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9-day ski touring trip in Mamay Valley, Siberia

Discover Mamay Valley, a remote ski touring destination close to a major natural wonder in Siberia: Baikal Lake. Ivan, a KMGA mountain guide, takes you there for 9 days of ski descents and powder snow!

Mountain RangeBaikal Mountains
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Join an amazing 9-day ski touring adventure in the Mamay Valley in Russia

  • Discover breathtaking winter landscapes and wildlife in a remote ski destination

  • Enjoy untracked powder terrain in a truly unique place

  • Visit Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world

Description

Siberia is a land of breathtaking landscapes, covering almost 30% of Russia. Why don’t you join me on this 9-day trip to Mamay Valley and enjoy ski touring in this remote destination? 

Mamay Valley is a small beautiful valley tucked in the KhamarDaban mountain range, very close to one of Siberia’s biggest natural attractions: Lake Baikal. Famous for being the largest and deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal receives tourists throughout the year. During winter, the area is an amazing ski touring destination, although it’s only visited by small groups. There’s only one mountain hut in the area, which can host between 8 to 10 people.

I propose to go there for a 9-day ski touring trip, and stay in the mountain hut. We’ll meet in the city of Irkutsk and return there too. You can find a detailed itinerary below. Keep in mind that the best months for skiing in Mamay Valley are November and December, so I suggest you book for these months. During this period, days aren’t so cold and there’s already plenty of powder snow. You can join me on one of the listed open groups, or book a private tour, during these months and after too. We can discuss and arrange the details together.

Also, although I can adapt this trip to different skill levels, it’s important that you have previous off-piste skiing experience and know how to manage deep snow. You should also be in very good physical shape and up for an exciting adventure!

If you have 2 minutes, I strongly recommend you to read this article about a group of Swiss skiers who came to ski there with me in November / December 2017.

So, are you ready for the ski adventure of a lifetime? Then contact me now and let’s start planning your trip together. I will be happy to guide you!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!

If you want to explore other Russian locations, take a look at my other programs, like this ski touring trip around the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Meeting point

Irkutsk.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Sfera (or another Refuge) -7 nights

More info

Group Departures, only on Fixed Dates in December and January/ Private Group Departures are possible in December, January and February. The mountain hut is normally reserved from Saturday to Saturday. The possible daily schedule depends on the weather and snow conditions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Irkutsk / Baikal Lake / Mamay

Arrival at Irkutsk. We will set off from Irkutsk to the South Side of Lake Baikal, the distance is 200 km. We will drive approximately 4 hours until the turn to
Mamay. Then, we will put our luggage (food and etc) on a snowmobile. We will ski tour
to the mountain house, at a distance of around 9 km.

Day 2: Lesnoy + Double-Headed, 2-4 Runs.

Day 3: Three Birch + Megatrench, 2-3 Runs.

Day 4: Cedar, 2-3 Runs

Day 5: Mamay East + North, 2-3 Runs.

Day 6: True Mamay + Rocks, 3 Runs

Day 7: Watchdog, 2 Runs

Day 8: Reserve. 1 run about 500-700 vertical meters. Return to Irkutsk, stay in hotel.

Day 9: Transfer to airport. Flight home.


About the guide

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I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.

I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.

I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!

My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".


For booking assistance

Have any doubts? Talk directly with an Explore Share assistant.
The Concierge service is a great tool for when you still haven't decided what kind of Adventure you're looking for and you're open to suggestions


Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1336 each

Group of 2

EUR 1336 each

Group of 3

EUR 1336 each

Group of 4

EUR 1336 each

Group of 5

EUR 1336 each

Group of 6

EUR 1336 each

Group of 7

EUR 1336 each

Group of 8

EUR 1336 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Luggage transfer during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• The following things are included in the price: - Transfer Irkutsk – Mamai and back; - Night in hotel with breakfast in Irkutsk on return from the sky-tour program, sauna – 3 times. - snowmobile for luggage; - 1-2 mountains guides: mountain guide IFMGA + local guide depending on group size and skill level; - cook; - sauna; - full board on Mamai (B/L/D + lunch boxes); - accommodation in Sfera Hut or another refuge (7 nights). These items are NOT included in the price: - Meals and city tour in Irkutsk; - food in Irkutsk and during the way to Mamai; - alcohol and soft drinks; - mountain personal equipment; - mountain insurance.


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