Ural Expeditions &smp; Tours

Climbing Mount Munku-Sardyk - the highest top of Baikal Region

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights
Dates: on request from April 26 to May 10

Vast areas of Lake Baikal have remained basically untouched due to its rough terrain. Gorgeous mountain ranges bound the lake from all sides. The most impressive of all are the East Sayan Mountains that stretch south from Lake Baikal with Munku Sardyk mount being the utmost summit in the whole Baikal region. It stands right on the Russian Mongolian border overlooking both countries from the height of 3491 m.  This is the world of glaciers, stormy winds and fascinating landscape.
In late April for just 2 weeks the trails leading to Munku Sardyk become crowded with hundreds of tourists. Both newcomers and advanced mountaineers come here every year to explore the glaciers and the breathtaking canyons of Muguvek River, to meet friends and sing songs round the camp fire.

Day Itinerary Notes

1 Day (Sun)

Arrival in Irkutsk. Meeting and assistance for further transfer to hotel.  Check in and time at leisure.  Meals at your own expenses. City tour on request. (In case of early arrival you might have to wait at the reception for check in hours 12:00)

2 Day

After breakfast get prepared for a 330 km long drive to the confluence of 2 rivers (White Irkut and Irkut). Lunch en route in a road café.  From the confluence we shall pack up all our load and hike up the river ice (about 6-7 km) to the base camp. The rest of the day will be devoted to collecting fire wood, setting up tents and cooking dinner. (BD)

3 Day

Easy day hikes up the canyon of White Irkut river. The goal of the day is to learn the basic skills of working as a team in the mountains to get physically and psychologically fit as well as test the equipment (crampons). Dry food and hot tea will be served for lunch. Dinner and overnight at the base camp. (BLD)

* The upper reaches of White Irkut river are famous for a number of ice falls and beautiful colorful rocks.

4 Day

After early breakfast well pack up the necessary equipment, clothes and provisions and set off.(*). Those who feel they are not fit to make it to the very top can turn back to the base camp. The last section of the slope can be surmounted only with the help of crampons. On a good day from the top of Munku Sardyk  one can see hundreds of miles away. The Mongolian brother of lake Baikal lake Khovsgol is right under you - at the very foot of Munku Sardyk facing the Mongolian side.
The top of the mountain can host just a few people so after a short rest and photo session well turn back to the base camp. (BLD)

* The success of the assent a lot depends on the weather conditions. In case of bad weather the ascent will be postponed for the next day. But even with favorable conditions tourists should be prepared for exhausting 9 hours hike (6 hours to the top and 3 hour back to the base camp).


5 Day

Free day to explore the surroundings (*). (BLD)

* We keep this day in reserve in case the first attempt to ascent Munku Sardyk was not a success due to weather or any other conditions.

6 Day

After breakfast we start out trip back to the highway. As we get to the road a mini bus will drive us to a hot spa. A hot mineral bath is really what youve been dreaming for the last several days of hard work and cold overnights in tents. Proceed to the Southern most point of lake Baikal Sludyanka town. Dinner and overnight in a guest house. (BD)

7 Day


Breakfast in guest house. At 10:30 well catch a small tourist train that runs along the legendary Circum Baikal railroad.  The train moves really slowly so youll have plenty time to appreciate both Siberian nature and the old tunnels and bridges.   Lunch will be served in train. At about 7 p.m youll reach the Angara river source the only river that flows out of the mighty Baikal. Cross the river by ferry and 5 minutes drive to your final destination of the day a cozy guest house in Listvyanka village. Enjoy  sauna and dinner before going to bed. (BLD)

 * The Circum Baikal railroad undoubtedly is one of the main attractions of the South of Lake Baikal. Build at the end of Russian Royalism and called the golden Buckle of the Iron belt of Russia it nowadays has become an open air museum or Russian architecture and marvels of construction ingenuity.

8 Day


Breakfast. Explore Listvyanka village - once a small fishermen village on lake Baikal shore that now is rapidly transforming into a tourist center. On this day we offer you to visit the Baikal museum (*), the trading square were one can buy traditional Baikal souvenirs and see how the locals cook the endemic Baikal. (B)

* Baikal Ecology Museum exhibits the lake's unique flora and fauna: some of the best known inhabitants are represented in a huge aquarium.

9 Day

After breakfast well set of on a mini bus back to Irkutsk city (about 70 km drive) En route a guided tour to Taltsy an open air  Museum of Russian Wooden Architecture (*).  Accommodation in Irkutsk in a downtown hotel. On request our guide will introduce you to the main historical sites of Irkutsk. (B)

* There is a numerous number of ethnographical and architectural sightseeing in the museum. The oldest building on a site is the Spass Tower of Ilimsk Fortress (1667) and active Kazan Chapel (1679)

10 Day

Transfer to the airport.


1. The tour is available from April 27 to May 11.  
2. Minimum group size 4 pax.
3. Its required that customers are physically fit for long day walks and have winter camping experience. (at night the temperatures can go as low as -15C)
4. Outfit and gear: tents for 2-4 pax, sleeping mats, crampons
5. Its required that customers have their own sleeping bag, warm clothes, mountaineering boots, as well as sun cream and sun glasses. Ask your manager for a detailed list of personal equipment.
6. Hot meals are cooked over camp fire 2 times a day. During the day tourists are offered dry food and hot tea.
7. Depending on the physical condition of the group the Munku Sardyk ascent can be interchanged for other summits.

The cost includes:
  transfers on mini bus;
DBL accommodation in guest houses and hotels;
 Circum Baikal Train ticket;
 meals as noted in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L lunch, D - dinner);
 rent of equipment as noted in p.4;
- excursion as mentioned in itinerary;

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