Hiking on the Baikal Mountain Range, 13 days
Many people dream of going on a trip to Lake Baikal, but they have no idea how to drive, how to build their route, to see how more beautiful places of this amazing lake can be.
Our hike on Lake Baikal is built so that you can see as many beautiful corners of this lake, coastal mountains and unusual places of this lake as possible. This journey is the best way to immerse yourself in nature, to feel unity with it.
The hike to Baikal, combining the journey through the taiga and the mountains of Northern Baikal, is quite a long one - 13 days. During this time, tourists can appreciate the beauty and inaccessibility of a calm and harsh land that is not accessible to every traveler.
The hike to Baikal is intended for tourists in good physical shape, since along the way it includes hard-to-reach sections along the taiga, overcoming large elevation changes.
03.07.2019 - 15.07.2019
16.07.2019 - 28.07.2019
29.07.2019 - 10.08.2019
11.08.2019 - 23.08.2019
Meeting at the railway station of the city of Severobaikalsk. In the afternoon by car we get to the village of Baikalskoye, on the road for about an hour. Start walking part of the route along the river Goremyka. We depart from the village for 2-5 km and have an overnight stay in the camp.
Trek up the Goremyka river (weakly noticeable path along the virgin Baikal taiga). The farther we move away from the centers of civilization, the fewer the paths. Mostly on the route there are no paths at all. The length of the day trip is 16 km.
Ascent to the mountains along the Goremyka River (views of the majestic peaks of the Baikal Range, the path of the dwarf trees and stone run). Sometimes we face difficult to pass through dwarf cedar places. The length of the day trip is 14 km.
Sherovy Vorota pass (Sherovy Gate) (1A), which is formed by the mountains of East and West Acheshboki, access to the lake plateau (dwarf trees and stone run on the pass of a large lake from the plateau, at sunset come views worthy of the Roerich feather). At the pass gentle sloping slopes. Mostly areas of mountain tundra. The length of the day trip is 13 km.
The Ust-Ilimsk tourists pass (1B), descent along the Straight river (Pryamaya river) (a cascade of waterfalls on the river, where we have lunch). The pass is pretty high by local standards. The group expects a large elevation difference. The length of the day trip is 11 km.
The Rose of the Winds pass, descent along the Vodopadny creek and further descent to the Kurkula river - the Strelka tract. Stream Vodopadny has a "speaking" name. It is a series of picturesque waterfalls of different heights and configurations. The tract "Strelka" - a place where several hiking trails intersect. There are convenient camping places. Spend 2 nights here. The length of the day trip is 10 km.
Radial access to the lake Guitar, which got its name for similar outlines with the musical instrument. Under the mountain Chersky (the highest point of the ridge, 2 588 meters) there are excellent views, cascades of waterfalls, fishing. On the road: 12km. You can walk to Izumrudnoye Lake (Emerald lake) through a cascade of waterfalls. In the evening we return back to the “Strelka” tract.
Descend along the Kurkula River down the valley (the path where there is littered with the remnants of avalanches). Gradual height drop. Ahead is already felt "breath" of Baikal. Seagulls are also a precursor to it. On the road: 16 km.
Access to Lake Baikal and Cape Kotelnikovsky, the main attraction of which are 2 outdoor and 1 indoor pool with hot springs. Healing thermal springs are a reward to all tourists after nine days of hiking in the taiga. The scratches and bruises obtained during the march instantly healed in these healing waters. On the road: 10 km.
Bathing in hot springs (nearby is the tourist base where we can refill supplies). We meet sunsets and sunrises on the shore of the lake. The bravest can swim in Lake Baikal.
Walk along the shore of Lake Baikal to Cape Kotelnikovsky at the mouth of the river Kurkula (good trail along steep rocks, great views of the lake and fishing). And mandatory water treatments in the sources that really rejuvenate. On the road: 16 km.
Departure by boat to the village of Baikalskoye, overnight in tents on Lake Baikal. 3-4 hours by boat on Lake Baikal. We will see several picturesque bays. Waves, endless water surfaces - everything is like at sea.
Departure of participants at home, boarding the train.
The route or schedule of the route can be adjusted on the spot, based on weather conditions, preparedness of the group and other circumstances.
What is included:
Motor transport Severobaykalsk - Baikalskoye village
Meals on the route (we prepare ourselves on the fire)
Group equipment (gas, burner, pharmacy)
Transfer by boat from Kotelnikovsky Cape to the village of Baikalskoye (1.5 - 2 hours)
What is not included:
Train/flight to Severobaykalsk and back; Meals on the road, before and after the trip