Pillars on The Lena River in The Sakha Republic

Sakha Republic

If you were ever dreaming of travelling to a truly remote place with untouched nature that is virtually unknown to tourists, The Sakha Republic may be a destination worth visiting for you. One of the most stunning natural sites in Yakutia is The Lena River and Sinaya River with pillars.

Despite a size similar to India, The Sakha Republic (or Yakutia) is a place most of you probably never knew existed. Yakutia is one of the Russian sub-national governing bodies of Siberia. Despite a size of almost three thousand square kilometres, it is inhabited by less than a million people. That makes The Sakha Republic one of the least densely populated places in the world. Large areas of Yakutia are literally unpopulated.

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What you need to know before travelling to The Sakha Republic

There are only a few poorly developed roads connecting the city with the outside world. To get there you will need to take the plane. Despite its remote location round trips from the larger European airport hubs via Moscow are available for less than a thousand dollars. The flight from Moscow to Yakutsk takes some seven hours and will give you an idea of why Russia is the largest nation in the world.

Whenever travelling to The Sakha Republic, the city of Yakutsk will be your first destination. Yakutsk is the capital of The Sakha Republic and actually a quite modern city that is inhabited by almost 300,000 people. You will have no problems with finding modern and comfortable hotels with all the comfort you know from travelling to other more developed travel destinations.

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The Sakha Republic is inhabited by a number of indigenous nations with Yakut being the largest of them. Hospitality is one of the main traditions of the indigenous nations of Russia’s east. To get in touch with their absolutely unique culture you may consider staying at the homes of locals instead of booking a hotel. Foreigners are always warmly welcomed by locals.

A true off the beaten path travel destination

Tip – You should be aware that the region is one of the coldest inhabited places in the world with temperatures regularly dropping to 50 degrees below zero during winter months. The summer is quite comfortable with temperatures averaging around 25 degrees and not too much rain.

Sunset on The Lena River, The Sakha Republic

Pillars on The Lena River Ine The Sakha Republic

The Lena River and Its Tributaries – Sinaya River

The Lena and Sinaya pillars are located some 200 kilometres south of the city of Yakutsk. They are stunning stone formations on the banks of the Lena and Sinaya rivers.

The Lena River

The Lena River is one of the greatest rivers on this planet and together with the Ob and Yenisei Rivers one of the great three Siberian river routes. Originating in the mountains of the Baikal range the Lena River flows more than four thousand kilometres north into the Arctic Ocean. Some of its tributaries such as the Vitim, the Aldan or the Vilyuy are larger than some of the main European rivers.

The Sinaya River

The Sinaya River is one of the many tributaries of the Lena River. Sinaya is the Russian word for blue, referring to the clean water of the river. As a result of the extreme climate conditions, the Lena and Sinaya rivers are frozen for more than seven months a year. The thickness of the ice crust reaches more than a meter.

The river has sustained its natural appearance and basically flows the same as it did ages ago. Also, the nature surrounding the river is virtually untouched. I believe there are not many other places in the world where you can see that untouched nature. Nature is rich in flora, fauna and wildlife. An absolute must-see!

The Lena River, The Sakha Republic

The Pillars on the Lena River

The pillars on the Lena River in The Sakha Republic are huge, tower-like sandstone formations, looking like formations from another planet. Also, UNESCO included them in the world’s heritage list has recognized the beauty of this spectacular site. There are many ways how to get there. You may take one of the comfortable ships cruising the Lena River and travel to the main site of the Lena Pillars. There are single or two and four-bed cabins available.

The pillars on the Lena River, Sakha Republic

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Tips for Sailing through the Lena River, The Sakha Republic

The Ships

In general, your stay will be comfortable though the ships have still preserved the Soviet-style to a certain extent. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend not travelling there with such a ship but booking a local guide. There are many locals having small motor boats who will be happy to bring you to the site. This will allow you to get in touch with indigenous and will also allow you to see much more than you would see otherwise. Many of them know some secret spots. And you will also have the possibility to see the pillars on the banks of the Sinaya River which are even more stunning than the official Lena pillars site.

The pillars on the Lena River, The Sakha Republic


Another alternative is to kayak from the Lena River to the Sinaya River. If you are more into camping you may start up the Sinaya River next to the source and then kayak down to the village of Sinsk where the Sinaya and Lena rivers meet. Kayaking from Sinsk down to the official Lena pillars site takes another three days. The entire trip will take ten days.

Whatever way you choose to travel to The Sakha Republic, and visit the Lena River for its gorgeous pillars, I am sure that the journey will leave you with a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. So what are you waiting for, book your stay in Yakutsk here – 

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Lena is a guest writer for The Wandering Core. She is a travel blogger born in Yakutsk, Russia and apart from specialising in The Sakha Republic, she organises travel groups around her country. She writes at Trip to SiberiaYou can also follow her on Facebook.

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  3. I had not heard about this Sakha Republic before. It is a perfect place to seek calmness and adventure through nature. I did love to visit there <3

  4. Wow, I haven’t heard of this place before. It’s so wonderful to read about it. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Wow! honestly, I was curious to when you’ve mentioned this city. I have never heard of it. There are so many cities in India but this one just caught my attention. This could be one of the hidden gems of the country. It’s so beautiful and engaging. I’d love to be here!

  6. I think Siberia would be one of the ultimate adventures for us. So few people get to explore it in their lives. The river scenery looks amazing. I am interested to know how you travelled into Siberia. What was your starting point?

  7. the river looks very peaceful and beautiful.. i’d love to come here and have a picnic along the banks

  8. To be honest I’ve never heard of The Sakha Republic but you’re really brought it to life. Your imagery is fantastic and it looks like a really interesting landscape. Thanks for sharing all these helpful tips.

    1. Shivani says:

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  9. this is certainly very interesting and has intrigued me , i am definitely going to look this up on the internet , thanks for sharing

    1. Shivani says:

      So glad you liked it.

  10. Wow this place is gorgeous! Would love to visit Siberia in the summer, it must be so peaceful!

    1. Shivani says:

      I agree!

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