Riding tour Kumora - Ulunkhan
(8 days, 175 km) and rafting
tour Ulunkhan - Ust-Barguzin
(5 days, 270 km), trekking
tour on the shore of Lake
Baikal (16 days, 430 km).
Here is a detailed outline of the tour that I would propose.
Meeting: City of Severobaikakalsk on BAM Railway line.
Starting Point: Kumora village
Trip Length 8 days - 7 nights - 7 days riding, there is no
other way of crossing 175 km between two points: village
Kumora - village Ulunkhan!
It is roadless Siberia!
Fish in crystal clear mountain streams and rivers. Imagine
riding for a week crossing creeks and rivers with a
background of majestic snowy peaks. Riders have a chance to
enjoy the total experience, the birds, flowers,
wildlife, camping, riding, and solitude.
There must be two groups moving to meet in the village
Ulunkhan! (THAT WILL MAKE THE TOUR LESS EXPENSIVE):
Estimated price range for the 1-month tour starting in Kumora:
from $4,224 for 2 people up to $12,880 for 10 people
The price for the second group going from Ulunkhan to Kumora
is not yet known, as there is a wide range of activities
Departure Dates (groups moving from BAM Railway to Ulunkhan):
15 May, 16 June, 17 July, 18 August - I am going to make big
tour about a month!
Departure Dates (groups moving from the village Ulunkhan to
BAM Railway): 23 May, 24 June, 25 July, 26 August - they will
have another programme in the
village Kumora and Severobaikalsk.
Riders: Minimum 2, Maximum 10 (there must be agreement between
the groups meeting in the village Ulunkhan 23 May, 24 June,
25 July, 26 August - groups must be equal in quantity).
Level: B+ Suitable even for beginning riders since the
pace rarely goes beyond the walk, and since there
will be resting days along the way. The horses will
be of Mongolian breed, surefooted, and very willing.
Pack horses will carry all material.
Tack: Trekking saddles
Pace: Slow - walk only due to terrain
1 d. - Railway train from Severobaikalsk at 6-30 till the
station Novy Uoyan then you go by lorry to the Kumora
2 d. - familiarization with the horses, start riding; you can
use map N 4 (see note N 2, it is "Pribaikalie" album).
3-8 d. - riding till the village Ulunkhan about 175 km, forest,
uninhabited area - you never meet a man, crossing of
the rivers, magic mountain appears in the horizon,
9 d. - About 270 km of the river Barguzin from Ulunkhan till
the Lake Baikal. Fill two 20 litre jerrycans; it is
enough for moving from Ulunkhan till the Ust-Barguzin
settlement - it is 40 litres for one inflatable
Rafting begins, 30 km you can visit hot springs at Alla
You stop at the village Sakuly - it is 80 km.
10 d. - You stop at the village Hilgana - it is 80 km.
11 d. - You reach the settlement Barguzin - it is 55 km, the
river from this is navigable.
12 d. - You reach the village Adamovo - it is 30 km, you can
use map N 22.
13 d. - You reach the settlement Ust-Barguzin, here you end
rafting; you came to the Lake Baikal, you can use map
14 d. - It is possible to find fuel, and fill seven 20 litre
jerrycans; it is enough for moving from Ust-Barguzin
till the Nizhneangarsk settlement - it is 140 litres
for one inflatable catamaran!
You can reach Niznee Izgolovye of the peninsular
"Svyatoy Nos" - it is 30 km, you can use maps N 35, 34.
15 d. - Your reach the Verknee Izgolovye - it is 60 km; you
can use maps N 21, 21.
16-17 d. - You explore the Chivurkuy Bay, one of the best in
Lake Baikal - it is about 75 km; you reach the
village Chiverkuy, you can use map N 21.
18 d. - You reach Sosnovka Bay - it is about 50 km, you can use
map N 16.
19 d. - You reach the village Davsha (25 km) - it is centre of
Barguzin Nature Preserve. You can visit the museum of
Nature, you can use map N 16.
20 d. - You reach the river Kabanya - it is about 35 km, you
can use map N 12. From here you can go trekking till
21 d. - you reach the brook (6 km from hut in river Kabanya,
then you hike to the lake "Losinaya", about 4 km; see
the map 12).
22 d. - you reach the river "Urbikan", hut is shown on the map
12; 18 km.
23 d. - you reach the river Shegnanda, there is farm of
Strogovs; there you can ask for additional payment to
prepare Russian Bath, there also you can buy a fresh
milk! 22 km, you can use map N 12.
24 d. - you reach meteorological station Tompa, 2 houses; 22
km, you can use map N 8.
25 d. - you reach sanatorium Khakusy (hot springs), you can
swim here for additional payment; 25 km, you can use
map N 8.
26 d. - you reach the Ayaya Bay, here you can go for hike to
the Frolikha Lake (it is about 9 km one way); 20 km by
27 d. - you reach the Cape Erekshakan, 18 km; you can use
map N 2.
28 d. - you reach the huts near the channel Angarakanchik,
18 km; you can use map N 2.
29 d. - you reach the life-saving station of Nizhneangarsk
settlement, here you phone on the telephone: 21560 or
3-6229 for help in a car to fetch for Severobaikalsk.
20 km, you can use map N 2.
1. You may be the the whole family (take your children or
mother and father).
Having with you only photograph camera or video camera!
All your luggage will be moving by horse, on the river by
catamarans and on Lake Baikal by catamarans also, driver
(he is also a cook) will help you to prepare the food. You
shall have a life-belt.
2. You shall follow your route on the map in Russian album of
maps around lake Baikal: "Pribaikalie", scale in one sm two
You can get this album (book) from me.
3. You are to have your personal gear: tents, rugs, sleeping
4. Optimum dates are: 15 May, 16 June, 17 July, 18 August
catamarans: 2 pax, 3 pax, 4 pax, 5 pax,
team: 1 guide
1 horseman, 1 horseman, 2 horseman, 2 horseman
person: $2112 $1633 $1384 $1376
catamarans: 6 pax, 7 pax, 8 pax, 9 pax, 10 pax
Service team: 2 guides, 2 horseman
person: $1645 $1516 $1423 $1348 $1288
Prices include all services: food, transportation,
commission for tour operator (10%) and travel agency (10%).
Prices don't include your personal gear: tents, rugs,
sleeping bags, bedding.
You should always keep close to the shore when you paddle
(you move from the shore of Lake Baikal at a distance of 10
meters); if there would be sudden wind - you must have enough
time to drag the catamarans on the shore!
Fredrik from Sweden on 8.09.2002 (e-mail: ---@telia.com):
> will there be meny mosquitos on these tours, thats something
> to try to awoid, from some of my stay in russia i know
> they can ruin your vacation.
I recommend for defence from mosquitos to use protect gauze.
Also it is absolutely necessary to follow instructions
of Patricia Ormsby (Japan) to protect you from bites of tic;
see her article on encephalitis (on my website).