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Yakutsk to Magadan trip

An exciting trip to Kolyma highway from Yakutsk to Magadan.

Duration: 6 days (4 travel days + 1 full day in Magadan + departure day.)
Group size: 3-4 travelers.
Period: Summer – Autumn 2019.

Route: Yakutsk (start of the tour) – the Lena River – the Aldan River – Khandyga (overnight) – Teply Klyuch (GULAG Museum) – Verkhoyansk Mountains (Road of Bones) – Ust Nera (overnight) – Kadykchan (ghost town) – Susuman (overnight) – Yagodnoye (Kolyma History Museum) – the Kolyma River – Dneprovsky (GULAG) – Magadan (city tour + the Sea of Okhotsk bays) – Sokol Airport (departure).

Expedition-ready 4wd transports:
– Mitsubishi Delica (minivan);
– Toyota Land Cruiser Prado;
– Toyota Land Cruiser 105.



  • Lena & Aldan Rivers to cross by transport ferries;
  • Yakutian villages between Yakutsk and Khandyga;
  • Teply Klyuch (w/ GULAG Museum);
  • Verkhoyansky Range w/ narrowest passes such as Chernyj Prizhim, Zajachja Petlya, Lastochkin Dom and w/ the highest, longest Olchan Mountain Pass;
  • Kadykchan, ghost town;
  • Susuman (the town of gold miners);
  • Yagodnoye (Panikarov’s private museum “History of Kolyma”.)
  • Kolyma River & Bridge;
  • many abondend gold miner’s settlements;
  • Dneprovsky GULAG, if weather would allow;
  • Magadan City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour.
Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 7 days

Itinerary Hide all details


DRIVE YAKUTSK TO KHANDYGA, 432 km (according to our GPS tracks), average moving speed 40 km/hr. Breakfast at hotel. Leaving hotel/place of stay at 09:00. Crossing the Lena River by a transport ferry, 8 km. Stop at Nizhny Bestyakh at a store for travelers to buy snacks and drinks. Start of journey on the Kolyma road through many traditional Sakha (Yakutian) villages. One stop at Cherkekh Outdoor Architecture History Museum. Two stops for meals at roadside cafes en route (not included). Crossing the Aldan River by a transport ferry in the evening. Arrival in Khandyga. Accommodation at private apartment-based hotel (twin/triple rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom, no breakfast).

Day 2: DRIVE KHANDYGA TO UST NERA, 560 km, 40-50 km/hr.

From this moment, the Kolyma road goes through mountains’ valleys and passes. We depart the place of overnight at 08:00. Drive one hour to Teply Klyuch. Stop for breakfast in Teply Klyuch (not included). There is a chance to visit GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch. Drive through Verkhoyansk Range with numerous stops for photo sessions at such remarkable places as Zheltyk & Chernyj Prizhim (Yellow & Black Passes), Zajatchja Petlya. Stop for late dinner (not included) at Cuba Cafe in Kyubyume. This is the place where all adventure travelers leave their expedition stickers to a tube-like cash box. Stop on high points on Olchansky Mountain Passes. Arrival in Ust Nera in the evening. Dinner (not included) at cafe in the settlement. Accommodation in the Soviet-era hotel (single room/s with WC for travelers, no breakfast).

Day 3: DRIVE UST NERA TO SUSUMAN via KADYKCHAN, 395 km, 40-50 km/hr.

Visit to a cafe for breakfast (not included) and at a store to buy snacks and drinks. We depart Ust Nera ±10:00. On the way to Susuman, you’ll see abandoned settlements previously used by GULAG’ administration, and the lost coalminers town of Kadykchan. No cafes en route for stops to have lunch. Arrival in Susuman by the evening. Dinner (not included) at a cafe bar in Susuman. Accommodation in Susuman in gold-mining company’s hotel (single/DBL room/s with bathroom).

Day 4: DRIVE SUSUMAN TO MAGADAN via DNEPROVSKY, 625 km, 40-60 km/hr.

This day we leave Susuman after breakfast at a cafe (not included). We’ll see the famous plane cabin sticking out of the public administration building. Crossing the only bridge across the Kolyma River (stop for photo session). If weather is good to us and there had been raining, we would be able to do a 16-km turn to visit Dneprovsky GULAG. Final decision to drive to Dneprovsky belongs to a driver. We’ll see also many ghost towns, do stops for meals (not included) at cafes in Laryukovo and Palatka/Atka. Arrival in Magadan in the late evening. Check-in at hotel (not included).


Breakfast at hotel. City & Okhotsk Sea Bays Tour. Stops at bays, Mammoth Monument, the Mask of Sorrow, Magadan Surroundings, etc. We have a good tradition to visit a local fish market to get the perfect red caviar.


Breakfast. Transfer to Sokol Airport, 51 km. Hugs. Flight from Magadan.

What's included

  • Visa invitation
  • 4wd transport w/ experienced driver (who is going to be a guide at the same time) and all transport-related expenses for driving en route Yakutsk – Magadan road as per itinerary;
  • travelers’ ferry passes on the Lena and Aldan Rivers;
  • travelers’ entry tickets to museums in Cherkekh and Teply Klyuch;
  • accommodation in Khandyga (apartment-based hotel, twin room, shared kitchen, shared WC & shower, no breakfast), Ust Nera (Soviet-type hotel, single/twin room w/ WC & shower, no breakfast), Susuman (standard hotel with single/DBL room, no breakfast);
  • sightseeing in Magadan (entry tickets not included) as per itinerary;
  • transfer from hotel to Sokol Airport in Magadan;
  • sat phone for emergency calls only.
Not included in the price
  • air tickets to Yakutsk and from Magadan;
  • any meals in Yakutsk (reserve 1500-4000 RUB/day/person);
  • any meals en route Yakutsk to Magadan (1500-2000 RUB/day/person);
  • entry tickets to Panikarov’s Kolyma History Museum in Yagodnoye (if Panikarov would be in the town, it’s possible to attend his private museum dedicated to the victims of Stalin’s repression);
  • meals at restaurants in Magadan (2500-6000 RUB/day/person);
  • personal travel & medical insurances;
  • personal clothes & gears;
  • tips & gratitude.


Russian visa support (Russian visa invitation letter) is included.

Sights included in program

Far East : Magadan
Magadan is a city and seaport on the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk, located in the northeastern part of Russia, in the Far East. It is the capital of the Magadan oblast and the Kolyma region gateway. Read more
Far East : Yakutia
Yakutia it is A country of permafrost, where temperature lowers below minus 60° in the most severe winters, and where the topsoil can get frozen up to a half of a meter. Read more
Magadan : Gertner Bay
Gertner Bay - a bay in the Tauisk Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk (Magadan Region). It extends in the meridional direction to the eastern part of the Staritsky Peninsula. Includes a small bay Merry with the island Widow. Also in the bay of Gertner are the islands of Kekurny and Three Brothers. Read more
The Holy Trinity Cathedral is the cathedral of the Magadan Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church. A memorial temple to the victims of political repression, the second largest Orthodox church in the Far East. The total area of the Cathedral, taking into account the adjoining territory - more than 9 thousand m². Read more
Magadan : Mask of Sorrow
The Mask of Sorrow is a monument perched on a hill above Magadan, Russia, commemorating the many prisoners who suffered and died in the Gulag prison camps in the Kolyma region of the Soviet Union during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Read more
Magadan : Nagaev Bay
Nagaev Bay or Nagayev Bay, also known as Nagayeva Bay, is a bay within Taui Bay in the northern part of the Sea of Okhotsk, Magadan Oblast, Russia. Read more
Sculpture "Time" (monument to Mammoth) stands on the shore of the bay, as a symbol of eternity and frailty of all life before the onset of time. Ironically, although this embodiment of the glacial period is made of scrap metal, it looks very beautiful at the water's edge. Read more
The village of Khandyga is one of the youngest regional centers of Yakutia. In 1939, at the mouth of the Hospital key, geologists placed the first tent on a new, uninhabited place - on the banks of the Aldan River and 18 km from the Khandygi River. Today, a small village divides in two the federal road "Kolyma", to which it owes its foundation. Read more
Yakutia : Lena river
The Lena is the easternmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other two being the Ob' and the Yenisey). With a mean annual discharge of 588 cubic kilometers per year, it is the 5th largest river globally by discharge and the second largest of the Arctic rivers (after the Yenisey). It is the largest river whose catchment is entirely within the Russian territorial boundaries. Permafrost underlies most of the ca... Read more
Yakutia : Susuman
Susuman is a city in Russia, the administrative center of the Susuman district and the corresponding city district of the Magadan region of Russia. The city of district importance, until 2015, formed a city settlement of the city of Susuman. Located on the banks of the river Berelyok (Kolyma basin). The name of the city comes from the name of the river Susuman. Read more
Yakutia : Ust-Nera
Ust-Nera is a city-type settlement in the east of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). The administrative center and the largest settlement of the Oymyakonsky district (ulus). The population in 2016 was 5597 people. The population mainly specializes in gold mining. In the vicinity of the village there is an ore-dressing gold-mining plant. Read more
Owner and founder of the estate is Vasily and Valentina Atlasov's family.They were one of the first locals of the republic who have decided to show to guests of Yakutia culture of peoples of the North, to tell their history, to open sacral world and folklore of people of Sakha. In the territory of the estate are built constructions in national Yakut style. You can taste Yakut dishes and to take a part in a master class on their preparation. Read more
Located just 30 km out of Yakutsk city, the Permafrost Kingdom’s tunnel walls lead visitors through a network of caves packed with an extensive collection of eerily lit ice sculptures. Read more
P.A. Lazarev Mammoth Museum Laboratory is a specialized scientific and cultural institution, which conducts the study of mammoth, mammoth fauna, its natural environment in the ice age and spreads the scientific knowledge among people. Read more
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