Road of the bones Expedition, expedition on the Kolyma highway, expedition Magadan-Yakutsk or the Pole of Cold… None of the names we could have thought about would have been able to reflect the richness of this tour.
During this trip, you will visit the port town of Magadan, the popular Kolyma highway (or “Road of Bones”), the hydropower station of the Kolyma, ghost towns, the Pole of Cold, the capital city of Yakutia, the road of permafrost.
This route is the short version of the Moscow-Magadan expedition and was designed for those who have already discovered the European part of Russia, or simply those who have less free time for such a trip.
All along the expedition, we will spend night in hotels, inns and under the tent. This is what makes the whole spirit of this adventure where “flexibility” is the key word: everybody does as he or she wants (hotel or tent, meal or not). If you choose a night under the tent, the organizers will provide the necessary equipment: tents, mattresses, first-aid kit, kitchen tools, camping stove, etc… But in all cases, we will spend some nights on the shores of lakes and rivers where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. We will also live according to the rhythm of the lively villages to the abandoned ones, a tour within the “real” Russia, a long immersion where men and equipments undergo the long distance. As long as the distance is concerned, our vehicles are the famous Land Cruiser from Toyota, and every one of them is equipped with a camera which will enable you to download the images on your computer or hard drive at the end of the day!
The Kolyma highway links Yakutsk and Magadan (after that there is no road left, only the Kamtchatka region). We are going to the world’s end and the length of this part of the road is 2032 km long. Its nickname “The Road of Bones », comes from the time of its construction under Stalin’s dictatorship by the prisoners exploited by the Far-Eastern Russian mining operators. The entire process was made in awful working and living conditions, in the cold, while working hard and under the sadistic temper of the guards of this terrible enslavement working system. Needless to say that the mortality rate was very high and digging tombs was too hard for the already abused and tired prisoners who had to bury their fallen comrades under the same road they were trying to build. According to the legend, they actually became a part of the road themselves and the Kolyma became a mass grave for thousands of people, which inspired this terrible and mournful name…
The expedition route is already known but can also change (which is the spirit of an expedition) according to the weather, the state of the road or any unforeseen events and cases of force majeure. The flexibility of the trip makes it strength, as it is a real expedition. Regarding the nights under the tent, they are a reflection of the casual everyday life while camping, that is to say sharing the different tasks between the members of the expedition and participate to the proper upkeep of the camp (assembling/disassembling…).
And as adage says: we know where it starts, we know where it ends, and in between, there is only the adventure!
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The price given is for a group of 3 people (for one car). Total number of vehicles: 2. If there are less than 3 persons in the car, the price of the expedition will be recalculated. The accommodation in a hotel room is booked for the following cities: Yakutsk (2 nights) and Magadan. For the other nights, the accommodation will be negotiated between the members of the group, either under the tent (no extra charges), either in a hotel along the road (extra charges on spot). Meals included: breakfasts in the hotels (see the involved cities above), lunch in Oymyakon and diner for the last day (Yakutsk). All the other meals will be negotiated with the group members once on spot (additional charges). The itinerary of the expedition can be changed according to the road or weather conditions as well as unforeseen events.
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