Rafting the Sayan Oka
River and Lake Baikal Tour
This beautiful river runs 188 miles through green
ranges of the Sayan Mountains in a
remote area near the Mongolian border. The jewel of this river is
the gorgeous Orkho Bom canyon with great campsites, magnificent
cliffs, and excellent Grayling fishing, as well as more than sixty
rapids. The canyon's slopes are covered with dense cedar taiga and
full of different animals (sable, bear, etc). In this canyon you
will truly experience a vast wilderness. This is a fantastic river
trip for fly fishermen.
The trip ends with a visit to the famous Lake
Baikal which is the biggest reservoir of fresh water on our
planet. You will have an opportunity to visit museums, travel by
boat on the lake, and hike along its shores.
Please be advised: this area maybe rainy in late July and
will require adequate rain gear.
Arrive in Irkutsk City
near spectacular Lake Baikal. Departure
for a ten hour scenic bus trip to Put-in.
2 to 4:
Rafting class III to IV rapids to the middle of the Orkho Bom Canyon.
Day of rest. You may relax, pick up some wild berries and mushrooms,
catch some graylings, or just enjoy friendly conversation around
a real campfire. Siberian style sauna before dinner.
6 and 7:
Rafting down the remaining river to take out.
Take-out and Bus trip to Irkutsk
where we will enjoy hotel accommodation.
Transfer by bus to village Listvianka. Visiting Limnological museum.
Tour by private boat on Lake Baikal
and camp in Sennaya Bay. The "glorious sea" of Lake
Baikal is famous not only for its dimensions - over 400 miles
long and more than a mile deep but also for its wildlife. Of the
1,800 species of animals and plants found here, more than 75% occur
nowhere else, including the steppe eagle and the only freshwater
seal in the world, the nerpa.
10 and 11:
Hiking trips along Lake Baikal’s
shore. Return by motor boat to Listvyanka and bus to Irkutsk. Hotel
Departure from Irkutsk.
in Irkutsk and travel to
the river and back
on and off the river
nights accommodation in Irkutsk
to Lake Baikal and motorboat tour
Scheduled trip date: August 3-14, 2010.
We can run a Sayan Oka River trip at any time of the season
with a minimum of six participants. If a specific trip date has
fewer than six participants the tour price may be increased.
As an option you may add a day full of running class III rapids
on the Sentsa River. This is a beautiful river that runs through
ancient lava fields. Please contact us for details.