Drive 250km from Yakutsk to Khangalasskiy District, partly along dirt track, partly off-road and partly along an ice road on the frozen river surface of the River Lena, Russia's biggest river. On the way we will pass the Lena Pillars, huge fingers of rock up to 220 metres tall sticking up out of the river banks over a distance of forty kilometres, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a sacred shamanic site and ancient rock painting of animals on some of the cliffs. We will also pass many isolated log-cabin villages where hunters, fishermen, herders and famers live.
In the evening we arrive at the log cabin village of Sinsk. The village is very basic, with no running water or central heating. Every house has a separate traditional bath house. Homes are heated by firewood and have moss tucked between the logs that make up the walls as insulation. Most houses have ice cellars below them, caverns and tunnels hacked into the permafrost where meat and fish can be stored all year round. Many houses have traditional Yakut dung-covered stables called hotton.
Overnight in a local home. Traditional bath house can be used if required.