Irkutsk – Yakutsk – Magadan Tour

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

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

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.


By phone:

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

Via email:

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!