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Rafting and fishing on the Yama river

About FishingRafting and fishing on the Yama river

The Yama river rafting tour:

Duration: 5 to 14 days

Number of people in the group: from 5 to 12

Season: July- September



The river Yama starts its  flow 180 km(around 100 miles) from Magadan with its upper and middle stream passing  through mountainous  area. The river takes its origin in the mountains at an altitude of 800 meters and for 300 km.(186 miles) it runs through wild pristine forests and picturesque landscapes. Here on the bank of the river  you can come across a moose and a brown bear, the lower reaches of it are full of wild birds. There are no rough areas along  the Yama river: rifts and rapids give way to river pools and reaches.

The river is a habitat for:
Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus),
Dolly Varden char ( Salvelinus malma) up to 3 kg (6,6 lbs)

Arctic grayling – up to 1,5kg (3,3 lbs) 

White-spotted char – up to 9 kg (19 lbs)

Сhum salmon  (Oncorhynchus keta) -up to 5kg (11lbs)
Coho salmon - up to 8 kg(17lbs) ( Oncorhynchus kisutch) 


Duration of this tour can vary  from 3 up to 12 days, depending on our guests’ preferences and weather conditions.

Rafting on the Yama river starts from the upstream – about 200 km (124miles) driving on Kolyma road, reaching Elekchasky lakes.

Rafting ends in the mouth of the Dulakan river.

Total length of the route – 200 -250km.(155 miles)

Equipment: inflatable «Raftmaster» air-boats, tents for  camping

Attending staff: 1 cook, 2 guides.

KOLYMA-TRAVEL conducts all tours using very spacious Zodiac class motor boats equipped with Yamaha engine. Each holds two hunters and two guides


The tour package includes:

  • meeting our guests  at the Magadan airport (50 km – 31miles,  from the city)
  • transportation on the off-road cars (Gaz-66, Ural, Kamaz) to the starting point of rafting tour
  • rafting and fishing
  • accommodation in the camp with three time meals service, assistance of our guides and a cook
  • provided tourist equipment: rubber boats, tents, life jackets, rugs
  • departure from the final place of rafting  by helicopter MI-8
  • meeting of the group at helicopter pad and transportation to  the hotel in Magadan
  • Transfer to the Magadan Airport
  • Obtaining permits for visiting border area, purchasing licenses

The package does NOT include:

• Transportation costs: flight to  Magadan and back;
• city tours (optional);
• Accommodation and meals in the hotel;
• Personal expenses;
• Alcoholic beverages and tobacco.


Tour program

Day 1

We meet our guests at the Magadan Airport  and take them to the starting  point  of  rafting by off-road cars (230km -142 miles drive). While we arrange the camp, prepare dinner and get ready for upcoming fishing and rafting, guests can have some leisure time and rest.


Day 2

Start off early in the morning, breakfast at the camp, getting ready for rafting. Snacks (cold lunch) and beverages are provided for guests during rafting. There will be several stops for fishing and rest, two guides accompany the group all the way. Meanwhile,  the camp is transported downstream to the new spot that is safe and convenient for overnight stay and fishing. 

In the evening, our  guests arrive to the camp, have dinner and some leisure time.

Day 3-6

Similar to Day 2. However,  it is always possible to adjust the tour program to our guests’ needs - we can stop anywhere you like for 1-2 days.


Day 7-11

Morning wake up, breakfast, fishing close to the camp. Your guides will prepare everything for departure. After lunch, helicopter will pick you up and transfer to Magadan. Checking in to the hotel in the city, personal time for  shopping and dinner.


Day 12

Wake up, breakfast. Optionally our guests can visit Magadan museum and go for  sightseeing tour.

Transfer to Magadan Airport. Departure.



We advise our guests to have with them:

  • Sleeping bag
  • High rubber boots or fishing overalls (waders), raincoat or rain jacket
  • Clothes suitable for temperature range 0 to +20 degrees C
  • Repellents, protection against mosquitos and black fly (midgets)
  • Personal items packed into backpack
  • Individual first aid kit
  • Fishing equipment (spinning, fishing rod, fishing line, fly line, wobbler, jig, etc.)

Enjoy your trip! Good luck!

We hope you will find the tour that suits you best. Let us know your preferences and we will calculate the cost according to number of fishermen and your wishes.