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Tours-2017
 
White water rafting
 
Unknown Land of Tofalaria.  
Sayan Oka river rafting.  
Irkut river rafting, Eastern Sayan, Siberia.  
Trekking, pass hopping, horse riding & backcountry skiing
 
"Belukha: The Heart of the Altai". Trekking.  
"Belukha: The Heart of the Altai". Horse riding.  
"Altai-The Golden Mountains. Aktru". Trekking.  
"Wild Altai". Altai. Trekking or horse riding.  
"Baikal: The Pearl among the Mountains". Siberia. Trekking.  
"Buddha in the Valley of Hundred Springs". Siberia. Sayan. Trekking or backcountry skiing.  
"Kuznetskiy Alatau: The Land of the Lakes and Flowers". Siberia. Teahouse trekking, trekking or backcountry skiing.  
"Kodar: The Siberian Alps". Siberia. Trekking.  
"Almaty to Lake Issyk-Kul". North Tien Shan, trekking.  
"To the Alakel lake". Terskey Ala Too, Central Tien Shan, trekking.  
"All the Hot Springs". Terskey Ala Too, Central Tien Shan, trekking.  
"To the Icy Giants of Central Tien Shan." Trekking.  
"Fan Mountains: The Land of Blue Lakes". Pamir Alai. Trekking.  
"Ak-Suu: The Asian Patagonia". Pamir Alai. Trekking.  
Mountaineering & climbing
 
"Belukha: The Heart of the Altai". Trekking with climbing.  
"Khan Tengri - The Lord of the Sky". Central Tien Shan, climbing.  
Pobeda peak climbing. Central Tien Shan.  
Marble Wall climbing. Central Tien Shan.  
Two Summits: Marble Wall and Khan Tengri North climbing. Central Tien Shan.  
Lenin peak climbing. Pamir.  
Lenin + Khan Tengri peaks climbing. Pamir and Tien Shan.  
Communism peak climbing. Pamir.  
Korjenevskoy peak climbing. Pamir.  
Two great summits: Communism and Korjenevskoy Peaks climbing. Pamir.  
Muztag Ata and Koskulak peaks climbing. Pamir.  
Lenin and Muztag Ata Peaks climbing. Pamir.  
"Fan Mountains: The Land of Blue Lakes". Pamir Alai. Climbing.  
"Big Walls of Pamir Alai". Pamir Alai, big wall climbing.  
Heliskiing
 
Heliskiing in Western Tien Shan  
Fishing
 
Lake Baikal fishing  
Putorana Plateau: The Lost World Fishing Paradise.  
Taimen fishing in the Unknown land of Tofalaria.
Altai rivers fishing  
Fishing in Kuznetski Alatau  
 
 
K2 Extreme: areas descriptions, fotoreports, useful info
 
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White water rafting  
Altai  
Pamir  
Pamir Alai  
Tien Shan  
Caucasus  

Taimen fishing in The Unknown Land of Tofalaria. 8 or 14 days.

Region: Russia, Eastern Siberia, Eastern Sayan
Activity: fishing, rafting, cultural tour
Trip Category: special, on demand
Difficulty: easy to medium, no need of special skill, kids from 14 years old are allowed.
Season: June - mid September

Eastern Sayan is the mountain huge massif in the south-west of Eastern Siberia which keeps the tracks of the ancient volcanic activity. This area is actually forgotten by modern civilization and keeps ecological purity. Travellers are meeting there with untouched wild nature, genuine Siberian taiga, crystal clear rivers and lakes with a lot of fish: harius (grayling), lenok, and, of course, the dream of any fisherman - famous taimen! Travels in this area bring the amazing social experience with meeting the Tofalar (Tofa) people - very small (about 1000) unique ethnic group of proto-Uigur origin who keep their national identity and very old and unusual traditions untouched so far.

Itinerary (Variant 1, helicopter transportation):
Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to Nizhneudinsk (minibus, 7 hrs). Helicopter flight (about 2 hrs) to Agul lake. Camping.
Days 2-6 Rafting and fishing on Bolshoy Agul river down to the junction with Maliy Agul river. Bolshoy Agul is most remote Tofalaria river and real no-men land with a perfect fishing (taimen, lenok, grayling etc). As a bonus, absolutely wild untouched geniune Siberian taiga all around!
Day 7 Helicopter flight (about 2,5 hrs) to Nizhneudinsk. Transfer to Irkutsk. Hotel accommodation ***DBL BB.
Day 8 Transfer to airport. Departure from Irkutsk.

Note: it is the shortest possible agenda, may be expanded.

Cost: please for an offer!

Included: Meeting/seeing off at the airport, visa registration, all permits, transportation
Irkutsk-Nizhneudinsk-Irkutsk (minibus), charter helicopter flight (dual engine turboprop Mi-8), rafting gear, camping gear, 3 times a day hot meals on fishing and rafting, guide, translator, cook service, sat phone for emergency calls, rescue rangers team registration, insurance.
Not included: visa fees, flight to/from Irkutsk, personal gear, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries.

Options: visa support, expanded itinerary, SGL accommodation, 4* or 5* accommodation, cititour in Irkutsk, gear rental. The arrival and departure points may be changed to Omsk and Nizhneudinsk (both on Transsiberian railway).

Itinerary (Variant 2, overland transportation):
Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to Katyshniy tract (6WD truck, 10-12 hrs). Camping.
Days 2-4 Trekking to Agul Lake with the pack horses support (Verkhniaya Gutara - pure Tofa people settlement en route, w/overnight, very interesting ethnic experience!)
Days 5-9 Rafting and fishing on Bolshoy Agul river down to the junction with Maliy Agul river. Bolshoy Agul is most remote Tofalaria river and real no-men land with a perfect fishing (taimen, lenok, grayling etc). As a bonus, absolutely wild untouched geniune Siberian taiga all around!
Days 10-12 Trekking to Verkhniaya Gutara village then to Katyshniy tract with the pack horses support.
Day 13 6WD truck transportation to Irkutsk. Hotel accommodation ***DBL BB.
Day 14 Transfer to airport. Departure from Irkutsk.

Note: it is the shortest possible agenda, may be expanded.
Cost: please for an offer!

Included: Meeting/seeing off at the airport, visa registration, all permits, transportation Irkutsk-Katyshniy tract-Irkutsk (6WD army truck), pack horses and horsemen support for gear transportation to and from start/end rafting points, rafting gear, camping gear, 3 times a day
hot meals on trekking, fishing and rafting, guide, translator, horsemen, cook service, sat phone for emergency calls, rescue rangers team registration, insurance.

Not included: visa fees, flight to/from Irkutsk, personal gear, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries.

Options: visa support, expanded itinerary, SGL accommodation, 4* or 5* accommodation, cititour in Irkutsk, gear rental. The arrival and departure points may be changed to Omsk and Nizhneudinsk (both on Transsiberian railway).

Any tailor-made trips are possible! Just us for an offer!

Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Truck.
Only 6WD truck or helicopter can reach the site.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Gold field.
Gold field en route.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Horse caravan
Here we meet the horse caravan.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Pack horses.
Pack horses and horseman.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Pass.
On the pass.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Rafting.
Mr. Captain! The team is ready for rafting!
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Upper river stream.
Upper river stream.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Mushrooms.
Mushrooms.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Rapid.
In the rapid.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Village.
Suspended bridge to Upper Gutara Tofalar village.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Tofa men.
Tofa men.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Tofa women.
Tofa women.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Etnographic museum.
Tofalar etnographic museum.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Tofalar national dressing.
Trying on Tofalar national wear...
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Chum.
Chum - the hunter's shelter.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Chum.
Inside the Chum.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Hunter hut.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Hunter hut.
There are many hunter's huts en route.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Hunter hut.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Hunter hut.
Inside the hunter's hut.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Bania.
Tofalar's bania (wet sauna)
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Camping.
So virtually every night you have a choice- to stay in the hut or tent.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Fisher.
The fisher...
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Catch.
...and the catch.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria fishing. Lenok.
Catch: lenok
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Taimen.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Taimen.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Taimen.
Catch: taimen
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Mushrooms catch.
Another sort of catch.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. River.
Typical Tofalaria river view.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Camping.
The camp on the sand beach.
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Rafting.
Between the rapids...
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Campfire.
Campfire and the guitar...
Russia. Siberia. Tofalaria taimen fishing. Picnic.
Done! Final picnic.

 

 
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