Duration: from 10 hours
Season: All year round
Tour type: Hot Springs, Nature and Wildlife, Shaman tour, History and Culture
Tour price: from 6,600 rub per person
A real fairy tale awaits you on Arshan tour! Down caps of treetops, blue, green, black, white ice of Lake Baikal, sun, walk along the lake on foot and by car, hot springs with amazing views of the majestic snow peaks bring resemblance to the Swiss Alps and Tibet at the glance of a globe rover.
No matter when you come to Arshan, the area looks stunning at any season.
Arshan (from Sanskrit “Rasayana” is “healing water”) in Mongolia and ethnic Buryatia, as well as in Altai, Tuva, Kalmykia, in the northern and western regions of China, is the name of a mineral spring, which, according to locals has healing properties that sometimes are be confirmed by hydrochemical studies.
The village of Arshan is located at the foot of the Sayan Mountains. The very location of the resort sets up spiritual harmony and self-healing of the body. A nimble mountain river flows along the village, it is heard from all corners of the slumbering and drowsy settlement, for this, the locals nicknamed it Kyngarga, which means “drum” in Buryat language.
The Tunkinsky valley is probably the most unique place in the Baikal region pampered with a mass of ancient legends and stories. Many centuries ago, Genghis Khan and his army of many thousand warriors ran along this road along the bank of the Irkut River. Numerous sacred places, some of which are a thousand years old, miraculous mineral springs, the majestic Sayan mountains surrounding the picturesque Tunkinsky valley, give the impression of an unrealistic place with some superb hikes accessible on foot from the village.
Tour Description of the Hot Springs Arshan Tour
08:00 Irkutsk hotel pick up
08:30 Transfer along Kultuk motorway.
11:30 Stop for lunch (not included) in one of the numerous cafes to try some of local specialities.
12:30 Transfer to Arshan village and a hike to Arshan waterfalls with a stop at the Mongolian Goodies market where you can buy wool and cashmere products and start a slight ascend along the walking path of the Kyngarga River with the maximum elevation of 800 meters above the sea level.
15:30 Lunch on the way (not included). Try some authentic Buryat dishes to get the real taste of Tunka Valley.
17:00 After the hike we drive about +20 km to Zhemchug (Pearl) village with hot springs, opened all year around. The temperature of hot springs is +55C, the recommended bath time is 10-25 minutes.
Arshan and Zhemchug hot springs contain different substances like calcium, sulfates, and sodium. With that being said, when you rest in the water you absorb the minerals and when you soak up the minerals “your hydrostatic pressure rises”.
Your blood starts pumping and you get to feeling like you’re working out – without even having to run or lift weights! Blood circulation helps your body feel not so stiff and tired as it would if you were lying in bed all day.
And what fun to come to the springs in winter at -30 and plunge into a lukewarm open bath with silk-soft waters! Please take a swimming suit and a towel!
19:00 return to Irkutsk.
Please note! The Arshan tour might be combined with a guided visit to the indigenous Shaman.
Price of the Hot Springs Arshan Tour: from 6,600 rub per person.
5-7 PAX: 6,600 rub per person
4 PAX: 7,300 rub per person
3 PAX: 8,300 rub per person
2 PAX: 10,900 rub per person
1 PAX: 18,400 rub
Discounts for bigger groups!
The price includes:
– Pick-up/drop off
– English-speaking guide
– Tunka National park fees
– Pribaikalsky National park fees
– Entrance fees to the hot baths
The price does not include: Meals and drinks
Visit to the indigenous Shaman – 2,500 rub per person
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