You must be wondering what you can do in Oymyakon at night. When I was there, it was in Feb and winter. Which means it was freezing cold. Oymyakon is like a place where there are not many people and surrounded by trees and jungle. I did not see the overview of the place from a drone point of view but I assumed it is especially when we driving towards the district, the roads we took were surrounded by trees.
At night in winter means anytime the darkness creeps in meaning that it could be at 4pm or 5pm or 3pm. So, once it is dark if you are not sure about the place, don't go out of the house. I walked in and out of the home-stay house only to go to the toilet and the house beside me where my group mates are. Do not wander around the neighborhood at night. I am writing on a perspective of a woman who traveled alone. And this applies to men too. One of my group mates from Italy walked a short distance with his head light and he said it was really dark. If you want to walk and explore the area, do it in daytime and remember the route you are taking. Inform your group mates or the tour guide that you are going out.
Like I mentioned in my previous post, it is advisable that you engaged a certified registered local travel agent to bring you to Oymyakon instead of driving by yourself. This is not like a road trip in California or Canada. It is a tough and harsh environment where there are mountains covered with snow, and ice roads.
The following video was taken on the first day on our way to Oymyakon from Yakutsk. It was about 5pm if I remember correctly at -58 Degree Celcius.
Toilet in Oymyakon
You can also bring your own headlight the small one will do. I did not bring any because I never thought of it. So, I borrowed from my Italian group mate. You need this to go into the toilet if you want to avoid using your mobile phone's torchlight. The last time I was there, the toilet has no light. It was crazy and actually I kind of like it and was used to it after that. At first I avoided going to the toilet but after using it the second or third time, I used it like nothing is bothering me. If you are thinking about ghosts, yeah you will not think about it after that. This experience is so different from the city life where we are so used to everything and anything are mostly available, that is why you should try it out. I heard they had upgraded the toilet now but well, too bad you cannot experience the version we tried.
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