Ski touring in Khamar-Daban, Baikal Lake

Do you want to discover some perfect ski touring terrains in Siberia? Let Grigory, ACMG certified mountain guide, plan your ideal trip and take you there!




Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Baikal Mountains

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


Khamar-Daban is a mountain range in Siberia, Russia, near the Baikal mountains. It is a very unique mountain region neat the Baikal Lake. The terrain is beautiful and varied, stretching over 350 km.

Only 10 km from Baikal lake, you can find the valley of the Bolshoy Mamay river. This destination is ideal for ski touring, backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

A huge bonus about ski touring in Mamay valley is the fact that it has a special microclimate. Winters in this region are more template than in other parts of Baikal. From the beginning of the winter and until January, precipitation is abundant. And the combination of the precipitation with the stable temperatures produces a lot of light snow.

In the north-west, the slopes are protected from all sides by the geography. Therefore it’s the ideal region to ski. We are guarded from strong winds, which also keeps the snow in good condition.

The ski season runs from November to May. In particular, the most abundant snowfall occurs in November-December.

I particularly like to guide my friends and clients in this area because:
– Perfect terrain, which is generally steeper and more varied than other Siberian regions;
– Astonishing views of Baikal lake;
– Long runs.

Besides, we will have the chance to visit cities as Irkutsk and Ulan-Ude, which are very interesting. And of course also visit Baikal lake. Did you know that it’s the deepest lake in the world?

Does this program sound interesting? Then please contact me! This is a truly unique region for ski touring, join me in its discovery! Russia is full of wonderful places to explore ski touring, another one is Luzhba, in Western Siberia.

Price per person

1 Person
2216 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Luggage transfer during the trip
 The price is for a person who joins an open group (see dates). Discounts for private groups are available. Not included in price: - International and domestic airfares - Meals in Irkutsk - Personal insurance - Wine and spirits - Personal expenses


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • Day 1: Saturday

    Evening flight from Moscow to Irkutsk.

  • Day 2: Sunday

    Arrival in Irkutsk, transfer to Vydrino village, approach to mountain hut.



  • Day 3 to 7: Monday to Friday

    Ski tour/splitboarding – full days.

  • Day 8: Saturday

    Departure to Irkutsk, Baikal lake excursions on a way, overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 9: Sunday

    Morning flight to Moscow.


Other details

Skill level required
Fitness level required

-Mountain hut for 6 nights in Mamay
-Hotel in Irkutsk

More info

Baikal Lake Skitouring

Price includes:

-5 days of skitouring and guiding
-Accommodation in Mamay mountain hut, 6 nights, with daily Banya (Russian bathhouse).
-Hotel in Irkutsk (one night on the way back).
-All meals in Mamay (breakfast, mountain lunch, aprés ski soup and snacks, dinner), cooking service.
-Group transfers: airport Irkutsk - Vydrino, Vydrino - Irkutsk, Irkutsk - airport.
-Transportation of luggage from Vydrino to the hut and back by snowmobile.

This items are not included in the price:
-International and domestic airfares
-Meals in Irkutsk
-Personal insurance
-Wine and spirits
-Personal expenses

Required skills:

- Be an intermediate or higher level of skiing/boarding, including in deep-snow conditions.
- Be healthy and in good physical shape.
- Be able to skin up at least 1200 vertical meters per day.


About the Guide


I am ori­gin­ally from Kamchatka and I have de­voted my time to ex­plor­ing the moun­tains of the re­gion from child­hood. I've been guid­ing in Kamchatka since 1999 and run guid­ing pro­jects, or­gan­ised ava­lanche courses and worked for the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guides As­so­ci­ation (RMGA).

I am one of few Rus­si­ans who par­ti­cip­ated in the Ca­na­dian Moun­tain & Ski Guide Pro­gram, and the first and only Ski Guide in Rus­sia to be cer­ti­fied through the As­so­ci­ation of Ca­na­dian Moun­tain Guides (ACMG Ski Guide).

My travel and guid­ing ex­per­i­ence in­cludes many great des­tin­a­tions, such as Kamchatka, Siber­ia, Cau­cas­us, Ja­pan, South Amer­ica, Canada, In­dia and Ant­arc­tica to name a few. Even though I am based in the Chamonix val­ley now, I spend sev­er­al months each year in Kamchatka and Siberia ski tour­ing and skiing and I be­lieve them to be one of the best moun­tains in the world.

CAA Avalanche Operations Level 2 diploma. Avalanche instructor, forecaster and safety consultant. Wilderness First Responder. Mem­ber of the RMGA Tech­nic­al Com­mit­tee, instructor-assistant at the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guide School.

FROM 2216 USD per person


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