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White water rafting
 
Sayan Oka river rafting.  
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  
Altai rivers fishing  
Fishing in Kuznetski Alatau  
 
 
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Lake Baikal: The Pearl among The Mountains. Baikal Range. Siberia. 9, 15 or 18 days.

Region: Russia, Southern Siberia, Baikal Range and Barguzinskiy Range, Lake Baikal
Activity: trekking, 11 nights in tents, 3 nights at hotel (variant 2- 5 nights in tents, 3 nights at hotel), optional flyfishing, cultural/ethnographic
Trip Category: special, on demand
Difficulty: easy (8 days variant 2) to medium (14 days variant 1), no need of special skill (kids from 14 years old are allowed).
Dates: June-September

     For the Russian people Lake Baikal is not just a lake, but natural treasure. Located in Siberia not far from the Mongolian border and surrounded by mountains, forests and wild rivers, Baikal is an immense and breathtaking area of natural beauty. Baikal holds twenty percent of the earth's fresh water and harbors more endemic species of plants and animals than any other lake in the world. Fed by 336 rivers and streams including the Angara, Barguzin, Selenga, Turka and Snezhnaya, the lake holds fifty species of fish including bullhead, sturgeon and omul. Baikal is world's deepest lake: the maximal depth is 1,620 m. Baikal's volume, at 23,600 cu. km, is greater than any other fresh water lake. If you could drain Lake Baikal, it would take the Great Lakes of the U.S.: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario to refill the empty basin!
     A glimpse into the lake's clear water is enough to convince anyone that nature not only exists in Siberia, it flourishes. The lake's surrounding wild mountains and rivers make the Lake Baikal region an ideal area for engaging in an array of outdoor activities including hiking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, backcountry and alpine skiing, birdswatching and nature photography. There are also many regional cultural attractions. Today, as in the past, Baikal remains a crossroads of cultures where native Sayats still graze reindeers and Buryat people maintain many of their old traditions.

     In 1996, Lake Baikal was included in UNESCO World Heritage List.

     The Baikal Range that fits Lake Baikal from the North-West, is the realm of mountains and taiga. The central part of the range is an unexpected hard-to-get-to land full of contrast and surprises, visited only by hunters, tourists and research expeditions. The highest point of the Baikal Range is the Cherskiy mountain (2588 m), the first ascent of which was made only in 1975. The start point of the route is the city of Severobaikalsk, which is accessible via Transsiberian Railroad and BAM ("Baikalo-Amurskaya Magistral", Baikal-Amur Railroad).

     The unique feature of the area is amazing amount of hot springs (probably it is the tracks of volcanic activity) and a number of small but beautiful lakes. This springs is widely used for medical purposes by local population. Hiking in our trip begins exactly from visiting the group of springs on the Cape Kotelnikovskiy, after few hours sailing on Lake Baikal from Severobaikalsk.

Note: For those who have not much time or prefer simpler hiking, we offer shorter trek- 9-days long, via Peshehodniy pass.

Itinerary (variant 1 - 15 days, medium grade trekking):
Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to hotel (***DBL BB). Optional excursion to Lake Baikal museum.
Day 2 Transfer to airport. Domestic flight Irkutsk-Nizhneangarsk (about 2 hrs, above Lake Baikal). Short transfer (30 min) to Severobaikalsk town. Sailing to Cape Kotelnikovskiy (3-4 hrs, you can fishing in Lake Baikal while sailing!). Optional hot spa. Camping.
Day 3 Hiking in Kurkula river gorge up to the junction with Zimoveyniy Stream. Overnight in tents.
Day 4 Hiking Kurkula gorge up to it's right source. Overnight in tents.
Day 5 Hiking up to Gitara (Guitar) lake. Note: amazing fishing there! Overnight in tents on the lake's shore.
Day 6 Radial trip to the Tazik (Small Basin) lake. Return to the camp on Guitar Lake. Overnight in tents. Note: you can hike up to Cherskiy Peak with the glacier on the foothill!).
Day 7 Descent to Kurkula river gorge (see Day 4). Half-day of rest. Overnight in tents.
Day 8 Hiking up to Galkinas Pass. Overnight in tents.
Day 9 Crossing the Galkina Pass (2A CC, 1999 m). Overnight in tents.
Day 10 Hiking down the Goremika river gorge. Stlanik bushes. Overnight in tents.
Day 11 Hiking down the Goremika river gorge. Overnight in tents.
Day 12 Hiking down the Goremika river gorge. Overnight in tents.
Day 13 Hiking down to Baikalskoe village. Transfer to Severobaikalsk. Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.
Day 14

Sailing by hydrofoil (about 10 hrs, stop on Olkhon Island) from Severobaikalsk to Irkutsk- this jorney covers the entire Lake Baikal from the North to the South! Transfer to the hotel (***DBL BB).

Day 15 Transfer hotel-airport. Departure from Irkutsk.

Cost: for an offer.

Included: Meeting, seeign off and transfers in Irkutsk, 2 nights hotel accomodation in Irkutsk (***DBL BB), airfare Irkutsk-Nizhneangarsk, transfer Nizhneangarsk-Severobaikalsk, 1 night hotel or guesthouse accommodation in Severobaikalsk, sailing to the Cape Kotelnikovskiy (start point) and transfer Baikalskoe village- Severobaikalsk, hydrofoil tickets Severobaikalsk-Irkutsk, all permits, hot meals during trekking (3 times a day), camping gear, porters or pack horses for carring luggage, guides.
Not included: Travel to and from Irkutsk, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.

Options. Visa support, extra nights in Irkutsk and Severobaikalsk, SGL accommodation, gear rental, extra excursions in Irkutsk, fishing.

Itinerary (variant 2 - 9 days, easy grade trekking):
Day 1 Arrival to Irkutsk. Transfer to hotel (***DBL BB). Optional excursion to Lake Baikal museum.
Day 2 Transfer to airport. Domestic flight Irkutsk-Nizhneangarsk (about 2 hrs, above Lake Baikal). Short transfer (30 min) to Severobaikalsk town. Sailing to Cape Kotelnikovskiy (3-4 hrs, you can fishing in Lake Baikal while sailing!). Optional hot spa. Camping.
Day 3 Hiking in Kurkula river gorge up to the junction with Zimoveyniy Stream. Overnight in tents.
Day 4 Crossing the Peshehodniy Pass (n/c CC, beaten trail, 1300 m). Overnight in tents.
Day 5 Hiking down the Goremika river gorge. Overnight in tents.
Day 6 Hiking down the Goremika river gorge. Overnight in tents.
Day 7 Hiking down to Baikalskoe village. Russian bania. Transfer to Severobaikalsk. Overnight in hotel or guesthouse.
Day 8 Sailing by hydrofoil (about 10 hrs, stop on Olkhon Island) from Severobaikalsk to Irkutsk- this jorney covers the entire Lake Baikal from the North to the South! Transfer to the hotel (***DBL BB).
Day 9 Transfer hotel-airport. Departure from Irkutsk.

Cost: for an offer.

Included: Meeting, seeign off and transfers in Irkutsk, 2 nights hotel accomodation in Irkutsk (***DBL BB), airfare Irkutsk-Nizhneangarsk, transfer Nizhneangarsk-Severobaikalsk, 1 night hotel or guesthouse accommodation in Severobaikalsk, sailing to the Cape Kotelnikovskiy (start point) and transfer Baikalskoe village- Severobaikalsk, hydrofoil tickets Severobaikalsk-Irkutsk, all permits, hot meals during trekking (3 times a day), camping gear, porters or pack horses for carring luggage, guides.
Not included: Travel to and from Irkutsk, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.

Options. Visa support, extra nights in Irkutsk and Severobaikalsk, SGL accommodation, gear rental, extra excursions in Irkutsk, fishing.

 

Options (both variants).

  • you can arrive to Severonaikalsk and departure from it via railroad (4 days railway trip from Moscow via Transsiberian railroad and BAM (Baikal-Amur Railroad), or 2 days railroad trip from Novosibirsk via BAM);
  • any tailor-made trips are possible! Just us for an offer

Itinerary (variant 3- 18 days)

Day 1 Meeting at Omsk airport. Lunch. Transfer to railway station. Train to Severobaikalsk (Transsiberian Railroad).
Day 2 Cnt. Transsiberian trip.
Day 3 Arrival to Severobaikalsk. Motoboat on Baikal to the mouse of Kurkula river. Camping. D.
Day 4 Fishing in Lake Baikal and Kurkula river. Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 5 Hiking (about 12.5 km) up the Kurkula river gorge. Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 6 Hiking (about 13 km) up the Kurkula river gorge up to the Peshekhodniy ("Walking") stream. Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 7 Hiking up the Kurkula river gorge up to Vodopadniy ("Waterfall") stream. Tent accommodation BLD.
Days 8-9 Radial hikes to the waterfall, Guitar Lake, Peak Cherskogo glacier. Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 10 Descent down the Kurkula gorge. Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 11 Crossing the Peshehodniy Pass (n/c CC, beaten trail, 1300 m). Tent accommodation BLD.
Day 12 Hiking down to Baikalskoe village. Overnight on Lake Baikal shore. BLD.
Days 13-14 Rest on Lake Baikal. Optional fishing. Camping on the lake shore. BLD.
Day 15 Transfer to Severobaikalsk. Train to Omsk. B.
Day 16 Cnt. Transsiberian trip.
Day 17 Arrival to Omsk. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel accommodation ***DBL BB.
Day 18 Transfer to the airport. Departure from Omsk.

Cost: for an offer.

Included: Meeting, seeign off, lunch and transfers in Omsk, 1 night hotel accomodation in Omsk (***DBL BB), all the transportations - railway, car, motoboat- according the programme, tent (2-person dual layer tents with caremats and sleeping bags) accommodation on the active part, all permits, hot meals during trekking (3 times a day), guides.
Not included: Travel to and from Omsk, visa fees, alcoholic beverages and other luxuries, personal items.

Options. Visa support, extra nights in Omsk and Severobaikalsk, SGL accommodation, gear rental, extra excursions in Omsk.

 

Options (all variants).

  • Arrival point may be changed to Moscow, Irkutsk or Severobaikalsk.
  • You can arrive to Severonaikalsk and departure from it via railroad (4 days railway trip from Moscow via Transsiberian railroad and BAM (Baikal-Amur Railroad), or 2 days railroad trip from Novosibirsk via BAM);
  • Any tailor-made trips are possible! Just us for an offer!

 

Sailing on Lake Baikal.
Sailing on the motoboat.
Lake Baikal.
Lake Baikal shore.
Lake Baikal sunset.
Lake Baikal.
Lake Baikal. Elks on the shore.
Elks on Lake Baikal shore.
Baikal range. Kurkula river.
Baikal range. Kurkula river.
Baikal range. Guitar lake.
Guitar lake.
Baikal range. Tazik lake.
Tazik lake.
Baikal range. Ascent to Galkina pass.
Ascent to Galkina pass.
Baikal range. Kurkula valley. Stlanik.
Stlanik bush makes some parts difficult to hike....
Baikal range. Rocky face.
Rocky "face".
Baikal range. Peshehodniy stream.
Peshehodniy stream.
Baikal range. On the descent from Galkin pass.
Rocks and bushes in Baikal Range.
Baikal range as seen from Galkina mount .
Vodopadniy stream as seen from Mt. Galkina.
Baikal range. Lake and flowers.
Baikal range. Lake and flowers.
Baikal range. Lake.
Baikal range. Lake.
Baikal range. Late spring.
Baikal range. Late spring.
Baikal range. Waterfall.
Baikal range. Waterfall.
Baikal range. Galkina pass.
Baikal range. Galkina pass.
Baikal range. Church in Baikalskoe village.
Church in Baikalskoe village.
Lake Baikal hydrofoil.
Hydrofoil on Lake Baikal.
BAM
BAM (Baikal-Amur Railroad)
Baikal trekking and fishing DVD
 
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