Travel to Oymyakon, Russia

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

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.


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.


Photographs taken in February

The above photographs were taken by Ajar Varlamov in February.

Photographs taken in March

The above photographs were taken by Bolot Bochkarev in the middle of March.

Vehicles We Use in Winter


Oymyakon-related Trip Options

See options below. Please, note that the Yakutsk to Oymyakon round trip requires minimum 5 days, as the village of Oymyakon is located 930 km off Yakutsk.


Private Trips:

  • Any dates on demand.

Group Trips:

  • 26 – 30 November 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 03 – 07 December 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 23 – 27 December 2019 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates. Christmas in Oymyakon.
  • 03 – 07 January 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 3 seats left. Description with rates. New Year Holidays in Oymyakon.
  • 16 – 20 January 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. A group of 4-10 travelers. 3 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 21 – 28 January 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 4-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 05 – 09 February 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 11 – 18 February 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 18 – 27 February 2020 – 10-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon – Kadykchan – Magadan winter tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. 2 seats left. Description with rates.
  • 26 February 2020 – 01 March 2020 – 5-Day Oymyakon Standard Trip. Description with rates.
  • 10 – 17 March 2020 – 8-Day Yakutsk – Lena Pillars – Oymyakon tour. A group of 5-10 travelers. Description with rates.
  • 24 March 2020 – 03 April 2020 – 11-Day Yakutsk – GULAGs – Oymyakon (The Pole of Cold Festival) – Kadykchan – Magadan Winter Tour. Description with rates.
  • 26 – 31 March 2020 – The “Oymyakon – Pole of Cold” Winter Festival. Description with rates


  • 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + Day Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park + 5-Day Oymyakon trip. See description above.
  • Yakutsk City Tour + 6-Day GULAG – Oymyakon trip. Description upon request.


  • Training Day in Yakutsk + 5-Day Self-Driving from Yakutsk to Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place, on Toyota Land Cruiser. With transfers from/to airport. Quote upon request.
  • Any dates self-drive from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon on Toyota Land Cruiser. Test your driving skills all the way on the toughest Kolyma road in winter conditions. Quote upon request.

Please, note that:

  • entertainment activities are not included in the self-drive tour cost;
  • self-driving means that a vehicle comes with a driving instructor together;
  • the cost of self-driving tour is much higher than a standard private road trip (see the above-listed tour descriptions.)


Season: 20 Nov 2019 to 08 Apr 2020.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Khandyga – Yakutsk.
Duration: 7 full days (8 days / 7nights).
Dates: any dates at request.

Standard Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Yakutsk. Rendezvous at the airport. Transfer to hotel. 14:00 – 19:00 – City sightseeing and extra warm clothing shopping. With a chance to visit Mammoth Museum and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Drive distance: 432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hours w/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Overnight in an apartment-based hotel in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms, shared WC/shower, shared kitchen, no breakfast.)

We start our journey from hotel at 09:00 am. If any travel mate is coming this morning, we’ll wait for him/her, certainly, and go.

This day’s activity:

– Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for the group photo.
– Stop on the opposite bank of the Lena River to overlook the river landscape with Yakutsk in background.
– See many traditional Sakha villages. Stops for photo shoots.
– Stop on the bank of the Aldan River.
– Crossing the Aldan River.

Day 3: Khandyga – Kyubyume – Oymyakon.

Distance ~514 km (according to our GPS track), ~12 hours w/ stops for photo session and by a roadside cafe.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon (private wooden house, twin-triple rooms, w/ sink inside, outdoor WC.)
Meals: late dinner in Oymyakon.

We start journey at 08:00 am and arrive to Oymyakon late night.

We’ll do stops:
– Before approaching Verkhoyansk Mountains at a roadside cafe in Teply Klyuch and for photo shoot.
– At the memorial with the big Cross on the rock dedicated to the victims of the Gulag system.
– Chernyj Prizhim (literally it means Black Pass with the highest bridge on the ridge), Zheltyj Prizhim (Yellow Pass), Zayachya Petlya and other remarkable places in mountains.
– Kyubyume Fuel Station with the “Cuba” road cafe and the tube where all adventurers attach their own expedition sticks.
– Tomtor village for re-fuel at a gas station.

Actually we can do many stops.

Day 4: Oymyakon.

Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon, the same place.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner at family’s.

– Visit to the “The Pole of Cold” stella with meeting Chyskhaan, Keeper of the Cold, and receiving the Pole of Cold Certificate from his hands.
– Visit to school and its heating station, if open.
– Experiments with the cold in the family’s backyard.
– Ice fishing on the Indigirka River. You’ll see the traditional net fishing method and try to catch a fish with a rod yourself.
– Sakha Culture Evening at Cultural Center.

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor – Oymyakon.

Drive distance ~40 km one-way.
Accommodation at family’s in Oymyakon.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner at family’s.

This day we travel to the town of Tomtor. During the day trip we visit:
– the farm of Yakutian horses, original Siberian breed, small and steady, and accustomed to live outdoor in the extremely cold conditions (note: very rarely, horses might be scattered in mountain valleys and not seen in the farm; it happens when horses are pastured too far away and a breeder is unable to gather horses in the cold condition during a day before our arrival; in such case, we replace horses with unique Yakutian cows, which are very extraordinary, they are huge and mighty and stay outdoor in the farm all the day and go for drinking water to the river every morning);
– the ice tunnel (former food storage) with giant ice crystals on walls and ceiling as well as with ice sculptures;
– Tomtor Regional History Museum.

We’ll also walk around Tomtor that used to be the administrative center of the whole Oymyakonsky District. It is the very place where Oymyakon weather station is located and the lowest temperature was registered.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Khandyga.

Drive distance: ~514 km (according to our GPS track).
Overnight at a private apartment-based hotel in Khandyga, the same place.

According to the GPS tracks:
– 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 Khandyga (private hotel) – 319 km at speed of 60 km/h.

This day’s most exciting part is your visit to the winter camp of reindeer herders, where we’ll try the authentic nomadic food, of course, with reindeer meat and do reindeer sleigh ride. You will also need to help herders to prepare sleds… just a little bit.

Please, note that visit to reindeer winter’s camp is possible in the end of November, the beginning of December, February and the first half of March only.

Arrival in Khandyga late night.

Day 7: Khandyga – Yakutsk.

Quick drive to Yakutsk. Stops for lunch and dinner at road cafes en route. Arrival to Yakutsk by the evening.

On the way, we’ll visit some interesting villages, including Cherkhekh with Outdoor Architecture History Museum.

In the evening, all participants are welcome to the farewell dinner in the restaurant of the “Chochur Muran” ethnographic complex (not included).

Departure Day Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.

Oymyakon Standard Tour Price for Winter 2019-2020

For 1 – 4 travellers = on request.

– Oymyakon Standard Tour is done on request on any dates only;
– For group trips to join in, please, check above-listed dates.


– visa support, if requested.
– transfers from airport to hotel on Day 1 and from hotel to airport in Yakutsk on Day 8;
– transport for the city tour and shopping on Day 1 as per itinerary;
– English/German/French- or Spanish-speaking guide;
– transport and all transport-related expenses for the road trip Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Yakutsk;
– accommodation in private hotels in Khandyga (twin-triple rooms with shared facilities);
– accommodation at family’s in a regular village wooden house in Oymyakon with meals (2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 3 dinner);
– entertainment activities in Oymyakon, precisely the Keeper of the Cold Chyskhaan’s welcome and photo session, visits to Yakutian horse breeding farm, traditional ice-fishing on the Indigirka River, Sakha Culture Evening;
– entertainment activities in Tomtor, i.e. visits to History Museum (with the Gulag section) as well as to the ice tunnel;
– entry tickets to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum;
– satellite phone connection with the Russian Emergency Service.

At additional cost, if requested:

– Visit to the reindeer herders’ winter camp + reindeer sleigh ride in the wilderness (final rate depends on the size of the group).

Does NOT include:

– air tickets to/from Yakutsk;
– accommodation in Yakutsk (from ~50 USD/room/day up to 100 USD/room/day);
– meals in Yakutsk;
– meals on driving days en route Yakutsk – Oymyakon (reserve ±1500 RUB/person/day);
– personal warm clothes and items;
– personal health-n-travel insurance;
– tips and gratuities.

Booking and payment conditions:

– tour is booked, when deposit (17% of the tour cost) is pre-paid and deposit is non-refundable);
– 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 Russian rubles by PayPal (PayPal’s transaction fee is up to 5.4% + 10 RUB);
– payment in USD/EUR/GBP/CNY should be done by bank transfer (your bank surcharges up to ±20 USD for cross-border transaction).

Request the other options if:

  • a group is bigger;
  • you need to customize a tour itinerary according to your dream plan;
  • you wish to order a transport, accommodation and guide service only;
  • you wish to customize entertainment activities;
  • you want to add a visit to reindeer herder’s winter camp to do a reindeer safari;
  • you wish to self-drive vehicles with our instructors.

Let us know your wishes. We’re very flexible and can create any itinerary possible for you. Please, note that we design the customized itinerary from scratch and it might take time.


  • Take along warm Arctic-type outfits from brands such as The North Face, Canada Goose and similiar. While in Yakutsk, travellers will have time to do shopping, i.e. buying warm boots (valenki or fur boots), gloves/mitten, hats. Parkas and warm pants from the mentioned brands are very expensive in Yakutsk. For warm underwear, consider Termo (Sweden).
  • Bring your own travel and medical insurance from the company that has the Russian partner.

Oymyakon trip is also booked with:

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Information by phone:

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

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DISCLAIMER: The top photo “Pole of Cold Monument” and March photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. Travel photographs by Ajar Varlamov. In the video: Bolot Bochkarev. Video credit: Björn Steinz/

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