GULAG Labour Camp

One of many Soviet GULAG camp barracks used by Yanstroy prisoners to construct the road through Olchan passes on the way to Topolinoye in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Winter photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Winter Road Trip from Yakutsk, Siberia / Russia.

Unique trip from Yakutsk to Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camps called “YanStroi.” One of the most toughest place for Stalin’s prisoners to survive. Its inmates were assigned to construct the road to the North through Big and Small Olchan Mountain Passes. Those camps were located in such remote areas that they managed to stay untouched since the gloomest period of history of USSR.

Accessable in the wintertime. Upon request only.


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

Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

Transport We Use

For road trips, we use Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Toyota Land Cruiser 105, and Mitsubishi Delica. They are customized for the use in extreme cold winter conditions.

3-Day Guided Tour to GULAG Labour Camp

General Info

Group size: 1-4 persons.
Trip Duration: 3 days / 2 nights.
Recommended period: January till the first week of April.
Type of travel: road trip.
Means of transport: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Delica or other type of 4wd transport.
Location of the visit: Camps are located between Topolinoe and the Kolyma Federal Road.
Starting point of the trip: Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.


– Khandyga (map), the end of the famous Road of Bones, constructed from Magadan by GULAG prisoners in 1940s.
– Teply Klyuch town that used to be one of airports on the Alaska- Siberian air road and accepted Lend-Lease aircraft received by the Soviet from the Northwest Staging Route. Wiki.
– GULAG Museum in Teply Klyuch (map).
– GULAG’s Labour Camps (see photos above).
– Sakha Historical & Architectural Museum in Cherkekh village.


Day 1: Drive Yakutsk to Teply Klyuch, 492 km. Leaving a hotel in Yakutsk in the early morning. Crossing two rivers, Lena and Aldan, on ice roads. We drive the part between Nizhnyj Bestyakh and Khandyga in the daytime. With stops to photographs traditional Yakutian villages and for two meals (not included) at roadside cafes en route. Arrival to Teply Klyuch by 20:00. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel (twin rooms, shared bathroom, shared kitchen).

Day 2: Drive Khandyga to GULAG’s Labour Camp, 170 km one way. Breakfast (not included) at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch. Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive to GULAG camps on the winter road from the Kolyma Highway toward Topolinoe village. We’ll see two camps in the daytime. Back to Teply Klyuch in the evening. Dinner at a cafe. Drive to Khandyga, 70 km. Overnight at an apartment-based hotel in Khandyga.

Day 3: Way back to Yakutsk, 432 km km. Breakfast (not included) at a cafe. Drive toward Yakutsk. Crossing the Aldan River. Stop at some remarkable places.

3-Day Gulag Tour Cost

Rates for Winter 2021-2022

For 1-4 travelers = on request.

We prefer to calculate a precise travel budget.

Package includes:

– English-/German-/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– winter-equipped off-road vehicle with driver and all transport-related expenses;
– accommodation in Teply Klyuch (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);
– entry tickets to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
– accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based, twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared indoor bathroom, no breakfast);

NOT included:

– meals at roadside cafes and hotels en route;
– entry tickets to museums in Cherkekh in case if a stop would be done at that place.

Booking & Payment Conditions

– Tour is considered to be booked, when the deposit amounting to 20% of tour cost is pre-paid.
– Balance payment is due no later than 10 work days prior to the start of the tour if payment method is a bank transfer or online by a credit/debit card.
– Balance payment might be done in Yakutsk 1 day before the start of the tour.
– Payment might be done in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY by bank transfer (your bank’s fee for cross-border transaction is 25 USD) and should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in Russian Rubles online by a credit/debit card (the online payment processing system surcharges 3.5% of the transaction amount).

Did you know that…

Visit to GULAGs might be ordered as an extra day within the Yakutsk to Oymyakon private tour.

Book Your GULAG Trip

Information by phone:

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+7 (924) 765-99-30 – work mobile.

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Winter travel to Stalin Soviet GULAG’s Labour Camp from Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.