Yakutsk + Lena Pillars Winter Tour

Winter tour to Yakutsk, Siberia Russia. 2 days. Photo credit: Bolot Bochkarev.

2 Full Days in the Coldest City on Earth

Extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth-aged animals, Lena Pillars Nature Park… Everything to enjoy in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia, for 2 days. If you wish to stay more days, just let us know.

Yakutsk Winter Tour Photographs

Dog sledding to Shaman Tree

Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com.

Lena Pillars Nature Park in Winter

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev. See all our winter photographs of Lena Pillars at YakutiaPhoto.com.

Kingdom of Permafrost Ice Tunnel Complex

Ice tunnel photographs by Ajar Varlamov, German-speaking guide. See more pictures at our online project, YakutiaPhoto.com. Photo of Yukagir Mammoth head and woolly rhino by the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

Mammoth Museum

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Restaurant of Chochur Muran Ethno Complex
Yakutsk Winter Weather

Photographs by Bolot Bochkarev.

Yakutsk Winter Video

Yakutsk Winter Tour in Winter 2019-2020

2-Day Standard Yakutsk Winter Tour

Recommended Period

From December to March.


Private City Tour

  • Any days on request.

Group City Tour

  • If you need travel mates, let us know your wished dates so we could announce them over here.
Itinerary, 2 full days

Day 1 – Yakutsk

— Arrival in Yakutsk Airport in the morning.
— Transfer to hotel. Check-in at hotel.
— Free time in hotel.

09:30 — 11:00 — Picking up at hotel. Driving around the city. Stops by at the Old Town as well as the famous outdoor Fish Market.
11:00 — 12:00 — Visit to the Atlasovs’ Sakha ethnographic complex. With a traditional ceremony of purification and blessing. Excursion with a deep insight into the culture and traditions of the Sakha people.
12:00 — 13:00 — Visit to the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex inside Chochur Muran hill. This is the place to observe the unique collection of ice sculptures and the remains of unique paleontology discoveries.
13:00 — 14:00 — Lunch at the “Chochur Muran” restaurant (included).
14:00 — 16:00 — Sled dog safari to the Shaman Tree, 17 km, with a support snowmobile. Travelers are provided with warm fur clothes.
16:00 — 17:30 — Early dinner w/ a cooking workshop and a chance to taste the cuisine of the North Siberian peoples including Indigirka (salad out of frozen salmon), Stroganina, etc (included).
17:30 — 18:00 — Transfer back to hotel.

Final timing depends on the factual duration of each activity.
Feel free to customize the first day.

Day 2 — Trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park

Trip length: ~200 km one way.
Duration: 12-14 hr (depends on the quantity and duration of stops on the way).
Transport: 4wd off-road vehicle.

07:30 — 07:45 — Picking up by a guide at hotel.
08:00 — Exiting Yakutsk.
08:00 — 13:30 — Drive to the village of Batagai located on the Western bank of the Lena River in front of Lena Pillars Nature Park. Distance is 200 km. On the way, we do stops at caves and ancient rock paintings.
13:30 — 16:30
— Break with hot tea.
— Crossing the Lena River to Lena Pillars by a snowmobile. Passengers sit on a sleigh.
— Lunch inside a warm wooden house. Food provided by a Yakutsk-based restaurant.
— Free time on the territory of Lena Pillars. Going upstairs to the view deck on top of pillars, if a track is snow free.
16:30 — 17:00 — Back to a minivan by a snowmobile. Little break with hot tea.
17:00 — The way back to Yakutsk.
21:30 — Back to hotel.

Day 3 – Departure.

— Transfer to Yakutsk Airport.
— Flight out of Yakutsk.

Feel free to order the tailor-made tour.

Tour Cost for Winter 2020-2021

For 1-4 travelers = on request.


– Transfers airport to hotel and hotel to airport (without an interpreter).
– Interpreter service for city tour and day trip to Lena Pillars on Days 1-2.
– Transfers in Yakutsk on Day 1 (as per itinerary) (we use Toyota Land Cruiser / Toyota Hiace / Mitsubishi Delica).
– Entry tickets to the Atlasovs’ complex and the “Kingdom of Permafrost” ice tunnel complex on Day 1.
– Dog sledding to Shaman Tree and related expenses.
– Lunch and dinner at the “Chochur Muran” complex on Day 1.
– Transport for a trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park, 200 km one way.
– Snowmobile use for crossing the Lena River.
– Entry ticket/s to Lena Pillars Nature Park.
– Meals (packed in lunch boxes) on Day 2.

Not included:

– Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
– Air tickets to/from Yakutsk.
– Accommodation in Yakutsk.
– Warm clothing rental (request the quote).
– Entry tickets and activities not mentioned in the itinerary.

Frequantly Asked Questions

What warm clothes to wear?

– Thermo underwear (woolen, preferably);
– sweater (thick woolen)
– scarf (woolen)
– warm pants (for instance, texapore or thick jeanse);
– warm high boots (uggi/valenki/fur boots);
– dawn parka with hood;
– fur hats;
– gloves.

Do you provide warm clothes?

We can provide visitors with the set of warm clothes for rental. If you wish to purchase warm fur clothes in Yakutsk, we can do it. Why not?! It’s also a big fun experience.

What rate will be just for the day trip to Lena Pillars?

Please, find the answer on the page Lena Pillars in Winter.

What else to do in Yakutsk?

– Visit Sakha Fine Arts Exhibit, Yakutia Treasury Showroom, Mammoth Museum, etc. Please, note that some venues are open on work days only.
– Do shopping. Fur clothes, souvenirs, diamonds, etc.
– 1/2-day Ice Fishing on the Lena River. Learn more.
– Day trip to a Yakutian horse farm.
– 2-day trip to Yakutian horse breeding farm.

What month is it better to experience the extreme cold weather?

Actually from the early December till the end of February. According to our observation, the lowest temperatures might be felt in the middle of December, the middle of January and the first two weeks of February.

Is it possible to extand Yakutsk winter tour with travel to Oymyakon?

Yes, sure. Please, check Oymyakon travel page. We have different options.

You can also go with us to Magadan, Tiksi, Verkhoyansk, and Mirny.

Don’t hesitate to request the customized tour from us.


Information by phone:

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

Order your trip via email:


Winter tour to Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia! Experience the extreme cold weather, delicous food, dog sledding, mammoth & permafrost museums, and embark the ice road trip to Lena Pillars Nature Park.