Yakutsk – Magadan. Stalin’s Road of Bones (Kolyma Highway) Tour in Summer 2014

May 4, 2013

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com

A big announcement!

Together with the Nord Stream travel company, I am arranging Stalin’s Road of Bones trip on the route Yakutsk – Magadan, Russia’s Siberia, every summer.

4 days on Stalin’s Road of Bones (Kolyma Hwy) between Yakutsk and Magadan. 2 days in Magadan.

You’ll learn more about history of the infamous Kolyma Road of Bones constructed by Stalin’s Gulag inmates. At the same time, you’ll discover the richness of the Sakha people’s culture and see the beauty of two Russian regions, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia and Magadan Oblast.

The idea remains simple. We take a van and drive all the way length of 2000 km.

Join us!

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com
Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com
Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com
Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com

Yakutsk - Magadan. Stalin Kolyma Road of Bones Tour in Summer 2013. Yakutia - Magadan Oblast, Russia. Photo credit: urban3p.com
Photo credit: urban3p.com

We offer two itineraries. One is complicated and a bit expensive. The second is simple.

Currently, we gather groups for the following dates:

17 – 23 June 2014
22 – 28 July 2014
19 – 25 August 2014

Read below through two itineraries and choose the one you like.

YAKUTSK – UST NERA – MAGADAN

Days on the road: 4-5 days (we take one additional day so to be on the safe side).
Additional days: 1-2 days in Magadan.

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
Distance: ~2000 km (with all short rides within settlements and turns, the total distance might be longer)

Group size: 4 people.
The tour starts in Yakutsk, the capital of Russia’s Republic Sakha-Yakutia.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sightseeing in Yakutsk (including museums)
  • Crossing on transport ferries two big Lena and Aldan rivers – after Yakutsk and before Khandyga respectively.
  • Visiting the open air cultural complex in the village of Cherkekh, the craddle of the Sakha people’s culture.
  • Visiting History Museum in Khandyga, the start of Dalstroi’s Road of Bones, or in Teply Klyuch.
  • Making short stops on the road in the Verkhoyansk mountain area at places marked by the Kolyma gulag history.
  • Sightseeing in Magadan.

ITINERARY:

1st Day (Monday): Yakutsk – Khandyga
2nd Day (Tuesday): Khandyga – Ust Nera
3rd Day (Wednesday): Ust Nera – Susuman.
4th Day (Thursday): Susuman – Magadan.
5th Day (Friday): Magadan.
6th Day (Saturday): Magadan.
7th Day (Sunday): Transfer to Magadan Airport. Departure.

SUMMER TOUR DATES:

17 – 23 June 2014
22 – 28 July 2014
19 – 25 August 2014

2014 SUMMER TOUR PRICE:

In a group of 4 travellers = 118 000 RUB per person (~3315 USD / ~2424 EUR as of Apr 04th 2014)
In a group of 3 travellers = 153 000 RUB per person (~4298 USD / ~3142 EUR)
In a group of 2 travellers = 224 000 RUB per person (~6293 USD / ~4588 EUR)

Note: The Road of Bones itinerary might be customized and simplified. As a result, it might alter/reduce the final tour price. It can be done preferrably at the request of the group already consisted of 4 people.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport-hotel transfer in Yakutsk, Russia;
  • Accommodation in Khandyga, Ust Nera and Susuman;
  • A guide, who will meet you at Yakutsk airport and guide you from Yakutsk to Magadan;
  • Renting a van with its driver for the trip Yakutsk – Magadan (all trasport-related expenses and ferry fees included);
  • Sightseeing in Magadan, Russia;

PRICE DOESN’T INCLUDE:

  • Visa support
  • Flight tickets & other expenses related to travel to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • Accommodation in Yakutsk and Magadan;
  • One-day sightseeing tour in Yakutsk (entry tickets to museums included);
  • Excursions out of Yakutsk and Magadan;
  • Food & beverage expenses;

PAYMENT:

  • Tour booking is considered to be done, when deposit at amount of 14 000 RUB is paid via PayPal or by bank transfer. Invoice with the bank account info is provided after receiving the deposit. The deposit is not refundable.
  • The left payment should be completed 30 days prior to the tour start. See travel dates above.

RECOMMENDED TO TAKE ALONG:

  • clothes for hot, rainy or chilly weathers (though temperature might vary from +20C and 40C, nights remain to be a bit chilly); clothes should cover skin as much as possible (it’s for mosquito protection while camping and long staying outdoor between settlements);
  • boots for trekking;
  • sun glasses (as the summer in Yakutia is hot, the temperature might rise up to +40C);
  • anti-mosquito cream or spray (cream is better);

NOTES:

  • Before coming to Russia, you need to have your own travel insurance; be sure that your insurance company has a Russian partner to cover urgent coverage through;
  • Mobile & 3G Internet connection is available along the Kolyma road within settlements; no mobile coverage between villages and settlements; while in Yakutsk, you might purchase pre-paid sim cards for your mobile phones; MTS mobile operator is recommended, as it has better coverage;
  •  While in Yakutsk, you might embark one-day trip to Lena Pillars on the Lena River. In Magadan, you can go on fishing by the Okhotsk Sea shore. Additional short journeys are provided at addition cost. In these cases, you need reserve extra time in Yakutsk and Magadan.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

YAKUTSK – MAGADAN TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHS
(taken by Ajar Varlamov and Mikhail Mestnikova during different Road of Bones trips)

Sakha Cultural Complex in Cherkekh village:

Crossign the Aldan River by a transport ferry on the way to Khandyga:

The way to Khandyga from the Aldan River ferry. Gulag Museum in Teply Klyuch, the settlement located after Khandyga:

Kolyma Road of Bones between Teply Klyuch and Ust Nera:

Sacred ancient stones Kisilyakh in the area of Ust Nera:

Dneprovsky Gulag Camp in Magadan Oblast:

Magadan Oblast and Magadan:

RESERVE YOUR SEAT!

Oisin Hughes’s Road of Bones Video:

I often deal with adventure travel motor bikers, who love to ride the Kolyma Road of Bones. Oisin Hughes, Irish man, is one of them. He made all the way from Yakutsk to Magadan in June alone.

Asked his permission to post his travel video and he granted me! He made a video of the Road of Bones summer condition as a part of series based on riding his motorbike around the world. The video accompanies the ebook “Not Dead Yet”, which was available on Amazon.com. Currently, it is not on sale. Meanwhile, you can check all his books here.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT in STALIN’s ROAD OF BONES SUMMER TOUR!

DISCLAIMER:

All Road of Bones photographs used in the current post (apart from the Dneprovsky gulag camp) are taken and permitted for the use by Ajar Varlamov/YakutiaPhoto.com and Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com. They might be your travel guides and group leaders.

Photographs of the Dneprovsky gulag camp is taken by www.urban3p.com.



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