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UPCOMING TRIPS 2022

yakutsk - magadan

ROAD of BONES TRIP 2022

DATES: June 21 - July 06, 2022        Participants: Jack Goldstein, Mike Kendall, Per Besson, Luis Filipe Gaspar.

1. Depart Moscow for Yakutsk. Tue June 21, 2022.

2. Arrive in Yakutsk YKS. Depart YKS  for Tiksi IKS.  See Tiksi that flourished in good old Soviet times and now is 70% abandoned.

3. Depart IKS  for YKS.

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 most likely June 25-26.

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 8 km across wilderness to and 8 km back. 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 for Anadyr DYR. July 06, 2022

chukotka

DATES: July 06 - 08, 2022 Participants: Jack Goldstein, Per Besson, Luis Filipe Gaspar.

16. Depart Magadan GDX. Wed July 06, 2022 at 11.30. Arrive in Anadyr DYR at 14.45. In Chukotka see Anadyr and Gudym (Гудым) - the abandoned Soviet ballistic missile base.

17. Anadyr.

18.  Friday July 08, 2022. Depart Anadyr DYR at 12.20. Arrive in Vladivostok VVO at 15.35.  Rent a car.

 

VLADIVOSTOK - KRASNOYRSK BY ROAD

DATES: July 08 - 26, 2022 Participants: Jack Goldstein, Mike Kendall, Per Besson, Luis Filipe Gaspar.

18. Friday July 08, 2022. Depart Anadyr DYR at 12.20. Arrive in Vladivostok VVO at 15.35. Rent a car.

19. Explore Vladivostok and Russky Island.

20. Vladivostok – Khabarovsk. 750 km.

21. Khabarovsk – Birobidzhan. 200 km.

22. Birobidzhan – Blagoveshchensk 500 km

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

24. Skovorodino – Chernyshevsk 650 km

25. Chernyshevsk – Sretensk – Nerchinsk – Aginskoe 400 km

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

27. Chita – Ulan-Ude 680 km

28. Ulan-Ude – Listvyanka on Lake Baikal 60 km from Irkutsk. 550 km

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

30. Listvyanka - Irkutsk. 60 km

31. Irkutsk – Taishet 660 km

32. Taishet – Krasnoyarsk – Krasnoyarsk airport KJA 550 km

33. Saturday July 23, 2022. Depart KJA – arrive Tura TAY (Evenkia)

34. Sunday July 24, 2022. Depart TAY – arrive KJA

35. Monday July 25, 2022. Depart KJA 07.40 – arrive Norilsk NSK 10.30

36. Tuesday July 26, 2022. Depart NSK 08.45 – arrive Moscow DME 09.15

 

crimea by road with jack goldstein

DATES: September 17-26, 2022 POSTPONED TILL 2023.

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

 

caucasus by road

DATES: 28 September - 13 October Participants: Jack Goldstein, Mike Kendall

01 – SEPTEMBER 28 Wednesday Arrival at Makhachkala airport. VKO 07:45 – MCX 10:30 by Pobeda. Airport – Derbent. 120 km. In Derbent old fortress, old town, new embankment.

 

02 – Derbent – Makhachkala partially by a new road. 160 km.  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 graves of Ingushs killed by Ossetians in 1992. Beslan (North Ossetia). Memorial cemetery to see graves of Ossetian kids killed by Ingushs and Chechens in 2004. – Magas (current capital of Ingushetia) Tourist attractions in Magas.  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 graves of 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 rack truck as high as 4,900 -5,100 m ASL. Have something warm. Better very warm. 150 km.

13 – Elbrus – Pyatigorsk (Stavropol Krai) – Kislovodsk. 250 km.

14 – Kislovodsk – scenic Bermamyt Plateau & Gumbashy Pass – Cherkessk. 250 km.

15. Cherkessk – Maykop (Adygeya). 280 km.

16 – OCTOBER 13 Thursday Maykop – Krasnodar. 150 km.

KRR 18.00 – Yerevan EVN 20.25 by Azimuth

The Yerevan Travelers Sabbath is scheduled for October 14 Friday.

 

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