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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Yakutsk to Tiksi Cruise

Yakutsk - Tiksi Cruise on the Lena River by the Michael Svetlov ship in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Summer 2015.

YAKUTSK – TIKSI CRUISE ON THE LENA RIVER IN SUMMER 2020.
14 days by the “Michael Svetlov” river cruise ship in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

We made the early booking possible for the longest Siberian cruise on the Lena River from Yakutsk to Tiksi, deep into the Arctic Circle, and back in Summer 2020. Dates and prices have been published. Reserve your cabin as earlier as possible, as the quantity of available cabins are limited.

Route: Yakutsk – Lena Pillars Nature Park – Neelova (Tiksi) – Yakutsk.
Ship: Mikhail Svetlov.
Duration: 14 days.

During the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise, you’ll enjoy the mighty Lena River, diverse nature, breath-taking landscapes (taiga, tundra forest & tundra) and the culture of Northern peoples.

Please, learn the major cruise info below.

Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Photos:
Mikael Svetlov Cabin Photos:

The last image in the above gallery is the Michael Svetlov ship scheme. Each cabin category has its own colour.

Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise Video:

Itinerary & General Information:

2019 Yakutsk to Tiksi River Cruise – Dates, itinerary and costs we had for Summer 2020!

Cruise Dates for 2020:
  • 04 July – 17 July 2020 – Overbooked. Some cabins might be released back for sale.
  • 23 July – 05 August 2020 – Preliminary booking is possible.
  • 12 August – 25 August 2020 – Preliminary booking is possible.
  • 26 August – 08 September 2020 – Aurora Borealis. Preliminary booking is possible.
Cruise Prices for Summer-Autumn 2020:

Four-bed standard cabin:

Four standard beds. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 4840 EUR/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 5250 EUR/cabin if 3 people in the cabin
  • 5660 EUR/cabin if 4 people in the cabin

18 such cabins on the Lena River cruise ship.

Twin & triple standard cabin:

Three standard beds (one of them is upper). Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 3500 EUR/cabin if 1 person in the cabin
  • 4840 EUR/cabin if 2 people in the cabin
  • 5150 EUR/cabin if 3 people in the cabin

31 cabins.

One-bed (single) cabin with an additional bed:

One standard bed plus one upper. Air condition is available, but doesn’t work, when ship engine is off. WC in the cabin.

  • 2880 EUR/cabin, if single
  • 3910 EUR/cabin, if 2 people in the cabin

6 cabins.

Junior Suite (DBL):

One room. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

  • 3770 EUR/cabin, if single
  • 5350 EUR/cabin, if two people in the cabin

8 cabins.

Suite:

Two rooms, 1 queen sized bed. TV set, additional air condition (works during stops), mini refrigerator. WC in the cabin.

  • 7000 EUR/cabin, if single or couple in the cabin

3 cabins.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Cabins are sold as the whole. By cabins.
  • If booking is done till February 2020 and full pre-payment is completed within 1.5-week since the date of invoice issue, discount is granted.
  • If booking is done in Spring – Summer 2020, full pre-payment is required. Discount is still possible, but write us to learn conditions.
  • If you book in the last minute, please, be advised that participation in the 14-day cruise without state border entry permit is possibe, but travelers would not have a chance to participate in Tiksi town excursion, and they should stay onboard.
  • Cruise to Tiksi (one way) is possible but official rates are applied. Important! Please, note that you will need to get an extra state border entry permit for Tiksi and our travel agency’s guide will need to fly from Yakutsk to Tiksi to meet you and be with you for the whole period of your stay in Tiksi and be responsible for you to FSB’s State Border Service.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • cabin cost;
  • meals during the cruise;
  • entertainment en route during the cruise;
  • state border entry permit for a day tour to Tiksi;
  • visa support (Letter of Invitation).
How to book the Yakutsk – Tiksi cruise
  • Write us. Say which dates, cabin type and how many travelers. Provide your full name as well.
  • We check the availability of the wished cabin on the desired dates. If it is still available, we hold it immediately for you for 10 days, enough to complete the pre-payment process. If not, we let you know about other options.
  • Once you agree with booked dates, we send you an invoice for the pre-payment of deposit or full amount. 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 EUR/USD/GBP by bank transfer.
  • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles from a Russian bank by bank transfer as well.
  • Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by Visa/MasterCard via the Yandex Kassa online payment service. Please, note that the online service surcharges for international transaction and currency conversion, and its commission fee is 3.5%.
  • When payment is completed and the cruise voucher is issued, we start working on your Arctic state border permit and an invitation for a Russian tourist visa at no cost. Please, note that the Russian Consulate issues a tourist visa, when the tour is fully pre-paid.

That’s it.

Other Lena River Cruises
Additionally you might order from us:
  • air tickets from/to Yakutsk Airport (YKS);
  • individual transfers airport to hotel, hotel to river port, river port to hotel, hotel to airport;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk;
  • Yakutsk City Tour with your-language-speaking guide and hired vehicle;
  • day trip Yakutsk to the Glacier of Lake Buluus and Kyuryulyur Waterfalls;
  • 5/6-day road trip Yakutsk to Oymyakon with or without GULAGs;
  • 5/6/7/8-day road trip Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon;
  • other destinations.

Book Yakutsk – Tiksi Lena River Cruise

As the Tiksi cruise is highly demanded, please, check the availability of cabins 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.

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Reindeer Herders. Deep Into the Taiga!

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Lena and Olekma Rivers. South Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Reindeer Herders. A long river journey deep into the Siberian taiga. Eco & ethno tour in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

REINDEER HERDERS IN YAKUTIA, RUSSIA
Summer journey to reindeer herders’ camp deep into the Siberian taiga!

Tour type: guided, private.
Period: July-September.
Group size: 1-2 people.
Tour duration: 6, 8 or 10 days.

Route: Yakutsk – Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village – the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp – the way back.
Area: Olekminsky District, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), North-Eastern Siberia, Russia.
Rivers to travel: Lena River, Olekma River.
Trip starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Transport means:
– Yakutsk to/from Olekminsk along the Lena River by the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat.
– Olekminsk to/from the “Sanya” reindeer herders summer camp by a regular motor boat.

Travel highlights:
  • The Lena River with Lena Pillars Nature Park (passing by).
  • Siberian taiga & habitable wilderness.
  • Authentic Siberian village life.
  • Indeginous people with rich cultural & historical background.
  • Stay at reindeer people’s summer camp in the forest.
Olekminsk and the Olekma River on the map

Travel photographs

Photo credit: Alexander Dyakonov.

Alexander is historian. It’s him guiding travelers.

Itinerary

Day 1. Yakutsk – Olekminsk. Distance to travel – 620 km.

Journey along the Lena River on the “Meteor” passenger hydrofoil boat. Departure early morning. Arrival in the late evening. Overnight in Olekminsk.

On the way to Olekminsk, we’ll see the famous stone forest of Lena Pillar Nature Park and just fascinating river-forest landscapes.

Day 2. Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel village. Distance to travel – 170 km.

Sailing on a regular motor boat. Kudu Kyuel village is located on a bank of the Olekma River. Overnight in a private house.

This day is remarkable by a chance to see a true country life in the remotest wilderness. Peaceful and authentic.

Day 3-4: Kudu Kyuel – reindeer herders summer camp. Distance to travel to the camp – 20 km.

This day we’ll go deeper into the Siberian taiga and travel across the territory belonged to the Evenk community of reindeer herders called “Sanya.”

Herders will show their reindeer, the camp, hunting & fishing area. We’ll have an unique chance to try our best in hunting and fishing as well.

Overnights in tents.

Day 5: The way back to Olekminsk. Overnight in Olekminsk.

Day 6: Olekminsk – Yakutsk. Return to Yakutsk in the evening.

Price

We prefer to customize the tour and its price.

Duration might be 6, 8 or 10 days.

Basic components:

  • Travel Yakutsk – Olekminsk by a hydrofoil boat.
  • Travel Olekminsk – Kudu Kyuel by a motor boat.
  • 2-day visit to the “Sanya” reindeer herders camp with the use of a motor boat.
  • Meals for travelers and a guide (currently, it’s min. 1000 RUB/day/person.
  • Russian-speaking guide (6000 RUB/day).
  • Letter of invitation.
  • Travel arrangement service fee.
  • VAT/tax.
Booking & payment conditions

Once the tour itinerary and its price are confirmed by travellers, we send the invoice for pre-payment.

Please, note:

– Tour is done privately upon request.
– Booking is considered to be done, when the full balance payment is done.
– Payment is accepted in RUB/USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer.

Book Your Trip

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

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 2020

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 for a group trip.
Period: Summer – Autumn. From the late May till the middle of October.

Dates for private trips:

  • Any dates on request.

Dates for group trips:

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 (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 (no breakfast).

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 (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

7-Day Tour Cost for Summer-Autumn 2020:

For 3-4 travelers = 2250 EUR per person.
For 2 travelers = 3100 EUR per person.
For 1 traveler = 5750 EUR.

Early birds deserve discounts. Write us to learn conditions.

Package Includes:

  • visa invitation (if requested);
  • transfer airport to hotel in Yakutsk;
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver/s and all transport-related expenses for driving on route Yakutsk – Magadan road as per itinerary;
  • travelers’ ferry passes on the Lena and Aldan Rivers (one way);
  • 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; 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; at Magadan Plus, Silver House in Magadan);
  • any meals on the route Yakutsk – Magadan (1500-2000 RUB/day/person);
  • entry ticket 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 insurance policies;
  • personal clothes & gears;
  • tips & gratitude.

For 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 (5.4% + 10 RUB).

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.

Kolyma’s Road of Bones travel is better to do with friends. Tell the world that you plan to do the trip from Yakutsk to Magadan in Russia’s Siberia.

Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON. WINTER 2019-2020.
Travel to the World’s Coldest Inhabited Place.
Standard tour for Russian holidays in Siberia!

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

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

Season: 20 Nov 2019 to 08 Apr 2020.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Round travel distance: ~2000 km with all short rides within settlements.
Tour type: soft adventure, road trip.
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk, capital of Repiblic of Sakha-Yakutia.

OYMYAKON WEATHER VIDEO

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

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

OYMYAKON TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS

Photographs taken in February