What is the standard tour to the Pole of Cold? Travel time, activities, accommodations, prices?

October 25, 2009

Often asked about the tour to the Pole of Cold, Oymyakon. All the time the question sounds different. Some is interested in transfer rates, others in hotel rates, third persons are just wondering what to do and see in the Pole of Cold. So I decided why not just give away the description of the standard tour to the officially acknowledged coldest Siberian place?!

Never frozen, the Indigirka River, Oymyakon, Siberia/Russia
The Indigirka River, Oymyakon, Siberia/Russia. In some parts it is never frozen, even when the temperature goes below -50C.

The tour description was received from a friend of mine, Semen Baishev, an Oymyakon-based travel enthusiast. Actually it is him, who arranges all the travel program in the Pole of Cold for individual tourists and travel agencies’ groups. Oops, travel agencies might “kill” me for disclosing such an info :) Whatever. So… here we go.

The standard tour to the Pole of Cold
(it means no long-distance reindeer sledge riding included)

1st Day

– Departure from Yakutsk for Khandyga by an UAZ car early in the morning. Usually at 8.00. Driving time is 8-10 hours.
– Snacks on the way at road cafes (at travellers’ own expense).
– Arrival to Khandyga in the evening.
– Stay for night at a private hotel.

2nd Day
– Departure for the village of Tomtor. Driving time is 10-12 hours.
– Arrival in the evening.
– Accommodation at families’ places.

3rd Day

– Excursion across Tomtor. Visit to the local museum, the Museum of GULAGs, the Ice Sculptures Museum.
– Lunch.
– Ice-fishing, 2 km off Tomtor.
– Transfer to Oymyakon in the evening.
– Arrival in Oymyakon.
– Night at a guest house.

4th Day

– Meeting with the head of the Oymyakon village. Receiving the certificate of your arrival to the Pole of Cold.
– Excursion across the settlement, including visit to the Indigirka River (the places never frozen in the winter).
– Visit to the Yakut horses breeding farm.
– Visit to the private museum.
– Stay for night in Oymyakon.

5th Day
– Departure for Yakutsk early in the morning. Driving time is 19-20 hours.

6th Day
Arrival in Yakutsk early in the morning.

Expenses (Disclaimer: this is Semen Baishev’s rates)

  • Transfer by a UAZ car (Yakutsk – Khandyga – Tomtor – Oymyakon – Yakutsk) = 10000 rubles per person.
  • Private hotel in Khandyga = 1200 rubles per night.
  • Stay at family’s place in Tomtor = 1500 rubles per day with breakfast, lunch, supper.
  • Regional museum = 150 rubles per person.
  • Museum of GULAGs = 150 rubles per person.
  • Ice Sculptures Museum = 150 rubles per person.
  • Ice-fishing = 3000 – 5000 rubles per a group.
  • Certificate = 150 rubles.
  • Stay at a guest house in Oymyakon = 1500 rubles with breakfast, lunch, supper.
  • Visit to the horses breeding farming = 2000 rubles per a group.
  • Semen Baishev’s commission = 15000 rubles per a group.

Hope this info will be helpful for all travelers wishing to visit the Pole of Cold. Feel free to get in touch with me via the webform, if any other question appeared, and if you want to know real prices without commissions as well.

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