

Day 2

08:00 – 09:00 – Breakfast.
09:00 – 12:00 – Snowmobiling or sleigh ride through the forest to spot and enjoy Yakutian horses pastured in the wilderness on their own. Warm fur clothes are provided.
13:00 – Back to the log cabin. Lunch.
14:00 – 18:00 – Horse riding. Observing the sunset over forest. Free time.
18:00 – 19:00 – Driving back to Yakutsk.
20:00 – Back to hotel.

Price for Winter 2019-2020:

Without an interpreter

For 1-3 people = 29 000 RUB per group.

With an interpreter

For 1-2 people = 46 000 RUB per group.

Includes:

– transfers from Yakutsk to a horse breeding farm and back;
– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for 2 days (if ordered);
– entry tickets;
– snowmobile or horse sleigh ride;
– horse-related activities;
– horse breeders’ work;
– breeders’ fur cloth rent;
– accommodation in a guest house;
– sauna;
– meals.

Does NOT include:

– extra day for hunting.

Book your Siberian horsebreeders’ experience

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.

To be at Yakutian horse breeders’ place is always fun with friends.

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Glacier of Lake Buluus. 100 km off Yakutsk, Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia

GLACIER OF LAKE BULUUS + KYURYULYUR WATERFALLS.
Day Trip from Yakutsk, Russia

Disclosing and introducing the glacier of Lake Buluus and its nearest unique sites. Feel free to experience a day trip and share it with your friends.

Duration: 12 hours.
Period: May 25th – August 11th, 2019. Earlier you come, more ice you see.
Route: Yakutsk – Bestyakh – Glacier of Lake Buluus – Turuuk Khaia Cliff – Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Dates

Any date on request.

Photos of Buluus Glacier & Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Glacier of Lake Buluus

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Turuuk Khaya

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

Kyuryulyur Waterfalls

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov.

What to see in this tour

The Lena River. We cross the Lena River from Yakutsk to Nizhny Bestyakh (see on the map) two times by a ferry.
Glacier of Lake Buluus. It’s a huge glacier formed during the wintertime thanks to underground water sources. It doesn’t melt in June and July. It might be affected by rains and heat in August. The constant temperature is +4C +6C on the ice in summer. Located ~100 km on the opposite bank of the Lena River from Yakutsk. See on the map
Turuuk Khaia Cliff. With a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest. See on the map.
Kyuryulyur Waterfalls. See photos above and on the map.

Dates
  • 27 July 2019 – Looking for travel mates on travelers’ request.
  • Any date for a private trip.

We do not gather groups for specific dates. All trips are private and done upon request. If you need travel mates to share transport expenses, please, let us know your wished date, and we’ll publish them on here.

Itinerary

08:00 – Picking up at hotel.
08:00 – 8:20 – Transfer from Yakutsk to a ferry in the area of Darkylakh, 10 km.
08:40 – 10:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a ferry, 16 km.
10:00 – 11:30 – Transfer from a ferry to Buluus Glacier, 96 km.
11:30 – 14:00 – Free time on the Glacier of Lake Buluus. Time for lunch (not included).
14:00 – 15:00 – Transfer to the Kyuryulyur River, 33 km. With a stop by Turuuk Khaia Cliff.
15:00 – 17:00 – Free time on Turuuk Khaya Cliff with a splendid view on the dense Siberian forest (taiga).
17:00 – 18:00 – Drive back to the ferry, 98 km.
18:30 – 20:00 – Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry.
±20:30 – Back to hotel.

Download the PDF file with description and rates.

Tour Cost

Rates for Summer 2019

For 5 people = 4 500 RUB per person.
For 4 people = 5 500 RUB per person.
For 3 people = 6 800 RUB per person.
For 2 people = 9 500 RUB per person.
For 1 person = 18 500 RUB.

If you have a group of bigger size, please, let us know. More people, less the final rate.

Includes:

– off-road transport w/ driver (Toyota Land Cruiser 105/Prado for 1-3 people, minibus Toyota Hiace for 4 and more people);
– ferry passes for transport and passengers (round trip).

Not include:

– meals & drinks;
– entry tickets to the Glacier of Lake Buluus, Turuuk Khaia Cliff and the Kyuryulyur River (obligatory) (500 RUB per person);
– German-/French-/Spanish-/Chinese- or Japanese-speaking guide (optional) (if ordered, 8500 RUB per day).

This tour is often booked with:

Lena Pillars Nature Park Tour, 1-3 Days.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO BULUUS LAKE GLACIER

By phone:

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

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.

The Lena River, Buluus Lake Glacier, Turuuk Khaia Cliff, and Kyuryulyur Watefalls. Everything for a day trip from Yakutsk. Explore the depth of Russia’s Siberia.

Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan Tour

Lake Baikal. Irkutsk - Yakutsk - Magadan Tour through Siberia and Far East, Russia.

IRKUTSK – YAKUTSK – MAGADAN ROAD TRIP.
Lake Baikal – Lena Pillars on the Lena River – Okhotsk Sea.
Authentic Siberia & the Far East in Russia!

So, here we go. We welcome travellers, who have a strong desire to embark a fascinating road trip with us from Lake Baikal to the Sea of Okhotsk through the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the biggest Russian region. A big journey in Siberia!

Travel Photographs

Lake Baikal in Irkutsk Oblast:

Photo credits: Artem Petukhov & Ekaterina Ipatieva, Yakutsk-based Adventurers.

Lena Pillars on the Lena River in Yakutia:

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

The Sea of Okhotsk in Magadan Oblast:

Photo credit: Ilya Kovyakin/LiveJournal.

Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan Trip Route on Map

The above map doesn’t provide the exact distance of the factual trip.

Trip Details

Group size: 1-4 PAX.
Dates: flexible, depends on travellers’ schedule.
On request, the tour might be done on any dates in June – August, September (Golden Autumn) – the early October (the first snowfalls on the Kolyma road), December – February (Cold Siberian Winter), and March (Ice on Lake Baikal) – the early April.

Distance to drive: up to 6000 km one way through Russia’s Siberia & Far East.

Route: Irkutsk (arrival day) – Ulan Ude (1 full day) – Ivolginsky Datsan – Chita – Erofei Pavlovich – Tynda – Nerungri – Yakutsk (1 full day) – Lena Pillars Nature Park (1 day) – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan (2 full days).

Private Trip Dates:
  • Any dates on request.
Highlights. What to see?

– Irkutsk. Sightseeing.
– South Lake Baikal.
– Ulan Ude + Day City Tour.
– Peoples of Transbaikalia Outdoor Museum in Buryatia.
– Ivolginsky Datsan in Buryatia.
– Chita.
– Amur–Yakutsk Mainline.
– Tynda, the heart of the Baikal–Amur Mainline (BAM).
– Nerungri. Coal mining site.
– Vasilievka, remains of a GULAG camp.
– Yakutsk. City Tour.
– Lena Pillars Nature Park on the Lena River.
– Kolyma’s Road of Bones through Verkhoyansky Mountains.
– Ust Nera, the town of gold miners.
– Kadykchan, the lost city in Magadan Oblast.
– Susuman, the other ton of gold miners.
– Yagodnoe. Kolyma History Museum.
– Debin. The Bridge across the Kolyma River.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG administration buildings.
– Dneprovsky GULAG (if the trek is passable).
– Magadan. Mask of Sorrow, Mammoth Monument, etc.
– Ola, fishermen’s town.
– The Sea of Okhotsk.

2019 Summer-Autumn Itinerary

You might wish to order Lake Baikal Tour.

Day 1 – Meeting up at hotel in Irkutsk. Drive Irkutsk to Ulan Ude, 458 km. With stops along the southern shore of Lake Baikal.
Day 2 – Ulan Ude. City Tour & Excursion to Peoples of Transbaikalia Ethnographic Outdoor Museum.
Day 3 – Drive Ulan Ude to Chita via Ivolginsky Datsan, 713 km (incl. turn distance to the Datsan).
Day 4 – Drive Chita to Erofei Pavlovich, 774 km. By a free way.
Day 5 – Drive Erofei Pavlovich to Nerungri, 529 km. With a short stop for walking around in Tynda on the way.
Day 6 – Drive Nerungri to Aldan with stops to visit to the view point of the coal mining and see the remains of Vasilievka GULAG camp, 274 km.
Day 7 – Drive Aldan to Yakutsk, 541 km. Visit the Glacier of Lake Buluus (note: the glacier is melted in the autumn). Crossing the Lena River before Yakutsk on a transport ferry.
Day 8 – Yakutsk. City Tour.
Day 9 – Day trip Yakutsk to Lena Pillars Nature Park (partly by car, partly by a river boat). With lunch (packed).
Day 10 – Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones), 419 km.
Day 11 – Drive Khandyga to Ust Nera the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones), 556 km. Through Verkhoyansky Mountain Passes.
Day 12 – Drive Ust Nera to Susuman the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones), 390 km.
Day 13 – Drive Susuman – Dneprovsky GULAG – Magadan the R504 Kolyma Highway (Stalin’s Road of Bones), 590 km.
Day 14 – Magadan. Tour across the city and bays of the Sea of Okhotsk.
Day 15 – Magadan. Reserve day for any delay en route. Optional: a boat journey across the Sea of Okhotsk bays w/ some fishing activities (depends on weather condition).
Day 16 – Transfer from Magadan to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Flight from Magadan.

Feel free to customize the itinerary, the route & the list of services, and request your personal budget for your dream trip! If any wish to fly between cities, let us know.

If you plan to travel from Irkutsk to Nerungri by railway, write us. Meanwhile, you might wish to view the description of the alternative option 11-Day Nerungri – Yakutsk w/ Lena Pillars – Oymyakon – Magadan w/ bays of the Sea of Okhotsk Road Trip.

Tour Cost for Recommended Itinerary

Rates for Summer-Autumn 2019

For 4 travelers = 356 000 RUB / 5 086 EUR* per person.
For 3 travelers = 437 500 RUB / 6 250 EUR* per person.
For 2 travelers = 600 000 RUB / 8 571 EUR* per person.
For 1 person = on request.

*Applied currency conversion rate: 1 EUR = 70 RUB. It’s not fixed. Travel cost is initially set up in RUB and payment should be equal to the one indicated in RUB.

Road trip package includes:

  • Letter of Invitation (if requested);
  • English/German-speaking guide and all guide-related expenses for the road trip en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • transport rental w/ driver and all transport-related expenses for the road trip en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan;
  • guided city tours with entry tickets in Ulan Ude, Yakutsk, and Magadan;
  • day trip Yakutsk to Lena Lena Pillars Nature Park;
  • accommodation in Ulan Ude (Baikal Plaza Hotel), Yakutsk (Tygyn Darkhan Hotel) and Magadan (Magadan Plus Hotel) (single, w/ breakfast);
  • accommodation in Chita, Erofei Pavlovich, Nerungri, Aldan, Khandyga, Susuman (single/twin standard, no breakfast);
  • group transfer Magadan to Sokol Airport.

Does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Irkutsk and from Magadan;
  • train tickets to Irkutsk;
  • accommodation and meals in Irkutsk;
  • meals during the road trip en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan (2500-5000 RUB/day/person in cities; 1200-2000 RUB/day/person at cafes/restaurants on driving days en route);
  • Lake Baikal Tour;
  • Speed boat excursion with fishing in the bays of the Sea of Okhotsk in summer-autumn.
Booking & Prepayment Conditions

Steps to take:

– Send us a request informing about the size of a group, your wished itinerary and list of included services.
– We design the itinerary for you and calculate the whole budget of your dream trip. Cost will be initially set up in Russian Ruble (RUB).
– You confirm the proposed itinerary with rates.
– We send you an invoice for deposit payment to be done by bank transfer. Deposit amounts to 17% of the tour cost, if booking is done early. We need enough days before the start of the tour so we could do all hotel-related bookings properly and in advance.
– We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP by bank transfer. Your bank’s fee for cross-border transaction should be covered by your side.
– Once deposit is pre-paid, we are ready to provide you with the Letter of Invitation.
– Balance payment is due no later than 45 days before the start of the tour, if the other date is not negotiated.

What our travelers have seen previsouly:

That’s what a traveler see when they customize our travel plan from Irkutsk to Magadan and travel with us.

In the following images, you might see Irkutsk,Circum Baikal Railway, Olkhon Island, Arshan & Tunka Valley, Baikal-Amur Mainline (Railway), brown bears, Lake Buluus, Turuk Khaia Cliff, ferry across the Lena River, the Lena River, Lena Pillars, Yakutsk, Yakutsk Old Town, Kolyma’s Road of Bones, the ghost town of Kadykchan, Butugychag GULAG Labor Camp, herders, Magadan, the Sea of Okhotsk, Jack London, etc.

Photo credit: Erne Gustav.

ORDER IRKUTSK – YAKUTSK – MAGADAN 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.

Exciting overland trip from Irkutsk to Magadan via Yakutsk. Lake Baikal, Lena Pillars on the Lena River and the Sea of Okhotsk. Enjoy beautiful landscapes in Russia’s Siberia & Far East!

Mirny City Tour

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia's Siberia. It's ALROSA Headquarters Location.

Mirny, Diamond City, in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. It’s the Russian company ALROSA’s Headquarters is located.

MIRNY CITY TOUR
The Biggest Siberian Diamond Mine, Diamond-Related Sites, Diamond Miners’s Favourite Places.

We decided to conduct Mirny City Tour in the wintertime. Feel free to share this page with your friends and take a chance to explore the diamond capital of Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). This is where the Russian biggest diamond mining company “ALROSA” is headquated and this is where the biggest Siberian diamond hole is located.

Mirny Photography

Minry in summer:

Photos by ALROSA.

Mirny in winter:

Winter photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Tour Details

Group size: 1-4 PAX and more.
Duration: 2 days / 1 night.
Type: guided.

Standard Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Mirny & City Tour

– Arrival in Mirny Airport.
– Meeting up at the airport by a guide.
– Transfer from airport to hotel.

Guided City Tour:

– The MIR mine (kimberlite diamond pipe “Peace”) view deck.
– First Truck Drivers Stella with the Mirny city entrance sign.
– The “Vilyuysky Ring” Architectural Memorial Complex with the statue to the reindeer herder who showed the diamond-rich place to Russian geologists.
– Three Swords Square.
– Holy Trinity Orthodox Church with Gymnasium.
– Regional Museum of Diamond Mining History owned by ALROSA.
– Kimberlite Museum.
– Yakutia Live Diamonds Nature Park.

Lunch in the city (not included).
Dinner at hotel or in the city (not included).
Overnight at hotel (not included).

Day 2: City Tour & Departure

– Breakfast at hotel (not included).
– Guided City Sightseeing by a car for 2 hours.
– Back to hotel.
– Check out.
– Transfer to airport.
– Flight out of Mirny.

Cost for Winter 2019:

For 1-4 travelers = 19 000 RUB per person
For a big group = on request.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Ruble (RUB). We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer, Visa/MasterCard or PayPal.

Package includes:

– transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport;
– Mirny City Tour;
– English-speaking guide for 1,5 day;
– hired transport for 1,5 day;
– entry tickets to venues as per itinerary.

Not include:

– air tickets to/from Mirny;
– accommodation & meals in Mirny.

Please, note that if your arrival from Irkutsk/Novosibirsk to Mirny happens in the evening, we recommend to stay for the second night and dedicate the whole second day to Mirny to see everything according to our venue visit plan. In this case, our cost remains the same.

ORDER YOUR MIRNY CITY TOUR

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.

Take a chance to visit Mirny, the diamond capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Short link: http://bit.ly/mirnyrussia

Yakutsk City Tour

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

Reconstructed Old Town, Orthodox Church, Eternal Flame Memorial, Green Meadow in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Alexey Pavlov.

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA.
Yakutsk City Sightseeing Tour All Year Round.

We offer 11-hr or 5-hr Yakutsk city tour. Enough to see major sightseeings and venues. City attractions are listed below.

If you need the full one-day itinerary or more specific spots to visit, let us know.

Yakutsk City Tour Details

Details

Duration of tours: 10:00 – 21:00 or 14:00 – 21:00.
Meet up & end location: your hotel or place of your stay.
Language(s): English, German, French. Extra payment for city tours in Japanese, Korean, Chinese.

Group size might be different.

Please, note that we do city tours upon request.

Standard City Tour Itineraries

11-hr City Tour (10:00 – 21:00):

9:30 – Meeting up at hotel.
10:00 – 11:00 – Visit to the Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).
11:00 – 12:00 – Walk across Old Town with the 19th century recreated buildings, souvenirs & jewelry shops, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Visit to Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower History Exhibition.
12:00 – 13:45 – Lunch at the “Makhtal” restaurant, the winner of 2016 Yakutsk Food Festival (not included).
14:00 – 14:30 – Driving through Yakutsk.
14:30 – 15:45 – Visit to Mammoth Museum. Lecture by an active paleontologist, who embarks annual mammoth remains search expeiditions and work on mammoth cloning together with colleagues and Korean partners. It’s the very museum, that discovered the bleeding mammoth in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
16:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and clearification. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
17:15 – 18:00 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex known also as Permafrost Museum.
18:00 – 20:00 – Dinner at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. W/ a chance to taste traditional meals of Northern peoples (not included).
20:00 – 20:30 – Transfer to hotel.

City Tour Prices for Summer 2018:

For 1-5 PAX and more = on request.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

11-hr Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– vehicle rental for transfers during the city tour;
– entry ticket/s to the Treasury of Yakutia;
– excursion in Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower in Old Town;
– excursion in Mammoth Museum;
– entry ticket/s to the Atlasovs’ complex and a traditional neck for protection against evil;
– entry ticket/s to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice complex tunnel;
– transfer to hotel from the place of dinner to hotel.

Does NOT include:

– meals.

5-hr City Tour (14:00 – 19:00):

14:00 – Picking up at hotel and transfer to Mammoth Museum with stops by in the city en route.
14:30 – 15:45 – Visit to Mammoth Museum. Lecture by an active paleontologist, who embarks annual mammoth remains search expeiditions and work on mammoth cloning together with colleagues and Korean partners. It’s the very museum, that discovered the bleeding mammoth in the North of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
16:00 – 17:00 – Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and clearification. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
17:30 – 18:30 – Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” Ice Tunnel Complex.
19:00 – Transfer to hotel or the place of dinner with stops en route.

Prices for Summer 2018:

For 1-5 PAX & more = on request.

*Payment should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles. We accept payment in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer or PayPal.

5-hr city tour package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking private guide;
– vehicle rental from 14:00 to 19:00;
– excursion in Mammoth Museum;
– entry ticket/s to the Atlasovs’ complex and a traditional neck for protection against evil;
– entry ticket/s to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice complex tunnel.

About Yakutsk, Russia

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. City Tour.

Pyotr Beketov Memorial in Yakutsk, Russia. Yakutsk was founded by Russian Cossack Pyotr Beketov in 1632. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk is one of the oldest towns in Russian Siberia. It was established by Cossacks in 1632 and served as the starting point of all major Far Eastern and Arctic exploration expeditions.

Nowadays, it is the capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The current population is approximately 300 000 people unofficially.

Yakutsk Video

Attractions in Yakutsk, Russia

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia)

Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in Yakutsk, Russia. Photo by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Photographs by Ivan Dementievskiy.

Russia’s Sakha Republic (Yakutia) is immodestly rich in minerals. Diamonds, gold, silver, platinum, gems, semiprecious metals. Yakutia is also famous for talented jewelers. Good news is that you might see all the rich of the region and priceless jewelry at one place.

Yakutsk-based Treasury of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) consists of three rooms. One is dedicated to diamonds, gold and gems. The second is full of exclusive showpieces. You might see, for instance, the item covered with 200 one-carat diamonds and some of the biggest diamonds ever discovered in the region. The third is about Sakha people’s culture and the history of the mining industry.

All visitors are guided by a museum expert who provides stories and unique history facts.

17th-Century Yakutsk Fortress’ Entry Gate Tower History Exhibition in Old Town

17th-Century Yakutsk Entry Gate Tower Exhibition in Old Town, Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Exhibition is based inside an innovated major entry gate tower of Yakutsk Fortress built in 1632.

A chance to hear a history of Yakutsk since the 17th century and the survival story of the tower through ages.

Mammoth Museum

Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, Russia. City Tour.

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutia is rich not only in minerals. Its land keeps the remains of all major species lived in Ice Age. Yakutsk-based Mammoth Museum provides a chance to see the world’s most diverse collection of unique exhibits. Ancient mammoth, ancient bisons, ancient woolly rhino, ancient horse and dog.

Museum experts are paleontologists themselves. They share the knowledge of mammoth study, and they also tell stories of their recent scientific expeditions and show clips of the 3D film. Our guide will translate everything told in Russian into your language.

For instance, it was Mammoth Museum that discovered the already-famous bleeding Big Lyakovsky mammoth in the Arctic of Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

During the extraction of the mammoth on Big Lyakhovsky Island, mammoth museum director, Semen Grigoriev, discovered that the Ice Age animal contained blood. Later, the red liquid was proved to have blood remains. Now North-Eastern Federal University (Mammoth Museum is a part of the insititute) cooperates with South-Korean genetic engineers to clone a real mammoth in the near future.

This and other stories you might listen to during your visit.

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Lab

Yakutsk Permafrost Institute Underground Laboratory

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk-based Permafrost Institute is world famous. It’s one of leading scientific insitutions that study permafrost (frozen soil). Some says, it’s the first one. Unique, as it stands itself on the thick Siberian frozen ground. And it has its own undeground laboratory, where the constant air temperature on its lowest level is -10C all the year around.

Visit to the permafrost institute gives you suffecient answers to questions, “How come the city can stand and develop for centuries on the ground that might be actually affected by the melting process?” and “How can the global “warming” change the structure of permafrost?”, and “Is it possible to drill down to the underground source of drinking water?”, and “Why do mordern town buildings stand on concrete piles?” and etc, etc.

Lecture given by a local scientist provides insight and ancient frozen soil layers demonstrate clearly what we have under feet.

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel inside Chochur Muran Hill

In the above video, Yakutsk mayor Aisen Nikolaev did the Ice Bucket Challenge inside the Kingdom of Permafrost. Please, don’t repeat it.

Photographs: Ivan Dementievskiy (Yukagir mammoth head), Bolot Bochkarev (all others).

The Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel is the 3rd place to visit during city tour in Yakutsk, Russia. The great thing of that place is that it looks the same as in depicted pictures all the year round.

The constant average temperature inside the tunnel is -8C. When it is +40C outdoor, it’s minus degrees indoor. When it’s -50C, the ice tunnel is felt even warmer. It’s not abnormal fact about the tunnel. That’s all because of permafrost (cryotic soil at or below the freezing point of water).

Apart from huge snowflake-like ice crystals on walls and ceiling, you might see the real head of the mammoth found in the area of Yukagir River in the Arctic (see a photo). It doesn’t need a fridge as a shelter, the head is kept in natural cold condition but, of course, behind the glass door.

For the Kingdom of Permafrost, the best sculptors made fairy-tale characters out of the Lena River ice cubes. Some are dedicated to the “Olonkho” heroic epos that was included in the list of UNESCO’s intangible masterpieces.

Actually, you can try many interesting things inside the venue. Just be ready to experience the cold.

Yakutsk Observation Deck / Viewpoint

Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014. Photo by Yakutsk City Hall.

Top Photograph by Yakutsk City Hall: Yakutsk Mayor and kids on the observation deck (viewpoint) during its opening ceremony on the day of the 382th Yakutsk Anniversary, Sept 14, 2014.

Mobile photographs: Bolot Bochkarev.

Take your chance to see Yakutsk from the highest point located on the hill of Chochur Muran.

Dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant

Restaurant at Chochur Muran Ethno Complex in Yakutsk, Russia

In the evening, we offer you to taste the Russian and Yakutian cuisine at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex. A really nice place with delicious national meals.

Average reciept is 1500-1800 RUB per person.
Credit/debit cards are accepted.

Additionally

Feel free to ask us to arrange your visit to more sites of Yakutsk.

Consider the following:

  • National Arts Museum, especially its Contemporary Arts section.
  • International Museum of Khomus Music. The biggest vargan musical instrument is located here.
  • Yakutsk Historical and Cultural Museum of the Northern Peoples. Learn more about history of the Sakha Republic.
  • Underground Laboratory of the Institute of Cryogenics (in short, Permafrost Institute).

ORDER YOUR CITY TOUR

By phone:

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

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.

Yakutsk City Tour is a good chance to see the major attractions of the coldest city on Earth in the course of one day.

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),
+7 (924) 765-99-30 (mobile) (+WhatsApp).

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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