Kisilyakh

The kisilyakh are giant stone pillars up to 40 metres tall that protrude bizarrely from hill tops at several locations in Yakutia, including Verkhoyanskiy District, Oymyakonskiy District, Nizhnekolymskiy District and the New Siberian Islands in the Arctic Ocean. The indigenous Yakut people consider them sacred, and perform rituals to the spirit of the mountain upon visiting them. Legend has it that they were once giants who were turned to stone for their sins.

Sacred kisilyakh rock pillars, Verkhoyanskiy District, Arctic Yakutia

Sacred kisilyakh rock pillars, Verkhoyanskiy District, Arctic Yakutia


Three of our trips include visits to the Kisilyakh:

1. Arctic Yakutian Highlights (Verkhoyanskiy Kisilyakh)

2. Road of Bones (Oymyakonskiy Kisilyakh)

3. Overland to Chukotka (Nizhnekolymskiy Kisilyakh)

4. Mammoth Tusk Hunters (New Siberia Islands kisilyakh)