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.

Programme

6 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.

VISAS

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.

Dates 2018/2019

  • November 12-18 [ BOOKED ]

  • November 21-27 [ 2 spots left ]

  • 30 November - 6 December [ 1 spot left ]

 

Price: 600 EUR

The price includes:

  • 6 days of epic guided skiing/splitboarding!

  • 6 nights mountain hut accommodation in Mamay gorge

  • Banya (Russian bathhouse)

  • Round-trip ground transport between Irkutsk and Mamay gorge (approx 3-4 hours each way)

  • Transportation of luggage to the hut by snowmobiles

Extra costs:

  • Air flights to Irkutsk, baggage fees, аirport transfers

  • Accommodation in Irkutsk

  • Meals in a hut, cooking service

  • Medical/evacuation insurance

  • Alcohol

  • 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 600-700 vertical meters per day

Transfer

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.

Equipment

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

We live together in a two-story warm wooden house. On the ground floor the economic sector and the kitchen, on the second we sleep and relax in your spare time. As in any mountain hut we have a common life, we sleep in our sleeping bags, we sink wood with firewood, we carry water from a stream, we cook on a gas stove in accordance with our preferences. The house will have electricity. There is no mobile and Internet connection. Bath is once in 2-3 days.

BOOKING POLICY

35% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 60 days prior to the trip start date

Previous trip report here: Mamay - backcountry in its pure form (russian)

35% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 60 days prior to the trip start date