Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM)Tour Type:
group or private
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Duration: 15 daysGrade: ModerateConsider some walking (about 2 hours per day).Rate: from $2,803 USD per person The Ukok Plateau horse ridingTour Type:
Season: July - AugustDuration: 15 daysGrade: ChallengingMind the daily trekking distances and carry-on bags. Previous trekking/hiking/camping experience is highly desirable. In case of medical emergency, evacuation options are limited by helicopters only.Rate: from $2,237 USD per person
This is a unique opportunity to visit the most sacred and revered places in Siberia, where you will see the center of Buddhist culture, the famous Ustuu-Khuree Buddhist Temple, performance of traditional Tuvan throat singing, taste Tuvan national dishes and take part in the ceremony of Kamlaniye!
During this extraordinary journey to very special, unique places you will get to know the beautiful, largest freshwater lake in the world , Baikal, and the mighty Altai Mountains, old Irkutsk town and scientific center of Russia, Novosibirsk. You will ride by the famous Trans-Siberian train, you will see Siberian countryside and you will definitely enjoy the hospitality of Siberian people!
We will remind you what a huge part of the Asian continent Siberia really is. You will travel to a Buryat town of Ust-Orda and visit the Datsan monastery to meet the Buddhist Lama. Ust-Orda village is home to the indigenous Buryat people. The Ust-Orda Museum has a rich collection of exhibits on Buryat history and culture. Here in Datsan you will meet the Lama, Renchen, who has been commissioned to start the reconstruction of the Buddhist Monastery, destroyed during Soviet times. Lunch with traditional Buryat food (salad, soup, pozy (Buryat steamed meat dumplings), dessert, and drinks, including traditional vodka.
Head to Karakol Valley by famous Chuysky Tract highway, ancient road connecting Russian to Mongolia. This is the most scenic road in Russia, and National Geographic granted it the 5th place in the list of "most scenic roads of the planet". Cities and villages, birchwoods and taigas, rapid rivers and rivers’ junctions, mountains and steppes – you will have it all along this way. The breathtaking landscapes changes with each road turn.
You will see the extraordinarily rapids of the river Katun (white rafting on request) , Katun hydropower station, Oroktoy bridge, impressive karst caves, settlement Kuyus and waterfall Beltertuyuk.
A part of Altai mountains, Chulyshman creek, is UNESCO World Heritage Site holding secrets of Scythian aristocracy.