Kayak trip to Sayan
Kayaking in the Sayan Mountains
Every year we are organizing the kayak trip to one of the most amazing places on Earth – the land of high waterfalls and pristine nature – Sayan Mountains, Siberia. In this journey, you will see everything – the deep canyons, big volume rapids, turquoise rivers, waterfalls, an abundance of fish, berries, and mushrooms. This is a true 2-week long adventure, far from civilization, and work problems. During this trip, you will learn all the nuances of expedition kayaking, different tactics, and techniques, as well as put your strength to the test.
This is going to be a 2-week long self-supported adventure, far from civilization and people. No roads, no shops, no cars. We have to get from point “A” to point “B”. During this trip, you will learn all the nuances of expedition kayaking, different tactics, and techniques, as well as put your strength to the test.
We will paddle 2 rivers in Sayan Mountains, Lake Baikal area. Kitoy river and one of its tributary Biluti river. The Kitoy river is big water (around 80-120cms, can be more after the rain) class III-IV with few class V rapids, but if you feel not strong enough you can easily portage (walk around) them. The Biluti river is a small volume creek with a good number of drops from 1-12 meters. It is also possible to portage the rapids what you don’t like. But overall – all the drops are clean and pretty safe.
The difficulty of the whole trip is class IV. But keep in mind that this is a big volume class IV as well as this is a long self-supported trip that requires stable physical and mental conditions. So, you have to feel confident on the rivers with this grade. Good eskimo roll required!
Requirements to participants:
Good eskimo-roll, the whitewater experience of class IV and higher, good hiking skills.
Guides in the tour:
You have to take the flight from your place to–>Moscow–>Irkutsk and the same way back. We will meet you in Irkutsk and we’ll drive to the put-in of the Kitoy river. After 12 days we will reach the first village where will be the meeting point with our vans.
You have to come with your own paddling gear + kayak and paddles as well as your own camping gear.
If you can’t bring some of your kayak equipment with you. Please, let us know very in advance. There are very limited options to rent kayaks or over equipment in Irkutsk. We can try to help you with what.
We cook on the fire and sleep under the tarps. We will bring all the food with us, but as well there is good fishing in this area. If you don’t have the experience in expedition kayaking, download a list of stuff that you have to have in this kind of adventure. But make sure that all your equipment fits in your boat. No raft support in this trip, all your gear you have to carry by yourself.
approximate dates 15- 25 July 2021
*Take an account that first and last days are arrival and departure days.
The group will be no bigger than 11 people. We don’t know at the moment who will come on this trip, but 100% this will be an international group of people which makes this trip even more interesting.
No worries about the safety, we know the rivers and whole area very well.
The price includes:
- transfer from the airport to the river and back
- accommodation in Irkutsk
- registration in migration card
- guide and safety kayaker on the river
- trip organization
- meals during all the trip
- camping equipment (tarps, cooking pots etc)
- cabins and sauna at the end of the trip
Price does not include – airfare(flight), medical insurance, visa, alcoholic beverages during the trips
From 2018 for all foreigners need to get permits to get to the “putin”!
The deadline to apply for permits (copies of your passport and copy of your !russian visa!) is July 1, 2021!!!
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Normally it’s pretty warm and dry at this time of the season. The average temp is +18 +22 during the day and around +10 at night.
In last years we have done many successful trips in this area and know everything how to make it perfect and memorial for anyone who will take part in this adventure.