Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip - uVisitRussia
Home Tours Tours by Region Yakutia Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk Winter Trip

From the Coldest City to the Coldest Town.

Group size: 1-6 travelers.
Team: 2 or more transports.
Route: Yakutsk – Khandyga – Teply Klyuch – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk – Batagai – Yakutsk.
Distance: 1500 km from Yakutsk to Verkhoyansk (one way without additional drives).
Tour Type: Winter overland expedition.
Difficulty level: Hard to some extent. Extreme cold weather, long drives, Soviet-type accommodation.


20 – 27 March 2020 – Group trip for 4-6 travelers.
any dates for private trips on request.

Type: Small Group Tours
Duration: 8 days

Itinerary Hide all details

Day 1: Arrival at Yakutsk Airport

Transfer to hotel. Free time. 14:00 – 18:00 – Shopping for extra warm clothes and city sightseeing with Mammoth Museum and the Kingdom of Permafrost ice tunnel complex.

Day 2: Drive Yakutsk to Khandyga

432 km (according to our GPS track), 10 hr. 08:00 – Leaving hotel/s. Crossing the Lena River on the ice road. Stop for a group photo on the ice road. Passing by Nizhny Bestyakh town. Drive to Khandyga with stops for photo sessions, lunch at a roadside café in Tyungyulyu, visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum, and dinner at a roadside café in Uolba. Crossing the Aldan River. Arrival in Khandyga by 20:00. Check-in at the apartment-based private hotel (twin-triple room, common bathroom, common kitchen). Evening tea. Rest.

Day 3: Drive Khandyga – GULAGs – Topolinoe

Village of reindeer herders, 289 km. Morning tea at hotel. Leaving hotel (depends on travelers’ readiness) in the early morning. Drive to Teply Klyuch, 70 km, 1 hr. Refuel. Time for breakfast at a roadside café. Visit to Museum of GULAG History in Teply Klyuch. Drive to Topolinoe through Big and Small Olchansky Mountain Passes with stops to observe the remains of GULAG camps en route. Arrival to Topolinoe by the evening. Dinner at truck drivers’ café. Overnight at hosting family’s apartment (twin rooms, common kitchen, indoor bathroom). Rest.

Day 4: Drive Topolinoe – Lake Emandja

Breakfast at truck drivers’ café in Topolinoe (not included). Strolling across the town of Topolinoe. Visit to the reindeer herd in mountain forest. Time with herders at the winter camp. Back to Topolinoe. Lunch at the same cafe (not included). Driving to Lake Emandja, 150 km. Overnight inside a car in the area of the meteo station.

Day 5: Drive Lake Emandja to Batagai

On ice roads along frozen mountain rivers. Strech is 350 km. Run time ±12 hr. On this stretch, we pass by such places as the rivers Nelgese, Kireng-Yuryakh, Boroulakh as well as many other places. Arrival to Batagai in the evening. Check-in at private hotel in Batagai (twin rooms).

Day 6: Day trip Batagai to Verkhoyansk

Drive to Verkhoyansk, 71 km. Free time and time for lunch at cafe in Verkhoyansk. Visit to a local history museum. Back to Batagai in the evening. Time for dinner and overnight at private hotel in Batagai.

Day 7: Flight Batagai to Yakutsk

(Note: one-day flight delay might happen due to bad weather). Transfer to Batagai Airport. Arrival in Yakutsk Airport after lunch. Transfer to hotel. Time for souvenir shopping with a guide in Yakutsk

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Yakutsk Airport. Flight from Yakutsk.

Important! We recommend to reserve one extra day for Yakutsk, as the flight from Batagai might be delayed due to bad weather.

What's included

  • Visa support (Letter of Invitation).
  • Transfer airport to hotel on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
  • Guide’s assistant and transport hire on Day 1 in Yakutsk.
  • Two winter-equipped off-road vehicles with drivers and all transport-related expenses for the ride en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai.
  • Visit to Cherkekh Outdoor Museum.
  • Accommodation in Khandyga, 1 night (apartment-based hotel with twin rooms, shared kitchen, shared bathroom).
  • Visit to GULAG History Museum in Teply Klyuch.
  • Accommodation in Topolinoe, 2 nights, with 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner (at family’s in apartments with twin rooms).
  • Visit to reindeer herders’ winter camp.
  • Accommodation in Batagai, 2 nights (private guest house with twin rooms).
  • Visit to regional museum in Vekhoyansk.
  • Group transfer to Batagai Airport on Day 8.
  • Group transfer from Yakutsk Airport to hotel on Day 8.
  • Transfer hotel to Yakutsk Airport on Day 9.
Not included in the price
  • Air ticket from/to your hometown to/from Yakutsk.
  • Accommodation, meals and entry tickets in Yakutsk.
  • Meals at roadside cafes en route Yakutsk – Khandyga – Topolinoe – Batagai – Verkhoyansk on Days 2-8.
  • Air ticket Batagai to Yakutsk on Day 8.
Additional info


  • We register a trip at Russian EMERCOM (Safety Department).
  • We travel on two vehicles prepared and equipped for long winter journeys.
  • We always stay in touch by a satellite phone.

Required to bring: Warmest clothes. They are thermo underwears, wooly or thermo sweaters, scarf, Arctic versions of pants and parkas from such brands as The North Face or Canada Goose, hats, boots, gloves. Fur hats and fur boots might be bought in Yakutsk.

Some clothes might be provided for rental at additional cost.


Price packagePrice per person
For 4 travelers

per person

Book now
For 5-6 travelers

per person

Book now


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

Sights included in program

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
Yakutia : Batagay
Batagay is a small settlement, the administrative center of the Verkhoyansky ulus of Yakutia. Actually from here, all roads in this area go, since Batagay is the only settlement that has kept a normally functioning airport. 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 : Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk is a town in Verkhoyansky District of the Sakha Republic, Russia, located on the Yana River near the Arctic Circle, 92 kilometers (57 mi) from Batagay, the administrative center of the district, and 675 kilometers (419 mi) north of Yakutsk, the capital of the republic. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 1,311. The town holds the Guinness world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth: 105 °C (189 °F) Read more
Yakutia : Yakutsk
Yakutsk is a city in Russia, the capital of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), a port on the Lena River. It is the largest and the oldest city in Yakutia, one of the oldest cities in Siberia. Yakutsk is a city in Russia, the capital of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), a port on the Lena River. It is the largest and the oldest city in Yakutia, one of the oldest cities in Siberia.Yakutsk is a city in Russia, the capital of Sakha Republic (Yakutia), a port on... 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
US$ 2285
per person, based on 2-people group
Select Travel Date
QUERY: SELECT PERIOD_DIFF( DATE_FORMAT( MIN( toursDate ) ,  '%Y%m' ) , DATE_FORMAT( CURDATE( ) ,  '%Y%m' ) ) as offset FROM T_toursDays WHERE toursDate > ADDDATE( CURDATE( ) , INTERVAL 1 MONTH ) AND toursID =1481
ERROR: (#1064) You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MariaDB server version for the right syntax to use near 'offset FROM T_toursDays WHERE toursDate > ADDDATE( CURDATE( ) , INTERVAL 1 MO...' at line 1

Enter Total Number of Travelers
Select type
Total US$ 0.00

Thanks ! We will reply you in less than 24 hours (usually within 1-2 hours).

Thanks ! We will reply you in less than 24 hours (usually within 1-2 hours).

Price for persons:

Our flexible payment options allow you to pay 20% of a deposit first and the remaining 80% in 14 days prior to your tour date - payment can be done both online or over the phone. This gives you the peace of mind knowing your spaces are booked on the tours and that you do not miss out on making the most of your time in Russia.

Also you get the best, top-rated and most experienced and knowledgeable hand-picked tour guide appointed on a priority basis.
In our experience, exceptional travel experiences are almost always delivered by exceptional people. With that in mind, we utilize a comprehensive approach to select and employ the best tour guides only. Multilingual and well travelled, each possesses deep insight into the diverse attractions and cultural patterns throughout the region. With us guides undergo a rigorous selection process, achieving outstanding knowledge of local culture and language. Rest assured that the best tour guides only will be working on the tours to give you excellent opportunity to explore the best of the sights during both short and long-term stay in Russia.

Speak to an expert
Call us now

+1 (888) 845-8877

Speak to an expert
Call us now

+1 (888) 845-8877