Yakut horses can be often seen in these places. This semi-wild animal is as much unpretentious as the Kalashnikov rifle.
They can graze on their own during the whole year and even able to earn their living in 50-degree frost.
Because of the permafrost there are no any springs and wells here, so the locals have to saw the “drinking water” out of small rivers. The ice is clean and the water is good.
It’s impossible to get to Mirny in any other season except winter because there is no bridge across the river between the two cities.
Coming closer to Mirny, the relief becomes more uneven. And you can barely see any dwellings on your way.
The Mir kimberlite pipe. And the town of Mirny in the background, for the scale so to speak.
500 km of a perfect road to Udachny (“Lucky”).