Fox, brown bear cubs & snow on the M56 Kolyma highway (Road of Bones) in September [photos]

October 10, 2013

Red fox and Slava Mestnikov on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov, VisitYakutia.com

Slava Mestnikov, a friend of mine, is chased by a red fox on the Kolyma highway in September. Photo credit: Mikhail Mestnikov/VisitYakutia.com.

This is the photo report on the recent Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan overland travel done by my partners, Slava & Mikhail Mestnikov. We work together in the tour operating company, Nord Stream LLC (VisitYakutia.com).

September 20 – 26, 2013, they did the road trip with Catalonians. One of them was Ignasi Calvo, a friend of mine, who is actually director of the Barcelona-based travel agency GR11 Viajes.

The late September is good time to travel along the M56 Kolyma highway (Road of Bones). Officially it’s the autumn month, but actually it looks more like mild winter. In the beginning, you might see gold-color trees. In the end, the surrrounding is utterly white.

This photo post might also serve as answers to questions, “Is it possible to meet brown bears on the Kolyma highway and what to do?”, “Are there any restaurants along the Road of Bones?”

Yes, you can see wild animals including foxes and bears.

No, there are no restaurants between Yakutsk and Magadan. You’d better forget about luxury for a while. There are ordinary Siberian road cafes on the part Yakutsk – Khandyga as well as in Ust Nera and Susuman. During the trip, lunch is done in the BBQ & camping style.

Enjoy photographs!.. Saying a lot of thanks to Mikhail Mestnikov and Ignasi Calvo for giving permissons to post them for you.

Two brown bear cubs panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net

Two brown bear cubs appeared on the Kolyma road suddenly and… they started panhandling food from drivers.

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net Amazing, isn’t it?

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net When you see little cute cubs, it is better NOT to rush out of a vehicle and feed them. It would be more wise, if you take your time and get sure of no mother bear being around.

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net Cubs are very curious… and they don’t know anything of any threat a human being might bring to them. So, they don’t hesitate and go on the road. But their mother is still their mother and, if she sees any human approaching to her babies, she would go crazy defintely and could kill anyone. Mothers! They are all the same in every corner of the world and in any form being.

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net So, be wise. Take your time, check, if no mother around. When you are sure of no danger, feed little nature creatures, but not so close, as that lady did.

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net For some reasons, those bear cubs were alone. It looked like they had had lost their mother and they were on their own. Poor babies.

Two brown bears panhandle food on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net Happy and full. Now they depart from the Kolyma road. September is the period of bears’ preparation for hibernation. This is the most dangerous time.
Photographs by Ignasi Calvo/gr11.net.

Now travellers’ time for quick lunch. With hot tea and soup prepared on the camp fire.

Surrounded with snow. Lunch time on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net

Lunch is done not right on the road. No. On the side track.

Surrounded with snow. Lunch time on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net When it is chilly, it’s always good to have hot food.

Surrounded with snow. Lunch time on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net Travellers are allowed to enjoy strong drinks, drivers not. Happy tourists! ;)

A Russian UAZ van on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ignasi Calvo, Barcelona, Spain, gr11.net Photographs by Ignasi Calvo/gr11.net.

You might also wish to check my other posts about what wheather might be on the M56 Kolyma highway (Road of Bones) in the late September:

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If you’re dreaming to embark the road trip on the M56 Kolyma highway, let me know.

Check also the coldest Kolyma road trip option for Winter 2013-2014.

Spanish & Catalonian travelers might arrange their big Road of Bones journeys through the Barcelona-based agency GR11 Viajes.



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