Trekking to Khamar-Daban mountains
Duration: 4 days

All year around;

4-days trekking tour to mysterious Taiga mountains on the south of Baikal lake – Khamar-Daban . which is called Siberian Alps, among giant cedar trees, mountain rashing streams and a cascade of waterfalls, fresh bracing mountain air, meadows of blossoming wild flowers and a masterpiece of Mother Nature - Lake shaped like a Heart – you won’t stop admiring this beauty which will inspire you! Sleeping in tents or wooden house upon your demand.

Day 1. Transfer Irkutsk - Sludyanka . Trekking up Slyudyanka river to Meteostation. (20 km).
Day 2. Trekking to the summit of Cherskiy rock.
Day 3. Visiting the cascade of waterfalls.
Day 4. Trekking back to Slyudyanka village. Transfer to Irkutsk.

Day 1.

Start of the trip. Trekking up Slyudyanka river

09.00 - Transfer Irkutsk - Sludyanka.

In the morning we will take a ride southwards from Irkutsk to Baikal lake (about 120 km, paved road). During this trip you will see Taiga forest, several small Siberian villages on Transsib rail line and Baikal lake surrounded by Khamar-Daban mountain ridge. The car will bring us to Sludyanka city situated on the main Transsib line next to the slopes of Khamar-Daban mountains.

12.30 - start of trekking.

Trekking route starts just at the border of this small city. If you want your luggage to be brought up by horses - it must be discussed and ordered in advance. The hiking route goes along Sludjanka river up to the mountains.

14.00 - Lunch will be served for you like a picnic at the river side.

After lunch we'll start hiking along river valley up to the river source. The hiking route goes along the old geological road which was built there for the reason of extracting very rare Baikal mineral -Lazurite. The road was build at 1960-s and now it's possible to drive there only by huge military trucks. We will cross the river several times by wooden bridges. The route is very picturesque: skin flowers, green slopes, crystal-clear running water near-by. It is possible to swim in the mountainous river in the hot day. This area has very high humidity of the air and this makes green moss grow on the stones, ground and trees.

18.00 - Tonight we will set up tent camp in the picturesque meadow among the evergreen cedar tree forest. If the group is in good physical condition it is possible to reach meteostation at the altitude of 1400 meters and spend the night either at the warm houses or tents (depending on your demand).

19.00 - Dinner will be prepared for you there. Overnight: Tent camp/wooden house. Total trek distance for this day is 23 km.

Day 2.

Trekking to the summit of Cherskiy rock

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Start of trekking to the summit of Cherskiy rock. (2090 m).

After breakfast we will start trekking up to the serpentine to end of the forest zone. Small trail runs through Taiga forest with huge and old cedar trees, some of them are probably more than 300 years old. After a while, we'll get to the Alpine meadows, usually blossoming all summer period. Then the trail will bring us to the mountain rib above forest zone, where we will continue hiking to Lake Heart (it has the shape of heart). It is believed that if you come here with the person you like, it will make your love stronger. Further the route goes to the summit of peak Cherskogo (2090 m) - the highest mount of this area. The route goes above the forest zone, the last stretch is rocky part. You should follow your guide at this place. From the summit you can observe the southern extremity of Baikal Lake. On a clear day you can see even rocky Sayan mountains on the horizontal line.

13.00 - Lunch.
17.00 - Returning back to the meteostation or a campsite.
19.00 - Dinner. Banya on demand (not included, must be ordered in advance!)
Overnight in tent /Wooden house. Total trek distance for this day is 20 km.

Day 3.

Visiting the cascade of waterfalls

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Start of trekking.

Today after breakfast we'll go to visit the waterfalls of the Podkomarnaya river. One of the waterfalls you can see and hear right from the place where we camp. The route goes through the forest, sometimes on the boulders (fallen stones), over the slopes. In June this place is all covered with a carpet of light yellow flowers, sometimes with wild garlic.

13.00 - Lunch will be prepared for you near one of the waterfalls.

Enjoy swimming in the sparkling waterfalls on a hot day. It is refreshing and energizing! Returning back to the camp.

19.00 - Dinner. Time for rest.

In autumn it is a luxury place for berry lovers. You may lay down in the meadow and eat the berries right in front of you. It is mostly sweet blueberries and mountain cranberries. Foreign tourists love making compote with these gifts of nature and herbs. Overnight: Tent camp/Wooden house. Total trek distance for this day is 15 km.

Day 4.

Trekking back to Slyudyanka village

09.00 - Breakfast.
10.00 - Packing camping equipment and start of trekking.

Today in the morning after breakfast we will pick up all our camping equipment and start hiking down to Sludyanka city. Usually it takes about 6-7 hours to go back. The way back is always easier and seems shorter.

13.00 - Lunch will be prepared for you on the route.
18.00 - Arrival to Sludyanka.

After arriving to Sludyanka we will have transfer back to Irkutsk. (By local train or by public mini-bus, it depends on time of arrival). Transfer time is about 2.5 hours. Total trek distance for this day is 23 km.

Note: - It is possible to rent a 4WD car which may bring you and your luggage to about 1/3 of the route till the place where the forest road ends.

- It is possible to organise transfer of luggage by horses from Sludyanka to Meteostation.

- We may adjust the program individually for you according to your interests and demands. We may shorten (make 3 days instead of four), longer the program depending on your time. We may find you a nice accomodation in Sludyanka at the end of the tour if necessary.

Please, feel free to contact us and let us know your demands.

Group Size, people Tour price per person, EURO
The price may vary depending on a season. Please, contact our manager for actual prices.

Tour price includes:

  • All fees for visiting national park zones
  • English-speaking guide service
  • Meals during the tour
  • Rent of camping equipment, cooking and food ware
  • Transfer Irkutsk - Slusyanka - Irkutsk by car
  • Transfer to/from airport

Tour price doesn’t include extra services:

  • Extra services not mentioned in the programme
  • personal expences and souvenirs
  • Rent of horse and horse-riding equipment

Our guests about this tour:

Lee, Korea

May 31, 2016

Already 3 years has passed after my Khamar-Daban trekking. I still rememer so nice trip there with your wonderful guide. Send a congratulatory message for Svetlana and hope your success!

Mr. Lee, Korea

Jan 16, 2014

Dear Ms Sveta, Many thanks for my fantastic trekking to Baikal Lake. Of course, I rememer you and all the good memories with you during my both stays in Baikal area. Glad to hear from you and greetings from our group! Best regards, CH Lee from Korea