Kodar Mountains Exploratory Skitouring, Siberia

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Siberia, Russia
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    Gulag, old Russian prisoners camp

A dramatically wild landscape, isolated and remote. Siberia is the starting point of this new X-plore adventure. A journey on skis and pulkas that will lead us through frozen valleys, frozen rivers, craggy peaks, abandoned gulags (prisons) and Evenk settlements to finally enjoy a trip in the BAM (train).

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SIB002

fixed departures:

(1) 01/04 – 14/04, 2016

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4/12 MIN/MAX

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Siberia

type:

Skitouring

duration:

14 days

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Siberia, Russia

During this journey of adventure with exploration we will visit hot springs and travel through the longest railway tunnel in Russia, which is in the the legendary Lake Baikal – Amur railway line (BAM). We will also explore the old prisons of the former USSR (Gulags), enjoy the fascinating landscapes of the Kodar mountains in winter and get to know the Evenk’s lifestyle.

The Stanovoy Mountains, located in Lake Baikal’s eastern side, rise up to 3,000 meters and Kodar (which in Evenk language means “The Rock”) is the highest mountain range in the area.

The Kodar forests are mainly formed by taiga, an element which reaches 1,500 meters above sea level. At higher altitudes the ground is rock or tundra. There are 18.8 km2 of glaciers in Kodar. However, and despite global warming, here they are not melting as fast as in other parts of the world, as they can be found at 1,800 meters or above, and had shown that its mass is not supported by the accumulation of snow but by superimposed ice. Even when we ski the lower parts of the valleys, we will find clear ice masses along the river banks.

The journey on skis and pulka is suitable for any adventurer willing to live a unique experience in a very wild environment. The maximum distance that we will go through every day will be 23 miles, and sometimes we will use the same camp zone so we can explore without pulkas.

Guide

X-plore Guide.

Food

All included during the journey.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival at Irkutsk. Transfer to Taksimo

Day 2 - Baikal-Amur railway to Novaya

Day 3 - Transfer on 6WD and start of the ski tour. Camp

Day 4 - Sakukan River Crossing, 23km. Camp

Day 5 - Trekking and skiing to the Gulag, 8km. Camp

Day 6 - Crossing the Bam peak. Camp

Day 7 - Circular crossing, 17km. Camp

Day 8 - Crossing of the Evenk settlement, 23km. Camp

Day 9 - Chara River crossing, 23km. Camp

Day 10 - Journey to Sakukan, Severobaikalsk train

Day 11 - Visit to Severobaikalsk. Visit to the hot springs and train to Irkutsk

Day 12 - Travel by train to Irkutsk

Day 13 - Arrival at Irkutsk. Sightseeing and dinner

Day 14 - Transfer to the airport. Departure

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Included

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • Irkutsk-Bodaibo flight
  • Bodaibo-Taksimo transfer by car
  • Transfer by 6WD
  • Car trips to the hot springs in the Severobaikalsk area
  • Train tickets (3rd class, platskart) Taksimo-Novaya Chara
  • Train tickets Novaya Chara-Severobaikalsk, Severobaikalsk-Irkutsk
  • Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary at hotel Taksimo, Novaya Chara, Severobaikalsk, private home in Irkutsk and in tents during the journey
  • X-plore guide and local guide
  • Full board
  • Rental tents, skis and pulkas
  • Communication and security materials
  • Licenses

Excluded

  • Not specified extra expenses
  • Expenses caused by bad weather, delays or flight cancellations
  • Meals on flight days
  • Any expenses not specified before
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