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Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent and Fishing on Ilchir Lake

Munku-Sardyk Mount ascentDuration: 8 days / 7 nights*
Group: 2-20
Season: February-May
Language: English
Tour type: Trekking and Hiking, Mount ascent, Fishing, Nature and Wildlife, Adventure
Tour price: from 25 000 rubles per person



* Duration of the program can be modified depending on the weather conditions and the wishes of the travelers.


The Eastern Sayan Mountains are one of the most beautiful areas of southern Siberia. The Sayan cover an area of about 250 thousand Km2. It is one of the most sparsely populated territories of Siberia. The population density is 1 person per 1 km2. The highest peaks of the region are concentrated in this area. Among them are Mount Munku-Sardyk (3491 m), the Tunkinsky (3266 m) and the Kitoysky (3215 m) rocky peaks. Due to the isolation and remoteness, rare species of the animals have survived and have been preserved here: red wolf, irbis (snow leopard), argali (mountain sheep), Tuva beaver and reindeer. 36 animal species and 27 plant species inhabiting the area are listed in the Red Book.

Munku-Sardyk (aka Mönkh Saridag) is the highest peak of the Eastern Sayan Mountains. It is located at the border of Mongolia – Russia and overlooks both countries. From the top of the mountain one can see hundreds of miles away including the plains of Northern Mongolia with Lake Khovsgol and the mountain ranges of the Eastern Sayan. The Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent is of interest both to serious climbers and beginners.

Lake Ilchir is located in the mountain range of the Eastern Sayan Mountains, on the border of the Buryat Republic. It is located at an altitude of about 2000 meters, and gives rise to the Irkut River. Lenok, taymen, burbot, and eurasian dace inhabit the clear waters of the Ilchir. However, this pristine lake is best known for the incredible abundance of grayling.

Irkutsk – Zhemchug settlement – East Sayan – Ilchir lake – Zhemchug settlement – Irkutsk

Description of the Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent:

Day 1
Arriving in Irkutsk. Meeting at the airport/railway station. Breakfast. Transfer to Zhemchug settlement. Check into the hotel. Meeting the instructor. Discussion about the hike. Equipment check. Lunch and dinner in the hotel. Bathing in mineral hot springs.

Day 2
Early breakfast. Transfer to “Strelka” (place of confluence of two rivers, White Irkut and Irkut). Lunch. Moving to the camp on the ice of the White Irkut river (about 12 km). Setting up the camp. Dinner. Rest.

Day 3
Breakfast. Ice training on the tributary of White Irkut. Instruction. Lunch. Return to the camp. Preparing of equipment. Dinner.

Day 4
Early breakfast. Moving towards Munku-Sardyk. Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent (under favorable conditions). Lunch by the lake. Descent to the base camp. Dinner.

Day 5
Breakfast. Descent. Transfer to Ilchir lake (about 40 km). Setting up a camp. Fishing (grayling, burbot, dace)

Day 6
Fishing. Walk in the mountains in snowshoes (those who don’t want to fish).

Day 7
Breakfast. Transfer to Zhemchug settlement. Bathing in the mineral hot springs. Check into the hotel. Dinner.

Day 8
Departure to Irkutsk.


Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent

Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent

Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent

Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent







Price of the Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent: from 25 000 rubles per person
1 PAX – 105 000 Rub
2-3 PAX – 45 000 Rub per person
4-5 PAX – 38 000 Rub per person
6-8 PAX – 30 000 Rub per person
9-11 PAX – 27 000 Rub per person
12-14 PAX – 25 000 Rub per person

The price includes:
– Meeting at the airport, hotel pick up/drop off
– Transfer according to the program: Irkutsk – Zhemchug settlement – Mondy settlement – Ilchir – Zhemchug settlement – Irkutsk
– Accommodation at the hotel in Zhemchug (twin bed)
– Meals according to the program (meals in cafes on the arrival and the departure days are paid extra)
– Guide service during the whole tour
– Equipment rental
– Medical insurance

The price does not include:
– Flight or train tickets to and from Irkutsk
– Optional excursions and transfers
– Insurance against tick-borne encephalitis
– Accommodation in Irkutsk


Munku-Sardyk Mount ascent and Fishing on Ilchir Lake



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