The Sakha (Yakutia) Republic

Ulakhan-Sis Range

The Ulakhan-Sis mountain range is on the border of the Abyisky and Allaikhovsky uluses (divisions of the Sakha Republic). It stretches 160 km northeast of the Indigirka River.

The name of the mountains means 'Big Range', and, on a regional scale, this is accurate: despite their modest height (754 m), the Ulakhan-Sis Range is the tallest in this region of Yakutia.

The western part of Ulakhan-Sis is the most interesting for travellers. There is a large outlying massif, which is comparable in beauty to the famous Kisilyakh outcrops on the Kisilyakh ridge.

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The Ulakhan-Sis granite outcrops are a new attraction. Their existence proves that something unknown can still be found on our planet and even in our country. Of course, the locals knew about the Ulakhan-Sis kililyakhs, but they were discovered by the wider circle of travellers only in 2016, thanks to photographer Sergey Karpukhin, who travelled to Ulakhan-Sis and showed the world these amazing landscapes in all their beauty.

Karpukhin himself, as he has said, was also inspired by a photo he saw by chance. It was taken by Yakut biologist Aleksandr Krivoshapkin from a plane, during a flight over the tundra in the area of the Alazeya River to count the reindeer population. Krivoshapkin photographed the outcrops on the Suor-Uyata ridge and mentioned that on the Ulakhan-Sis ridge between Bolshaya Ercha and Arga-Yuryakh there are even larger and impressive granite pillars: a real stone city.

Getting to this 'stone city' turned out to be difficult, but possible. And the picture that opens up to anyone traversing the passes will not leave them unaffected.

When looking at these gigantic rocks of incredible shapes, some people are reminded of magic, others—of space aliens, and still others—of vanished civilisations. The creative force of the northern nature surpasses all fictional stories.

The Ulakhan-Sis outcrops can be reached by crossing the Indigirka by motorboat or on any tourist boat: 230 km downstream from Belaya Gora and 200 km upstream from Chokurdakh. You need to walk about 15 km from the riverbank to the first rock formations. The main cluster is located further: 30 km from Indigirka, a two or three days' journey.