Yakutsk to Tiksi via Verkhoyansk

Yakutsk - Verkhoyansk - Tiksi Winter Expedition by KAMAZ Truck

North to the Arctic seaport through the coldest town in Siberia, Russia.

Travel along the route of Siberian ice road truckers, i.e. Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagay – Verkhoyansk – Ust-Kuyga – Severny – Kular – Khaiyr – Naiba – Tiksi, though you will have more comfort than truck drivers.

Duration: 14 days.
Tour type: expedition.
Group size: 1-4 people.
Transport: KAMAZ KUNG truck.
Period: January to April 2020. See approved dates below.

About KAMAZ KUNG Truck

KUNG is a Soviet then Russian term for a standardized military vehicle module/trailer system.

Main features:
– 6 beds w/ bedding sets inside the module;
– 2 spaces in the cabin for drivers;
– kitchen area with sink and stove;
– heating system with temperature regulator;
– electricity generator (no noise);
– 220 V plug-ins for gadgets;
– fuel tank for 2000 liter;
– many other interesting things.

FYI, the expedition truck is available for driving to other destinations as well. Close to Yakutsk or far away. Doesn’t matter. We can also provide snowmobiles, if you would wish to explore surroundings at the place of overnights. Request your quote, if you like a different trip.

Route Map

Expedition Dates
  • Dates to be fixed.

DAY 1 – YAKUTSK. ARRIVAL in Yakutsk Airport in the early morning. Transfer to hotel. Check-in at hotel. Meet up for orientation, checking warm clothing, extra stuff shopping and city sightseeing on a transport.

DAY 2 – YAKUTSK TO THE ALDAN RIVER. Driving Yakutsk to the Aldan River, 360 km. 09:00 – Leaving hotel. Transfer to the KAMAZ truck, which would be standing on the Lena River. Start of driving from Yakutsk. Crossing the Lena River along the ice road. Stops for lunch, photo sessions and visit to the outdoor architectural historical museum in the village of Cherkekh. Dinner. Free time. Overnight in the truck on a bank of the Aldan River.

DAY 3 – THE ALDAN RIVER – KHANDYGA – GULAGs. Driving to GULAGs, 271 km. Breakfast. Driving to Khandyga, 35 km. Sightseeing in the settlement, including the Orthodox Church on a riverbank. Driving to Teply Klyuch, 71 km. Visit to GULAG History Museum. Lunch at the parking lot, 30 km further. Turn to the north. Driving to GULAGs, 135 km. Dinner, free time, overnight in the truck by the remains of GULAG’s camp.

DAY 4 – GULAGS – TOPOLINOYE – REINDEER HERDERS’ CAMP. Meeting up the sunrise at the GULAG place. Breakfast. Driving to Topolinoe, 55 km. Sightseeing. Drive to reindeer herders’ place. Time with them. Lunch. Back to Topolinoe. Dinner. Sauna. Overnight in the truck on a bank of the Tompo River.

DAY 5 – TOPOLINOYE – LAKE EMANDJA – THE NELGESE RIVER, 276 km. This day we drive the hard part, i.e. on ice roads along many mountain rivers. Meeting the sunrise on the Tompo River surrounding with mountains. Breakfast. This day we go through Lake Emandja, along such mountain rivers with blue ice as Deline, Khatykchaan, Nelgese. Lunch, dinner, overnight in the truck on the Nelgese River.

DAY 6 – THE NELGESE RIVER – BATAGAY, 205 km. This day we drive on a bumpy winter road along the rivers Adycha and Tokum. Arrival to Batagay by the evening. All meals, overnight in a truck.

DAY 7 – BATAGAY – VERKHOYANSK – BATAGAY, 71 km one way. This is an excursion day. We’ll visit Verkhoyansk, the coldest place in the North-Eastern part of Yakutia. See the Stella, the “Pole of Cold” regional museum. It’s the right place to compare the cold weather you might have experienced previously. In Batagay, we’ll stop by a regional museum as well. Shower in a guest house. Overnight in a truck.

DAY 8 – BATAGAY – UST KUIGA, 390 km. Breakfast. Driving to Ust-Kuyga down the Yana River, one of the biggest ones in Yakutia. Lunch en route. Arrival to Ust Kuyga in the evening. Dinner, free time. Overnight in the truck.

DAY 9 – UST KUIGA – SEVERNJY – KULAR – KHAYYR, 183 km. This day we enjoy the ice road of the mighty Yana River, have some time for photographing the ghost town of gold miners, Severny (130 km to drive to). Further, we are going to have the toughest part, i.e. the winter road through mountains and along rivers. We pass the existing settlement of gold miners, Kular. All meals and overnight in the truck.

DAY 10 – KHAYYR – NAIBA – TIKSI, ±320 km. Breakfast. The first part is to drive on the Omoloy River to the Laptev Sea and on the ice road along the seashore of Sytygan Tala Bay to Naiba, 190 km. Breakfast in the forest tundra. W/ quick lunch stop en route. When we reach Naiba, we do dinner. After, we continue the drive to Tiksi, 130 km. Arrival in Tiksi after midnight. Accommodation at family’s in private apartments (twin rooms, shared WC and shower). Dinner at the cafe in Tiksi.

DAY 11 – TIKSI. Full day in Tiksi. Visiting the state border service administration to check-in. Seeing everything around the Arctic town. With a visit to History of the Arctic Museum. All meals at a cafe. Overnight in apartment.

DAY 12 – TIKSI – YAKUTSK. Breakfast & lunch at a cafe. Transfer to Tiksi Airport. Flight out of Tiksi at 16:30. Arrival in Yakutsk at 19:10. Transfer to hotel in Yakutsk. Check-in at hotel. Free time.

DAY 13 – YAKUTSK. A reserve day in Yakutsk. Required in case if there would be flight delay from Tiksi due to snowstorm. If everything is according to the plan, our guide will walk with you across downtown in Yakutsk and you’ll have time to buy some nice souvenirs from Yakutia.

DAY 14 – DEPARTURE. Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight out of Yakutsk.

Actual timing and the place of overnight stays depend totally on weather and ice/winter road conditions

Expedition Cost

Transport Rental & Onboard Food Rates for Winter

For 1 – 4 people = on request.

In some cases, we provide discount. Feel free to write us and learn your quote.

Transport Rental & Onboard Food Package includes:
– visa support (the Letter of Invitation);
– entry permit for the Arctic state-border zone;
– KAMAZ KUNG rental with 2 crew members (main driver + driver assistant) for the drive on route Yakutsk – Tiksi on Days 2-10 as per itinerary;
– Onboard meals on Days 2-10 as per itinerary; – satellite phone.

Does NOT include:
– air tickets; airport transfers; accommodation in Yakutsk and Tiksi; meals at cafes, restaurants and any other places out of a truck; activities w/ entry tickets, etc.

Booking & Prepayment Conditions

– Booking is considered accepted when deposit amounting to 50% is pre-paid.
– Paid amount should be equal to the amount indicated in Russian Rubles.
– Payment might be done in RUB/EUR/USD/GBP by bank transfer.
– Balance payment is due no later than 45 days before the start of the expedition, if no other date is negotiated.

Important Notice:

– The procedure of the issue of the Arctic state-border entry permit takes 2 months. Reserve your space in advance!

Book Your Arctic Winter Truck Expedition

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