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Expedition to the Pole of Cold
Expedition to the Pole of Cold

Ethnic trip to Yakutia in winter

Most popular
Expedition to the Pole of Cold
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 6 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
Start date
3 January 2019
  • 3 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
End date:
10 January 2019
124 000 RUB

Oymyakon is one of the most inclement inhabited places on Earth. It's the land of permafrost, where thermometers record the lowest temperatures in the world. Not only people, but also animals have to survive in such harsh conditions. You will see special breeds of Yakut horses and cows, go on dog sledding, try traditional Even cuisine and take part in the mysterious ethnic purification rite.

Most popular
Expedition to the Pole of Cold
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 6 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
Start date
3 January 2019
  • 3 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
End date:
10 January 2019
124 000 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Winter journey to Yakutia

«I was wearing thin trousers when I first stepped outside into – 47 °C (-52°F). I remember feeling like the cold was physically gripping my legs, the other surprise was that occasionally my saliva would freeze into needles that would prick my lips» – Amos Chapple, New Zealand-based photographer.

 

In a few days you'll plunge into a completely different reality and become a part of the ethno-expedition. You'll see unusual phenomenan, which are only possible at extremely low temperatures. 

 

An eventful excursion program is waiting for you in this yourney. You will go to the famous Lena pillars, visit the farms where Yakut cows and horses are bred. Get acquainted with the cultural, historical and natural heritage of Yakutia in various museums of the Republic.

 

 

You will observe how the evens-reindeer herders survive every day in extremely low temperatures. Get acquainted with their traditions and even participate in mystical pagan rites.

 

Getting to Oymyakon isn't easy: we'll have a long journey, so we will wake up early and depart at 7 a.m.

 

The tour' cost depends on the number of participants in the group:

  • 124 000 rubles (4-6 per.)
  • 196 000 rubles (2-3 per.)

 

Photos by Sergej Dolja

Itinerary

The journey begins in Russian Yakutsk, where you will need to get to on your own. We are ready to assist with the purchase of tickets. If necessary, leave a comment in the order.

Day 1 Kingdom of Permafrost

Arrival in Yakutsk early in the morning. Meeting at the airport, transfer to «Lena» hotel, double accommodation, breakfast, rest. Transfer to the ethnographic complex «Chochur-Muran». Acquaintance with Yakutian Laika, dog sledding on the lake Ytyk Kuel. Lunch at the restaurant in «Chochur Muran» complex.

Visit to the underground ice gallery «Kingdom of Permafrost». It's a tourist complex set inside the mountain where the throne-room of Chyskhaan — Yakut Lord of Coldness, the residence of Father Frost from Veliky Ustyug and chamber of Lord of the North, are located. You can also visit the unique showroom of ice sculptures called «Planet Yakutia». We also recommend that you visit the Museum of Permafrost: ice-run and ice bar are at your service.
 

During the sightseeing tour of Yakutsk you will also visit the North History and Culture Museum and Mammoth Museum, view interesting paleontological exposure.

 

Than you will have dinner in the restaurant of national cuisine «Muus Khaia». Transfer to the hotel.

Day 2 Lena pillars

After breakfast you will go to one of the most famous natural places of interest in Yakutia – Lena pillars. This is a complex of steep bizarre shaped rocks, the height of which reaches 220 meters.

 

You will have a light snack on the way, and than you'll rise on the pillars.

 

Have lunch in the cafe, then go back to Yakutsk. Have dinner and relax in the hotel.

Day 3 The route to Oymyakon

After breakfast, you will leave Yakutsk and travel to Oymyakon. The distance is 1000 km, so you will have an intermediate stop for the night in the of Khandyga village.

 

Along the way, you can also stop at Tattinsky district to visit the Museum complex Cherkeh. Lunch on the way to the cafe, and on arrival in Khandyga stay in a private hotel and have dinner.

Day 4 The road of bones

After breakfast you will continue travelling to Oimyakon. The route lies through the Verkhoyansk mountain ranges, along the Kolyma Tract. It was called «Road on bones» because it was built by Gulag prisoners during Stalin's repressions.

 

You will stop for lunch at the East weather station, and arrive in Oymyakon late at night. Have dinner and stay in a private hotel.

Day 5 Ice-fishing and the coldest place of the planet

You will have breakfast and then go to the farm of Yakut cows. They are smaller than ordinary cows in weight and size, but have exceptional survivability in the harsh nature.

 

After lunch you will visit the coldest place on the planet. The extreme negative temperature -71,2 °C was registered here. Then you will take part in ice fishing on the Indigirka river.

 

Today you'll watch the performance of children's ethnographic dance ensemble in Oymyakon, after which the participants of the expedition will be awarded with the Cold Pole certificate.

 

Also today you will take part in the program "The feature of the Cold Pole" and then return to the hotel. Here you will have dinner and go to the bathhouse.

Day 6 Horse farm and a pagan purification rite

After an early breakfast you will depart from Oymyakon to the Yuchugey village. Visit the Yakut horses farm, learn about the features of their habitat and horse breeders' life. If desired, you can ride a horse.

 

Today you will try something unusual. You'll take part in a pagan purification rite named Algys with ritual fire lighting and fire feeding.

 

After lunch you will visit the local history museum in Tomtor village. Then come back to Khandyga, have dinner and rest in hotel.

Day 7 Free time in Yakutsk

After an early breakfast you will go back to Yakutsk. You will arrive in the city approximately around 4 p.m. Check in at the «Lena» hotel.

 

After that you will have free time for a walk, souvenir and jewelry shopping. In the evening you will have dinner in the hotel's restaurant and relax.

Day 8 Departure from Yakutsk

Early breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Departure from Yakutsk.

Most popular
Expedition to the Pole of Cold
Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 6 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
Start date
3 January 2019
  • 3 January 2019
  • 21 February 2019
End date:
10 January 2019
124 000 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In Yakutsk you will stay at the hotel «Lena» 3*, in standard double rooms with cable TV, a wardrobe, work area, refrigerator and bathroom with toiletries, as well as free Wi-Fi.

 

In Khandyga and Oymyakon you'll accomodate at the private guest houses.

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Common questions

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Who will be my guide +

One guide and one driver accompany a group of 6 people. Instructors with great experience will help traverse the route safely and comfortably. They are ready for any unexpected situation: they finished first aid Red Cross courses.

What should I bring with me +
  • Warm clothes
  • Vitamins, medicine
  • Personal hygiene items
What about the meals during the trip +

The cost of the tour includes three meals a day, except for lunches and dinners in Yakutsk restaurants (guests order from the menu and pay for themselves). There are also light snacks during long journeys (lunch boxes, hot tea and coffee).

What will the weather be like +

There are frosts from -30 to -40°C in Yakutsk, and extremely low temperatures up to -65°C may occur in Oymyakon. As a rule, there are no strong winds, the weather is usually sunny.

Booking

Most popular

Expedition to the Pole of Cold

Difficulty
Difficulty levels
Easy. Passive relaxation and sightseeing — cruises for example. No physical activities. Good for older people.
Normal. Active tours. You don’t have to be a sportsman, but you need to be strong enough to ride a snowmobile or go hiking in the mountains.
Advanced. Get ready for a challenge — long trekking with a heavy backpack on the shoulders, rafting along mountain rivers.
Hard. Professional training and perfect physical fitness are required. The level involves climbing to the tops of the mountains (above 3000 meters), freeriding and North Pole diving.
Age
from 12 y.o.
Group size
from 4 to 6 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

7 nights
124 000 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • Double accommodation in «Lena» hotel 3*

  • Accommodation in private hotels in Oymyakon, Khandyga

  • 3 meals a day

  • Excursions according to the program

  • Meeting/sending off at the Yakutsk airport  

  • Transfers according to the program 

  • Insurance

  • Satellite communications

Extra charge:
  • International flight

  • Single accommodation in the «Lena» hotel (+3000 rubles)

  • Meals in Yakutsk (lunch, dinner)

In the price:
Included Extra charge
  • Double accommodation in «Lena» hotel 3*

  • Accommodation in private hotels in Oymyakon, Khandyga

  • 3 meals a day

  • Excursions according to the program

  • Meeting/sending off at the Yakutsk airport  

  • Transfers according to the program 

  • Insurance

  • Satellite communications

  • International flight

  • Single accommodation in the «Lena» hotel (+3000 rubles)

  • Meals in Yakutsk (lunch, dinner)

3 Jan 2019, Thu — 10 Jan 2019, Thu
124 000 RUB
21 Feb 2019, Thu — 28 Feb 2019, Thu
124 000 RUB
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