Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. The World’s Coldest Road Trip in Winter.

May 12, 2013

Finally, I am publishing 127 photographs of the “Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. The World’s Coldest Road Trip” overland adventure travel that was done on the Kolyma Road of Bones in winter 2013. That trip was announced previously here.

In the 2013 February winter trip, we had 8 travellers from different nations (1 Brazilian, 1 Catalonian, 1 French, 3 Germans, 1 Dutch, 1 American). They were great!


Announce proudly the start of gathering groups for the “Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. The World’s Coldest Road Trip” overland adventure tour in winter 2015.

Let’s have the greatest fun experience on the road trip from Yakutsk to Magadan via Oymyakon in the world’s coldest place!

Join us in the upcoming winter!

overland winter adventure travel tour description

Trip Duration: 1 preparation day in Yakutsk + 7 days on the road + 1 day in Magadan.
Group size: 4-5 people (one group in one van).
Tour starts in Yakutsk, capital of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.

Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Oymyakon – Ust Nera – Susuman – Magadan.
Distance: ~2500 km (with all short rides within villages and turns, the total distance might be longer; take the SPOT GPS tracker to check the drive distance).



Day 1: Preparation to the overland trip in Yakutsk, Russia’s Siberia.

Shopping warm clothes and accessories, if required. A group will have a vehicle to drive across the city for 3 hours.

Day 2: Yakutsk – Khandyga.

Departure from Yakutsk to Khandyga in the early morning. Drive distance – 432 km. Overnight in a private hotel in Oymyakon.

Day 3: Yakutsk – Oymyakon.

Driving through the Verkhoyansk mountain pass along the famous Kolyma road known also as the Road of Bones. 518 km. Arrival in Oymyakon late night. Overnight in Oymyakon.

Day 4: Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place.

– Sightseeing.
– Visit to the Pole of Cold monument.
– Receiving the “Oymyakon, Pole of Cold” Certificate.
– Lunch.
– Ice fishing.
– The Sakha culture evening in the House of Archy (purification ritual, national music performances, Osuokhai circle dance, Jew’s-harp (khomus) play.

Overnight in a guest house in Oymyakon.

Day 5: Oymyakon – Tomtor.

Driving from Oymyakon to Tomtor in the morning. Distance – 40 km.

– Visit to the ice tunnel that is now served as the residence for Chyskhan, the Lord Keeper of the Cold.
– Viewpoint for the top of the hill with a good view on Oymyakon valley.
– Visit to Yakutian horse breeding farm. Yakutia has its special horse breed perfect for living in sever cold conditions.

Overnight in a guest house in Tomtor.

Day 6: Oymyakon – Uchugei (reindeer herders’ settlement) – Khandyga.

Departure for Ust Nera. 400 km.

On the way, we’ll make stop by reindeer herders’ winter camp and enjoy the short reindeer sledding.

Arrival in Ust Nera late night. Overnight in hotel in Ust Nera.

Day 7: Ust Nera – Susuman (Magadan Oblast).

Distance – 380 km. Once we cross the mountain range deviding Yakutia and Magadan Oblast, we’ll immediately notice the change of the climate. Warmer, but windy. It’s the impact of the Okhotsk Sea.

Overnight in hotel in Susuman.

Day 8: Susuman – Magadan.

Distance – 570 km. Overnight in hotel.

Day 9: Magadan.

3-hr sightseeing excursion. Accommodation in hotel in Magadan.

The end of the world’s coldest overland tour.

Note: On Days 3, 4, 5, the place of accommodation might be changed due to travelers’ wishes, guest availability. So, travelers might stay in Tomtor on the way to/from Oymyakon or stay all nights in Oymyakon. All details are discussed with travelers during trip preparation.


We will:

  • gather and travel with two cars (vans) as minimum; three cars might be on the track;
  • have a sattelite phone for emergency calls;
  • have a SPOT tracker (given by Russian Ministry of Emergency, i.e. EMERCOM);
  • register the world’s Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan coldest road trip at EMERCOM.


We recommend to take outdoor gears from such brands as Canada Goose and The North Face. Good underwears are produced by the Swedish company TERMO.

In Yakutsk, we’ll do additional shopping in case if you need to buy warm clothes such as gloves, hats, fur boots or valenki, etc. More info are given at request.

Check also the post “Warm Clothes to Buy in Yakutsk, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.”


To get an idea of what a winter road trip might be in Yakutia, Russia, check out following posts with reports and photos from my previous travels:

You might wish to see pictures of the 2013 winter road trips below.


This is Olchansky mountain pass on Kolyma Highway (starting point is 1049 km) between Kyubeme and Ust Nera in the Oymyakonsky District of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). It was constructed in 1950. Its length is 27 km. Height 1120 m.

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan Travel Slideshows:

Music by the “103” rock band.


Photo credit: Ajar Varlamov/AskYakutia.com & VisitYakutia.com.
Ajar Varlamov is our German-speaking guide and tour photographer.


Price per person:

In a group of 5 people = 154 000 RUB/person.
In a group of 4 people = 186 000 RUB/person

Price includes:

  • airport-hotel transfer in Yakutsk;
  • transport service for a group to shop warm clothes and other stuff on a day of preparation in Yakutsk;
  • a guide service during shopping in Yakutsk;
  • transport (van) and all transport-related expenses on the route Yakutsk – Oymyakon — Magadan;
  • guide service on the route Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan;
  • accommodation in Khandyga, Oymyakon, Tomtor, Ust Nera, Susuman;
  • food on the route;
  • the “Oymyakon – Pole of Cold” Certificate;
  • sauna;
  • activity program (ice fishing, visits to horse breeders & reindeer herders, ice tunnel in Tomtor (Chyskhan residence), the Sakha culture evening in the cultural center in Oymyakon);
  • 3-hr sightseeing excursion in Magadan;
  • hotel booking service in Yakutsk and Magadan (advance request should be done).

Price does NOT include:

  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • accommodation in Yakutsk (from 2500 RUB/day) and Magadan (from 3500 RUB/day);
  • food in Yakutsk and Magadan – from 2500 RUB/day;
  • transport service in Yakutsk apart from shopping day on a day of preparation.;
  • guide service in Yakutsk apart from shopping day on a day of preparation.;
  • excursions in and out of Yakutsk;
  • Medical insurance.
  • Russian visa support.


  • Tour is booked, when deposit at amount of 19 300 RUB per person is pre-paid.
  • Deposit is not refunded, if the traveler cancels her/his trip.
  • Deposit is not refunded, if a travel group consists of 4 people.
  • Deposit might be paid via PayPal or bank transfer
  • The rest amount of payment should be done via bank transfer 1 month before the start of the Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan trip or, if approved by the tour organizer, in Yakutsk on a day of arrival.
  • Maximum group size per vehicle is 4-5 people.
  • Customer agrees to pay the tour according to the above-mentioned rates for a group of 4 or 5 travelers.
  • If the group size is 3 travelers and less and all participants agree to conduct the trip in such group size, the tour price will be recalculated and due to pay. In such cases, quotes at request.
  • Individual tours are done on any wished dates from December 2014 till March 2015.


Feel free to contact me.

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