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.
The Kolyma highway links Yakutsk and Magadan (after that there is no road left, only the Kamchatka 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.
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 departure is guaranteed for the group of 4. Of there are less than 4 persons in the group, the price will be recalculated. The itinerary of the expedition can be changed according to the road or weather conditions as well as unforeseen events.
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