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Pearls of Upper Asia

Destination:
Easy - nothing more than normal walking while sight-seeing
Moderately Easy - 1-3 hours of physical activity daily
Moderate - 3-5 hours of physical activity daily
Challenging - 5-7 hours of challenging physical activity daily
Extreme - 7+ hours of challenging/extreme physical activity daily
Difficulty
Basic — most of nights in tents or rooms with shared WC, some nights in comfortable rooms.
Standard — most of nights in comfortable rooms, some nights in tents or rooms with shared WC.
Upgraded — all nights in comfortable rooms.
Comfort
Minimum age of the participant of this trip
Days
Highlights
  • Exploration of the two deepest lakes of Asia
  • "Off the beaten track",route aimed at discovering the unique nature of Lake Baikal and Lake Khovsgol areas
  • Discovering of Siberian, Burytian and Mongolian way of life
  • Alternation of trekking, travelling by boat, bus, 4x4, plane, cultural discoveries and visits
Tour Overview

Imagine : 25 million years ago, because of a tectonic movement, a part of the chain Akademichesky sank into waters of the deepest lake in the world, the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal. 20 million years later, another jolt gives birth to its small brother, at foothills of the Eastern Saïan Mountains, the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, Lake Khovsgol. 

These two lakes share same geologic origin, preserved and wild nature and their disproportional sizes which make them the two deepest lakes in Asia. 

They are linked up by Eegiin Gol, the only "child" of Lake Khovsgöl who throws itself into River Selenga, itself feeding Lake Baikal.

During this tour, we offer you to discover wealth, diversity and unique character of one of the nicest regions of Upper Asia.

After visiting Irkutsk, capital of Eastern Siberia, good example of 19th century pomp in Russia, you will be introduced to the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal.

We will trek during 3 days on Olkhone holy island and cross Lake Baikal at its largest part to reach Barguzin Bay, one of the most picturesque Bay of the lake.

We will drive towards Ulan-Ude, the capital of the Republic of Buryatia, nested in the meanders of River Selenga.

Taking back the mythical "Tea Road", we will stop in Kiakhta before leaving Russia to enter Mongolian territory. Continuing our road southward, we will make a pause in Darkhan, second biggest city of Mongolia before visiting the pretty buddhist monastery of Amarbayasgalant. Our road towards Khovsgol will be livened up with treks along rivers and lakes of the region. Once on the banks of the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, we will take part of a two days expedition with our own yurt tracked by a yak as traditionnal nomadic herders.

Our route will come to an end in Ulan Bator, capital of the Sons of the Steppe.

Tour programme
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                                          Detailed description
                                          New departures available soon
                                          Price includes
                                          • English-speaking guide
                                          • Accommodation as per itinerary
                                          • Transport as per itinerary
                                          • Meals
                                          • Excursions and visits as per itinerary
                                          • Reserves and national parks entrance permissions
                                          • Transfer from airport / railway station on first day
                                          • Transfer to airport / railway station on last day
                                          • Letter of invitation
                                          • Camping outfit rental
                                          • Horse and equipment rental
                                          Price does not include
                                          • Medical insurance
                                          • Administrative registration
                                          • Personal expenses and tips
                                          • Visa fees and travel insurance
                                          • Optional activities
                                          For more info, please download the detailed description of the trip.
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