Mamay gorge is one of the best powder spots in Siberia and at the same time it is the most picturesque one. Here the skitouring begins right outside the door of the hut, and the slopes are accompanied by a view of lake Baikal. There is nothing superfluous, a backcountry in its pure form. Tons of snow, snow-covered forest, challenging terrain, harmony with nature and Siberian flavor make this place number 1 in our hit parade. Depending on the condition of the group, it is quite possible to do 2-3 descents per day in deep snow and to gain 1000 - 1500 vertical meters. Tours from the hut typically range from 400-600m in vertical gain.
5 days skiing/7 days total
Evening flight from Moscow to Irkutsk. Participants must arrive in Irkutsk early morning the day before the tour start date
Day 1. Transfer to the foot of the gorge. Sightseeing of Baikal and the tasting the famous Buryat buzz on the way. From the beginning of the gorge we move to the hut: we are light on skins ,our bags are on snowmobiles. After that, if we will have free time, we will do warm-up tour to the mountains.
Day 2-6. Backcountry skiing.
Day 7. The final day. Transfer to Irkutsk, Baikal Lake and Buryat cuisine excursions.
November 9-15 [ special opening season program ]
November 27- December 3
price: 900 Euro/person
Any dates are available for private groups between January and mid-March. Maximum capacity of the group is 6 persons for one guide
5 days of epic guided skiing/splitboard adventure with RMGA guide; Round-trip transfers between Irkutsk and Mamay gorge; 6 nights accommodation at a private lodge in Mamay including all meals and cooking service with Banya (Russian bathhouse); Transportation of luggage to the hut by snowmobiles;
Air flights to Irkutsk, baggage fees, аirport transfers; Accommodation in Irkutsk; Meals in Irkutsk and on a transfer days; Medical/evacuation insurance; Tips for guides
Requirements to the participants
Participants must be advanced to expert level skiers or snowboarders
Fat powder skis( minimum 110 mm underfoot)
Splitboards for snowboarders is requirement
Avalanche and touring equipment
Good physical condition. You should be able to gain at least 700 vertical meters per day
A tourist visa is required for entry into Russia and will need to be applied for in advance. For a visa invitation, we recommend contacting Ivisaonline.com.
By plane to Irkutsk. In the morning of the first day, an organized transfer to the foot of Mamay gorge, wherefrom all our stuff and products are brought up on snowmobiles, while we climb to the hut on skins without any luggage. On our last day, we are being brought to Irkutsk in the reverse order.
You will need your complete skitouring kit, avalanche equipment, poles, helmet, backcountry backpack, first aid and repair kit, thermos, googles, sunglasses and sleeping bag. A full checklist of gear and equipment can be found here.
Accommodation and meals
As in any other mountain hut - we have a common life. We all live together in a two-story warm wooden house with a stove heating. We sleep in sleeping bags on the second floor, on the ground floor there is the kitchen-dining area and the common recreation area. The house has electricity. Water in the spring nearby. Our chef provides the group with full three hot meals a day with a variety of gourmet baked goods, fresh foods, traditional Russian dishes, and hearty meal choices. Every two or three days we have the opportunity to visit the banya (Russian bathhouse)
35% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 60 days prior to the trip start date