JEEP TOUR TO TUNKA VALLEY
3 Days/ 2 Nights All year round.
From 1 up to 5 clients. Any age.
One of the most attractive wild areas for all kinds of travelers and adventurers,
photographers as well, it was named after a small river that leaves deep and
narrow canyon in the ridges for flat plains of the valley. The valley of Tunka
is sprinkled with settlements as it is good for agriculture and herding, with
rich soils and good pastures. Area is populated with Siberia indigenous Buryat
people, the descendants of Mongols, mainly busy in cattle breading and agriculture
From Irkutsk, the travelers takea Russian 4WD military-style vehicle. The road
to Lake Baikal curves through the thick bushes of Siberian taiga-forest. This
is a part of the main highway between Moscow and Vladivostok that stretches
for over 10.000 km. In about 2 hours from Irkutsk, before the road zigzags down
to the lake everybody stops astonished by a magnificent view of the water mirror
and the Khamar-Daban Mountains beyond. At a small market place, local people
sell a variety of smoked fish from Baikal and other local delicavies. Right
below your feet, the Kultuk settlement is situated at the southern extremity
of Lake Baikal, where from the road makes sharp turn to the west and after climbing
relatively gradual pass gets to the "Golden Tunka Valley". The Tunka
valley belongs to the territory
the Republic of Buryatia. In two hours, you finally come to the Arshan settlement
located at the foot of the Sayan Mountains (Tunkinskie Pinnacles) that are snow
topped for over ten months a year. It is a mineral water health resort. Sunny
weather, nice scenery and clean highland air make it an attractive destination
for both Russian and overseas travelers. Those who like adventure activities
can take the trek up the Kyngarga River gorge. Another popular climb is the
nearest summit of 2.005 m ascends. If you take pains to overcome the steep slope
and challenging path, be awarded with a breathtaking view of the surrounding
picks, forests, plains and lakes of Tunka and the Arshan village. Ancient volcano
cones are clearly observed at the bottom of the valley. Various relaxing trips
in the vicinity of Arshan are available, such as a 0.5 hour walk to the Buddhist
temple, or hiking to the nearest waterfall on Kyngarga river. In about thirty
minutes drive from Arshan, at the bank of Irkut river, there is a natural thermal
shower of Zhemchug (Pearl). Overnights at family pension / hostels in Arshan.
Day 1: Drive to Arshan settlement. Sightseeing
Day 2: One day walking up the mountains.
Day 3: Visit to Zhemchug. Departure to Irkutsk.