Irkutsk – Arshan – rafting the mid-section of the Irkut River (~ 150 km/3 days) – Shamanka – Irkutsk
5 days / 4 nights
Tour price per person:
The tour program:
Transfer from Irkutsk to Arshan by bus (210 km). Accommodation at a hotel. Time at leisure. Lunch at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing tour of Arshan, during which you will visit the unique artesian springs, a splendid waterfall in the Kyngarga mountain river canyon, and the local datsan – Buddhist church, located at the picturesque Eastern Sayan foothills. Lunch. Time at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Bus transfer from Arshan to the Irkut River near Bystroye village (120 km). Getting ready for the rafting: packing your things in dry bags, inflating rafts and receiving safety instructions. Lunch-picnic on the river bank, after which you set off for the rafting: your route runs through the deep valley with plummeting high sides resembling giant rocky walls. On the way you will have to overcome small riffles and shallows (Class I-II). Overnight stopover not far from a Class-II obstruction called Maliy (Lesser) Rapid. Dinner cooked on the campfire. Time at leisure. Overnight in tents.
Breakfast at the camp, launching rafts. The second rafting day is full of obstructions and magnificent landscapes. The most prominent obstacle today is the Bolshoy (Larger) Rapid (Class III) at the gorge’s outlet challenging by its considerable slope, power and – during floods – waves up to 1.5 m.
Boxed lunch en route. Overnight stopover next to the Motskiy Rapid (Class II). Dinner cooked on the campfire. Time at leisure. Overnight in tents.
Breakfast at the camp. Rafting to Shamanka village. This day you can indulge in watching huge rocky walls rising above the water, different cliffs-remnants, and other beauties of the Siberian taiga. Straight after the village you will see the huge red-brown wall of the scenic Shaman cliff. You can feast your eyes on this stunning scenery during the last 2 km before the mooring on the right bank near the ferry. Lunch. Deflating rafts. Departure by bus to Irkutsk.
- hotel accommodation in Arshan on twin-sharing basis (2 nights);
- meals as per program;
- rent of necessary gear;
- guides’ services*;
- sightseeing in Arshan as per program;
- transfers as per program;
- insurance against accidents and tick-borne encephalitis.
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Upon request, for extra charge we may prolong your tour by a stay in Irkutsk or at Lake Baikal and provide any services not specified in the itinerary.