M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in Siberia, Russia

The M56 Kolyma Highway is the road that connects Yakutsk and Magadan. There is the alternative name for it. It’s the Road of Bones. It’s called as the part Khandyga – Magadan was built by Stalin’s Gulag inmates in the 1940s. It is reported that thousands or even millions were died during the road cosntruction and their bones were used as the road foundation. Historically and officially, the Road of Bones is the part between Khandyga and Magadan.

Winter photos: Adventure Travellers Expedition Stickers on the cash box or cash tube at Kyubyume (Kubeme) on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. February 2014, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Adventure Travellers’ Expedition Stickers on the cash box or cash tube at Kyubyume (Kubeme) on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. February 2014, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia.

Cuba road cade at Kubeme fuel station on the Road of Bones, Kolyma M56. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

Kyubyume fuel station is also remarkable for the “Cuba” road cafe. Very friendly Sergey, who owns it, is in the picture.

Every winter in February I travel on the Kolyma M56 road (also known as Stalin’s Road of Bones) and every time I take the same photo of the same cash box (read cash tube) at the gas station in Kyubyume (Kubeme). So, I noted that more and more adventure expedition stickers appeared on it.

Previously, there were not so many adventurers’ stickers on the tube. To compare, take a look at further photographs and find yours!

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Siberian truckers getting their KAMAZ trucks for the harsh Arctic winter-and-ice roads in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Phot taken in a garage in Yakutsk by Bolot Bochkarev

Siberian truckers getting their KAMAZ trucks for the harsh Arctic winter-and-ice roads in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Phot taken in a garage in Yakutsk by Bolot Bochkarev

These truck drivers work on KAMAZ only. They are freelancers and prefer to work on the Arctic direction… Anabar. Tiksi. Kolyma. Chukotka… This is where they go. TOUGHEST TRUCKERS IN SIBERIA!

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Oymyakon Tourism. Trips Planned for Winter 2013-2014

Winter arrived! Hereby I remind my blog readers about upcoming Oymyakon-related trips arranged together with VisitYakutia.com.

Currently, we gather for the following dates:

Oymyakon. 6-Day Travel to the Coldest Place in the World.
14 – 19 January 2014
18 – 23 February 2014

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Magadan. 10-Day Coldest in the World Road Trip
15 – 24 January 2014
05 – 14 February 2014

Yakutsk – Oymyakon – Verkhoyansk. Siberian Triangle of the Coldest Places. 12-Day Trip
February 2014

Please, check out the listed links to learn details and prices for Oymyakon-related winter tours and see travel photographs and videos.

Enjoy the real Siberian winter with us!

Red fox and Slava Mestnikov on the M56 Kolyma highway aka the Road of Bones in Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia, Russia.

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 former partners, Slava & Mikhail Mestnikov.

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.

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Road sign: distance from Temply Klyuch to Magadan, Deputatsky, Ust Kuiga, Batagai, Topolinoe. Photo by Ekaterina Isaeva.

A road sign on the M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones). It shows the distance from the turn near Temply Klyuch to Magadan, Deputatsky, Ust Kuiga, Batagai, Topolinoe. Photo credit: Ekaterina Isaeva on Instagram.

This is the picture of the road sign that might be served as the answer to the question, “What distance is from the M56 Kolyma highwway (also known as the Road of Bones) to Topolinoe, Batagai, Ust Kuiga and Deputatsky?”

As you know, Topolinoe (Тополиное) is the village of Eveny reindeer herders in Tomponsky District, Batagai (Батагай) is the administrative center of Verkhoyansky District located near the town of Verkhoyansk, Ust Kuiga (Усть-Куйга) and Deputatsky (Депутатский) are settlements in Ust Yansky District that is above Verkhoyansky district in the North.

Distance info + Maps

M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com.

M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com.
M56 Kolyma Highway (Road of Bones) in the middle of October. Between Yakutsk and Oymyakon. Republic Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia. Photo by Mac Mackenney, MaxAdventure.co.uk. Especially for AskYakutia.com

QUESTIONS:

When does the first snowfall happen on the Kolyma highway (also known as M56 and the Road of Bones) in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia? How does it look like in October? Is it dangerous to drive on the road? When do ferries stop crossing rivers on the route? Etc, etc, etc…

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June 18th, Kolyma Highway was officially open after the flood in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo credit: Ykt.ru
Kolyma Road now on June 18th, 2013. Photo credit: ykt.ru

Good news for all adventure travellers, who are heading to ride/drive on the Kolyma Highway from Yakutsk to Magadan this summer.

The last related question received today:

“I’m on my way to Yakutsk and further on to Magadan… Today a nice Russian told me that the M56 is interrupted.
He said it was washed away about 100 Km after Yakutia… Do you have any informations about it?”

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Motor bike riding the Road of Bones, Kolyma Highway, in Yakutia, Siberia, Russia, in September
An icy bridge on the Road of Bones. By CompassExpeditions.com.

Digged out the following question:

“I found your website while doing some research for an upcoming motorbike trip this summer. I ended up spending the last two days reading many of your fantastic articles (and also many of those you linked to).”

“I was hoping you could provide me with some advice: We were originally thinking to do Walter and Sherry Jo’s route (Magadan to Irkutsk via Yakutsk/Mirny/Lensk) in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, due to some restrictions, we could only start in Irkutsk late August/early September. After reading all your posts, it seems that this is a little late, as it would probably take us until about end of September to get to Magadan. Now the question is whether you think this is too late to ride this way, and how good the odds are that the temperature is not falling below zero in September. Do you think it is feasable to get at least to Yakutsk with reasonable temperatures, and then head south? Many thanks for taking your time to read this. Any advice and suggestions are highly appreciated.”

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Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

The Pole of Cold Stella in Oymykon, Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. Photo by Bolot Bochkarev

Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo provided by Slava Mestnikov. Travel to Oymykon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo provided by Slava Mestnikov.

Me in Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Me in Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world. Photo by Bjoern Steinz.

In the upcoming winter 2013 – 2014, I am arranging travels to Russia’s Siberian village of Oymyakon, the world’s coldest inhabited place. The road trip will be done with my constant partner, tour operator Nord Stream LLC (www.visityakutia.com). We charge for transport services only. This way we make the tour as cheap as possible.

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4WD drivers and motorcyclists' adventure expedition stickers on a gas/fuel station in Kubeme/Kyubeme in Oymyakon, Yakutia, Siberia, Russia. Photo: Bolot Bochkarev.

This tube-like tank is a shelter for a cashier and a ticket window. It stands at a gas (fuel) station in the area of Kyubeme on the Road of Bones (M56 Kolyma highway in Oymyakonsky District of Republic Sakha-Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia) right between settlements Khandyga/Teply Klyuch and Ust Nera.

The cashier’s tube appeared to become a lovely place for adventure travellers, especially 4wd drivers and motocyclists, to attach their expedition stickers.

Above and below photographs of Kyubeme fuel station were taken in the late Junuary 2013. Do you recognise any of your or your friends’ adventure travel stickers.

If you didn’t make it to that place and you’re already on the way, you need definitely to researve one exped sticker and attach it to the tank. Next winter I’ll come and take photo of newly-appeared badges.

“Also remember to bring some small change in your local currency. The girl in the booth collects coins,” Norwegian motorcyclist, Geir Stormoen, reminds.

See Kyubeme pictures of previous years