Reindeer expedition to the "Pole of cold" in Oymyakon,
dog sleds and Lena Pillars

YAKUTIA


February 19 to 28, 2022
Tour Yakutia, Russia

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We will go to the coldest point of the Northern Hemisphere - to the "Pole of Cold", where we will meet Chyskhan, the lord of the Yakut Cold.

We will make a real expedition and reach Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place on the planet, on traditional reindeer sleds, test ourselves as a musher of dog sleds and, of course, see the UNESCO World Heritage Site and the unique national park of Yakutia "Lena Pillars".

To climb high into the mountains and follow the Inca Trail along the Urubamba River, seeing at dawn the inner sanctum – Machu Picchu, to dive under the water of the unique Galapagos Islands, which became the discovery site of the famous Darwinian theory of evolution, and to explore deeply the culture of the Huaorani Indians in the Ecuadorian Amazon...
All this you can find in our big trip to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos!

SHEDULE AND COST:
Dates: February 19 - 28, 2022

Duration: 10 days / 9 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 7

Cost per person:
  • 209 000 rubles subject to 7 participants,
  • 219 000 rubles subject to 7 participants,
  • 229 000 rubles subject to 7 participants/

10% early booking discount (in case you book before October 19, 2021)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Yakutsk and back,
- medical insurance,
- Russian visa (if needed).
Estimated cost of the flight Moscow – Yakutsk– Moscow: 35000 - 50000 rubles (to be purchased on your own).

Single supplement in hotels: upon request ((single accommodation is not provided in guest houses in Tomtor, Oymyakon, Yuchyugiai and in tents with reindeer herders)







TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO AMAZONIA


Day 0. 18 February 2022. Departure to Yakutsk

Departure to Yakutsk.

* Recommended flights:

- flight a / to Yakutia R3-474, departure from Moscow on February 18 at 19:20, arrival in Yakutsk on February 19 at 8:00 in the morning, or
- flight a / to Yakutia R3-480, departure from Moscow on February 18 at 20:30, arrival in Yakutsk on February 19 at 9:05 in the morning, or
- flight a / to S7 number S7-3007, departure from Moscow on February 18 at 17:25, arrival in Yakutsk at 7:00 on the morning of February 19 or
- any other flight arriving in Yakutsk no later than 9:00 am on February 19.

Meals included: no
Accommodation: no




Day 1. February 19, 2022. Arrival in Yakutsk. Yakutsk - Khandyga

Morning arrival in Yakutsk (no later than 9 am). Meeting at the Yakutsk airport and departure to the east towards Oymyakon. The route passes through four ulus (districts): Megino-Kangalassky, Churapchinsky, Tattinsky, Tomponsky.
There are two ice crossings along the route: an ice crossing over the Lena River near Yakutsk and across the Aldan River.
The village Khandyga is the center of the industrial region "Tomponsky Ulus". From the river Aldan, on which the village is located, the former territory of Dalstroy begins "- GULAG.
This part of the road is rich with sculptures that are located along the road. This is a sculpture of the the Yakut epic hero Nyurgun Botur, sculpture "Collection of Birds" and others. An interesting sculpture "Shaman" is located at a distance from the main road. A visit is possible if a road was made and kept in an acceptable condition in the winter season. Stops for taking photos, videos.

Dinner. Overnight at the hotel in Khandyga village.
The length of the daily route is 432 kilometers, the travel time is 8-9 hours.

Meals included: dinner
Accommodation: hotel in the village of Khandyga



Day 2. February 20, 2022. Through the mountain ranges to the village of Yuchyugiai

The route passes through the Tomporuk, Rocky Mountains and Suntar Hayata ridges. Stops for taking photos and videos in the areas of Sotka, Tomporuk Ridge, Shaman Stream, Swallow's Nest, Cherny Prizhim, Devil's Gate rock, bridge of the river Kyubyama.
Upon arrival in the Yuchyugiai village, dinner and overnight at the guest house.

The length of the day route is 431 kilometers, the travel time is 9-10 hours.

Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: guest house in the village of Yuchyugiai



Days 3 - 4. February 21 - 22, 2022. Trekking to Oymyakon on reindeer sleds

Route: Yuchyugiai village - Oymyakon village (40 km).
Travel with extreme elements (a real reindeer expedition) and overnight in the middle of the way in a heated tent.
The journey ends in the village of Oymyakon on the Stella of Cold. Oymyakon is the coldest inhabited place on the planet. Winter temperatures here often drop below minus 60 degrees Celsius.
Cultural program, including a ceremony and ethno-musical performances.
Overnight at a guest house in the village of Oymyakon.
The length of the daily route is 20 kilometers, the hike takes 3-4 hours per day.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: a heated tent in the taiga (on day 3) and a guest house in Oymyakon (on day 4).


Day 5. February 23, 2022. Exploring Oymyakon - the Pole of Cold of the Earth

Obtaining a certificate of visiting the Pole of Cold at the Stele of Cold.
Visit to the Indigirka River (optional swimming in the non-freezing section of the river).
Cold Chips program, experiments with cold.
Transfer from Oymyakon to Tomtor.
Excursion to the Ice Residence of Chyskhan - the lord of the Yakut Cold.
The residence is located in an artificial cave inside a rocky mountain, where each branch has its own theme of ice sculptures.
Bath in the evening.
Overnight at the guest house in Tomtor village.
The length of the day route is 40 kilometers, the travel time is 2 hours

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation included: guest house in the village of Tomtor



Day 6. February 24, 2022. Tomtor - Khandyga and the Arctic Fox Tail waterfall

The tributaries of the Eastern Khandyga River, along which the road runs, are full of beautiful waterfalls. One of them, called Arctic Fox Tail, has a height of 29 meters. The waterfall is located 4 kilometers from the road. The trail to the waterfall goes along a narrow gorge, cramped on both sides by rocks.
Upon arrival in Khandyga, dinner and overnight at the guest house.
The length of the daily route is 491 kilometers, the travel time is 12 hours

Meals included: breakfast, dinner
Accommodation: guest house in Khandyga village



Day 7.February 25, 2022. Khandyga - Yakutsk

Before the trip, visit the museum of the village of Khandyga, which is also rich in exhibits from the GULAG camps.
On the way, drive to the village of Megino-Aldan to visit a miniature copy of the Eiffel Tower and to the village of Walba to see sculptures made of biological materials.
Arrival in Yakutsk and check-in at the Alaas hotel.

The length of the daily route is 432 kilometers, the travel time is 8 hours.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel Alaas in Yakutsk



Day 8. February 26, 2022. Lena Pillars National Park

A trip to Lena Pillars, the unique national park of Yakutia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the way, visit the rock carvings left by ancient people in the Bronze Age.
Crossing to the Lena Pillars in one of two options (depending on the actual situation):
Option 1: by the end of February, a snowmobile crossing,
Option 2: from the end of February to the end of the winter season by car.
Climbing the Observation Deck.
Return to Yakutsk to the hotel.

The length of the daytime route (Yakutsk - Lenskie Stolby - Yakutsk) is 400 km.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation: Hotel Alaas in Yakutsk



Day 9. February 27, 2022. Dog sledding trip

After breakfast, at 11 am departure to the hill. Briefing. Start of the dog sledding trip. Everyone can try to be a musher, independently driving a dog sled.
The length of the route is 20 km. After 10 km stop for lunch. Lunch in a heated insulated tent.
At the end of the trip, return to the city and visit the fish market.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation included: Hotel Alaas in Yakutsk



Day 10. February 28, 2022. Return flight
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

* Recommended flights:
- flight a / to Yakutia R3-473, departure from Yakutsk at 7:40 am, arrival in Moscow at 8:35 am, or
- flight a / to Yakutia R3-471, departure from Yakutsk at 7:40 am, arrival in Moscow at 11:00 am, or
- flight a / to S7 number S7-3008, departure from Yakutsk at 8:15 am, arrival in Moscow at 9:25 am or
- any other flight departing from Yakutsk at any time on February 28.

Meals included: breakfast
Accommodation included: no







Cost includes:

  • Transfers to and from the airport in Yakutsk according to the program
  • Transport service according to the program (11-seater minibus Toyota Hiace)
  • Reindeer sledding expedition
  • Dog sleds as a musher
  • Accommodation in hotels according to the program, based on double rooms
  • Accommodation in guest houses according to the program
  • Accommodation in heated tents during the reindeer expedition
  • Meals as indicated in the program (three times a day, excluding 5 lunches and dinners)
  • All activities, visits, excursions and entrance fees according to the program
  • Experienced Russian-speaking guide
  • Russian and English speaking team leader services
  • Accident insurance
  • Registration of the group in the Ministry of Emergency Situations



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid):

  • Flight to Yakutsk and back
  • Medical insurance Russian visa (if required)
  • 7 lunches and dinners in Yakutsk and Khandyga
  • Personal expenses and tips


To take with:

  • Warm windproof (with windstoper) down jacket
  • Warm windproof hat (2 pieces) and trousers, gloves with windstoper (two pairs required)
  • Warm boots, warm waterproof boots (2 pairs of warm shoes are required)
  • Sets of clothing suitable for weather conditions (woolen socks, cotton socks, woolen sweater)
  • Thermal underwear
  • A sleeping bag with a comfort temperature of minus 5 / minus 10 degrees (it can be cool in the tent)
  • Self-inflating mattress (optional)
  • Sunglasses (required)
  • Ski mask (optional)
  • Balaclava or buff
  • Thermos (desirable)
  • Head Torch
  • Personal hygiene products (including wet wipes, towels)
  • Personal medicines
  • Sun and wind protection
  • Photo and video equipment, spare batteries, tripod
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