REGION BY REGION
(OBLAST BY OBLAST)

UPCOMING TRIPS 2022

yakutsk - magadan with jack goldstein & mike kendall

ROAD of BONES TRIP 2022

1. Depart Moscow for Yakutsk. (Tue June 14 or 21, 2022. See item 5 why)

2. Arrive in Yakutsk YKS. Depart YKS at 14.40 for Tiksi IKS. Arrive IKS at 17.25 to check off Yakutia North. See Tiksi that flourished in good old Soviet times and now is 70% abandoned.

3. Depart IKS 18.25 for YKS 21.40.

4. In Yakutsk: city tour, mammoths, permafrost kingdom and Yakut cuisine dinner. Vodka flows freely.

5. Attend Yakut New Year celebrations - Ysyakh. A big colorful event. Ysyakh is celebrated on a weekend close to summer solstice. In 2022 might be June 18-19 or June 25-26.

The event will take place provided the pandemic is over. Exact dates should be announced by April.

6. Lena Pillars. By road, by boat and by foot.

*Sequence of Yakutsk city tour, trip to Lena Pillars and attending Ysyakh can be altered, if needed.

7. Hit the Road of Bones. Yakutsk - Tyoply Klyuch (Тёплый Ключ). 500 km. On the way: museum of Yakut wooden architecture in Cherkekh (Черкех); ferries across the Lena and Aldan Rivers.

8. Tyoply Klyuch – Topolinoe (Тополиное) to see ruins of two small gulags and border between mountainous and flat Yakutia. Return to Tyoply Klyuch. 400 km.

9. Tyoply Klyuch - Oymyakon Pole of Cold. 450 km. Behold scenic landscapes.

10. Oymyakon - Ust-Nera. 450 km. Behold scenic landscapes.

11. Ust-Nera - Susuman. 400 km. Seeing the ghost town Kadykchan and other half-abandoned towns on the way.

12. Susuman - uranium mining gulag Butugychag (Бутугычаг) by the scenic Tenkin road. 300 km. Walk several km across wilderness. Camping overnight. Tents, sleeping bags, vodka, food will be provided.

13. Butugychag - Kolyma highway - resort Talaya (Талая). 420 km. We need a dip into a radon bath after exposure to uranium.

14. Talaya - gulag Dneprovsky. 60 km. Under adverse weather conditions the road may be impassable. Overnight in the gulag or return to Talaya.

15. Talaya - Magadan. See Magadan.

16. Depart Magadan GDX. (Wed June 29 or July 06, 2022)

chukotka WITH JACK GOLDSTEIN & MIKE KENDALL

 

1. 16. Depart Magadan GDX. (Wed June 29 or July 06, 2022) at 11.10. Arrive in Anadyr DYR at 14.25 In Chukotka see Anadyr and Gudym (Гудым) - the abandoned Soviet ballistic missile base.

17. Depart Anadyr DYR at 15.35. Arrive in Vladivostok VVO at 18.55.  Rent a car.

 

VLADIVOSTOK - KRASNOYRSK BY ROAD with jack goldstein

17. Thursday June 30 or July 07, 2022. Depart Anadyr DYR at 15.35. Arrive in Vladivostok VVO at 18.55.  Rent a car.

18. Explore Vladivostok and Russky Island.

19. Vladivostok – Khabarovsk. 750 km.

20. Khabarovsk – Birobidzhan. 200 km.

21. Birobidzhan – Blagoveshchensk 500 km

22. Mike flies from Blagoveshchensk to Moscow. Jack rides Blagoveshchensk – Skovorodino 670 km

23. Skovorodino – Chernyshevsk 650 km

24. Chernyshevsk – Sretensk – Nerchinsk – Aginskoe 400 km

25. Aginskoe – Tsugol – Chengis-Khan birthplace – Chita 500 km

26. Chita – Ulan-Ude 680 km

27. Ulan-Ude – Listvyanka (Lake Baikal 60 km from Irkutsk) 550 km

28. A 24-hour Baikal cruise. *In 2016 and 2018 the boat cost about 1,200 USD all inclusive.

29. Listvyanka - Irkutsk. 60 km

30. Irkutsk – Taishet 660 km

31. Taishet – Krasnoyarsk – Krasnoyarsk airport KJA 550 km

32. Depart KJA 08.00 – arrive Tura TAY (Evenkia) 11.00

33. Depart TAY 15.00 – arrive KJA 18.00

34. Depart KJA 08.10 – arrive Norilsk NSK 10.45

35. Depart NSK 08.45 – arrive Moscow DME 09.15

 

crimea by road with jack goldstein

DATES: September 17-26, 2022

Itinerary: Simpheropol - Cape Tarhankut - Yevpatoria - Sebastopol - Bakhchisaray - Yalta and surroundings - Sudak - Feodosia - Kerch - Novorossiysk - Krasnodar.

 

causasus by road with jack goldstein & mike kendall

DATES: 28 September - 13 October

01 – Arrival at Makhachkala airport before noon. Airport – Derbent. 120 km. In Derbent old fortress, old town, new embankment. Soviet made killer of aircraft carriers 20 km from Derbent.

02 – Derbent – Makhachkala partially by a new road. 160 km. Via the killer if no time the day before. 200 km. See Makhachkala.

03 – Makhachkala – 250 m high Sarynkum sand dune – Sulak Canyon smaller in area but deeper than Grand Canyon – Gunib historic mountain village, last pocket of highlanders’ resistance in 19th century. 250 km.

04 – Gunib – Lake Kazenoy-Am (Chechnya). 200 km by mountain roads contemplating mountain vistas.

05 – Lake Kazenoy-Am – Grozny. 100 km. See Grozny.

06 – Grozny – Nazran (former capital of Ingushetia). Memorial cemetery to see Ingushs killed by Ossetians in 1992. Beslan (North Ossetia). Memorial cemetery to see Ossetian kids killed by Ingushs and Chechens in 2004. – Magas (current capital of Ingushetia) Tourist attractions in Magas. Night in Artis Hotel – the last hotel the late Larry Leventhal stayed. 200 km.

07 – Magas – clan and combat towers of Ingushetia. Border zone. KGB permit is required. To be applied 60 (better earlier) days before arrival. – Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia). 200 km.

08 – Vladikavkaz – Karmadon Gorge – Dargavs Town of the Dead – Fiagdon \ Khidikus. Mountain sceneries, mummies, monastery, nice hotel Art Hotel Fiagdon. 100 km.

09 – Khidikus – Tskhinval (South Ossetia). South Ossetian permit is required. 170 km. See sights of interest along the road. Rocky Tunnel.

10 – See Tskhinval and surroundings. Memorial cemetery to see Ossetians killed by Georgians in 2008. Old churches, monasteries and castles. Jewish district in Tskhinval. Drive around South Ossetia: Znaur, Leninogor. As much as we can do in days 9 and 10.

11 – Tskhinval – Nalchik (Kabarda-Balkaria). 230 km. We can take a smaller and longer road to see more of Ossetia and Kabarda countryside and villages. See Nalchik. Big green parks.

12 – Nalchik – Baksan Gorge – Mount Elbrus. By cable cars and seats to 3,850 m ASL. By a racktruck as high as 4,900 -5,100 m ASL. Have something warm. Better very warm.

13 – Elbrus – Pyatigorsk (Stavropol Krai) – Cherkessk (Karachay-Cherkessia). 270 km. See Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk. Check them off.

14 – Cherkessk – Maykop (see Maykop) – Tuapse. 400 km.

15 – Tuapse – Sochi. 150 km. See Sochi and surroundings. Sea and ski resorts.

 

16 – OCTOBER 13 Sochi AER – Yerevan EVN

 

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