Trekking to Khamar-Daban
7 days/6 nights
Validity period: on any day from May to September
Mountain country Khamar-Daban is one of the most beautiful circlets of Baikal. It frames the lake from the south. Pristine nature, Mountain Rivers, waterfalls, Siberian taiga, Alpine meadows…
Arrival in Irkutsk; meeting the group; boarding onto the minibus; going to Kultuk (100 km), then to Slyudyanka (106 km from Irkutsk); a stop at the viewing platform – here you can see a picturesque view on Kultuk Bay and the branches of Khamar-Daban; arrival in Slyudyanka, accomodation in a private mini-hotel (toilet at the floor); preparing to trekking; dinner.
Breakfast; going up the Slyudyanka River to the tops of the range; the path constantly weaves from the one bank to another, then it runs by the marble quarry, gradually gaining more and more height; pure waters of the rivers, cliffs, rampant greenery are the real Khamar-Daban; lunch in the way by having a snack; stop for overnight on Gorelaya meadow or Meteorological station (depending on how fast the participants can walk), hot dinner on the campfire, overnight in tents.
Breakfast in the camp; walking up over the rests of Old Komarinskaya road by the serpentine to Alpine meadows, from where you can watch awesome views on the ranges of Khamar-Daban and the East Sayan; continuation of moving to Chersky peak by a good path; climbing to the peak (2090 m); if the weather is good you will see Baikal and Lake Heart at the foot of the mountain, which was called so due to its shape; ascension to the camp (if you wish we can visit the waterfalls of the Podkomarnaya River); dinner in the camp.
Breakfast in the camp; going to passage “Devil’s Gate”; according to the stories of local hunters, UFO was seen here; lunch on the way; return to the camp; dinner.
Late breakfast in the camp; return to Slyudyanka by the path; lunch by having a snack; transfer to Irkutsk; arrival, then accomodation in the hotel (“Victoria”, “Irkutsk” or “Angara”) or in a home stay (a flat).
Breakfast; the whole day excursion over Listvyanka (70 km from Irkutsk); on the way – visiting architectural-ethnographic museum "Taltsy", in which the exposition of culture and everyday life of peoples of East Siberia is presented: Evenki summer and autumn camp, Cascade of three water mills, Ilimskaya Kazanskaya Church (chapel), Trinity Church and others; arrival in Listvyanka, going to the viewing point at Shaman Stone, where the guide will tell you a wonderful legend about Baikal and the Angara River; excursion to the Museum of Baikal, meeting inhabitants of flora and fauna of the lake, as well as an interactive diving to the bottom of the lake or visiting arboretum are possible; rising by the cableways to Chersky Mountain overlooking a gorgeous view on the mouth of the Angara and the south part of the lake; a walk through Krestovka village with visiting wooden St. Nicholas Church; visiting fish market and souvenir market; return to Irkutsk.
Breakfast; transfer to the airport; departure from Irkutsk.
At your request we can offer some more variants for trekking to Khamar-Daban.
The price includes:
Transfer: Irkutsk – Slyudyanka – Irkutsk, transfer: a hotel (a flat) in Irkutsk – the railway station/the airport;
Accomodation in mini-hotel in Slyudyanka (toilet at the floor) for one night, in tents during trekking for 3 nights, in hotels: “Victoria”, “Irkutsk”, “Angara” in standard variant and in a flat (home stay) in economy variant for 2 nights;
Meals: half board in mini-hotel of Slyudyanka (dinner+breakfast), full board during trekking (trek board), and breakfasts in hotels (home stay) of Irkutsk;
Rental of all equipment for the group, a guide for trekking;
Excursion in Listvyanka, including tickets to museums;
Insurance against tick-borne encephalitis and accident insurance.
!!! Important: you must have replacement set of clothes and extra pair of shoes. It is recommended to have vaccination against ticks.
1) To participate in the tour it is recommended to have (unless otherwise noted):
Rucksack, a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a windproof jacket, a rain gear, reserve hiking boots, a sweater, warm socks, a flashlight, if necessary - a personal first aid kit.
2) We provide all necessary group equipment: tents, mats, fire equipment, and team first aid kit.
3) Meals: In the stationary conditions – hot full board. In the field - the food is prepared on fire by your guide 2 times a day. At lunch time, in order to save the light-time, tourists are satisfied with dry rations and hot tea. Tourists can participate in the process of cooking, but be sure to help in gathering of firewood and cleaning campsite before leaving.
!!! It is strongly recommended to have vaccination against tick-borne encephalitis. Ticks are active from early May to mid-July. Although we avoid visiting places of greatest tick-borne activity, insurance of encephalitis is included in the cost of our active tours. Insurance against accidents is also included in the price.
To know all the current prices refer to the managers