Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon

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

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

Let’s experience the greatest fun on the winter road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on Earth. In winter 2018-2019, we continue arranging the world’s coldest travel on Siberia’s Kolyma road! Join us!

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

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

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

ROUTE MAP

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

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

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

GULAG CAMPS:

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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

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

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

VEHICLES WE USE IN WINTERS 2016-2019:

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

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

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

TRIP DATES:
  • 18 Feb 2020 – 27 Feb 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip. SALE IS OPEN. Download the PDF file with description and rates.
  • 16 Mar 2020 – 25 Mar 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Magadan Winter Trip. NOT YET ON SALE.
  • Private trips on any dates upon request.
HIGHLIGHTS:

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

10-DAY STANDARD ITINERARY FOR WINTER 2020:

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

Day 1 / Feb 18, 2020 / Tue: Yakutsk, Russia. Arrival in Yakutsk & Preparation Day.

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

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

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

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

Day 2 / Feb 19, 2020 / Wed: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 3 / Feb 20, 2020 / Thu: Day trip from Khandyga to GULAG Camps.

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

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

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

Free time on GULAG sites.

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

Day 4 / Feb 21, 2020 / Fri: Khandyga – Oymyakon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 5 / Feb 22, 2020 / Sat: Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place.

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

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

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

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

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

– Sufficient lunch (included).

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

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

Late dinner with tea (included).
Free time.

Day 6 / Feb 23, 2020 / Sun: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp – Ust Nera.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 7 / Feb 24, 2020 / Mon: Ust Nera – Susuman (Magadan Oblast).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 8 / Feb 25, 2020 / Tue: Susuman – Magadan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 9 / Feb 26, 2020 / Wed: Magadan.

Expected temperature around -20C in the daytime.

– Free time by lunch.

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

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

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

Day 10 / Feb 27, 2020: Departure from Magadan.

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

THE WORLD’S COLDEST WINTER ROAD TRIP PRICE:

Group trip rates for Winter 2019-2020

In a group of 5-10 travelers on 2-3 transports = 2950 EUR per person.

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

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

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

Group trip package price includes:

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

Does NOT include:

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

Download the PDF file with full description and rates of the trip in 2020.

SAFETY:

We:

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

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

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

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

ROAD OF BONES VIDEOS:

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

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

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

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

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

BOOK YOUR WORLD’S COLDEST ROAD TRIP:

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Order your trip via email:

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We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you as quick as you wish, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind us.

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

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

Ice road through mountains on the way to Verkhoyansk from Yakutsk, Russia, Siberia. Winter road trip!

YAKUTSK – TOPOLINOYE – VERKHOYANSK.
1 Day in Yakutsk + 6-Day Winter Road Trip (Direct).
From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

In Winter 2018-2019, we continue to arrange such a trip as we think that destination should be regular. Previously we had conducted journeys from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk as private ones on request. Here we go.

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.
Group size: 1-6 travelers.
Team: 2 or more transports.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Distance: 1500 km from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk (one way without additional drives).
Tour Type: Winter overland expedition.
Difficulty level: Hard to some extent. Extreme cold weather, long drives, Soviet-type accommodation.

Travelers’ Photographs:

From Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. The following trip was taken in the early March.

Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri.
Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Dates:
  • 20 – 27 March 2019 – Group trip for 4-6 travelers.
  • any dates for private trips on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Mar 20, 2019 / Wed: Arrival at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Shopping for extra warm clothes and city sightseeing with Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex.

Day 2 / Mar 21, 2019 / Thu: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 08:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu, visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum, and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 20:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / Mar 22, 2019 / Fri: Drive Khandyga – GULAGs – Topolinoe, village of reindeer herders, 289 km. Morning tea at hotel. Leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness) in the early morning. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for breakfast at a roadside café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe through Big and Small Olchansky Mountain Passes with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ café. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 4 / Mar 23, 2019 / Sat: Drive Topolinoe – Lake Emandja. Breakfast at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe (not included). Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Time with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe. Lunch at the same cafe (not included). Driving to Lake Emandja, 150 km. Overnight inside a car in the area of the meteo station.

Day 5 / Mar 24, 2019 / Sun: Drive Lake Emandja to Batagai on ice roads along frozen mountain rivers. Strech is 350 km. Run time ±12 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as the rivers Nelgese, Kireng-Yuryakh, Boroulakh as well as many other places. Arrival to Batagai in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 6 / Mar 25, 2019 / Mon: Day trip Batagai to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Free time and time for lunch at cafe in Verkhoyansk. Visit to a local history museum. Back to Batagai in the evening. Time for dinner and overnight at private hotel in Batagai.

Day 7 / Mar 26, 2019 / Tue: Flight Batagai to Yakutsk (note: one-day flight delay might happen due to bad weather). Transfer to Batagai Airport. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport after lunch. Transfer to hotel. Souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 8 / Mar 27, 2019 / Wed: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Important! We recommend to reserve one extra day for Yakutsk, as the flight from Batagai might be delayed due to bad weather.

Road Trip Cost

For group trips in Winter 2018-2019

For 5-6 travelers on 2 transports = 152 000 RUB / ± 2 000 EUR* per person.
For 4 travelers on 2 transports = 183 000 RUB / ± 2 408 EUR* per person.
For 1 – 3 travelers = on request.

*As of September 2018, average currency conversion rate: 1 EUR = 76 RUB.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Transfer airport to hotel in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Guide and transport in Yakutsk on Day 1.
– Entry tickets to 2 venues during city sightseeings on Day 1.
– Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
– Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
– Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom w/ WC and shower).
– Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– Accommodation in Topolinoe, 1 nights (apartment with shared rooms, shared kitchen, WC & shower).
– Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
– Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house, twin rooms with WC and shower).
– Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
– Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 7.
– Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 7.
– Guide in Yakutsk on Day 7.
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport on Day 8.

Does NOT include:

– Air ticket from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation, meals and entry tickets in Yakutsk.
– Meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk on Days 2-7.
– Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 7.

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
– We always stay in touch by a satellite phone.

Required to bring:

– Warmest clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR ROAD TRIP TO VERKHOYANSK

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.

Winter road trip Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk, Russia, is always great with friends. Share the trip with your fellows!

Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Siberia!

Dog Sledding Tour in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia

DOG SLEDDING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA.
Siberian Winter Adventure Tour with Blue-Eyed Yakutian Laikas, Local Original Sled Dogs, in the Forest and on the Ice of the Lena River.

Group Size: 1-4 PAX.
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights. We have sled dog tours for 7 days (see the itineranry below) including 1 full day for sled dog training, 1/2 day for city tour and 4 full days for dog sledding through the dense Siberian forest and on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy.
Mushing Period: December 2019 – March 2020.
Type of sledding: self drive.
Tour type: winter adventure expedition.
Difficulty level: medium.
Sled dog breed: Yakutian laika, a real Siberia-originated sled dog. Check it on Wikipedia.
Quantity of sled dogs: 6 in each harness.
Sled type: DANLER and traditional wooden.
Warm clothes: fur coat, pants, gloves, and pants are provided, if requested.
Safety: support team on a snowmobile.

Just one week in Yakutsk! You’ll get friended with blue-eyed Yakutian Laika dogs, learn to drive a dog sled on your own, see the beauty of Siberian winter forest, and the majestic Lena River, learn the history and culture of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in the unique museums of Yakutsk and Sottintsy village, experience a local life during overnights in a hunting hut and a traditional Yakut balagan (small wooden house). And try the finest traditional cuisines of the Northern peoples at the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex.

For alternative options, please, see the list below.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Photos & Videos

Dog Sledding on the Lena River to Sottintsy Village

Yakutian Laika. Dog sledding tour in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov/VisitYakutia.com

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Dog Sledding through the Siberian Forest

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Winter 2019: 2-day dog sled safari to the hunter’s cabin

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Day Sled Trip to Shaman Tree

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our German-speaking guide and photographer.

Ambarchik Guest House
Video: Dog Sledding in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia

7-Day Standard Dog Sledding Tour (Full Package)

Important Notice: In Winter 2019-2020, we are replacing 2-day dog sledding to Sottintsy with 2-day sled dog trip to Lena Pillars. Please, be patient. Lena Hotel is replaced with Tygyn Darkhan (4*). Updated description will be published asap.

Highlights: 7-day standard program includes 1 training day, 1-day training sledding to the Shaman tree, 2-day dog sledding in the forest, 2-day dog sledding on the Lena River, and 1 full day for city tour in Yakutsk.

Tour is arranged upon request. As private guided.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival at Yakutsk Airport by midday.

– Transfer from airport to hotel in the city.
– Check-in at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel (4*) in town. One night in hotel is required for migration registration in Yakutsk.
– Transfer from hotel to the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex, 7 km.
– Brunch at the restaurant.
– Welcome with traditional Yakutian purification & blessing ceremony.
– Meeting Yakutian laika (a local sled dog breed, originated in North Kolyma, Russia’s Siberia).
– Theory lecture about specifics of driving dog sleds.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the complex. European, Russian and Yakut cuisine.
– Training. A guide will show how to handle dogs, put them in harness, and self-drive.
– Dinner at the restaurant of the complex.
– Transfer to hotel.
– Overnight at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel in the city.

Day 2 – Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree, 17 km.

– Breakfast in hotel.
– Moving from hotel to the “Ambarchik” guest house on the territory of the “Chochur Muran” complex. Since this day your accommodation is over here.
– Preparation for the first dog sledding.
– Helping to prepare sleds and put dogs in the harness.
– Dog sledding to the Shaman Tree. 17 km.
– Light snacks at the place of the Shaman Tree.
– Dog sledding back to the complex.
– Lunch at the restaurant of the complex. Since that moment, this is restaurant for all your meals inside the complex
– Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel, known also as the Museum of Permafrost.
– Dinner.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 3 – Excursion Day in Yakutsk.

– Breakfast.
– Free time.
– Dinner.
– City tour in Yakutsk. Visits to Mammoth Museum and Yakutia Treasury, shopping in souvenir & jewelry shop in the old town.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 4 – Two-day dog sledding through forest with overnight in a hunter cabin.

– Breakfast.
– Dog safari to a hunter cabin, 24 km. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner and overnight in a hunter cabin.

Day 5 – Way back to the complex.

– Breakfast in a cabin.
– Dog sledding back to the complex. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner in the complex.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 6 – Two-day dog sledding on the ice of the Lena River to Sottintsy village, 70 km.

– Breakfast.
– Transfer from the complex to the Lena River by a truck.
– Dog sledding with a support snowmobile. Hot tea/coffee en route.
– Dinner and overnight in the traditional Yakutian wooden house.

Day 7 – Way back to the complex.

– Breakfast in a wooden house.
– Excursion to the “Druzhba/Friendship” outdoor museum in Sottintsy. That’s where Yakutsk was initially established by Russian Cossacks in 1632.
– Continue of dog sledding back to the city.
– Arrival in the complex in the evening.
– Farewell dinner at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant.
– Overnight in Ambarchik Guest House.

Day 8 – Departure.

– Breakfast (take on, if the flight is in the early morning).
– Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
– Flight from Yakutsk.

Yakutsk Dog Sledding Tour Cost

Winter 2019-2020

For 4 travelers = 2500 EUR per person.
For 3 travelers = 2700 EUR per person.
For 2 travelers = 3100 EUR per person.
For 1 traveler = 4700 EUR.

Early birds deserve discounts. Write us to learn your quote.
If you can speak Russian fluently, feel free to request a quote w/o the cost of interpreter’s service.
If you don’t need to have migration registration in Yakutsk, please, let us know, so we could provide you with the adjusted itinerary.

Package includes:

– Visa support (the Letter of Invitation, if required).
– Transfer airport to hotel and the complex to airport on Day 1 and 8.
– Accommodation at Tygyn Darkhan Hotel (4*) in Yakutsk on Day 1. Single/DBL Room. W/ breakfast. With migration registration.
– Transfers across the city as per itinerary.
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide for all days.
– Brunch, lunch, dinner on Day 1-2; breakfast and dinner on Day 3; breakfast, hot tea/coffee and dinner on Days 4-7;
– Accommodation at the “Ambarchik” guest house on Days 2, 3, 5, 7.
– Accommodation in a hunter cabin on Day 4.
– Accommodation in a traditional Yakutian wooden house on Day 6.
– Excursion to Druzhba Outdoor Architectural Historical Museum in the area of Sottintsy.
– Training activities on Days 1-2.
– All expenses related to the arrangment of dog sledding on Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7.
– City tour with venue entry tickets on Day 3.
– Extra warm fur clothes rental (available only on extremely cold days).

Does NOT include:

– Air fares to/from Yakutsk.
– Personal travel insurance / personal items.
– Alcoholic beverages (not recommended during mushing days).
– Tips & gratitude.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Early birds deserve discounts. Write us to learn your quote and conditions.
– If you’re Russian-speaking, please, request a quote without interpreter’s service.
– Payment might be done in EUR/USD/GBP by a bank transfer from abroad according to our bank’s conversion rate. Your bank might surcharge up to 25 USD per cross-border transaction.
– Payment might be done in RUB by a bank transfer from a Russian bank.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles by Visa/MasterCard through the Yandex.Kassa online payment processing system (the system’s commission is 3.5% transacted amount).
– Payment might be done in RUB by PayPal (PayPal’s fee is up to 5.4% of the transferred amount + 10 RUB).

Alternative Options:

  • 2-day dog mushing trip through the dense Siberian forest to the hunters’ log cabin. Description and rates for Winter 2019-2020.
  • 2-day sled dog safari to Lena Pillars Nature Park. Description on request.
  • 1-Day Dog Musher’s Training School with 17-km dog mushing to Shaman Tree. Description and rates for Winter 2019-2020.
  • 1/2-day with dog & snowmobile safari and traditional dish cooking work shop. We usually include such a short activity in a big trip program only. Request it.

BOOK DOG SLEDDING 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 to written inquiries 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. Remind us about your request.

Self-drive a dog sled in Yakutsk, Russia. When we say dog sledding, we mean winter adventure!

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk via Oymyakon

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON – VERKHOYANSK
TRIANGLE OF THE COLDEST PLACES IN THE WORLD.
Winter adventure overland tour in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia

Duration: 11 days.
Group size: 1-3 PAX.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Teply Klyuch – GULAGs – Topolinoye – reindeer herders’ camp – Lake Emanda – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Batagay – Yakutsk.
Trip distance: 3000 km one way (extra drives around the area are not included).
Trip type: winter overland expedition.
Difficulty level: relatively hard (long drives, one night in vehicles)
The tour starts and ends in Yakutsk.

Highlights:

– Three coldest places on Earth, i.e. Yakutsk, Oymyakon, Verkhoyansk.
– Extreme cold weather. Between -40C and -60C in February.
– Kolyma Highway & Old Road of Bones.
– Verkhoyansk Mountains with picturesque passes.
– Oymyakon, the famous village considered the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
– Regular Yakut villages with horses and cows, etc.
– Remains of Stalin’s GULAG camps.
– Big & Small Olchansky mountain passes.
– Topolinoye, the town of reindeer herders.
– Reindeer herders’ camp & Lake Emanda.
– Winter and ice roads through Verkhoyansk mountains between Topolinoye and Batagay.
– Batagay, the town found in 1939 as a center of tin mining.
– Verkhoyansk, the coldest oldest town on Earth.

Dates, itinerary, and rates below.

Extreme winter travel photographs

YAKUTSK, Russia:

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev. Yakutsk, the coldest city in the world. Extreme winter weather in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

OYMYAKON, Russia:

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev. Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Extreme cold weather in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev.

VERKHOYANSK, Russia:

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann. On the way to Verkhoyansk in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credits: Susan & Peter Hauri. Courtesy of Brigitte Landesmann.

Map: Places to Visit

GPS Track: Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk

Recorded by Aleksey Kimaev.

Dates:
  • 17 – 27 March 2020 – Group trip for 1-3 travelers.
  • Other dates on request.
Itinerary:

Day 1 / Mar 17, 2020 / Tue: Arrival in Yakutsk. Meeting trip participants at Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel/s. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Extra warm clothing shopping and city sightseeings with visits to the Atlasovs’ ethnographic complex and the Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Museum. Dinner at the Chochur Muran restaurant (not included). Transfer back to hotel/s.

Day 2 / Mar 18, 2020 / Wed: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga, 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 09:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 19:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3 / Mar 19, 2020 / Thu: Drive Khandyga to Oymyakon, 514 km, 11-12 hr. Morning tea at hotel. 08:00 – leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness). Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for brunch (not included) at a roadside café. Drive to Kyubyume, 250 km, 6.5 hr. Through the mountain passes of the Verkhoyansk Range. Stops at remarkable place, such as Tomporuk Pass, Yellow and Black passes, Zayachya Petlya, etc. Time for the early dinner (not included) at the “Cuba” café in Kyubyume. Drive to Oyamyakon, 194 km, with a refuel stop in Tomtor. Arrival to Oymyakon around 22:00. Dinner at family’s. Overnight in an ordinary village-type wooden house (twin-triple rooms, shared kitchen, wash basin inside, outdoor toilet) in Oymyakon.

Day 4 / Mar 20, 2020 / Fri: Full day in Oymyakon. Breakfast at family’s. Visit to the Pole of Cold Stella. Receiving the Pole of Cold certificate from a winter fairy character Chyskhaan, the Keeper of the Cold. Strolling across the village of Oymyakon. Cold weather experiments. Lunch at family’s. Ice-fishing (traditional) on the Indigirka River. Dinner at family’s. The Sakha culture evening in the House of Archyy. Evening tea and overnight at family’s (the same place).

Day 5 / Mar 21, 2020 / Sat: Drive Oymyakon to Teply Klyuch. Breakfast in the early morning. 08:00 – Leaving a guest house. Drive to Tomtor, 41 km. On the way, we’ll have a visit to the Yakutian horse breeding farm. In Tomtor, we visit the ice tunnel complex called “Residence of Chyskhaan”, which remarkable for its huge snowflake-like ice crystals on its surface. Drive to Kyubyume, 153 km. We’ll ride through the Oymyakon winter forest and mountains we have missed during a previous ride in the dark time the other day. Dinner at the “Cuba” café. Drive back to Teply Klyuch through evening mountains. Dinner at café in Teply Klyuch. Overnight in Teply Klyuch. Evening tea and overnight at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, shared WC/shower inside, shared kitchen).

Day 6 / Mar 22, 2020 / Sun: Drive Teply Klyuch to Topolinoye, village of reindeer herders, 219 km, 5 hr. Time for breakfast (not included) at café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoye by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ cafe. Overnight at family’s apartment (rooms for 2-3 people, shared kitchen, shared WC/shower).

Day 7 / Mar 23, 2020 / Mon: Topolinoye – Reindeer Herders – Lake Emandja. Breakfast (not included) at cafe. Walking across the town of Topolinoye. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Tea with herders at the winter camp. Lunch (not included) at a cafe. Start of the journey toward Batagay by the longest winter road, 711 km. Stay at Lake Emandja for overnight (in a vehicle).

Day 8 / Mar 24, 2020 / Tue: Drive Emandja to Batagay. This day we pass by such places as the rivers Khatykchaan, Nelgese, Adycha, Tokum, the abandoned town of Alys Khaya, and other places. Lunch at cafe in Tokum. Arrival to Batagay in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagay (single rooms, shared WC/shower).

Day 9 / Mar 25, 2020 / Wed: Day trip from Batagay to Verkhoyansk. Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Visit to the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. Free time. Lunch at family’s in Verkhoyansk. Back to Batagay by the evening. Overnight at the same private hotel in Batagay.

Day 10 / Mar 26, 2020 / Thu: Batagay to Yakutsk. Transfer to Batagay Airport. Flight to Yakutsk, 2 hr. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. Souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk.

Day 11 / Mar 27, 2020 / Fri: Departure. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Expedition Cost for Winter 2019-2020:

For 3 travelers = 258 000 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 356 000 RUB per person.
For 1 traveler = 652 000 RUB.

Package includes:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation, if required).
– Transfers airport-hotel and hotel-airport in Yakutsk.
– English-speaking guide in Yakutsk on Day 1, 11.
– Yakutsk City Sightseeing with a guide and on transport, with entry tickets to two venues.
– Transport with driver-guide and all transport-related expenses for the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk road trip. We prefer to use Toyota Land Cruisers prepared for winter expeditions.
– Air ticket for the Batagay – Yakutsk flight.
– Accommodation in Khandyga (no breakfast), Oymyakon, Teply Klyuch (no breakfast), Topolinoye (no breakfast), Batagay (no breakfast).
– Meals at family’s in Oymyakon (2 dinner, 2 breakfast, 1 lunch).
– Pole of Cold Certificates in Oymyakon.
– Program in Oymyakon and Tomtor (meeting the Keeper of the Cold, ice fishing, Yakutian horse breeding farm, Yakut sakha culture evening, ice tunnel complex).
– Visit to reindeer herd in Topolinoye.
– Entry tickets to Cherkekh Museum, GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch, the Pole of Cold museum in Verkhoyansk.

Does NOT include:

– Air tickets from your home to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation and meals in Yakutsk.
– Meals en route before and after Oymyakon (1000-1500 RUB/day per person).
– Breakfasts at places of overnights in Khandyga, Teply Klyuch, Topolinoye, Batagay.

Booking & Prepayment Conditions:

– Tour is booked, when the deposit amounting to 17% of the tour cost is pre-paid;
– Balance payment is due no later than 45 days before the start of the tour, if no other date is negotiated;
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (your bank surcharges additionally up to 25 USD for cross-border transaction) and amount should be equal to the cost indicated in EUR.
– Payment might be done in Russian rubles by a Visa/MasterCard via the Russia-based online payment processing service (transaction fee is 3.5%).

Safety:

– We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
– We travel on the winter-expedition-prepared vehicles prepared and equipped with everything required for a long winter journey.
– We use a satellite phone and a GPS tracker.

Required to bring:

– Warm clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose or similar, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.

BOOK YOUR TRIANGLE OF THE COLD

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.

Join our winter road trip through the coldest places on Earth!

Lena Pillars in Winter

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

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

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

Duration: 1 day.
Distance: 200 km one way or 400 round trip.
Group size: 1 – 5 people.
Period: November 25th, 2019 – March 2020.

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

Photo credits: Bolot Bochkarev & Ajar Varlamov.

Lena Pillars Nature Park at YakutiaPhoto.com

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

Dates:

Private trips:

  • Any day on request.

Group trips on travelers’ requests

  • 04 January 2020;
  • 02/03/04 February 2020.
  • 13/14 February 2020.
  • 17 February 2020.

If you’re looking for travel mates on your wished date, let us know in advance, so we could inform others to join you and share trip expenses.

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

Trip Details

Round trip distance: ~400 km.
Duration: 12-14 hours.
Outdoor temperature in March-April: -10C and -25C.

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

Itinerary for December – February 2020

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

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

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

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

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

±21:00 – Return to the place of stay.

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

Rates for Winter 2020

FULL PACKAGE (FOR PRIVATE TRIPS)

For small/big groups = on request.

Package includes:

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

PACKAGE WITHOUT A GUIDE AND MEALS (FOR GROUP TRIPS)

For a big group = on request.
For a group of 5 travelers = 5 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 4 travelers = 6 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 3 travelers = 8 500 RUB per person.
For a group of 2 travelers = 12 500 RUB per person.
1 traveler = 24 500 RUB.

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

Package includes:

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

Doesn’t includes:

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

Feel free to customize the list of ordered services.

ORDER YOUR TRIP TO LENA PILLARS

Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:

contact@visityakutia.com

We tend to reply immediately or in the course of a day. If we don’t get back to you during 2-3 days, please, don’t worry. We could be busy with urgent requests or current travellers. Don’t hesitate to remind about your request.

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

Ice Fishing in Yakutsk

Ice-Fishing in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Lena River. Day Winter Tour.

ICE FISHING TOUR IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA’S SIBERIA
Unique Winter Experience on the Ice of the Lena River.

Have free four-six hours in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia? Experience ice-fishing on the Lena River near the world’s coldest city!

Average duration: 6-7 hours.
Distance: ±40 min from Yakutsk.
Group size: 1–4 PAX.

Ice Fishing Photographs:

Ice Fishing in Yakutsk, Siberia, Russia. 4-hr Winter Tour in Yakutia.

Our fisherman with famous Russian actors on the ice of the Lena River… Ice Fishing in Yakutsk, Russia’s Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Winter Tour.

Ice Fishing Photographs:

Dates:

Any day between Novermber and April.

Route
  • Yakutsk – the Lena River. ±40 min to drive to the ice fishin spot.
Highlights

Our fisherman monitors the Lena River daily and knows exactly where the best bites are and where to fish.

During the winter day we might arrange ice fishing in the following span of time:

  • the morning bite (06:00 to ±13:00);
  • the evening bite (13:00 to ±21:00);
  • the night bite.

We provide:

  • transport and fisherman;
  • your stay in a warm tent with a stove;
  • ice fishing accessories;
  • snacks, hot tea.

Temperature might be as low as minus -30C and -55C.

Recommend
  • to wear warm clothes;
  • to put on warm boots.
Rates for Winter 2018-2019

This winter we do ice-fishing from 13:00 to ±21:00 (popular option):

For 4 travelers = 4700 RUB per person.
For 3 travelers = 5990 RUB per person.
For 2 travelers = 8600 RUB per person.
Individual = 16 450 RUB

Write us to learn how to get discount.

Package includes:

  • transfer Yakutsk (hotel) – the Lena River – Yakutsk (hotel) by off-road winter-prepared vehicle;
  • fishermen’s service;
  • tents, stove, ice fishing accessories;
  • snacks, hot tea;
  • VAT/tax.

Does NOT include:

  • warm clothing;
  • other type of drinks.
Booking condition

Yakutsk Ice Fishing Tour might be pre-paid fully or paid on the day of fishing. Very often ordered as a part of Yakutsk Winter Tour.

TRY ICE FISHING IN YAKUTSK, RUSSIA

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.

The above-listed ice fishing tour in Yakutsk, Russia, might be customized at your request. Please, specify your inquiries – duration and group size. Short URL for this page: http://bit.ly/icefishingyakutsk

Lake Baikal Summer Tour

Shamanka Rock at Burkhan Cape in Kuzhir Island, Lake Baikal, Russia. Photo by Ajar Varlamov, Visit Yakutia LLC

IRKUTSK – LISTVYANKA – OLKHON ISLAND.
7-DAY SUMMER TOUR TO LAKE BAIKAL, RUSSIA.

Enjoy the mighty Lake Baikal and Irkutsk, authentic city in Siberia, Russia!

While traveling across the vast Russia, especially in Siberia and the Far East, it’s worth to spend a week for Irkutsk, Listvyanka and Olkhon Island. Start your big travel from Irkutsk and Lake Baikal.

Highlights:

– Irkutsk City Tour.
– Day trip to Lystvyanka & Circum-Baikal Railway.
– 4-Day Trip to Olkhon Island.
– Arshan & Tunka Valley (optional).

Feel free also to request the customized itinerary.`

Lake Baikal Travel Photographs

Irkutsk, Russia:

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Listvyanka, Lake Baikal:

Olkhon Island, Lake Baikal:

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Arshan & Tunka Valley (optional):

Photo credits: Ajar Varlamov, our best German-speaking guide.

Map

Lake Baikal: Locations to Visit

Just a few marked places to visit and see in the area of Lake Baikal, Irkutsk Oblast & Buryatia, Russia.

Lake Baikal Tour Details

Group size: 1-4 PAX.
Period: June – September 2019.
Route: Irkutsk (arrival + city tour) – Lystvyanka (+boat journey to Circum-Baikal Railway) – Olkhon Island (overland excursions) – Arshan & Tunka Valley (optional) – Irkutsk (departure).

Tour type: private.
Tour dates: any dates on request.

Itinerary

Day 1 – IRKUTSK. Arrival at Irkutsk Airport. Transfer to hotel. Free time. Lunch in the city (included). 2.5-hr Irkutsk City Tour w/ one visit to a regional museum.

Day 2 – LISTVYANKA & CIRCUM-BAIKAL RAILWAY. 08:45 – Meeting a guide at hotel. 09:00 – Leaving hotel. Transfer to Lystvyanka, 69 km, 1.5 hr. 10:00 – Visit to Taltsy Museum (open-air wooden architecture museum). 12:30 – Boat journey to the first tunnel of Circum-Baikal Railway with stops by at Shaman Stone and Port Baikal village. 16:00 – Visit to the 19th-century wooden Orthodox church. 16:30 – Fish & Crafts Market. 17:30 – 18:30 – Back to hotel in Irkutsk.

Day 3 – IRKUTSK – OLKHON ISLAND /LAKE BAIKAL. 09:00 – Departure from Irkutsk. Driving to Khuzhir village on Olkhon Island, 292 km. On the way, we’ll have stops at the place of ancient rock paintings and at a roadside cafe with Buryat traditional meals (included). Ferry crossing Sakhyurta settlement to Olkhon Island, 2 km. Arrival in Khuzhir village by 16:00. Visit to Shamanka Rock at Burkhan Cape. Dinner at a guest house (included). Free time. Overnight at a guest house in Kuzhir.

Day 4 – OLKHON ISLAND / LAKE BAIKAL. Breakfast (included). 09:00 – Start of an overland journey to the most northern point of Olkhon, Baikal National Park, by off-road vehicle. Visit to Kharantsy Cape and village. Stop at Peschanka settlement. Beautiful views on sandy beach and the old wooden pier. Stops at Sagan-Khushun Cape & Three Brothers Rock. Cape Khoboy, the place of the Power. Lunch around the campfire at Deva (Girl) Rock at approx 13:00. Back to Khuzhir by 18:00. Dinner (included). Overnight at a guest house in Kuzhir.

Day 5 – OLKHON ISLAND / LAKE BAIKAL. Breakfast (included). 09:00 / 10:00 – Start of excursion to the southern part of Olkhon Island by off-road vehicle. This day we’ll visit a view point to the central part of the island, Kurykan wall, Old Castle rock, Yalga lake, Halzany area and places with the view to the ‘Big Sea’ area. Lunch on the field. Back to Khuzhir by the evening. Dinner (included). Overnight at a guest house in Kuzhir.

Day 6 – OLKHON ISLAND – IRKUTSK. Breakfast (included). 09:00 – Leaving hotel. Transfer to the ferry place. Crossing Olkhon Gate Passage by a transport ferry. Drive back to Irkutsk with a stop at a roadside cafe for lunch (included). Arrival to hotel in Irkutsk by 16:00/17:00. Free time.

Day 7 – DEPARTURE – Transfer to Irkutsk Airport (or railway station). Hugs.

You might wish to:
– customize your itinerary on the basis of what we offer above or what you would like to do;
– add a day trip to Arshan & Tunka Valley by car with a guide (Arshan is a mineral water resort and famous for hot springs and a dormant volcano at Tunka valley);
– embark a big road trip en route Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan;
– fly to Yakutsk and experience the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), the biggest Siberian region.

Feel free to customize the Baikal holiday itinerary to fit in your travel plan.

7-Day Lake Baikal Holiday Package Cost for Summer 2019

For 1 – 4 travelers = on request.

The offered package includes:
– Transfers from/to Irkutsk Airport.
– Transport for Irkutsk City Tour, 2.5 hr.
– Transfer Irkutsk – Listvyanka – Circum-Baikal Railway – Listvyanka – Irkutsk as per itinerary;
– Transfer Irkutsk – Kuzhir, Olkhon Island – Irkutsk as per itinerary;
– English-speaking guide for transfers to/from Irkutsk Airport, 2.5-hr city tour in Irkutsk, day trip to Listvyanka and 4-day Olkhon Island trip;
– Accommodation in Khuzhir, Olkhon Island (SINGLE for individual trip, TWIN/TRIPLE for couple/group trips), 3 nights.
– 1 lunch in Irkutsk, 2 lunches at roadside cafes, 3-time complex meal at a guest house in Kuzhir, Olkhon Island.
– One museum entry ticket in Irkutsk.
– Permission to enter Olkhon Island Nature Reserve.

Does NOT include:
– Air fares to/from Irkutsk.
– Train tickets to/from Irkutsk.
– Accommodation in Irkutsk.
– Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
– Health-and-travel insurance policies.
– Tips and gratitudes.

Option:
– Day trip to Arshan & Tunka Valley Nature Park (119 USD/person for 4 travelers; 137 USD/person for 3 travelers; 155 USD/person for 2 travelers; 246 USD for individual; price includes transfers, guide’s service, national park entry fees; hot spring entry fee and meals are paid on spot.)

Booking & Prepayment Conditions

– The tour is reserved, when deposit (amount depends on the size of a group) is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 21 days before the start of the tour. Usually it’s done right after you have got a Russian tourist visa.
– If booking is done less than 21 days before the tour, the tour is to be pre-paid in full.

Baikal Travel FAQ

– Where to stay in Irkutsk?
– Our travelers usually stay at Courtyard by Marriott Irkutsk City Center Hotel or Marussia Boutique Hotel. If any, we know some budget options.

– What accommodation do you provide in Khuzhir, Olkhon Island?
– Nice guest houses in the forest part of Khuzhir settlement. We prefer to accommodate in the one which is owned by the US citizen, as high standards are applied at reasonable prices.

– Is it possible to stay at the place with a restaurant and bar in Khuzhir, Olkhon?
– Yes. We recommend to stay at Baikal View Hotel (w/ breakfast). Lunch and dinners are not included but you can order whatever you wish.

– Is it possible to book hotel rooms with your company’s help?
– Yes. Why not?!

– Could you buy air/train tickets from Irkutsk to other cities in Siberia and the Far East in Russia?
– Yes, we can. We are connected to the Russian domestic flight/train ticket system. Well, actually we’ll show you all options and you decide which one is perfect to you.

ORDER LAKE BAIKAL TRAVEL PACKAGE!

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.

Enjoy Irkutsk and Lake Baikal during your big tour across Russia’s Siberia & Far East! Irkutsk and Baikal are awesome! A quick look should be not enough.

Reindeer Trip in Oymyakon, Russia

Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon Valley. In Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

YAKUTSK – OYMYAKON REINDEER HERDERS
WINTER TRIP THROUGH SIBERIAN WILDERNESS

Embark the world-class exclusive reindeer sleigh ride through the wilderness of Oymyakon area, the coldest place in Russia’s Siberia. Winter adventure tour for active people!

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Reindeer Herders’ Winter Camp in Oymyakon Valley – reindeer expedition – back to the Winter Camp – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights.
Group size: 1-4 travellers.
Travel season: 01 December – 15 April. New Year holidays are not included. December, January, and February are the coldest months. March is soft, with -25C -40C in the daytime.

Reindeer Safari / Sleigh Ride Dates:
  • Upon request.

Video: Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia

One more video…

Video credit: Yuri Berezhnov.

Winter Travel Photos: Reindeer Sleigh Ride in Oymyakon, Russia’s Siberia