Rafting down Irkut River
In the morning you will have a meeting with
your guide and afterwards you will have transfer by car to the region of the
southern Baikal, where will be starting point of a rafting tour. First we’ll
drive main highway through Taiga forest until we reach south extremity of Baikal
Lake. (120 km drive, paved road) Here we will make a stop for lunch in a road café
located at the very top of the mount with a nice panoramic view to Baikal Lake.
After lunch we will continue driving (35 km more,
paved road) serpentine road descending down to the Lake towards to Kultuk
village, located at the foot of the hill. Here we will leave main highway and
turn to the road, which bring trough low forest pass to the beginning of
picturesque Tunka valley where Irkut river flow from.
Car will bring you
to the riverside where we will download all our rafting and camping equipment.
Here we will build and pump our raft boat, load all essential equipment and
start rafting trip down Irkut river.
Every participant of the trip will be equipped
with life vest, helmet and paddle. Not far from starting poiòå of rafting trip
Irkut River makes a steep curve and gets into the canyon where the river flow
faster and got some rapids. Today we’ll cover a distance about 30 km and set up
tent camp in one of the picturesque places on the bank of Irkut River. Dinner
will be prepared for you over campfire.
Overnight: Tent camp.
After breakfast we’ll pack all our camping gear
into the boat and continue rafting
down Irkut River. The river has a lot of curves and river forks. On our way
we’ll pass numerous rocks, rapids and river forks. Banks of Irkut River covered
with dense pristine Taiga forest and for all the length of our route there is no
any settlements and other signs of human activity. In this region Irkut river
valley curves a lot, time to time we will pass different rapids, some of them
with a high water level could looks like numerous big waves with white surfs.
Even though some places on a river flow looks quite impressive, rafting on
modern raft boats is safe and easy, and so you can enjoy passing every rapid.
In the middle of the day, just after passing big
rapids, we’ll make a stop for lunch and rest on the bank of the river. While
your guide is cooking lunch, you can manage to go over last rapid stretch once
After lunch we will
continue our trip down the river. Today afternoon we will pass through several
picturesque rocks standing next to the river. On your demand we could make a
special stop and have a trekking excursion to the top of one of them. From
summit of those rocks you will have a chance to take several memorable photos of
the Irkut river valley.
At the evening of this day we will reach campsite
with magnificent view to the high rocks on the opposite side of the river.
Tonight you will have dinner next to the relaxing warmth of evening
Overnight: Tent camp.
Today morning we should cover the
rest of the distance on the river to the small village Shamanka, where we
suppose to finish our rafting trip on Irkut River. On the last stretch Irkut
river flows quietly, so participants may need to paddle. Upon arrival to this
village we will disconnect rafts and pack them into the car, which bring us back
to Irkutsk city. On the way back we will make lunch stop in a road café.
We will arrive to the Irkutsk city this afternoon,
upon arrival you will be accommodated in a hostel.
This evening you will have walking excursion
around historical center of Irkutsk city which will includes visiting place of
Irkutsk foundation, several churches and central city market.
Price (Euro) per person
Note: Ask manager
about ongoing tours and get your group discount!
- guide service
- complete meal 3 times a
- rent of camping and rafting equipment
- all transfers
according to a program
- all fees for visiting museums and National park
- one overnight in Irkutsk city on a last day of the program
- pick up service from/to railroad station/airport
You can book this tour by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Map of the trip