Hi! My name is Bolot Bochkarev. I am a journalist, fixer & guide. Based in Yakutsk, Russia. Ask me about the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia's Siberia.
Oymyakon in Siberia, Russia
Oymyakon is a little village located in the valley of Oymyakon in Oymyakon area, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia / Russia. Known as the world’s coldest inhabited place, where the winter temperature was registered as low as -72.8C.
Hereby, I continue the series of stories about the toughest people living in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia’s Siberia.
This time, it’s about Andrey Vinokurov, a school physical education trainer from the village of Tomtor in the Oymyakon valley. Yes, it’s very place known to the world as the coldest inhabited place on Earth.
Now he’s a type of celebrity. People says, It’s the very guy who excercises winter swimming in the never-freezing Kuydusun River. And it was him, who swam together with a Hollywood actor, Tom Hardy, in Discovery’s TV Show “Driven to Extremes.”
When you’ll see the following photographs and video taken by my travel partner Mikhail Mestnikov once in the winter at -52C, feel free to call Andrey’s activity as the world’s coldest ice winter swimming. Why not, if it takes places in the coldest place? ;)
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.
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
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…
As you might remember, in the early January of 2013, the President of Russia’s Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Yegor Borisov announced the state of emergency in the Siberian region with regard to the increased number of wolves. He ordered the goverment to take measures and decrease the populatation at amount of 3000 wolves in the following year.
Since that moment, I have started receiving many questions and even international calls about wolves in Yakutia from varies people, news agencies, TV production companies and documentalists, who wished to come and make a film.
Further, find answers to questions describing who wolf hunters are and why they hunt wolves.
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.
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.
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!