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.
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