season: all year round.
1. Hiking tour. During the hiking travel you go with all
your cargo and equipment in backpacks.
Hiking tour, with cargo on packhorses; it is possible to
rent horses for transportation of cargo and luggage. That
will transform your travel to a fascinating walk with a
small backpack in which there will be only your necessary
Horse tour. For travel on horseback and transportation of
cargo it is possible to rent packhorses.
trip to the
Shumak mineral springs"
Shumak mineral springs have been famous for many years for their wonderful
curative qualities. The Shumak water is a very effective cure for lithic
diathesis, diabetes, and functional disorders of the circulatory
and nervous system, chronic diseases of the upper respiratory tracts,
as well as digestive tract, liver and biliary diseases. We invite you
to take a fascinating trip and see with your own eyes the natural miracle
of the Sayan Mountains. More than one hundred springs with different mineral
emerge on the surface at the junction of the right and left Shumak rivers.
You will have a great opportunity to feel the wonderful power of Shumak
and enjoy the unforgettable landscapes of the Tunkinsky Alps belt. Moreover
you will see the pristine beauty of the Tunkinsky National Park.
The overall length of the route to and from the springs is 100 km. The
minimum duration of a hiking or horsebackriding tour is 7-9 days. To reach
the mineral springs you will have to cross the Shumak Pass at a height
of 2850 meters.
(hiking or horseback riding):
Day. Arrival in Irkutsk/Ulan Ude. Drive to the starting
point of the Shumak trail (250/500 km), the spa village of Nilova Pustin.
Set up camp overnight near the river Khubuty.
2nd Day. Trek past the post-glacial
lakes of Khubuty to the watershed area of the Ekhe-Ger river. (15 km).
3rd Day. Enter the rocky
Eastern Sayan mountain range and pass through alpine meadows to cross
the Shumak Pass (2,850 m). Camp by the spectacular 40 meter Shumak waterfall.
(about 20 km).
4th Day. Trek to the renowned
Shumak mineral water springs to bathe, relax and generally enjoy this
beautiful valley. You will be told many legends and we are confident that
Shumak will always have a place in your heart.
Day. Excursion to the Shumak mineral springs. Opportunity
to try the mineral baths. Free time to explore.Relaxation.
Day. Stroll down to the Shumak River to visit the sacred
site "Khuhane-Khada" (5 km). Return to the base camp.
Day. Opportunity to try the mineral baths. Free time to
Days. Trek back from Shumak springs to Nilova Pustyn village.
Day. Returning to Irkutsk or Ulan Ude.