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The Pole of Cold Festival
The Pole of Cold Festival

Event tour to Yakutia

The Pole of Cold Festival
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 2 to 8 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
25 March 2020
  • 25 March 2020
End date:
1 April 2020
159 223 RUB

We invite you to the most "frosty" holiday, which is held at the coldest inhabited place on Earth! Participating in the unique festival "The Pole of Cold — Oymyakon" you will ride a reindeer sled and meet with three Lords of the Cold: Yakut Chyshaan, Lapland Santa Claus and Russian Ded Moroz. Despite the crackling frost, you will find here a festive mood and great fun!

The Pole of Cold Festival
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 2 to 8 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
25 March 2020
  • 25 March 2020
End date:
1 April 2020
159 223 RUB

Experiences you'll have

Tour to "The Pole of Cold Festival"

You will take part in the festival "The Pole of Cold — Oymyakon", which has been held annually since 2001 in one of the most severe places of our planet, representing the uniqueness of the Yakut and Evenk cultures. To reach Oymyakon is not so easy, you have to overcome about 1000 km along the famous Kolyma tract in the middle of the endless tundra and permafrost.

At the festival you will see the performances of ethnic groups of Yakutia, meet with the Lord of the Cold Chyskhaan, watch the traditional competitions between the reindeer breeders and racing on reindeer sledges, as well as will taste the national Evenk cuisine 

This tour has a very rich excursion program:

  • you will visit the ethnographic complexes "Chochur-Muran" and "Us Kut", where you will get acquainted with the traditions of the indigenous peoples of Yakutia and even participate in the pagan purification rite called Algas
  • meet with the Yakut Laika and go dog sledding on Ytyk-Kuel lake
  • visit the Pole of Cold in Oymyakon, where the lowest temperature in Russia and the world is recorded: -71,2 °C (−96.16 °F)
  • see the unique ice sculptures in the underground gallery "The Kingdom of permafrost" and in the Ice residence of Chyskhaan
  • visit the local lore museum in Tomtor, where you will learn about the fate of Russian famous writers who became the GULAG prisoners 
  • find out who will win this year the title of "Miss Pole of Cold» and who will become the best mistress of the Evenk national hut

 

Note: for group of up to 2-3 people, the cost will be 3290 EURO per person.

Itinerary

The journey begins in Yakutsk, where you should travel to on your own. Please, pay attention, that the time difference with Moscow is +6 hours, so you should fly to Yakutsk from Moscow on the eve of the first day of the program.

 

We recommend the flights by Yakutia Airlines with the departure from Moscow (Vnukovo airport) at 6 pm and by Aeroflot Airlines with departure from Moscow (Sheremetyevo airport) at 6:50 pm. We are ready to help with the purchase of tickets, if necessary, leave a comment in the application.

Day 1 Excursions in Yakutsk

You will arrive to Yakutsk early in the morning. You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel. Here you will check in and have some rest.

 

In the afternoon the excursion program will start. At first you will visit the ethnographic complex "Chochur-Muran". Here you will meet with the Yakutian Laika and have a dog sledding tour on the lake Ytyk Kuel. Lunch will be served in a restaurant in "Chochur-Muran" complex.

 

Next you will move to the ethnographic complex "Us Kut", where you will take part in the pagan purification rite called Algys. It includes a pray to the Supreme deities, as well as mystical rituals of lighting and feeding the fire.


Further a visit to the underground ice gallery "Kingdom of Permafrost" is waiting for you. It is a museum complex set inside the mountain where the throne-room of Chyskhaan — the Yakut Lord of Cold is located. The museum presentsa unique collection of ice sculptures called "Planet Yakutia". 

 

In the evening you will come back to the hotel, have dinner and rest. 

Day 2 A route to Khandyga village

After breakfast  you will move to the village of Khandyga (430 km, about 8-10 hours). On the way you will have lunch in a cafe.

 

Having arrived to the village, you will stay overnight in a private guest house. Here you will have dinner and rest.

Day 3 Arrival to Oymyakon

After breakfast you will continue travelling to Oimyakon (530 km, 12-14 hours). 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 a cafe en route, and arrive to Oymyakon late at night. Here you will have dinner and accommodate in a private hotel.

Day 4 "Oymyakon — the Pole of Cold" festival opening

In the morning after breakfast you will have a tour of the Oimyakon with a visit to Stella "Pole of Cold". The extreme negative temperature -71,2 °C  (−96.16 °F) was registered here.


Then you will go to Tomtor village where the festival "Oymyakon — the Pole of Cold" will take place. A diverse cultural program is waiting for you here. You will visit the ice residence of Yakut Lord of the Cold Chyskhaan created inside the mountain, deep in the permafrost. Here you will see a gallery of ice sculptures, the Chyskhaan's throne room as well as will taste some special cold dishes. You will also visit the local lore museum in Tomtor, where you will learn about Russian writers who became prisoners of the GULAG.

 

Next you will watch the performance "Oymyakon – the residence of Lord of the Cold" and will participate in the ceremony of the solemn storing the symbol of Cold to the Chyskhaan's ice residence. The festival program of this day will also include the Miss Pole of the Cold competition, as well as a photo exhibition. In the evening you will return to the guest house in Oymyakon, have dinner and rest.

Day 5 The Reindeer Herders's Day in Tomtor

The second day of the festival will be dedicated to the holiday of reindeer herders. The Reindeer Herder's Day will show you the traditions and culture of the Evenks. Performances of dance ethnogroups, racing on reindeer sledges, traditional northern competitions between reindeer breeders and exhibition of folk crafts are in the program of this day.

 

Also you can taste the national cuisine of Evenks , as well as try on the national costumes and take pictures with the deer in a specially decorated sleds. In the evening you will return to Oymyakon, have dinner and rest in the guest house.

Day 6 Transfer to Khandyga village

Today you will return to Khandyga village. En route you will stop for lunch in a cafe. In the evening you will arrive to the village, stay in a private guest house, have dinner and rest.

Day 7 Returning to Yakutsk

After breakfast you will move to Yakutsk. Having arrived to the city, you will be taken to the hotel. Than you will have spare time for a walk, souvenir and jewelry shopping.

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast, you will be taken to the airport, from where you will have a flight back home. 

The Pole of Cold Festival
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 2 to 8 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
Start date
25 March 2020
  • 25 March 2020
End date:
1 April 2020
159 223 RUB

Accommodation during the trip

In Yakutsk you will stay at "Lena" hotel 3*, in standard twin rooms with a cable TV, a wardrobe, a work area with free Wi-Fi, a refrigerator and a bathroom with toiletries. There are also a restaurant of European and Yakut cuisine, a gym and a laundry at the hotel.

 

In Khandyga and Oymyakon you wilk live in the private guest houses (accommodation up to 2-3 persons in the room).

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English-speaking guide will accompany you during the whole journey. 

Meals +

The cost of the tour includes three meals per 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 to bring with me +
  • documents
  • the most warm clothes
  • thermal underware
  • wool socks
  • fleece jacket (or warm sweaters)
  • warm pants
  • a warm cap
  • an anorak
  • mittens (you can take two sets to put on each other)
  • a scarf
  • warm shoes (boots, felt boots, Baffin or Kamik boots)
  • personal care items
  • personal medicines and vitamins
Insurance +

The cost include a health insurance, which will also cover the costs of emergency evacuation to a medical facility and payment for treatment. Medical expenses are compensated within the insurance coverage of 3 000 USD, accident and evacuation – within 5 000 USD.

Booking

The Pole of Cold Festival

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 2 to 8 person
Duration
8 days

Accommodation during the trip

2 nights
5 nights

Languages

EN
guide
159 223 RUB
What's included in the price:
  • double accommodation in «Lena» hotel 3* in Yakutsk

  • accommodation in private apartments in Oymyakon, Khandyga villages

  • meals as per program

  • meeting and greeting at the Yakutsk airport

  • transfers as per program

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • insurance

  • excursions according to the program 

  • satellite mobile phone per group

Extra charge:
  • air tickets to/from Yakutsk 

  • meals in Yakutsk 

  • single accommodation in hotel "Lena" 3* (+45 EURO per person), optionally

  • an interpreter's service (+570 EURO in case you are the only foreign tourist in the group)

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

  • accommodation in private apartments in Oymyakon, Khandyga villages

  • meals as per program

  • meeting and greeting at the Yakutsk airport

  • transfers as per program

  • English-speaking guide's service

  • insurance

  • excursions according to the program 

  • satellite mobile phone per group

  • air tickets to/from Yakutsk 

  • meals in Yakutsk 

  • single accommodation in hotel "Lena" 3* (+45 EURO per person), optionally

  • an interpreter's service (+570 EURO in case you are the only foreign tourist in the group)

25 Mar 2020, Wed — 1 Apr 2020, Wed
159 223 RUB
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Testimonials

Hiroko Suzuki
Hiroko Suzuki 20 Марта 2019

We have to accept to spend 2 days to get Oimyakon by a car, but it is still a long way to go. However, we really appreciated the local people welcoming us well and we were in hornor of joining their annual festival – it was an amazing and pecious experience ever!

The local guide also took care of us well during the trip and it was very interesting to know about the people, history and culture of the republic of Sakha.