Magadan to Baikal and Mongolia - SIBERIAN EXTREME 2010 tour.

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  1. Colebatch

    Colebatch "Moto Porn"ographer

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    I had a number or queries after the success of the Sibirsky Extreme Project this year, as to whether I would be interested in taking a group up there to the extremes of Siberia. It seems there are a lot of people who dream of the adventure and wildness of places like Yakutia, Mongolia, Lake Baikal and the Road of Bones, but dont know where to start. I am not normally one to do roads I have done before but I enjoyed extreme siberia so much that I will in this case make an exception.

    I am going to run a one-off tour in July-August 2010 starting in Magadan, visiting the Gulags, travelling across the Road of Bones, then through the Heart of Yakutia on the rarely travelled Vilyuisky Track to Lake Baikal. There will be the option to continue on to Mongolia and either ride home from there of fly the bike back from Ulaanbaatar.

    For anyone who has always dreamed of doing that kind of trip but didnt have the time to plan it, logistical contacts to make it happen and language skills to get the most out of it, I look forward to hearing from you.

    I will be running the tour in conjunction with Arnaud Humann, a Frenchman who has run numerous moto tours around Lake Baikal and organised major expeditions across Yakutia before. Between the two of us we have an enormous amount of motorcycle adventure experience in Siberia, going back 15 years and are both Russian language speakers.

    For a lot more information, please see: SIBERIAN EXTREME 2010

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    Dates are planned for July 10 in Magadan to August 10 at Irkutsk, with an extra 5-10 days to go on to Mongolia. These are not yet set in stone and may move a few days either side.

    The start of the trip is in London, with a 3 day ride to Moscow, then fly the bikes internally to Magadan. Thats easier for Russian customs to deal with than flying bikes from outside the country into Moscow and onto Magadan. It also allows the group to get to know each other under less than extreme conditions.

    The deal will be a pretty much all inclusive package (excluding booze!), but including Russian visas, 8 hour flight from Moscow to Magadan plus air freight motorcycle transportation from Moscow to Magadan (the expensive bit), food, petrol, accommodation, guides, side trips (to Eveni reindeer villages, Permafrost caves, Olkhon Island on Lake Baikal etc), Russian SIM card for your phone, support vehicle, ferries, maps and GPS routes – and of course T-Shirt and stickers.

    Still pinning down the airfreight side of the costs, but looking like it will come in at about USD 13,000 all up - hopefully less. We could make it a higher number and look to absorb any variance in the costs, but as a one off trip we are doing it as close to cost as we can make it. This aint no career move!

    The main thing not included is the return from either Irkutsk or Ulaanbaatar ... as some people will want to ride back while others will box the bike and fly back. But from Ulaanbaatar, containering the bike back to Europe was around USD 1500 this year. The cheapest return option to Europe is to domestically train the bikes in Russia back from Irkutsk to Moscow (about USD 150) and ride back from Moscow.

    Dates are not finalised yet so any preferences can still be taken into account.

    As far as I know there has never been a tour group in Russia off the main Trans-Siberian road - and we will not be on ANY main roads, so this will be quite a groundbreaking trip. Magadan to Irkutsk the Sibirsky Extreme way will be about 3500 miles, 90% dirt roads. After the first 50 miles out of Magadan, you wont see asphalt again until we reach Lake Baikal less than 200 miles from Irkutsk, over 3 weeks later !. Only a handful of people get to ride the Road of Bones each year. Even fewer ride some of the other tracks we will do like the Vilyuisky Trakt!

    The plan is for a minimum of 5 and maximum of 8 people - plus myself and Arnaud. A one off trip. Any less than 5 and its not economically feasible. More than 8 and the infrastructure in these remote regions will struggle to cope.

    I for one, am really looking forward to doing it again.

    Here's a SLIDESHOW from the initial Sibirsky Extreme Project this year, a real taster for Siberian Extreme 2010

    If you want to join us just drop a post here or PM me ... or both :1drink
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    Will the price include a "Doom Machine" or do we have to supply it ourselves?:evil


    I can't do it but it looks like a good time. Good luck with it!
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    your own bikes.
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    Great idea Walter. I'm not available but good luck; I hope it all works out.
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