Most dangerous ways to School - OIMJAKON (Russia)

  • Published: 05 September 2015
  • Siberia. Endless vastness – arctic temperatures. Even farther East than Japan and 5 000 kilometres north of Vladivostok lies Yakutia, the coldest Republik of Russia. Yakutsk is the capital of the Yakutia Republic and is located about 5100 kilometres east of Moscow. In the midst of it: Oimjakon. With its 500 residents the coldest inhabited place on earth. This village lies in a mountain valley on the upper reaches of the banks of the Indgirka River. One of the major reasons for the freezing temperatures is the great distance from the Atlantic Ocean and the humidity that the Ocean provides to a major part of the Northern Hemisphere. Masses of mountains shield Siberia against the warm air from the west and south, while in the opposite direction, the door to the Artic stands wide open. Thus in the winter, cold masses of air expand into the Siberian landscape completely unrestricted.

    The average temperature in winter: Minus 40° Celsius. The children of the Siberian Oimjakon have the world`s coldest way to school. The extreme living conditions are completely normal for the residents of Oymyakon. This is also true for the Tariks family and their son Aljosha. He is 8 years old. The children of his age group are only excused from attending school on account of the cold at temperatures below minus 54° degrees.

    Even before his departure for school Aljosha feels the grim cold. Lacking running water the house also has no bathroom. So Aljosha alredy has to go outside – to the unheated outside earth closet in the garden. Sascha’s mother cooks tea. In order to do so, she must go to outside to the front of the house, which is made of wood- as all houses in Oymyakon. Due to the great temperature differences here, concrete walls would soon crack and be destroyed. In the short summers, it can get quite warm in Oymyakon. In front of the wooden house the ice blocks are stored. The next-door farmer had cut out of the frozen river for them. There is no running water in the Pole of Cold, with temperatures dropping to -65 degrees Celsius; no pipe work has a chance. Aljoshas mother puts the ice in the pot and cooks some tea for her son.

    Like every day, Aljosha must get ready to go to school. Like the majority of the other students, Sascha wears for the most part his traditional dress. The clothing prescribes to the onion-peel principle in order to protect the students from the Artic temperatures. His mother Irina has heated up the living room to 20° degrees. So when Aljosha opens the front door it is 70° degrees colder – every day life in Oimjakon. As soon as the children open the dormitory’s double doors, the icy cold brutally grabs hold of them. Within less than one second their nostrils become frozen.

    Unlike the students in other parts of the world, the children from Oymyakon are seldom playful but instead very concentrated on their way to school. With quick steps, they travel in groups, attempting to put the 2 kilometer route behind them as quickly as possible. There are no signs of snow ball fights. The don’t spend a second of time watching the cows, which are kept up to nine months of the year in their stalls, and are now coincidentally being lead out of the barn for a drink. Even though the cows are wearing some sort of special “bras” which protect their udders from freezing.

    Once in school building, Aljosha and the other students remove many of their layers of clothing, and get going with the school lessons. For the majority of them, a welcome diversion from the coldest inhabited town on the earth.
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  • Raj s
    Raj s  4 hours back

    All Subjects are taught in languages other than English 😂😂😂

    • sassulusmagnus
      sassulusmagnus  4 hours back

      These are some hardy kids.

      • supermelodia
        supermelodia  15 hours back

        And the criminals/inmate have free meal, free education, internet, library indoors with air conditioner, confortable beds, seamtress to fix their clothes. The society is brutal.

        • Love2 Explore
          Love2 Explore  16 hours back


          • Dmitriy Chernoshey
            Dmitriy Chernoshey  18 hours back

            25 teachers for 118 students? Holy crap, it's less than 5 students per teacher. This has got to be the best teacher-student ratio I've seen in the world.

            • Marlon piedra
              Marlon piedra  24 hours back

              Masarap cguro tumira dyan s sobrang lamig.😁

              • Beazle Teats
                Beazle Teats  1 days back

                The bus driver smokes in the school bus full of children.

                • EILLEEN 101
                  EILLEEN 101  1 days back

                  Where do they bury bodies for like a funeral?

                  • Gurm Panasar
                    Gurm Panasar  2 days back


                    • Open Kimono
                      Open Kimono  2 days back

                      Watching these beautiful people providing a lesson in human endurance and wondering why people dislike this! Must be people from Yakutia that dislike their lives? Never understood why people have to do difficult things when easier alternatives exist. But this is a strange world and it never ceases to amaze me. Thanks for a glimpse into their lives.

                      • Brent antoine
                        Brent antoine  2 days back

                        Ok I appreciate what my teachers went through to educate me ,,love these kids

                        • Abhishek chaturvedi
                          Abhishek chaturvedi  3 days back

                          I have been watching these for one week now and I’m going to show this to my kids as well . But I am wondering why there is no documentary on dangerous ways to school in Alaska, Australia, Canada, NZ, China or any EU country. Why only few nation’s are selected and non of the more wealthy nations on this list. Does those countries have infrastructure for the remotest communities and people don’t struggle there? Just a thought.

                          • JD
                            JD  3 days back

                            Wow. It gets cold here in New York city during the winter....can't imagine colder. I've dealt with -20f but that is horrible.

                            • Romel Mangawahan
                              Romel Mangawahan  3 days back

                              Very brave boy went to school alone

                              • MichSignMan
                                MichSignMan  3 days back

                                21:15 Narrator: "one of the rear wheels, won't turn anymore" ....... Bus Driver: "these are old tires, they spin, if they were new, I wouldn't have this problem".... (hoping someone buys him new tires "for the kids sake") and it shows the bus is stuck, not quite the "breakdown" that is mentioned more than once... I am not the smartest, but I do know, he don't know how to drive in the snow.... wtf

                                • Chalton Aloe
                                  Chalton Aloe  4 days back

                                  " favourite subjects are history and math....but to be honest, I just come here to play and hang around with my buddies..." But their society has room for this.

                                  • Tanner rip
                                    Tanner rip  4 days back

                                    OMG the dog following the bus <3

                                    • Box of Cookies
                                      Box of Cookies  4 days back

                                      These people living on hardcore mode

                                      • sAnJ sHoW TiMe
                                        sAnJ sHoW TiMe  4 days back

                                        They look like Chinese more than Russian..they are cursed there to live there honestly...

                                        • Joe Samson
                                          Joe Samson  5 days back

                                 disassembling an AK-47 and putting it back together is a primary school's library activity in Russia??? wonder these folks are the most bad ass people on earth!!!!!!!

                                          • Tomi Haili
                                            Tomi Haili  5 days back

                                            They´d be better off without this indoctrination/brainwashing called "education"...just home school them.

                                            • SAWATDEE ITALY
                                              SAWATDEE ITALY  5 days back

                                              wowww it's so cold!!!!

                                              • Adeel ahmed awan
                                                Adeel ahmed awan  5 days back

                                                perfect film making....

                                                • Scott Way
                                                  Scott Way  5 days back

                                                  This is badass, but did the bus really break down or did my mans have no traction?

                                                  • shridhar w
                                                    shridhar w  5 days back

                                                    I would love to live here rather than the chaotic and dirty atmosphere of my city.

                                                    • Mystiq2010
                                                      Mystiq2010  5 days back

                                                      That dude looked too big to jump on that poor reindeer ! The reindeer looked like it was struggling to walk !!!poor animal 😞

                                                      • Chalton Aloe
                                                        Chalton Aloe  3 days back

                                                        I saw that too. The animal looked pressed down by an enormous mass of a human sitting on it.

                                                    • native speaker English teacher

                                                      Maybe it's time to have online school.

                                                      • shadwells rax
                                                        shadwells rax  5 days back


                                                        • ram baan
                                                          ram baan  6 days back

                                                          Respect to these people who are living in such harsh weathers especially the kids, most of us live in a really good weather and we still complaint. I know how hard it is to even step out of the door for a minute at -20 cant imagine going out in -55. But don't know why they have to live in such weathers.

                                                          • Ben Phillip
                                                            Ben Phillip  6 days back

                                                            Russia has 2T$ economy and can't build basic roads there?!?

                                                            • Aliza Baral
                                                              Aliza Baral  6 days back

                                                              bus and the dog..always together

                                                              • arslan1184
                                                                arslan1184  6 days back

                                                                ayosha is fun loving and he will be great man someday

                                                                • TJ Peel
                                                                  TJ Peel  6 days back

                                                                  Every child is the USA needs to see the films so they can understand the differences between them and children in other countries and extreme risks and dangers just to go to school for a better life. It helps you to appreciate what you have.

                                                                  • Andrei Petunin
                                                                    Andrei Petunin  7 days back

                                                                    Having been born in the Ural region, the temperatures have also reached -47C in the winter. I think I skipped school if it was around -32C or under. I remember looking forward to checking the thermostat every morning and listening out for the message on the radio so that I could go back to sleep :-)

                                                                    • ji_ji oz
                                                                      ji_ji oz  7 days back

                                                                      I have never been to snow
                                                                      Never seen SNOW with my nake eyes
                                                                      I always want to go to snow

                                                                      • Uncle Gaming
                                                                        Uncle Gaming  1 weeks back

                                                                        Its heartbreaking when you hear from a little girl says "work is the best clothing".

                                                                        • Ecko Stream
                                                                          Ecko Stream  1 weeks back

                                                                          They remind me so much of the Innu from the North of Quebec (Canada), similar facial feature and way of live, they must have similar lineage in some way.

                                                                          • HAJ KHOZAM
                                                                            HAJ KHOZAM  1 weeks back

                                                                            I like this documentary , thank you for sharing

                                                                            • Chandra Sekhar
                                                                              Chandra Sekhar  1 weeks back

                                                                              Why don't they live underground ? It will be little warmer i guess

                                                                              • James Bowyer
                                                                                James Bowyer  1 weeks back

                                                                                Meanwhile in Georgia its 110 degrees, can't even imagine that amount of cold.

                                                                                • Mr. A
                                                                                  Mr. A  1 weeks back

                                                                                  That's why Russia has very high literacy rate. 25 teachers for 118 students. Very excellent ratio

                                                                                  • Apple Dizon
                                                                                    Apple Dizon  1 weeks back

                                                                                    Here in Dubai
                                                                                    Are opposite
                                                                                    So,humid...even in the morning,...the weather is hot...even in evening...most of the time I stay at home with air-conditioning
                                                                                    And if I go out only in a mall...I refreshed my self there with cold coffee...

                                                                                    • Mario Godoy
                                                                                      Mario Godoy  1 weeks back

                                                                                      Ah i get it they are the native of Russia. Just like native in the USA , look down upon by their fellow Russian .

                                                                                      • Mario Godoy
                                                                                        Mario Godoy  1 weeks back

                                                                                        I they asian ?.

                                                                                        • AYA AYA
                                                                                          AYA AYA  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Russia lies in both Europe and Asia. Russian — East Slavic ethnos, the most numerous and state-forming people of Russia (according to the all-Russian census of 2010, is more than 80 % of the population), the largest European people. In total, there are about 133 million Russians in the world. But Russians are unevenly distributed throughout the country, with some regions, such as Chechnya, accounting for less than 2 % of the population. Russia is a multinational country. It is home to more than 200 different nations. The main religions represented in Russia are Christianity (mainly Orthodox, there are also Catholics and Protestants), as well as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Paganism.
                                                                                          Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is located in Siberia. In modern use, the term Siberia geographically, as a rule, refers to North Asia, located in the territorial boundaries of the Russian Federation, within its broad boundaries, Siberia includes the North-East of Kazakhstan (West Siberian plate), and the entire far East of Russia. With an area of 13.1 million sq km (5 100 000 sq. m) Siberia is 77% of Russia's territory but is home to about 36 million people—27% of the population.
                                                                                          This is Sakha people, or in another way the Yakuts. The Yakuts are fhe Turkic people of the Mongoloid race. Their language is similar to Turkish. Religion - pagans and Orthodox Christians. Indigenous Northern Asian ethnic groups have always lived in Siberia. Siberia has been historically part of Russia since the 17th century. It is a mistake to think that only the Russian ethnic group lives in Russia. This is not a mono-national country.
                                                                                          Please watch video is about the national republics of Russia:
                                                                                          This video is about Yakutia:

                                                                                      • opsimathics
                                                                                        opsimathics  1 weeks back

                                                                                        21st century and freezing conditions are still an issue with vehicles. how the fuck are we supposed to colonize mars in 20 years lol

                                                                                        • Félix Q
                                                                                          Félix Q  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Are the temperatures in C° or F° ?

                                                                                          • Chrissy Falcon
                                                                                            Chrissy Falcon  1 weeks back

                                                                                            Oh wow 😳

                                                                                            • RJinspire
                                                                                              RJinspire  1 weeks back

                                                                                              When things seem not to go as you have planned or wanted, start considering delivering. When you travel, you experience amazing things about yourself and other cultures. I'm grateful for my travelling and vlogging about my experiences around the world