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Expedition to native reindeer herders of Northern Baikal

A reindeer herder in the mountains of Baikal lake This tour is for real enthusiasts who would like to get familiar with traditions and lifestyle of the native people of Siberia – Evenki. They still migrate from summer to winter camps in the mountain valleys and well adapted to harsh conditions of the North. One of the clans of Northern Baikal called Chilchigiry used to live in the valley of Upper Angara river mostly engaged in hunting, fishing, and reindeer breeding. Evenki live in nature, eat natural food, wear natural clothes, and getting there you become participants of a “real life” of these unique people and their culture. In the proposed tour, you will live with Evenki people, cross mountain pass with reindeer, we will try to preserve the normal lifestyle of the family as much as possible and give the participants of the expedition the opportunity to participate on an equal level in all daily matters.

Available: All year around; Winter; Summer;
Duration: 8 days
Places: Baikal lake; North of Baikal; Irkutsk;
Activities: Trekking; Sightseeing; Snowmobiling;

Day 1. Arrival to Severobaikalsk city. Accommodation in guest house. Excursion to the observation point

Severobaikalsk city After you arrive to Severobaikalsk city* you will be met by our guide or representative and will be accommodated in guest house of Severobaikalsk or hostel. After some rest you be dropped off by the border of the city and have a short trekking along ecological route to the observation point. This day we will meet with the rest of participants and get ready fot expedition. Sightseeing in Severobaikalsk. A ride to Nizhneangarsk to ethno center "Sinilga" where you will be performed a ritual. Return to Severobaikalsk. Dinner. Overnight. ( -, Lunch, Dinner).

*Severobaikalsk city is located on the Northern shore of Baikal lake. Expedition starts from this city. You can arrive here on your own by plane or train.

It is possible to get there by train or by plane from Irkutsk (airport is in located in Nizhneangarsk which is 20 km away from Severobaikalsk). Airplanes from Irkutsk go to Severobaikalsk twice per week - on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The flight is performed by local aviacompany "Angara".

If you are travelling Transsiberian railroad, you can get to Severobaikalsk by train.

Day 2. Severobaikalsk city - Noviy Uoyan village

Packing the car before starting to the mountains 09.00 - breakfast in the guest house/hostel. 10.00 - Transfer Severobaikalsk - Noviy Yoyan village. (About 170 km distance). Accommodation in local guest house. Lunch in a local family with tasting the local cuisine. Time for rest and village sightseeing. There is Uoyan train station on Baikal-Amur railway. Dinner in the evening, overnight. (B, L, D).

Day 3. A ride in the forest by 4WD, meeting the reindeer and Evenki people, crossing the lake by boat (snowmobiles in winter). Banya on the shore of the lake.

Evenk with his reindeer 09.00 - breakfast in the guest house. 10.00 - Transfer by 4WD cars along the forest road for about 70 km distance. It usually takes about 3-4 hours to ride. The road passes some bumpy and swampy areas, crosses the valley of river. When you get to the place, you will be met by Evenki people and reindeer. Lunch in the forest as picnic. After lunch you will get your luggage loaded on reindeer and start trekking to the lake hidden in the mountains. The trekking distance is about 7 km until you reach the lake. Then you will cross the lake by motor-boat. About 4 km long. This night you will spend in a wooden house which stands on the very shore of this picturesque lake. Don't miss your chance to try Banya which stands near-by and you must definately try to swim in the clear water of the lake afterwards!!! Dinner in the evening, overnight in wooden house. (One shared room, toilet outside).

Day 4. Trekking from the lake to the reindeer farm. Accommodation in wooden house. Tasting the local cuisine.

Reindeer of Northern Baikal 09.00 - breakfast 10.00 - loading the reindeer. Trekking for 4 km from the lake to the reindeer farm. Upon arrival to the farm you will be accommodated in a wooden house. (One shared room, toilet outside). Rest, meeting the rest of the deer. Lunch. After lunch you may walk to the river near-by and to try fishing. Evenki who live of the farm will tell you about fishing and hunting techniques, as well as about wildlife here as they know the animals and life in taiga best. Return to the farm. Banya. Dinner with tasting the local cuisine. Overnight. (B, L, D).

Day 5. Start trekking from the reindeer farm to hunter's winter house ​

Trekking in tundra-forest zone with reindeer of Baikal lake 09.00 - breakfast 10.00 - loading the reindeer. Trekking from the reindeer farm together with reindeer and Evenki people. Evenki are ofter called "taiga people" as they can orientate in endless taiga forest and mountains without any navigators, they "read" the weather, tell which animal has been at this place recently, can easily identify the bear sleeping place and the tree where it scratched its claws. Lunch on the way as picnic. Trekking distance is about 10 km. You will arrive to the winter house where hunters used to stay when they go hunting. Overnight in a house or tent. Enjoy stories (truthworthy) told by Evenkis from their lives living in taiga, sitting by the evening fire. (B, L, D).

Day 6. Trekking to the mountain pass. Overnight in tent or tchum

To get a better view of the valley it is nice climb up the rocks 09.00 - breakfast 10.00 - loading the reindeer. Trekking for about 12 km to the mountain pass. This pass was used since long ago by Tunguz people to enter the mountains from Upper Angara river. Today you will trek to the foot of this pass. On the way you will pass alpine meadows with blossoming flowers in summer. It is possible to collect local herbs which are used in tea and other fields, especially with healing qualities. Lunch on the way as picnic. After you arrive to the place you may set up a tent or spend the night in conic-shaped tchum - traditional "house" of Evenkis. Dinner, overnight. (B, L, D).

Day 7. Climbing the mountain pass, trekking down to the forest zone. Transfer by car to Uoyan village. Hot springs. Arrival to Severobaikalsk.

Climbing the mountain pass with Evenk people and their deer 08.00 - breakfast 10.00 - loading the reindeer. Today you will ascend the mountain pass with a nice panoramic view to the near-by mountains of Verkhne-Angarskiy mountain ridge. Trekking down for about 10 km. You will be picked up by a 4WD car on the forest road. It is difficult to say "Good-bye" to this magnificent animals and people who became your family for these last 5 days. Transfer to Uoyan village. Lunch. After lunch you will have transfer to hot springs Dzelinda (about 80 km ride). It is always nice to relax in hot springs after trekking. Transfer to Severobaikalsk city. Accommodation in guest house/hostel. Dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 8. Departure day

Overnight in hunter's house in taiga with reindeer After breakfast you will have transfer to the airport/train station. Departure. (B, -, -).

Please contact us for the tour price and available dates.

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